What's New in Pokemon Go: Ferroseed Research Breakthrough, Psychic Event, and More
Here are some of the events happening in Pokemon Go in March.
Trainers, March is here, which means there are lots of new events to look forward to in Pokemon Go!
Here’s a breakdown of what we know about this month’s events so far.
Ferroseed Research Breakthrough
From now until April 1 at 1 p.m. PT, you’ll receive an encounter with Ferroseed each time you earn a Research Breakthrough. As a reminder, you’ll earn a Research Breakthrough each time you complete at least one Field Research task on seven different days.
Ferroseed will also come with bonus Stardust.
Starting on March 2 at 1 p.m. PT, the Legendary Pokemon Thundurus will be available to challenge in Tier-5 Raids. This is an Electric- and Flying-type Pokemon from the Unova region of the Pokemon universe (Gen V).
Darkrai Raid Weekend
From March 6 at 8 a.m. to March 9 at 10 p.m. local time, Darkrai will be available to encounter in Raids, and there will be the chance for Darkrai to be Shiny.
Altered Forme Giratina Raid Weekend
From March 13 at 8 a.m. to March 16 at 10 p.m. local time, Altered Forme Giratina will appear in Raids. You also may encounter the Shiny version of this powerful Pokemon.
Cobalion Raid Weekend
From March 20 at 8 a.m. to March 23 at 10 p.m. local time, you’ll have the chance to take on Cobalion in Raids. These Cobalion will know the move Sacred Sword, and there will be the chance for them to be Shiny.
Lugia Raid Weekend
From March 27 at 8 a.m. to March 30 at 10 p.m. local time, Lugia will appear in Raids. These Pokemon will know the move Aeroblast, and you may encounter a Shiny Lugia during this event.
Team Go Rocket Takeover
The Team Go Rocket Takeover event will run from March 6 at 8 a.m. to March 9 at 10 p.m. local time. During this time, Poison- and Dark-type Pokemon, as well as other Pokemon that are related to Team Go Rocket, will appear more frequently in the Wild. This will include Absol. You will also have the chance to encounter Shiny Skorupi.
Plus, on March 7 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. local time, Team Go Rocket will be more active in the game, and this includes Sierra, Cliff, Arlo, and Giovanni. During this three-hour window, you’ll have the chance to rescue all six of the Shadow Pokemon that the Team Go Rocket Leaders have left behind after you battle them. You’ll also receive twice the normal amount of Stardust when you defeat a Team Go Rocket Grunt or a Leader during this event window.
Finally, during the three-hour event on March 7, you will be able to use a Charged TM to change the Shadow Pokemon move “Frustration” into another Charged Attack that the Pokemon can normally learn. In a news post, Pokemon Go’s developer, Niantic, said that if you purify the Shadow Pokemon in the future, it will still learn the move Return, which will overwrite the move it learned when you used the Charged TM.
Mysterious Weekend Event
From March 20 at 8 a.m. to March 23 at 10 p.m. local time (the same time frame as the Cobalion raid weekend), a “Mysterious Weekend” event will take place. Here’s what we can look forward to during this event:
- Normal-, Fire-, Water-, Electric-, and Ice-type Pokemon will appear more frequently than normal in the Wild.
- Nincada will appear in the wild during this event, and it will also hatch more often from 5 km Eggs. There will also be the chance to encounter Shiny Nincada, which will appear in the Wild and hatch from Eggs.
- Karrablast and Shelmet will hatch more often from 5 km Eggs.
- Tier-1 to Tier-4 Raids will contain Bug- and Steel-type Pokemon.
- You’ll earn two times the normal amount of Stardust when capturing and hatching Pokemon.
Finally, a Special Research “story event” will also be released to go along with this Mysterious Weekend event. We’ll bring you more details about it as we learn more.
Psychic Spectacular Event
The Psychic Spectacular event will take place from March 27 at 8 a.m. until March 30 at 10 p.m. local time. Here’s what the event will feature:
- You’ll be able to encounter Solosis in the wild during the daytime.
- You’ll have the chance to encounter Gothita in the wild during the evening.
- Abra, Drowzee, Ralts, Spoink, Baltoy, Wynaut, Beldum, Gothita, and Solosis will hatch more often from 2 km Eggs.
- You may encounter Shiny Baltoy.
- Psychic-type Pokemon will appear more often in the wild, and they’ll also be featured in Raids.
- Psychic Spectacular Field Research tasks will be available to collect by visiting PokeStops during this event.
Both Solosis and Gothita will remain in Pokemon Go after this event ends. They’ll appear in the wild, and they’ll also have the chance to hatch from 5 km Eggs.
Pokemon Spotlight Hour and Mystery Bonus Hour
While we don’t know which Pokemon or bonuses will be featured in these events, we do know the events will take place once per week, every week, throughout March. The Pokemon Spotlight Hour events will take place from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. local time every Tuesday, while the Mystery Bonus Hour events will take place from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. local time every Thursday.
We’ll bring you more details about each event once we know more.
Team Go Rocket Special Research
March’s series of Special Research tasks in the ongoing Team Go Rocket storyline is called “The Shadowy Threat Grows.” If you can complete these tasks and defeat Giovanni, you’ll have the chance to rescue Shadow Entei.
Phew! That’s definitely a lot to take in, and this list doesn’t even include Pokemon Go Community Day, which will also take place at some point in March. Keep checking back with SuperParent for more information about these events, and mark your calendars if there’s a specific event you don’t want to miss out on!