The Spotlight Hour in Pokémon Go is a weekly event that will highlight one, special, surprise Pokémon and bring you a special bonus effect too.
Originally this bonus took place during the Mystery Bonus Hour, but this mini-event was merged with Spotlight hour at the beginning of April 2020.
For one hour, the chosen Pokemon will appear more frequently in the wild, allowing you to catch as many as you can. This could help you fill in a missing entry in the Pokédex or find a strong Pokémon for raiding.
Meanwhile the bonus will provide you with important assistance on your Pokémon journey. This could be anything from double transfer candy, allowing you to evolve Pokémon faster, or double catch stardust.
Like with the established Community Day event, Spotlight Hour is designed to get players out playing Pokémon Go as part of a community.
Pokemon Go's next Spotlight Hour: Time, featured Pokémon and bonuses explained
Here's everything you need to know about the next Spotlight Hour:
Feature Pokémon: Purrloin
Bonus: Double catch XP
Date: Tuesday, April 7th
Time: 6pm to 7pm local time
How useful is this week's Spotlight Hour?
Sadly Purrloin is only really useful if Liepard is missing from your Pokédex or if you want to get the Delinquent badge up to gold rank by catching 200 dark-type Pokémon. This cat inspired Pokémon just isn't strong enough to do any real damage in any of the Go Battle League, raids or from either attacking or defending Gyms.
What is useful about this event, however, is the double catch XP. Simply by catching as many Pokémon as you can see will net you a great amount of XP, which you can increase further by using a Lucky Egg.
Just make sure you stock up on Poké Balls and leave a good amount of home in your storage before the event begins!
How to prepare for a Spotlight Hour in Pokémon Go
If you're planning on taking part in a Spotlight Hour, then there's a couple of ways you can prepare for the event.
The first is to ensure that you have enough Poké Balls and berries. You only have an hour to catch as many of the chosen Pokémon as possible - you don't want to waste it spinning PokéStops.
The second is to ensure that you have space left in your Pokémon Storage Box. Just like with items, you don't want to waste some of the Spotlight Hour transferring unwanted Pokémon, unless the current bonus is double transfer candy.
Thirdly, it's worth checking to see if you have any spare lures. Using a lure will increase the amount of Pokémon you encounter in the wild for half an hour, so, if you use one during the Spotlight Hour, it should also help you encounter more of the mystery Pokémon.
Finally, since Mystery Bonus Hour has now been merged with this event it's a good idea, depending on the bonus, to use a spare Lucky Egg during this hour. This will further increase the XP bonus you receive, which is a great advantage if you're trying to climb the level ranks of Pokémon Go quickly.
If the bonus supplies double Stardust, however, then it's definitely worth using any Star Pieces you might have. Like with the Lucky Egg, this will serve to only increase the amount of Stardust you receive and, since it's one of the most important resources in the game, increasing your Stardust bounty will only help you in your Pokémon Go journey.
Upcoming Spotlight Hours in Pokémon Go explained
Below you'll find everything we know about upcoming Spotlight Hours in Pokémon Go:
Tuesday, April 14th:
Tuesday, April 21st:
Tuesday, April 28th:
As for after these confirmed Spotlight Hours, unless Niantic releases the details we won't know what the Spotlight Hour will entail until the day it happens; thanks to time zone differences, we'll know during the morning UK time what the exact bonuses will be, allowing you to prepare.
When Niantic does release information on upcoming Spotlight Hours, you'll be able to find it in this section.
Previous Pokémon Go Spotlight Hour Pokémon
So you have an idea of what to expect in the future, here's a list of all previous Pokémon Go Spotlight Hour Pokémon since the mini-events debut in February 2020:
Previous Pokémon Go Mystery Bonus Hours
Although Mystery Bonus hour has merged with Spotlight Hour, here's a list of all the bonuses that took place during this mini-event from its debut in February 2020. This will give you an idea of what bonuses to expect in the future:
Good luck with your Spotlight Hour endeavours!