Pokémon GO Festival of Lights 2023 Event

It's all about frogs and mushrooms during this year's Festival of Lights Pokémon GO event, with the debut of Tadbulb family, and the debuts of shiny Morelull and shiny Shiinotic!

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Trainers, The Festival of Lights is happening soon in Pokémon GO, and you can look forward to encountering Tadbulb as it makes its Pokémon GO debut! Some Pokémon in the wild will also have a glowing effect at nighttime. Shine brightly with your Pokémon and celebrate!

Read on to discover Festival of Lights 2023 bonuses, new shiny Pokémon, debuting Pokémon, Field and Timed Research tasks, and which Pokémon spawns are boosted during the event, be it from wild, or from Incense encounters.

Festival of Lights 2023

Date & Time

Starts Ends
Tuesday, November 7, 2023
at 10:00 AM local time
Sunday, November 12, 2023
at 8:00 PM local time

Bonuses ⭐

  • Debut of Tadbulb family
  • Debut of shiny Morelull family
  • 2x Stardust and Candy from Hatching Pokemon
  • Regular Incense will last twice as long
  • Event-exclusive Timed Research
  • Morelull hatched from eggs will have a greater Shiny chance than the wild
  • Featured Showcases: Litwick and Tadbulb
  • New Avatar Items
  • Exclusive Bonuses for Trainers in India
  • Mega Garchomp Raid Day – Saturday November 11, 2023 2-5pm local time

Pokémon Debut Pokemon Encounter icon


Tadbulb and its evolution, Bellibolt, will debut during this event.

Tadbulb Bellibolt
Pokémon HOME Tadbulb sprite Pokémon HOME Bellibolt sprite

You can use 50 Tadbulb Candy to evolve Tadbulb into Bellibolt.


For the first time in Pokémon GO, you’ll be able to encounter Shiny Morelull—if you’re lucky!

  Morelull Shiinotic
Regular Sprite Pokémon HOME Morelull sprite Pokémon HOME Shiinotic sprite
Shiny Sprite Pokémon HOME Shiny Morelull sprite Pokémon HOME Shiny Shiinotic sprite

You can use 50 Morelull Candy to evolve Morelull into Shiinotic.

Wild Pokémon Encounters Pokemon Encounter icon

The following Pokémon will appear more frequently in the wild during the event:

If you are lucky, you may encounter the following:

For the first time in Pokémon GO, you’ll be able to encounter Shiny Morelull—if you’re lucky!

7km Eggs Pokemon Encounter icon

The following Pokémon will hatch from 7 km Eggs. Also, Morelull hatched from Eggs will have a greater chance of being a Shiny Pokémon than Morelull found in the wild.

Increased Incense Encounters Incense icon

The following Pokémon will appear more frequently when Trainers use Incense.

Field Research Task Encounters Research icon

Festival of Light–themed Field Research tasks will be available! The following Pokémon will be available to encounter when you complete Field Research tasks!

Task Reward
Explore 1km Morelull
Send a gift with a sticker Darumaka
Hatch 2 Eggs Tadbulb
Spin 10 PokeStops or gyms
Catch 5 Pokemon
  • Pinap Berry icon 2× Pinap Berry
  • Great Ball icon 3× Great Ball
  • Poke Ball icon 5× Poke Ball

Exclusive bonuses for Trainers in India General icon

Trainers located in India can look forward to a special Collection Challenge that awards Stardust, XP, and an encounter with Tadbulb. They can also earn twice the Candy for catching Pokémon during the Festival of Lights event!

Timed Research Research icon

Event-exclusive Timed Research will be available throughout the event!

You’ll be able to complete Timed Research focused on exploring and catching Pokémon!

Complete the research tasks to earn an event-exclusive shirt avatar item and encounters with event-themed Pokémon.

Festival of Lights Timed Research

Task Reward
Spin 30 Pokéstops Incense icon 1× Incense
Catch 30 Electric-type Pokémon Voltorb
Catch 30 Fire-type Pokémon Growlithe
Explore 5km Tadbulb
Use an Incense Morelull
Catch 15 different species of Pokémon Magmar
Hatch 4 Eggs Dedenne
  • Raichu
  • XP icon 3000× XP
  • Festival of Lights 2023 T-shirt

New Avatar Item Shop icon

The following new avatar item will be available to purchase in the in-game shop during this event and will continue to be available after the event ends!

PokéStop Showcases

Be on the lookout for Showcases at different PokéStops during the Festival of Light where you can enter Litwick and Tadbulb!

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Hey! I'm phrixu, a Pokémon GO player from the UK. I am dedicated to making Pokémon GO as accessible as possible, to the whole community!

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