Comprehensive Guide to Pokémon Go July 2024: Events, Raids, and Community Day Highlights

Comprehensive Guide to Pokémon Go July 2024: Events, Raids, and Community Day Highlights

July 2024 is an exciting month for Pokémon Go trainers worldwide! With an array of new events, thrilling raids, and the much-anticipated Community Day, there’s plenty to look forward to. This comprehensive guide will give you all the details you need to make the most of your Pokémon Go adventures this month. From legendary raids to special bonuses, let’s dive into what’s happening in Pokémon Go this July 2024.

July 2024 Event Overview

Weekly Spotlight Hours

Spotlight Hours are a great way to catch Pokémon, earn extra XP, and gather valuable resources. Every Tuesday in July, a different Pokémon will be featured, along with a special bonus.

  • July 2: Shiny Rattata – Double Catch Candy
  • July 9: Eevee – Double Transfer Candy
  • July 16: Mareep – Double Evolution XP
  • July 23: Sableye – Double Catch Stardust
  • July 30: Buneary – Double Catch XP

Research Breakthrough Encounters

Complete your weekly research tasks to encounter a special Pokémon each week. For July 2024, trainers will have the chance to catch Alolan Vulpix with exclusive moves and a higher chance of being shiny.

Raid Battles

Legendary and Mega Raids

Raids in July 2024 are packed with powerful and rare Pokémon. Here’s the schedule:

  • July 1-7: Mewtwo returns with the exclusive move Psystrike.
  • July 8-14: Mega Charizard X is ready to be challenged.
  • July 15-21: Rayquaza with Dragon Ascent.
  • July 22-31: Mega Blastoise will be available for Mega Raids.

Raid Hours

Every Wednesday from 6 PM to 7 PM local time, a Raid Hour will feature the current Legendary or Mega Raid Boss. This is an excellent opportunity to gather your friends and take down these formidable Pokémon.

  • July 3: Mewtwo
  • July 10: Mega Charizard X
  • July 17: Rayquaza
  • July 24: Mega Blastoise
  • July 31: Surprise Raid Boss – Stay tuned for a special announcement!

Community Day

July 2024 Community Day: Machop

Date: July 20, 2024 Time: 11 AM to 5 PM local time


  • Machop will appear more frequently in the wild. If you’re lucky, you might encounter a shiny Machop!
  • Exclusive Move: Evolve Machoke during the event or up to two hours afterward to get a Machamp that knows Dynamic Punch.
  • Bonus: 3x Catch Stardust, making this an ideal time to stock up on this valuable resource.
  • Community Day Special Research: For $1 (or equivalent pricing tier), access the Machop Community Day-exclusive Special Research story, “Straight to the Top, Machop!”

Tips for Community Day

  1. Stock Up on Poké Balls and Berries: Ensure you have enough supplies to catch as many Machop as possible.
  2. Use Star Pieces: Triple Stardust combined with Star Pieces can significantly boost your Stardust gains.
  3. Play with Friends: Coordinating with friends can make the event more enjoyable and efficient.

Special Events and Bonuses

Team GO Rocket Takeover

Dates: July 10-15, 2024


  • Increased Team GO Rocket activity: Grunts, Leaders, and Giovanni will be more active during this period.
  • Shadow Pokémon: New Shadow Pokémon will be available, including Shadow Machamp and Shadow Metagross.
  • Special Research: Complete tasks to encounter and defeat Giovanni for a chance to rescue Shadow Zapdos.

Water Festival

Dates: July 22-28, 2024


  • Increased Water-type Pokémon spawns: Look out for Squirtle, Totodile, Mudkip, and more.
  • Field Research: Complete tasks to earn encounters with Water-type Pokémon.
  • Timed Research: Complete special tasks to earn rewards, including Lapras with an exclusive move.

Seasonal Bonuses

Summer Season: Mythical Wishes

From June 1 to September 1, 2024, trainers can enjoy various bonuses as part of the Summer Season:

  • Increased Friendship Level gains: Interacting with friends will increase Friendship Levels faster.
  • Extra XP from Raids: Participating in Raids will grant additional XP.
  • Increased Incense Effectiveness: Incense will be more effective at attracting Pokémon.