'Pokémon Go' Halloween 2019 Event Brings Darkrai Raids and New Shiny Pokémon

Each year, Niantic and The Pokémon Company bring a new Halloween event for the popular Pokémon Go mobile game and this year is no different.

The 2019 Halloween Pokémon Go event could be the biggest one yet as it introduces a new Pokémon from the Unova region, new Shiny Pokémon, Shadow Pokémon and even a rare Legendary Raid.

Before we get into the details, watch the Pokémon Go Halloween event trailer below.

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The Pokémon Go Halloween event is two-fold. The first bit brings new Pokémon and goodies into the game permanently.

Starting October 17 at 4 p.m. EDT, there will be more Shadow Pokémon to battle and capture in Pokémon Go. The following Pokémon will begin to appear on Team GO Rocket's team: Weedle, Kakuna, Beedrill, Electabuzz, Magmar, Lapras, Mareep, Seedot, Nuzleaf, Sableye, Trapinch, Cacnea, Shuppet, and Duskull.

Players can dress up their avatars with new Pokémon-inspired gear including a Zubat bag, a Pikachu Onesie, a Cubone cap, a Litwick cap and a Mimikyu bag.

The Ghost-type Yamask will finally be introduced in Pokémon Go when the event begins. Similar to how other Unova Pokémon like Lillipup and Patrat debuted, Yamask will arrive at the same time as its Shiny form. Yamask evolves into Cofagrigus, so not only will Shiny Hunters want to find the special variant of this Ghost-type, they'll want another to evolve into a Shiny Cofagrigus.

The Pokémon Go Halloween event, proper, will start October 17 and end Friday, November 1 at 4 p.m. EDT. During this two-week event trainers will see increased spawns of Ghost and Dark-type Pokémon in the wild as well as in Eggs and Raids.

Some Pokémon will even appear in Halloween costumes in Raids and in the wild. Bulbasaur may appear wearing a Shedinja costume, Charmander wearing a Cubone costume, and Squirtle wearing a Yamask costume in Raids. Pikachu will wear a Mimikyu costume in the wild with all four Pokémon being able to be caught in their Shiny forms.

There will be new field research tasks to complete during the event as well as a new Special Research that will give trainers a chance at fighting the "Forbidden" Pokémon, Spiritomb.

Darkrai will appear in five-star raids during the two-week event and trainers will benefit from double candy for catching, hatching and transferring Pokémon.

What do you think of this year's Halloween event in Pokémon Go? Which Pokémon will you take into battle against Darkrai? Let us know in the comments section.