Pokemon Go: Spotlight Hour confirmed, what about Mystery Bonus Hour? - Dexerto

Pokemon Go: Spotlight Hour confirmed, what about Mystery Bonus Hour?

Published: 4/Feb/2020 15:58

by Paul Cot


Niantic have announced two special Pokemon Go events for February – the Spotlight Hour and Mystery Bonus Hour. We now know that the Spotlight Hour is focused around Onix.

The iconic Kanto ‘mon was confirmed to be the surprise Pokemon for the first Spotlight Hour event thanks to trainers from New Zealand. The events starts on February 4, 6pm to 7pm local time – meaning some trainers have already finished it.

Onix confirmed

While there are several reports of Onix being the focus, another report has said that its spawn rate is still relatively low. There have also been no other bonuses reported, such as increased shiny rates, new moves, etc. This isn’t to say its shiny form isn’t spawning more frequently, though, there just isn’t enough data as of writing.

Onix Spotlight Hour
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Onix will feature in the first ever Pokemon Go Spotlight Hour…

It could be that different species are featured in different locations across the world. With the Spotlight Hour fast approaching in Europe, we’ll have more information on that soon. The odds suggest Onix will feature across the world, however.

“The Pokemon GO team is always looking for more ways to improve the gameplay experience,” the official blog said. With trainers becoming more and more used to constant events and happenings in Pokemon Go, Niantic are having to come up with new ways to keep the mobile game fresh.

Mystery Bonus Hour

Now we know the Spotlight Hour, the Mystery Bonus Hour seems to explain itself. There has been nothing complicated about Onix appearing more for an hour – nothing more, nothing less.

This suggests the Mystery Bonus Hour will be similar, just a bonus that will be active for the hour. It will likely be between 2x Catch XP, 2x Catch Stardust or some form egg hatching discount, unless Niantic have another trick up their sleeve.

The Mystery Bonus Hour takes place on February 6, 6pm to 7pm local time, exactly two days after the Spotlight Hour. If trainers enjoy these mini-events we could seem them become a regular fixture in the Pokemon Go calendar.


How to claim mystery gifts in Pokemon Sword & Shield

Published: 26/Oct/2020 13:41 Updated: 26/Oct/2020 16:28

by David Purcell


Pokemon Sword and Shield players can get their hands on some of the coolest free Mystery Gifts and if you would like to claim them, there are some tricks you need to know about. They do have deadlines, though, so act fast! 

With both expansions for Sword and Shield — The Isle of Armor & The Crown Tundra —  released, there’s nothing stopping us from opening some special presents in the Galar Region this year, with the chance to get ahold of a number of useful items for a limited time.

If you’re looking to catch ’em all in these Pokemon games, opening some mystery gifts will certainly help you along the way. So, let’s take a look at what you can claim them and how it all works.

Crown Tundra with Glastier Spectrier on mountain
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Glastier and Spectrier became available on October 22nd with The Crown Tundra expansion.

Mystery gifts mostly have different variants of PokeBalls in them, but recently actual Pokemon have been added to the mix.

All active Pokemon Sword & Shield Mystery Gifts: How to get them

As part of a celebration of the anime and the launch of The Crown Tundra, there are currently some special Pikachu variants available for free until November 30th by redeeming codes with the Mystery Gift option in-game. A step-by-step guide to this is listed below:
  1. Load up Pokemon Sword or Shield.
  2. Access the Mystery Gift menu in-game.
  3. From there, select ‘code/password’.
  4. Collect your gifts and enjoy!
Pokemon / NintendoHere’s the menu you need to visit in order to redeem your Mystery Gift codes.

Pokemon Sword & Shield Mystery Gifts (October/November)

Here is the current schedule of Mystery Gifts for trainers playing in the Galar Region, and as you can see, there’s a lot of special hat variants to enjoy.

  • Codes

    This week, two new Pikachu hat variants are due to be released:

    • Aloha Cap (October 23rd): ULTRAP1KA
    • World Cap (October 30th): TBA

More free rewards in Pokemon Sword & Shield

Free Gigantamax capable Melmetal

Those who have played Pokemon Go are in luck, as transferring Pokemon between Pokemon Go & Pokemon HOME will allow you to open a Mystery Box in Sword & Shield containing a special Melmetal with Gigantamax capabilities!

Free Gigantamax capable Pikachu & Eevee

Those who have played Pokemon Let’s Go: Pikachu or Pokemon Let’s Go: Eevee and have saved data on their game can grab themselves a special version of the game case stars in the Galar Region.

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Grab yourself a Gigantamax capable Pokemon for free!

You will receive a Pikachu or Eevee, depending on what title you played, that can transform into its Gigantamax form. You can collect that free gift inside the Wild Area’s train station. More information on how to do that in our guide.

On that bombshell, there we have it! Those are all of the ways we have found to receive a free mystery gift in Pokemon Sword and Shield. If we find any more, we’ll update this article with more codes and tricks.