This Week in Pokémon GO: 25 September – 1 October 2023

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Dive into an action-packed week in Pokémon GO starting September 25th! Encounter the glistening Hisuian Growlithe making its shiny debut and enjoy increased sightings of Kecleon at PokéStops during the “Out to Play” event.

On September 30th, Azurill promises excitement as it hatches more frequently from 2km eggs, offering a golden opportunity to find a shiny! Unravel the mysteries of the “Adventures Abound Special Research” and choose your Paldean partner for a unique bonding journey.

For those aiming for mastery, the race is on to complete the Timed Investigation and earn the unrivaled Master Ball. But that’s not all – battle enthusiasts can gear up for the GO Battle League Season 16, while raiders prepare for epic confrontations against legends like Entei, Suicune, and Raikou.

And keep your eyes peeled for the elusive Shiny Shadow Zapdos! There’s a plethora of adventures waiting, so trainers, gear up and set out!

Out to Play Event Event icon

September 27, 2023 from 10:00am to October 2, 2023, 8:00pm local time a new event, the Out to Play event takes place. Hisuian Growlithe makes their shiny debut, and Kecleon will appear more frequently at PokéStops.

Azurill Hatch Day Event icon

September 30, 2023 at 2:00pm to 5:00pm local time is Azurill Hatch Day. Azurill will hatch more frequently from 2km eggs, with an increase chance of hatching a shiny!

Adventures Abound Special Research Research icon

Choose your Paldean partner Pokémon! A new Special Research story with branching paths will be available to Trainers! Throughout Pokémon GO: Adventures Abound, you’ll be able to adventure together and bond with your chosen partner Pokémon.

You can claim this Special Research at no cost from Tuesday, September 5, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. to Friday, December 1, 2023, at 9:59 a.m. local time.

Timed Investigation: Master Ball Research icon

Pokemon GO master ball
Pokemon GO master ball

Embark on the path to mastery, Trainers. A Timed Investigation is a lengthy series of challenges available during a set period of time. Seeing this journey through will offer some of the rarest rewards you can obtain in Pokémon GO.

Timed Investigation: Master Ball will be available throughout Pokémon GO: Adventures Abound. Complete the Timed Investigation by Tuesday, November 21, 2023, at 8:00 p.m. local time to receive the very best Poké Ball with the ultimate level of performance—the Master Ball.

When used, it will catch any Pokémon you encounter in Pokémon GO without fail, whether it be in the wild, through Lure Modules, after Raid Battles, or while using your Daily Adventure Incense.

  • For Trainers who are unable to complete Timed Investigation: Master Ball by November 21, 2023, a Special Research ticket that awards a Master Ball will be available to purchase.

GO Battle League Season 16 Battle icon

GO Battle League: Adventures Abound will start on Friday, September 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
September 22 – September 29
  • 🔵 Great League
  • 🔵 Psychic Cup: Great League Edition
September 29 – October 6
  • 🟡 Ultra League
  • 🔵 Sunshine Cup: Great League Edition

Spotlight Hour Pokemon Encounter icon

Pokémon Spotlight Hour


Tuesday September 26th 6pm till 7pm local time we have Growlithe as the featured Pokémon for spotlight hour, along with 2x Stardust for catching Pokémon.

Showcases Pokemon Encounter icon

The following PokéStop showcases will take place during this week:

Date and Time Showcase
September 27 – September 29
10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. local time
September 30 – October 2
10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. local time

Raids Raid icon

Raid Hour Raid icon

Wednesday September 27th 6pm till 7pm local time EnteiSuicune and Raikou will appear in five-star raids.

Mega Raids Raid icon

Gardevoir (Mega)

From September 16 to October 6 Mega Gardevoir will appear in Mega Raids.

Five-Star Raids Raid icon

From September 23 to October 6 EnteiSuicune and Raikou will appear in five-star raids, and they can be shiny.

Shadow Raids Raid icon

Team GO Rocket Shadow Raids
Team GO Rocket Shadow Raids

One-star and three-star Shadow Raids will be available daily, while five-star Shadow Raids will take place on Saturdays and Sundays, unless otherwise noted. Also, Shadow Zapdos will swoop into five-star Shadow Raids during Adventures Abound!

Zapdos (Shadow)

For the first time in Pokémon GO, you may even encounter a Shiny Shadow Zapdos—if you’re lucky!

Season of Adventures Abound Event icon

Season of Adventures Abound: Bonuses Bonus icon

The following bonuses are specific to Season 12: Adventures Abound.

Gift icon Trainers can open up to 40 Gifts daily
Gift icon Trainers can hold up to to 40 Gifts in their bag
Battle Friend icon Increased damage when participating in raids with a friend
Battle Friend icon Increased XP from going up a Friendship level

Research Research icon

Season of Adventures Abound Research Breakthrough Research icon

  • From September 1, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT -7) to December 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 Sableye, Galarian Farfetch’d, Larvitar, Furfrou, Bagon and Goomy.

Season of Adventures Abound Field Research Tasks Research icon

Starting this Season, Field Research tasks that previously rotated on a monthly basis will now rotate Seasonally. Field Research tasks that award an encounter with Spinda will still rotate monthly. For a full list of the season field research tasks check out our list here.

Seasonal Rotations Pokemon Encounter icon

Wild Spawns Pokemon Encounter icon

Different Pokémon will appear in the wild! As the Season changes, different Pokémon will appear in different areas across the world!




Beaches & Water

Northern Hemisphere

Southern Hemisphere

*If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!


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 Egg icon

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

*If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!

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