Every few months, the seasons change into spring, summer, fall, or winter. Inspired by these changes Niantic added Seasons to Pokémon GO back in December 2020. Each Season in the mobile game is three months-long and features special events, certain Pokémon appearing more often in the wild (in certain areas and hemispheres), refreshed Egg pool, and more. Instead of being named after the spring, summer, fall, or winter seasons, each Season in Pokémon GO is named after an idea/theme.

For September 2022, a new Season has begun and it’s called the Season of Light.

 

What is the Season of Light?

 

The Season of Light is Pokémon GO’s 8th in-game Season and starts on Thursday, September 1st, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time. During this Season, Niantic welcomes back Professor Will from his disappearance during the Season of GO. He also returns with new research and discoveries around Cosmog, a legendary Pokémon of the Alola region. Plus, throw in the sun, moon, and stars imagery from the official Season of Light trailer, and it looks like Lunala and Solgaleo might debut later this Season!

 

 

When is the Season of Light?

 

The Season of Light takes place over three months – starting on Thursday, September 1st, 2022 at 10 a.m. and ending on Thursday, December 1st, 2022 at 9:59 a.m. your local time.

 

What is the focus for the Season of Light?

 

Professor Willow is back! During his absence, Professor Willow discovered a mysterious Pokémon – Cosmog!

A Season-exclusive Special Research will be available from Thursday, September 1st, 2022 at 10 a.m. until Thursday, December 1st, 2022 at 9:59 a.m. your local time. The Special Research will be released in three different batches and Trainers will be able to “bond with the Legendary Pokémon Cosmog” (a.k.a. catch this little guy and add ’em to your Pokédex).

For full details for this Special Research, look for the “What is the Season of Light’s Special Research?” section (below the Raid list).

There is also a season-long Timed Research focused on the GO Battle League. You can find a list of tasks and rewards in the “What is the Season of Light’s Timed Research for the GO Battle League?” section (below the Special Research section).

 

What are the bonuses for the Season of Light?

 

The following bonuses will be active during the entire Season of Light:

  • Increased Incense effectiveness while moving
  • Up to two free Raid Passes per day by spinning Gym Photo Discs
  • Increased damage for Pokémon participating in Raids remotely
  • Guaranteed Gifts from PokéStop spins
  • Extra Stardust from Gifts
  • Additional Items from Research Breakthroughs (Including 1 Premium Battle Pass)
  • Increased Stardust reward for Research Breakthroughs

 

What Seasonal Pokémon will be appearing in the wild and where?

 

During the Season of Light, the following Pokémon will be appearing more often in the wild in the following areas:

  • Cities: Jigglypuff*, Machop*, Magnemite*, Muk, Voltorb*, Umbreon, Litwick, and more!
  • Forests: Mareep*, Sunkern*, Yanma*, Espeon, Pineco*, Burmy (Plant Cloak)*, Hisuian Voltorb, and more!
  • Mountains: Sandslash, Clefairy*, Diglett*, Snorlax*, Sneasel*, Stantler*, Deino*, and more!
  • Beaches & Water: Seel*, Staryu*, Mantine*, Pelipper, Carvanha*, Wailmer*, Feebas*, and more!
  • Northern Hemisphere: Scyther*, Dratini*, Chikorita*, Cyndaquil*, Totodile*, Teddiursa*, Shroomish*, and more!
  • Southern Hemisphere: Paras*, Chansey*, Skitty*, Bagon*, Snivy*, Tepig*, Oshawott*, and more!

 

Note: Pokémon marked with an * means that “If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny one!”

 

What Pokémon will be hatching from Eggs this Season?

 

Eggs obtained from PokéStops or through Adventure Sync Rewards (weekly walking milestones that reset each Monday) during the Season of Light will contain the following Egg pools:

  • 2km Eggs:
    • 1-Egg Rarity: Magikarp*, Pichu*, Cleffa*, Meditite*, Munna*, Pikipek, Yungoos*, Fomantis, Stufful*, and Wimpod.
  • 5km Eggs:
    • 1-Egg Rarity: Togepi*, Tyrogue*, Elekid*, and Magby*.
    • 2-Egg Rarity: Miltank*, Bronzor*, Rowlett, Litten, and Popplio.
  • 10km Eggs:
    • 1-Egg Rarity: Tirtouga*, Archen*, Mienfoo, and Rockruff*.
    • 2-Egg Rarity: Axew*, Espurr*, and Noibat.
    • 3-Egg Rarity: Riolu*, Goomy, and Jangmo-o.
  • 5km Eggs from Adventure Sync Rewards: Cranidos*, Shieldon*, Happiny*, Munchlax, Karrablast*, and Shelmet*.
  • 10km Eggs from Adventure Sync Rewards: Dratini*, Bagon*, Beldum*, Gible*, Riolu*, and Goomy.

 

Note: Pokémon marked with an * means that “If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny one!”

 

What Pokémon will be appearing in Raids this Season?

 

Currently, we know that the following Pokémon will be appearing in Raids during the Season of Light:

 

September 2022

  • 1-Star Raids:
    • Espurr*, Solosis, Gothita, Shinx*, and Ralts*. (Thursday, September 1st, 2022 at 10 a.m. to Tuesday, September 6th, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time)
    • Unown E, Unown P, Unown S, and Espurr*. (Tuesday, September 6th, 2022 at 10 a.m. to Monday, September 12th, 2022 at 8 p.m. your local time)
    • Cyndaquil*, Numel*, Darumaka*, Klink*, and Rockruff*. (Monday, September 12th, 2022 at 8 p.m. to Friday, September 16th, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time)
    • Scyther*, Beldum*, Shieldon*, Klink*, Togedemaru. (Friday, September 16th, 2022 at 10 a.m. to Wednesday, September 21st, 2022 at 8 p.m. your local time)
    • Costumed Diglett*, Costumed Shinx*, Costumed Croagunk*, Scraggy, and Furfrou. (Tuesday, September 27th, 2022 at 10 a.m. to Monday, October 3rd, 2022 at 8 p.m. your local time)
  • 3-Star Raids:
    • Alolan Raichu*, Galarian Weezing*, Jolteon, and Girafarig* (Thursday, September 1st, 2022 at 10 a.m. to Tuesday, September 6th, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time)
    • Alolan Raichu*, Wobbuffet*, Giragarig*, and Oranguru. (Tuesday, September 6th, 2022 at 10 a.m. to Monday, September 12th, 2022 at 8 p.m. your local time)
    • Galarian Weezing*, Skarmory*, and Mawile*. (Monday, September 12th, 2022 at 8 p.m. to Friday, September 16th, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time)
    • Magneton, Skarmory*, Mawile*, and Lairon. (Friday, September 16th, 2022 at 10 a.m. to Wednesday, September 21st, 2022 at 8 p.m. your local time)
    • Costumed Butterfree*, Costumed Kirlia*, Costumed Absol*, and Mareanie. (Tuesday, September 27th, 2022 at 10 a.m. to Monday, October 3rd, 2022 at 8 p.m. your local time)
  • 5-Star Raids:
    • Deoxys (Normal Forme)*, Deoxys (Attack Forme)*, Deoxys (Defense Forme)*, and Deoxys (Speed Forme)*. (Thursday, September 1st, 2022 at 10 a.m. to Tuesday, September 13th, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time)
    • Celesteela (Southern Hemisphere only) and Kartana (Northern Hemisphere only). (Tuesday, September 13th, 2022 at 10 a.m. to Tuesday, September 27th, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time)
    • Yveltal* (Tuesday, September 27th, 2022 at 10 a.m. to Saturday, October 8th, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time)
  • Mega Raids:
    • Mega Ampharos* (Thursday, September 1st, 2022 to Tuesday, September 6th, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time)
    • Mega Alakazam* (Tuesday, September 6th, 2022 at 10 a.m. to Friday, September 16th, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time)
    • Mega Aggron* (Friday, September 16th, 2022 at 10 a.m. to Tuesday, September 27th, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time)
    • Mega Lopunny* (Tuesday, September 27th, 2022 at 10 a.m. to Saturday, October 8th, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time)

 

October 2022

  • 1-Star Raids:
    • Costumed Diglett*, Costumed Shinx*, Costumed Croagunk*, Scraggy, and Furfrou. (Tuesday, September 27th, 2022 at 10 a.m. to Monday, October 3rd, 2022 at 8 p.m. your local time)
    • ??? (Monday, October 3rd, 2022 at 8 p.m. to Wednesday, October 5th, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time)
    • Slowpoke*, Onix*, Scyther*, Porygon*, and Sunkern*. (Wednesday, October 5th, 2022 at 10 a.m. to Tuesday, October 11th, 2022 at 8 p.m. your local time)
  • 3-Star Raids:
    • Costumed Butterfree*, Costumed Kirlia*, Costumed Absol*, and Mareanie. (Tuesday, September 27th, 2022 at 10 a.m. to Monday, October 3rd, 2022 at 8 p.m. your local time)
    • ??? (Monday, October 3rd, 2022 at 8 p.m. to Wednesday, October 5th, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time)
    • Magneton, Rhydon, Togetic*, and Piloswime. (Wednesday, October 5th, 2022 at 10 a.m. to Tuesday, October 11th, 2022 at 8 p.m. your local time)
  • 5-Star Raids:
    • Yveltal* (Tuesday, September 27th, 2022 at 10 a.m. to Saturday, October 8th, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time)
    • Xerneas* (Saturday, October 8th, 2022 at 10 a.m. to Thursday, October 20th, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time)
    • Giratina (Altered Forme)* (Thursday, October 20th, 2022 at 10 a.m. to Thursday, October 27th, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time)
    • Giratina (Origin Forme)* (Thursday, October 27th, 2022 at 10 a.m. to Tuesday, November 8th, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time)
  • Mega Raids:
    • Mega Lopunny* (Tuesday, September 27th, 2022 at 10 a.m. to Saturday, October 8th, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time)
    • Mega Manectric* (Saturday, October 8th, 2022 at 10 a.m. to Thursday, October 20th, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time)
    • Mega Gyarados* (Saturday, October 8th, 2022 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. your local time)
    • ??? (Thursday, October 20th, 2022 at 10 a.m. to Tuesday, November 8th, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time)

 

November 2022

  • 1-Star Raids:
  • 3-Star Raids:
  • 5-Star Raids:
    • Giratina (Origin Forme)* (Thursday, October 27th, 2022 at 10 a.m. to Tuesday, November 8th, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time)
    • ??? (Tuesday, November 8th, 2022 at 10 a.m. to ??? at 10 a.m. your local time)
  • Mega Raids:
    • ??? (Thursday, October 20th, 2022 at 10 a.m. to Tuesday, November 8th, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time)

 

Note: Pokémon marked with an * means that “If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny one!”

 

What is the Season of Light’s Special Research?

 

A Season-long Special Research, called A Cosmic Companion, will be available and includes “befriending” Cosmog!

  • Available to claim: Thursday, September 1st, 2022 at 10 a.m. until Thursday, December 1st, 2022 at 9:59 a.m. your local time
    • Steps 1 – 3 Release: Thursday, September 1st, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time
    • Steps ? – ? Release: Wednesday, October 5th, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time
    • Steps ? – ? Release: Wednesday, November 23rd, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time

 

September 2022 Release

A Cosmic Companion
Step 1Reward
Catch 15 Pokémon5 Razz Berries
Make 10 Curveball ThrowsStaryu Encounter
Catch 15 Psychic-type Pokémon5 Pinap Berries
Completion RewardsCosmog Encounter, 1,000 XP, and 500 Stardust
Step 2Reward
Give your Buddy 3 treatsWoobat Encounter
Earn 10 Candies walking with your BuddyStaryu Encounter
Catch 15 Psychic-type PokémonMunna Encounter
Completion Rewards1 Poffin, 2,000 XP, and 500 Stardust
Step 3Reward
Earn 15 hearts with your BuddyRalts Encounter
Send 10 Gifts to FriendsStaryu Encounter
Catch 20 different species of Pokémon25 Poké Balls
Completion Rewards5 Pinap Berries, 3,000 XP, and 1,000 Stardust

 

October 2022 Release

Tasks and rewards will be listed here once they’re available in-game.

 

November 2022 Release

Tasks and rewards will be listed here once they’re available in-game.

 

What is the Season of Light’s Timed Research for the GO Battle League?

 

During the entire season, a five-step Timed Research focused on the GO Battle League will be available to all Trainers. Currently, we know the first step’s tasks and rewards:

GO Battle League Timed Research
Step 1/5Reward
Win 10 Trainer Battles in the GO Battle League1,000 Stardust
Win 20 Trainer Battles in the GO Battle League1,000 Stardust
Win 30 Trainer Battles in the GO Battle League1,000 Stardust
Win 40 Trainer Battles in the GO Battle League1,000 Stardust
Win 50 Trainer Battles in the GO Battle League2,500 Stardust
Win 60 Trainer Battles in the GO Battle League1,500 Stardust
Win 70 Trainer Battles in the GO Battle League1,500 Stardust
Win 80 Trainer Battles in the GO Battle League1,500 Stardust
Win 90 Trainer Battles in the GO Battle League1,500 Stardust
Win 100 Trainer Battles in the GO Battle League2,500 Stardust
Completion Rewards5,000 Stardust, 1 Fast TM, and 10 Great Balls

 

Note: Step 2’s tasks and rewards are the same as Step 1’s. Based on that, chances are Steps 3 – 5 will be the same too.

 

What events are happening in September 2022?

 

All events for September 2022 have yet to be announced. Based on currently available information, here’s what’ll be happening in September 2022:

 

 

What events are happening in October 2022?

 

All events for October 2022 have yet to be announced. Based on currently available information, here’s what’ll be happening in October 2022:

 

  • Saturday, October 1st, 2022 from 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. your local time – GO Battle Day: Guzma: A battle-centric day featuring the Guzma Avatar Item Set and Timed Research!
  • Saturday, October 1st, 2022 at 1 p.m. PT | 4 p.m. ET (GMT −7) until Tuesday, November 1st, 2022 at 1 p.m. PT | 4 p.m. ET (GMT −7) – October Research Breakthrough: Shedinja
  • Tuesday, October 4th, 2022 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. your local time – Spotlight Hour: Purrloin
  • Wednesday, October 5th, 2022 at 10 a.m. until Tuesday, October 11th, 2022 at 8 p.m. your local time – Evolving Stars event: The next part of the Season of Light’s Special Research will drop along with the debut of Cosmoem!
  • Wednesday, October 5th, 2022 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. your local time – Raid Hour: Yveltal
  • Saturday, October 8th, 2022 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. your local time – Mega Gyarados Raid Day: Looking to stock up on Gyarados Mega Energy to Mega Evolve your own Gyarados? Then get a Raid train going thanks to Mega Gyarados Raids appearing more frequently!
  • Tuesday, October 11th, 2022 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. your local time – Spotlight Hour: Haunter
  • Wednesday, October 12th, 2022 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. your local time – Raid Hour: Xerneas
  • Friday, October 14th, 2022 at 10 a.m. to Monday, October 17th, 2022 at 8 p.m. your local time – Festival of Lights: Stay tuned for more details!
  • Saturday, October 15th, 2022 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. your local time – October Community Day featuring Litwick: Get ready to catch lots of Litwick this Community Day. If you’re lucky, you may even catch a Shiny one!
  • Saturday, October 15th, 2022 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. your local time – Bonus Raid Battles after Community Day featuring Lampent: Four-Star Raid battles are back at a new time and feature Lampent! Successfully defeat a Boldore (limited to in-person raids only), and you’ll spawn Litwick for 30 minutes.
  • Tuesday, October 18th, 2022 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. your local time – Spotlight Hour: Misdreavus
  • Wednesday, October 19th, 2022 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. your local time – Raid Hour: Xerneas
  • Thursday, October 20th, 2022 at 10 a.m. to Tuesday, November 1st, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time – Halloween event: The Candy collecting, Halloween costumed Pokémon yearly event is back!
  • Friday, October 21st, 2022 to Sunday, October 23rd, 2022 – Pokémon GO Safari Zone: Taipei: A special in-person ticketed event will be held at Taipei’s Da’an Forest Park. Trainers in Taipei will also have access to a special Pokémon Air Adventures event during the same time period.
  • Tuesday, October 25th, 2022 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. your local time – Spotlight Hour: Shuppet
  • Wednesday, October 26th, 2022 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. your local time – Raid Hour: Giratina (Altered Forme)

 

What events are happening in November 2022?

 

All events for November 2022 have yet to be announced. Based on currently available information, here’s what’ll be happening in November 2022:

 

  • Thursday, October 20th, 2022 at 10 a.m. to Tuesday, November 1st, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time – Halloween event: The Candy collecting, Halloween costumed Pokémon yearly event is back!
  • Tuesday, November 1st, 2022 at 1 p.m. PT | 4 p.m. ET (GMT −7) until  Thursday, December 1st, 2022 at 1 p.m. PT | 4 p.m. ET (GMT −7) – November Research Breakthrough: ???
  • Tuesday, November 1st, 2022 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. your local time – Spotlight Hour: ???
  • Wednesday, November 2nd, 2022 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. your local time – Raid Hour: Giratina (Origin Forme) (unconfirmed, based off the October Content Update image from Niantic)
  • Saturday, November 5th, 2022 from ??? to ??? your local time – Community Day Classic featuring ???: Get ready to catch lots of ??? this Community Day Classic. If you’re lucky, you may even catch a Shiny one!
  • Sunday, November 6th, 2022 from 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. your local time – GO Battle Day: Miltank: Another GO Battle Day is here and this time Miltank is guaranteed to be a reward encounter! Timed Research will also be available.
  • Tuesday, November 8th, 2022 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. your local time – Spotlight Hour: ???
  • Wednesday, November 9th, 2022 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. your local time – Raid Hour: ???
  • Saturday, November 12th, 2022 from ??? to ??? your local time – November Community Day featuring ???: Get ready to catch lots of ??? this Community Day. If you’re lucky, you may even catch a Shiny one!
  • Tuesday, November 15th, 2022 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. your local time – Spotlight Hour: ???
  • Wednesday, November 16th, 2022 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. your local time – Raid Hour: ???
  • Tuesday, November 22nd, 2022 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. your local time – Spotlight Hour: ???
  • Wednesday, November 23rd, 2022 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. your local time – Raid Hour: ???
  • Tuesday, November 29th, 2022 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. your local time – Spotlight Hour: ???
  • Wednesday, November 30th, 2022 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. your local time – Raid Hour: ???

 

Are there any themed Avatar Items for the Season of Light?

 

Cosmog-inspired Avatar Items will debut via the in-game shop during the Season of Light.

 

 

Are there any special Stickers for the Season of Light?

 

Autumn-themed Stickers featuring Paras, Vulpix, Teddiursa, Seedot, Sawsbuck (Autumn Form), Trevenant, and Skwovet. You can get them from spinning PokéStops and/or Gyms, opening Gifts (from Friends and/or your Buddy Pokémon), and purchasing them for PokéCoins via the in-game shop.

 

 

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Written by Jennifer Burch

Illustrator, designer, writer and big Nintendo geek, you can find Jennifer with an N3DS within reach 24/7. As the oldest of three, she has survived many Mario Party, Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart sessions intact in addition to getting her brothers hooked on some really weird games. (Cubivore anyone?)