This Week in Pokemon GO: 17-23 April 2023

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Coming this week in Pokémon GO, commencing 17th April we have the end of the Mystic Hero Event, Sustainability Week, a Limited Research event, and the release of shiny Tapu Bulu for the first time.

A Mystic Hero Event

  • Event icon Thursday, April 13, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. to Monday, April 17, 2023, at 8:00 p.m. local time
  • XP icon 2x Experience for evolving Pokémon
  • Candy XL icon Two Guaranteed Candy XL for evolving Pokémon
  • Lure icon Lure Modules activated during the event will last for 3 hours

Blanche, the leader of Team Mystic, will lead a special research story during the event. Trainers who complete the research will be rewarded with an encounter with Lapras wearing a Blanche-themed headband! This will be the only way that trainers can obtain this special costumed Lapras this season. If you are lucky you may even encounter shiny Lapras!

Sustainability Week


From April 20, 2023 at 10:00am, to April 26, 2023 at 8:00pm local time Sustainability Week is back, with Bounsweet, the Fruit Pokémon, making their Pokémon GO debut.

  • Event icon Thursday, April 20, 2023, at 10:00am to Wednesday, April 26, 2023, at 8:00pm
  • Gift icon If your Buddy Pokémon is an Ultra Buddy or higher, it will bring you souvenirs more frequently
  • Gift icon If your Buddy Pokémon is a Great Buddy or higher, it will bring you leaf-wrapped gifts more frequently. These gifts will contains Berries more often and they may even contain a Silver Pinap Berry!
  • Buddy icon Your Buddy Pokémon will accompany you on the map longer when fed
  • Buddy icon 1/2 distance to earn hearts with your Buddy Pokémon

Limited Research

On April 23, 2023 2:00pm to 5:00pm local time we have a special Limited Research event. We don’t have have information for this event, but we will share it as soon as we have it!

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.

Apr 12-Apr 19

Apr 19-Apr 26

  • 🔵 Great League
  • 🔵 Weather Cup: Ultra League Edition

Spotlight Hour


Tuesday April 18th 6pm till 7pm local time we have Trapinch as the featured Pokémon for spotlight hour, along with a 2× XP for evolving Pokémon.

Raid Hour

Tapu Bulu

Wednesday April 19th 6pm till 7pm local time Tapu Bulu will be appearing in raids for raid hour.


Mega Raids

Blastoise (Mega)

From April 11 to April 17 Mega Blastoise will appear in Mega Raids.

Slowbro (Mega)

From April 17 to May 2 Mega Slowbro will appear in Mega Raids.

Five Star Raids

Landorus (Incarnate)

From April 11 to April 17 Incarnate Forme Landorus will appear in five-star raids.

Tapu Bulu

From April 17 to May 2 Tapu Bulu will appear in five-star raids and will be available shiny for the first time!

Field Research

April 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.

April 2023 Research Tasks

For a full list of April 2023 research tasks check out our full guide 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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