Pokemon Go September 2022 Events: Legendary Raids, Spotlight Hours and More

Pokemon Go is kicking off its Season of Light with a variety of events.

Kevin Knezevic Former staff writer
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Cosmog will make its Pokemon Go debut during the Season of Light.


September is here, which means Pokemon Go's Season of Light is officially underway. The mobile game is ushering in the new season with a variety of special activities this month. A handful of new and returning legendary Pokemon will make an appearance in raids over the next few weeks, and there will be new weekly Spotlight Hours and other events to look forward to, including the Psychic Spectacular and Fashion Week.

Here are all the biggest Pokemon Go events happening in September 2022.

September Research Breakthrough

A new Research Breakthrough reward will be available in Pokemon Go starting Sept. 1. Each time you complete a Research Breakthrough this month, you'll earn a Premium Raid Pass, as well as a chance to catch Medicham.

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

September Raid Schedule

A handful of new and returning legendary Pokemon will appear in Pokemon Go during September. Kicking off the month, all four forms of Deoxys will return to five-star raids until Sept. 13. After that, an unannounced new legendary Pokemon will make its debut until Sept. 27. Finally, Pokemon Y mascot Yveltal will close out the month from Sept. 27 to Oct. 8.

You can see the full legendary and Mega raid schedule below:

Five-star raids

Sept. 1 - Sept. 13

  • Normal Forme Deoxys
  • Attack Forme Deoxys
  • Defense Forme Deoxys
  • Speed Forme Deoxys

Sept. 13 - Sept. 27

  • TBA

Sept. 27 - Oct. 8

  • Yveltal

Mega raids

Sept. 1 - Sept. 6

  • Mega Ampharos

Sept. 6 - Sept. 16

Sept. 16 - Sept. 27

  • TBA

Sept. 27 - Oct. 8

  • Mega Lopunny

September Spotlight Hours

Pokemon Go's weekly Spotlight Hour event will continue throughout September. Every Tuesday evening from 6 to 7 p.m. local time, you'll have more chances to catch a specific Pokemon and earn in-game bonuses. Here's the full Spotlight Hour schedule for this month:


Spotlight Pokemon

Spotlight bonus

September 6


2x catch Stardust

September 13


2x catch XP

September 20


2x catch candy

September 27


2x transfer candy

September Community Day

Pokemon Go's next Community Day is set for Sept. 18. The featured Pokemon has not been announced yet, but more details will be shared closer to the event.

Inkay Limited Research

Inkay near PokeStops

One of the first events happening in Pokemon Go this month is a Limited Research day focused on Inkay. The event takes place Sept. 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time. During that window, Field Research tasks you complete will lead to encounters with Inkay, and you'll have your first chance to catch a shiny Inkay in the game. You'll also receive twice the usual amount of candy for catching Pokemon during the event.

Psychic Spectacular

Mega Alakazam

Mega Alakazam is making its debut during this year's Psychic Spectacular.


Pokemon Go's Psychic Spectacular returns Sept. 6 to Sept. 12. Throughout the event, select psychic-type Pokemon will be appearing in the wild and raid battles more frequently than usual, and you'll have your first chance to get both Mega Alakazam and shiny Elgyem. On top of that, there will be a "Clefairy Commotion" mini-event on Sept. 10, giving you more chances to catch the fairy-type Pokemon.

Fashion Week

Capping off the month is Fashion Week, which returns Sept. 27 to Oct. 3. More details will be announced closer to the event.

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