Current status of in-game event and feature updates for Pokémon GO

Read on below to see the current status of in-game event and feature updates for Pokémon GO:

In-Game Event & Feature Updates

Last Updated: March 18, 2020

We are committed to the safety and well-being of our community. While we prefer never to see an event get postponed or canceled, out of an abundance of caution and pursuant to the recommendations for mass gatherings issued by the World Health Organization (WHO), we plan to postpone, cancel, and/or modify in-game events and adjust certain features to ensure Trainers can stay safe and continue enjoying Pokémon GO.
This article will be updated periodically with information related to the status of various in-game events and feature changes. For affected real-world live events, please see our Safari Zone FAQ.

Upcoming In-Game Events

Spotlight Hours – Every Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. local time
  • Proceeding as usual
Mystery Bonus Hour – Every Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. local time
  • Proceeding as usual
Abra Community Day – March 15, 2020
Lugia & Cobalion Special Raid Weekends – March 17–31, 2020
Raid Hour – March 18, 2020
  • Canceled. Please stay tuned to our official channels for updates.
A Drive to Investigate Special Research story event – March 20–26, 2020
Genesect-themed weekend event – March 20–23, 2020
Psychic Spectacular – March 27–30, 2020

Changes to In-Game Items/Bonuses (Effective Globally Until Further Notice)

EX Raids
  • Trainers won’t be able to receive invites to new EX Raids.
  • 1/2 Hatch Distance when Eggs are placed into Incubators.
  • PokéStops will drop Gifts more frequently.
GO Battle League and Trainer Battles
  • Walking distance requirement for unlocking new sets has been removed globally. If you’re currently in the middle of walking to earn a set, this change will take effect from your next set.
  • Trainers can now battle remotely with Good Friends (2 hearts). Previously, this was only possible with Ultra Friends (3 hearts) and Best Friends (4 hearts).
  • A special box that costs 1 PokéCoin containing 30 Incense is now available in the Shop worldwide. This box can only be purchased once.
  • Incense will last for 1 hour, rather than the usual 30 minutes.
Increased Pokémon Encounters
  • Pokémon habitats will increase and more Pokémon will be appearing in the wild.

Source: Official Pokémon GO support page

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