Pokémon Go's Halloween event is a very special one, featuring new creatures Duskull, Dusclops, Shuppet, Sableye and Banette - which are Ghost Types introduced as part of Gen 3.
Meanwhile, there's also a new form of Pikachu, and the very welcome return of double Candy, giving something for just about everyone to get excited over as they trick or treat.
Pokémon Go Halloween event start time and end date
The Pokémon Go Halloween event will start on Friday, October 20th at the following times:
- UK: 8pm (BST)
- Europe: 9pm (CEST)
- East Coast US: 3pm (EDT)
- West Coast US: 12pm (PDT)
The Pokémon Go Halloween event will end on, November 2nd at the following times:
- UK: 9pm (BST)
- Europe: 10pm (CEST)
- East Coast US: 4pm (EDT)
- West Coast US: 1pm (PDT)
Of course, if you miss out on any of the new creatures, it's almost certain there will be another chance to get them when Gen 3 arrives in its entirety.
Ghost Types Duskull, Dusclops, Shuppet, Sableye and Banette coming to Pokémon Go at Halloween
Five new Pokemon will debut as part of the event, all from the yet-to-be-released third generation of creatures. They are:
|No.||Pokémon||Type, Evolution and predicted catch method|
|302||Sableye||Dark / Ghost Type|
No previous evolution
No previous evolution
Evolves from Shuppet (using Candy)
No previous evolution
Evolves from Duskull (using Candy)
As well as the above, expect to see increased spawns of existing spooky Pokemon. Based on imagery both official and leaked, these include:
- Gengar (and possibly pre-evolutions Gastly and Haunter)
- Zubat, Golbat and Crobat
- Cubone (and possibly evolution Marowak)
- Houndour and evolution Houndoom
As with other seasonal events, there are likely others that will spawn as well, which we'll know more about when it arrives.
Want more help with Pokémon Go? As well as our Pokémon Go tips and tricks page and how to catch Legendary Pokémon like Articuno and Lugia, you can look up the Gen 2 Pokédex on how to catch the most recent creatures, including those requiring Special Items. We also explain the recent Gym rework, how to get PokéCoins, Raids, Raid Battles, and Raid Bosses, and what we know about the addition of promo codes. Elsewhere, read about XP chart, best moves and movesets, Egg hatching distance charts, best Pokémon tier lists and the Eevee evolutions. Plus, sice their release you can read everything we know about the Halloween event and Ghost Types Duskull, Dusknoir, Shuppet, Sableye and Banette, and all the other Gen 3 Pokémon that are expected to be on their way.
What else do we know about the Pokémon Go Halloween event?
As well as the five new Gen 3 creatures, the event will also introduce:
- A new form of Pikachu, with the electric mouse now donning a witch's hat:
- A new avatar-item, Mimikyu's Disguise Hat, inspired by Gen 7's Mimikyu.
- New special boxes from the in-game shop, offering bundles of items including Raid Passes and Super Incubators.
- Double Candy for catching, hatching and transferring Pokémon, and Buddy walking distances are halved.
It's the last one that's perhaps the most interesting, as your Candy sources essentially increase by two.
Even if you don't manage to catch any or all new creatures, the 2x Buddy Pokémon drop is great way to quickly evolve Rare Pokémon. The system is designed so you only have to catch a single Pokémon in order to (gradually) level it up, so Buddy up with starters, a Dratini or anything else you want to power up or evolve before the event ends.
Here are the overall Candy changes from the event in closer detail:
|Candy source||Halloween Multiplier||Candy earned|
|Catching Pokémon||2x||6 Candy for first evolution (instead of 3), 10 for second and 20 for third|
|Transferring Pokémon||2x||2 Candy (instead of 1)|
|Egg Hatching||2x||2km Egg - Approximately 20 Candy (instead of 10)
5km Egg - Approximately 40 Candy (instead of 20)
10km Egg - Approximately 60 Candy (instead of 30)
|Buddy Pokémon||2x||Distances dropped - now 0.5km (1km), 1.5km (3km), 2.5km (5km)|
If you're after Candy, then Eggs are also a good source, and it's probably worth priortising 2km Eggs (and investing in a few extra Incubators) to make it worth your while - which is where the Super Incubators going on sale during the event will probably come in handy.
Finally, the event would be a good chance to build up your Medals and improve those Catch Bonuses, especially for Psychic, Ghost and Poison types - and of course, start unlocking the Hoenn medal with the arrival of new creatures.