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The Pokémon GO Spotlight Hour and Mystery Bonus Hour are two new events introduced by Niantic, the makers of the mobile game. Every week for an hour on a Tuesday and Thursday evening (currently 6pm - 7pm local time), a specific surprise Pokémon will appear more frequently in the wild or a Mystery Bonus will activate for one hour only. The former will occur on Tuesdays and gives you a chance to catch as many of the featured Pokémon as possible, evolve it with candy, and possibly encounter a Shiny version.

Although the chosen Pokémon won't be announced far ahead of time, the Spotlight Hour and Mystery Bonus Hour events occur at the same local time across time zones. This means that players in the West will get advance warning of the featured Pokémon because everyone living in the East lives in the future.

So, in this regularly updated guide we’ll let you know which Pokémon will be featured in Spotlight Hour on Tuesdays and what Mystery Bonus you'll be able to enjoy on Thursdays.

Latest Pokémon GO Spotlight Hour times: Tuesday 25th February 2020, 6pm - 7pm – No Spotlight Hour this week!

  • Niantic has announced that there will be no Spotlight or Mystery Bonus Hours this week, but they will return next week
  • The next Pokémon GO Spotlight Hour will be Tuesday 3rd March 2020 at 6pm - 7pm in your local time-zone
  • The chosen Pokémon is unknown at this time
  • The chosen Pokémon will appear more frequently in the wild for the duration of the event

Latest Pokémon GO Mystery Bonus Hour times: Thursday 27th February 2020, 6pm - 7pm – No Mystery Bonus Hour this week!

  • Niantic has announced that there will be no Spotlight or Mystery Bonus Hours this week, but they will return next week
  • The next Pokémon GO Mystery Bonus Hour will be Thursday 5th March 2020 at 6pm - 7pm in your local time-zone
  • The featured Mystery Bonus is unknown at this time
Spotlight Hour and Mystery Bonus have been cancelled this week.
Spotlight Hour and Mystery Bonus have been cancelled this week.

When do Pokémon GO Spotlight Hours usually take place?

They've just begun, but it looks like Spotlight Hours will always be held on a Tuesday evening every week and last for 1 hour, from 6pm to 7pm in your local timezone.

When do Pokémon GO Mystery Bonus Hours usually take place?

Similarly, but it looks like Mystery Bonus Hours will be held on Thursday evenings every week and last for 1 hour, from 6pm to 7pm in your local timezone.

What can I expect from Pokémon GO Spotlight Hours and Mystery Bonus Hours?

  • A significant increase in spawns of the featured Pokémon
  • Increased spawns mean increased odds of encountering a Shiny version of the featured Pokémon (Note: these are not indicated on the map - you must tap the Pokémon to see whether it's a Shiny version)
  • A temporary modification from the Mystery Bonus, similar to the bonuses enjoyed during Community Day events (so double XP, reduced egg hatching times, Candy or Stardust increases, etc.)

How can I prepare for Pokémon GO Spotlight Hours and Mystery Bonus Hours?

Assuming the headlining monster is one you’re interested in, it’s a good idea to start stockpiling useful items ahead of Spotlight Hours. You should get:

  • Enough Pokéballs and Pinap Berries to catch and evolve your Pokémon, (or as many Pokémon as you want to have)
  • Keep some Ultra Balls and Razz Berries (preferably Silver/Gold) in reserve for any hard to catch Shinies
  • Lures – drawing the featured Pokémon to you might be a good idea, although Spotlight Hour events don't increase Lure time like their Community Day counterparts, so you'll only get 30 minutes from a Lure
  • Make sure you have space in your Pokémon Storage Box for all the Pokémon you're going to catch - you only have an hour, remember
  • Depending on the bonus, you may want to have Lucky Eggs, Star Pieces and Super Incubators on standby

Past Pokémon GO Spotlight Hours:

  • 4th Feb - Onix
  • 11th Feb - Spoink
  • 18th Feb - Generally increased spawn rates
  • 25th Feb - No event

Past Pokémon GO Mystery Bonus Hours:

  • 6th Feb - 2x Catch Stardust
  • 13th Feb - 2x Raid XP
  • 20th Feb - 2x Catch Stardust
  • 27th Feb - No event

We'll update this page weekly, so be sure to check back if you want a heads-up for the featured Spotlight Hour Pokémon or the Mystery Bonus.