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Pokémon Go: Bug Out! event guide

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The Season of Go has arrived in Pokémon Go, bringing with it the return of the Bug Out! event. Join in with your fellow trainers to catch and battle tons of Bug type Pokémon. We here at iMore have everything you need to know to get the most out of this returning event and be sure to check out our best Pokémon Go accessories so you can be fully equipped on your Pokémon Journey!

What is the Bug Out! event in Pokémon GO?

A recurring event in Pokémon Go, the Bug Out! event is a week of Bug type Pokémon. Tons of Bug type Pokémon will take over the wild spawns and raids, and brand new Bug types will make their Pokémon Go debut. For the first time, players will be able to encounter Mega Scizor, Grubbin, and Shiny Venipede. 

When is the Bug Out! event in Pokémon GO?

The Bug Out! event runs from Wednesday, August 10 through Tuesday, August 16, 2022.

Pokémon with the potential to be Shiny are indicated with an asterisk.

Wild Pokémon

During the Bug Out! event, players can encounter the following wild Pokémon:

  • Caterpie*
  • Weedle*
  • Ledyba*
  • Spinarak*
  • Yanma*
  • Pineco*
  • Wurmple*
  • Surskit
  • Kricketot*
  • Skorupi*
  • Pansage*
  • Venipede*
  • Dwebble*
  • Karrablast*
  • Joltik
  • Shelmet*
  • Grubbin
  • Dewpider

Raids

Pokémon Go raids

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During the Bug Out! event, players can challenge the following Pokémon in raids:

  • Paras* (one star)
  • Pineco* (one star)
  • Joltik (one star)
  • Unown* (T) (one star)
  • Pansage* (one star)
  • Venomoth (three star)
  • Pinsir* (three star)
  • Forretress (three star)
  • Shuckle* (three star)
  • Genesect (Chill) (five star)
  • Mega Scizor* (Mega)

Collection Challenge

Pokémon Go Collection Challenges

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The Bug Out! event features the following Bug themed Collection Challenge that will award players with the Bug Catcher pose and 15,000 XP:

  • Catch a Caterpie
  • Catch a Weedle
  • Catch a Wurmple
  • Catch a Grubbin
  • Catch a Dewpider
  • Catch a Joltik
  • Catch a Karrablast
  • Catch a Shelmet
  • Catch a Skorupi
  • Catch a Pineco
  • Evolve a Wurmple into a Silcoon
  • Evolve a Wurmple into a Cascoon
  • Evolve a Spinarak into an Ariados
  • Evolve a Ledyba into a Ledian
  • Evolve a Kricketot into a Kricketune
  • Evolve a Grubbin into a Charjabug

Completion Rewards: Bug Catcher pose, 15,000 XP

Timed Research

Pokémon Go Mega Energy

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During the Bug Out! event, players can complete the following Timed Research line to earn Pokémon encounter, items, and Scizor Mega Energy:

Page one

  • Catch 25 Bug type Pokémon for 25 PokéBalls
  • Walk 2KM for a Beedrill encounter
  • Make 15 Nice Throws for 20 Great Balls
  • Make ten Great Throws for ten Ultra Balls
  • Make five Curveball Throws for ten Pinap Berries
  • Use ten berries to help catch Pokémon for a Combee* encounter

Completion rewards: Shedinja* encounter, Lure Module, 2,500 XP

Page two

  • Catch 25 Bug type Pokémon for 25 PokéBalls
  • Hatch an egg for three Golden Razz Berries
  • Evolve two Bug type Pokémon for a Grubbin encounter
  • Make ten Great Throws for 20 Great Balls
  • Catch ten different species of Bug type Pokémon for 50 Beedrill Mega Energy
  • Take snapshots of five different wild Pokémon for a Venipede encounter

Completion Rewards: Pinsir encounter, 1,000 Stardust, 2,500 XP

Page three

  • Autocompleted for a Caterpie encounter
  • Autocompleted for 1,000 XP
  • Autocompleted for a Wurmple encounter
  • Autocompleted for 1,000 XP
  • Autocompleted for a Weedle encounter
  • Autocompleted for 1,000 XP

Completion Rewards: Scyther encounter, 50 Scizor Mega Energy

Field Research

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During the Bug Out! event, players can spin PokéStops and Gyms to collect the following event exclusive Field Research tasks:

  • Catch five Pokémon for a Caterpie* encounter
  • Catch five Pokémon for a Weedle* encounter
  • Catch ten Pokémon for a Volbeat* encounter
  • Catch ten Pokémon for a Illumise* encounter
  • Catch ten Pokémon for a Venipede* encounter
  • Catch ten Pokémon for a Dewpider encounter
  • Catch ten Pokémon for a Wimpod encounter 
  • Catch 15 Pokémon for a Burmy* (Plant Cloak) encounter
  • Catch 15 Pokémon for a Burmy* (Sand Cloak) encounter
  • Catch 15 Pokémon for a Burmy* (Trash Cloak) encounter
  • Make three Nice Throws for a Venonat* encounter
  • Make three Nice Throws for a Kricketot* encounter
  • Make three Nice Throws in a row for a Silcoon encounter
  • Make three Nice Throws in a row for a Cascoon encounter
  • Make three Great Throws for a Grubbin encounter
  • Make three Great Throws in a row for a Paras* encounter 
  • Make three Great Throws in a row for a Dwebble* encounter
  • Make two Excellent Throws for a Nincada* encounter
  • Use ten berries to help catch Pokémon for a Combee* encounter
  • Use ten berries to help catch a Pokémon for a Sewaddle encounter
  • Trade a Pokémon for a Karrablast* encounter
  • Trade a Pokémon for a Shelmet* encounter
  • Take three snapshots of different Bug type Pokémon you caught for a Ledyba* encounter
  • Take three snapshots of different Bug type Pokémon you caught for a Spinarak* encounter
  • Take three snapshots of different Bug type Pokémon you caught for a Yanma* encounter

Group bonuses

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Players can unlock bonus spawns of featured Bug type Pokémon by completing in person raids in groups of three or more. The Pokémon will change each day and will appear for 15 minutes surrounding the gym that hosted the raid.

  • Wurmple* (Wednesday)
  • Caterpie* (Thursday)
  • Spinarak* (Friday)
  • Venipede* (Saturday)
  • Kricketot* (Sunday)
  • Weedle* (Monday)
  • Ledyba* (Tuesday)

Other bonuses

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During the Bug Out! event, players can also enjoy the following additional bonuses:

  • Double XP on Nice Throws, Great Throws, and Excellent Throws
  • Bonus candy on Nice Throws, Great Throws, and Excellent Throws
  • Increased chance of XL candy on Nice Throws, Great Throws, and Excellent Throws
  • Snapshot Surprises for Bug type Pokémon

Questions about the Bug Out! event in Pokémon Go?

Do you have any questions about the Bug Out! event in Pokémon Go? Are you excited to add Vikavolt and Mega Scizor to your Pokédex? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to check out the rest of our Pokémon Go guides so you too can become a Pokémon Master!

Casian Holly has been writing about gaming at iMore since 2019, but their real passion is Pokémon. From the games to the anime, cards and toys, they eat, sleep, and breathe all things Pokémon. You can check out their many Pokémon Go and Pokémon Sword and Shield guides and coverage here on iMore.