Niantic has officially announced a more involved holiday event for Pokemon Go.
The news dropped out of nowhere on Friday afternoon, posted on the official Pokemon Go website. This comes following two weeks of speculation that Niantic might launch an event more involved than just the Santa-hat-wearing Pikachu being released. This speculation turned out to be correct.
The event is actually divided into two parts taking place during two separate periods of time. From December 25th through January 3rd:
- Visiting a PokeStop will award you one single-use incubator each day.
- Eggs you get from PokeStops will have a greater chance of hatching the new baby Pokemon like Togepi and Pichu.
- The Santa hat Pikachu will be sticking around during this period of time, and so they’ll be in the game for a few days longer than expected.
Then there’s a second event that will overlap with the first event but will not begin until a bit later. From December 30th through January 8th:
- There will be increased spawns of Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, Venusaur, Charmander, Charmeleon, Charizard, Squirtle, Wartortle and Blastoise.
- Lure modules will last 60 minutes instead of the usual 30.
At the top of Niantic’s blog post is a picture of Christmas gifts, although there’s no mention anywhere in the announcement of presents being given out during the event. After a recent update, hardcore fans noticed that Christmas gift images were now in the app’s code, so we’ll have to wait until the update launches to see if anything is done with that. Perhaps the incubators will be given to players in a wrapped box?
Here’s the full blog post released by Niantic today:
As the year draws to a close, we want to give you a great way to celebrate the end of the year with Pokémon GO. For the next couple of weeks, you’ll have even more reason to explore the world with your friends and family while you enjoy our year-end event.
Don’t miss out on an increased chance to hatch a Togepi (and other Pokémon)! Starting the morning of December 25, 2016, and through the afternoon of January 3, 2017 (PST), PokéStops will award one single-use Incubator each day after your first Photo Disc spin. As you visit PokéStops during this time period, there will be a greater chance of finding Eggs that hatch Togepi, Pichu, and several other recently found Pokémon, originally discovered in the Johto region. Special Pikachu wearing festive hats will also be staying around a bit longer! You are more likely to find these limited-edition Pikachu during the time period of this celebration.
In addition, from the afternoon of December 30, 2016, through the afternoon of January 8, 2017 (PST), the first partner Pokémon and their Evolutions, originally discovered in the Kanto region, are more likely to be encountered. This means a greater chance to catch Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, and Venusaur, as well as Charmander, Charmeleon, and Charizard, plus Squirtle, Wartortle, and Blastoise! As a way to increase your chance to encounter one of these Pokémon, Lure Modules will also last for 60 minutes instead of 30 minutes.
Get up and go!
—The Pokémon GO team
Read more about the Pokemon Go Christmas Event in Spanish at AhoraMismo.com: