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Pokemon Go Spotlight Hours guide for May 2021 – Next up, Dratini

Published: 5/May/2021 13:55

by David Purcell


Niantic have revealed their Pokemon Go Spotlight Hour schedule for May 2021, with Cottonee, Dratini, Alolan Rattata, and Marill – so there’s a lot to look forward to. 

The game developers, who have experienced tremendous success with their mobile game on Android and iOS, have given fans what they want this time around. Dratini is one, for example, fans have been waiting to see what’s included for quite some time.

Alongside these limited-time opportunities, there’s also going to be a Community Day taking place mid-month on May 15, 2021. With this, players can expect to see another exclusive move, Research Breakthrough tasks, and more fresh content.


Clearly, there is plenty to look out for this month, so let’s run through the most important details and key dates to follow. You won’t want to miss these.

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

Dratini May 11 Spotlight Hour details

Pokemon Go Dratini
Dratini is next up in the Spotlight hour schedule for May 2021.

Niantic have confirmed the next Pokemon Spotlight Hour is Cottonee, which goes live on May 11, 2021. 

The Pokemon will be handed increased spawn rate for a short period of time, between 6PM-7PM local time. That means, no matter where you are in the world playing, finding it will be easier at that time. So good luck!

How to prepare

  1. Bring as many Pokecoins as you can!
  2. Spend your Pokecoins to get at least two Incenses for each event!
  3. Bring a lot of Pokeballs!
  4. Collect Pokemon Candy for the Spotlight Hour Pokemon, if you want to catch and evolve it!

The Spotlight Bonus for this is Double Transfer Candy!

Is Shiny Dratini in Pokemon Go?

The simple answer here is yes, Shiny Dratini can be caught in Pokemon Go.


The best time to get one is during the Spotlight Hour event too, as increased spawn rate for the normal version and Shiny variant means for a limited time you have a boosted chance. Good luck!

Cottonee May 4 Spotlight Hour details – Recap

Cottonee Pokemon Go
Cottonee features in the next Pokemon Go Spotlight Hour event.

The Spotlight Bonus for this was Double Catch Candy!

How to get Cottonee Pokemon Go

To complete the first Spotlight Hour event successfully, you’ll need to follow a few steps to grab yourself a Cottonee in-game.

  1. Load up Pokemon Go on your Android or iOS device.
  2. Buy a few Incenses for the Cottonee Spotlight Hour.
  3. Run around in-game until you find one, which should be quite easy due to the increased spawn rate.

Can you get Shiny Cottonee in Pokemon Go?

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but Cottonee does not spawn with a Shiny Pokemon variant in Pokemon Go.

That means just the normal version of this cute Pokemon will be spawning during the event.


Pokemon Go Spotlight Hour schedule for May 2021

What time is Spotlight Hour Pokemon Go?

Spotlight Pokemon Spotlight Hour Date Spotlight Hour Time
Cottonee May 4, 2021 6PM – 7PM local time
Dratini    May 11, 2021 6PM – 7PM local time
Alolan Rattata May 18, 2021 6PM – 7PM local time
Marill May 25, 2021 6PM – 7PM local time

Spawn Rate & Shiny Rate

The spawn rate of each Spotlight Hour Pokemon is boosted for a period of 60 minutes, and as a result, so too is the Shiny Rate of that species.

If you’re looking to get more Shinies, now might be your chance!

Double XP bonus

In May’s schedule, only one Pokemon will have a reward of Double XP – and that’s Alolan Rattata. 

That’s everything we know about the Pokemon Go Spotlight Hours for May 2021. Keep checking back to this page for regular updates, as different Pokemon will spawn more frequently than others during the month. Watch this space.