Tonight Is Popplio Spotlight Hour In Pokémon GO: March 2023

Tonight is Popplio Spotlight Hour in Pokémon GO, closing out a sequence of Alolan Starter features during this weekly event in March 2023.

Tonight is Popplio Spotlight Hour in Pokémon GO. From 6–7 PM tonight, Tuesday, March 28th, this Pokémon will appear throughout the hour with increased frequency in the wild. It will also be responding more frequently to Incense and will even pop up in spawn points that are not normally active. You will need to get out there and walk in order to activate that Incense buff, though. This is the final of four Spotlight Hours of March 2023 in Pokémon GO, so we should know very soon what's coming next month. First, though, let's get into the details for tonight.

Popplio in Pokémon GO. Credit: Niantic
Popplio in Pokémon GO. Credit: Niantic

Unfortunately, Popplio cannot be encountered in its Shiny form in Pokémon GO. Popplio will likely have its Shiny introduced through a future Community Day, but considering we are still working through the Kalos Starter Community Days, it is likely going to be quite a while before we see the release of the Alolan Starters including Shiny Popplio.

That doesn't mean you shouldn't get out there and catch, though. Tonight's Spotlight Hour bonus is double XP for catching Pokémon. In order to increase the XP you bring in further, you should drop two Lucky Eggs at the start of the hour and then begin catching.

There are two events still currently live in Pokémon GO that will run through this Spotlight Hour, including the Pokémon GO Let's GO 2023 Event:

  • Date and time: Tuesday, March 21, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. to Wednesday, March 29, 2023, at 8:00 p.m. local time.
  • Special features:
    • Meltan will be Shiny-capable once again during this event.
    • Mystery Boxes will be able to be opened more frequently during the event.
    • Pansage, Pansear, and Panpour will be appearing out of the region globally.
    • Ditto change up. Ditto will now be able to appear as Diglett, Grimer, Snubbull, Corphish, Starly, Roggenrola, Tympole, and Litleo.
  • Wild spawns: Diglett, Grimer, Snubbull, Corphish, Starly, Panpour, Pansear, Pansage, Roggenrola, Tympole, and Litleo. Trubbish, Galarian Stunfisk, and Goomy will be rare spawns.
  • Field Research encounters: Pansage, Pansear, Panpour
  • Raids:
    • Tier One and Tier Three are not described in the news brief
    • Tier Five: Incarnate Forme Thundurus will be in raids until Tuesday, March 28th, at which point Lugia will take over.
    • Mega Raids: Mega Venusaur will be in raids until Tuesday, March 28th, at which point Mega Alakazam will take over.
  • Event bonus: 
    • Increased chance of finding XXS and XXL Meltan
    • Double Transfer Candy
    • Increased chance of finding Ditto disguised as other Pokémon
    • Meltan-themed Collection Challenge
    • Seasonal Special Research: An Everyday Hero will be available to claim until June 1st, 2023, at 10 AM Local time
    • Season 10 Ticketed Timed Research: Willow's Wardrobe remains available

And the Team GO Rocket Takeover:

  • Date and time: Saturday, March 25, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. to Wednesday, March 29, at 8:00 p.m. local time.
  • New Shadow Legendary: Shadow Regice will be available to encounter after using a Super Rocket Radar, which will be earned through a new Special Research questline, to defeat Giovanni until June 1st, 2023, at 10 AM local time.
  • Team GO Rocket Leader Switch-Up: Cliff, Arlo, and Sierra will be using different Pokémon, which likely means we are getting new Shiny-capable Shadows.
  • Event bonus: 
    • Team GO Rocket will appear more frequently at Stops and Balloons
    • Use a Charged TM to help your Shadow Pokémon forget the locked Charged Attack Frustration.
  • New Shadow Pokémon: Alolan Grimer, Phanpy, Treecko, Torchic, and Drifloon.
  • Big Shiny Shadow news: The Pokémon GO blog says, "Also, Pokémon that Trainers rescue from Team GO Rocket Grunts may be Shiny Pokémon—if you're lucky." That… is huge. If that truly means that all of them can now be Shiny-capable, that's a game-changer. I doubt they'd do this in one fell swoop, though…
  • Field Research: Mysterious Components
  • 12KM Strange Eggs: These will include Larvitar, Absol, Skorupi, Sandile, Scraggy, Pawniard, Vullaby, Deino, Pancham, Skrelp, and Salandit.

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