Spotlight on free goodies
Back in October 2022, Niantic ended up cancelling a Shuppet Spotlight Hour that had the special surprise of Zorua. The thing is, that event actually went live in Australia and New Zealand before the plug was pulled, which caused a bit of a headache for Niantic.
The reason Niantic pulled the event was because of a bug with Zorua that would take its moveset, CP, and height from your Buddy Pokémon, which could cause Zorua to be extremely overpowered. Niantic then removed the ability to use/trade this Pokémon, and again, cancelled the event for the rest of the world.
As an apology for the mishap, Niantic is offering a free item bundle that includes the following:
- Star Piece x1
- Poké Ball x20
- Lure Module x1
Any Zorua that remained transformed due to issues with a Pokémon GO Plus or Poké Ball Plus will revert to Zorua. Finally, the restrictions placed on Zorua — including its use in the GO Battle League, trading, and transferring to Pokémon HOME—have also been lifted.