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 23, 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
Current and Upcoming In-Game Events
Spotlight Hours – Every Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. local time
Proceeding as usual
Raid Hour – Every Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. local time
Canceled, please stay tuned to our official channels for updates
Mystery Bonus Hour – Every Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. local time
Proceeding as usual
Lugia in Raids and GO Battle League Reward Encounters – March 24–31, 2020
Cobalion in Raids and GO Battle League Reward Encounters – March 17–31, 2020
Extended as announced
A Drive to Investigate Special Research story event – March 20–26, 2020
Psychic Spectacular – March 27–30, 2020
Changes to In-Game Items/Bonuses (Effective Globally Until Further Notice, Unless Otherwise Specified)
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, and the number of Gifts you can open daily will increase to 30 and the number of Gifts you can carry in your inventory will increase to 20. Gifts will contain more PokéBalls than usual.
GO Battle League and Trainer Battles
Until Monday, April 13, 2020 – Walking distance and PokéCoin requirements for unlocking new sets have been removed globally. If you’re currently in the middle of walking to earn a set, these changes will take effect from your next set.
Until Friday, May 1, 2020 – Trainers can now battle remotely with Good Friends (1 heart). Previously, this was only possible with Ultra Friends (3 hearts) and Best Friends (4 hearts).
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.
Special Bundles in the Shop
Until Monday, March 30, 1 p.m. PDT – A bundle that costs 1 PokéCoin containing 30 Incense is available in the Shop worldwide. This box can only be purchased once.
Until Monday, March 30, 1 p.m. PDT – A bundle that costs 1 PokéCoin containing 100 Poké Balls is available in the Shop worldwide. This box can only be purchased once.
Starting Monday, March 30, a new 1-PokéCoin special bundle will replace the Incense and Poké Ball bundles. The contents of this bundle will change weekly until further notice.