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Pokémon Go Bonus Hour: Next Bonus Hour activity explained

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

The Bonus Hour in Pokémon Go is a new event which Niantic will be testing throughout March 2021.

Every hour focuses on a specific activity within Pokémon Go, from Mega Evolution to Team Go Rocket, supplying you with a bonus connected to this feature. These bonuses will help you earn more XP, obtain Pokémon you might be missing from your Pokédex and work towards your medal progression.

Similar to the Spotlight Hours, Bonus House is designed to get people playing Pokémon Go and completing activities they might usually pass over during their regular gameplay.

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Pokémon Go PvP gameplay - Distance battle against an Ultra Friend

Pokémon Go's next Bonus Hour: Time and bonuses explained

Here's everything you need to know about the upcoming Bonus Hours in Pokémon:

Bonus Hour dateBonus Hour timeBonus Hour name Bonus Hour activity
Thursday, 4th March 6pm to 7pmGo Rocket HourTeam Go Rocket Balloons appearing more frequently
Thursday, 11th March6pm to 7pmMega Bonus Hour: CandyEarn more catch candy from the Pokémon which share a type with your active Mega-Evolved Pokémon
Thursday, 18th March 6pm to 7pmMega Raid HourMega Raids occurring more frequently

The Season of Mythical Wishes has seen Kecleon finally being released in Pokémon Go! The Crackling Voltage event is currently running and it has brought as a new Team Go Rocket quest - Shadowy Skirmishes! The team lineups for Giovanni and the Team Go Rocket Leaders has also changed. Don't forget to partake in the new Go Battle League season. Elsewhere, be sure to use Daily Adventure Incense for the chance of encountering Galarian Articuno, Galarian Zapdos and Galarian Moltres. This incense may also give you encounters with other rare Pokémon in Pokémon Go.

How to prepare for a Bonus Hour in Pokémon Go

If you want to take full advantage of a Bonus Hour in Pokémon Go, then you need to ensure you're properly prepared.

The first thing you'll want to do is make sure you have enough items before the Bonus Hour begins.

If the activity is based around battling in any form - be it against Team Go Rocket or Raid bosses - you'll want to collect a number of healing items, such as Potions and Revives, by spinning PokéStops. If the hour involves catching Pokémon, then you'll need to gather PokéBalls and berries.

It may take you a while to collect all of the items you need, but you can easily spend out your PokéStop spinning across a number of days to prevent you from rushing before the Bonus Hour begins.

Secondly, if the Bonus Hour involves any form of battling, you'll want to plan out your Pokémon teams.

Start by researching which Pokémon are currently appearing in raids, Mega Raids and the current Team Go Rocket lineups, including the leaders and Giovanni. With this information, you can search through your Pokémon Storage, figuring out which ones will counter your opponents attacks and take advantage of their weaknesses.

You can use the Pokémon Storage tagging system to keep track of these Pokémon, so that, when the time comes, you can easily put a team together.

Finally, you'll want to ensure you meet any special requirements the Bonus Hour might have. The Mega Bonus Hour: Candy, for example, requires you to have an active Mega-Evolved Pokémon and, without it, you won't be able to enjoy the Bonus.

Hope you enjoy the latest Bonus Hour!

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