The first-ever Battle Showdown for event Pokémon GO kicks off at 1 p.m. PDT today, May 1, featuring increased spawns of Fighting-type Pokémon like Machop and Makuhita, bonus Stardust, Rare Candies and more. The official announcement from the development team at Niantic is as follows:
Fighting-Type Pokémon Star in Our Special Battle Showdown!
It’s time to test the strength of your Pokémon during a special battle event! Fighting-type Pokémon, such as Machop and Makuhita, will appear more frequently in the wild starting May 1 at 1:00 p.m. PDT.
But what’s a battle celebration without some competition at your nearby Gym? Until May 14, you’ll receive 2× bonus XP for Gym Battles and Raid Battles. Plus, Raid Battles will also award a guaranteed 3,000 Stardust for participating—and at least one Rare Candy if you win!
Several actions at Gyms will yield bonuses, including a 2× Badge multiplier, so you can receive even more benefits at a Gym you visit frequently. Just stopping by? Spinning the Photo Disc at Gyms will also yield more items!
Our Battle Showdown is sure to pack a punch, so don’t miss it!
—The Pokémon GO team
Source: Official Pokémon GO blog