Initially announced on January 31st, 2020, Niantic announced it would begin testing new types of events during February 2020 – Pokémon Spotlight Hour and Mystery Bonus Hour. After testing and user feedback, Niantic combined both events into one and announced what Pokémon and bonuses would be featured in advance.

Now, in 2021, the weekly event continues and happens every Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. (your local time), provided there aren’t any cancellations. In the case of any issues, Niantic will hold a makeup event (i.e.: Snover Spotlight Hour in December 2020).

 

What Pokémon is in today’s Spotlight Hour?

The Pokémon for Tuesday, May 18th, 2021’s Spotlight Hour is Alolan Rattata.

 

Can Alolan Rattata be shiny?

Yes, Alolan Rattata can be shiny.

 

Are there any bonuses for today’s Spotlight Hour?

Yes, the bonus for today’s Pokémon GO Spotlight Hour is earning twice the XP for evolving Pokémon and is only active during the event (6 p.m. – 7 p.m. your local time).

 

Who will be next week’s Pokémon in Pokémon GO Spotlight Hour?

Next week’s Pokémon for Spotlight Hour is Marill.

 

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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?)

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