Ghost Pokemon have been a common sight in Pokemon Go this past week thanks to the recent Halloween 2018 festivities, and soon one will be the star of its very own special event. Niantic has announced it is hosting a Gengar Day on Saturday, November 3, bringing the Shadow Pokemon to Raid Battles for a limited time. [Update: Gengar Day has arrived; be sure to check out the schedule below to see when the event is underway in your region.]

Like Pokemon Go’s monthly Community Days, Gengar Day will be a brief event, only running for three hours. During that window of time, the Shadow Pokemon will appear as a Raid Battle at Gyms. These require a Raid Pass to join, but you’ll be able to get five of them for free from a nearby Gym to help you participate.

Not only will Gengar spawn frequently at Gyms during the event, you’ll also have a chance of coming across a Shiny one. You may not initially be able to tell it’s a Shiny at first glance, however; unlike most other Pokemon, Gengar’s Shiny variant is only subtly different from its standard form. It’s still worth getting one, though, particularly if you plan on picking up Let’s Go Pikachu or Let’s Go Eevee for Nintendo Switch when they launch next month.

Shiny Mega Gengar artwork for Pokemon X/Y
Shiny Mega Gengar artwork for Pokemon X/Y

Any Gen 1 Pokemon you catch in Pokemon Go can be transferred to the Switch titles, where you’ll then be able to recapture them at a new facility called the Go Park. If you do manage to find and get a Shiny Gengar during the upcoming Gengar Day event, you’ll want to bring it over to Let’s Go; Gengar is one of the few Pokemon capable of Mega Evolving, and Shiny Mega Gengar (pictured above) is one of the coolest-looking Pokemon in the games. You can find the hours for each region’s Gengar Day event below.

Pokemon Go’s Halloween event is scheduled to end on November 1. It introduced a handful of new Ghost and Dark Pokemon to the game, along with the Gen 4 Legendary Pokemon Giratina, which will appear in Raid Battles until November 20. You’ll also be able to encounter another Gen 4 Ghost Pokemon, Spiritomb, by completing a new Special Research questline.

Meanwhile, Pokemon: Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee launch for Nintendo Switch on November 16. As previously mentioned, players can transfer monster from Go to Let’s Go, and doing so is the key to getting the new Mythical Pokemon Meltan, which we recently learned is able to evolve into a Pokemon called Melmetal. You can read more about the games in our hands-on impressions of Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee.

Pokemon Go Gengar Day Hours

Americas, Greenland

  • Pacific Time: 11 AM – 2 PM
  • Eastern Time: 2 PM – 5 PM


Europe, Middle East, Africa

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