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Pokémon GO September Events Announced

Trainers! Niantic has just released the September schedule! Included is the September Research Breakthrough encounter, Legendary Raid Bosses, GO Battle Night, Victini’s arrival to the world, Spotlight Hours, and more! Let’s take a closer look at what all was announced!



September Research Breakthrough

Alolan Raichu, the Mouse Pokémon, will be the Research Breakthrough Encounter during September! Trainers will have the opportunity to to catch Pancake Boi and if they are lucky, encounter its shiny form! Did we mention that you get 5,000 Stardust too? 🥳

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 @ 1pm PDT
Thursday, October 1, 2020 @ 1pm PDT

Legendary Raid Boss Roulette!

Not one, not two, not three, but FOUR Legendary Raid Bosses will be rotating through 5-Star Raids this month! Heatran, Cresselia, Articuno, and Zapdos will all have their time on top of the raiding universe.

Heatran: Friday, August 21, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Thursday, September 10, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7) Raid Guide
RAID HOUR(S): Aug. 26th, Sep. 2nd, and Sep. 9th
Cresselia: Thursday, September 10, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Friday, September 18, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7) Raid Guide
RAID HOUR: Sep. 16th
Articuno: Friday, September 18, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Friday, September 25, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7) Raid Guide
RAID HOUR: Sep. 23rd
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: Sep. 30th


The first ever GO Battle Night will be held on September 24, 2020, from 6:00 PM to 11:59 PM (local time). During GO Battle Night you will receive 2x the normal Stardust for winning battles, completing sets of battles, and ranking up in GO Battle League.

In addition, you will be able to complete a full 20 sets of GO Battle League matches, rather than the normal 5 sets, meaning you can participate in up to 100 battles!


Investigate a Mysterious Energy

Professor Willow needs our assistance again! This time the good professor is attempting to uncover the mysteries of the Mythical Pokémon Victini, the Victory Pokémon. To help him out we will need to complete a new Special Research Story, “Investigate a Mysterious Energy.” For Trainers who completed the “Rocket Straight to Victory” Special Research during Pokémon GO Fest 2020, this new Special Research Story will reward Victini candy instead of Victini itself.

Sept. Pokémon Spotlight Hours

DateFeatured PokémonBonus
Sept. 1Eevee2x Catch XP
Sept. 8Houndour2x Catch Candy
Sept. 15Tentacool2x Transfer Candy
Sept. 22Spearow2x Evolving XP
Sept. 29
Skitty2x Catch Stardust 


Although Porygon Community Day is not specifically mentioned in the official September events blog post, it is scheduled to happen Sunday, September 20th per the voting post found here. Here is all the info that is known so far.

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Porygon will be appearing more frequently in the wild.
If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny Porygon.
Evolve Porygon2 (the evolved form of Porygon) during the event or up to two hours afterward to get a Porygon-Z that knows Tri-Attack.
The bonus has yet to be announced.

J&J Blasting off again

September will mark the end of Jessie and James’ run of showing up in Meowth Ballons for Team GO Rocket battles. So be sure to be on the lookout for them as September 30, 2020, will be the last day they are available. 

TL;DR Sept Events

  • Sep. Research Breakthrough: Alolan Raichu
  • Sep. Spotlight Hours: 1st Eevee/Evo XP; 8th Houndour/Catch Candy; 15th Tentacool/Transfer Candy; 22nd Spearow/Evo XP; 29th Skitty/Catch Stardust
  • Sep. Legendary Raids: Aug. 21 – Sep. 10: Heatran; Sep. 10 – Sep. 18: Cresselia; Sep. 18 – Sep. 25: Articuno; Sep. 25 – Oct. 2: Zapdos
  • GO Battle Night: Sep. 24
  • September CD: Porygon
  • Victini Special Research: Investigate A Mysterious Energy
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