May 2021 Events in Pokémon GO

Xerneas and Ylveltal

A complete guide to Pokémon GO events in May 2021. May looks to be another exciting month, with an array of different events and new Pokémon being introduced!

Shadow Moltres

Moltres (Shadow)

This month, Giovanni will have Shadow Moltres in his grasp! If you haven’t already, complete the latest Team GO Rocket Special Research – The Higher They Fly… – to earn a Super Rocket Radar.

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This will help you track down the Team GO Rocket Boss and save Shadow Moltres!

You can also receive a Super Rocket Radar from Timed Research that’ll be available during the Luminous Legends X event.


May Research Breakthrough Encounters

Ponyta (Galarian)

From Saturday, May 1, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. to Monday, May 31, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7), you’ll encounter Galarian Ponyta in Research Breakthrough encounters.


Raids in May 2021

Pokémon GO Raids

Five Star Raids

Incarnate Forme Tornadus, Incarnate Forme Thundurus, and Incarnate Forme Landorus will continue to appear in five-star raids until Tuesday, May 4, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time.

Xerneas Raid Debut

Xerneas

From Tuesday, May 4, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time, Xerneas, the Life Pokémon, will be making its Pokémon GO debut!

Yveltal Raid Debut

Yveltal

From Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time, Yveltal, the Destruction Pokémon, will be making its Pokémon GO debut!

Mega Raids

Weekly Raid Hour

Every Wednesday in May, a Raid Hour event featuring the Pokémon appearing in five-star raids that week will occur from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. local time. As a reminder, you’ll gain extra XP for completing five-star raids throughout the Season of Legends!

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Pokémon Spotlight Hours

Pokémon Spotlight Hour

In the month of May, 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!

Date Pokémon Bonus
May 4, 2021 Cottonee 2x Candy for catching Pokémon
May 11, 2021 Dratini 2x Candy for transferring Pokémon
May 18, 2021 Rattata (Alola) 2x XP for evolving Pokémon
May 25, 2021 Marill 2x Stardust for catching Pokémon


May Community Day

Join us on Saturday, May 15, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. local time for a Community Day event! More details—including which Pokémon will be featured—will be revealed in an upcoming blog post.


Upcoming new events

Stay tuned for details about these upcoming events:

New Pokémon Snap Celebration

From Thursday, April 29, 2021, to Sunday, May 2, 2021, celebrate the release of the much-anticipated New Pokémon Snap with us. You can read our New Pokémon Snap Celebration Event for more information.

Luminous Legends X

Xerneas

From Tuesday, May 4, 2021, to Monday, May 17, 2021, the Legendary Pokémon Xerneas will be making its Pokémon GO debut!

With it, various Dragon and Fairy type Pokémon will be appearing more often in the wild, including some that will be appearing in Pokémon GO for the first time.

Our research also shows that you can complete challenges to unlock rewards during the second week of this legendary event.

Luminous Legends Y

Yveltal

From Tuesday, May 18, 2021, to Monday, May 31, 2021, the Legendary Pokémon Yveltal will be making its Pokémon GO debut!

We’ve also received word that Team GO Rocket could be planning on causing some trouble around then, and also that Dark type Pokémon will be appearing more often in the wild.

Sounds like the perfect opportunity to put your newly caught Dragon and [firy] type Pokémon to use!

Like the Luminous Legends X event, you’ll be able to unlock rewards during the second week of the Luminous Legends Y event by completing select challenges.


Additional Weekend Events

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


Weekly free bundles

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

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