Pokémon GO Spotlight Hours - January 2022

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The Pokémon GO spotlight hours for January 2022 are some of the best yet.
May 4, 2022: We updated the Pokémon GO Spotlight Hours list with the dates and times for the May 2022 events.

If you've ever opened up Pokémon GO on a Tuesday evening and been confused at the seemingly random spawns appearing all around you: you've encountered a Pokémon GO Spotlight Hour. Spotlight Hours occur every Tuesday, from 18:00 to 19:00, and feature a different Pokémon every week.

To further sweeten the deal, each week also offers a bonus; from doubling the amount of candy you get for catching a Pokémon, to sprinkling twice as much Stardust over your catches as usual. While the Pokémon won't be as powerful as the current raid bosses, you'll be able to encounter a lot more of them.

The number of constantly changing Pokémon GO Spotlight Hours, and the fact they change every single week, means that it can be a lot to keep track of. That's where we come in. We'll keep you in the loop with all the upcoming spawns and rewards, so you know whether this week's event is worth your time. Of course, you'll also need to keep an eye on what Pokémon GO Field Research tasks and rewards are in rotation to load up on catch-based tasks and maximize your rewards


Pokémon GO Spotlight Hour: May 2022

Date Pokémon Bonus Can Be Shiny?
May 3WingullDouble catch candyYes
May 10NumelDouble catch candyNo
May 17 MagikarpDouble Evolution XPYes
May 24Seel Double catch stardustYes
May 31PikipekDouble catch XPNo

With the Season of Alola in full swing now, its second set of Spotlight Hour events have been revealed. While there aren't many exciting Pokémon to look out for, shiny chances are up as usual. Unfortunately, this time there are two new Pokémon that can't be shiny which are Numel and Pikipek, but luckily the others for this month are.

A small silver and gold Meltan looks a little confused, with dust swirling around it.
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You can use Pokémon GO Spotlight Hours to boost your Pokédex or candy for other Pokémon, too.

How to Prepare for Pokémon GO Spotlight Hour


Preparations for Pokémon GO Spotlight Hours depend on the bonus. As they stack, popping an item that typically doubles your gains can effectively quadruple your typical yield, making Spotlight Hours a great time to rack up huge amounts of XP, Candy, and Stardust in the right circumstances. Grab a Lucky Egg if there is an XP bonus, or a Star Piece is extra Stardust is on the cards.

You can also save up rare Pokémon like legendaries if there's a Double Transfer Candy bonus coming up - so long as you've got the space.

If there's a Pokémon spawning in the Spotlight Hour that you particularly want candy for, don't forget to Mega Evolve a Pokémon and set it as your buddy. So long as the Mega Pokémon shares a typing with the Pokémon in the Spotlight Hour, you'll get one bonus candy for every catch you make. Set up an Incense and possibly some Lures, and you're in for a bona fide catch-fest.

That's all you need to know about Pokémon GO Spotlight Hours, so be sure to check back next month to see what's in store.

A previous version of this guide was written by Ben Sledge.