This Week in Pokémon GO: October 9-15, 2023

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Dive into an action-packed week in Pokémon GO starting October 9th, with Detective Pikachu returning on the 5th of October with their new pal Slowpoke wearing a hat.

The Harvest Festival kicks off on October 12th, with new Paldean Pokémon Smoliv debuting! Timburr Community Day takes place October 15th, with the muscular Pokémon Conkeldurr getting access to Dark type move Brutal Swing as their exclusive move. For Halloween fans there is the Ticket of Treats, which gives Timed Research every Thursday during October.

For those aiming for mastery, the race is on to complete the Timed Investigation and earn the unrivalled 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 potentially 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!

Detective Pikachu Returns Event icon

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

Harvest Festival Event Event icon

October 12, 2023 10:00am to October 17, 2023 8:00pm local time is the Harvest Festival! Smoliv will make their Pokémon GO debut, and other Grass type Pokémon will spawn in the wild.

Timburr Community Day Event icon

October 15, 2023, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm local time is Timburr Community Day! Evolve to get a Conkeldurr that knows the exclusive move Brutal Swing.

City Safari: Barcelona, Spain Event icon

City Safari: Barcelona, Spain occurs Saturday October 13, 2023 10:00am to 6:00pm, and Sunday October 14, 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.

Ticket of Treats Research icon

Starting in October, trainers would be able to purchase the brand new ‘Ticket of Treats’ which grants spooky Halloween themed Timed Research throughout the whole month! With the ticket, every Thursday a new Timed Research will be unlocked, giving you until the end of October to complete them all. Each research comes with Premium Items, event-themed encounters, and more!

The ticket will be available to purchase until October 29, 2023 11:59pm local time, and must be completed and claimed by October 31, 2023, 11:59pm local time.

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
October 6 – October 13
  • 🔵 Great League*
  • 🟡 Ultra League*
  • 🟣 Master League*
October 13 – October 20
  • 🔵 Great League
  • 🔵 Sunshine Cup: Great League Edition

Spotlight Hour Pokemon Encounter icon

Pokémon Spotlight Hour


Tuesday October 10th 6pm till 7pm local time we have Shroomish as the featured Pokémon for spotlight hour, along with 2x XP for evolving Pokémon.

Showcases Pokemon Encounter icon

The following PokéStop showcases will take place during this week:

Date and Time Showcase
October 5 – October 9
10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. local time
October 12 – October 13
10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. local time
October 15
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. local time

Raids Raid icon

Raid Hour

Wednesday October 11th 6pm till 7pm local time Guzzlord will appear in five-star raids.

Mega Raids

Gengar (Mega)

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

Five-Star Raids

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

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 General 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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