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Pokémon GO: May Updates Announced!

Niantic has just released the Pokémon GO updates for May 2020!

With the COVID-19 Crisis, it seems this month will be a bit quieter in some ways as it’s getting ramped up in others…but don’t worry, there is plenty of excitement in store!

  1. Team GO Rocket Special Research Update
  2. May Research Breakthrough:
    Shinx w/ bonus Shinx Candy
  3. Pokémon Spotlight Hour

Also, a reminder that Niantic is going to incredible limits in order to provide exclusive individualized gameplay to all trainers. Be sure to check out our full-article on that announcement, here.

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Where in the world did Team GO Rocket go?! Did we defeat them and send them scurrying back to some unknown location? Or, what if…Giovanni got the Covid? Na na…we doubt that as we are sure they are just staying cautious and practicing social distancing like the rest of us. I’m sure it will be too soon when we see those punks again.

It seems that Team GO Rocket has been quiet lately, so from May until the end of September, there’ll be no new Team GO Rocket Special Research available. Professor Willow and the team find this very odd and will continue to investigate to see if they can find any leads. We hope this means this is the last we’ll see of Team GO Rocket, but knowing the capabilities of these villains, we highly doubt that’s the case! Stay tuned for any updates. We really don’t expect Team GO Rocket to be quiet all summer…

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Shinx and Bonus Shinx Candy are headed our way as the 7-Day Reward for Research Breakthrough during the month of May.

NOTE: This Research Breakthrough is stated to only last ONE MONTH, not 2 months as some previous ones have been.

From Friday, May 1, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Monday, June 1, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7), the Flash Pokémon, Shinx, will be available as a Research Breakthrough encounter, and it’ll come with bonus Shinx Candies!

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In the next few weeks, Pokémon Spotlight Hour will take place every Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. local time and will continue to spotlight both a Pokémon and a special bonus! For each Pokémon Spotlight Hour, you can expect a different Pokémon and bonus.

MAY Spotlight Hours
May 5Shellder2x Catch Stardust
May 12Sunkern2x Catch XP
May 19Poochyena2x Catch Candy
May 26Bronzor2x Transfer Candy

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Many Thanks to You!

All we can say is “Thank You”. Niantic is working hard and tirelessly to bring us new features and gameplay as we all navigate through these strange times. We are looking forward to what the next month has in store for us and what new surprises await!

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