Pokémon GO September 2020 Events, Spotlights and Special Research

Victini Special Research, different Legendary Raid Bosses, Pokémon spotlight hours and GO Battle Night

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September in Pokémon GO is coming, packed with great events, new raid bosses, new Special Research quest line 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.

We’re also expecting Mega evolutions to be released rather soon, but that’s a separate topic from this article.

September Research Breakthrough encounter

Alolan Raichu Research Breakthrough
Alolan Raichu Research Breakthrough
Pokemon GO Raichu (Alola)Raichu (Alola)

From Tuesday, September 1, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Thursday, October 1, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7), Alolan Raichu, the Mouse Pokémon, will be available as a Research Breakthrough encounter. If you’re lucky, you might even encounter a Shiny one!


Different legendary raid bosses each week

Legendary Raids in September
Legendary Raids in September
Raid boss Dates
Pokemon GO HeatranHeatran August 21 – September 10
Pokemon GO CresseliaCresselia September 10 – September 18
Pokemon GO ArticunoArticuno September 18 – September 25
Pokemon GO ZapdosZapdos September 25 – October 2
  • From Friday, August 21, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Thursday, September 10, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7), Heatran will be available to challenge in five-star raids.
  • From Thursday, September 10, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Friday, September 18, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7), Cresselia will be available to challenge in five-star raids.
  • From Friday, September 18, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Friday, September 25, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7), Articuno will be available to challenge in five-star raids.
  • 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.

Pokémon Spotlight Hours

September Spotlight Hours
September Spotlight Hours
  • Tuesday, September 1, 2020: Eevee will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the XP for catching Pokémon.
  • Tuesday, September 8, 2020: Houndour will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the Candy for catching Pokémon.
  • Tuesday, September 15, 2020: Tentacool will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the Candy for transferring Pokémon.
  • Tuesday, September 22, 2020: Spearow will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the XP for evolving Pokémon.
  • Tuesday, September 29, 2020: Skitty will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the Stardust for catching Pokémon.

GO Battle Night

On Thursday, September 24, 2020, from 6:00 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. local time, you’ll receive twice the Stardust for winning battles, completing sets of battles, and ranking up in the GO Battle League. You’ll also be able to complete 20 sets of GO Battle League battles, up from the regular five sets, for a total of up to 100 battles.


Victini Special Research: Investigate a Mysterious Energy

Pokemon GO VictiniVictini

At the end of September, you can look forward to helping Professor Willow uncover the mysteries of the Mythical Pokémon Victini, the Victory Pokémon, in a new Special Research story—Investigate a Mysterious Energy! If you accessed the exclusive Pokémon GO Fest 2020: Rocket Straight to Victory Special Research during Pokémon GO Fest 2020, completing this new Special Research will earn you Victini Candy.


Jessie and James might be blasting off soon!

Great job keeping Team GO Rocket’s balloons at bay, Trainers. We’re getting word that Jessie and James will no longer appear in Pokémon GO starting on September 30th, so if you haven’t battled them yet, keep an eye out for that Meowth balloon before they make their escape!
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