I think we all can agree that when Niantic first announced its Christmas event, it was a little disappointing. When the news broke about baby Pokemon, Niantic also reveled that a Pikachu with a Santa’s hat would also be released for a limited time. Since the Halloween event was so much fun and the Thanksgiving event was great too, a lot of players were hoping for something big for Christmas. Well we have good news because Niantic has just released its plan for a huge Christmas event!
Here is the official announcement:
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
Here’s a breakdown:
Phase 1: Dec 25th-Jan 3rd:
- Increased odds of hatching Gen 2 Pokemon from eggs!
- Players will receive one single-use Incubator each day after their first Pokestop visit
Phase 2: Dec 30th-Jan 8:
- Lures will last 60 minutes instead of 30 minutes.
- Increased spawns of Gen 1 starters and their evolutions.
Having a new incubator every day will definitely increase the odds of hatching a baby Pokemon so make sure you take advantage of that over the holidays. Also, stock up on lures so you can stay in doors catching Pokemon instead of braving the cold to catch a Charmander.
There are plenty more big events and features coming to the game in the upcoming year and while we don’t have all of the Gen 2 Pokemon yet, they should be coming soon. Keep checking back for more updates!