Pokemon Go May 2021 Events Schedule: Xerneas Raids, Marill Limited Research, And More

Here's a rundown of all the biggest events happening in Pokemon Go this month.


May is officially here, and Pokemon Go developer Niantic has a variety of events lined up for the Pokemon mobile game this month. In addition to the Luminous Legends event, which will introduce Xerneas (and, later, Yveltal) to the game, Pokemon Go players have new Pokemon spotlight hours and more to look forward to over the next few weeks. Here's a rundown of all the biggest events happening in Pokemon Go in May 2021.

May 2021 Research Breakthrough Encounter: Galarian Ponyta

Niantic is rolling out a new batch of Field Research tasks and rewards starting May 1, along with a new Research Breakthrough encounter. Each time you achieve a Research Breakthrough this month, you'll earn a chance to catch Galarian Ponyta.

Legendary Raid Schedule

Incarnate Forme Tornadus, Thundurus, and Landorus have left Raids once again, but two new Gen 6 Legendaries will take their place this month. The Life Pokemon Xerneas will appear as a Raid boss from May 4-18, while its counterpart, the Destruction Pokemon Yveltal, will immediately follow from May 18 through the rest of the month.

  • April 27 - May 4: Incarnate Forme Tornadus, Thundurus, and Landorus
  • May 4-18: Xerneas
  • May 18 - June 1: Yveltal

Mega Raid Schedule

Niantic is also shaking up the Mega Raid boss rotation in May. Mega Charizard Y is returning to Raids at the beginning of the month, while Mega Houndoom, Mega Ampharos, and a "surprise" Mega-Evolved Pokemon will be available beginning May 15. That surprise turns out to be Mega Altaria, which is debuting in the game immediately following May's Community Day.

  • April 20 - May 4: Mega Venusaur, Mega Lopunny, and Mega Abomasnow
  • May 4-15: Mega Venusaur, Mega Charizard Y, and Mega Lopunny
  • May 15 - June 1: Mega Ampharos, Mega Houndoom, and Mega Altaria

May Pokemon Spotlight Hours

Niantic is spotlighting a different Pokemon and bonus for one hour every Tuesday evening, from 6-7 PM local time. You can see May's full Spotlight Hour schedule below.

DateSpotlight PokemonSpecial Bonus
May 4Cottonee2x catch Candy
May 11Dratini2x transfer Candy
May 18Alolan Rattata2x evolution XP
May 25Marill2x catch Stardust

Marill Limited Research


Niantic is holding a new Limited Research event featuring Marill on Sunday, May 9. The event runs from 8 AM to 10 PM local time and features exclusive Field and Timed Research tasks that will lead to encounters with the Water/Fairy Pokemon. Not only that, but Shiny Marill will also be appearing during the event.

May 2021 Community Day

May's featured Pokemon, Swablu
May's featured Pokemon, Swablu

Pokemon Go's May Community Day is set for Saturday, May 15. The event will run from 11 AM to 5 PM local time, and the featured Pokemon this month will be Swablu. The Cotton Bird Pokemon will appear in the wild more frequently throughout the event, and you'll have a chance to catch Shiny Swablu. Not only that, but Niantic is introducing Mega Altaria to the game immediately following the Community Day.

Luminous Legends X

Xerneas and Yveltal
Xerneas and Yveltal

Niantic is kicking May off with the Luminous Legends X event. That runs from May 4-17 and introduces the Legendary Pokemon Xerneas to the game, along with the other Gen 6 Pokemon Spritzee, Swirlix, and Goomy. Xerneas will be appearing in five-star Raids throughout the event, while the other three monsters will appear in the wild alongside other Dragon and Fairy types. Niantic is also introducing a new item called the Rainy Lure Module, which will attract Pokemon that like rainy weather and allow Sliggoo (Goomy's evolved form) to evolve into Goodra.

Luminous Legends Y

Following Luminous Legends X, Niantic is holding a Luminous Legends Y event from May 18-31. That will introduce the Pokemon Y mascot monster, Yveltal, to five-star Raids. There will also be increased spawns of Dark-type Pokemon, as well as increased Team Go Rocket activity, and Eevee's Fairy-type evolution Sylveon is making its debut in the game.

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