Since April 2020, Niantic has combined the Pokémon GO Spotlight Hour and Pokémon GO Mystery Bonus Hour into a single weekly event that takes place on Tuesday evenings. Separate Bonus Hours were tested briefly in March 2021, although we've had nothing since — see below for more details.

It's also worth noting that Niantic has temporarily altered some elements of Pokémon GO gameplay in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Different countries and regions have their own precautionary measures in place, so please remember to stay safe, avoid contact with others and abide by local directives.

The Pokémon GO Spotlight Hour and Mystery Bonus Hour events were first introduced to the game in February 2020. Every week for one hour only (6pm - 7pm local time) a specific surprise Pokémon will appear more frequently in the wild and a Mystery Bonus will activate. This gives you a chance to catch as many of the featured Pokémon as possible, evolve it with candy, and possibly encounter a Shiny version.

The Spotlight Hour and Mystery Bonus Hour events occur at the same local time across time zones. They originally took place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings respectively before being combined into a single event, although Niantic briefly reintroduced a separate Bonus Hour on Thursdays in March 2021 (the Spotlight Hour continued to include a special bonus, too).

In this regularly updated guide we’ll let you know which Pokémon will be featured in Spotlight Hour on Tuesdays and what Bonus you can expect on Tuesdays (and, perhaps, Thursdays).

Latest Pokémon GO Spotlight Hour times: Tuesday 14th September 2021, 6pm - 7pm - Baltoy

  • The next Pokémon GO Spotlight Hour will be on Tuesday 31st August 2021 at 6pm - 7pm in your local time-zone
  • The chosen Pokémon is Baltoy
  • The chosen Pokémon will appear more frequently in the wild for the duration of the event
  • The featured bonus for the hour of the event is 2x Catch XP

Tuesday, September 21, 2021: Skitty will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the Candy for catching Pokémon.
Tuesday, September 28, 2021: Alolan Meowth will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the Candy for transferring Pokémon.

Latest Pokémon GO Bonus Hour times: Unknown

  • In March 2021, Niantic began testing separate Bonus Hours similar to previous Mystery Bonus hours before they were combined with the Spotlight Hours on Tuesdays. So far, three have taken place on 4th, 11th and 18th March
  • The next Pokémon GO Bonus Hour is unknown at this time
  • The featured Bonus will go in this little space right here if/when it's announced
Pokemon GO April Spotlight Hour

Pokémon GO Spotlight Hour and Mystery Bonus Hour FAQ

When do Pokémon GO Spotlight Hours usually take place?

Spotlight Hours are held on a Tuesday evening every week and last for 1 hour, from 6pm to 7pm in your local timezone.

When do Pokémon GO Bonus Hours usually take place?

Mystery Bonus Hours were originally held on Thursday evenings every week and lasted for 1 hour, from 6pm to 7pm in your local timezone, although Niantic combined both events into one and began announcing the bonuses in advance.

As of March 2021, Niantic is testing separate Bonus Hour events on Thursday evenings once again (minus the 'Mystery'). These new events involve other aspects of the game rather than simply doubling standard bonuses — check the bottom of this page for a full list of past bonuses featured in this 'new' style of Bonus Hour.

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, we would recommend that you start stockpiling useful items ready for Spotlight Hours. You should make sure you have:

  • Enough Pokéballs and Pinap Berries to catch and evolve Spotlight Hour Pokémon
  • Extra Ultra Balls and Razz Berries on hand to nab any hard-to-catch Pokémon that pop up
  • Lures to draw 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
  • Sufficient space in your Pokémon Storage Box for all the Pokémon you're going to catch - you only have an hour, remember, so don't waste it doing admin you could have done beforehand
  • Lucky Eggs, Star Pieces and Super Incubators on standby (depending on the nature of the bonus)

Past Pokémon GO Spotlight Hours


  • 4th Feb - Onix
  • 11th Feb - Spoink
  • 18th Feb - Generally increased spawn rates
  • 25th Feb - No event
  • 3rd Mar - Generally increased spawn rates
  • 10th Mar - Generally increased spawn rates
  • 17th Mar - Generally increased spawn rates
  • 24th Mar - Generally increased spawn rates
  • 31st Mar - Generally increased spawn rates
  • 7th Apr - Purrloin
  • 14th Apr - Magnemite
  • 21st Apr - Wobbuffet
  • 28th Apr - Pidgey
  • 5th May - Shellder
  • 12th May - Sunkern
  • 19th May - Poochyena
  • 26th May - Bronzor
  • 2nd Jun - No event
  • 9th Jun - Patrat
  • 16th Jun - Numel
  • 23rd Jun - Clefairy
  • 30th Jun - Kricketot
  • 7th Jul - Taillow
  • 14th Jul - Zubat
  • 21st Jul - Oddish
  • 28th Jul - Buizel
  • 4th Aug - Horsea
  • 11th Aug - Sableye
  • 18th Aug - Venipede
  • 25th Aug - Geodude
  • 1st Sep - Eevee
  • 8th Sep - Houndour
  • 15th Sep - Tentacool
  • 22nd Sep - Spearow
  • 29th Sep - Skitty
  • 6th Oct - World Cap Pikachu
  • 13th Oct - Original Cap Pikachu
  • 20th Oct - Shuppet
  • 27th Oct - Duskull
  • 3rd Nov Cubone
  • 10th Nov Jigglypuff
  • 17th Nov - Meowth
  • 24th Nov - Barboach
  • 1st Dec - Seel
  • 8th Dec - Swinub
  • 15th Dec - Explorer Pikachu
  • 22nd Dec - Snorunt
  • 29th Dec - Snover


  • 5th Jan - Lillipup
  • 12th Jan - Drifloon
  • 19th Jan - Shroomish
  • 26th Jan - Phanpy
  • 2nd Feb - Ekans
  • 9th Feb - Miltank
  • 16th Feb - Luvdisc
  • 23rd Feb Pikachu
  • 2nd Mar - Krabby
  • 9th Mar - Drowzee
  • 16th Mar - Voltorb
  • 23rd Mar - Surskit
  • 30th Mar - Slugma
  • 6th Apr - Buneary
  • 13th Apr - Mankey
  • 20th Apr - Grimer
  • 27th Apr - Finneon
  • 4th May - Cottonee
  • 11th May - Dratini
  • 18th May - Alolan Rattata
  • 25th May - Marill
  • 1st Jun - Dwebble
  • 8th Jun - Abra
  • 15th Jun - Slowpoke
  • 22nd Jun - Swinub
  • 29th Jun - Aipom
  • 6th Jul - Bulbasaur
  • 13th Jul - Charmander
  • 20th Jul - Squirtle
  • 27th Jul - Natu
  • 3rd Aug - Magnemite
  • 10th Aug - East Sea Shellos
  • 17th Aug - West Sea Shellos
  • 24th Aug - Skwovet
  • 31st Aug - Wooloo
  • 7th Sep - Spoink
  • 14th Sep - Baltoy

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
  • 5th Mar - 2x Catch XP
  • 12th Mar - 2x Catch Candy
  • 19th Mar - 2x Transfer Candy
  • 26th Mar - 2x Evolution XP
  • 2nd Apr - 2x Catch Stardust
  • 7th Apr - 2x Catch XP (Mystery Bonus Hour combined with Spotlight Hour from here on)
  • 14th Apr - 2x Catch Candy
  • 21st Apr - 2x Transfer Candy
  • 28th Apr - 2x Evolution XP
  • 5th May - 2x Catch Stardust
  • 12th May - 2x Catch XP
  • 19th May - 2x Catch Candy
  • 26th May - 2x Transfer Candy
  • 2nd Jun - No event
  • 9th Jun - 2x Evolve XP
  • 16th Jun - 2x Catch XP
  • 23rd Jun - 2x Catch XP
  • 30th Jun - 2x Catch Candy
  • 7th Jul - 2x Transfer Candy
  • 14th Jul - 2x Evolution XP
  • 21st Jul - 2x Catch Stardust
  • 28th Jul - 2x Catch XP
  • 4th Aug - 2x Catch Candy
  • 11th Aug - 2x Transfer Candy
  • 18th Aug - 2x Evolve XP
  • 25th Aug - 2x Catch Stardust
  • 1st Sep - 2x Catch XP
  • 8th Sep - 2x Catch Candy
  • 15th Sep - 2x Transfer Candy
  • 22nd Sep - 2x Evolve XP
  • 29th Sep - 2x Catch Stardust
  • 6th Oct - 2x Catch XP
  • 13th Oct - 2x Catch Candy
  • 20th Oct - 2x Transfer Candy
  • 27th Oct - 2x Evolve XP
  • 3rd Nov - 2x Catch Stardust
  • 10th Nov - 2x Catch XP
  • 17th Nov - 2x Catch Candy
  • 24th Nov - 2x Transfer Candy
  • 1st Dec - 2x Evolve XP
  • 8th Dec- 2x Catch Stardust
  • 15th Dec - 2x Catch Candy
  • 22nd Dec - 2x Transfer
  • 29th Dec - 2x Evolve XP


  • 5th Jan - 2x Catch Stardust
  • 12th Jan - 2x Catch XP
  • 19th Jan - 2x Catch Candy
  • 26th Jan - 2x Transfer Candy
  • 2nd Feb - 2x Evolve XP
  • 9th Feb - 2x Catch Stardust
  • 16th Feb - 2x Catch XP
  • 23rd Feb - 2x Catch Candy
  • 2nd Mar - 2x Transfer Candy
  • 9th Mar - 2x Evolve XP
  • 16th Mar - 2x Catch Stardust
  • 23rd Mar - 2x Catch XP
  • 30th Mar - 2x Catch Candy
  • 6th Apr - 2x Transfer Candy
  • 13th Apr - 2x Evolve XP
  • 20th Apr - 2x Catch Stardust
  • 27th Apr - 2x Catch XP
  • 4th May - 2x Catch Candy
  • 11th May - 2x Transfer Candy
  • 18th May - 2x Evolve XP
  • 25th May 2x Catch Stardust
  • 1st Jun - 2x Catch XP
  • 8th Jun - 2x Catch Candy
  • 15th Jun - 2x Transfer Candy
  • 22nd Jun - 2x Evolve XP
  • 29th Jun - 2x Catch Stardust
  • 6th Jul - 2x Catch XP
  • 13th Jul - 2x Catch Candy
  • 20th Jul - 2x Transfer Candy
  • 27th Jul - 2x Evolve XP
  • 3rd Aug - 2x Catch Stardust
  • 10th Aug - 2x Catch XP
  • 17th - Aug - 2x Catch Candy
  • 24th Aug - 2x Transfer Candy
  • 31st Aug - 2x Evolve XP
  • 7th Sep - 2x Catch Stardust
  • 14th Sep - 2x Catch XP

Past Pokémon GO Bonus Hours (March 2021 only)

  • 4th Mar - GO Rocket Hour
  • 11th Mar - Mega Bonus Hour: Candy
  • 18th Mar - Mega Raid Hour

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.