This Week in Pokémon GO: 2-8 October 2023

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Dive into an action-packed week in Pokémon GO starting October 2nd! Encounter the glistening Hisuian Growlithe making its shiny debut and enjoy increased sightings of Kecleon at PokéStops during the “Out to Play” event.

Detective Pikachu returns on the 5th of October, with their new pal Slowpoke, to celebrate the release of the new Nintendo Switch game!

A special GO Battle Weekend will take place, the perfect chance to work on your GBL rating and complete extra battles.

For those aiming for mastery, the race is on to complete the Timed Investigation and earn the unrivaled Master Ball. But that’s not all – battle enthusiasts can gear up for the GO Battle League Season 16, while raiders prepare for epic confrontations against legends like Entei, Suicune, and Raikou, followed by the release of shiny Guzzlord!

And keep your eyes peeled for the elusive Shiny Shadow Moltres! There’s a plethora of adventures waiting, so trainers, gear up and set out!

Out to Play Event Event icon

September 27, 2023 from 10:00am to October 2, 2023, 8:00pm local time a new event, the Out to Play event takes place. Hisuian Growlithe makes their shiny debut, and Kecleon will appear more frequently at PokéStops.

Detective Pikachu Returns Event icon

Detective Pikachu returns from October 5, 2023 10:00am to October 9, 2023 8:00pm local time.

City Safari: Seoul, South Korea Event icon

City Safari: Seoul, South Korea occurs Saturday October 7, 2023 10:00am to 6:00pm, and Sunday October 8, 2023 10:00 to 6:00pm. Gogoat makes their debut in Pokémon GO, and it can be shiny, along with Eevee wearing a special explorer hat.

GO Battle Weekend Event icon

GO Battle Weekend: Geeta

October 7, 2023 12:00am to October 8, 11:59pm local time is GO Battle Weekend: Geeta! The maximum number of sets you can play per day will be increased from five to 20—for a total of 100 battles—from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. local time each day and free battle-themed Timed Research will be available.

Shadow Zapdos Makeup Raid Day Event icon

A makeup day event will be held on October 6 2023, with Shadow Zapdos featuring in Shadow Raids after an error meant the shiny was previously not available.

Adventures Abound Special Research Research icon

Choose your Paldean partner Pokémon! A new Special Research story with branching paths will be available to Trainers! Throughout Pokémon GO: Adventures Abound, you’ll be able to adventure together and bond with your chosen partner Pokémon.

You can claim this Special Research at no cost from Tuesday, September 5, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. to Friday, December 1, 2023, at 9:59 a.m. local time.

Timed Investigation: Master Ball Research icon

Pokemon GO master ball
Pokemon GO master ball

Embark on the path to mastery, Trainers. A Timed Investigation is a lengthy series of challenges available during a set period of time. Seeing this journey through will offer some of the rarest rewards you can obtain in Pokémon GO.

Timed Investigation: Master Ball will be available throughout Pokémon GO: Adventures Abound. Complete the Timed Investigation by Tuesday, November 21, 2023, at 8:00 p.m. local time to receive the very best Poké Ball with the ultimate level of performance—the Master Ball.

When used, it will catch any Pokémon you encounter in Pokémon GO without fail, whether it be in the wild, through Lure Modules, after Raid Battles, or while using your Daily Adventure Incense.

  • For Trainers who are unable to complete Timed Investigation: Master Ball by November 21, 2023, a Special Research ticket that awards a Master Ball will be available to purchase.

GO Battle League Season 16 Battle icon

GO Battle League: Adventures Abound will start on Friday, September 1, 2023, at 12:00 p.m. PT.

The following will occur at the beginning of the Season:

  • End-of-Season rewards will be available on the battle screen.
  • Your GO Battle League rank will be reset.
  • Rank-up requirements will remain the same as the prior
September 29 – October 6
  • 🟡 Ultra League
  • 🔵 Sunshine Cup: Great League Edition
October 6 – October 13
  • 🔵 Great League*
  • 🟡 Ultra League*
  • 🟣 Master League*

Spotlight Hour Pokemon Encounter icon

Pokémon Spotlight Hour


Tuesday October 3rd 6pm till 7pm local time we have Slowpoke as the featured Pokémon for spotlight hour, along with 2x Candy for transferring Pokémon.

Showcases Pokemon Encounter icon

The following PokéStop showcases will take place during this week:

Date and Time Showcase
September 30 – October 2
10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. local time
October 5 – October 9
10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. local time

Raids Raid icon

Raid Hour Raid icon

Wednesday October 4th 6pm till 7pm local time EnteiSuicune and Raikou will appear in five-star raids.

Mega Raids Raid icon

Gardevoir (Mega)

From September 16 to October 6 Mega Gardevoir will appear in Mega Raids.

Gengar (Mega)

From October 6 to October 20 Mega Gengar will appear in Mega Raids.

Five-Star Raids Raid icon

From September 23 to October 6 EnteiSuicune and Raikou will appear in five-star raids, and they can be shiny.

From October 6 to October 20 Guzzlord will appear in five-star raids, and they can be shiny for the first time!

Shadow Raids Raid icon

Team GO Rocket Shadow Raids
Team GO Rocket Shadow Raids

One-star and three-star Shadow Raids will be available daily, while five-star Shadow Raids will take place on Saturdays and Sundays, unless otherwise noted. Also, Shadow Moltres will swoop into five-star Shadow Raids during Adventures Abound!

Moltres (Shadow)

For the first time in Pokémon GO, you may even encounter a Shiny Shadow Moltres—if you’re lucky!

Season of Adventures Abound Event icon

Season of Adventures Abound: Bonuses Bonus icon

The following bonuses are specific to Season 12: Adventures Abound.

Gift icon Trainers can open up to 40 Gifts daily
Gift icon Trainers can hold up to to 40 Gifts in their bag
Battle Friend icon Increased damage when participating in raids with a friend
Battle Friend icon Increased XP from going up a Friendship level

Research Research icon

Season of Adventures Abound Research Breakthrough Research icon

  • From September 1, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT -7) to December 1, 2023, at 1:00 p.m.
    PDT (GMT -7)
  • Complete Field Research tasks during the whole season to earn an encounter from a pool of Pokémon, including Sableye, Galarian Farfetch’d, Larvitar, Furfrou, Bagon and Goomy.

Season of Adventures Abound Field Research Tasks Research icon

Starting this Season, Field Research tasks that previously rotated on a monthly basis will now rotate Seasonally. Field Research tasks that award an encounter with Spinda will still rotate monthly. For a full list of the season field research tasks check out our list here.

Seasonal Rotations Pokemon Encounter icon

Wild Spawns Pokemon Encounter icon

Different Pokémon will appear in the wild! As the Season changes, different Pokémon will appear in different areas across the world!




Beaches & Water

Northern Hemisphere

Southern Hemisphere

*If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!


The following Pokémon hatch from Eggs this Season. These are just some highlighted Egg hatches, more Pokémon can hatch from each egg group!

2 km Eggs

5 km Eggs

7 km Eggs

10 km Eggs

Adventure Sync Rewards Egg icon

The following Pokémon hatch from Adventure Sync Eggs this Season. These are just some highlighted Egg hatches, more Pokémon can hatch from each egg group.

5 km Eggs

10 km Eggs

*If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!

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