The Season of Alola is the sixth game-wide season in Pokémon Go and it introduces the long awaited Gen 7.
Though the game has already introduced Alolan forms in the past, last year Pokémon Go made the unusual step of skipping Gen 7 to focus on Gen 8 first - so it's good to see the Alola region finally getting the spotlight.
When it is released, based on previous seasons, you can also expect to find different Pokémon spawning in the wild depending on which hemisphere you live in, as well as new creatures in Eggs and Raids.
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Pokémon Go Season of Alola end date: When will Season of Alola end?
The Season of Alola has a start time of Tuesday, March 1st at 10am (local time), and has an end date of Tuesday, 1st June at 10am (local time).
Season 11 of the Go Battle League will also share the above dates, with various special leagues and cups running throughout this time period.
What do we know about the Season of Alola in Pokémon Go?
Seasons are themed in-game periods which bring new updates and events to Pokémon Go and the Season of Alola is the sixth to occur.
Like the name suggests, this Season is themed around the Alola region, which debuted in Pokémon Sun and Moon, and, as part of this celebration, Pokémon from Gen 7 will be released in the game!
When the Welcome to Alola event started on Tuesday, 1st March these Pokémon were joined by the Gen 7 starters - Rowlett, Litten and Popplio - Yungoos and Comfey.
Hopefully more Gen 7 Pokémon are on their way!
Five bonuses will be running throughout the Season of Alola, no matter what other events are taking place, for you to enjoy:
- Guaranteed Gifts from PokéStop spins
- Up to two free Raid Passes by spinning Gym Photo Discos
- Increased damage for Pokémon participating in raids remotely
- Incense will last for 90 minutes
- Increased Incense effectiveness while moving
The Season of Alola also includes a set of four special research quests focused around the Alola region, starting with A Melemele Adventure. These quests will be released throughout the Season of Alola and, by completing them all before Wednesday, 1 June, you'll be granted free access to an end-of-season special research quest.
If you don't complete all four research quests in time, you will be able to purchase a ticket for the end-of-season special research quest.
These special research quests, along with the end-of-season quest, will be released on the following dates:
- A Melemele Adventure - Tuesday, 1st March
- An Akala Adventure - Tuesday, 22nd March
- An Ula'ula Adventure - Tuesday, 12th April
- Poni Island special research - Tuesday, 10th May
- End-of-Season special research - Wednesday, 25th May
It's important to note that you have until Wednesday, 1st June to unlock the above special research quests, with them all being unobtainable past this date. Once a quest is unlocked, however, you can complete it at your own pace.
Aside from the above, the Season of Alola events confirmed at launch include:
- Sandshrew Community Day - Sunday, 13th March
- Festival of Colours - Tuesday, 15th March to Sunday, 20th March
- Lush Jungle - Tuesday, 22nd March to Tuesday, 29th March
- Unannounced Community Day - Saturday, 23rd April
- Unannounced Community Day - Saturday, 21st May
- Changes to the egg pool (see next section)
- Different Mega Pokémon in raids - starting with Mega Venusaur between 1st March to 15th March, then Mega Lopunny between 15th March to 22nd March, then Mega Charizard Y between 22nd March to 5th April
- Certain legendary Pokémon in five-star raids - starting with Tapu Koko between 1st March to 15th March, then Therian Forme Tornadus between 15th March to 22nd March, then an unannounced legendary between 22nd March to 5th April
Finally, the Go Battle League is entering an Interlude Season during the Season of Alola. Throughout this interlude, the rankings will cap at 20 and there's a range of returning cups for you to enjoy, from the Love Cup to the Halloween Cup.
Season of Alola Hemisphere Pokémon, seasonal and biome spawn changes
As with all Seasons, the Season of Alola sees a change in which Pokémon are spawning specifically in the north and southern hemisphere, along as within different biomes:
|Beaches and Water||Alolan Exeggutor|
Meanwhile, the new additions to the egg charts are:
|5km Adventure Sync||Phantump|
|10km Adventure Sync||Dratini|
The Season of Go has arrived! The Pokémon TCG Crossover event is here, which includes the release of Wimpod and Golisopod. While Go Fest 2022 may be behind us, there are still three special research quests you might be working on - Pokémon Go Fest 2022, Rhi's Arrival and A Radiant World. Meanwhile, the Great League and Great League and Great League Remix are currently running in the Go Battle League Season 11. This season has also seen the lowering of the level requirement for Candy XL and introduced the first Ultra Beast, Nihilego.
What are Seasons in Pokémon Go?
First introduced in December 2020, Seasons are in-game periods - three months in length - which tie together various events to a theme and add a number of new features and quality of life changes.
- Changes to how Pokémon spawn season-to-season, which may see some creatures appearing more regularly or become rarer in the wild for limited periods of time
- Changes to egg pools and raids
- Northern and southern hemisphere-specific spawning, coinciding with the real world seasons themselves
- Highlight specific Mega Evolutions, giving them a power boost throughout the season
- Changes to Deerling forms
- A new Go Battle League season, which will be the same length as these seasons
- XP boosts for completing specific activities, such as five-star raids for examples
- Introduce other general quality of life improvements
- A range of in-game events
- New Pokémon
Hope you enjoy the Season of Alola!