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Lapras Gets A New Costume This Week In Pokémon GO

Lapras will don a Blanche-themed costume this week in Pokémon GO. This will be part of the upcoming research-themed Mystic Hero event.

This week, Lapras will get a new costume in Pokémon GO inspired by Blanche as part of the Mystic Hero event. This event will also feature an incredible Candy XL bonus.

Lapras in Pokémon GO. Credit: Niantic
Lapras in Pokémon GO. Credit: Niantic

Here's what's happening in the new Mystic Hero event in Pokémon GO:

  • Date and time: Thursday, April 13, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. to Monday, April 17, 2023, at 8:00 p.m. local time.
  • New release: Lapras wearing a Blanche-themed accessory will be available through a Special Research questline called A Mystic Hero. This is the only way to encounter Lapras, and it will be Shiny-capable. It does say "an encounter" implying we will only get one of these Lapras, meaning that those who get the Shiny will not get the standard.
  • Field Research: Tasks that focus on evolving Pokémon and catching Pokémon will unlock Stardust and Evolution items, giving us more fodder to delete from our Item Bags when they fill up.
  • Event bonus: 
    • Double XP for evolving Pokémon
    • Lure Modules activated during the event will last for three hours
    • Two guaranteed Candy XL for evolving Pokémon: This is big! Key into this one!

These are the Pokémon that will appear in Tier Five raids in Pokémon GO this April 2023:

  • March 28th – April 11th: Lugia
  • April 11th – April 17th: Incarnate Forme Landorus
  • April 17th – May 2nd: Tapu Bulu with a Shiny release

The Raid Hours for the month of April 2023 in Pokémon GO are:

  • April 12th, 2023: Incarnate Forme Landorus, can be Shiny
  • April 19th, 2023: Tapu Bulu, can be Shiny
  • April 26th, 2023: Tapu Bulu, can be Shiny

Here are the Mega Pokémon that will appear in Mega Raids in the game this April 2023:

  • April 4th – April 11th: Mega Lopunny
  • April 11th – April 17th: Mega Blastoise
  • April 17th – May 2nd: Mega Slowbro

Here are the events coming to the game in April 2023:

  • April 4th – April 10th, 2023: Spring into Spring
  • April 9th, 2023: Elite Raids, likely Regieleki
  • April 13th – April 17th, 2023: A Mystic Hero
  • April 15th, 2023: April Community Day featuring Togetic
  • April 20th – April 26th, 2023: Sustainability Week
  • April 23rd, 2023: Limited Research Day, focus Pokémon not yet revealed
  • April 29th, 2023: Community Day Classic, focus Pokémon not yet revealed

These are the Spotlight Hours and bonuses coming to Pokémon GO in April 2023:

  • April 11th, 2023: Shellder with double Candy for transferring, can be Shiny
  • April 18th, 2023: Trapinch with double XP for evolving, cannot be Shiny
  • April 25th, 2023: Tangela with double Stardust for catching, can be Shiny

Current Research Breakthrough encounters from March 2023 until June 1st, 2023:

  • Furfrou, can be Shiny
  • Goomy
  • Parasect
  • Pinsir, can be Shiny
  • Snorlax, can be Shiny
  • Gible, can be Shiny

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