Pokemon Go events schedule March 2023: All current and upcoming events


There’s a huge event schedule lined up for Pokemon Go in March 2023, so we’ve put together a full list of dates from Community Days to Spotlight Hours and special events like the Festival of Colors.

Despite being six years since it launched on mobile devices, Pokemon Go still has a huge community of players around the world who log in every day to catch ’em all and battle with friends. A big reason for that is the events that Niantic hosts in the game.

As well as the monthly Community Days and weekly Spotlight Hours that focus on a specific Pokemon, there are always themed events happening that celebrate everything from Halloween to new mainline Pokemon games like Scarlet & Violet being released.

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Below, you’ll find information on every major event happening in March 2023 in Pokemon Go, as well as details on the Spotlight Hours, Community Days, and Research Breakthroughs you can enjoy.


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There are plenty of events happening in March.

All upcoming Pokemon Go events in March 2023

You can find information on every Pokemon Go event in March 2023 below, including details of Community Days, Spotlight Hours, and Raids. We’ll keep this page updated throughout the month.

Catch Mastery Event (March 5)

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It’s time to show off your moves with the Catch Mastery event.

During the one-day Catch Mastery event, there will be increased Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan spawns and Field Research tasks with Hitmontop as a reward. Best of all, their Shiny odds will be boosted!

You’ll also be able to hatch Tyrogue from 7km Eggs collected during the event, and there will be a Timed Research quest with 10 sets of tasks to complete and a total of 40 Hitmontop encounters to unlock.

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Check out our Catch Mastery event page for more details.

Festival of Colors Event (March 8 – 14)

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A colorful event returns this month with some new faces.

The Festival of Colors event returns this year, featuring the long-awaited debut of Mega Medicham in Mega Raids. The colorful fish Bruxish will also make its debut in the wild and as a 1-Star Raid Boss.

Elsewhere, Trainers will be able to complete a Collection Challenge, encounter themed wild spawns, and enjoy bonuses like Lure Modules lasting for three hours and Friendship Levels increasing twice as fast.

Check out our Festival of Colors event page for more details.

Elite Raid Day (March 11)

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Regieleki and Regidrago will make their debuts in Elite Raids soon.

Elite Raids are returning during the Season of Rising Heroes, and while the star of this month’s Elite Raid hasn’t been revealed yet, the chances are it will either be Regieleki or Regidrago.

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It’s already been confirmed that these two Legendaries will be making their debuts in Elite Raids during the current season, it’s just a case of waiting for confirmation of which one will arrive first.

Elite Raids will appear at 11AM, 2PM, and 5PM throughout the day.

March Community Day: Slowpoke (March 18)

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There’s not one, but two headliners this Community Day!

The dual headliners for the March Community Day event are Slowpoke and Galarian Slowpoke. These sleepy creatures will appear more frequently in the wild and their Shiny variants will be more common.

Trainers will be able to get the featured attack Surf when they evolve a Slowpoke or Galarian Slowpoke, and there will be a Special Research story for anyone who purchases a ticket from the in-game shop.

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Check out our Community Day event page for more details.

Let’s Go! + Team Go Rocket Takeover (March 21 – 29)

We don’t know much about the upcoming Let’s Go! event just yet, but it will feature a Team Go Rocket Takeover where the Shadow Pokemon lineups for the Team Go Rocket Leaders usually changes.

We’ll keep this page updated when more information is revealed.

Pokemon Go Battle Day: Palmer (March 25)

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Go Battle Days are the perfect time to test your skills.

Another Pokemon Go Battle Day will take place in March, this time themed around Palmer, the leader of the Sinnoh region’s Battle Tower in Pokemon Diamond & Pearl.

The standard Ultra League and Mountain Cup will be active during this Go Battle Day and Trainers will be able to earn rewards including Gloves inspired by Palmer by completing battle-themed Timed Research.

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Visit our Go Battle League schedule for more information on this event.

Pokemon Go March 2023 Spotlight Hours

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Spotlight Hours are some of the most popular Pokemon Go events.

There are four Spotlight Hours to look forward to in Pokemon Go this month, which we’ve listed below alongside their bonuses:

  • March 7 – Eevee with Double Transfer Candy bonus
  • March 14 – Rowlet with Double Evolution XP bonus
  • March 21 – Litten with Double Catch Stardust bonus
  • March 28 – Popplio with Double Catch XP bonus

Spotlight Hours take place every Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm local time. Prepare for them by stocking up on Poke Balls and clearing out your Pokemon storage.

You can find out more details with our complete Spotlight Hour guide.

Pokemon Go March 2023 Raid Hours

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Taking part in Raid Hours is a great way to catch Legendaries.

There are five Raid Hours to look forward to in Pokemon Go this month, which we’ve listed below:

  • March 1 – Tornadus (Icarnate Forme)
  • March 8 – Ho-Oh
  • March 15 – Ho-Oh
  • March 22 – Thundurus (Incarnate Forme)
  • March 29 – Lugia

Raid Hours take place every Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm local time. During this hour, the featured Pokemon will appear more frequently in 5-Star Raid Battles.

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You can find out more about Raid Battles with our Raid Boss schedule.

Pokemon Go March 2023 Research Breakthrough

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Research Breakthroughs feature a new reward each month.

There are several potential Research Breakthrough rewards for March 2023: Parasect, Pinsir, Snorlax, Gible, Furfrou, and Goomy. You’ll be given one of these encounters at random.

To earn a Research Breakthrough, you’ll need to complete seven Field Research tasks during March. If you complete one every day, you can earn up to four encounters.

You can see a complete list of this month’s Field Research tasks right here.

That’s everything you need to know about March’s events calendar for Pokemon Go!

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