Snubbul Research and Water/Dark Incense Day Announced

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Article by Brian Tien

Niantic has announced another new set of events for May, giving us a very full calendar moving forward. From a special research line featuring Snubbul, to another Incense day featuring rotating Water and Dark types, let's get into it!

Snubbul Limited Research

Event Start Event End
May 9, 2020, 8:00 a.m. local time May 9, 2020, 10:00 p.m. local time

A special, limited research line featuring Snubbul is on its way, and this event is stated to have over 50 tasks! During this time, players will have ample chances to catch Snubbul (and maybe even a shiny Snubbul or two!). Note that this line will disappear at the end of the event, so plan to devote some time if you want to finish it!

Water and Dark Incense Day

Event Start Event End
May 17, 2020, 11:00 a.m. local time May 17, 2020, 5:00 p.m. local time

Much like the previous Incense day, this one will have a different type every hour. However, it will rotate between Water and Dark Type Pokemon for the duration.

  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m: Water Type
  • 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m: Dark Type
  • 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m: Water Type
  • 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m: Dark Type
  • 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m: Water Type
  • 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m: Dark Type

Crack out that incense, and get ready for some fun catches! The lucky Pokemon for Water hours is stated to be Alomomola, and the lucky Pokemon for Dark hours is Scragy!

May is shaping up to be a busy month for Pokemon Go, so let's get ready! As always, you can take a look at our Events hub to see what to expect in the coming days and weeks.

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The Throwback Challenge isn’t all that’s happening this month. This weekend, you can look forward to a special Snubbull Limited Research event featuring more than 50 Timed Research tasks to complete, right from the comfort of your home! And that’s not all—next weekend will be another Incense Day, this time featuring Water- and Dark-type Pokémon!

Snubbull Limited Research

On Saturday, May 9, 2020, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. local time, you can enjoy Snubbull Limited Research through special Timed Research tasks. With more than 50 tasks rewarding encounters with Snubbull, you’ll have plenty of chances to catch this Fairy Pokémon. If you’re lucky, you could even encounter a Shiny one!

Be sure to complete the Timed Research during this time, as it will disappear at 10:00 p.m. local time on the dot. This event will be occurring at the same time as the Safari Zone Philadelphia ticketed event and Throwback Challenge 2020: Johto, so there will be much to do this weekend!

Incense Day: Water and Dark Type

On Sunday, May 17, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. local time, you can enjoy an Incense Day event featuring Water-type Pokémon and Dark-type Pokémon—notably Carvanha! During this time, Incense will attract more Carvanha, and you could even encounter a Shiny one if you’re lucky! An event-exclusive 1 PokéCoin bundle featuring three Incense will also be available to pick up in the shop.

In addition to Carvanha, Pokémon of different types will be attracted by Incense. The type of Pokémon attracted by Incense will shuffle every hour between Water and Dark. During hours that feature Water-type Pokémon, you might encounter Horsea, Tympole, and more! If luck is on your side, Alomomola might appear. When Dark-type Pokémon are attracted by your Incense, you might find Murkrow, Sableye, and others. If you’re incredibly lucky, you could encounter Scraggy.

* From 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: Water-type Pokémon * From 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.: Dark-type Pokémon * From 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.: Water-type Pokémon * From 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.: Dark-type Pokémon * From 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Water-type Pokémon * From 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Dark-type Pokémon

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—The Pokémon GO team

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