Pokémon GO Season Of Light – Research Quests, Special Events And Mega Raid Battles

The beginning of September brought with it the start of a new season in Pokémon GO. With Professor Willow returning in new form at the end of Pokémon GO Fest 2022, this coming season looks set to be full of mystery, new Pokémon and challenging raid battles.

We have compiled all of our knowledge of what the coming few months will hold, breaking down how you can get your hands on new and rare Pokémon as well as the Research Quests on which you can embark. This guide will be updated as we find out more about the Season of Light, so be sure to check back throughout the events for more information.

Pokémon GO Season of Light Research Quests

A Cosmic Companion – Quests and Rewards

The Cosmic Companion research quest will be released in stages throughout the Season of Light. The quest will give you the chance to catch legendary Pokémon Cosmog, who can then evolve into either Solgaleo or Lunala.

The quest will be divided into several different steps, with the first four already opening from September 1st. The final two instalments of steps will seemingly become available on 6th October and 23rd November respectively. Looking to end with the close of the Season of Light, you will need to begin at least step one of A Cosmic Companion before 1st December if you wish to progress with the quest and receive all rewards.

Below you will find the instructions for each quest as well as the rewards that you will be able to pick up along the way. (Thanks to Leekduck for the heads up on this info!)

Step 1

Task Reward
Catch 15 Pokémon 5 Razz Berries
Complete 10 Curveball Throws Staryu encounter
Catch 15 Psychic-type Pokémon 5 Pinap Berries

Step rewards: 1000 XP, 500 Stardust, Cosmog encounter.

Step 2

Task Reward
Give your buddy Pokémon 3 treats Woobat encounter
Earn 10 Candies via walking with your buddy Staryu encounter
Catch 15 Psychic-type Pokémon Munna encounter

Step rewards: 2000 XP, 500 Stardust, 1 Poffin.

Step 3

Task Reward
Earn 15 hearts with your buddy Pokémon Ralts encounter
Send your friends 10 gifts Staryu encounter
Catch 20 different species of Pokémon 25 Poké Balls

Step rewards: 3000 XP, 1000 Stardust, 5 Pinap Berries.

Step 4

Task Reward
‘Professor Willow is currently performing an investigation regarding this research’ 789 XP

Step rewards: 3000 XP, 1000 Stardust, 25 Cosmog Candy.

Further steps will be updated in the coming months.

Pokémon GO Season of Light Events

The Psychic Spectacular

Psychic Spectacular
Image: The Pokémon Company

The Psychic Spectacular event is returning to this season of Pokémon GO, with a focus on Alakazam, Mega Alakazam, Elgyem and Deoxys. The event will run from Tuesday 6th September at 10:00 through until Monday 12th September at 22:00 local time.

During the course of the event, Mega Alakazam will be making its Pokémon GO debut, any newly caught or evolved Alakazam (from Kadabra) will learn the Charged Attack Psychic, Psychic-type Pokémon will dominate wild encounters and many more features will be made available.

Check out the following list for all the information we have on the Psychic Spectacular.

Mega Alakazam

The event will see Mega Alakazam coming to Mega Raid Battles. There will be a chance to catch a Shiny Mega Alakazam from certain Raid encounters so be sure to keep an eye out once the battle is over.

How to catch Mega Alakazam

Mega Alakazam is a Psychic-type Pokémon whose stats will be boosted by Windy weather. For an idea of the kind of Pokémon that you will want to take into battle in order to give you the best chance of weakening and catching Mega Alakazam, we have put together a handy type-comparison table below.

Pokémon Type Weaknesses Example
Mega Alakazam Psychic Bug, Ghost, Dark Mega Gengar, Mega Houndoom, Hydreigon

Alakazam Charged Attack

During the Psychic Spectacular, any Alakazam that you catch in raids or evolve from a Kadabra will know the Charged Attack Psychic. The move is a powerful attack for battles and raids alike with the following stats:

  • Trainer Battles: 90 Power and a chance to lower the opposing Pokémon’s Defense
  • Gyms and raids: 90 Power

Shiny Elgyem

Aside from Mega Alakazam, the Psychic Spectacular will also see the Pokémon GO debut of Shiny Elgyem and its evolution, Beheeyem. This Psychic-type Pokémon is also boosted by Windy weather and will be quite a rare find – so you should definitely go for the catch if you are lucky enough to stumble across one.

Timed research focussed on Curveball throws will be available throughout the event, the rewards of which will be multiple encounters with Elgyem – increasing your chances of stumbling across a shiny.

The differences between the Pokémon’s standard and shiny forms are quite subtle and generally focussed on the colouring of the eyes and fingers. Check out the following side-by-side comparison from Pokémon GO Hub below:

Wild Encounters

The event will bring its own unique wild encounters over the course of its run.

The following Pokémon will be available via wild encounters, with those marked with an * signalling the potential for a shiny encounter:

  • Abra*
  • Slowpoke*
  • Drowzee*
  • Naty*
  • Ralts*
  • Spoink*
  • Munna*
  • Woobat*
  • Gothita
  • Solosis
  • Elgyem*
  • Kadabra
  • Kirlia

Raids

The following raids will be taking place throughout the Psychic Spectacular, divided into One-Star, Three-Star, Five-Star and Mega Raid categories.

One-Star Raids

  • Unown E
  • Unown P
  • Unown S
  • Espurr*

Three-Star Raids

  • Alolan Raichu*
  • Wobbuffet*
  • Girafarig*
  • Oranguru

Five-Star Raids

  • Normal Forme Deoxys*
  • Attack Forme Deoxys*
  • Defense Forme Deoxys*
  • Speed Forme Deoxys*

Mega Raids

Deoxys Raid Day

Celebrating the Mythical Deoxys, all forms of the Pokémon will be appearing in the Five-Star Raid Battle listed above on Sunday 11th September from 14:00-17:00 local time.

The special Raid Day will grant the following bonuses:

  • All forms of Deoxys appearing more frequently in raids
  • Earn up to five additional daily Raid Passes by spinning Gyms
  • An increased chance of encountering Shiny Deoxys

Eggs

During the event, 7km Eggs will hatch the following Pokémon:

  • Smoochum*
  • Wynaut*
  • Chingling

Field Research Task Encounters

By completing Field Research tasks during the event, you will have the chance to encounter the following Pokémon:

  • Baltoy*
  • Chimecho*
  • Elgyem*
  • Hypno

Clefairy Commotion

Clefairy Commotion
Image: The Pokémon Company

In celebration of the Harvest Moon, Pokémon GO will be hosting a special Clefairy-themed event on September 10th from 18:00-21:00 local time.

The Clefairy Commotion event will see the popular fairy-type Pokémon appear more frequently in the wild – if you’re lucky, you might even find a shiny one!

While the event won’t be as seismic as some of the others we are going to see this Season, it will be the perfect time to load up on Clefairy catches and get yourself a good amount of Candy in the process.

Test Your Mettle

PGOSteel
Image: The Pokémon Company

This event is all about steel-type Pokémon with regional Five Star Raids, Mega Evolutions and new wild encounters being the name of the game. The Test Your Mettle event will run from September 16th at 10:00 to September 21st at 20:00 local time.

Mega Aggron

After Mega Alakazam took Pokémon Go by storm during The Psychic Spectacular, Test Your Mettle will see the game debut of Mega Aggron – the armoured steel-type Pokémon. Available in Mega Raids throughout the event, there is a chance that you will encounter a shiny edition of this monster, so keep an eye out!

How To Catch Mega Aggron

Catching Mega Aggron is going to require you to go into the Mega Raid battles with the best team possible. As a pure Steel-type Pokémon, there are a few options for which counter-type is going to be the most effective. In our type-comparison table below, we break down the Mega Pokémon’s weaknesses.

Pokémon Type Weaknesses Example
Mega Aggron Steel Fighting, Ground, Fire Terrakion, Mega Charizard Y, Shadow Machamp

Togedemaru Debut

The Test Your Mettle event will also see the game debut of Togedemaru, the adorable roly-poly Pokémon. This little guy will be appearing in Wild Encounters so be sure to keep an eye out if you want to add one to your team.

Event Bonuses

There will be two event bonuses available during Test Your Mettle’s run focussed on pin-point aim with your throws. This is a great way to earn some extra Candy, so check out the full details of the bonuses below.

  • Catching Pokémon with Nice, Great and Excellent throws has increased chance of producing Candy XL as a reward.
  • The same throws will result in more Candy for successful catches.

Wild Encounters

The following Pokémon will be available via wild encounters, with those marked with an * signalling the potential for a shiny encounter:

  • Magnemite*
  • Pineco*
  • Nosepass*
  • Aron*
  • Beldum*
  • Bronzor*
  • Drilbur
  • Ferroseed*
  • Togedemaru
  • Prinplup
  • Galarian Stunfisk*

Raids

As we have come to expect with Pokémon GO events, the next few weeks will have their own unique raid battles. Importantly to this event, the Five-Star Raid battles are divided by hemisphere, with Celesteela appearing in the South from September 13th to September 27th and Kartana appearing in the North during the same period.

The following will be available during Test Your Mettle:

One-Star Raids

  • Scyther*
  • Beldum*
  • Shieldon*
  • Klink*
  • Togedemaru

Three-Star Raids

  • Magneton
  • Skarmory*
  • Mawile*
  • Lairon

Five-Star Raids

Mega Raids

Eggs

During the Test Your Mettle period, the following Pokémon will hatch from 7km eggs:

  • Alolan Sandshrew*
  • Alolan Diglett*
  • Galarian Meowth*
  • Riolu*
  • Galarian Stunfisk*

Field Research Task Encounters

Completing Field Research Tasks will grant you the chance to encounter the following Pokémon:

  • Magnemite*
  • Pineco*
  • Nosepass*
  • Drilbur
  • Ferroseed*
  • Togedemaru
  • Beldum*

Completing these tasks will also give you the opportunity to earn Mega Energy for the following Pokémon – perfect if you want to send a pumped-up evolution into battle.

Timed Research

Timed Research will be focussed on catching Steel-type Pokémon throughout the event, giving you the chance to encounter Togedemaru and Aron and earn Mega Energy for the latter.


So there you have it, everything we currently know about the Pokémon GO Season of Light. We will be updating this guide whenever new information becomes available, so be sure to keep an eye on new details — especially in the Research Quests department — over the coming weeks.

What do you make of the Season of Light so far? Let us know your trainer accomplishments down below!

This article is part of our Pokémon GO walkthrough and guide series. We have articles that take you through the basics, covering How To Catch Pokémon: Throwing Tips, Poké Balls, & Capture Rates, How To Redeem Pokémon GO Promo Codes, How To Check A Pokémon’s IVs Using An IV Calculator, How Trading Works, How To Track Pokémon Using Maps And Trackers, What Star Pieces And Stardust Do And How To Get Them, How Player Vs. Player Trainer Battles Work, and How To Complete Field Research And Research Breakthroughs And All Rewards.

We cover regular weekly and monthly Pokémon GO events, such as Spotlight Hour Times And Bonus Hour Times, and Community Days. We also have charts, including a Type Chart With Effectiveness And Weakness For All Types, an Egg Chart Explaining 2km, 5km, 7km, & 10km Eggs, and a Buddy Chart Explaining How To Earn Candy.

Elsewhere we cover Friend Code And Sharing Them For Easy XP and Which Pokémon GO ‘Auto Catch’ Companion Device Is The Best, plus more advanced tactics and info such as All Fast Moves And Charge Moves, How To Get TMs, And How It All Works, Shiny Pokémon And How To Catch Them, Glacial Lures, Magnetic Lures, Mossy Lures in Pokémon GO (And Their Exclusive Evolutions), How To Get Lots Of Candy Fast, How Lucky Pokémon Work & How To Catch Them, How To Catch All 27 Regional Pokémon, the Best Attackers And Best Defenders, All Raid Bosses And Best Counters Listed By Tier, What EX Raids Are And How To Get EX Raid Passes, What A Super Incubators Does And How To Get One, and How Get Mega Energy.

Pocket Monster-wise, we have specific guides for How To Get Pangoro, Sylveon, Glaceon, Aromatisse, Slurpuff, Sirfetch’d, Galarian Cofagrigus And More, How To Get Sylveon, Leafeon, Glaceon, Umbreon, Espeon, Vaporeon, Jolteon And Flareon, How To Evolve Wurmple Into Silcoon Or Cascoon, How To Get Tyrogue, Hitmonlee, Hitmonchan And Hitmontop, How To Use The Weather To Get Each Castform Form, How To Catch And Evolve Into Galarian Slowbro, How To Catch Smeargle, How To Find And Evolve Burmy, How To Catch Spinda, Where To Find Unown, How To Catch Ditto, and The Rarest Pokémon Including Wild, Shiny, Mythical And Regional Catches.

We also cover timed research and special events, including Mew’s ‘A Mythical Discovery’, Jirachi’s ‘A Thousand-Year Slumber’, Celebi’s ‘A Ripple In Time’, and Regigigas’ ‘A Colossal Discovery’. Other (past) event guides include Twitch Codes List – Pokémon World Championship 2022, How To Battle A Challenger (World Championships 2022), How To Battle Fashion Challengers, ‘A Spooky Message’ Spiritomb Quest, Kanto Event FAQ, and the Summer Tour 2018 Chicago GO Fest And Dortmund And Yokosuka Safari Zones.

Finally, there’s our WIP Pokémon GO Pokédex, which currently goes up to 400 Pokémon: #1-50 | #51-100 | #101-150 | #151-200 | #201-250 | #251-300 | #301-350 | #351-400.

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