In-Game Event & Feature Updates
Last Updated: April 9, 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, 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 Hour & Mystery Bonus Hour – Every Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. local time and Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. local time, respectively
For the month of April, these events will be combined into one weekly event, every Tuesday at 6 p.m. local time.
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
Giovanni Rocket Special Research – Start of each month
No new Team GO Rocket Special Research for the month of April
Changes to In-Game Items/Bonuses (Effective Globally Until Further Notice, Unless Otherwise Specified)
- The distance from which you can interact with Gyms has been temporarily doubled, allowing you to be farther from Gyms and other Trainers as you challenge Raid Bosses.
- This change also allows you to spin Photo Discs at Gyms if you are within the doubled distance; however, it will not change the distance required to spin Photo Discs at PokéStops.
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 Friday, May 1, 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. We may revisit the length of this extension as we near that date.
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.
Increased Stardust and XP for Daily Streak Rewards
3× Stardust and XP for your first Pokémon catch of the day.
Special Bundles in the Shop
1-PokéCoin limited-time bundles are now available in the Shop. The contents of this bundle will change weekly until further notice, and each bundle can only be purchased once.
Source: Official Pokémon GO support page