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Pokemon Go Spotlight Hour schedule for May 2022

Published: 16/May/2022 9:42

by Daniel Megarry


Niantic has revealed the Pokemon Go Spotlight Hour schedule for May 2022. With Magikarp, Seel, and Pikipek all making boosted appearances, there’s plenty to look forward to.

The Spotlight Hour is one of the weekly events that Niantic hosts in Pokemon Go. Each week, a different Pokemon will get a turn in the limelight, offering highly boosted spawn rates and a special double bonus.

For one hour, Trainers will get the chance to catch as many of that specific species as they can, offering the perfect opportunity to fill out their Pokedex and earn enough Candy to evolve and power up that Pokemon.


Alongside these Spotlight Hours, a Community Day featuring Alolan Geodude is set to take place on May 21. All of these events are designed to give Trainers opportunities to catch, evolve, and battle with the community.

Here’s everything you need to know about the May 2022 Spotlight Hour schedule.


What is the next Pokemon Spotlight Hour? Date, time & bonus

Next up, Magikarp!

Magikarp in the Pokemon Go Spotlight Hour
The next Spotlight Hour star is the Water-type Magikarp.

Niantic has confirmed that the next Spotlight Hour will be Magikarp, and it goes live on Tuesday, May 17, 2022.

The Pokemon will be appearing more frequently in the wild for a short period of time, between 6PM-7PM local time. This means you’ll be able to take part and catch it wherever you are playing in the world.


On top of that, players will be able to grab Double Evolution XP as part of the event bonuses as well.

Is there a Shiny Magikarp in Pokemon Go?

The good news is that Shiny Magikarp is available in Pokemon Go, which means Shiny Gyarados is also available. They made their debuts during the Water Festival 2017 event.

Pokemon Go May 2022 Spotlight Hour schedule

You can see the full Spotlight Hour schedule for May 2022 below:

Spotlight Hour Date Spotlight Hour Time Spotlight Pokemon Spotlight Bonus Can be Shiny
May 3 6PM – 7PM Wingull 2x Catch Candy Yes
May 10 6PM – 7PM Numel 2x Transfer Candy No
May 17 6PM – 7PM Magikarp 2x Evolution XP Yes
May 24 6PM – 7PM Seel 2x Catch Stardust Yes
May 31 6PM – 7PM Pikipek 2x Catch XP No

How to prepare for Magikarp Spotlight Hour in Pokemon Go

As the Spotlight Hours only last for 60 minutes, there are a number of things you can do to prepare in order to make sure you don’t waste any precious time:

  • Make sure you have enough Poke Balls to catch multiple Spotlight Hour Pokemon.
  • Make sure you have enough Berries to get double Candy or make catching easier.
  • Clear out your Pokemon Storage Box to make room for all the Pokemon you’ll catch.
  • Save up your PokeCoins and purchase an Incense for the event.

Alongside these tips, Spotlight Hours are the perfect opportunity to use any spare items like Lucky Eggs or Star Pieces to increase the XP you’ll earn during the event.


Pokemon Go Spotlight Hour
Spotlight Hours give you a better chance to catch Shiny Pokemon.

Spotlight Hour Spawn Rate & Shiny Rate

The spawn rate of each Spotlight Hour Pokemon is boosted for 60 minutes during these events, meaning you’ll have plenty of opportunities to catch each species, especially if you’re using Incense and Lures.

As a result, the spawn rate of each Shiny variation is boosted too. Many trainers use Spotlight Hours to fill out their Shiny collection, so this is the perfect chance for you to do the same!

This will be especially useful now that Niantic has introduced new Pokedex classifications to display your Shiny, Lucky, Event, and more Pokemon variants.

That’s everything we know about the Pokemon Go Spotlight Hours for May 2022. Every week will feature a different Pokemon and event bonus, so check back later in the month for more details!