Pokémon GO’s Season of GO’s Bug Out! event guide

Get your bug nets ready as Pokémon GO’s Bug Out! event returns for 2022. And, taking place right after Pokémon GO Fest Sapporo, there are some Ultra Unlock bonuses for all! For almost one week, Bug-type Pokémon will be found in the wild, Raids, photobomb Encounters, and reward Encounters. We’ll also see some Pokémon enter the game for the first time and some Pokémon’s Shiny versions are finally available worldwide.

Since this is the third event this season to get Ultra Unlock bonuses, Trainers can (finally) complete the elemental monkey trio by catching Pansage. Plus, it’s time to do a bit of Unown hunting by seeking out Unown T in Raids. See what else is lurking during this event with our guide below:

 

Pokémon GO’s Season of GO – Bug Out!

Begins: Wednesday, August 10th, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time.

Ends: Tuesday, August 16th, 2022 at 8 p.m. your local time.

 

Pokémon debuts – Grubbin, Charjabug, Vikavolt, Mega Scizor, and more!

 

 

 

Channel your inner Bug Catcher when seeking out the latest Bug-type Pokémon entering the world of Pokémon GO! Hailing from the Alola region, Grubbin and its evolution line are here. Grubbin will be appearing in the wild and in specific Field Research Task Encounters, and you’ll need to gather candies to evolve ’em into their 1st and 2nd evolution forms. As for Mega Scizor*, they’ll be taking over Mega Raids, where you can battle ’em for Scizor Mega Energy and a Scizor* Encounter. Make sure to collect at least 200 Scizor Mega Energy so you can Mega Evolve your own Scizor once the event has ended.

Lastly, for all the shiny hunters out there, Shiny Venipede* is also debuting during this event. May RNG be in your favor with tracking one down (and successfully catching it)! Shiny Combee* will also be available worldwide, after debuting first at Pokémon GO Fest Seattle last month. Remember though, only female Combee can evolve into Vespiquen! Regardless, Shiny Male Combees are pretty darn cute. Don’t transfer those little guys away!

Here are the evolution requirements for Grubbin and its evolution line:

  • Charjabug: Use 25 Grubbin Candies to evolve a Grubbin into Charjabug.
  • Vikavolt: Must be within range of a PokéStop with an active Magnetic Lure Module, have a Charjabug, and 100 Grubbin Candies to initiate evolution.

 

Note: Pokémon marked with an * means that “If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny one!”

 

Ultra Unlock Bonuses – Pansage and Unown T

The Global Challenge issued during Pokémon GO Fest Sapporo was met, which means there are some Ultra Unlock bonuses available for this event. They include:

  • Pansage* will be escaping its Asia Pacific-region exclusivity during the event! You’ll find them in the wild and in Raids.
  • Unown T* is back and can be found in Raid battles around the world!

 

Note: Pokémon marked with an * means that “If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny one!”

 

Event Bonuses

  • 2× XP for successfully catching Pokémon with Nice Throws, Great Throws, and Excellent Throws.
  • Additional Candy for successfully catching Pokémon with Nice Throws, Great Throws, and Excellent Throws.
  • Increased chance for Trainers level 31 and up to receive Candy XL for successfully catching Pokémon with Nice Throws, Great Throws, and Excellent Throws.
  • Take a few snapshots for a surprise! (Bug Out! photobomb overlay and spawns featuring Combee*, Caterpie*, Weedle*, and Wurmple*. Up to 5 photobomb spawns per day.)

 

Wild Encounters

  • The following Pokémon will be appearing in the wild: Caterpie*, Weddle*, Ledyba*, Spinarak*, Yanma*, Wurmple*, Surskit, Kricketot*, Pansage*, Venipede*, Karrablast*, Joltik, Shelmet*, Grubbin, and Dewpider.
    • If you’re lucky, you might encounter the following Pokémon: Pineco*, Skorupi*, and Dwebble*.

 

Note: Pokémon marked with an * means that “If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny one!”

 

Raids

The following Pokémon will be appearing in Raids:

  • One-Star Raids: Paras*, Unown T*, Pineco*, Pansage*, and Joltik.
  • Three-Star Raids: Venomoth, Pinsir*, Forretress, and Shuckle*.
  • Five-Star Raids: Genesect (Chill Drive).
  • Mega Raids: Mega Scizor*.

 

Additional Notes:

  • Pokémon marked with an * means that “If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny one!”
  • Genesect (Chill Drive) will be available after the event (in Raids), until Thursday, August 18th, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time.
  • Mega Scizor* will be available after the event (in Raids), until Thursday, August 18th, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time.

 

Field Research Tasks

New event-exclusive Field Research Tasks will be available and the rewards include encounters with Caterpie*, Weedle*, Paras*, Venonat*, Ledyba*, Spinarak*, Yanma*, Silcoon, Cascoon, Nincada*, Volbeat*, Illumise*, Kricketot*, Burmy* (Plant Cloak, Sand Cloak, and Trash Cloak), Combee*, Sewaddle, Dwebble*, Karrablast*, Shelmet*, Grubbin, Dewpider, Wimpod, and Venipede*. These Field Research Tasks can be found when spinning PokéStops (and acquired if you have an open slot in your Field Research menu) when the event is active. A full list of tasks and their associated rewards will be added here once the event is live.

  • Task: Catch 5 Pokémon
    • Reward: Caterpie* OR Weedle* Encounter
  • Task: Catch 10 Pokémon
    • Reward: Dewpider OR Wimpod OR Venipede* Encounter
  • Task: Catch 15 Pokémon
    • Reward: Burmy* (Plant Cloak OR Sand Cloak OR Trash Cloak) Encounter
  • Task: Catch 10 Bug-type Pokémon
    • Reward: Volbeat* OR Illumise* Encounter
  • Task: Use 10 Berries to help catch Pokémon
    • Reward: Combee* OR Sewaddle Encounter
  • Task: Make 3 Nice Throws
    • Reward: Venonat* OR Kricketot* Encounter
  • Task: Make 3 Nice Throws in a row
    • Reward: Silcoon OR Cascoon Encounter
  • Task: Make 3 Great Throws
    • Reward: Grubbin Encounter
  • Task: Make 3 Great Throws in a row
    • Reward: Paras* OR Dwebble* Encounter
  • Task: Make 2 Excellent Throws
    • Reward: Nincada* Encounter
  • Task: Trade a Pokémon
    • Reward: Karrablast* OR Shelmet Encounter
  • Task: Take Snapshots of 3 different Bug-type Pokémon you caught
    • Reward: Ledyba* OR Spinarak* OR Yanma* Encounter

 

Bug Out!: Collection Challenge

An event-exclusive Collection Challenge will be made available when the event is live. Rewards for completing these challenges include XP and an Avatar Pose. Note: This Avatar Pose will be available via the in-game shop (costing PokéCoins) at a later date.

 

 

  • Obtain the following Pokémon:
    • Catch: Caterpie, Weedle, Wurmple, Grubbin, Dewpider, Joltik, Karrablast, Shelmet, Skorupi, and Pineco.
    • Obtain through evolution: Silcoon, Cascoon, Ariados, Ledian, Kricketune, and Charjabug.
  • Rewards: 15,000 XP and Bug Catch Pose (Avatar Item).

 

Ultra Unlock bonus: Timed Research – Bug Out! Catch Challenge

An event-exclusive Timed Research will be available! Its focus will primarily be on catching Bug-type Pokémon and will reward Trainers with “earn items, Pokémon encounters, and Scizor Mega Energy!”

 

 

Raid Battle Bonuses for Groups

The in-person Raid Battle bonuses that were introduced during the Season of GO’s Community Days (referred to as Bonus Raid Battles after Community Day event) will be available during the Bug Out! event.

  • Requirement(s): Three (3) or more Trainers must battle together at a Gym via in-person Raid Battle. It doesn’t matter what kind of Raid it is (One-Star, Three-Star, Five-Star, etc.). Niantic isn’t clear if the Raid Battle must be won or not, but it’s more than likely the bonus will occur after a successful Raid Battle.
  • Result: After the Raid battle and within a 300-meter (about 984.252 ft) radius around the Gym (where the Raid took place at), a specific Bug-type Pokémon will appear in “greater numbers” for 15 minutes.

 

Bug-type Pokémon that will appear

  • Wednesday, August 10th: Wurmple*
  • Thursday, August 11th: Caterpie*
  • Friday, August 12th: Spinarak*
  • Saturday, August 13th: Kricketot*
  • Sunday, August 14th: Venipede*
  • Monday, August 15th: Weedle*
  • Tuesday, August 16th: Ledyba*

 

Additional Notes:

  • Pokémon marked with an * means that “If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny one!”
  • The initial announcement had a different schedule, where the dates for Kricketot and Venipede were switched. The above is the updated schedule.

 

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