Field Research

A complete guide to events that take place in Pokémon GO during the month of April, 2021. Highlights include new GO Rocket Special Research, Therian and Incarnate form legendaries in raids, a surprise Mega-evolution and 5 yet-to-be-detailed events.

New Team GO Rocket Special Research

Giovanni and Team GO Rocket are back, and they’ve obtained more Shadow Pokémon —including Shadow Legendary Pokémon.

Giovanni will be using the following Shadow Legendary Pokémon at different times:

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March 2021 April 2021 May 2021
Articuno (Shadow) Zapdos (Shadow) Moltres (Shadow)

The Higher They Fly Special Research

The new Team GO Rocket Special Research ‘The Higher They Fly…’ will become available on Thursday, April 1st, 2021, at 12:00 a.m. local time. Play through this Season’s new Team GO Rocket Special Research to earn a Super Rocket Radar and take down Giovanni!

Team GO Rocket Timed Research in April

From Thursday, April 1, 2021, at 12:00 a.m. to Thursday, April 8, 2021, at 11:59 local time, be sure to complete Timed Research to get a Super Rocket Radar, which you can use to battle Giovanni!


April Research Breakthrough encounter

Frillish

From Thursday, April 1, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. to Saturday, May 1, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PDT, you’ll encounter male Frillish in Research Breakthrough encounters.


April Pokémon Spotlight Hours

Pokémon Spotlight Hour will take place every Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. local time. Each spotlight hour features a different Pokémon and a special bonus.

Date Pokémon Bonus
April 6, 2021 Buneary 2x Candy for transferring Pokémon
April 13, 2021 Mankey 2x XP for evolving Pokémon
April 20, 2021 Grimer 2x Stardust for catching Pokémon
April 27, 2021 Finneon 2x XP for catching Pokémon


Apri Legendary Pokémon in five-star Raids

The following Legendary Pokémon will be appearing in five-star raids throughout April:

Pokémon Date, time and shiny
Tornadus (Therian)
  • From Tuesday, March 30, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time
  • To Tuesday, April 13, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time.
Landorus (Therian)
  • From Tuesday, April 13, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time
  • To Tuesday, April 27, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time.
Thundurus (Incarnate)
  • From Tuesday, April 27, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time
  • Shiny available
Tornadus (Incarnate)
  • From Tuesday, April 27, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time
  • Shiny available
Landorus (Incarnate)
  • From Tuesday, April 27, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time
  • Shiny available


April Mega Raids

  • Mega Houndoom, Mega Abomasnow, and Mega Manectric will be featured in Mega Raids until Sunday, April 4, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time.
  • A surprise Mega-Evolved Pokémon will be appearing in Mega Raids from Sunday, April 4, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time. It will continue to appear in Mega Raids for the rest of the month. Stay tuned for more details!
  • Mega Gengar and Mega Manectric will be appearing in Mega Raids starting Monday, April 5, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at 10:00 a.m.
  • Mega Venusaur and Mega Abomasnow will appear in Mega Raids from Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. local time.

April Community Day

Snivy

Join us on Sunday, April 11, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. local time for a Community Day event featuring Snivy the grass snake Pokémon.

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Evolve Servine (the Evolution of Snivy) during the event or up to two hours afterward to get a Serperior that knows Frenzy Plant.

For more information, be sure to check out this article: Snivy Community Day April 2021


April Weekly Free Bundles

Every Monday in April, a free one-time bundle containing a Remote Raid Pass and other items will be available in the shop.


Upcoming new events in April

Look out for more details coming soon for these events.

  • Team GO Rocket Timed Research – From Thursday, April 1, 2021, at 12:00 a.m. to Thursday, April 8, 2021, at 11:59 local time, be sure to complete Timed Research to get a Super Rocket Radar, which you can use to battle Giovanni!
  • Spring into Spring – From Sunday, April 4, 2021, to Thursday, April 8, 2021, you can look forward to a spring-themed event! Look out for Chansey, Blissey, and Happiny wearing flower crowns, as well as other spring- and Egg-themed surprises.
  • Rivals’ Week – From Tuesday, April 13, 2021, to Sunday, April 18, 2021, Pokémon that are rivals will be featured, including some Pokémon making their Pokémon GO debut!
  • Sustainability Week – From Tuesday, April 20, 2021 to Sunday, April 25, 2021, you can look forward to a sustainability-themed event! Pokémon like Grimer, Trubbish, and more will be appearing more often in the wild, and it’s up to all of us to catch them!
  • Friendship Day – On Saturday, April 24, 2021, celebrate friendship with a brand-new event!

April will end with a snappy event that will continue into May, so keep a lookout for more details later in April!

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