This Week in Pokémon: May 3, 2021

Update: 5/3: Corrected Raid hour boss from Incarnate Forms to Xerneas

Pokémon Go:

ONGOING: Season of Legends (Until June 1)

ONGOING: GBL Season 7 – Ultra League and Premier Cup (Until May 10)

ONGOING: Galarian Ponyta in Research Breakthrough (Until June 1st)

ONGOING: Go Rocket Special Research – Shadow Moltres (Until June 1st)

ONGOING: May Events

Luminous Legends X runs from May 4-17

Spotlight Hour: Cottonee and 2x Catch Candy May 4 6pm – 7pm

5 Star Raid Hour: Xerneas May 5 6pm -7pm

May 2021 Community Day featuring Swablu

Niantic has just announced that May’s Community Day will feature Swablu!

Increased Swablu spawns and an increased shiny chance on May 15, 11am to 5pm local time!

The following perks will occur during this month’s Community Day:

  • Increased Swablu spawns and increased shiny chances
  • Evolve Swablu to Altaria that knows Moon Blast up until 7pm DAY OF EVENT
  • Take snapshots of Pokémon for a photobomb surprise
  • A special Community Day Box will be available for purchase in the in game store for 1280 Pokecoins, containing 50 Ultra Balls, 5 Super Incubators, 5 Incense and an Elite Fast TM
  • Special Research “Cotton Winged Bird” for Community Day available for $1 (or local equivalent)
  • 1/4 Hatch Distance for eggs placed into incubators during Community Day
  • Incense activated during Community Day will last 3 hours
  • Mega Altaria will join Mega Raids Starting at 5pm!

Pokémon Go May Events Announced!

Update: 4/29:
May Community Day will be Swablu on May 15 11am-5pm Local
Altaria announced as the surprise Mega Evolved Pokemon starting May 15, 5pm local (at end of Community Day)

The end of April is upon us so Niantic has released the upcoming details for the in game events for the month of May!

Giovanni will be back, this time with a Shadow Moltres that can be saved from his control!

During the entire Month of May Galarian Ponyta will be in Research Breakthrough Rewards!

Incarnate Forme Thundurus, Tornadus and Landorus will be in 5 Star Raids until May 4!

Xerneas will take over 5 Star Raids from May 4 – 18

Yveltal will replace it in 5 Star raids May 18 – 31

Mega Venusaur, Lopunny Abomasnow will be in Mega raids until May 4

Followed by Mega Venusaur, Charizard Y and Lopunny from May 4-15

From May 15 – June 1 Mega Ampharos, Houndoom and a Surprise Mega-Evolved Pokemon will be in Mega Raids! Update: 4/29: Altaria announced as the surprise Mega Evolved Pokemon starting May 15, 5pm local (at end of Community Day)

Every Monday in May a free bundle will be available in the shop containing a Remote Raid Pass and other items

May’s Tuesday night Spotlight Hours will be the Following:

  • Tuesday May 4 (6pm): Cottonee and 2x Catch Candy
  • Tuesday May 11 (6pm): Dratini and 2x Transfer Candy
  • Tuesday May 18 (6pm): Alolan Rattata and 2x evolve XP
  • Tuesday May 25 (6pm): Marill and 2x Catch Stardust

Wednesday Night Raid Hours will remain in effect throughout the month of May, using the above 5 Star Raid Boss schedule

New Pokémon Snap will be released for Nintendo Switch on April 30, and a crossover event is planned! Details Here

Luminous Legends X will take place from May 4 – May 17

Luminous Legends Y will take place from May 18-31. Announcement coming soon

Mark Your Calendars for Go Fest 2021!

Niantic has just now announced that Go Fest will be a two day event that will take place wherever you are on July 17th and 18th! With the 25th Anniversary of Pokemon’s North American release being celebrated recently, Niantic have stated this is one you won’t want to miss!

Last Year’s Go Fest had weekly challenges that lead up to the two day event, with bonuses being unlocked as players cooperated around the world!

Ultimately we were able to catch Victini as a result of Go Fest 2020, so I’m looking forward to whatever surprises Niantic has in store for us this year!

We’ll keep you updated as more information becomes available!

Luminous Legends X: Xerneas

Edit: 4/27: “Corrected 500 Million Fairies caught” Catch Challenge Dates

From Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. to Monday, May 17, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. local time, Xerneas will be bringing new Pokémon to raids and the wild! The following will be happening during this event:

  • Xerneas in 5 star raids
  • Galarian Ponyta, Alolan Exeggutor also in raids
  • Spritzee, Swirlix, and Goomy will be appearing for the first time in game!
  • Other Dragon and Fairy type Pokémon, such as Dratini, Ralts, Bagon, Cottonee, will also spawn in the wild
  • Rain Lure Module will be added to the game, that will attract bug type pokemon and allow you to evolve Sliggoo into Goodra. The Evolution will also be possible if it’s raining in game
  • Event Exclusive Themed Research will give encounters with Spritzee, Swirlix and other Fairy Type Pokemon
  • Field Research will give encounters with Galarian Ponyta, Gible, Spritzee, and Swirlix
  • Cleffa, Igglybuff, Azurill, Gible, Swirlix and Spritzee will be in 7km Eggs
  • Evolve a Dragonair or use a Charged TM on a Dragonite for it to learn Draco Meteor
  • Evolve a Shelgon or use a Charged TM on a Salamance for it to learn Outrage
  • A worldwide goal of catching 500 Million Fairy Type Pokemon will run from Tuesday May 1 to Tuesday May 9th to unlock bonuses the following week
  • If the goal is met the following Bonuses will be live May 11-17:
    • A 3x catch XP bonus will be active
    • Pancham will debut in game, appearing in Raids
    • A Shiny Galarian Ponyta chance will unlock

Luminous Legends Y was also teased, with Yveltal being announced in a future event!

Team Go Rocket is back!

Reports are coming in that the Rocket Balloons have been spotted over player’s heads, which means that Team Go Rocket are back at it again!

Niantic has also announced that Shadow Zapdos will be available to catch from June 1 through June 17th if you are able to defeat Giovanni’s team!

A Go Rocket Box has also been spotted in the store FOR FREE! It contains one Rocket Radar and 30 Pokéballs

Reported by /u/island_boy_0069 on the Silph Road Subreddit

Friendship Day announced for Pokémon Go!

EDIT 4/21/21: Niantic has tweeted the following:

Pokemon Go will have their Friendship event Saturday, April 24th 11am – 2pm local time. The following will be happening during the event!

  • Grass Pokemon appearing more frequently
  • 3x Catch XP during the event
  • Incense and Lures started AFTER the event has begun will last three hours!
  • A Collection Challenge will reward 100,000 XP once completed
  • A Global Challenge event will take place during the event with a total of 20K Exp possible to earn for individuals
  • Green confetti will appear on the overworld map

On Saturday, April 24th 11am – 5pm trade distance will be increased to 40km with increased chance of Lucky Trades

You can find more information at