Trainers, when a friend needs a hero, will you rise to the occasion? Candela may be a strong Trainer, but the Team Valor leader could use some research support! Get ready to enjoy an all-new event focused on powering up and battling Pokémon—A Valorous Hero!

Mega Pinsir will also make its Pokémon GO debut in Mega Raids. Also, for the first time in Pokémon GO, you’ll be able to encounter Shiny Tapu Fini—if you’re lucky!

The Valorous Hero Pokémon GO Event runs Thursday, May 11, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. to Wednesday, May 17, 2023, at 8:00 p.m. local time, and you can get the full breakdown below.

Event Bonuses

  • 2× Candy for catching Pokémon.
  • Trainers level 31 and above will have twice the chance to obtain Candy XL from catching Pokémon.


The following Pokémon will appear in raids. Also, for the first time in Pokémon GO, you’ll be able to encounter Shiny Tapu Fini—if you’re lucky!

One-star raids

  • Hisuian Growlithe
  • Galarian Ponyta
  • Hoothoot

Three-star raids

  • Galarian Stunfisk
  • Druddigon
  • Hisuian Braviary
  • Hisuian Avalugg

Five-star raids

  • Tapu Fini

Mega Raids

  • Mega Pinsir

Special Research featuring the Team Valor leader, Candela, will be available! Trainers who complete the research will be rewarded with an encounter with Ponyta wearing a Candela-themed accessory! This is the only way to encounter Ponyta wearing a Candela-themed accessory during this Season.

Timed Research will be available throughout the event! Complete Timed Research to earn a Fast TM and a Charged TM.

Event-themed Field Research tasks will be available. Complete Field Research to earn Stardust, Revives, Hyper Potions, and an encounter with Ponyta!

Free Special Research will be available for Trainers throughout Season 10: Rising Heroes! Spend some time helping out Professor Willow to see what surprises you can discover! The Special Research will be available to claim until the end of Season 10: Rising Heroes on June 1, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. local time.

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