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Mega Week 2: Battle Gameplay Guide

Mega Week 2 is now in full swing across the world, and we are here to help you get the most out of the event. A full shakedown of the event week can be found in our Infopedia, this guide will serve as a good, the bad, and the ugly run-down of what’s going on this week.

Event Time:Friday, September 11, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. to Thursday, September 17, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. local time
Spawns:Caterpie, Weedle, Paras, Venonat, Scyther, Pinsir, Ledyba, Spinarak, Wurmple, Kricketot, and Burmy

All bout the Bee, Mega Beedrill will get a temporary CP boost when used in TGR, Gym and Raid Battles
Cresselia and Mega Starter Pokémon in Raid Battles
Timed-Research, and Research Tasks for Mega Energy
TGR will have new Shadow Pokémon to defeat
Complete 275 million Gym or TGR battles to unlock Mega Houndoom
Official Announcement

What to Catch....

While bug Pokémon are not the most exciting in Pokémon GO, there are a few species that are useful either in battle, or because they have the ability to be shiny. Below is a list of what I believe to be the most useful Pokémon spawning this event week, meaning you should click on, throw Pinap Berries at, and IV hunt for the following.

Shiny Available
New shiny family
Shiny LedybaShiny Ledian
Battle Ready

*Beedrill benefits from it’s Community Day exclusive move, Drill Run, so it is best to wait until December to evolve any high IV or PvP IV Beedrill.

There is a distinct lack of Joltik, which is good in PvP especially come the Season 4 changes, and Sewaddle, a new Pokémon that made it’s debut during Unova Week that many players still need to gather candy for.

After the event started, there were a few more available shiny bugs spawning at lower rates in the wild, which is a nice surprise and helps add more variation to the spawn pool. There are many other shiny bugs available in Pokémon GO, and the few that were added to the spawn pool unannounced are Skorupi, Pineco and Anorith. It is not always about the shinies, but the addition of more bug spawns to shiny check is a welcomed change.

Not to mention, this could have been the perfect time to introduce Larvesta as a brand new Bug-type, since it was already left out of the Bug Out event back in June. Do not worry, Larvesta, hopefully, they have something cool planned for you!

Things to do

Below is a list of some of the things you can do during the event period to make the most of your time and effort.

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Cresselia will be in raids and its shiny variant will be making its return as well. Cresselia does not have much premise in Raids, though it shinies in Great and Ultra League PvP as a bulky choice. Any Cresselia caught in raids will be too high of CP to participate in the GL, but level 20 Cresselia can be traded and if they re-roll to have low enough IVs, they could have a CP below 1500.

Cresselia also does well in the Ultra League, so do not fret if you get one that is too good to trade away.

Good PvP IVs are complicated for raid bosses such as Cresselia, since trading is the only way to roll those potential low attack stats. If you have a great need for good PvP IV Cresselia, the best option would be to trade back and forth with someone of Good or Great friend status, since the absolute lowest IVs you can get are 1/1/1, and 2/2/2 respectively for each friend level.

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Spotlight Hour

Spotlight hour takes place every Tuesday at 6pm-7pm local time, and the spotlight hour happening during this event week features Tentacool and 2x transfer candy on September 15th. While Tentacool is definitely not a bug, Spotlight Hours have not been shown to correlate with surrounding events. It has a shiny variant available, so we highly suggest you open your game at some point in the hour if you are able to in order to shiny check at least a few Tentacool. Otherwise, this event period should be used to transfer important Bug-Types such as Scyther, as well as anything else that you are looking to get more candy for, such as Legendary Pokémon.


There is a Timed Research to complete during this event, so be sure not to forget about it! The full Timed Research list as well as the list of event-related Field Research can be found in our Event Infopedia.


The challenge for this event is to win 275 million battles, in the form of Team GO Rocket, Trainer Battles (excluding GBL), and Gym Battles. If this goal is met, we will unlock Mega Houndoom in raids at a later date. If you want the devil dog, better get to battling!

The miraculous ladybug

Overall, this event is not too bad in terms of enjoyable gameplay, with a new shiny added to the game, and a decent pool of shiny Pokémon available in the wild. It was a nice surprise to see some bugs spawning that were not mentioned in the original announcement! What do you think about the event, any shiny you’re after? Let us know! Bug out!

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Hi! My name is Kristy, a 22-year old Registered Nurse, Writer, and Pokémon Fanatic. Oh, I'm obsessed with foxes too.

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