Pokémon GO An Instinctive Hero
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The latest event to come to Pokémon GO, 'An Instinctive Hero', brings two new 'mon into the game and introduces a Special Research story all about hatching Eggs.

To make the most of the event, we have assembled all of the information that you will need to ensure that you can see everything that An Instinctive Hero has to offer including Pokémon GO debuts, Event Bonuses, Field Research Task encounters and more.

We have also provided a little more information on the Instinctive Hero Special Research story, where we lay out the exact rewards for each of the quests, so be sure to head to that section if you want to find out what is required of you to get your hands on the event's special Spark-themed accessory Elekid.

Pokémon GO: An Instinctive Hero Event

Pokémon GO An Instinctive Hero
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The 'An Instinctive Hero' event runs between 2nd May 2023 at 10:00 a.m. and 8th May 2023 at 08:00 p.m. (local time).

Pokémon Debuts

An Instinctive Hero marks the Pokémon GO debut of both Larvesta, the Torch Pokémon, and Volcarona, the Sun Pokémon.

You might be able to hatch a Larvesta from a 2km, 5km or 10km Egg if you are lucky.


The season's usual Pokémon will be joining Larvesta in hatching from 2km, 5km and 10km Eggs, with the following being available to hatch from 7km ones:

  • Axew*
  • Goomy
  • Happiny*
  • Karrablast*
  • Mantyke*
  • Mime Jr.*
  • Shelmet*
  • Timburr*

*Shiny variant available

Field Research Task Encounters

Pokémon GO An Instinctive Hero
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Event-themed Field Research tasks will be available throughout the event, with the following Pokémon encounters as a reward on completion:

  • Chansey*
  • Chimecho*
  • Electabuzz*
  • Magmar*
  • Magneton
  • Mantine*
  • Snorlax*

*Shiny variant available

Special Research

A Special Research story, 'An Instinctive Hero' will be available for the duration of the titular event.

This will see you helping out Team Instinct's leader, Spark, as you complete a variety of tasks in order to be rewarded with an encounter with Elekid wearing a Spark-themed accessory.

The Research is made up of four different sections and you can find the individual quests and rewards for each in the unique part of the guide below.

Event Bonuses

The following bonuses will be available for the duration of the event:

  • Increased chance of hatching Shiny Pokémon from 2 km, 5 km, and 10 km Eggs.
  • 2× XP for hatching Pokémon.
  • 2× Stardust for hatching Pokémon.

An Instinctive Hero Special Research - All Quests And Rewards

As Special Research, the tasks and rewards that make up Spark's story will become unavailable once the event is over should you not begin part one by 8th May 2023 at 08:00 p.m. (local time).

At the time of writing, completing this story is the only way that you can get your hands on an Elekid wearing a Spark-themed accessory, so we recommend at least beginning the quest during the event so that you can continue to unlock the rewards long after it is over.

Below, we have broken down each step of the event, detailing the individual tasks and the rewards that you get for completing each of them. With this in mind, we recommend only reading on if you want to know the specific rewards for each step and don't mind having any reveal spoilt in the process.

Thanks to LeekDuck for compiling much of the following information.

'An Instinctive Hero' Step One

  • Make 10 Nice Throws
    Five Razz Berries
  • Catch 20 Pokémon
    Five Poké Balls
  • Spin 10 PokéStops or Gyms
    Exeggcute encounter
Pokémon Exeggcute
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Step rewards: 1500 XP and one Incubator

'An Instinctive Hero' Step Two

  • Hatch an Egg
    One Incense
  • Use 15 Razz Berries to help catch Pokémon
    Five Great Balls
  • Spin 20 PokéStops or Gyms
    Ferroseed encounter
Pokémon Ferroseed
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Step rewards: 2000 XP and 20 Chansey Candy.

'An Instinctive Hero' Step Three

  • Catch 30 Pokémon
    10 Great Balls
  • Earn 5 Candies walking with your buddy
    Five Pinap Berries
  • Hatch 3 Eggs
    Chansey encounter
Pokémon Chansey
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Step rewards: 2500 XP and an Elekid wearing a Spark-themed accessory encounter

'An Instinctive Hero' Step Four

  • Claim reward
    10 Pinap Berries
  • Claim reward
    10 Great Balls
  • Claim reward
    10 Ultra Balls
Pokémon Elekid
Image: The Pokémon Company

Step rewards: 2500 XP and 2500 Stardust

That's everything that you will need to know about the 'An Instinctive Hero' event. We hope that you enjoy the rewards!

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