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Pokémon GO about to begin its Season of Discovery

Ready for a new season of Pokémon GO? The game will start its ‘Season of Discovery’ on Thursday, June 1. You can read the full details below.

Season of Discovery details

During the Season of Legends, the Therian Formes of Tornadus, Thundurus, and Landorus arrived in Pokémon GO, setting the stage for the Pokémon GO debuts of Xerneas and Yveltal! Trainers became legendary, and legends were told and made. Now, we’re excited to announce the next Season—the Season of Discovery—which will feature our fifth-anniversary celebrations and Pokémon GO Fest 2021!

From encountering Pokémon that have never appeared in Pokémon GO before, to discovering new things about the ones we’ve grown to know and love, this Season will be all about the spirit of discovery in Pokémon GO. The Season of Discovery will run from Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time to Wednesday, September 1, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time!

Read on for an overview of what you can expect during this Season, and look out for a detailed blog once the Season starts.

Some Pokémon will make their Pokémon GO debut in Legendary Raids and Mega Raids!

The Season of Discovery will have a colossal kickoff with Regirock, Regice, and Registeel returning to five-star raids! They will be appearing from Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time to Thursday, June 17, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time. After that, a surprise Pokémon will appear in five-star raids. Keep your eyes peeled for more details, Trainers!

Unexpected guests will be making an appearance in five-star raids, including exciting encounters during Pokémon GO Fest 2021! Look out for more raid updates in our monthly event blogs.

This Season, Mega Raids will feature only one Mega-Evolved Pokémon at a time. Stay tuned for further details each month. For what’s coming in June, see our June events blog here.

Different Pokémon will be appearing in the wild!

As the seasons change, different Pokémon will be appearing in different areas across the world! In cities, Pokémon such as Alolan Rattata, Magnemite, and Porygon will be appearing more frequently in the wild, while in far-off forests, Bellsprout, Doduo, Skorupi, and more will be appearing more frequently in the wild. The mountains are seeing shifts in Pokémon as well, with Rhyhorn, Nosepass, Dwebble, and more appearing more frequently, while Magikarp, Marill, Wailmer, and more will be appearing more frequently in the wild near bodies of water.

These and many more Pokémon will be appearing more often in the wild, so stay tuned for more details, Trainers!

Hemisphere-exclusive Pokémon

During this Season, Trainers can encounter different Pokémon in the northern and southern hemisphere!

In the northern hemisphere, Pokémon like Alolan Diglett, Staryu, Barboach, and Petilil will be appearing more frequently in the wild! The first partner Pokémon originally discovered in the Hoenn region—Treecko, Torchic, and Mudkip—will also be appearing in the wild. Keep an eye out for Summer Form Deerling, too! If you’re lucky, you might even encounter Pokémon such as Sableye, Scyther, and Combee in the wild!

In the southern hemisphere, Pokémon such as Alolan Sandshrew, Alolan Vulpix, Shellder, and more will be appearing more frequently in the wild! The first partner Pokémon originally discovered in the Sinnoh region—Turtwig, Chimchar and Piplup—are appearing as well! Keep an eye out for Winter Form Deerling, too! If you’re lucky, you might encounter Pokémon such as Lickitung, Chimecho, and Cubchoo in the wild.

Different Pokémon will be hatching from Eggs!

Some different Pokémon will be hatching from Eggs! Here’s a look at which Pokémon you might find.

  • Meditite, Buizel, Spritzee, Swirlix, and more will be hatching from 2 km Eggs.
  • Togepi, Gligar, Skarmory, Bonsly, and more will be hatching from 5 km Eggs.
  • Timburr, Rufflet, Goomy, Noibat, and more will be hatching from 10 km Eggs.
  • Cranidos, Shieldon, Skrelp, Clauncher, and more will be hatching from 5 km Eggs earned from Adventure Sync rewards.
  • Bagon, Beldum, Gible, Riolu, and more will be hatching from 10 km Eggs earned from Adventure Sync rewards.

During the Season, you can check each type of Egg to see a list of which Pokémon can hatch from it.

Different Field Research tasks can be found at PokéStops

This Season, you’ll receive different Field Research from PokéStops than before, including new tasks and new rewards! There’ll also be monthly changes to select Field Research tasks.

Be on the lookout for bonuses and items throughout the Season!

To kick off the Season of Discovery, you’ll receive a free Remote Raid Pass from Research Breakthrough rewards throughout June. Throughout the entire Season, you’ll also earn twice the XP from Research Breakthroughs as well!

Events in Pokémon GO during June 2021

Trainers can also expect plenty of events next month and we’ve included details from the official blog below.

Save Shadow Zapdos from Giovanni

Giovanni will have Shadow Zapdos in his grasp from Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at 12:00 a.m. until Thursday, June 17, 2021, at 12:00 a.m. local time. If you haven’t already, complete the latest Team GO Rocket Special Research, The Higher They Fly…, to earn a Super Rocket Radar. This will help you track down the Team GO Rocket Boss and save Shadow Zapdos!

We’re hearing reports that Giovanni will have a different Shadow Pokémon in his grasp starting on Thursday, June 17, 2021. Keep a look out for further details in the coming weeks, Trainers!

For more information, please see this help center article.

June Research Breakthrough encounters

From Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. to Thursday, July 1, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7), you’ll encounter Clamperl in Research Breakthrough encounters. As an extra bonus throughout this month, you will also receive a free Remote Raid Pass and twice the XP when you achieve a Research Breakthrough.

Double XP for Research Breakthroughs will continue throughout the upcoming season. Look forward to more details in our upcoming season announcement!

Featured Pokémon in raids

The following Legendary Pokémon will be appearing in five-star raids throughout June.

  • Regirock, Regice, and Registeel will be appearing in five-star raids from Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Thursday, June 17, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time.
  • From Thursday, June 17, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Wednesday, June 30, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time, a surprise Legendary Pokémon will be appearing in raids!

In addition, the following Mega-Evolved Pokémon will be appearing in Mega Raids.

  • Mega Lopunny will appear in Mega Raids from Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Tuesday, June 8, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time.
  • Mega Slowbro will be making its Pokémon GO debut in Mega Raids from Tuesday, June 8, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Thursday, June 17, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time.
  • Mega Gyarados will appear in Mega Raids from Thursday, June 17, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Friday, July 2, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time.
  • From June 1, 2021, only one Pokémon will be appearing in Mega Raids at a time.

Every Wednesday in June, a Raid Hour event will occur from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. local time. The following Pokémon will be featured.

  • Wednesday, June 2, 2021: Regirock
  • Wednesday, June 9, 2021: Registeel
  • Wednesday, June 16, 2021: Regice
  • Wednesday, June 23, 2021: To be announced
  • Wednesday, June 30, 2021: To be announced

Pokémon Spotlight Hours

In the month of June, Pokémon Spotlight Hour will take place every Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. local time, and each of these hours will spotlight a different Pokémon and special bonus!

  • Tuesday, June 1, 2021: Dwebble will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the XP for catching Pokémon.
  • Tuesday, June 8, 2021: Abra will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the Candy for catching Pokémon.
  • Tuesday, June 15, 2021: Slowpoke will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the Candy for transferring Pokémon.
  • Tuesday, June 22, 2021: Swinub will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the XP for evolving Pokémon.
  • Tuesday, June 29, 2021: Aipom will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the Stardust for catching Pokémon.

June Community Day

Join us on Sunday, June 6, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. local time for a Community Day event featuring Gible, the Land Shark Pokémon! For more details, check out our June Community Day blog.

Upcoming events

Stay tuned for details about these upcoming events.

  • A Very Slow Discovery: From Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. through Sunday, June 13, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. local time, Galarian Slowpoke, Galarian Slowbro, and Mega Slowbro will make their Pokémon GO debuts! This event will be themed around lazy and active Pokémon and will include a Collection Challenge featuring Slowpoke and others!
  • Solstice Event: From Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. through Sunday, June 20, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. local time, our solstice-themed event is back! Trainers in the northern hemisphere will encounter summer-themed Pokémon, while Trainers in the southern hemisphere will encounter winter-themed Pokémon. Look out for more details on June 16, 2021!
  • ???: Trainers will be able to sink their two front teeth into an unexpected event from Friday, June 25, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. through Thursday, July 1, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. local time!

Keep an eye out for more details on additional weekend events occurring throughout June, and get ready for a new season starting in June as well!

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