All May 2021 Pokémon Spotlight Hour dates and times in Pokémon Go

March Spotlight Hours feature new Pokémon.

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May 2021 is the third and final month of Pokémon Go’s Season of Legends, introducing Therian Forme Landorus, Tornadus, and Thundurus. Now, it’s been announced that Xerneas and Yveltal will be appearing in May, giving everyone the chance to capture them throughout the month in five-star raids. Throughout May, players have the chance to also save shadow Moltres from Giovanni by receiving a Super Rocket Radar, tracking him down, and saving the Pokémon. Throughout the month of May, every Tuesday at 6 PM to 7 PM in your local time zone, a Spotlight Hour event for a Pokémon will be available to everyone.

These are the new Pokémon appearing in the Spotlight Hour events: Cottonee, Dratini, Alolan Rattata, and Marill. Finneon will appear on April 27 as the final April 2021 Spotlight hour.

The Spotlight Hour is when a single Pokémon has a ridiculously high chance to spawn, and it usually means you see somewhere from three to nine of them around you without having to visit a particular location. The Spotlight Hour event has a new Pokémon every week on Tuesday for only an hour. The event is open to everyone, but you need to have your Pokémon Go application open from 6 PM to 7 PM in your timezone.

Here are the entire Spotlight Hour dates, times, rewards, and the Pokémon available during the hour.

  • May 4: Cottonee will be in the spotlight, and you can earn twice as much candy for capturing Pokémon.
  • May 11: Dratini will be in the spotlight, and all players can earn twice as much candy for transferring Pokémon.
  • May 18: Alolan Rattata will be in the spotlight, and you’ll be able to earn twice as much XP for evolving Pokémon.
  • May 25: Marill will be in the spotlight, and you’ll be able to earn twice as much Stardust for capturing Pokémon.

Of the Pokémon featured above, you can expect to hunt after the shiny versions of Dratini, Alolan Rattata, and Marill. Cottonee is the only Pokémon in this lineup to not have a shiny version. The Spotlight Hour event does not make it easier to capture a shiny Pokémon or increase the odds, but there are more of the same Pokémon, so you have more opportunities to find one potentially.

May is looking to contain some of the best Pokémon in the Spotlight Hour events that we’ve seen since the weekly event has been announced. It’s the final month for the Season of Legends, and Pokémon Go is closing this chapter with a bang. Not only will you have the chance to encounter Xerneas and Yveltal in five-star raids, but Dratini, a Dragon-type Pokémon will be appearing all over on May 11, which will be extremely useful for players eager to finish up the Dragon-type quests for the one-in-151 Masterwork quest. Alolan Rattata is a decent choice, but Marill is exceptionally sharp. Marill’s evolved form, Azumarill, is one of the best Water-type Pokémon in the Great League, and if you earn enough XL candy to power it up, you can also use it in the Ultra League.

May 2021 looks to host an exceptional amount of Spotlight Hours. Hopefully, we’re not too spoiled moving forward.

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