Pokémon Go Mystery Bonus Hour time and featured Mystery Bonus explained

Everything you need to know about Mystery Bonus Hour in Pokémon Go.

The Mystery Bonus Hour in Pokémon Go is an event which will introduce a surprise Bonus effect.

As seen during Community Day or other events, a bonus will modify one of the game's resources for a short amount of time - such as increasing Lure times, doubling XP, Candy or Stardust, or reducing the Egg hatching distance.

As with Spotlight Hour, though we won't know the Mystery Bonus until the day it happens, thanks to time zone differences, we will know during the morning UK time what it will be, allowing players to prepare.

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If you're after more weekly events, there is also Spotlight Hour on Tuesdays and Raid Hour on Wednesdays.

Pokémon Go's next featured Mystery Bonus and time explained

Here's everything you need to know about the next Spotlight Day:

Featured Mystery Bonus: Double Evolution XP

Date: Thursday, March 26th

Time: 6pm to 7pm local time

How useful is Double Evolution XP?

The usefulness of Double Evolution XP depends on how many Pokémon are to evolve in your storage. If you have a lot, then you stand to gain a good amount of XP from this mini-event, if you don't then this is an event worth skipping.

This is a good time to use any spare Lucky Eggs or Incense you might have. The Incense will allow you to collect more Pokémon, hopefully some of which you can evolve. Meanwhile the Lucky Eggs will build on the bonus XP you're already receiving, which bring you closer to reaching the next level.


Pokémon Go in 2020 continues to add new features, such the arrival of the Go Battle League - which is currently highlighting the Master League - and soon, Clone Pokémon. We've also recently had the Buddy Adventure feature, which introduces a variety of perks - including finding Souvenirs - as well as a new trade evolution feature. 2019 saw the release of the first Gen 5 Pokémon, along with new regional exclusive Pokémon, Egg charts, and the introduction of the Unova Stone. Pokemon Go also sees regular events - including weekly Spotlight Hour and Mystery Bonus evenings, monthly Field Research rewards and Pokémon Go Community Day, plus a new Giovanni counters quest - the latest being The Shadowy Threat Grows. There is also an upcoming paid in-game event, A Drive for Discovery.


How to prepare for a Mystery Bonus Hour in Pokémon Go

Unlike Spotlight Hour, where you know broadly what you're doing - catching plenty of a Pokémon - every Mystery Bonus Hour has a different effect that changes how you play the game in different ways.

Between this, and the fact that it's likely the Mystery Bonus Hour won't be a blanket increase of one thing - for example, it might be Double Catch Stardust instead of Double Stardust from all sources - means Mystery Bonus Hour can be difficult to prepare for.

That's not to say you can't plan ahead. For example, it's possible a Mystery Bonus Hour will be reducing Egg hatch distances - meaning it's worth waiting until you use Incubators until it starts.

In general, it might be worth keeping a few resource increasing items - Star Pieces, Lucky Eggs, Super Incubators - on standby, or keeping some PokéCoins to the side so you can buy some for whatever the Mystery Bonus Hour is.

Previous Pokémon Go Mystery Bonus Hours

So you have an idea of what to expect in future, here's a list of all previous Pokémon Go Mystery Bonus Hours since the feature's debut in February 2020:

  • February 6th - Double Catch Stardust
  • February 13th - Double Raid XP
  • February 20th - Double Catch Stardust
  • February 27th - No Mystery Hour event
  • March 5th - Double Catch XP
  • March 12th - Double Catch Candy
  • March 19th - Double Transfer Candy
  • March 26th - Double Evolution XP
  • April 2nd - Double Catch Stardust

If you're after more weekly events, there is also Spotlight Hour on Tuesdays and Raid Hour on Wednesdays.

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