Pokémon Go Event Guide: Halloween 2020

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Halloween 2020 in Pokémon Go is going to be even bigger than last year! There will be tons of Ghost-type Pokémon, costumes for Pokémon and Trainers, mini-events, raids, eggs, and of course, candy! There’s even plenty to do this Halloween this year, but don’t worry. At iMore, we have all the details!

Halloween 2020 in Pokémon Go

Halloween is almost here and that means it’s time for another exciting mega event in Pokémon Go! For Halloween 2020, Pokémon Go will feature plenty of Pokémon new and old, Field Research, Special Research, Timed Research, Spooky Instant Surprises, Stylish Items, Boxes, and of course tons of candy. ! This event will run for 11 days from October 23, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. PST.

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Pokémon Dating for Halloween 2020

As with any Pokémon Go event, Trainers can expect tons of new and old Pokémon. While some Pokémon, like costumed starters Kanto and Galarian Yamask have been confirmed, many more are believed to be included in the types of ghosts that have been promised.

Costume pokemon

Turns out, Pokémon love dressing up for Halloween just as much as their trainers. During the Halloween 2020 event, Pokémon Go players will have the chance to meet many costumed Pokémon, including:

  • Costumed Sableye *, dressed as Litwick, spawn and eggs
  • Costumed gengar * in raids
  • Costumed Bulbasaur * as a reward encounter for the GO Battle League: Halloween Cup
  • Costume Charmander * as a reward for the GO Battle League: Halloween Cup
  • Costume Squirtle * as a reward encounter for the GO Battle League: Halloween Cup


Ghost-type Pokémon will appear more and more during the Halloween 2020 event. Pokémon that you may encounter in the wild include:

  • Gastly *
  • Haunter
  • Gengar (with or without costume)
  • Misdreavous *
  • Sableye * (with or without costume)
  • Shuppet *
  • Banette
  • Twilight Skull *
  • Dusclops
  • Drifloon *
  • Drifblim
  • Spiritomb *
  • Rotom
  • Yamask *
  • Cofagrigus
  • Litwick
  • Lampent
  • Candlelight


There will be a number of Ghost-type Pokémon to hatch from eggs. These Pokémon can include:

  • Gastly *
  • Misdreavous *
  • Sableye * (with or without costume)
  • Shuppet *
  • Twilight Skull *
  • Drifloon *
  • Spiritomb *
  • Rotom
  • Yamask *
  • Litwick


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There will be plenty of Pokémon appearing in Raids during the event, including:

Pokémon with an asterisk have the potential to be Shiny.

Search for Halloween 2020 in Pokémon Go

In addition to being able to encounter Pokémon in the wild, eggs, and raiding, Trainers will also encounter Pokémon by completing various research tasks.

Special search

Pokemon 867 Runerigus

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As in previous years, trainers will be able to conduct a new special research on scary messages. This year’s special research will be a little different. A spooky message unmasked will reward players with encounters with Spiritomb, like years gone by, but also with Galarian Yamask! This regional variant of Yamask can evolve into a brand new Galarian Pokémon. Just as Galarian Meowth can evolve into Perrserker and Galarian Farfetch’d can evolve into Sirfetch’d, Galarian Yamask can evolve into Runerigus.

Timed search

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Trainers who have completed the Mega Buddy Challenge will be able to complete a timed research line. Among other things, this timed line of research will reward players with Mega Gengar Energy!

Field research

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In addition to Special Research and Timed Research, Trainers will also be able to collect a variety of Halloween-themed Field Research tasks from rotating PokéStops and Gyms. Some of these Field Research tasks will even reward players with Spiritomb encounters. A few lucky trainers may even encounter a Shining Spiritomb!

Boutique style

There will be a lot of new avatar items in the Style Shop, so you can dress up alongside your Pokémon. Halloween items include:

  • A Pikachu mask
  • A Gengar onesie
  • Sableye glasses
  • A Sableye mask
  • A banette mask
  • A creepy new pose

Mini events

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As if Halloween 2020 in Pokémon Go isn’t big enough, there will also be three mini-events during this event. Coaches will be able to participate in two-day events and one week-long event in the GO Battle League.

Alolan Marowak Raid Day

Pokémon 105 Marowak Alolan

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On Saturday, October 31, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. local time, there will be an Alolan Marowak Raid Day. The Gen VII regional variant of Gen I’s Ground Marowak type, Alolan Marowak is a Fire and Ghost type developed from Cubone specifically in the Alolan region. Alolan Marowak is weak against Ground, Rock, Ghost, Water, and Dark-type Pokémon, and he will take over Raids for six hours on Halloween. Fortunately, this is a very easy Raid that most players will be able to complete on their own or with just one other player.

Mastery of captures: ghost event

Pokémon 425 Drifloon

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The Pokémon Catch Mastery: Ghost Day will take place on Sunday, October 25, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. local time. Mastering Capture will see a dramatic increase in the appearances of Drifloon, the Balloon Pokémon. Drifloon is a Ghost and Flying type that is originally found in the Sinnoh region of Generation IV. As cute as it sounds, don’t be fooled by this haunted balloon. Drifloon is best known for stealing from children who mistake him for a normal balloon! His body is filled with lost souls that he gathers until he literally bursts!

Trainers will need to catch as many Drifloon as possible during this event and may even encounter Shiny Drifloon. While catching haunted balloons, Trainers will also be able to complete a timed research line and exclusive field research tasks that will grant, among other rewards, Mega Gengar Energy.

Pokémon GO Battle League: Halloween Cup

The Pokémon GO Battle League will host a special Halloween Cup. From Monday, October 26, 2020 at 1 p.m. PST through Tuesday, November 3, Trainers will be able to battle in this exclusive cup using only Poison, Bug, Ghost, Dark, and Fairy-type Pokémon under 1,500 CP. In addition to many other rewards, players will be able to earn encounters with the Pokémon Kanto Starter wearing costumes. Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle will all be wearing their spookiest clothes when appearing as reward encounters.

Additional bonuses

Trainers will also benefit from a number of other bonuses throughout the event. These include:

  • Double transfer candies
  • Double Catch Candy
  • Spooky Surprises from Snapshop
  • Halloween Themed Boxes in the PokéShop: Spooky Crate, Boo Pack, and Pumpkin Pack


Do you have questions about the Pokémon Go Halloween 2020 event? Which of these spooky Pokémon are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to check out our guide to the best portable battery packs, so you can keep your phone charged for all the haunted fun!


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