Xerneas, the pure Fairy type Legendary Pokémon is coming soon to Pokémon GO during the Luminous Legends X event that features the debut of Xerneas alongside other Fairy and Dragon types.
Date and Time
From the official announcement:
This event will begin on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. to Monday, May 17, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. local time.
“A legend will soon illuminate our world: Xerneas, the Life Pokémon, will make its Pokémon GO debut during the Luminous Legends X event! Some Dragon- and Fairy-type Pokémon originally discovered in the Kalos region will be coming along for the journey as well, such as Spritzee, Swirlix, and Goomy! A new item will also be coming to Pokémon GO—the Rainy Lure Module, which can be used to evolve Sliggoo (the Evolution of Goomy) into Goodra. You can also evolve Sliggoo when the in-game weather is rainy.
Xerneas will make its Pokémon GO debut in five-star raids! This Fairy-type Legendary Pokémon originally discovered in the Kalos region has horns on its head that shine in seven different colors, and legends say it’s known to share everlasting life.
Spritzee, Swirlix, and Goomy will be making their Pokémon GO debuts!
Spritzee and Swirlix will be appearing more frequently in the wild alongside other Dragon- and Fairy-type Pokémon, like Dratini, Ralts, Bagon, Cottonee, and more. If you’re extremely lucky, you might find a Goomy in the wild!”
Let’s break down this announcement. Firstly, Xerneas has been officially announced as the next 5-star raid boss. This is great news for anyone looking to catch and use the strongest Fairy type Pokémon in the game as of its release.
Xerneas’ stats are as follows:
As we can see, Xerneas has serious potential in PvE and PvP making it an all-around solid Pokémon to use. You can find our guide to defeating Xerneas here: Xerneas Raid Guide.
Xerneas maxes out at a whopping 4,275 at Level 50 and has an incredibly strong Attack and Stamina stat.
Spritzee, Swirlix and Goomy are also coming soon as a celebration of this event.
These Pokémon originated from the Kalos region and will be an exciting new addition to the game, especially the fan favourite, Goomy! We published an article that details how Goodra – Goomy’s evolution – performs in the Pokémon GO meta game: Goodra Meta Analysis. Check it out!
Rainy Lure Module debuts in Pokémon GO
Alongside the introduction to these Pokémon, we are also getting a brand new item, the Rainy Lure Module, as mentioned here:
Rainy Lure Modules are coming to Pokémon GO! This Lure Module will attract certain Pokémon that like rain, such as Water-, Bug-, and Electric-type Pokémon. When you’re near a PokéStop with an active Rainy Lure Module, you can evolve Sliggoo (the Evolution of Goomy) into Goodra. You can also evolve Sliggoo when the in-game weather is rainy.
The Rainy Lure Module will be the only way to evolve Sliggoo into Goodra. Not only will Goomy be a rare encounter in the game, but it also has a different way to evolve making Goodra an impressive Pokémon to possess.
Field Research Tasks
Complete event-exclusive Timed Research to encounter Fairy-type Pokémon, including Spritzee and Swirlix, as well as receive a Rainy Lure Module and other rewards.
Event-exclusive Field Research tasks will lead to encounters with Psychic, Dragon and Fairy type Pokémon, including Galarian Ponyta, Gible, Spritzee, and Swirlix. Event-exclusive AR Mapping tasks will lead to encounters with Galarian Ponyta.
Here’s the full list of tasks:
|Catch 10 Dragon-type Pokémon||Gible|
|Catch 5 Fairy-type Pokémon||Marill, Cottonee|
|Catch 10 Fairy-type Pokémon||Spritzee, Swirlix|
|Catch 15 Fairy-type Pokémon||Galarian Ponyta|
|Use 7 Berries to help catch Pokémon||Spritzee, Swirlix|
|Win 2 Raids||Gible|
Timed Research Tasks
The following Timed Research is available during the Luminous Legends X Event guide. Complete it before the event ends.
- Send 5 Gifts to friends — Jigglypuff (s)
- Defeat 3 Team GO Rocket grunts — Bagon (s)
- Catch 7 Fairy-type Pokémon — Clefairy (s)
- Stage Rewards: 1 500 XP; 15× Great Ball
- Earn 7 hearts with your buddy — 10× Razz Berry
- Purify 3 Shadow Pokémon — Dratini (s)
- Catch 15 Fairy-type Pokémon — Marill (s)
- Stage Rewards: 2 000 XP; 1× Rocket Radar
- Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Arlo — 5× Hyper Potion
- Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Cliff — 3× Revive
- Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Sierra — 3× Max Potion
- Stage Rewards: 2 500 XP; 1× Super Rocket Radar
- Find the Team GO Rocket Boss — 2 000 XP
- Battle the Team GO Rocket Boss — 2 000 XP
- Defeat the Team Go Rocket Boss — 2 000 XP
- Stage Rewards: 3 000 XP; 1× Incense
- Evolve 3 Fairy-type Pokémon — 1× Sinnoh Stone
- Use an Incense — Mawile (s)
- Catch 20 Fairy-type Pokémon — Spritzee
- Stage Rewards: 4 000 XP; 10× Nanab Berry
- Make 10 Great Throws — Swirlix
- Use 15 Berries to help catch Pokémon — Cottonee
- Catch 7 different species of Fairy-type Pokémon — Azumarill
- Stage Rewards: 6 000 XP; 15× Ultra Ball
- Complete 5 Field Research tasks — 25× Poké Ball
- Win 1 raid — Gible (s)
- Catch 50 Fairy-type Pokémon — Clefable
- Stage Rewards: 5 000 Stardust; 1× Rainy Lure
The following Pokémon will be hatching from 7 km Eggs: Cleffa, Igglybuff, Azurill, Gible, Swirlix, and Spritzee.
If you’re on the hunt for a good IV Swirlix and Spritzee, hatching eggs is a great way of increasing your chances of having one with good stats to evolve.
Psychic, Dragon and Fairy type Pokémon like Galarian Ponyta, Alolan Exeggutor, Xerneas, and more will be appearing in raids! The following raid bosses are appearing during the event:
You can find raid guides for all of these Pokémon in our Pokemon GO Raid Guides section.
Dragonite and Salamence will be able to learn certain attacks during this event:
- Evolve a Dragonair or use a Charged TM on a Dragonite to teach it Draco Meteor,
- Evolve a Shelgon or use a Charged TM on a Salamence to teach it Outrage.
If you missed out on the respected Community Days in order to get these exclusive moves, then you’re in luck as this event allows you once again to learn these moves via Charge TM or evolution.
In addition, you can work with other Trainers to catch Fairy-type Pokémon by doing so, you can unlock rewards during the second half of the event! From Tuesday, May 4, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Tuesday May 11, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. local time, you and other Trainers worldwide can work together to catch 500 million Fairy-type Pokémon in total. If the goal is met, special bonuses will be available from Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Monday, May 17, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. local time. A 3× Catch XP bonus will be active for the rest of the event.
This shows that we need to catch 500 million Fairy type Pokémon during the second half of this event in order to unlock special bonuses that will grant us with a 3x catch XP bonus to help out those that are looking to level up.
Pancham & Shiny Galarian Ponyta
Pancham will make its Pokémon GO debut, appearing in raids for the rest of the event.
If you’re lucky, you might find a Shiny Galarian Ponyta! Shiny Galarian Ponyta will continue to be available after the event.
Pancham is a pure Fighting type Pokémon that was introduced in Generation VI which evolves into Pangoro.
Luminous Legends Y Event
You can also look forward to the Luminous Legends Y event, coming soon! In this event, the Legendary Pokémon Yveltal, the Destruction Pokémon, will be making its Pokémon GO debut, and Pancham will be hatching from Strange Eggs. More details to come soon!
Yveltal is a Dark + type that has the exact same stats as Xerneas. These 2 Pokémon are incredibly powerful and will be sought-after in raids due to their versatility in PvE and PvP.
May is looking like a thrilling month for events within Pokémon GO with the release of brand new Pokémon and challenges right around the corner!
This will also be a great way to acquire Dragon and Fairy type Pokémon for those that are stuck on the All-in-One #151 quest to get shiny Mew.
Best of luck catching these new Pokémon and remember to stay safe!