Pokémon GO reveals some of what it has in store for March

Pokémon GO has continued to roll out events at a break-neck speed, and it seems March won’t be any different. From the official site:

Get ready for a changeup of Research Breakthrough encounters, Legendary Shadow Pokémon, and Legendary Pokémon in raids coming this March! This month is chock-full of events and Pokémon both returning and debuting as well as a ton of Stardust bonuses.

    1. Save Shadow Entei from Giovanni
    2. March Research Breakthrough encounter: Ferroseed with bonus Stardust
    3. Thundurus bolts into five-star raids
    4. A month of Legendary Special Raid Weekends
    5. A mysterious weekend event is coming…
    6. A Team GO Rocket global take-over is imminent!
    7. The Psychic Spectacular returns with new faces
    8. Pokémon Spotlight Hour and Mystery Bonus Hour

Note: In-game events for March may vary in the following areas until further notice. Players in these areas can stay tuned to our channels for updates.

    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • Italy

Save Shadow Entei from Giovanni

If you’ve completed your most recent set of Team GO Rocket Special Research, then you’ll have access to March’s Team GO Rocket Special Research, The Shadowy Threat Grows. This time, you’ll be tasked to defeat Team GO Rocket, its leaders, and Giovanni once more for a chance to rescue the Legendary Shadow Pokémon Entei! Be sure to finish this Special Research by the end of March.

Team GO Rocket never rests, Trainers, and neither can we! Be on the lookout for new Team GO Rocket Special Research from Professor Willow every month. For more information, please see our help center article.

March Research Breakthrough encounter: Ferroseed with bonus Stardust

It’s time to plant the seeds of success this spring! From Sunday, March 1, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8) to Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7), the Thorn Seed Pokémon, Ferroseed, will be available as a Research Breakthrough encounter, and it’ll come with bonus Stardust! Ferroseed’s evolved form, Ferrothorn, can be a powerful contender in Trainer Battles, including those in the GO Battle League!

Thundurus bolts into five-star raids

Starting Monday, March 2, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −7), Thundurus, the Bolt Strike Pokémon, will be in five-star raids! This Pokémon, originally discovered in the Unova region, will be making its Pokémon GO debut. It’s said that Thundurus flies around the Unova region firing off lightning bolts from the spikes on its tail, so watch out for this Electric- and Flying-type Legendary Pokémon!

Get ready to take it on with Pokémon that know Ice- and Rock-type attacks!

A month of Legendary Special Raid Weekends!

Every weekend this month will feature a different Legendary Pokémon in five-star raids! For the entire month of March, you’ll receive an attack boost when you raid with friends.

    • Darkrai Special Raid Weekend will happen from Friday, March 6, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. to Monday, March 9, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. local time. If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny Darkrai!
    • Altered Forme Giratina Special Raid Weekend will happen from Friday, March 13, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. to Monday, March 16, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. local time. If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny Altered Forme Giratina!
    • Cobalion Special Raid Weekend will happen from Friday, March 20, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. to Monday, March 23, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. local time. These Cobalion will know the event-exclusive attack Sacred Sword. If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny Cobalion!
    • Lugia Special Raid Weekend will happen from Friday, March 27, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. to Monday, March 30, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. local time. These Lugia will know the event-exclusive attack Aeroblast. If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny Lugia!

A mysterious weekend event is coming…

From Friday, March 20, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. to Monday, March 23, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. local time, you can look forward to the following features, Stardust bonuses, and more.


    • Normal-, Fire-, Water-, Electric-, and Ice-type Pokémon will be appearing more often in the wild. * Nincada will also be available! It will be appearing in the wild and hatching more often from 5 km Eggs. If you’re lucky, you might encounter or hatch a Shiny one!
    • Karrablast and Shelmet will be hatching more often from 5 km Eggs.
    • One-star to four-star Raid Battles throughout the weekend will feature various Bug- or Steel-type Pokémon.


    • 2× Catch Stardust
    • 2× Hatch Stardust

This weekend event will also be accompanied by a brand-new Special Research story event! More details to come.

A Team GO Rocket global take-over is imminent!

Odd things are afoot, Trainers. The professor and team leaders have been following Team GO Rocket’s movements and noticed that they’re planning something big. We don’t know all Team GO Rocket’s plans yet, but we do have the following details to share.

    • From Friday, March 6, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. to Monday, March 9, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. local time
    • Poison- and Dark-type Pokémon will be appearing more often in the wild, as well as other Pokémon that are related to Team GO Rocket.
    • We have reports that Absol is one of the Pokémon that will be appearing in the wild!
    • Regardless of how you come across it, any Skorupi you find could be Shiny—if you’re lucky!
    • On Saturday, March 7, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. local time
      • We have word that another Team GO Rocket global take-over will happen! Team GO Rocket Grunts will be making a push to seize even more PokéStops. Sierra, Cliff, Arlo, and even Giovanni himself will also be more active, so you might run into them more easily if you keep your Rocket Radar or Super Rocket Radar equipped.
    • We’ve noticed that Shadow Pokémon rescued from the Team GO Rocket Leaders have had a chance of being Shiny. While the Team GO Rocket Leaders have switched up their teams since they first appeared, during this take-over, you’ll be able to rescue all six of the Shadow Pokémon that Trainers have seen left behind by the Team GO Rocket Leaders.
    • During the take-over, you’ll be able to use a Charged TM to change a Shadow Pokémon’s exclusive attack, Frustration, to other Charged Attacks that that Pokémon can learn normally. Please note that if you purify the Shadow Pokémon afterward, it will still learn Return, replacing the attack learned via the Charged TM.
    • Defeating Team GO Rocket Grunts and Leaders will earn you twice the usual Stardust.
    • Turn on your in-game music—the Team GO Rocket music will be playing!

The Psychic Spectacular returns with new faces

We’ve used Future Sight, and one thing is for certain—the Psychic Spectacular is coming back! From Friday, March 27, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. to Monday, March 30, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. local time, you can look forward to the following.


    • More Psychic-type Pokémon first discovered in Unova will make their Pokémon GO debut! During the daytime, you’ll be able to encounter Solosis, the Cell Pokémon, in the wild, and during the evening, you’ll instead encounter Gothita, the Fixation Pokémon! Solosis and Gothita will be available after the event in the wild and in 5 km Eggs.
    • The following Psychic-type Pokémon will be hatching more often from 2 km Eggs: Abra, Drowzee, Ralts, Spoink, Baltoy, Wynaut, Beldum, Gothita, and Solosis.
    • If you’re lucky, you might find a Shiny Baltoy!
    • Psychic-type Pokémon will be featured in raids, and you’ll see them more often in the wild.
    • Enjoy Psychic Spectacular Field Research throughout the event period.

Updates to Pokémon Spotlight Hour and Mystery Bonus Hour

Thank you, Trainers, for all your feedback on these experimental events! For the month of March, we are happy to report that we’ll continue testing these new ideas, but we wanted to provide some information in advance so you can prepare for these hour-long minievents that are meant to complement your gameplay.

    • Pokémon Spotlight Hour—You can expect a surprising amount of Pokémon appearing in the wild for one hour at 6:00 p.m. local time every Tuesday for the month of March.
    • Mystery Bonus Hour—This hour-long minievent will return every Thursday at 6:00 p.m. local time during the month of March. You can expect bonuses for things like Candy, Stardust, or XP. Log in at 6:00 p.m. to see what the Mystery Bonus is!

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That’s quite a lot of information, so make sure you know when and at what time the events you don’t want to miss are happening next month. Let us know what you’re anticipating the most in the comments.

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  1. Gotta say I’m a little disappointed there was no Masters article yesterday..a lot of new content, a trailer, red dropping.. come on, pokejungle.

  2. When Go thinks Shiny Nincada will be enough to get me to pick it over NH (Actually nothing Go could do rn would actually make me change this unless they completely undid what they’ve done to me)

  3. Sword Team update 2 badges
    Lucky the scorbunny lv 23
    Sting the Linoone lv 22- evolved during the gym quest and helped out a lot in the gym. Ended up taking down Nessas drednaw to win us the gym badge. Since evolving its developed a tendency to taunt its opponent. May need to try and break this habit.
    Nebula the Dottler lv 21
    Fritter the applin lv 21
    Bowser the Chewtle lv 20- was given an abandoned egg found by the daycare couple. Once I got the Hulbery it hatched into a very odd colored chewtle I had never seen before. The little guy loves to playfully bite at my hand not knowing it’s own strength. Will have to teach it not as it grows.

  4. wheeee fakemon https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/585933b0091dd8e2116ca2068ffc56d1375af94c4629cebd03d63a3c57a117c8.png

    Orbital Pokemon
    Ability: Levitate
    Satelleye lives in high altitudes, and zooms out to low Earth orbit to absorb cosmic rays. Small objects that get close to it will begin to float in circles around its central body, which seems to be a source of great amusement to it.
    Attacks include: Aurora Beam, Psywave, Power Gem

    Gravitational Pokemon
    Ability: Zero G – moves that are calculated by weight have no effect while this pokemon is in battle
    Fully in command of gravitational forces; it can increase or decrease the pull of gravity on an entire area, or just a single individual. There was an urban legend about an Aurorbit whose trainer mistreated it, and so it reversed gravity and launched them into space. Its head is gaseous, and it doesn’t seem to have a physical brain inside. The ring of rock and ice particulates surrounding it is apparently part of the pokemon, as it has been observed to feel when things pass through it. Rare individuals, for reasons unknown, have a vertically-oriented ring.
    Attacks include: Gravity, Telekinesis, Ice Beam

  5. Y-Comm improvement, remove all non-friend stamps other than raids. I can really not care less about random people trading etc.

  6. We need some excitement

    For those getting Mystery Dungeon DX tell us your hopes and dreams

    Aka what the criggin heyl yous gonna be and the one that’ll follow you constantly

  7. My last little thing before I leave
    Anyone who’s interested in Mystery Dungeon and want to know the starter moves

    Vine Whip:
    Seed Bomb:

    Flame Burst:
    Dragon Rage:

    Brick Break:
    Water Gun:

    Fake Out:
    Electro Ball:
    Grass Knot:
    Iron Tail:

    Fake Out:
    Foul Play:

    Water Gun:
    Zen Headbut:

    Bullet Punch:
    Brick Break:
    Karate Chop:

    Bone Club:
    Brutal Swing:
    Brick Break:

    Quick Attack:

    Ancient Power:
    Razor Leaf:
    Grass Knot:

    Quick Attack:
    Double Kick:

    Metal Claw:
    Water Gun:
    Ice Fang:

    Quick Attack:
    Dragon Breath:
    Iron Tail:

    Quick Attack:
    Low Kick:

    Mud Bomb:
    Water Gun:
    Mud Slap

    Fake Out:
    Echoed Voice:
    Charge Beam:
    Grass Knot:

    1. I don’t get new MD’s obsession with making the game 10x easier by giving the starters egg moves

  8. Idk if anyone watches it, but just finished Sabrina S3 on Netflix. The show is so bad, but I can’t stop watching for some reason

    1. I semi watch it with the hope it’ll get better. Maybe it’s partly because I miss the old show and things like Charmed that I used to watch. It’s not good but somehow still watchable, especially when you don’t really care if you miss some of it through your headache.

  9. and another! my eevees needed some polish. since SwSh has apparently decided to do away with location-based evolutions (fine by me) i may need to figure out an alternative


    Iron Ore Pokemon
    level up Eevee while holding (???) in the lowest floor of a deep cavern
    The super high pressure environment it lived in caused Eevee’s body to condense and harden. The fur it sheds can be woven in with fabrics to create light but sturdy armor.
    Attacks include: Iron Head, Iron Defense, Autotomize,

    Slipstream Pokemon
    level up Eevee while holding (???) on the highest peak of a high mountain
    High in the mountains, the low air pressure causes Eevee to change into Alteon. Its light and airy body can rest on the air and even pass through some thin materials.
    Attacks include: Air Slash, Razor Wind, Defog, Silver Wind

  10. Pokémon sword update 3 badges
    Lucky the Raboot lv 27- while exploring the Galar mine Bowser was attacked by a wild Stunfisk. Lucky the quickly jumped into to protect the young Pokémon. After taking care of it lucky evolved. Since evolving Lucky has calmed down some from its hyperactiveness as a scorbunny though it has moments of energy still.
    Nebula the Dottler lv 24
    Sting the Linoone lv 25
    Fritter the applin lv 23
    Bowser the drednaw lv 26-after being attacked in the Galar mine Bowser developed an intensity in its training. It seems like it was upset at having to be protected. While training for the battle with Kabu bowser evolved into drednaw and ended up taking down Kabus gigantamax Cintiskorch to win us our third gym badge. Since evolving it has seemed to become more protective of everyone.

    Currently camping out in the wild area with the team.

    1. ferrets, martens/sables/fishers, possums, and bats! cause they’re cool. also more cryptid type stuff, like kapp’n. unicorns and dragons might be a little bit of a reach, but something like a jackalope could be fun

    2. A Pangolin. I think it’d be cool to have ones with natural full body armour, see how they do them.

  11. So yeahhhhhh there’s a cat living in my downstairs bathroom sink….
    And come Thursday we’ll have two additional dogs staying with us
    So four dogs total and a cat

    Don’t ask how all this started I’m just reporting it…

  12. Pokémon sword update 4 badges
    Lucky the Raboot lv 31
    Nebula the orbeetle lv 32- after a battle in the Stow on Side gym with a galarian farfetched Nebula evolved into orbeetle. Helped the team out a ton during our battle with bea taking down 3 of her Pokémon after our other 3 members were fainted.
    Sting the Linoone lv 31
    Fritter the Appletun lv 31- when arriving in hammerlocke I met a trainer who needed to borrow and Applin. A girl he had feelings for was moving to another region. Apparently gifting an applin is a way to confess ones feelings. Turns out she felt the same. To thank me for my help he offered me one of two apples. Before I could decide applin grabbed the sweet apple and evolved into Appletun! Since evolving Appletun has developed a lazy side often eating and sleeping.
    Bowser the drednaw lv 31
    I’m now exploring Glimwood tangle. For some reason it feels like I’m being watched in here. Maybe it’s just my imagination getting to me though.

  13. Since Applin is on the mind I have some slight complaints

    I feel that each evolution should’ve had a more stricter move set and lore

    Flapple are all about sour tartness yet Appletun learns Apple Acid

    And when Flapple Gigantamaxes It has sickly sweet syrupy nectar pouring out of it instead of say an extremely sour acidic juice that would melt a reinforced steel bus in seconds

    And the moves they learn feel just extremely out of proportion
    like Flapple don’t learn a decent physical grass move until 32 when Appletun learns Apple Acid at 28 four levels earlier

    Flapple Should learn bullet seed at 20 while Appletun get Dragon Breath at 20 and maybe mega drain or more special moves

  14. it’s suddenly dawning on me that there’s only three months til E3, less than 100 days

    ideally i’d like to see a generalized direct before then, but still

  15. Okay quick sword update that I didn’t plan to do until after the fifth badge but something unexpected happened.
    While exploring glimwood tangle I felt like something was watching me. On top of that I had moments where it felt like someone was breathing down my neck and items in my bag came up missing. Then the culprit revealed itself trying to scare me. A Pokémon that resides in a teacup named sinistea. Battled it for its tricks. After some back and forth I managed to catch it in a dusk ball I had bought earlier! While this Pokémon is mischievous it seems pretty powerful and apparently it’s in an antique cup which is rare? Either way it’s now my newest team member.

    Lucky the Raboot lv 35- I’ve noticed something recently about Raboot. Recently it’s started to pick up rocks for some reason and kick them around like a ball. Guess we’ll see how this develops
    Nebula the orbeetle lv 35- since evolving I’ve noticed nebula seems to be checking on the team a lot more. Sometimes even comforting them when they’re hurt.
    Sting the Linoone lv 35
    Fritter the Appletun lv 35
    Chip the Sinistea lv 35
    Will attempt the gym challenge in Ballonlea later tonight possibly.

    1. Okay going to ask favor here. Didn’t want to take away from my update. Does anyone here have an extra chipped cup? Can’t evolve my sinistea without it lol

  16. Got a chipped pot! Thanks for tip of the time travel exploit kurusu! Usually wouldn’t do it but want this finished by March 20th lol

  17. So playing Masters for the first time in months, what I am getting is that if I hadn’t literally ignored the game and let all the “Bug apology” gifts pile up, I would’ve had to spend a bunch of money on gems to get as far as I did in 2 hours?

    1. Yes. By the time Cynthia came out I had over 45,000 in game gems. When Red just dropped I had 30,000. Got pretty unlucky with him though.

  18. I know Curry raises friendship a lot, but I still find it a bit strange massages were removed from SwSh. Those have been a staple for so long.

  19. Final sword update of the day! 5 badges
    Lucky the Raboot lv 38- update on Lucky practicing kicking rocks. Its getting a lot better at it. Very rarely misses it now. To add one more thing it seems to developing a sort of rivalry with Sting.
    Nebula the orbeetle lv 38
    Sting the obstagoon lv 38- angered at not being able to fight in the last two gyms due to type a type weakness sting ran off from me in the wild area to pick a fight with one of the strongest Pokémon it could find. When I finally caught up to it it was in battle with snorlax. It barely won the battle but evolved right after. I’ve noticed since evolving its gained a more aggressive attitude. Often tries to pick a fight with lucky.
    Fritter the Appletun lv 38
    Bowser the Drednaw lv 38
    Chip the Polteageist lv 38- chip was able to get its debut battle against opal. Was actually able to take down her weezing before falling to mawile. Impressed by its strength opal gave us her chipped pot she had been keeping which caused Chip to evolve. Since evolving its gotten even more mischievously it will often sneak up on Fritter while its sleeping to scare it.
    Currently camping on route 8 with the team and will continue tomorrow on my journey.

  20. Pokémon sword update. 6 badges
    Lucky the Cinderace lv 43- during a battle with Hops corviknight Lucky finally evolved into cinderace. Immediately after evolving it kicked a flaming rock at corviknight knocking it out. Since evolving its stopped trying to act so cool like it did while it was a Raboot. Has also become a bit of a showoff and has developed a rivalry with Obstagoon often challenging it to races while camping.
    Nebula the orbeetle lv 43
    Sting the obstagoon lv 43- finally got to get the huge battle in wanted in Gotdies gym. Took out Gordies Gigantamax Coalossal to win us our 4th gym badge. Still showing a more aggressive side in battle. Recently learned Cross poison which will be useful against fairy types
    Fritter the Appletun lv 43
    Bowser the drednaw lv 43- has become even more protective of everyone in the party. Recently learned rock slide while training in wild area.
    Chip the Polteageist lv 43- while still a mischievous Pokémon it has gained much power since evolving. Took down of gordies Pokémon before falling to Gigantamax Coalossal.
    Currently resting at the hotel in Circhester before heading to Spikemuth.

  21. 50 away from completing dex..
    Can anyone help with these?
    Seedot line
    Gothita line
    Rufflet line

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