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Niantic details Pokémon GO’s December 2019 events

All sorts of Winter fun!

Niantic has big plans for the rest of December 2019. The company has revealed all sorts of events for Pokemon GO players to get involved in. Check out the full rundown below.

While 2019 might be winding down, the world of Pokémon GO never stops! From raids to Pokémon (Shadow Pokémon, Legendary Pokémon, or Legendary Shadow Pokémon!) to new avatar items, there’s so much to look forward to this holiday season. Get cozy, Trainers—it’s going to be a long list full of cool gifts from us to you!

A Challenging Development—Team GO Rocket Special Research
Different Pokémon will be hatching from Eggs
Virizion glides into five-star raids
Lugia and Ho-Oh Special Raid Weekend!
Pokémon GO Holidays 2019
Warm up with a special winter weekend event!

A Challenging Development

Before we get into the jolly announcements—the fight against Team GO Rocket continues! Activate the new Special Research, A Challenging Development, during the month of December to help Professor Willow and the team leaders take down this villainous group. This is another chance to fight Giovanni and save a Legendary Shadow Pokémon you’ve never seen before!

Features

A Challenging Development, a new Special Research line designed to help take down Team GO Rocket, is available until the end of December.
Defeat Giovanni this month, and you’ll have a chance to rescue Shadow Zapdos!
Team GO Rocket never rests, Trainers, and neither can we! Be on the lookout for new Team GO Rocket Special Research from Professor Willow every month. For more information, please see our help center article.

All scrambled up! Different Pokémon will be hatching from Eggs!

Starting on Monday, December 16, 2019, you can expect different Pokémon to be hatching from Eggs! Which Pokémon will they be? Incubate some Eggs and start walking to find out!

Virizion glides into five-star raids!

Virizion, the Grassland Pokémon, will be coming to five-star raids! This Grass- and Fighting-type Legendary Pokémon has been said to confound opponents with its swift movements, so make sure you have your battle strategies ready before you encounter it.

Date + Time

Tuesday, December 17, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. PST to Tuesday, January 7, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8)

Features

Virizion will make its debut in five-star raids.

Lugia and Ho-Oh Special Raid Weekend!

Lugia and Ho-Oh return for a Special Raid Weekend! Both the Psychic- and Flying-type Lugia and the Fire- and Flying-type Ho-Oh will be available in Raid Battles!

Date + Time

Friday, December 20, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. PST to Monday, December 23, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8)

Features

Lugia and Ho-Oh will appear in five-star raids during the event.
Please note that Virizion will still be available in five-star raids during this time.

Pokémon GO Holidays 2019

The Pokémon GO Holidays event is back! Look forward to new Pokémon in costumes, Ice-type Pokémon never before seen in Pokémon GO, event-exclusive Field Research, winter-themed avatar items, and a blizzard full of bonuses!

Date + Time

Tuesday, December 24, 2019, at 12:00 a.m. to Wednesday, January 1, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. in your local time zone

Features

Pokémon in holiday costumes: Pikachu, Raichu, and Pichu wearing beanies and Stantler wearing bells will appear in Pokémon GO for the first time!

Pokémon appearing in the wild: Delightful Ice-type Pokémon will be appearing in the wild, such as Sneasel, Delibird, Snorunt, and more! Making its Pokémon GO debut will be Cubchoo, the Chill Pokémon!

Pokémon appearing in Eggs: Alolan Sandshrew, Alolan Vulpix, Pichu wearing beanies, and Stantler wearing bells will be hatching from 7 km Eggs!

Pokémon appearing in Raid Battles: Raichu wearing beanies and Stantler wearing bells will be available to challenge in two-star raids!

Pokémon attracted by Glacial Lure Modules: Throw a Glacial Lure Module onto a PokéStop near you, and you’ll have a chance of encountering Cryogonal, the Crystallizing Pokémon, making its Pokémon GO debut!

Event-exclusive Field Research: Enjoy event-exclusive Field Research tasks that will reward you with the chance to encounter Pokémon like Pikachu wearing beanies!

Save Shadow Pokémon! We have reason to believe that Team GO Rocket has turned more Pokémon, including Delibird, into Shadow Pokémon! There might be other Shadow Pokémon to discover in places high and low, so get out there and save them!
If you’re lucky, you might encounter Shiny Stantler wearing bells and Shiny Snover!

Winter-themed avatar items coming to the shop! You can look forward to a Stantler Sweater and a Stantler Headband as well as a Beanie Hat to match the one some Pikachu are wearing for this event!

Bonuses

Take note, Trainers! Some bonuses will change throughout the event duration.

From Tuesday, December 24, 2019, at 12:00 a.m. to Wednesday, January 1, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. in your local time zone

Open twice as many Gifts each day: For the duration of the event, the number of Gifts you can open daily will increase to 40.
Carry twice as many Gifts: For the duration of the event, the number of Gifts you can carry in your inventory will increase to 20.
One guaranteed single-use Incubator per day: In order to more easily hatch Eggs during the holiday season, Trainers will receive one single-use Incubator at no cost once per day during the event by spinning a Photo Disc on a PokéStop.
From Tuesday, December 24, 2019, at 12:00 a.m. to Wednesday, December 25, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. in your local time zone

2× Catch Candy
2× Transfer Candy
From Thursday, December 26, 2019, at 12:00 a.m. to Friday, December 27, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. in your local time zone

2× Catch Stardust
From Saturday, December 28, 2019, at 12:00 a.m. to Sunday, December 29, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. in your local time zone

2× Catch XP
From Monday, December 30, 2019, at 12:00 a.m. to Wednesday, January 1, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. in your local time zone

1/2 Hatch Distance when Eggs are placed into Incubators during this time period

Warm up with a special winter weekend event!

During the final Saturday in December (and 2019!), you can look forward to a special eight-hour-long winter weekend event.

Date + Time

Saturday, December 28, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in your local time zone

Features

Two-hour Glacial Lure Module duration: Glacial Lure Modules will last two hours for the duration of the event. Pokémon such as Lapras, Delibird, Cubchoo, and more will be drawn to Glacial Lure Modules during this time!

Glaceon with Last Resort: Use a Glacial Lure Module to evolve Eevee during the event, and you’ll get a Glaceon that knows the Charged Attack Last Resort.

Regice returns to raids! Did you miss out on catching a Regice the last time it was available in raids? This is your chance to catch the Iceberg Pokémon!

Two additional Raid Passes: Receive up to two additional Raid Passes during the special event time period when you spin a Photo Disc at a Gym. These Raid Passes will not be available after the event period is over. You cannot hold more than one Raid Pass at once.

There are just a few weeks left in 2019! Let’s GO end the year strong, Trainers!

Pearl earrings available for Pokemon GO avatars

Looking for a bit of glitz and glamour for your Pokemon GO avatar? Niantic has just added in a set of Pearl Earrings, which are free. No reason for their inclusion was given, and we also don't know how long they'll be around for. Might as well grab them now incase they disappear!

Pokemon GO updated to Ver. 0.161.2 (Android) / Ver. 1.127.1 (iOS)

Pokemon GO has been updated to Ver. 0.161.2 (Android) / Ver. 1.127.1 (iOS). This seems to be a minor update, and the only patch notes available mention 'bug fixes,' and that's it. If anymore information comes out about this update, we'll make sure to add details to this post.

Celebrate the power of change with the Pokemon GO Evolution Event

It's time to evolve

Perhaps one of the greatest lessons we learn from Pokémon is that it’s possible to evolve into a surprising and cool being—sometimes we just need a little boost or help! Let’s celebrate how much your Pokémon (and you) have grown this year with the first-ever Evolution Event and an accompanying Raid Day. Pokémon Evolution can depend on whether a Pokémon is a certain gender or has spent time as a Buddy Pokémon. Sometimes Evolution occurs because of particular items, times of day, or Lure Modules. During this event, you’ll be able to explore all these unique ways Pokémon evolve!

Evolution Event Look forward to Evolution items from raids, longer-lasting Lure Modules, and increased encounters with Pokémon that evolve in special ways.

Date + Time

From Thursday, December 5, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. to Thursday, December 12, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8)

Features

Pokémon that evolve in unique ways—such as Onix, Eevee, Roselia, and Burmy—will be appearing more often in the wild, in raids, and in Field Research.
Take on raids against Pokémon with unique Evolutions, like Lickitung, Scyther, Togetic, and Ralts!
Find more 2 km Eggs that will hatch into Pokémon such as Tyrogue, Feebas, Burmy, and Happiny.
Event-specific Field Research tasks that reward Evolution items, which can help you evolve certain Pokémon, will be available.
If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny Burmy!

Bonuses

All Lure Modules will last one hour for the duration of the event, including the Glacial, Magnetic, and Mossy Lure Modules.

2× XP when evolving Pokémon
Evolution items from raids
Evolution Event Raid Day

Date + Time

Saturday, December 7, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in your local time zone

Features

Encounter Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle in one-star raids.
Encounter Ivysaur, Charmeleon, and Wartortle in two-star raids.
Encounter Venusaur, Charizard, and Blastoise in four-star raids.
Receive up to five additional Raid Passes during the Raid Day time period when you spin a Photo Disc at a Gym. These Raid Passes will not be available after the event period is over. You cannot hold more than one Raid Pass at once.

A lot can change in a year—or even in a moment! We hope to catch you out there celebrating the power of Evolution, Trainers. Let’s GO!

New boxes available in Pokemon GO

A special gift for you

Pokemon GO has just added in a new round of boxes, and we have no idea how long they'll be sticking around for. Here's what's up for grabs right now.

- Special Box - 480 Coins - 2 Premium Raid Pass, 2 Super Incubators, 1 Lure Module, 2 Lucky Egg
- Ultra Box - 1480 Coins - 17 Premium Raid Pass, 4 Super Incubators, 4 Star Pieces & 4 Lucky Egg
- Adventure Box - 1480 Coins - 8 Super Incubators, 4 Star Piece, 10 Egg Incubators & 4 Lucky Egg

Niantic releases "Let's Go Pokemon GO in 2020!" promo video in Japan

2020 is almost here, trainers!

Niantic is gearing up Pokemon GO players for 2020 with a new Japanese video. The trailer shows off the various social and health aspects of the game, which Niantic will be tying into numerous events for the new year. Big things are ahead for Pokemon GO in 2020!

Pokemon GO 'A Challenging Development' Special Research available

Up for the challenge?

Did you happen to complete the "Looming in the Shadows" Special Research in Pokemon GO? If so, then you can take advantage of the next Special Research event today. This time around you'll have to tackle "A Challenging Development," which appears to be similar to the "Looming in the Shadows."

Pokémon GO - "Pokémon are everywhere" video

Everywhere? Yes. Everywhere!

Pokémon are everywhere…and these Trainers are, too! The holidays are a perfect time to jump into the fun – show us how you get up and GO!

Trade at Lower Stardust Cost and Make More Special Trades in Pokémon GO Friend Fest

It's time to get friendly

Grab a pal or two, and head out for Pokémon GO Friend Fest, taking place November 27 at 1:00 p.m. PST through December 2 at 1:00 p.m. PST. During the event, trades with your friends will require half the usual Stardust and you'll be able to make two Special Trades per day. Plus, you'll get a Friend Attack bonus boost during raids.

New friend-related Field Research tasks will be available, too, including some for trading a Pokémon, making new friends, winning a Trainer Battle against another Trainer, and catching Nidoran♂︎ and Nidoran♀︎, both of which will show up in the wild more frequently.

So call your pals and head out for Pokémon GO Friend Fest until December 2.

Terrakion Pokémon GO Raid Battle Tips

Get ready for a serious challenge

As of today, Terrakion can be found in Pokemon GO Raid Battles. Looking for a few pointers on how you can take this Pokemon down and make them your own? Pokemon.com has put together a helpful feature that includes some tips and tricks on how to take this battle on. Check out their feature here.

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