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Pokémon Go Power Plant event field research and spawns explained

Everything you need to know about the Power Plant event in Pokémon Go.

The Power Plant event celebrates the release of Helioptile and Heliolisk in Pokémon Go.

A range of electric-type Pokémon can be found more frequently in the wild, alongside Pokémon like Trubbish who like to live near Power Plants in the Pokémon universe.

You can also collect event-exclusive field research tasks and enjoy some Team Go Rocket bonuses during the Power Plant event.

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Power Plant field research tasks in Pokémon Go

During the Power Plant event in Pokémon Go, you'll be able to collect a selection of exclusive field research tasks from spinning PokéStops. You can save these tasks and complete them once the event ends if you so wish.

Here are the Power Plant field research tasks and their rewards:

  • Catch 5 Electric-type Pokémon reward - Electrike, Joltik or Helioptile encounter
  • Make 3 Curveball Throws reward - Magnemite or Voltorb encounter
  • Walk 1km reward - Helioptile encounter
  • Walk 2km reward - Trubbish and Alolan Grimer encounter
  • Walk 4km reward - Emolga reward
  • Take a snapshot of a wild Electric-type Pokémon reward - 25 Mega Ampharos or Manectric Energy
  • Defeat 2 Team Go Rocket Grunts reward - Ekans, Skorupi or Croagunk encounter *

* Introduced following the Team Go Rocket part of the event on Monday, 24th January 2022.

Thank you to Amiibofan101 from reddit for the help with this information.

Power Plant spawns and event bonuses in Pokémon Go

The main draw of the Power Plant event is the release of Helioptile and Heliolisk into Pokémon Go. These electric and normal-type Pokémon hail from the Kalos region, which makes them part of Gen 6.

Helioptile will be appearing in the wild, alongside the following Pokémon:

  • Magnemite
  • Grimer
  • Voltorb
  • Electrode
  • Electabuzz
  • Jolteon
  • Porygon
  • Trubbish
Grimer, Voltorb and Helioptile are appearing more frequently in the wild.

Electric and steel-type Pokémon have also invaded one-star raids, with Pikachu, Beldum, Shinx, Blitzle and Klink all being available for battle.

Both the three and five-star raid pools will change at 10am (local time) on Monday, 24th January, with Regice becoming available in five-star raids. Meanwhile, in three-star raids, you'll be able to battle Dewgong, Piloswine, Monferno and Druddigon.

Finally, from Monday, 24th January at 12am (local time), Team Go Rocket will also be pushing their evil agenda once again. They will start invading PokéStops and their balloons will be flying through the sky more frequently. You can also use a Charged TM on a Shadow Pokémon to help it forget Frustration.

Team Go Rocket may have more plans…

The Season of Mythical Wishes currently has the Valentine's Day event and Mega Gardevoir and Tapu Lele to battle, and has seen Kecleon finally being released in Pokémon Go! We also got 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.

Power Plant date and times in Pokémon Go

The Power Plant event in Pokémon Go is running from Wednesday, 19th January to Tuesday, 1st February at 10am (local time).

Remember - Team Go Rocket is up to no good during this event from Monday, 24th January at 12am (local time). We may learn more about their latest activities closer to this date…

Good luck catching Helioptile!

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