Pokemon GO PokeStop Showcase schedule for May 2024

Pokemon GO PokeStop Showcase schedule for May 2024
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Daniel Megarry & Ben Williams

Last updated 

3rd May 2024 12:48

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The May PokeStop Showcase schedule for Pokemon GO has arrived. Trainers once again have the chance to earn extra epic rewards by showing off their best Pokemon in these limited-time competitions. 

Planning ahead can be tough though, so read on for a breakdown of the exact dates and times for every PokeStop Showcase happening in the game so far this month.

PokeStop Showcase schedule for May

Unlike previous months, Niantic hasn't confirmed every PokeStop Showcase taking place this month, so we only know about one so far. I'll update this page as soon as more Showcases are revealed.

Pokemon Date & Time
Rock-type Pokemon May 1 (10AM) - May 3 (8PM)

Being themed around Rock-types, contenders might want to consider including some familiar powerhouses like Onix, Rhyperior, Aggron, or Tyrantrum as their showcased Pokemon.

How to find PokeStop Showcases in Pokemon GO

PokeStop Showcases appear during special in-game events, including Community Days. You can spot them by looking out for a regular PokeStop that has a small rotating blue disc above it.

This will turn purple when you've already entered that Showcase.

A screenshot of a PokeStop Showcase in Pokemon GO
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Once you’ve found a PokeStop Showcase, simply tap on it to see the criteria for that specific competition. You can then view the current leaderboard or enter a Pokemon of your own if you want to compete.

PokeStop Showcases will remain in the same locations throughout each season, so once you’ve found one nearby you can simply return there every time a new Showcase goes live.

Tips to help you win PokeStop Showcases

In order to win a PokeStop Showcase, you’ll need to enter a Pokemon that has a higher rank than every other Trainer who’s entered. This might seem simple on the surface, but you can sometimes be up against hundreds of other Trainers, which makes winning very difficult!

When you enter a 'mon into a PokeStop Showcase, you’ll be given a ranking and you can see how yours compares to other entries on the leaderboard. Each Pokemon will have a ‘points’ number indicating how well they meet the criteria of the Showcase.

Squirtle appearing in a PokeStop Showcase in Pokemon Go
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Even if you rank number one on the PokeStop Showcase with your entry, another Trainer could always come along and one-up you before the competition ends, so it’s important to keep an eye on the leaderboard - especially in those final moments.

The good news is that you can switch out your entry at any time before the PokeStop Showcase ends. You don’t even need to be near the PokeStop - simply go to the Today View, scroll down to see your current Showcases, and then tap on the one you want to change.

PokeStop Showcases are always themed after the event they’re running alongside, which means you should be able to catch or evolve the Pokemon featured in them. It’s a good idea to go on the hunt to catch as many as you can and then sort through them to find the best ones.

In my experience, the easiest way to win a PokeStop Showcase is to find one in a quiet area where there aren’t many other Pokemon GO players. It might take some time to figure this out, but once you’ve found a good one you can return here for every future Showcase.

Every time I’ve entered a PokeStop Showcase in a busy city centre, for example, I’ve been well outranked despite having an XXL version of the featured Pokemon. It’s incredibly hard to win these busy Showcases, but I have managed to win a few in a more rural area.

What rewards can you get from PokeStop Showcases?

Every Trainer who enters a PokeStop Showcase will be rewarded with a small amount of XP and Stardust regardless of where they place in the final rankings, so it’s always worth entering - even if you end up placing 135th.

Winning a PokeStop Showcase entry in Pokemon GO
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The best prizes are reserved for the top three Trainers, with items like Incubators and Star Pieces on offer. Finally, the number one Trainer in each PokeStop Showcase will receive a Medal to mark their achievement.

I’ve only managed to win first place at a PokeStop Showcase a few times so far, and on the most recent occasion, I was rewarded with 1 Charged TM, 2 Fast TMs, 3000 XP, 1000 Stardust, and a Medal. As you can see, it’s a pretty decent haul of items.

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That’s everything you need to know about the PokeStop Showcase schedule and the rewards you can earn! Keep on top of upcoming events by checking out our Spotlight Hour schedule and our Raid Boss schedule.

Daniel Megarry
About the author
Daniel Megarry
Daniel is GGRecon’s Deputy Guides Editor. He graduated from university with a degree in Journalism & English Language before covering video games and LGBTQ+ culture at publications including Gay Times and Dexerto. His favourite games include Pokemon, Kingdom Hearts, Resident Evil, and anything Nintendo. You can reach him on [email protected].
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