The Spotlight Hour in Pokémon Go is a weekly event that will highlight one, special, surprise Pokémon and a special bonus effect.
Originally this bonus took place during the Mystery Bonus Hour, but this mini-event was merged with Spotlight hour at the beginning of April 2020.
For one hour, the chosen Pokemon will appear more frequently in the wild, allowing you to catch as many as you can. This could help you fill in a missing entry in the Pokédex or find a strong Pokémon for raiding.
Meanwhile the bonus will provide you with important assistance on your Pokémon journey. This could be anything from double transfer candy, allowing you to evolve Pokémon faster, or double catch stardust.
Like with the established Community Day event, Spotlight Hour is designed to get players out playing Pokémon Go as part of a community.
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Pokemon Go's next Spotlight Hour: Time, featured Pokémon and bonuses explained
Here's everything you need to know about the next Spotlight Hour events:
|Spotlight Hour date||Spotlight Hour time||Spotlight Pokémon||Spotlight Bonus|
|Tuesday, July 7th||6pm - 7pm local time||Taillow||Double transfer candy|
|Tuesday, July 14th||6pm - 7pm local time||Zubat||Double evolution XP|
|Tuesday, July 21st||6pm - 7pm local time||Oddish||Double catch stardust|
|Tuesday, July 28th||6pm - 7pm local time||Buizel||Double catch XP|
How to prepare for a Spotlight Hour in Pokémon Go
If you're planning on taking part in a Spotlight Hour, then there's a couple of ways you can prepare for the event.
The first is to ensure that you have enough Poké Balls and berries. You only have an hour to catch as many of the chosen Pokémon as possible - you don't want to waste it spinning PokéStops.
The second is to ensure that you have space left in your Pokémon Storage Box. Just like with items, you don't want to waste some of the Spotlight Hour transferring unwanted Pokémon, unless the current bonus is double transfer candy.
Thirdly, it's worth checking to see if you have any spare lures. Using a lure will increase the amount of Pokémon you encounter in the wild for half an hour, so, if you use one during the Spotlight Hour, it should also help you encounter more of the mystery Pokémon.
Finally, since Mystery Bonus Hour has now been merged with this event it's a good idea, depending on the bonus, to use a spare Lucky Egg or Star Piece during this hour. This will further increase the XP or Stardust bonus you receive, which is a great advantage if you're trying to climb the level ranks of Pokémon Go quickly or build out your team for the Go Battle League.
Pokemon Go has a busy summer ahead! Start by completing the Skill Go Fest challenges and catching newly released Gen 5 Pokémon. For new starters, the Jump-start Research has returned, too. 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.
Previous Pokémon Go Spotlight Hour Pokémon
So you have an idea of what to expect in the future, here's a list of all previous Pokémon Go Spotlight Hour Pokémon since the mini-events debut in February 2020:
- February 4th - Onix
- February 11th - Spoink
- February 18th - Increased spawns for all Pokémon
- February 25th - Spotlight Hour didn't occur
- March 3rd - Increased spawns for all Pokémon
- March 10th - Increased spawns for all Pokémon
- March 17th - Increased spawns for all Pokémon
- March 24th - Increased spawns for all Pokémon
- March 31st - Increased spawns for all Pokémon
- April 7th - Purrloin and double catch XP
- April 14th - Magnemite and double catch candy
- April 21st - Wobbuffet and double transfer candy
- April 28th - Pidgey and double evolution XP
- May 5th - Shellder and double catch stardust
- May 12th - Sunkern and double catch XP
- May 19th - Poochyena and double catch candy
- May 26th - Bronzor and double transfer candy
- June 2nd - No spotlight hour
- June 9th - Patrat and double evolution XP
- June 16th - Numel and double stardust
- June 23rd - Clefairy and double catch XP
- June 30th - Kricketot and double catch candy
Previous Pokémon Go Mystery Bonus Hours
Although Mystery Bonus hour has merged with Spotlight Hour, here's a list of all the bonuses that took place during this mini-event from its debut in February 2020. This will give you an idea of what bonuses to expect in the future:
- 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
Good luck with your Spotlight Hour endeavours!