Pokémon GO Bug Out! Event Returns for 2022


Today, Niantic announced the return of the Pokémon GO Bug Out! event, taking place from Wednesday, August 10, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. to Tuesday, August 16, 2022, at 8:00 p.m. local time. Trainers can look forward to some familiar and new rewards and bonuses, including:


Pokémon Debuts - The following Pokémon will be available in Pokémon GO for the first time:

  • Grubbin, Charjabug, Vikavolt
  • Genesect with a Chill Drive will make its debut in five-star raids.
  • Mega Scizor will make its debut in Mega Raids.

Collection Challenge - Complete the challenge to catch Bug-type Pokémon to receive the Bug Catcher Pose and 15,000 XP.

Group Bonuses - If three or more Trainers join an in-person Raid Battle, even more of a certain wild Bug-type Pokémon will appear for 15 minutes in a 300-meter radius around the Gym that hosted the raid. See the blog for which days will feature which Pokémon.

Event Bonuses - Trainers will enjoy 2× XP for successfully catching Pokémon with Nice Throws, Great Throws, and Excellent Throws.

Raids - The following Pokémon will be available in raids:

  • One-star: Paras*, Pineco*, Joltik
  • Three-star: Venomoth, Pinsir, Forrestress, Shuckle
  • Five-star: Genesect (Chill Drive)
  • Mega: Mega Scizor

Encounters - Visit the blog for a detailed list of Pokémon available to encounter in the wild and from Field Research during the event. 

Trainers will have a chance to unlock more bonuses during Pokémon GO Fest: Sapporo. (See below for more info.) 

*If Trainers are lucky, they may encounter a Shiny one.

**Use 25 Grubbin Candy to evolve Grubbin into Charjabug. While Trainers are near an active Magnetic Lure Module, they can use 100 Grubbin candy to evolve Charjabug into Vikavolt.


Additionally, Trainers around the world will be able to help unlock additional bonuses for Bug Out! and Galarian Zigzagoon Community Day during the Global Challenge, taking place at the same time as Pokémon GO Fest: Sapporo from Friday, August 5, 2022, to Sunday, August 7, 2022. Tickets are still available for purchase here. Trainers can enjoy features including:

Global Challenge – From Friday, August 5, 2022, at 8:00 a.m. to Sunday, August 7, 2022, at 8:00 p.m. PDT (GMT +9), Trainers around the globe can work together to unlock the following bonuses:

  • 2× Stardust for catching Pokémon during the remainder of the Global Challenge period 
  • Ultra Unlock: Bug Out from Wednesday, August 10, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. to Tuesday, August 16, 2022, at 8:00 p.m. local time
  • Ultra Unlock: Galarian Zigzagoon Community Day on Saturday, August 13, 2022, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. local time

Collection Challenge – From Friday, August 5, 2022, at 8:00 a.m. to Sunday, August 7, 2022, at 8:00 p.m. local time, Trainers all over the world can encounter and catch Paras, Bellsprout, Hoppip, Sunkern, Sunshine Form Cherrim, and Cottoneel to complete this Collection Challenge.


Visit the Pokémon GO blog for additional details on the Bug Out! event and Pokémon GO Fest: Sapporo’s Global Challenge.

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