Pokémon Go Halloween event start date and time - release of Yamask, costume Pokémon and more

Spooky Pokémon return in the spirit of the season.

Halloween is upon us and Pokémon Go is bringing another spooky event to celebrate the season of the macabre.

This year sees the release of the Gen 5 ghost-type Pokémon Yamask and Cofagrigus into the wild and the legendary Pokémon, Darkrai, into five-star raids. You may even encounter some Pokémon dressed in Halloween costumes.

There will also be new cosmetic items to purchase from the Style Shop, along with multiple Candy bonuses to take advantage of when you catch, hatch or transfer a Pokémon.

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Pokémon Go Halloween event start date and start time

The Pokémon Go Halloween event starts on Thursday 17th October 2019 at the following times:

  • UK - 9pm (BST)
  • Europe - 10pm (CEST)
  • East Coast US - 4pm (EDT)
  • West Coast US - 1pm (PDT)

The Pokémon Go event will end on Friday 1st November 2019 at the following times:

  • UK - 9pm (GMT)
  • Europe - 10pm (CEST)
  • East Coast US - 4pm (EST)
  • West Coast US - 1pm (PDT)

Yamask and Halloween costume Pokémon in the Pokémon Go Halloween event

Following the release of the first batch of Gen 5 Pokémon, Halloween sees the arrival of the ghost-type Pokémon Yamask and its evolution, Cofagrigus.

Both Yamask and Cofagrigus are inspired by Ancient Eygptian burials and death rites. Cofagrigus is very clearly inspired by a sarcophagus, while Yamask is based upon death masks, which are used across many cultures, and the Ancient Eygptian symbol for the soul.

If you're lucky, you might be able to find a shiny Yamask!

Yamask and Cofagrigus have arrived!.

You may also encounter some costumed Pokémon throughout the event.

Bulbasaurs dressed as Shedinja, Charmanders wearing a Cubone costumes and Squirtles dressed as Yamask will all be available for you to fight in raids throughout the event. Meanwhile, Pikachu in Mimikyu costumes will be out in the wild for you to find.

Team Go Rocket have also been up to their evil tricks again and have transformed more Pokémon into Shadow Pokémon. You'll now be able to find Shadow Weedle, Lapras, Mareep and many others at the invaded PokéStops around the map.

Finally, more dark and ghost-type Pokémon will be appearing more regularly in the wild, hatching from eggs and appearing in raids. This includes Pokémon like Gasly, Misdreavus and Sableye.

Take this as an opportunity to fill in some of those ghost related holes in your Pokédex. This event is also a great chance for you to build up your Medals and improve your Catch Bonus with ghost and dark-type Pokémon.


Pokemon Go has a busy summer ahead! Start by completing the Battle Go Fest challenges, finding Team Go Rocket Balloons and Jessie and James, as well as catching newly released Gen 5 Pokémon. 2020 has seen several new features - such the arrival of the Go Battle League, Remote Raids and the trade evolution feature. There are also planned changes to PokéCoins on the way. Last year saw the release of new regional exclusive Pokémon and the introduction of the Unova Stone. Pokemon Go also sees regular events - including weekly Spotlight Hour, monthly Field Research rewards and Pokémon Go Community Day.

What else do we know about the Pokémon Go Halloween event?

Darkrai, the Pitch-Black Pokémon, will be arriving in five-star raids for the first time in Pokémon Go this Halloween.

Darkrai - the nightmare Pokémon.

Create a team of fighting, bug and fairy-type Pokémon to take on the living embodiment of nightmares in the Pokémon universe.

Spiritomb will also be returning this Halloween with a revival of its Special Research storyline, A Spooky Message. If you're new to Pokémon Go or missed out on these Special Research tasks last year, then make sure you start A Spooky Message this year.

It's the only way to catch Spiritomb in Pokémon Go after all!

Continuing the trend of spooky research tasks, you'll be able to complete a range of ghost and dark-type inspired Field Research tasks throughout the event.

There are also a range of new cosmetic items available in the Style Shop, including a Litwick Cap and Mimikyu Bag, among others.

Finally, there are a range of Candy bonuses for you to take advantage of throughout the event. You will receive a double Candy bonus every time you catch, hatch or transfer a Pokémon.

Candy SourceHalloween Multiplier Candy Earned
Catching Pokémon 2x 6 Candy for the first evolution (instead of 3), 10 for second and 20 for third
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)
Transfer 2x 2 Candy (instead of 1)

Have a spooky Halloween!

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