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Pokemon Go May 11 Spotlight Hour: Shiny Dratini, 2x bonus, more

Published: 5/May/2021 21:58 Updated: 5/May/2021 22:00

by Brent Koepp


Pokemon Go’s second Spotlight Hour of May 2021 is dedicated to wildly popular Kanto Dragon-type Dratini. Players will not only get the chance to get a Shiny Dragonite, but they can also score one of the game’s most useful bonuses. 

Introduced by Niantic in 2020, Go’s Spotlight Hour has become one of the title’s most popular recurring events. For the second celebration of the month, Trainers will get a chance to catch Gen I’s Dratini.

Players will absolutely not want to miss out on this one given how wildly popular the ‘mon’s evolution, Dragonite, is. This will be the easiest chance you will get at adding a Shiny version of the lovable orange Dragon to your lineup.


Shiny Dratini Pokemon Go Dex
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The wildly popular Kanto Dragon-type is the star of May’s second Spotlight Hour.

Pokemon Go Dratini Spotlight Hour date & start time

As has been the case since 2020, each Tuesday of every month is dedicated to hosting a 60-minute celebration for a single Pokemon. Trainers exploring the map during the set time will encounter the selected ‘mon with boosted spawn rates.

Fans of the Kanto region are in luck as Dratini is the star of the May 11 Spotlight Hour. The limited-time event kicks off at its usual time at 6 PM and runs until 7 PM local time.

Despite its debut back in 1995, the Dragon-type has consistently been one of the most popular characters in the franchise. Those stocking up on Candy to evolve it into Dragonite will also receive a bonus which we will outline below.


Pokemon Go Mystery Bonus Hour screen.
Niantic / The Pokemon Company
In 2021, a Mystery Bonus Hour will run alongside Spotlight celebrations.

Pokemon Go Dratini Spotlight Hour bonus

For the past couple of years, Niantic has merged the Mystery Bonus hour with the hour-long Tuesday event. The bonus can range from double XP to extra items when transferring creatures.

For the Spotlight Hour on May 11, users will snag 2x XP each time they transfer a ‘mon. Seeing as players will be catching a ton of Dratini to evolve it into a Dragonite anyway, this is the perfect opportunity to also grind XP.

We recommend using a Lucky Egg which stacks with the increased rate. Since December 2020, Pokemon Go’s level cap was increased from level 40 to 50. So you won’t want to miss out on this chance to score some easy points.


Shiny Dragonite Pokemon Go Dex
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Lucky Go Trainers may even score a Shiny Dragonite during the event.

Easily one of the most sought-after Shiny Pokemon in the series is Dragonite. The green version of the adorable creature is a must for any Trainer’s collection.

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