Pokemon Go's Season of Light is officially underway, and the first major event of the season is the Psychic Spectacular. The psychic Pokemon celebration kicks off on Sep. 6 and introduces several new monsters to the mobile game, including Mega Alakazam and shiny Elgyem.
Here's everything you need to know about this year's Psychic Spectacular.
The Psychic Spectacular begins at 10 a.m. local time on Sep. 6 and runs until 8 p.m. local time on Sep. 12.
In keeping with tradition, a couple of new psychic Pokemon are making their debut during this year's Psychic Spectacular. First is Mega Alakazam, which will be appearing in Mega raids throughout the event. Defeat it in battle and you'll earn energy to Mega Evolve your own Alakazam.
In addition, shiny Elgyem will be appearing during the event, marking your first opportunity to catch one in Pokemon Go. Other psychic-type Pokemon will also be appearing more frequently in the wild and raid battles. You can see the full list below:
In addition to the featured Pokemon, themed Field and Timed Research tasks will be available during the Psychic Spectacular. Complete these to earn various rewards, including encounters with Hypno, Baltoy, Chimecho and other psychic Pokemon.
On top of that, any Alakazam you obtain during the event -- either by catching one in raids or evolving from Kadabra -- will learn the Charged Attack Psychic. There will also be a special Deoxys raid day during the event on Sep. 11, giving you more chances to catch the mythical Pokemon before it leaves the raid rotation.
Pokemon Go has plenty of other events lined up for this month, including Fashion Week and an Inkay Limited Research Day. You can see everything else going on this month in our September events roundup.
A Cosmic Companion is a special research quest which will be gradually released throughout the Season of Light in Pokémon Go.
During this Pokémon Go questline, you’ll be able to catch the legendary Pokémon - Cosmog. This Pokémon hails from Gen 7 and can eventually evolve into either Solgaleo or Lunala.
Below you’ll find all of the currently available A Cosmic Companion quest steps and rewards, along with the upcoming release dates for future quest steps.
‘A Cosmic Companion’ quest tasks and rewards in Pokémon Go
A Cosmic Companion is a special research quest being gradually released during the Season of Light in Pokémon Go.
To receive the first set of quest steps, you simply need to log into the game after 10am (local time) on Thursday, 1st September. After this point, there are two additional dates where the rest of the quest will unlock, which you can learn more about in the section below.
Just remember to at least claim the first set of quest steps for A Cosmic Companion before Thursday, 1st December at 9:59am (local time) or else you’ll never be able to catch Cosmog.
Thankfully, since A Cosmic Companion is a special research quest, you don’t have to complete it before a deadline and can simply focus on enjoying the journey.
Below you’ll find all of the A Cosmic Companion quest steps released so far - just be wary of spoilers!
‘A Cosmic Companion’ Step 1 (released on Thursday, 1st September)
Rewards: 1000 XP, 500 Stardust and a Cosmog encounter.
‘A Cosmic Companion’ Step 2 (released on Thursday, 1st September)
Rewards: 2000 XP, 500 Stardust and 1 Poffin.
‘A Cosmic Companion’ Step 3 (released on Thursday, 1st September)
Rewards: 3000 XP, 1000 Stardust and 5 Pinap Berries.
‘A Cosmic Companion’ Step 4 (released on Thursday, 1st September)
Rewards: 3000 XP, 1000 Stardust and 25 Cosmog Candy.
How A Cosmic Companion works in Pokémon Go, including release dates
A Cosmic Companion is being released throughout the Season of Light in Pokémon Go in a similar manner to the Misunderstood Mischief special research quest during 2021’s Season of Mischief.
According to the Pokémon Go blog, we can expect the next quest steps on the following dates:
At the time of writing, we don’t know how many quest steps will be added on these dates, but, to earn the new challenges, all you have to do is log into Pokémon Go on or after the above dates.
It’s also important to note that A Cosmic Companion will be available until Thursday, 1st December at 9:59am (local time). If you have not claimed the special research quest by this time, then you’ll be unable to access it. Thankfully, you can easily earn A Cosmic Companion by simply logging into Pokémon Go before this date.
Everything we know about Cosmog in Pokémon Go
Cosmog is a Gen 7 legendary Pokémon who can evolve into Cosmoem before either Solgaleo or Lunala.
If you want to catch Cosmog in Pokémon Go, then you need to complete Step 1 of A Cosmic Companion.
The true mystery surrounding Cosmog in Pokémon Go, however, is how it will evolve.
It feels safe to assume that evolving it into Cosmoem will be your standard ‘Use a certain amount of Candy’ affair, but the evolution process into Solgaleo or Lunala could be a completely different matter.
This is due to how, in the mainline series, Cosmoem’s final evolution has always been tied to which Pokémon game you’re playing. In Pokémon Sun, Ultra Sun and Sword it will only evolve into Solgaleo, while, for Lunala, you must be playing Pokémon Moon, Ultra Moon or Shield. If you want the legendary which is not exclusive to your version, then it’s time to do some trading.
Since there’s only one version of Pokémon Go, Cosmoem’s evolutions can not be divided up in such a version.
While Cosmoem’s evolution method is yet to be confirmed, there is a chance that its evolution will differ depending on the time of day - Solgaleo if evolved during the day, Lunala at night. There could, however, be a whole new mechanic for this evolution - we’ll just have to wait and see!
Hope you enjoy A Cosmic Companion in Pokémon Go!
Hello! With the return of Deoxys forms to the Five-Star raids during the Season of Light, I decided to put together a short guide to optimize shiny hunting, for those who are into that sort of thing.
I am by no means an expert so I welcome any criticism or suggestions. I don’t have any shiny Deoxys yet, so this guide assumes that too.
Deoxys Raids and Raid Hours
The 4 Deoxys forms are available in Raids from September 1st to September 13th, 2022 with a Raid Hour on the September 7th, and a 3 hour Raid Event on the September 11th.
Tips for GO Battle League
The new GBL season begins tomorrow which will set all Ranks back to 1. If you reach rank 20, you can possibly get Deoxys as your 3 wins reward in each set.
If you “speed run” GBL by winning and losing matches strategically, you can reach rank 20 in 6 days. Best case that would give you 7 days with GBL sets that can yield Deoxys. If you won at least 3 matches of all those sets you’d have a maximum of 35 encounters.
The legendary encounter rate varies, but was recently ~1/6, so best case like 5 to 6 Deoxys if you play perfectly. Realistically, that is very hard to do, I can usually hit 20 in 8 days but 4 additional encounters is still something!
Tips for Raid Day
Historically, Raid Days have had shiny odds boosted to ~1/10, this is huge but also risky.
You definitely want to save any paid passes for this window, however you need to determine how many raids you can complete within the time.
I personally can do 12ish but your results and gym quantities will vary. It’s also a good idea to try getting invited to remote raids that occur during the hosts event as much as possible prior to and after your own.
That way you encounter as many shiny boosted Deoxys as possible. These events also tend to give out 4 extra raid passes so you can adjust your numbers once that’s confirmed.
Deoxys difficulty varies by form, generally using optimal counters:
I am running 6 Level 50 Hydreigon with Brutal Swing, with Shadow Tyranitars on the B team. As a result, I can solo the Attack form, which means I will prioritize the other forms first before the Raid Day.
When you are rushing to do as many Raids as possible in 3 hours, it’s best to have the easier fights that require less coordination.
So starting out, I will focus on Defense form with my Daily Passes, and save my Premiums for the Raid Event, and use all my remote passes in the hours before and after my Raid Day window, all while trying to speed run GO Battle League.
That’s all I have for tips, I hope it helps some of the newer people, please feel free to add your own recommendations, thank you!
「Pokémon GO Safari Zone: Singapore」！
We’re excited to announce the location of the Pokémon GO Safari Zone: Singapore .
Under the collaboration with the Pokémon Air Adventures, we’ll be live in Gardens by the Bay from November 18, 2022, to November 20, 2022!
Trainers who purchase a ticket to Pokémon GO Safari Zone: Singapore will be able to encounter Maractus, and many other Pokémon. If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny Purrloin.
Also, Pikachu wearing a purple T-shirt (Flower), will be appearing in the wild throughout Singapore City from November 2022 for over one year to celebrate this event.
Get ready to discover a plethora of Pokémon in the wild, and complete exclusive Special Research available only to Trainers who participate in the event. Explore the beautiful city of Singapore, and meet a lot of local Trainers alike. We can’t wait for you to join us!
Tickets will be available soon. Stay tuned for more information!
While Pokemon GO can be used for battling or trading with others, there are also a few features that can be accessed by casual gamers. These include battling Team Rocket or leaving a Pokemon to defend a gym to earn PokeCoins. However, those looking to reap rewards and gain experience quicker can do so by completing various Research Tasks.
There are several types of Research in Pokemon GO. Those that give "better" rewards are usually Timed Research, and it's very easy to miss them thanks to their deadlines. Field Research Tasks are more aligned to casual players, allowing them to get their share from GO too. Field Research is split up into a few categories, but they're not that difficult to understand.
Unlocking and Completing Field Research Tasks
Each player can hold up to 3 Field Tasks at a time. Unlike Special Research Tasks, Field Research can only be gained from spinning PokeStops or Gyms, with a few exceptions.
Spinning the disc at a PokeStop is simple. All players need to do is make sure their overworld model is within range of the PokeStop (blue cube). If they're close enough, the PokeStop will turn into a blue Poke Ball. Each PokeStop has a 5-minute cooldown, indicated by the purple Poke Ball symbol, before it can be spun again. Gyms are a bit different. Their "roof" will appear as if it's opening when players are within range. To spin a Pokemon Gym, select the icon at the bottom-right after tapping the Gym on the overworld map.
In addition to receiving a Field Task, players will receive items such as Poke Balls and Potions as rewards for spinning. If a player's inventory is full, a notification will show up saying that they have too many items, preventing them from spinning PokeStops.
Obtaining & Viewing Field Research Tasks
To view Field, Special, and Daily Events, tap the binoculars icon in the bottom-right corner of the screen on the overworld map. If a player has three Field Tasks, spinning a PokeStop will not delete any of their current Field Tasks. Players will need to delete unwanted Field Tasks manually. To do this, tap the garbage can icon in the top right corner of the task description in the Field category of the Tasks menu. Once a Field Research Task is completed, there will be a Claim Reward message on the Research Task. Tap this to receive items or initiate a Pokemon Encounter.
Completing one Field Research Task per day will reward players with a Research Stamp. Get a week's worth of Research Stamps, and it will unlock a Research Breakthrough. This will allow players to encounter a Pokemon based on the ongoing Event in Pokemon GO. For example, August 2022's Research Breakthrough Pokemon is the Galarian Stunfisk, a Ground/Steel-type. Most Pokemon that appear during the Research Breakthrough will have higher CP than the Pokemon found in the wild with the chance of being a 2-3 Star, sometimes 4 Star.
Players can only get one Field Research Task per day at PokeStops and Gyms. Most Field Research Tasks can be done within minutes if players have the required items (Poke Balls, Berries, etc). Whenever progress has been made on a Field Research Task, the binoculars icon will have notification circle next to it.
Types of Field Research
Bonus Research Tasks
The only time players will be able to have more than three Field Research Tasks is when there are Bonus Research Tasks. Unlike regular Field Research, Bonus Research Tasks appear in a player's task page at midnight and do not require spinning a PokeStop to obtain them. Bonus Field Research have an orange border with EVENT on the Field Research page.
Unfortunately, players with four Field Research Tasks filled won't be able to receive the new Bonus Research Task until they've completed a task slot.
AR Mapping Research Tasks
Received from PokeStops, these tasks will involve scanning an area, then uploading the data. The best way to complete AR Mapping Tasks is to scan the required location for 20-30 seconds while keeping it in the center of the frame. Pokemon GO recommends going a full 360 around the PokeStop.
The Scan Feature and the AR Mapping Researching Tasks won't be unlocked until players reach level 20. They'll appear on the Field Research page with a silver/gray border labeled AR MAPPING. These Research Tasks may give rare rewards such as Poffins.
Sponsored Field Research Tasks
These may occasionally be obtained by spinning a PokeStop. In the Field Research Menu, they're indicated by a purple border with SPONSORED. Like any other Field Research, Sponsored Research Tasks can be deleted if they're something players don't feel like completing.
Niantic has announced the next long-term event for Pokemon Go, called Seasons of Light. Like previous seasons for 2022, it appears the next round of events will continue to focus on Alola.
Pokemon Go players have had a busy year with beach-themed species following the Season of Alola and Season of Go long-term events through spring and summer. With the conclusion of Season of Go on September 1, 2022, many are excited to know what will come next.
Following the recent Pokemon Go Fest 2022 finale event filled with Ultra Beasts and a curious narrative surrounding the disappearance of Professor Willow, new updates are appearing on the Pokemon Go social media accounts. These updates, while sparse, have revealed the name and timeframe for the next Pokemon Go season.
Pokemon Go Season of Light start & end dates
According to a Twitter post shared by PokemonGoApp, Season of Light will take place from September 1, 2022, through December.
The post, marked “1/9” indicates the Twitter page will be releasing more information surrounding the event soon.
What is currently known about Seasons of Light?
Currently, very little is known about Pokemon Go’s upcoming season. The main Pokemon Go blog has yet to release any updates, but a trailer shared by the PokemonGoApp Twitter account does offer a few potential possibilities.
The 21-second looping video shows the starry sky high above the heads of two trainer silhouettes. A constellation appears that is similar to the outline of the Legendary Pokemon Cosmoem from Sun & Moon. This is followed by a sunburst and a visual of the moon.
Many fans have already theorized the next event in Pokemon Go will introduce the Alolan Legendary Pokemon Solgaleo and Lunala. While this video does officially confirm their introduction, the hints provided do strongly point to it being a possibility.
Because the Season of Light event runs the duration of both fall and early winter, it can be expected players will finish out the year with challenges that will be outlined in the coming updates from Niantic.
This weekend, Pokémon GO Fest 2022: Finale will bring the Ultra Beasts that debuted in earlier on-location events into raids. This includes the return of Nihilego along with the wide release of Xurkitree, Pheromosa, and Buzzwole. Leading up to Pokémon GO Fest 2022: Finale, Bleeding Cool readers can read raid guides for all of the Ultra Beasts. With this Raid Guide, you can prepare a team to take on and defeat Xurkitree and perfect your catching strategy.
Top Xurkitree Counters
Pokebattler, which calculates all possible combinations of Pokémon and moves, lists the top 10 Xurkitree counters as such:
It is recommended to power up your counters as much as possible, but creating that amount of strong Shadow Pokémon with their moves unlocked is a tall order for even the most practiced players. Here are ten additional non-Shadow and non-Mega counters that can help take down Xurkitree with efficiency.
How Many Trainers Are Needed?
Xurkitree can be defeated with three trainers, but if you cannot guarantee the top counters with maxed-out CP and the best moves, your best bet is to make sure you have four or more players.
Using the Circle Lock Technique to guarantee Great or Excellent throws, along with Golden Razz Berries, is the best way to catch Pokémon.
Shiny Odds & 100% IVs
Xurkitree is not currently available to encounter in its Shiny form.
When looking for a Pokémon with the best stats, the 100% IV Xurkitree will have a CP of 2249 in normal weather conditions and 2812 in boosted conditions.
It appears that Niantic and Amazon’s recent partnership to provide Amazon Prime Gaming users with additional bonuses in Pokémon Go was successful since the collaboration will now extend beyond the summer.
Players will be able to claim various in-game rewards by entering special offer codes through October, according to the new deal.
Just like with the original offering that started in May, these bundles include bonus items like Poké Balls, Max Revives, and more. A new bundle will be available every two weeks, with the new final bundle date set for Oct. 20.
Here are all of the new dates:
To get these bundles, all you need to do is be a Prime Gaming subscriber. From there, you can redeem your codes by visiting the Prime Gaming Pokémon Go website. This is also where you can check the contents of each bundle as they are announced.
Once you claim your bundle code from the Prime Gaming website, you can redeem the code from the Niantic Rewards website by signing into your Pokémon Go account or by visiting the in-game shop in the Pokémon Go app. As always, redeeming codes through the app is only an option on Android devices, meaning iOS users will need to use the Niantic Rewards page.
There is also a detailed frequently asked questions section on that same Prime Gaming Pokémon Go website, which should help you solve any problems you might encounter when redeeming a code or checking other information.
South Korea is getting its first Pokemon Go Safari Zone--special areas that hold rare Pokemon--at the Ilsang Lake Park in Goyang. Like past Safari Zones, the Goyang event is ticketed. It's mandatory to purchase an entry in order to experience Pokemon Go's Safari Zone events.
Tickets are ₩16000 (roughly $12 USD) and players can choose which day they'd like visit the Safari Zone from 12 PM to 6 PM local time. For players who want to start at 9 AM, tickets will be priced higher at ₩24000. The event will be live from September 23-25.
Event features and bonuses
In related Pokemon Go news, fall community dates have been announced. November will notably get two Community Days, one of them being a Community Day cCassic.
The Pokemon World Championships concluded recently, and at the end of the event, players saw a new Pokemon Scarlet and Violet trailer. Cyclizar, a new Dragon and Normal type, headlined the teaser. It's a Pokemon endemic to the Paldea region, and apparently, it's not uncommon to see people riding Cyclizar. Pokemon Scarlet and Violet release is exclusively on Switch and will launch on November 18.
Season of GO is quickly coming to a close in Pokémon GO, and with just a couple of weeks left, Niantic has revealed some of the event dates in the upcoming season. One of those dates was reserved for the Community Day Classic well into the Autumn season.
Four new Community Day dates were revealed up until December of 2022. We all know what the normal Community events entail, but the Classic version is likely new for a majority of players. There have only been about two in the past and they are always events that you won't want to miss.
Pokémon GO - What is the Community Day Classic?
Classic days in Pokémon GO always mean another shot at popular content that appeared in the past. The Community Day Classic means the return of a Community Day that went live early on in the event cycle. Not only are they the return of an event, but they usually are reserved for Pokémon that are considered the most possible.
Two Classic events have appeared in the past, and one of them took place in early 2022. Bulbasaur was the focus of the first Classic event and Mudkip took over in the second. Both of these days were chances for Trainers to get a shiny version of a popular Pokémon and an exclusive move.
Community Day Classics are also Pokémon that are typically considered powerful in the GO Battle League. Both Swampert and Venusaur are fantastic picks in the Great League. However, both of them require charge attacks that were initially released for Community Days. Their classic return ensured that an Elite TM wasn't needed.
This upcoming Community Day Classic will go live on November 5. Remember that this day will not take the place of the usual monthly Community Day, so another one will go live about a week later on November 13. Nothing has been revealed about the featured Pokémon though.
Which Pokémon appears on the Classic day will largely depend on the theme of the new season and past events. Considering we've already seen a Water and a Grass-type featured, it's likely that Fire-types are next. Kanto and Hoenn have also already been featured, so Johto could be next.
Regardless of the feature that gets announced, the Community Day Classic will bring back all of the features from the first time it went live. As long as you have a ticket, you'll have a chance to participate in early November.