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Article by Brian Tien

The change of season is starting to really blow through, and with it we have yet another event on the near horizon. Referenced yet not actually outlined at the start of September. As the name hints at, we've got a Steel Type focus with a few new Pokemon, as well as a new Mega Evolution.

Test Your Mettle

Event Start Event End
September 16, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. local time September 21, 2022, at 8:00 p.m. local time
  • Increased candy gains and odds of obtaining XL Candy from Nice, Great, and Excellent throws
  • A timed research line will be available that will grant Aggron mega Energy and encounters with Togedemaru and Aron.
  • Field research will be available that grants Steelix and Scizor Mega Energy
  • Togedemaru and Mega Aggron will make their debut in Pokemon Go
  • The Ultra Beasts Kartana and Celesteela will make their debut in raids starting September 13
    • Kartana is exclusive to the Northern hemisphere, and Celesteela is exclusive to the southern hemisphere.
  • A special selection of Pokemon will be spawning in the wild
  • A special selection of Pokemon will be available from raids
  • A special selection of Pokemon will be hatching from 7km eggs
  • A special selection of Pokemon will be available via Field Research

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Trainers,

Steel yourselves! The Ultra Beasts Celesteela and Kartana have emerged from Ultra Wormholes all over the world, with Celesteela spotted south of the equator and Kartana found in the north. Other Steel-type Pokémon are appearing in the wild, including Togedemaru, the Roly-Poly Pokémon!

Some Pokémon are even armoring up–Mega Aggron will make its Pokémon GO debut in Mega Raids!

We can’t wait to see what challenges Trainers overcome with their Steel-type Pokémon. It’s time to celebrate some of the toughest Pokémon out there.

Let’s GO!

Test Your Mettle

Friday, September 16, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. to Wednesday, September 21, 2022, at 8:00 p.m. local time

Celesteela emerges!

Celesteela, the Launch Pokémon, makes its Pokémon GO debut in five-star raids in the Southern Hemisphere from Tuesday, September 13, 2022, to Tuesday, September 27, 2022.

Celesteela

Celesteela

Kartana emerges!

Kartana, the Drawn Sword Pokémon, makes its Pokémon GO debut in five-star raids in the Northern Hemisphere from Tuesday, September 13, 2022, to Tuesday, September 27, 2022.

Kartana

Kartana

Mega Aggron armors up!

Mega Aggron will make its Pokémon GO debut in Mega Raids from Friday, September 16, 2022, to Tuesday, September 27, 2022!

Mega Aggron

Mega Aggron

If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!

Pokémon debuts

Togedemaru, the Roly-Poly Pokémon, will make its Pokémon GO debut!

Togedemaru

Togedemaru

Event Bonuses

Increased chance to receive Candy XL for successfully catching Pokémon with Nice Throws, Great Throws, and Excellent Throws.

Increased chance to receive Candy XL for successfully catching Pokémon with Nice Throws, Great Throws, and Excellent Throws.

Increased Candy for successfully catching Pokémon with Nice Throws, Great Throws, and Excellent Throws.

Increased Candy for successfully catching Pokémon with Nice Throws, Great Throws, and Excellent Throws.

Wild encounters

The following Pokémon will appear more frequently in the wild.

Magnemite

Magnemite

Pineco

Pineco

Nosepass

Nosepass

Aron

Aron

Beldum

Beldum

Bronzor

Bronzor

Drilbur

Drilbur

Ferroseed

Ferroseed

Togedemaru

Togedemaru

If you’re lucky, you might encounter the following.

Prinplup

Prinplup

Galarian Stunfisk

Galarian Stunfisk

If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!

Raids

The following Pokémon will be appearing in raids.

one-star eggOne-Star Raids

Scyther

Scyther

Beldum

Beldum

Shieldon

Shieldon

Klink

Klink

Togedemaru

Togedemaru

Three-Star Raids

Magneton

Magneton

Skarmory

Skarmory

Mawile

Mawile

Lairon

Lairon

Five-Star Raids

Celesteela^

Celesteela^

Kartana#

Kartana#

Mega Raids

Mega Aggron

Mega Aggron

If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!

^Celesteela will appear in five-star raids in the Southern Hemisphere.

#Kartana will appear in five-star raids in the Northern Hemisphere.

Eggs

The following Pokémon will hatch from 7 km Eggs.

Alolan Sandshrew

Alolan Sandshrew

Alolan Diglett

Alolan Diglett

Galarian Meowth

Galarian Meowth

Riolu

Riolu

Galarian Stunfisk

Galarian Stunfisk

If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!

Field Research task encounters

The following Pokémon will be available to encounter when you complete Field Research tasks.

Magnemite

Magnemite

Pineco

Pineco

Nosepass

Nosepass

Drilbur

Drilbur

Ferroseed

Ferroseed

Togedemaru

Togedemaru

If you’re lucky, you might encounter the following.

Beldum

Beldum

If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!

Complete certain Field Research tasks to earn Mega Energy for the following Pokémon.

Steelix

Steelix

Scizor

Scizor

Timed Research

Timed Research focused on catching Steel-type Pokémon will be available throughout the event!

Complete the research to earn Aggron Mega Energy and encounters with Togedemaru and Aron!

Please be aware of your surroundings and follow guidelines from local health authorities when playing Pokémon GO. Upcoming events are subject to change. Be sure to follow us on social media, opt in to receiving push notifications, and subscribe to our emails to stay updated.

—The Pokémon GO team

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