This week in Pokemon Go: October 2-8, 2023

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Start your week with Pokemon GO on October 2nd. The Hisuian Growlithe is making its debut as a shiny Pokemon and you can expect to see more Kecleons at PokeStops in the “Out to Play Event”.

Detective Pikachu and Slowpoke will be returning on October 5 to celebrate the launch of Nintendo Switch!

The GO Battle Weekend is a great opportunity to improve your GBL score and fight extra battles.

For those who are aiming to mastery, it’s time to race through the Timed Investigation in order earn the Master Ball. Battle enthusiasts will be able to prepare for Season 16 of the GO Battle League, while Raiders can get ready for their epic battles with legends such as Entei Suicune and Raikou.

Keep your eyes open for the Shiny Shadow Moltres. Trainers are in for a world of adventure, so get ready and go!

This event is called Out of Play

  • Growlithe (Hisuian)

  • Kecleon

The Out to Play Event will take place from September 27th, 2023 at 10:00am to the 2nd of October, 2023 at 8:00pm (local time). Hisuian growlithe will make their debut and Kecleon is more likely to appear at PokeStops.

Detective Pikachu Returns
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  • Pikachu
    Wearing a Detective Hat

  • Slowpoke
    wearing a hat

Detective Pikachu will return from October 5, 2020 10:00am until October 9, 2020 8:00pm (local time).

City Safari Seoul South Korea

  • Gogoat

  • Eevee
    Wearing an Explorer Hat

Seoul City Safari, South Korea will be held on Saturday, October 7, 2023, 10:00am – 6:00pm and Sunday, October 8, 2023, 10:00 – 6:00pm. Gogoats make their Pokemon GO debut, they can even be shiny. Eevee also wears a special explorer hat.

GO Battle Weekend
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GO Battle Weekend: Geeta

Geeta is the theme of the GO Battle Weekend, which will take place from October 7th 2023 at 12:00 am to 8th October 11:59 pm local time. From 12:00 am to 11:59 pm local time, the maximum number of battles you can have per day is increased to 100.

Shadow Zapdos Makeup Raid Day

On October 6, 2023, a makeup event will take place. Shadow Zapdos are now available in Shadow Raids due to an earlier error that prevented the shiny from being made.

Adventures Abound Special Research

Choose your Paldean partner Pokemon! The Trainers will have access to a new Special Research Story with multiple branching paths! Pokemon GO Adventures Abound allows you to bond and adventure with your partner Pokemon.

This Special Research is free from Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2023 at 10:00 am to Friday, Dec. 1, 2023 at 9:59 am local time.

Timed Investigation: Master Ball

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Pokemon GO master ball

Trainers, start on your path to mastery. Timed Investigations are a series of challenging tasks that can be completed within a certain time frame. This journey will reward you with some of the most rare rewards in Pokemon GO.

Master Ball is available in Pokemon GO Adventures: Abound. Timed Investigation: Master Ball will be available throughout Pokemon GO: Adventures Abound.

It will capture any Pokemon encountered in Pokemon GO, regardless of whether you are in the Wild, using Lure Modules or Daily Adventure Incense, or after a Raid Battle.

  • 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 16

GO Battle League will begin on September 1, 2023 at 12 noon PT.

At the start of Season, the following things will happen:

  • 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 29 – October 6
  • 🟡 Ultra League
  • 🔵 Sunshine Cup: Great League Edition
October 6 – October 13
  • 🔵 Great League*
  • 🟡 Ultra League*
  • 🟣 Master League*

Spotlight Hour
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Pokémon Spotlight Hour


Slowpoke is the Pokemon of choice for Spotlight Hour on Tuesday, October 3, 6pm to 7pm (local time), along with two candy for Pokemon transfers.

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This week, the following PokeStops will be featured:

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

  • Growlithe

  • Growlithe (Hisuian)

October 5 – October 9
10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. local time

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Raid Hour
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  • Entei

  • Suicune

  • Raikou

On Wednesday, October 4, from 6pm to 7pm (local time), Entei Suicune Raikou and five-star raiders will be in action.

Mega Raids
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Gardevoir (Mega)

Mega Gardevoir appears in Mega Raids from September 16 through October 6.

Gengar (Mega)

Mega Gengar appears in Mega Raids from October 6 through October 20.

Five-Star Raids
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  • Entei

  • Suicune

  • Raikou

Entei Suicune Raikou can shine from September 23 through October 6.

  • Guzzlord

Guzzlord can shine for the very first time from October 6 through October 20!

Shadow Raids
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Team GO Rocket Shadow Raids

Team GO Rocket Shadow Raids

Shadow Raids of one-, three-, and five-stars are available every day, while Shadow Raids with the highest rating will only be offered on Sundays and Saturdays unless stated otherwise. Shadow Moltres is also swooping into the five-star Shadow Raids for Adventures Abound!

Moltres (Shadow)

If you are lucky, for the first time ever in Pokemon GO you might even come across a Shiny-Shadow Moltres!

Season of Adventures Abound

Season of Adventures: Abundant Bonuses

These bonuses apply to Adventures Abound Season 12.

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Every day, trainers will receive up to 40 gifts.

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Trainers are able to carry up to 40 gifts in their bags

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Damage increases when raiding with friends

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Increased XP when you go up in Friendship Level

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Research Breakthrough: Season of Adventures Abundant

  • 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.

  • Sableye

  • Farfetch’d (Galarian)

  • Larvitar

  • Furfrou

  • Bagon

  • Goomy

Season of Adventures: Field Research Tasks

Field Research Tasks that rotated monthly will be rotated Seasonally starting this season. Field Research Tasks that reward an encounter with Spinda continue to rotate on a monthly basis. Check out the list below for a complete list of all season-specific field research tasks.

Seasonal Rotations
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Wild Spawns
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As the seasons change, different Pokemon will be seen in nature! Different Pokemon will be seen in various areas around the globe as the seasons change!


  • Gengar

  • Gulpin

  • Beldum

  • Tranquill

  • Scraggy

  • Gothita

  • Dedenne


  • Chansey

  • Staravia

  • Lopunny

  • Croagunk

  • Shelmet

  • Morelull

  • Oranguru


  • Onix

  • Sableye

  • Aggron

  • Darumaka

  • Golett

  • Fletchinder

  • Togedemaru

Beaches & Water

  • Slowbro

  • Shellder

  • Pelipper

  • Karrablast

  • Goomy

  • Dewpider

  • Sandygast

Northern Hemisphere

  • Chikorita

  • Cyndaquil

  • Totodile

  • Larvitar

  • Deerling (Autumn)

  • Tyrunt

  • Amaura

Southern Hemisphere

  • Snivy

  • Tepig

  • Oshawott

  • Tirtouga

  • Archen

  • Deerling (Spring)

  • Deino

If you are lucky, you might even encounter one that is Shiny!


These Pokemon are hatching from eggs this season. This is just a small selection of Egg Hatches, many more Pokemon are possible from every egg group.

2 km Eggs

  • Chinchou

  • Meditite

  • Larvesta

  • Fomantis

  • Lechonk

5 km Eggs

  • Lickitung

  • Gligar

  • Larvesta

  • Sprigatito

  • Fuecoco

  • Quaxly

7 km Eggs

  • Growlithe (Hisuian)

  • Voltorb (Hisuian)

  • Qwilfish (Hisuian)

  • Sneasel (Hisuian)

10 km Eggs

  • Larvesta

  • Carbink

  • Goomy

  • Jangmo-o

  • Frigibax

Adventure Sync Rewards
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These Pokemon are hatching from Adventure Sync Eggs in this season. This is just a small selection of highlighted egg hatches. More Pokemon may hatch from every group.

5 km Eggs

  • Cranidos

  • Shieldon

  • Happiny

  • Munchlax

  • Alomomola

10 km Eggs

  • Gible

  • Goomy

  • Rockruff

  • Jangmo-o

If you are lucky, you might even encounter one that is Shiny!

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