Pokemon GO Spotlight Hour schedule in April 2024

Pokemon GO Spotlight Hour schedule in April 2024
Images via Niantic | The Pokemon Company

Written by 

Ben Williams & Daniel Megarry

Last updated 

16th Apr 2024 10:51


The April Spotlight Hour schedule in Pokemon GO is here and you won't want to miss this latest selection of must-catch creatures, as well as the special bonuses you can enjoy.

Being able to catch loads of a specific Pokemon every Tuesday makes the Spotlight Hour a weekly highlight for many Trainers, and April is no different with the likes of Trubbish and Clefairy spawning more frequently in the game.

April Spotlight Hour Pokemon GO schedule

Date Spotlight Pokemon Time Bonus Can it be Shiny?
April 2 Zubat 6PM to 7PM local time 2x Transfer Candy Yes
April 9


6PM to 7PM local time 2x Evolution XP Yes
April 16

Caterpie, Weedle, and Wurmple

6PM to 7PM local time 2x Catch Stardust Yes
April 23 Trubbish 6PM to 7PM local time 2x Catch XP Yes
April 30 Clefairy 6PM to 7PM local time 2 x Catch Candy Yes

There are some delightful Pokemon to catch throughout the month, but the standout is definitely going to today's April 16 with three Pokemon headliners: Caterpie, Weedle, and Wurmple.

This makes it a rare instance where you'll be able to farm Candy for multiple creatures at once. It's also a great opportunity to get both Wurmple evolutions, as it evolves into Silcoon or Cascoon at random.

When is the next Pokemon GO Spotlight Hour?

The next Pokemon GO Spotlight Hour takes place on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, from 6PM to 7PM.

The stars of the show are Wurmple, Caterpie, and Weedle and there will also be a Double Catch Stardust bonus, making this the perfect time to use a Star Piece and stock up on that all-important Stardust!

Caterpie, Wurmple, and Weedle, which are in the Pokemon GO Spotlight Hour of April 2024
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Just like using the Pokemon GO Raid schedule to keep track of what's coming up, memorising the Spotlight Hour schedule is a great way to build up extra bonuses like these in a short amount of time.

Can Caterpie, Weedle & Wurmple be Shiny?

Yes, Weedle, Caterpie, and Wurmple can all be Shiny in Pokemon GO, meaning you can also get Shiny versions of their evolutions when you evolve them.

Even though these Shinies are available in Pokemon GO, the Spotlight Hour won't increase your likelihood of encountering the different-coloured variant. You're going to need a mix of luck and patience to get a Shiny worm, so catch as many as you can during this hour.

Shiny Caterpie, Wurmple, and Weedle on the Pokemon GO map
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My best advice is to use an Incense, go out exploring, tap on as many Spotlight Hour Pokemon as possible, and ignore any non-Shinies as you'll only be wasting time catching them.

Remember, you only have one hour to enjoy the boosted spawns and find a Shiny.

How to get ready for a Spotlight Hour

An assortment of the essential items for the Tuesday Pokemon GO Spotlight Hour events
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To make the most of the brief one-hour window during each Spotlight Hour, you should also stock up on essential items that can further boost the bonuses you'll get:

  • Lucky Eggs to double XP for 30 minutes each
  • Star Pieces to double Stardust for 30 minutes each
  • Incenses to attract more Pokemon encounters to you for 60 minutes
  • Lure Modules to attract more Pokemon to a nearby PokeStop for 30 minutes
  • Pinap Berries to double Candy for a Pokemon - increasing the amount for the featured Pokemon in a Spotlight Hour
  • Razz Berries to increase the likelihood of catching a Pokemon - increasing the amount you can catch in a Spotlight Hour

If you miss the 60-minute window, you'll still be able to catch the featured monsters in Pokemon GO as normal - albeit with the standard wild encounter rate, which can be quite low.

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That's all you need to know about the Spotlight Hour schedule for April 2024. For more from the game, check out the event schedule or visit our Pokemon GO homepage for all the latest guides.

If it's rewards for fighting big bosses you're after, take a look at our guides on the best Arlo counters, best Cliff counters, best Sierra counters, and the best Giovanni counters.

Ben is a Senior Guides Writer at GGRecon. Alongside his BA (Hons) in Business Management is a wealth of gaming and entertainment writing experience, having previously occupied roles as a Copywriter in e-commerce at Overclockers and Guides & SEO Writer at GameByte and FragHero. When not whipping up guides and reviews, Ben’ll be off playing the latest Pokemon games, Overwatch 2, Spider-Man, The Witcher, and Final Fantasy - all before reading manga and listening to Ice Nine Kills.

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