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Pokemon Go August 2022 Events: Zacian Raids, Spotlight Hours and More

Here's everything happening in the Pokemon mobile game this month.

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August is here, and Pokemon Go has a lot in store for players this month. The mobile game is holding a variety of events over the next few weeks, including new legendary raids, Spotlight Hours and a World Championships celebration. On top of that, special PokeStops will be popping up at select retailers until Aug. 14.

Here are all the biggest Pokemon Go events happening in August 2022:

August Community Day

Galarian Zigzagoon

Galarian Zigzagoon is the star of August's Community Day.

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Pokemon Go's August Community Day is set for Aug. 13. The star of this month's event is Galarian Zigzagoon. The raccoon Pokemon will be appearing in the wild much more frequently throughout the event, and if you can evolve it into its final form, Obstagoon, it'll learn the dark-type Charged Attack Obstruct. On top of that, you'll get extra Stardust and candy for catching Pokemon, and there will be bonus four-star raids featuring Galarian Linoone.

August Research Breakthrough

Pokemon Go is changing up its Research Breakthrough reward in August. Each time you complete a Research Breakthrough this month, you'll earn a chance to catch Galarian Stunfisk.

Research Breakthroughs are tied to the stamps you receive from Field Research tasks. You'll receive one stamp for the first Field Research you complete each day, and once you've earned seven stamps, you'll achieve a Research Breakthrough.

August raid schedule

Pokemon Go is bringing back a handful of legendary and Mega Pokemon in August. Palkia and Mega Abomasnow will be appearing in five-star and Mega raid battles, respectively, during the beginning of the month, with Genesect and Mega Scizor set to follow afterward. Sword and Shield's legendary mascots Zacian and Zamazenta will also be returning during the second half of August. You can see the full raid schedule below:

Jul. 31 - Aug. 10

  • Five-star raids: Palkia
  • Mega raids: Mega Abomasnow

Aug. 10 - Aug. 18

  • Five-star raids: Genesect (Chill Drive)
  • Mega raids: Mega Scizor

Aug. 18 - Aug. 25

  • Five-star raids: Zacian and Zamazenta
  • Mega raids: Mega Slowbro

Aug. 25 - Aug. 31

  • Five-star raids: Zacian and Zamazenta
  • Mega raids: Mega Ampharos

August Spotlight Hours

Pokemon Go's Spotlight Hour events continue in August. Every Tuesday evening, the mobile game will be spotlighting a different Pokemon and bonus from 6 to 7 p.m. local time. You can see August's full Spotlight Hour schedule below:

Date

Spotlight Pokemon

Spotlight bonus

August 2

Hisuian Voltorb

2x catch Stardust

August 9

Nidoran (F)

2x catch XP

August 16

Joltik

2x catch candy

August 23

Nidoran (M)

2x transfer candy

August 30

Pidove

2x evolution XP

Bug Out event

Various bug Pokemon in a forest
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Pokemon Go's Bug Out event returns from Aug. 10 to Aug. 16. This year's event will introduce a handful of new bug Pokemon to the game, including shiny Venipede and Grubbin and its evolved forms. On top of that, Mega Scizor will make its debut in Mega raids, and various bonuses will be active, including extra XP each time you successfully catch a Pokemon with a Nice, Great or Excellent throw. 

World Championships event

Pokemon Go is celebrating the 2022 Pokemon World Championships with a special tie-in event from Aug. 18 to Aug. 23. More details will be announced closer to the event.