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Pokemon GO Festival of Lights – Start Date, Featured Spawns & More

Here's what you need to know regarding the upcoming Festival of Lights in Pokémon GO including its start time, featured Pokémon spawns and more.
Pokemon GO Festival of Lights – Start Date, Featured Spawns & More

Keeping in tow with the Season of Light, Pokémon Go will see the return of one of the most popular events of the year, the Festival of Lights. This bright festival will feature a new set of Pokémon to encounter, new Pokémon that will have thier debut, and of course, Raid events to partake in.

So below we will be covering everything you need to know about the Pokémon GO Festival of Lights, including its start date, featured spawns, and much more. So without further delay, let's jump right in. 

Pokémon GO Festival of Lights – Start Date, Featured Spawns & More

The Festival of Lights is set to begin on Friday the 14th October at 10 am local time, and run until Monday, the 17th October, at 8 pm local time. During this weekend of bright lights and fun festival activities, players will be able to catch Morelull and Shiinotic, the Illuminating Pokémon, as they make their debut in Pokémon GO.

Pokémon GO Festival of Lights Start Date Featured Spawns & More new spawns and featured debuts
The Pokémon GO Festival of Lights will see new spawns and new Pokémon debuts such as Morelull. (Picture: Niantic)

Along with these new debuts, there will also be a new set of featured spawns that players can catch as they explore the world during the festival. Below you can see a full list of all the Pokémon that will spawn during the event. 

Also, be sure to note that we've marked the Pokémon that can appear in their Shiny variants with an asterisk (*). Some of these Pokémon are also lucky/rare encounters, so keep your eyes peeled for them.

Wild Spawns

  • Pikachu*

  • Vulpix*

  • Magnemite*

  • Chinchou*

  • Litwick

  • Litleo*

  • Helioptile

  • Dedenne

  • Morelull

  • Galarian Ponyta* (Rare spawn)

  • Togedemaru (Rare Spawn)

Incense Spawns

  • Alolan Geodude*

  • Blitzle*

  • Darumaka*

  • Litwick

  • Dedenne

  • Morelull

  • Galarian Ponyta* (Rare Spawn)

  • Galarian Darumaka* (Rare Spawn)

Field Research Spawns

The Pokémon listed below will spawn once the player has completed the Festival of Lights fields research tasks:

  • Galarian Ponyta*

  • Electabuzz*

  • Magmar*

  • Chinchou*

  • Blitzle*

  • Dedenne

  • Morelull

Pokémon GO Festival of Lights Start Date Featured Spawns & More
The Festival of Lights will also have its own set of Raids to defeat such as Xerneas. (Picture: Niantic)

Naturally, the Festival of Lights will also see some new Raids that will appear as you're hunting for new and exciting Pokémon. Below you can find the list of raids that will be available during the event

One-Star Raids

  • Galarian Ponyta*

  • Darumaka*

  • Dedenne

  • Morelull

Three-Star Raids

  • Alolan Raichu*

  • Galarian Weezing

  • Mawile*

  • Hisuian Braviary*

Five-Star Raids

  • Xerneas*

Mega Raids

  • Mega Manectric*

Event Bonuses

As players enjoy the Festival of Lights by participating in the Raids or encountering new and exciting Pokémon, there will also be a few event bonuses they can take advantage of and receive to make things more fun. Below are the Event Bonuses you'll receive for the Festival of Lights:

  • You’ll have an increased chance of encountering Shiny Chinchou

  • 2× XP for catching Pokémon.

  • 2× Candy for catching Pokémon.

  • Incense activated during the event will last for two hours.

Pokémon GO Festival of Lights Start Date Featured Spawns & More timed research task rewards
Completing the Festival of Lights Timed Research tasks will reward you with a new Pose. (Picture: Niantic)

Last but not least, players who complete the Festival of Lights Timed Research tasks that focus on catching Pokémon will receive the Sparkler Pose for your Avatar, as well as vent-themed stickers by spinning PokéStops, opening Gifts, and purchasing them from the in-game shop. A few small but appreciated tokens of the fun to be had during the Festival of Lights event this year. 

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Featured image courtesy of Niantic / The Pokémon Company.