How to unlock Mega Gengar in Pokémon Go

It’s a process.

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More Mega Pokémon are making their way into Pokémon Go. The first to release were Mega Charizard X and Y, Blastoise, Venusaur, and Beedrill. Now, we have Mega Pidgeot on the way, and Mega Gengar is set to become available right around Halloween, which is appropriately perfect for the Ghost-type Pokémon. But, it won’t immediately go to every trainer. There are a handful of things you need to do first, and if you don’t follow the steps, you could miss out on your chance to access Mega Gengar.

The main Mega Gengar event will be happening at the end of October, roughly around Halloween. It’s a festive time, so it makes sense. However, before you can worry about having access to Mega Gengar, you must finish a particular Timed Research event a good month before. That’s right, if you want to add Mega Gengar to your collection, you have to prepare a good month before anything official drops.

You need to participate in the Timed Research happening from September 22 to September 28. We don’t know the specifics of it right now, but it is Mega-Evolution related. The Mega-Evolution event will focus on spending time with your Mega-Evolved Pokémon. There’s also a bunch of Pokémon that will be readily available to catch during the event like Doduo, Alolan Exeggutor, Pinsir, Lapras, Snorlax, Furret, Wobbuffet, Mantine, and Skarmary.

Keep your eyes peeled for the Timed Research available from September 22 to September 28, and have plenty of Mega Energy available to Mega Evolve your Pokémon.