Language selection, Zacian and Zamazenta returning to Five-Star Raids, and more in Pokémon GO's August 2022 monthly update

Niantic has announced details regarding Pokémon GO's upcoming August 2022 monthly update, along with several events that will be running starting from August 1st, at 1:00pm PDT (GMT −7), through to August 31st, at 1:00pm PDT (GMT −7). Also announced are changes to how Niantic will be enforcing the player guidelines and terms of service.

Language selection
Soon, Trainers will be able to change their language settings in Pokémon GO to play in their language of choice, regardless of the language used on their device. The following languages will be available when this setting launches:
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Portuguese (Brazilian)
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Thai
  • Turkish
  • Traditional Chinese
Trainers will need to close and reopen Pokémon GO for any language changes to take effect.

New anti-cheat measures
New enforcement of player guidelines and terms of service is coming to all Niantic games, including Pokémon GO. Moving forward, Niantic will now detect and punish Pokémon GO players who infringe the guidelines and terms of service on a consistent and ongoing basis, rather than in waves as done previously. A number of accounts, who were found to be in violation of their terms of service or player guidelines during recent in-game events in Pokémon GO, have already had action taken against them.

Research Breakthrough encounters
When seven days of Field Research tasks are completed, Trainers will be able to encounter Galarian Stunfisk. Galarian Stunfisk's Shiny variant may also be encountered rarely.

Pokémon Spotlight Hours
A different Pokémon and special bonus will be featured every Tuesday in August, between 6:00pm to 7:00pm local time:
  • August 2: Hisuian Voltorb | 2× Stardust for catching Pokémon
  • August 9: Nidoran♀ ⁂ | 2× XP for catching Pokémon
  • August 16: Joltik | 2× Candy for catching Pokémon
  • August 23: Nidoran♂ ⁂ | 2× Candy for transferring Pokémon
  • August 30: Pidove ⁂ | 2× XP for evolving Pokémon
Raid rotations will all all start and end at 10:00am local time on the dates listed unless otherwise noted.

Featured Raid Pokémon
The following Pokémon will be appearing in five-star raids:
  • July 31 to August 10: Palkia ⁂
  • August 10-18: Genesect w/ Chill Drive
  • August 18-31: Zacian and Zamazenta
Raid Hours
The following Pokémon will be featured in a Raid Hour event on every Wednesday from 6:00pm to 7:00pm local time:
  • August 3: Palkia ⁂
  • August 10: Genesect w/ Chill Drive
  • August 17: Genesect w/ Chill Drive
  • August 24: Zacian
  • August 31: Zamazenta
Mega Raids
The following Mega-Evolved Pokémon will be appearing in Mega Raids:
  • July 31 to August 10: Mega Abomasnow ⁂
  • August 10-18: ???
  • August 18-25: Mega Slowbro ⁂
  • August 25-31: Mega Ampharos ⁂
Upcoming events
August Community DayAugust 13thGalarian Zigzagoon, the Tiny Raccoon Pokémon, will appear in the wild. Its Shiny variant will also appear rarely.
Bug Out!August 10th-16thCreepy and crawly? Or cute and cuddly? Decide for yourself when this event featuring Bug-type Pokémon returns.
2022 Pokémon World Championships eventAugust 18th-23thThe 2022 Pokémon World Championships will feature Pokémon GO for the very first time, and an in-game celebration will be held.
Pokémon GO Fest 2022: FinaleAugust 27thMore details will be revealed later.
AllenWarrior Written by AllenWarrior