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October Events for Pokémon GO Announced

Trainers! Niantic has just released the October schedule! Included is the October Research Breakthrough encounter, Legendary Raid Bosses (including a shiny debut), Spotlight Hours, Limited Research, a fashion-themed event, and more! Let’s take a closer look at what all was announced!



October Research Breakthrough

Shedinja, the Shed Pokémon, will be the Research Breakthrough Encounter during October! Trainers will have the opportunity to catch Halo Bug and if they are lucky, they may encounter one with a high IV! Did we mention that you get 5,000 Stardust too? 🥳

Thursday, October 1, 2020 @ 1pm PDT
Sunday, November 1, 2020 @ 1pm PST


Not one, not two, but THREE Legendary Raid Bosses will be rotating through 5-Star Raids this month! Zapdos, Moltres, and Origin Giratina will all have their time on top of the raiding universe. Oh, and SHINY Origin Giratina will be available!

Zapdos: Friday, September 25, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Friday, October 2, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7)

Raid Guide

RAID HOUR: Sept. 30th

Moltres: Friday, October 2, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Friday, October 9, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7)

Raid Guide

RAID HOUR: Oct. 7th

Origin Giratina: Friday, October 9, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Friday, October 23, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7)

Raid Guide

RAID HOUR: Oct. 14th and Oct. 21st
*Details will be released later about a special Raid Boss that will be available during the Halloween Event.

Oct. Pokémon Spotlight Hours

Date Featured Pokémon Bonus
Oct. 6 World Cap PikachuWorld Cap 2x Catch XP
Oct. 13 Original or Ash Cap PikachuOriginal Cap 2x Catch Candy
Oct. 20 Tentacool 2x Transfer Candy
Oct. 27 Spearow 2x Evolving XP


There will be a Limited Research day featuring Alolan Meowth on October 10, 2020, from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm (local time). Here are all the details!

EVENT DATE/ TIME: Sat., Oct. 10, 2020, from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm (local time)
  FEATURES / BONUSES: FIELD RESEARCH TASKS: Tasks awarding encounters with Meowth from the Kanto, Alola, and Galar regions!
TIMED RESEARCH: A new Timed Research will be available.
NEW BOX: Check the shop for a new box that will feature Incense, Pinap Berries, and Lucky Eggs!


The previously announced Fashion Week event will take place from October 2nd through October 8th! Here are all the details of the event, and you can see our full writeup on it here.

Fri., Oct. 2, 2020@ 8:00am PDT
Thur., Oct. 8, 2020@ 10:00pm PDT

WILD: Mareep, Skitty, Roselia, Kricketot, Croagunk wearing a backward cap, Blitzle, Cottonee, Minccino, Gothita, and more.
7KM EGGS: Smoochum wearing a bow
SHINY: Mareep, Skitty, Roselia, Minccino, Shiny Kricketot Debut
RAIDS: Shinx and Kirlia wearing a top hat w/Kirlia knowing the move Draining Kiss
Field Research: Exclusive Field Research pertaining to the event.
GO Snapshot: Croagunk with a backwards hat will be photobombing your GO Snapshots
Costumes:  Top Hat:  Kirlia & Shinx; Bow: Smoochum; Backwards Hat: Croagunk
Avatar Item: Longchamp x Pokémon bag 

Other Upcoming Events

Niantic has also hinted at some other events that will take place during the month of October. Here is what they listed.

  • New Avatar Items.
  • Halloween-themed Cup for GBL Season 4.
  • The annual Halloween Event.
  • An event celebrating Niantic’s anniversary and the changing of the seasons.


Although Charmander Community Day is not specifically mentioned in the official October events blog post, it is scheduled to happen Saturday, October 17th per the voting post found here. Here is all the info that is known so far.

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Charmander will be appearing more frequently in the wild.
If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny Charmander.
Evolve Charmeleon (the evolved form of Charmander) during the event or up to two hours afterward to get a Charizard that knows Dragon Breath.
The bonus has yet to be announced.

TL;DR Oct. Events

  • Oct. Research Breakthrough: Shedinja
  • Oct. Spotlight Hours: 6th World Cap Pikachu/Evo XP; 13th Original Cap Pikachu/Catch Candy; 20th Shuppet/Transfer Candy; 27th Duskull/Evo XP
  • Oct. Legendary Raids: Sept. 25 – Oct. 2: Zapdos; Oct. 2 – Oct. 9: Moltres; Oct. 9 – Oct. 23: Origin Giratina
  • October Limited Research Day: Oct. 24 feat. Alolan Meowth
  • October CD: Oct. 17th – Charmander
  • Fashion Week Event: Oct. 2 – Oct. 8
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