April is here, and it's going to be another busy month for
players. The mobile game is holding a variety of activities over the next few weeks, including the debut of more Alola Pokemon, a new Community Day and the return of the Spring into Spring celebration. Here are all the biggest events happening in Pokemon Go this month.
April Research Breakthrough: Alolan Marowak
Starting Apr. 1, Pokemon Go will offer a new set of Field Research tasks and rewards, as well as a new Research Breakthrough encounter. Each time you achieve a Research Breakthrough this month, you'll earn a chance to catch Alolan Marowak.
Research Breakthroughs are tied to Field Research stamps. The game rewards you with one stamp for the first Field Research task you complete each day, and you'll achieve a Research Breakthrough after you collect seven stamps in total.
April Spotlight Hours
Pokemon Go's weekly Spotlight Hour event will continue throughout April. Every Tuesday evening from 6-7 p.m. local time, the game will feature a different Pokemon and in-game bonus. Here's the full Spotlight Hour schedule for this month:
Spotlight Pokemon: Stunky
Spotlight bonus: 2x transfer candy
Spotlight Pokemon: Bunnelby
Spotlight bonus: 2x evolution XP
Spotlight Pokemon: Oddish
Spotlight bonus: 2x catch Stardust
Spotlight Pokemon: Sunshine Form Cherrim
Spotlight bonus: 2x catch XP
April raid schedule
Pokemon Go is also refreshing its raid rotation this month. After Tapu Lele leaves the game, Therian Forme Thundurus will return for a limited time, with the debuting Tapu Bulu and Therian Forme Landorus following later in the month. Mega Manectric and Mega Pidgeot will also return to Mega Raids in April. You can see the full raid schedule below:
Pokemon Go is hosting its second Community Day Classic on Apr. 10. The event will run from 2-5 p.m. local time and will give you more chances to catch the water-type starter Pokemon Mudkip, which was previously featured during the game's July 2019 Community Day. On top of that, any Mudkip that you're able to evolve all the way into Swampert by 7 p.m. local time will learn the exclusive Charged Attack Hydro Cannon.
April Community Day
Pokemon Go's April Community Day is set for Saturday, Apr. 23. This month's featured Pokemon is the debuting Stufful, and any that you evolve until 7 p.m. local time on the day of the event will learn the new fighting-type Charged Attack Drain Punch. Several other in-game bonuses will also be active throughout the Community Day, including extended Incense duration and increased XP and candy for catching Pokemon.
Team Rocket Retreat
Team Go Rocket is taking over Pokemon Go as part of a limited-time Rocket Retreat event. From Apr. 3 to Apr. 7, you'll encounter more Team Go Rocket grunts at PokeStops and in hot air balloons, and they'll have new Shadow Alolan Pokemon at their command. The event is also introducing a new Special Research story that will culminate in a battle with Giovanni. If you're able to defeat the villainous trainer, you'll have a chance to rescue his latest Shadow legendary Pokemon: Shadow Latias.
Spring into Spring event
Pokemon Go's annual Spring into Spring event returns from Apr. 12 to Apr. 18. This year, you'll have your first chance to get flower crown versions of Togetic, Togekiss and Lopunny. There will also be a Limited Research mini-event on Apr. 16 featuring special Pokemon spawns and themed research tasks leading to encounters with Exeggcute. If you're able to evolve the egg Pokemon into Alolan Exeggutor during the Limited Research event, it'll learn the dragon-type Charged Attack Draco Meteor.
Pokemon Go's annual Sustainability Week event returns from Apr. 20 to Apr. 25. During the event, players will have their first chance to catch the Alola Pokemon Oranguru as well as shiny Cherubi. Other grass- and poison-type Pokemon will also be appearing in the wild more frequently than usual, and there will be themed Field and Timed Research tasks to complete.