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The team leaders of Pokémon GO have been getting their own events in the Season of Rising Heroes. Now that we’ve entered the final month for this particular season, it’s finally time for Team Instinct Leader Spark and Team Valor Leader Candela to have their events. Spark will go first, and similar to Blanche’s event, there’s a new Costumed Pokémon to be rewarded as a catch encounter during an event-exclusive Special Research Story.

Unlike Team Mystic’s event, the Team Instinct one has some truly fantastic event bonuses and incentives. (And this is coming from a Team Mystic member…) We’ll see the debut of Larvesta and Volcarona in Pokémon GO, plus shiny rates have been boosted when hatching 2 km, 5km, and 10 km Eggs (across the board for all Pokémon that can be shiny in those Egg Pools). Time to use those Egg Incubators (unless you’ve hit max Pokémon storage…).

Get all the details for the An Instinctive Hero event with our guide below:


Pokémon GO’s Season of Rising Heroes – An Instinctive Hero

Begins: Tuesday, May 2nd, 2023 at 10 a.m. your local time.

Ends: Monday, May 8th, 2023 at 8 p.m. your local time.


Pokémon debuts – Larvesta, Volcarona, Costumed Elekid, and Shiny Mantyke



Larvesta and its evolved form Volcarona are now available in Pokémon GO! To “catch” Larvesta, you’ll have to get your steps in as the Pokémon can only be found in 2 km, 5 km, and 10 km Eggs (that are obtained at the start of the event). It’s unclear if Larvesta will be a permanent addition to the Season of Rising Heroes’ Egg Pool going forward, even when this event is over, but the wording kind of suggests it. To get Volcarona, you’ll need a pile of Larvesta Candies (400 Larvesta Candies to be exact). Time to hatch a Larvesta, make it your Buddy Pokémon, and feed ’em some Rare Candies?

Those aren’t the only new debuts during this event. Just as Blanche gave Trainers a Lapras wearing a Blanche-themed accessory as a catch reward encounter during A Mystic Hero’s Special Research Story, Spark will do something similar. He’ll be giving Trainers an Elekid wearing a Spark-themed accessory* (referred to as a Costumed Elekid* going forward) as a catch reward encounter if you complete the necessary steps in his Special Research Story.

Lastly, Shiny Mantyke has entered the 7 km Egg Pool. Unfortunately, 7 km Egg won’t have boosted Shiny rates for the event, but this Shiny will be available after the event in future Egg-focused appearances.


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


Event Bonuses

  • 2× XP for hatching Pokémon
  • 2× Stardust for hatching Pokémon
  • Increased chance of hatching Shiny Pokémon from 2 km, 5 km, and 10 km Eggs.


Event Boxes

If any special event boxes or bundles are released during the event, they’ll be listed here once the event is live.

  • Explorer Box (745 PokéCoins, no purchase limit): 3 Super Incubators and 4 Egg Incubators.
  • Journeyer Box (925 PokéCoins, purchase limit 3): 5 Super Incubators, 5 Egg Incubators, and 2 Star Pieces.
  • Voyager Box (2,100 PokéCoins, purchase limit 3): 10 Super Incubators, 20 Egg Incubators, and 3 Lucky Eggs.


The following boxes will be available on Saturday, May 6th, 2023 for the Kleavor Raid Day event:

  • Raid Box (Green) (275 PokéCoins, no purchase limit): 3 Premium Battle Passes (Green) and 2 Lucky Eggs.
  • Great Raid Box (Green) (400 PokéCoins, no purchase limit): 5 Premium Battle Passes (Green) and 2 Star Pieces.
  • Ultra Raid Box (Green) (625 PokéCoins, no purchase limit): 10 Premium Battle Passes (Green), 3 Max Potions, and 3 Max Revives.
  • Raid Box (Blue) (320 PokéCoins, no purchase limit): 2 Remote Raid Passes and 1 Star Piece.


Wild Encounters

  • No curated list of Wild Encounters has been announced for the event.



The following Pokémon will be hatching from Eggs that are obtained during the event:

  • 2 km Eggs
    • 1-Egg Rarity: Bellsprout*, Magikarp*, Pichu*, Igglybuff*, Trapinch*, Pikipek, Yungoos*, Fomantis, and Wimpod.
    • 2-Egg Rarity: Cottonee*.
    • 5-Egg Rarity: Larvesta.
  • 5 km Eggs
    • 1-Egg Rarity: Machop*, Tyrogue*, Chingling*, and Mareanie.
    • 2-Egg Rarity: Gligar*, Bonsly*, Rowlet, Litten, and Popplio.
    • 5-Egg Rarity: Larvesta.
  • 7 km Eggs
    • 1-Egg Rarity: Happiny*, Mantyke*, Timburr*, Karrablast*, Axew*, and Shelmet*.
    • 2-Egg Rarity: Mime Jr.* and Goomy.
  • 10 km Eggs:
    • 1-Egg Rarity: Tirtouga*, Archen*, Rockfuff*, and Togedemaru.
    • 2-Egg Rarity: Axew*, Tyrunt, and Amaura.
    • 3-Egg Rarity: Riolu*, Goomy, and Jangmo-o.
    • 5-Egg Rarity: Larvesta.



  • Pokémon marked with an * means that “If you’re lucky, you might hatch a Shiny one!”
  • This is Shiny Mantyke’s debut.



There isn’t a focus on Raids during this event, but Niantic hasn’t been advertising complete Raid lineups during certain events (or even sharing what One- and Three-Star Raid pools look like for specific weeks). Therefore, when this event starts, the following Pokémon will be appearing in Raids:

  • One-Star Raids: Ledyba*, Shuckle*, Dwebble*, Joltik, and Grubbin.
  • Three-Star Raids: Ninjask, Mawile*, Excadrill, and Fletchinder.
  • Five-Star Raids: Genesect (Shock Drive)* (See Additional Notes).
  • Mega Raids: Mega Scizor* (See Additional Notes).


Additional Notes:

  • Pokémon marked with an * means that “If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny one!”
  • Genesect (Shock Drive)* will be available after the event (in Raids), until Tuesday, May 9th, 2023 at 10 a.m. your local time.
  • Mega Scizor* will be available after the event (in Mega Raids), until Thursday, May 11th, 2023 at 10 a.m. your local time.


Field Research Tasks

There will be event-exclusive Field Research Tasks available and the rewards include the following Pokémon encounters: Magneton, Chansey*, Electabuzz*, Magmar*, Snorlax*, Mantine*, and Chimecho*. These Field Research Tasks can be found when spinning PokéStops (and acquired if you have an open slot in your Field Research menu) when the event is active.

A complete list of tasks and rewards will be shared here once the event is live.


  • Task:  Hatch an Egg
    • Reward: Electabuzz* OR Magmar* OR Mantine* Encounter
  • Task: Hatch 2 Eggs
    • Reward: Chansey* OR Chimecho* Encounter
  • Task: Hatch 3 Eggs
    • Reward: Magneton OR Snorlax* Encounter


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


Special Research – An Instinctive Hero & Let’s GO! + An Everyday Hero

Following in the footsteps of the A Mystic Hero event, Team Instinct Leader Spark will have his own Special Research Story where Trainers will be rewarded with a special Costumed Pokémon. Also, Niantic is once again reminding Trainers about the earlier released Special Research (where only the first few steps are available to complete).


An Instinctive Hero

An event-exclusive Special Research Story will be available. Similar to the Special Research available during the A Mystic Hero event, Spark will be in charge of the An Instinctive Hero Special Research. One of the rewards of the Special Research is a Costumed Elekid*. It’s also been confirmed that this is the only way to encounter this particular Elekid during the Season of Rising Heroes.

A complete list of tasks and rewards of this Special Research will be shared here once the event is live.


An Instinctive Hero
Step 1/4Reward
Make 10 Nice Throws5 Razz Berries
Catch 20 Pokémon5 Poké Balls
Spin 10 PokéStops or GymsExeggcute* Encounter
Completion Rewards1 Incubator and 1,500 XP
Step 2/4Reward
Hatch an Egg (initial text read as "Hatch 1 Eggs")1 Incense
Use 15 Razz Berries to help catch Pokémon5 Great Balls
Spin 20 PokéStops or GymsFerroseed* Encounter
Completion Rewards20 Chansey Candies and 2,000 XP
Step 3/4Reward
Catch 30 Pokémon10 Great Balls
Earn 5 Candies exploring with your Buddy5 Pinap Berries
Hatch 3 EggsChansey* Encounter
Completion RewardsCostumed Elekid* Encounter and 2,500 XP
Step 4/4Reward
Claim Reward!10 Pinap Berries
Claim Reward!10 Great Balls
Claim Reward!10 Ultra Balls
Completion Rewards2,500 Stardust and 2,500 XP


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


Reminder – Let’s GO! + An Everyday Hero

Initially released during the Let’s GO! event in March, Niantic included a reminder for this free Special Research in A Mystic Hero’s official blog post (but referred to it as “An Everyday Hero” instead of “Let’s GO!”). It’s unclear if additional steps to the Special Research will be released during this event (steps were not released during A Mystic Hero). If so, they’ll be added to the chart below:


Let's GO Special Research
Step 1/6Reward
Catch 10 Pokémon5 Poké Balls
Make 10 Curveball Throws5 Razz Berries
Power up Pokémon 5 times1,000 Stardust
Completion Rewards1,500 XP and Mankey Encounter
Step 2/6Reward
Catch 15 Pokémon10 Poké Balls
Make 10 Great Throws5 Pinap Berries
Transfer 20 Pokémon5 Great Balls
Completion Rewards2,000 XP and Meditite Encounter
Step 3/6Reward
Power up Pokémon 10 times10 Great Balls
Make 7 Great Throws1 Lure Module
Defeat a Team GO Rocket member (Grunts only)3 Revives
Completion Rewards2,500 XP and Machoke Encounter
Step 4/6Reward
Catch a Pokémon500 XP
Completion Rewards1,000 XP and 1,000 Stardust
Step 5/6Reward
Catch 25 Pokémon2,500 Stardust
Defeat 3 Team GO Rocket Grunts3 Hyper Potions
Make 3 Excellent ThrowsGalarian Farfetch'd* Encounter
Evolve 5 Pokémon2,500 Stardust
Battle in a Gym 3 times5 Revives
Completion Rewards1 Master Ball, 1,000 XP, and 1,000 Stardust
Step 6/6Reward
Claim Reward!10 Ultra Balls
Claim Reward!2 Silver Pinap Berries
Claim Reward!1 Star Piece
Completion Rewards3,000 Stardust and 3,000 XP


This Special Research is free and can be claimed in-game until Thursday, June 1st, 2023 at 10 a.m. your local time. The complete list of tasks can also be found on the Pokémon GO Season of Rising Heroes guide hub page.


Avatar Items

New avatar items themed after Spark will be released during this event. They will be available for purchase (with PokéCoins) via the in-game shop. These avatar items will still be available to purchase after the conclusion of this event.

The new avatar items are the following: Team Instinct Turtleneck (500 PokéCoins), Spark-style Jacket (400 PokéCoins), Spark-style Pants (100 PokéCoins), Spark-style Shoes (50 PokéCoins), and Spark-style Gloves (50 PokéCoins).




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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?)