Pokemon Go November 2021 events: Raids, Ed Sheeran collaboration and more

A lot is happening in Pokemon Go in November 2021. Here are the biggest events.

Kevin Knezevic Former staff writer
Kevin has been covering video games and tech since 2010, with a particular focus on Nintendo and Pokemon. Squirtle is the best starter and nothing will convince him otherwise.
Kevin Knezevic
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Pokemon Go has a variety of events lined up for November 2021.


We're nearing the end of November, but there's still a lot happening in  Pokemon Go  this month. A variety of in-game activities are lined up over the next few days, including new raids and a season-ending Hoopa Unbound event. On top of that, the game is currently holding a collaboration with Ed Sheeran. Here's a look at all the biggest events happening in Pokemon Go in November 2021.

Ed Sheeran collaboration


Pokemon Go has teamed up with artist Ed Sheeran for a collaboration event. From Nov. 22 to Nov. 30, players are able to watch a musical performance by Sheeran within the game, and water-type starter Pokemon like Totodile and Froakie are spawning in the wild more frequently than usual. You'll also have another chance to catch Squirtle wearing sunglasses during the event.

Mischief Unbound event


Pokemon Go is closing out its Season of Mischief with a special "Mischief Unbound" event from Nov. 26 to Nov. 29. The event introduces a new Special Research story that, when completed, will let you transform Hoopa into its Unbound form. A handful of legendary Pokemon are also returning each day of the event for special raid hours, and you'll be able to earn two times the usual amount of candy and XP for transferring and catching Pokemon, respectively.

November Research Breakthrough encounter: Vullaby

A new assortment of Field Research tasks and rewards are available in Pokemon Go this month, as is a new Research Breakthrough encounter. Each time you achieve a Research Breakthrough in November, you'll earn a chance to catch the dark/flying Pokemon Vullaby.

To achieve a Research Breakthrough in the game, you must first collect seven stamps. You'll earn one stamp for the first Field Research task you complete each day, so you'll need to complete tasks over at least seven days to achieve a Research Breakthrough. You can read more about Research tasks in our Pokemon Go beginner's guide.

November legendary raids

The Swords of Justice -- Cobalion, Terrakion and Virizion -- briefly returned to raid battles from Nov. 5 to Nov. 16. Following the trio's departure, Cresselia is currently appearing in raids until Dec. 1. Not only does this give you another opportunity to catch the legendary psychic Pokemon, but there's also a chance you could encounter a Shiny one.

Nov. 5 to Nov. 16

  • Cobalion
  • Terrakion
  • Virizion

Nov. 16 to Dec. 1

  • Cresselia

November Mega raids

After Mega Absol left the raid rotation at the beginning of the month, Mega Manectric returned to Mega Raids from Nov. 5 to Nov. 16. It has since been replaced by Mega Lopunny, which will be available until Dec. 1. You can see November's full Mega Raid schedule below.

Nov. 5 to Nov. 16

  • Mega Manectric

Nov. 16 to Dec. 1

  • Mega Lopunny

November Pokemon Spotlight Hours

Every Tuesday evening, Pokemon Go holds a Spotlight Hour event from 6-7 p.m. local time. During that hour, a certain Pokemon will appear much more frequently in the wild, and you'll be able to take advantage of a special in-game bonus, such as increased XP or candy for catching Pokemon. You can see November's full Spotlight Hour schedule below:

Nov. 2

  • Spotlight Pokemon: Cacnea
  • Spotlight bonus: 2x catch candy

Nov. 9

  • Spotlight Pokemon: Chinchou
  • Spotlight bonus: 2x transfer candy

Nov. 16

  • Spotlight Pokemon: Turtwig
  • Spotlight bonus: 2x catch Stardust

Nov. 23

  • Spotlight Pokemon: Chimchar
  • Spotlight bonus: 2x catch XP

Nov. 30

  • Spotlight Pokemon: Piplup
  • Spotlight bonus: 2x catch candy

With December around the corner, we already know one event happening in Pokemon Go next month. Pokemon Go's December Community Day takes place across two days -- Dec. 18 and Dec. 19 -- and gives players another chance to catch all of the featured Pokemon from 2020 and 2021. More December events will be revealed as we get closer to the new month.