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.
On this page:
- Pokémon Go's next featured Mystery Bonus and time explained
- How to prepare for a Mystery Bonus Hour in Pokémon Go
Pokémon Go's next featured Mystery Bonus and time explained
Here's everything you need to know about the next Mystery Bonus:
Featured Mystery Bonus: Double Catch Stardust
Date: Thursday, February 20th
Time: 6pm to 7pm local time
How useful is Double Catch Stardust?
Double Catch Stardust returns as a Mystery Bonus, according to LeekDuck, but since it's much better than last week's Double Raid XP, we're not complaining - especially since you can take advantage of it easily by simply going out and catching as many Pokémon as possible.
Stardust is one of the most useful resources, but if you're planning to build a team for the Go League, then you'll eat through it quite quickly.
It's worth noting this weekend's Community Day has Triple Catch Stardust, so if you miss out on today, you have another opportunity that's more lucrative and longer on Saturday.
Pokémon Go in 2020 continues to add new features, such the arrival of the Go Battle League - which is currently highlighting the Ultra 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 A Professor's Work Is Never Done.
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