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Pokémon Go Bug Out 2022 event guide

Creepy-crawly Pokémon are getting their time to shine

Mega Scizor in a forest with other bug-type Pokémon Image: Niantic
Julia Lee (she/her) is a guides producer, writing guides for games like The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and Genshin Impact. She helped launch the Rift Herald in 2016.

Pokémon Go’s Bug Out event is back for 2022, and with it come new Pokémon like Grubbin and Mega Scizor. The event runs from Aug. 10-16 and increases the spawn rates of bug-type Pokémon, as well as providing other bonuses.

Our Pokémon Go Bug Out event guide lists out the boosted spawns, event Field Research, Collection Challenge, and the “Bug Out Catch Challenge” Timed Research tasks.

Notably, the regional Pokémon Pansage (which is normally only available in Asia) is spawning globally throughout the event, so make sure to grab at least one before it’s gone to fill out your Pokédex.

You’ll also get more candy when you catch a Pokémon with a nice, great, or excellent throw.

Bug Out Catch Challenge Timed Research

Step 1 of 3

  • Catch 25 bug-type Pokémon (25 Poké Balls)
  • Walk 2 km (Beedrill encounter)
  • Make 15 nice throws (20 Great Balls)
  • Make 10 great throws (10 Ultra Balls)
  • Make 5 curveball throws (10 Pinap Berries)
  • Use 10 berries to help catch Pokémon

Rewards: Shedinja encounter, 1 Lure Module, 2,500 XP

Step 2 of 3

  • Catch 25 bug-type Pokémon (25 Poké Balls)
  • Hatch an egg (3 Golden Razz Berries)
  • Evolve 2 bug-type Pokémon (Grubbin encounter)
  • Make 10 great throws (20 Great Balls)
  • Catch 10 different species of bug-type Pokémon (50 Beedrill Mega Energy)
  • Take snapshots of 5 different wild Pokémon (Venipede encounter)

Rewards: Pinsir encounter, 1,000 Stardust, 2,500 XP

Step 3 of 3

  • Claim reward (Caterpie encounter)
  • Claim reward (1,000 XP)
  • Claim reward (Wurmple encounter)
  • Claim reward (1,000 XP)
  • Claim reward (Weedle encounter)
  • Claim reward (1,000 XP)

Rewards: 50 Scizor Mega Energy, Scyther encounter

Pokémon Go Bug Out 2022 Collection Challenge

  • Catch a Caterpie
  • Catch a Weedle
  • Catch a Wurmple
  • Catch a Grubbin
  • Catch a Dewpider
  • Catch a Joltik
  • Catch a Karrablast
  • Catch a Shelmet
  • Catch a Skorupi
  • Catch a Pineco
  • Evolve a Wurmple into Silcoon
  • Evolve a Wurmple into Cascoon
  • Evolve a Spinarak into Ariados
  • Evolve a Ledyba into Ledian
  • Evolve a Kricketot into Kricketune
  • Evolve a Grubbin into Charjabug

Rewards: 15,000 XP, Bug Catcher Pose

Pokémon Go Bug Out 2022 event Field Research and rewards

Task Reward
Task Reward
Catch 5 Pokémon Caterpie or Weedle encounter
Catch 10 Pokémon Volbeat, Illumise, Venipede, Dewpider, or Wimpod encounter
Catch 15 Pokémon Burmy (Plant, Sandy, or Trash Cloak) encounter
Make 2 excellent throws Nincada encounter
Make 3 great throws Grubbin encounter
Make 3 great throws in a row Paras or Dwebble encounter
Make 3 nice throws Venonat or Kricketot encounter
Make 3 nice throws in a row Silcoon or Cascoon encounter
Take 3 snapshots of different bug-type Pokémon you caught Ledyba, Spinarak, or Yanma encounter
Trade a Pokémon Karrablast or Shelmet encounter
Use 10 berries to help catch Pokémon Combee or Sewaddle encounter

Increased Pokémon spawns for Bug Out 2022

  • Caterpie
  • Weedle
  • Ledyba
  • Spinarak
  • Yanma
  • Pineco
  • Wurmple
  • Surskit
  • Kricketot
  • Skorupi
  • Pansage
  • Venipede
  • Dwebble
  • Karrablast
  • Joltik
  • Shelmet
  • Grubbin
  • Dewpider

Venipede’s Shiny form is also appearing for the first time.

Shiny Venipede, Whirlipede, and Scolipede with their regular forms. Shiny Venipede is brown, Shiny Whirlipede is a darker purple with neon green details, and Whirlipede is a darker red with green accents. Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Niantic

The Pokémon listed below will get a boosted spawn rate on the specified date around gyms when a raid is finished:

  • Wurmple (Aug. 10)
  • Caterpie (Aug. 11)
  • Spinarak (Aug. 12)
  • Kricketot (Aug. 13)
  • Venipede (Aug. 14)
  • Weedle (Aug. 15)
  • Ledyba (Aug. 16)

Bug Out 2022 specific raid target Pokémon

  • Paras
  • Unown (T)
  • Pineco
  • Pansage
  • Joltik
  • Venomoth
  • Pinsir
  • Forretress
  • Shuckle
  • Mega Scizor
  • Genesect