September 20, 2023

Adventure Awaits during the Out to Play Event!

Adventure Awaits during the Out to Play event!


Get ready to adventure and explore your favorite Routes during the new Out to Play event in Pokémon GO! Enjoy event bonuses and featured Pokémon encounters, and read on to learn more about the updates in store for Routes. Plus, for the first time, Trainers around the world will be able to encounter Shiny Hisuian Growlithe—if they’re lucky!

Out to Play

Wednesday, September 27, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. to Monday, October 2, 2023, at 8:00 p.m. local time

Wild encounters

The following Pokémon will appear more frequently in the wild.


Some Trainers might even encounter the following!

* If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!


The following Pokémon will hatch from 2 km and 7 km Eggs, in addition to the Pokémon that currently hatch from those Eggs.

Also, for the first time in Pokémon GO, you’ll be able to hatch Shiny Hisuian Growlithe—if you’re lucky!

Hisuian Growlithe
* If you’re lucky, you may hatch a Shiny one!

Event bonuses

Kecleon will be appearing more frequently at PokéStops.
3× XP for completing a Route.
Earn Buddy Candy faster while exploring Routes with your buddy.

Field Research task encounters

Event-themed Field Research tasks will be available!

The following Pokémon will be available to encounter when you complete Field Research tasks! Also, for the first time in Pokémon GO, you’ll be able to encounter Shiny Hisuian Growlithe—if you’re lucky!

Hisuian Growlithe
Hisuian Sneasel
Hisuian Qwilfish
* If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!

Out to Play: Timed Research

Free event-exclusive Timed Research focused on Routes and exploring your surroundings will be available throughout the event!

Complete the research tasks to earn items, Stardust, and encounters with Hisuian Growlithe!

Hisuian Growlithe
* If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!

Tails of Adventure: Paid Timed Research

For US$2.00 (or the equivalent pricing tier in your local currency), you’ll be able to access additional event-exclusive Timed Research.

Complete the event-themed research tasks to receive the following.

  • Six encounters with Hisuian Growlithe
  • Five encounters with Growlithe
  • Two Incubators
  • One Super Incubator

Please note that Timed Research expires. The tasks associated with this Timed Research must be completed and their rewards must be claimed before Monday, October 2, 2023, at 8:00 p.m. local time.

Trainers will be able to purchase and gift tickets to any of their Pokémon GO friends that they have achieved a Friendship level of Great Friends or higher with. Please note that purchases—including those made for other Trainers—are non-refundable (subject to applicable law and the exceptions set forth in the Terms of Service). Tickets cannot be purchased with PokéCoins.

The ticket for this Timed Research will only be available in the in-game shop until October 1, 2023, at 8:00 p.m. local time.

Event bundles

There’ll be a Voyager Box available during this event for 1,990 PokéCoins, featuring ten Super Incubators, twelve Incubators, and two Poffins. Check it out in the in-game shop while you can!

Pokémon GO Web Store Ultra Hatch Box bundle

Trying to hatch as many Hisuian Growlithe as possible? Stock up on extra Super Incubators and get ready for the Out to Play event with the Ultra Hatch Box, only available on the Pokémon GO Web Store.

If you want the best deals on items, the web store offers special discounts and event boxes, so check back regularly to see what new items and surprises may be in store!

PokéStop Showcases

During the Out to Play event, be on the lookout for Showcases at select PokéStops where you can enter Growlithe and Hisuian Growlithe!

New avatar items

To celebrate the Out to Play event, the Hisuian Growlithe Wig will be available to purchase in the in-game shop for 200 PokéCoins during this event and will continue to be available after the event ends.

Route updates

We hope that Trainers are enjoying Routes and exploring their surroundings in brand new ways!

We’ve continued to make improvements to this feature since its launch. Here are some of the updates Trainers can enjoy right now!

  • Increased Route availability across the globe.
  • A lower level requirement for Trainers to create Routes.
  • Several quality of life improvements, including seeing more Routes listed in the Nearby menu, directional arrows on Routes, and a running count of the Zygarde Cells you’ve collected in the Zygarde Cube details.

In the future, Trainers can expect Routes to continue springing up around the world as more are approved. In addition, you can look forward to the following changes.

  • More Trainers will be able to create Routes.
  • Trainers will be able to find Zygarde Cells more often while exploring Routes.
  • A new notification will be available to inform Trainers when there are Routes nearby.
  • Various quality of life improvements.

We’re excited for all that’s to come—and who knows what’s on the horizon? Be sure to check out the Routes page to keep up to date!

Please be aware of your surroundings and follow guidelines from local health authorities when playing Pokémon GO. Upcoming events are subject to change. Be sure to follow us on social media, opt in to receiving push notifications, and subscribe to our emails to stay updated.

—The Pokémon GO team