Pokémon GO October 2020 Events, Spotlights and Special Research

Image of a Research Reward box in grass

Hello Trainers!

October in Pokémon GO is coming, packed with some great events including the Halloween event, new (old) raid bosses, a new Special Research questline and a curious pack of Pokémon Spotlight events. In order to help our readers prepare, we’re sharing the entire month’s worth of announcements in one post. How convenient!

Let’s get into it!

October Research Breakthrough encounter

Pokemon GO ShedinjaShedinja

From Thursday, October 1, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7) to Sunday, November 1, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8), Shedinja, the Shed Pokémon, will be available as a Research Breakthrough encounter.


Different legendary raid bosses each week

Raid boss Dates
Pokemon GO ZapdosZapdos September 25th – October 2nd
Pokemon GO MoltresMoltres October 2nd – October 9th
Pokemon GO Giratina (Origin)Giratina (Origin) October 9th – October 23rd
Mystery Pokémon October 23rd – ???
  • From Friday, September 25, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Friday, October 2, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7), Zapdos will be available to challenge in five-star raids.
  • From Friday, October 2, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Friday, October 9, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7), Moltres will be available to challenge in five-star raids.
  • From Friday, October 9, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Friday, October 23, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7), Origin Forme Giratina will be available to challenge in five-star raids. If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny one!
  • Stay tuned for details about a special Raid Boss that’ll be available to challenge during our Halloween event!

Pokémon Spotlight Hours

  • Tuesday, October 6, 2020: World Cap Pikachu will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the XP for catching Pokémon.
  • Tuesday, October 13, 2020: Original Cap Pikachu will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the Candy for catching Pokémon.
  • Tuesday, October 20, 2020: Shuppet will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the Candy for transferring Pokémon.
  • Tuesday, October 27, 2020: Duskull will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the XP for evolving Pokémon.

October Limited Research featuring Meowth!

Pokemon GO Meowth (Alola)Meowth (Alola)

On Saturday, October 10, 2020, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. in your local time, trainers will be able to complete exclusive Field Research tasks to encounter Meowth originally discovered in the Kanto, Alola, and Galar regions!

Trainers can also look forward to exclusive Timed Research, and be sure to check the shop for a box available featuring Incense, Pinap Berries, and Lucky Eggs!


Fashion-themed event

Also, don’t forget the the Longchamp x Pokémon collaboration, a fashion-themed event will take place from Friday, October 2, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. to Thursday, October 8, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7).  Check out our article here for more details on that!


But wait, there’s more!

There’s a lot more that Niantic has in store for October including new avatar items, a Halloween-themed cup for GO Battle League Season 4, and the annual Halloween event!

Plus an event celebrating Niantic’s anniversary and the changing of seasons. Stay tuned for more details!

I've been playing Pokemon Go since the game launched way back in 2016, I am a loyal Valor player and also a content creator on YouTube going by the name Professor Glaw.