Pokemon Go Psychic Spectacular: Shiny Elgyem, Mega Alakazam, Bonuses and More

The psychic Pokemon celebration is back until Sept. 12.

Kevin Knezevic Former staff writer
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Mega Alakazam

Mega Alakazam makes its Pokemon Go debut during the Psychic Spectacular.


A new event is now underway in Pokemon Go. The annual Psychic Spectacular is back until Sept. 12, and this year's event introduces a couple of new psychic-type Pokemon to catch, including shiny Elgyem and Mega Alakazam. On top of that, there are various bonuses to take advantage of, such as themed Research tasks and even a Clefairy mini-event

Here's everything you need to know about this year's Psychic Spectacular. 

Event hours

The Psychic Spectacular begins at 10 a.m. local time on Sept. 6 and runs until 8 p.m. local time on Sept. 12.

Featured Pokemon

In keeping with tradition, a couple of new psychic Pokemon are making their debut during this year's Psychic Spectacular. First is Mega Alakazam, which will be appearing in Mega raids throughout the event. Defeat it in battle and you'll earn energy to Mega Evolve your own Alakazam.

In addition, shiny Elgyem will be appearing during the event, marking your first opportunity to catch one in Pokemon Go. Other psychic-type Pokemon will also be appearing more frequently in the wild and raid battles. You can see the full list below:

Wild spawns

  • Abra
  • Slowpoke
  • Drowzee
  • Natu
  • Ralts
  • Spoink
  • Munna
  • Woobat
  • Gothita
  • Solosis
  • Elgyem

One-star raids

  • Unown E
  • Unown P
  • Unown S
  • Espurr

Three-star raids

  • Alolan Raichu
  • Wobbuffet
  • Girafarig
  • Oranguru

Five-star raids

Mega raids

  • Mega Alakazam


In addition to the featured Pokemon, themed Field and Timed Research tasks will be available during the Psychic Spectacular. Complete these to earn various rewards, including encounters with Hypno, Baltoy, Chimecho and other psychic Pokemon.

On top of that, any Alakazam you obtain during the event -- either by catching one in raids or evolving it from Kadabra -- will learn the Charged Attack Psychic. There will also be a special Deoxys raid day during the event on Sept. 11, giving you more chances to catch the mythical Pokemon before it leaves the raid rotation.

Clefairy Commotion

Clefairy dancing beneath the moon

Clefairy will be out to celebrate the Harvest Moon on Sept. 10.


Before the Psychic Spectacular ends, Pokemon Go will be hosting a "Clefairy Commotion" mini-event to coincide with the Harvest Moon on Sept. 10. From 6 to 9 p.m. local time that evening, Clefairy will be appearing in the wild much more frequently than normal, and you'll have an increased chance of finding a shiny one.

Pokemon Go has plenty of other events lined up for this month, including Fashion Week and September's Community Day. You can see everything else going on this month in our September events roundup.

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