Pokémon GO will soon be launching the Luminous Legends Y in-game event, which will feature the debut of Yveltal as a five-star raid, and Sylveon.
Both Yveltal and Sylveon will be making their Pokémon GO debuts during the latter half of May as part of the title's upcoming Luminous Legends Y event. Since launching to massive success back in 2016, Niantic's augmented reality mobile game has managed to maintain a strong player base as it draws ever closer to its five-year anniversary.
To celebrate the five-year milestone, Niantic has given its players plenty of new content over the first half of 2021. One of Pokémon GO's more recent, albeit somewhat smaller events was the Marill Limited Research Event on May 9. There were some issues, however, when the event was prematurely launched two days prior to its scheduled time, forcing Niantic to reset the progress of some eager players who took advantage of the mishap. Now Niantic has announced a much larger in-game event that will happen during the last two weeks of May, and it is likely the developer will be far more vigilant to avoid another premature start.
Pokémon GO announced via blog post that the Luminous Legends Y event will kick off on Tuesday, May 18 at 10:00 AM local time, and will be split into two parts. The first part will run until Monday, May 24 at 8:00 p.m. and among other features will see Yveltal debut as a five-star raid. Part two begins on Tuesday, May 25 and goes until Monday, May 31 with the same times as part one. Sylveon will make its Pokémon GO debut during this time, along with many Eevee-inspired features as well as other updates that are event specific.
It seems that it is only a matter of time before Pokémon GO includes the entire roster from all existing generations of Pocket Monsters. That said, making events out of these new inclusions seems to be a good way to keep the player base excited, particularly when it comes to legendary Pokémon, while simultaneously lengthening the whole introduction process. Niantic undoubtedly has more plans similar to Luminous Legends Y that will fill out the rest of the calendar year and likely extend far beyond.
Not only is Pokémon GO celebrating its five-year milestone this year, but the entire Pokémon brand is celebrating its 25-year anniversary as well. There are a lot of announcements that longtime fans were expecting coming into this year, and it seems that Niantic is doing its best to contribute. Hopefully the Luminous Legends Y event is a smash success with Pokémon GO players and keeps them interested for everything else to come in 2021.
May 11th’s Spotlight Hour Pokémon is none other than Dratini.
Considering there has already been an abundance spawning lately with the other events going on in Pokémon Go, it’s certainly not the most obvious choice. Still, with so many Dratini’s spawning in the wild for a short hour from 6pm local time, the question everyone has on their minds is the same as other Spotlight Hours— with Dratini have Shiny forms spawning in the wild during this time? And the short answer is— yes!
Granted, don’t expect to see a heavy influx of Shiny Pokémon spawning or rates to change, as you would see in Community Days. Spotlight Hours are more about spawning a ton of the same Pokémon in a short period of time. Dratini has had a shiny form in-game for quite a while now, so you’ll have as much of a chance of finding one like any other Pokémon.
With the increased spawn rate and more Dratini around then you need though, you could always just cycle through a lot of them in hopes of a shiny appearing by the end of the hour. But as usual, the action of finding one will be all down to luck.
Pokemon Go players with a Verizon subscription will get access to a Special Weekend event later this month. Pokemon Go announced a Special Weekend Event that will take place May 29th and 30th. The event will be exclusive to players with an Event Ticket, which will be distributed by various sponsored partners around the globe. Players can get an event ticket from Verizon in the United States, 7-Eleven Mexico in Mexico, and Yoshinoya in Japan. The event itself will feature Timed Research, the appearance of certain Unown, and the appearance of certain Pokemon when Incense is used.
The biggest draw of the event will be the appearance of certain Unown when Incense is used. Which variant of Unown depends on the partner players got their Event Ticket from. In the US, players will get the "V" variant, while Mexican players will get the "S" Unown, and Japanese players will get the "Y" Unown variant. Additionally, Clefairy, Jigglypuff, Eevee, Marill, Sableye, Stunky, Spritzee, and Swirlix will all also appear more often when Incense is used. Timed Research will also be included with the event, which will reward players with Eevee, Spritzee, Swirlix, and Deino encounters. Finally, players will benefit from a double Catch XP bonus and an increased chance of getting Lucky Pokemon when trading with a friend.
Pokemon Go will provide some perks for players who can't get an Event Ticket. All players will benefit from being able to open twice as many gifts per day and an increased trade range.
If you're a Verizon customer, you can get a ticket through the My Verizon app now. Players in other countries can head to their respective partner websites for more details on how to get an Event Ticket.
For those players who can't or don't want to participate in the Special Event weekend, they can still participate in the two Luminous Legends events going on this month. The currently running Luminous Legends X event added several Fairy-type Pokemon, including the Legendary Pokemon Xerneas. Afterwards, the Luminous Legends Y event (which starts next week) will add the Legendary Pokemon Yveltal and the Eevee evolution Sylveon.
Marill Limited Research is a one-day event in Pokémon Go to celebrate a special aqua mouse.
During this event, you'll not only be able to catch as many Marills as your heart desires, but you'll also have the Marill Limited to complete.
While it's a long quest, constructed out of 20 steps, none of the tasks are very challenging, so simply enjoy catching every Marill you come across.
This makes Marill Limited Research day the perfect time to hunt down a shiny Marill or two!
'Marill Limited Research' quest steps in Pokémon Go
Marill Limited Research is a timed research quest which will only be available for one single day in Pokémon Go.
You'll be able to complete this quest from 8am to 10pm (local time) on Sunday, 9th May. Once this time period is over, you'll be unable to complete this research and lose an excellent opportunity to add a shiny Marill to your collection.
The quest contains 20 overall steps, but, once you reach step 11, the challenges will repeat themselves. This means that step 13, for example, has the same set of three challenges as step 3.
Below you can find every research quest and challenge for the Marill Limited Research quest, so beware of spoilers.
'Marill Limited Research' Step 1 (and 11) of 20
Rewards: 1000 XP, 500 Stardust and 10 PokéBalls
'Marill Limited Research' Step 2 (and 12) of 20
Rewards: 1000 XP, 500 Stardust and 15 Pinap Berries
'Marill Limited Research' Step 3 (and 13) of 20
Rewards: 1000 XP, 500 Stardust and a Marill encounter
'Marill Limited Research' Step 4 (and 14) of 20
Rewards: 1000 XP, 500 Stardust and a Marill encounter
'Marill Limited Research' Step 5 (and 15) of 20
Rewards: 1000 XP, 500 Stardust and 15 Nanab Berries
'Marill Limited Research' Step 6 (and 16) of 20
Rewards: 1000 XP, 500 Stardust and a Marill encounter
'Marill Limited Research' Step 7 (and 17) of 20
Rewards: 1000 XP, 500 Stardust and 10 Marill Candy
'Marill Limited Research' Step 8 (and 18) of 20
Rewards: 1000 XP, 500 Stardust and 15 Razz Berries
'Marill Limited Research' Step 9 (and 19) of 20
Rewards: 1000 XP, 500 Stardust and 10 Marill Candy
'Marill Limited Research' Step 10 (and 20) of 20
Rewards: 1000 XP, 500 Stardust and 15 Ultra Balls
Exciting new events have launched in Pokémon GO for the month of May. Not only will Pokémon fans have the opportunity to catch new Legendary Pokémon unique to the Kalos region, but there will be a chance to encounter Mega Evolutions as well. The month of May will hold many exciting events, like Luminous Legends X and Y, as well as May Community Day. Each of these events will offer rewards for engagement in Pokémon GO.
For those hoping to snag a specific Pokémon species, Pokémon GO's May Community Day on Saturday the 15th will spotlight certain Pokémon species or types and offer bonuses from 11AM to 5PM local time. While it hasn't been announced which Pokémon will hold the spotlight hours, any Pokémon spawning in large quantities can be a chance to earn Candy, find a Pokémon with particularly good stats, or even locate a Shiny Pokémon. It has also been announced players will receive bonuses while playing, and could potentially include extra Candy, Stardust, and XP while the event is running.
While Incarnate Forme raids for Landorus, Tornadus, and Thundurus have come to an end, participating in 5-star raids will continue to be exciting. During the Luminous Legends X event running from May 4th to the 17th, players will be able to encounter the Legendary Fairy-type Pokémon Xerneas. Luminous Legends Y will start on May 18th and finish on June 1st. During this time, Pokémon GO players can catch the Dark-type Legendary Yvetal. Both these Kalos Legendaries haven't been in raids before, and they will be exciting additions to a team.
Pokémon GO Mega Evolutions Will Continue Throughout May
According to PokemonGoLive, fans of Mega Evolution-capable Pokémon will want to keep a close on the 5-star Pokémon GO raids. The Mega Evolutions available will change throughout the month, starting with Mega Venusaur, Mega Charizard Y, and Mega Lopunny from May 4th to the 15th. Afterward, Mega Ampharos, Mega Houndoom, and a surprise Mega Evolution will take over from May 15th to June 1st. The surprise Legendary has yet to be announced, and will hopefully be another new Pokémon GO debut to add to the current list of available Megas.
Kalos Legendaries and Mega Evolutions won't be the only exciting opportunities for players throughout May, however. Shadow Moltres is in Team Go Rocket's clutches later this month. In order to save it from Giovanni, players will need a Super Rocket Radar available upon completion of the special research project "The Higher They Fly", or a timed research project included in the Luminous Legends X event. Hopefully, Pokémon GO fans will be able to capture each of these special Pokémon before they leave the event cycle at the end of May, giving them a boost in upcoming summer events.
Xerneas, the life Pokémon, is the first Gen 6 legendary Pokémon to arrive in Pokémon Go.
If you want to add this magical stag to your collection, you'll need to have a good understanding of Xerneas' counters and weaknesses before you meet it in battle.
Like all legendary Pokémon, Xerneas appears in five-star raids and, to ensure its defeat, you'll want to battle it alongside a group of trainers, which, thanks to the Remote Raid passes, you can now do at home.
Xerneas counters and weaknesses in Pokémon Go
Below you can find Xerneas' weaknesses and some counter ideas which will help you defeat it in Pokémon Go:
Xerneas CP in Pokémon Go
Here are the CP ranges you can expect to see when battling or attempting to catch Xerneas in Pokémon Go:
Xerneas Moveset in Pokémon Go
Xerneas can use a variety of Fast and Charged moves in Pokémon Go, including:
Possible Fast Moves:
Possible Charged Moves:
Everything we know about Xerneas
Xerneas was the mascot for Pokémon X and, alongside Yveltal and Zygarde, is part of the Aura Trio of the Kalos region.
Xerneas and Yveltal are counterparts to each other - Xerneas embodies life, while Yveltal is a force of death.
Using its horns, Xerneas is able to grant life to the world and, at the end of it's lifespan, Xerneas is able to release this energy into the world surrounding it, before transforming into a giant tree where it will sleep for 1000 years.
The inspiration for Xerneas very clearly comes from a stag, with the design for its antlers possibly being drawn from the Eucaldoceros. This is an extinct breed of deer whose fossils have been found throughout Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia. These fossils suggest that the Eucaldoceros had impressive branching antlers, which split in multiple places.
Swirlix, the Cotton Candy Pokémon, has finally arrived in the world of Pokémon Go alongside a plethora of Fairy-type activities.
This Kalos-native Pokémon joins others with the Luminous Legends X event that started on May 4, marking the debut of the legendary Pokémon, Xerneas. First introduced in Pokémon X, it’s said that Swirlix uses white threads that resemble cotton candy to entangle its opponents in battle.
Alongside Swirlix debuts its evolved form, Slurpuff, the Meringue Pokémon. In the mainline Pokémon titles, the only way to evolve Swirlix into Slurpuff is by trading it to another player holding the Whipped Dream item. In Pokémon Go, however, this item does not exist. Therefore, another method is required to evolve Swirlix.
Swirlix’s appetite is the key to this Pokémon’s evolution. First, it must be your Buddy Pokémon, which can be changed by clicking on the Buddy icon in the bottom left corner of your screen and scrolling to the bottom. Then, you have to feed Swirlix 25 treats, regardless of their type, while viewing it in the play menu. Once these factors are completed, the option for Swirlix to evolve into Slurpuff will become available—as long as you have 50 Swirlix Candies.
Players can now encounter Swirlix and attain its evolved form, Slurpuff, in Pokémon Go with the Luminous Legends X event, which will end on May 17. Throughout this period, the Cotton Candy Pokémon will appear in increased amounts and they’ll continue to be wild encounters after the event concludes.
Hello Trainers, Niantic has just announced a limited research day featuring Marill! On Sunday, May 9, 2021, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. local time, you can complete an event-exclusive Timed Research that will lead to encounters with Marill.
There will also be event-exclusive Field Research tasks that lead to encounters with Marill. If you’re lucky, you might even encounter a Shiny Marill!
Date and Time
Sunday, May 9, 2021, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. local time
Timed Research that will lead to encounters with Marill
Field Research tasks will reward you with encounters with Marill.
You may encounter a Shiny Marill!
Expected Field Research Tasks
Some of the tasks you can expect based on past events.
Tips and Tricks
Original Stitch and the Pokémon Company are back with another amazing release of new designs for their apparel, this time focusing on the Hoenn region! With everything from shirts, to aprons, to bandannas and masks, and designs that range from bright and cartoony with obvious Pokémon featured, through to more subtle hints at your Hoenn faves, these are so cool!
Whether you want the world to know you are wearing Pokemon, or want to get away with a shirt that is more understated and recognisable only to fans, Original Stitch have nailed it.
Official Press Release
Original Stitch and The Pokémon Company today announced the launch of new apparel, allowing Pokémon fans to choose designs from 34 patterns featuring Pokémon originally discovered in the Hoenn region, as seen in the classic 2002 video games, Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire.
The launch follows the initial release of 34 Pokémon from the Hoenn region on February 27—better known as Pokémon Day. The new apparel lineup includes shirts, masks, bandanas, and, most recently, aprons from Pokémon Shirts, a customized shirt service from Original Stitch, in collaboration with The Pokémon Company, which first launched in February 2019.
“This launch is about honoring the community that loves this region of the Pokémon universe,” said Marina Carroll, Marketing Manager at Original Stitch. “Our initial launch of Hoenn-inspired designs was such a success that we realized that everyone who loved the classic 2002 video games, Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire, would want a greater choice of patterns—and a deeper involvement—with the characters.”
Choose from 34 new fabrics featuring Pokémon originally discovered in the Hoenn region!
The new apparel collection adds Armaldo, Metagross, and Groudon alongside other fan-favorite Pokémon like Treecko, Grovyle, and Sceptile.
“The addition of these patterns allows fans of the Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire games to show even greater support for their favorite Pokémon and join the 25th anniversary celebration with their own signature look, whether they favor custom shirts, masks, bandanas, aprons, or any combination of these items to keep this year-long party going,” said Marina Carroll, Marketing Manager at Original Stitch.
Where to buy
The new apparel lineup is available in the Pokémon shop at Original Stitch. Whether looking for a custom Pokémon shirt, mask (*) bandana, or apron, fans can choose from the 34 new designs, plus the 34 launched in February 2020. In addition, they can also check out the other Pokémon Shirts, masks, bandanas, and aprons available in 285 fabrics: www.originalstitch.com.
(*) The mask is intended to be used as a fashion item. They are not intended for use in any clinical or surgical setting or where exposure to bodily or hazardous fluids may be expected.
After much speculation, we can now confirm that Swablu will feature as the May Community Day Pokémon, and that Mega Altaria will be appearing afterwards!
The featured Pokémon for this May’s Community Day will be Swablu, the Cotton Bird Pokémon!
Date & Time
Saturday, May 15, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. local time
Cotton-Winged Bird Special Research Story
For US$1 (or the equivalent pricing tier in your local currency), you’ll be able to access the Swablu Community Day–exclusive Special Research story, Cotton-Winged Bird.
Mega Altaria Debut
Mega Altaria will be making its Pokémon GO debut in Mega Raids at the conclusion of May Community Day on Saturday, May 15, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. local time. This is your chance to collect Mega Altaria Energy to Mega-Evolve any of the Altaria you’ve collected during the event!
We don’t currently have the stats for Mega Altaria, but will update when we can!
1/4 Hatch Distance when Eggs are placed in an Incubator during the event period
Incense activated during the event will last for three hours
Moonblast is a Fairy type Charged Attack. Currently Altaria has access to Dazzling Gleam as a Fairy type Charged Attack, so let’s compare the two.
Both moves have the same amount of power as a PvP move, but with Moonblast costing less energy. Currently PVPoke has Dazzling Gleam listed as their lowest priority for a PvP Charged Attack for Altaria, which might leave you wondering why a different Fairy type move is the Community Day pick. The biggest advantage of Moonblast is that it has a 10% chance to decrease the attack of your opponent by one stage.
With access to Sky Attack and Dragon Pulse that both have access to STAB, Fairy type moves just feel a little lacklustre, but could be a spicy choice if you fancy a more unusual choice your opponent won’t be expecting, especially if it successfully lowers your opponents attack.
Altaria is already a popular beast in Great League PvP, PVPoke have it as their 6th best Pokémon for the whole of Great League, and with the introduction of Candy XL, it has jumped up the rankings in Ultra League as well. It is well worth evolving your PvP eligible Swablu during Community Day to get this Legacy move, as you can always use a regular TM to get rid of it later, but you would need an Elite TM to gain it back!