This Week in Pokemon GO: 15-21 May 2023

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Coming this week in Pokémon GO, commencing 15th May we have the end of the Valorous Hero event and Fennekin Community Day.

A Valorous Hero Event

From May 11, 2023 10:00am to May 17, 2023 8:00pm local time the Valorous Hero event takes place.

Pokemon Encounter icon Mega Pinsir makes their Pokémon GO debut
Pokemon Encounter icon Tapu Fini will be available as shiny for the first time
Raid icon New raid bosses will be available for the duration of the event
Candy icon 2x candy for catching Pokémon
Candy XL icon Trainers level 31 and above will have twice the chance to obtain Candy XL from catching Pokémon

May 2023 Community Day: Fennekin

May 2023 Community Day: Fennekin
May 2023 Community Day: Fennekin

May Community Day features Fennekin, the Fox Pokémon. On May 21, 2023, Fennekin will appear more frequently in the wild, and lucky Trainers may encounter a shiny Fennekin. Delphox evolved during the event will know the Charged Attack Blast Burn Fire.

GO Battle League Season 14

GO Battle League: Rising Heroes will start on Wednesday, March 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 Season.

May 10-May 17

  • 🟡 Ultra League
  • 🔵 Sunshine Cup: Great League Edition

May 17-May 24

  • 🟣 Master League*
  • 🔘 Element Cup: Little Edition*

*3x Stardust from win rewards (this does not include end of set rewards)

Spotlight Hour


Tuesday May 16th 6pm till 7pm local time we have Bellsprout as the featured Pokémon for spotlight hour, along with a 2× candy for transferring Pokémon.

Raid Hour

Tapu Fini

Wednesday May 17th 6pm till 7pm local time Tapu Fini will be appearing in raids for raid hour and it can be shiny for the first time!


Mega Raids

Pinsir (Mega)

From May 11 to May 24 Mega Pinsir will make their debut in Mega Raids.

Five Star Raids

Tapu Fini

From May 9 to May 24 Tapu Fini will appear in five-star raids and will be available shiny for the first time!

Field Research

May 2023 Research Breakthrough

Completing Field Research tasks leads to Research Breakthroughs, which now reward Trainers with different items in addition to encounters with a variety of Pokémon. Check out the Research Breakthrough rewards you can look forward to this Season!

  • From March 1, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT -7) to June 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 Parasect, Pinsir, Snorlax, Furfrou, Gible and Goomy.

May 2023 Research Tasks

For a full list of May 2023 research tasks check out our article here.

Season of Rising Heroes

Seasonal bonuses: Rising Heroes

The following bonuses are specific to Season 10: Rising Heroes.

  • Increased damage dealt by Pokémon participating in raids remotely
  • Team GO Rocket will appear more frequently at PokéStops
  • Extra Stardust earned from Team GO Rocket encounters

Season of Rising Heroes Wild Encounters

Different Pokémon will be appearing in the wild during the Season, including iconic Pokémon from all generations. As the Season changes, different Pokémon will be appearing in different areas across the world.




Beaches & Water

Northern Hemisphere

Southern Hemisphere


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

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

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