Pokemon Go Spotlight Hour schedule for May 2023


Niantic has revealed the Pokemon Go Spotlight Hour schedule for May 2023. With Bellsprout, Skorupi, and Houndour all making boosted appearances, there’s plenty to look forward to.

The Spotlight Hour is a popular weekly event 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 your Pokedex and earn enough Candy to evolve that Pokemon.

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Alongside these Spotlight Hours, a Community Day starring Fennekin took 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 2023 Spotlight Hour schedule.


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

Next up, Skorupi!

Skorupi in the Pokemon Go Spotlight HourNiantic
Skorupi is the latest Pokemon to be featured in a Spotlight Hour.

Niantic has confirmed that the next Spotlight Hour will be Skorupi, and it goes live on Tuesday, May 23, 2023.

This 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.

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On top of that, players can also grab Double Evolution XP as part of the event bonuses.

Is there a Shiny Skorupi in Pokemon Go?

The good news is that Shiny Skorupi is currently available in Pokemon Go, which means its evolution Drapion is also available as a Shiny variant when evolved.

Pokemon Go May 2023 Spotlight Hour schedule

You can see the full Spotlight Hour schedule for May 2023 below:

Spotlight Hour Date Spotlight Hour Time Spotlight Pokemon Spotlight Bonus Can it be Shiny?
May 2 6PM – 7PM Alolan Geodude 2x Catch XP Yes
May 9 6PM – 7PM Ponyta 2x Catch Candy Yes
May 16 6PM – 7PM Bellsprout 2x Transfer Candy Yes
May 23 6PM – 7PM Skorupi 2x Evolution XP Yes
May 30 6PM – 7PM Houndour 2x Catch Stardust Yes

How to prepare for Skorupi 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:

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  • 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 and Stardust you’ll earn during the event.

Pokemon Go Spotlight HourNiantic
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.

While Spotlight Hours won’t increase a Pokemon’s individual Shiny rate, the fact that you’re encountering so many of them means you’re more likely to find one during a Spotlight Hour than during regular hours.

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If you’re planning on using Spotlight Hours to Shiny hunt, the best approach is to use an Incense and go exploring. Tap on every Pokemon you see and if they aren’t Shiny, don’t bother catching them – just leave and keep searching.

Remember that you can now use Pokedex classifications to single out your Shiny Pokemon collection, which is helpful if you’re trying to catch ’em all.

That’s everything you need to know about the Pokemon Go Spotlight Hours for May 2023. Every week will feature a different Pokemon and event bonus, so come back later in the month for more details!

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While you’re here, check out some more Pokemon Go guides below:

Best Pokemon in Pokemon Go | How to catch Ditto | Best Eeveelutions | Field research tasks | Promo Codes for free items | How to get Pinap BerriesHow to defeat Giovanni | Rarest Pokemon | Best Mega Evolutions | Community Day schedule | How to get Raid Passes | Team Go Rocket Grunt guide

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