Pokemon Go Dark Flames event: Shiny Turtonator, Mega Sableye, Research, more

Hamza Khalid
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Pokemon Go is set to receive more content when the Dark Flames event goes live, including new Pokemon, Field Research task encounters, and more. Here’s everything we know about the Pokemon Go Dark Flames event.

Pokemon Go players are being treated to events that add new content for them to enjoy, with the handheld title currently celebrating its seventh anniversary with the Pokemon Go Fest event that marks the debut of Mega Rayquaza.

Another major Pokemon Go event, entitled Dark Flames, is also on its way. This event will revolve around Dark and Fire-based Pokemon. If you’re wondering when the Dark Flames event begins and what it will add to Pokemon Go then we’ve got you covered.

Pokemon Go Dark Flames event schedule

The Dark Flames event is set to begin on Thursday, June 29, 2023, at 10 AM local time and continue until Sunday, July 2, 2023, at 8 PM local time. These dates were officially confirmed by the developers in the Pokemon Go blog.

Regirock inside a cave in Pokemon Go
Pokemon Go’s Dark Flames event will bring new content to the game.

Pokemon Go Dark Flames event Raid encounters

During the Dark Flames event, you will encounter Dark and Fire-type Pokemon in Raids, including the debuts of Mega Sableye and Turtonato. You can also encounter Shiny versions of these Pokemon in Raids.

Here are the Pokemon you’ll encounter in Raids:

One-Star Raids:

  • Sneasel
  • Darumaka
  • Scraggy
  • Deino

Three-Star Raids:

  • Alolan Marowak
  • Flareon
  • Umbreon
  • Turtonator

Five-Star Raids:

  • Heatran

Mega Raids:

  • Mega Sableye
Pokemon Go Turtonator
Turtonator will debut in Pokemon Go’s Dark Flame event.

Pokemon Go Dark Flames wild spawns

When the Pokemon Go Dark Flames event goes live, certain Pokemon will appear more often as wild spawns in the game.

Here are the Pokemon Go Dark Flames event wild spawns:

  • Carvanha
  • Galarian Zigzagoon
  • Houndoom
  • Houndour
  • Litten
  • Litwick
  • Numel
  • Poochyena
  • Sableye
  • Stunky
  • Vulpix

Pokemon Go Dark Flames Field Research task encounters

The Dark Flames event will bring new Field Research for players to tackle worldwide. When tackling this Field Research, you can encounter Shiny versions of Alolan Meowth, Magmar, Turtonator, and other Pokemon.

Here are all the Field Research task encounters:

  • Alolan Meowth
  • Alolan Grimer
  • Alolan Marowak
  • Magmar
  • Sneasel
  • Litwick
  • Turtonator

Pokemon Go Dark Flames Event Bonuses

Pokemon Go players will be able to enjoy the following Dark Flames Event Bonuses:

  • Additional 25% XP for completing raids
  • Trainers level 31 and above will receive one additional Candy XL for completing raids
  • Three additional Candy for completing raids

Pokemon Go Dark Flames Collection Challenge

During the Dark Flames event, players will have the opportunity to complete a Collection Challenge and earn 5,000 XP along with 100 Houndoom Mega Energy.

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A new Collection Challenge will arrive in the Pokemon Go Dark Flames event.

Pokemon Go Dark Flames Branching Timed Research

New Timed Research will arrive with the Dark Flames event, and this will allow players to choose between Fire-type or Dark-type Pokémon paths. Completing these tasks will grant you Premium Battle Pass, 15,000 XP along with encounters with event-themed Pokémon.

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