It is the beginning of a new month and a new season for Pokémon GO: The season of light. The season of the starry nebula-themed game lasts from September 1 to December 1, and the visuals perform with some spectacular views of the night sky, with the nebulae making an appearance from time to time. The season’s special research begins with Professor Willow returning from a wormhole and discovering a rare gaseous Pokémon that looks like a nebula.
Cosmog, Professor Willow’s object of discovery, is a legendary Pokémon that players can venture with and the special research theme of the Season of Light. There will also be a Cosmog hat available in the in-game store in honor of the creature’s debut in Pokémon GO.
Players can also look forward to some research bonuses for this season, such as additional items from research discoveries and increased stardust as a reward for research discoveries. The first part of the quest unlocks on September 1, the second part on October 5, and the third part on November 23, so players should make sure to log in after each date to ensure maximum benefits from the special research activities of the season.
The next three months of the Season of Light are filled with special events that players won’t want to miss. On September 3, players must log in from 11:00 to 14:00 for Inkay Limited Research, where players have the chance to meet Shiny Inkay for the first time in the game’s history. September Community Day is September 18th from 2pm to 5pm and Fashion Week is September 27th to October 3rd. There will be four Pokémon Spotlight Hour events featuring special Pokémon from 6pm to 7pm and some bonuses offered during this time: Munna on September 6, Ralts on September 13, Aron on September 20, and Minccino on September 28.
The Pokémon GO The Battle League: Season of Light update has implemented many new attacks, changes to consolidated attacks, updated the availability of certain attacks in additional Pokémon, and added additional cups for players to fight in. There are two days of Go Battle where certain Pokémon are guaranteed to appear from the battle rewards: October 1st is the day of the battle of Guzma and November 6th is the day of the battle of Miltank. Also available is the Catch Cup: Season of Light Edition; the only requirements are to use Pokémon at 1,500 CP or less, and only Pokémon caught during the Season of Light are allowed.
Pokémon GOThe Season of Light also has some raid-specific events that players can look forward to. From September 6-12, there is the Psychic Spectacular, which includes Mega Alakazam in five-star raids. Throughout the month, raids will give players the chance to catch a Shiny Elgyem, three different versions of Unown in one-star raid, and a Deoxys Raid Day on September 11 from 2pm to 5pm. Deoxys will be available in all four of its forms from this raid. Yveltal, another legendary Pokemon with a special raid day, will be available in five-star raids to fight from September 27th to October 8th.
Hatching eggs during the Season of Light is important if players want the specific Pokémon of the season. The normal 2km eggs this season have a chance to be Pichu, Cleffa, Munna, Fomantis, or Wimpod. The 5km eggs could be Tyrogue, Elekid, Magby or Miltank and the 10km eggs could be Tirtouga, Archen, Noibat, Rockruff, or Jangmo-o. For those who choose to enable Adventure Sync, the setting that allows players to keep track of the steps that count for hatching while the game is closed, awaits a different pool of Pokémon capable of hatching – the 5km Eggs they could be Cranidos, Shieldon, Happiny, Muchlax, Karrablast or Shelmet and the 10km eggs could be Dratini, Bagon, Beldum, Gible, Riolu or Goomy.
During the Season of Light, players must customize the dates and times spent in the game based on the hours of the spotlight or the days of battle they are interested in and turn as many PokéStops as possible to collect all the season-themed stickers. Traveling to a different biome, such as a city if you live in the mountains, can grant you different aspects of Pokémon. Participating in as many raids as possible comes in handy when trying to collect the newly released Legendary Pokémon, as well as walking as many miles as possible to hatch all the seasonal eggs. This season is a must for serious coaches who really want to catch them all.