October is here, and Niantic has a healthy serving of holiday activities and events planned. From haunted happenstances to Halloween treats, here’s everything you can expect during October 2021.
There’s a lot happening this month: Pokémon will be wearing costumes, a tie in event with the new Pokémon movie, Special research, and more Pokémon spotlights and themed encounters than we can shake a stick at. Let’s break it down one at a time.
During the entire month of October, players can encounter Yamask, a mask-carrying ghost-type Pokémon, during research breakthrough encounters.
Four 1-Coin PokéCoin Bundles
Every Monday in October, there will be a one-time purchase option in the store. This bundle will contain a variety of items, including a Remote Raid Pass. Best of all, it’ll only cost a single PokéCoin.
Featured Pokémon/Spotlight Hours
There’s a BUNCH of these this month. So to make it more understandable, we’ve simplified it into this list.
Five-Star Raid Battles
- Oct 1 – Oct 12: Genesect Holding Douse Drive (no shiny)
- Oct 12 – Oct 22: Altered Forme Giratina (possibly shiny)
- Oct 22 – Nov 5: Darkrai with Sludge Bomb (possibly shiny)
- Oct 1 – Oct 22: Mega Gengar
- Oct 22 – Nov 5: Mega Absol
Guaranteed Raid Hour
This is always a Wednesday from 6pm-7pm Local Time.
- Oct 6: Genesect holding a Douse Drive
- October 13: Altered Forme Giratina
- October 20: Altered Forme Giratina
- October 27: Darkrai that knows the attack Sludge Bomb
Pokémon Spotlight Hours
This is always a Tuesday from 6pm-7pm Local Time. Each will feature a Pokémon and a double earnings bonus.
- Oct 5: Drifloon. Double XP for evolving Pokémon.
- Oct 12: Gastly. Double Stardust for catching Pokémon.
- Oct 19: Gothita. Double XP for catching Pokémon.
- Oct 26: Murkrow. Double XP for evolving Pokémon.
October Community Day: Duskull
On Saturday, October 9, from 11am until 5pm local time, players will encounter a higher volume of Duskull in the wild. Evolving a dusclops into a Dusknoir during (or up to 2 hours after) the event will grant it the Shadow Ball charge attack. As usual, there’s an increased chance of finding a shiny Duskull during the event.
Secrets of the Jungle Movie Tie-in Event
In case you haven’t heard, Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle is a new franchise film releasing in theaters on Oct 8. To celebrate this, Pokémon GO is having a tie in event from Oct 1 until Oct 10.
The event will focus (and introduce!) the Mystical Pokémon Zarude. Players can encounter one for themselves by completing a free Special Research story. There will be a variety of other special in-game content, including the return of Team Rocket’s Jesse and James.
That’s right. The dev studio’s birthday is this month, too. If you log into Pokémon GO on Oct 6 between 11am and 5pm on that day, you can receive a free gift box.
Pokémon GO Halloween
Like before, a special event will take place from Oct 15 until Oct 31. During this time, Pokémon in the wild will be seen wearing special Halloween costumes and a new Special Research story will be available.
That’s everything. We hope you don’t have too much else planned this month, because this will be a busy time for trainers of all ages and experience levels.