Pokémon Go announces May 2020 updates

Pokemon Go Professor Willow
Pokemon Go Professor Willow (Image credit: Niantic)

What you need to know

  • Until the end of September, there will be no new Team Go Rocket Special Research.
  • Shinx will be the Research Breakthrough Reward encounter for May.
  • Shellder, Sunkern, Poochyena, and Bronzor will see Spotlight Hours.

While Pokémon Go players will have plenty to do this coming month between the Throwback Challenge event and season two of the Go Battle League, Niantic has a few more updates for the month of May. For starters, the Team Go Rocket Special Research that rotates each month has been postponed until the end of September. While Professor Willow and his team find it unlikely that Team Go Rocket will really be quiet all summer, players can take a break from tracking down Giovanni and his executives for the time being. Given that this aspect of Pokémon Go has been one of the most difficult, if not impossible, to complete while social distancing, it makes sense that Niantic would put the villainous team on hold for the summer.

As Pokémon Spotlight Hours and Mystery Bonus Hours continue to be combined into a single weekly event, the next four Spotlight Pokémon and bonuses have been revealed:

  • May 5 will feature Shellder and 2x Catch Stardust.
  • May 12 will feature Sunkern and 2x Catch XP.
  • May 19 will feature Poochyena and 2x Catch Candy.
  • May 26 will feature Bronzor and 2x Transfer Candy.

As a reminder, these Spotlight Hours will occur every Tuesday evening at 6 pm local time.

The final update for May 2020 is the Research Breakthrough Reward encounter. Beginning May 1 at 1 pm PST, Shinx will take over as the new Research Breakthrough Reward encounter, along with bonus Shinx Candies.

Are you relieved to hear Team Go Rocket has gone dark for the time being? Which of the Spotlight Pokémon are you most excited for? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to check out our Complete Pokédex, as well as our many Pokémon Go guides so you too can become a Pokémon Master!

Casian Holly

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.