Every Tuesday, Pokémon Go hosts a Spotlight Hour, a special event where the spawn rates for one Pokémon are boosted greatly. There’s also usually some kind of doubled up bonus, like doubled candy or XP, during this time.
During September 2023, with the way the dates line up, we have four Spotlight Hours to get through, each with their own unique bonuses.
What is Spotlight Hour in Pokémon Go?
Spotlight Hour events run from 6 p.m. until 6:59 p.m. in your local time. They can be a great way to stock up candy for a specific Pokémon you’re trying to power up and evolve or even find a shiny.
Shiny rates are not boosted during Spotlight Hours, based on data gathered by Pokémon community The Silph Road. However, the sheer number of Pokémon that spawn during the hour-long weekly event will give you an improved chance of clicking on a random shiny. The more Pokémon you click on, the more opportunity you have to catch a shiny Pokémon.
Pokémon Go Spotlight Hour schedule for September 2023
The featured Pokémon for the September 2023 Spotlight Hours are the following:
- Sept. 5: Wooper (x2 XP for evolving)
- Sept. 12: Mankey (x2 Candy for catching)
- Sept. 19: Girafarig (x2 XP for catching)
- Sept. 26: Growlithe (x2 Stardust for catching)
As an extra incentive for the Growlithe Spotlight Hour in particular, there are two Growlithe PokéStop Showcases in the days that follow Sept. 26 — so the more you catch, the more likely you’ll find extreme sizes which can help you win each competition.
How to make the most of Pokémon Go Spotlight Hours
Thanks to the hefty bonuses included every week with Spotlight Hours, some expert players strategize when to transfer or evolve their Pokémon.
For example, if you have a ton of Pidgey (or any other Pokémon in your inventory with plenty of candy to spare) to evolve for XP or a bunch of Pokémon you need to evolve to complete your Pokédex, you might want to wait until the Spotlight Hour with the double XP for evolving Pokémon, where you can use a Lucky Egg for this hour to increase your gains even more.
Or, if you’re sitting on a bunch of extra legendary Pokémon you don’t need anymore, consider dumping them during the double transfer candy Spotlight Hour to get even more candy gains.