Niantic has already held many October events in Pokemon Go this month, but the biggest is still yet to come. The game’s annual Halloween celebration returns starting October 23, and now Niantic has revealed more details on what this year’s event will entail.
The Halloween event kicks off at 6 PM PT / 9 PM ET on Friday and runs until the same time on November 3. Throughout the event, Ghost-type Pokemon will appear more often in the wild, Raid Battles, and eggs. A handful of new Pokemon will also make their debut during the event, including costumed version of Gengar and Sableye, as well as Galarian Yamask. Unlike the standard Yamask, which normally evolves into Cofagrigus, Galarain Yamask evolves into Runerigus, making this your first chance to get one of those in Pokemon Go.
On top of the increased Pokemon spawns, Niantic will roll out a new Halloween-themed Special Research questline during the event. Completing this will lead to an encounter with the Ghost/Dark Pokemon Spiritomb, and there’s a chance it could be Shiny. Players who completed the Mega Buddy Challenge Timed Research will also get to take part in event-exclusive Timed Research and earn Gengar Mega Energy, which will give you a chance to Mega Evolve the Ghost Pokemon.
As part of the Halloween festivities, Niantic is also holding a new kind of “Catch Mastery” event in Pokemon Go on October 25. This one will fittingly revolve around Ghost Pokemon. Throughout the event, the Ghost-type monster Drifloon will appear in the wild more often than usual, and you’ll be able to encounter other Ghost Pokemon by completing event-exclusive Timed Research and Field Research. There will also be a special Raid Day event on Halloween–October 31–that features Alolan Marowak from 11 AM to 5 PM local time.
Finally, the Legendary Dark-type Darkrai is returning to five-star Raids as part of the Halloween event, and it wouldn’t be a true Halloween celebration if there weren’t Candy bonuses. You’ll receive twice the usual amount of Candy for catching and transferring Pokemon throughout the event. You can read more on the Pokemon Go website.
In the meantime, Origin Forme Giratina is also currently appearing in Raid Battles until October 23, while October’s Field Research tasks will be available through the end of the month. Niantic already has a few activities planned for November as well. The studio is partnering with GrubHub to hold a “Special Weekend” event for GrubHub+ members on November 2.
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