Today’s news roundup is codenamed “Christmas Miracle” and it brings you a roundup of all the latest news that happened but didn’t receive an official Hub post. A lot has happened in just a day, making this a very exciting news roundup.

Delibird is live!

The elusive Delibird has finally made its appearance in Pokémon GO! Although not officially announced by Niantic, Delibird has started spawning around the same time as the 20 new Generation 3 Water types. There have been several fake images on the internet showing off a shiny Delibird, however, those were quickly dismissed and proven as forgeries.

Relicanth is a New Zealand regional exclusive

Apparently, Relicanth can only be caught in New Zealand, making it the newest region exclusive to join the club. Up to this date, we haven’t received any verifiable reports of players catching Relicanth outside New Zealand waters. This is somewhat disappointing, as Relicanth is one of the best Generation 3 additions, standing side to side with the likes of Omastar.

There is no indication that Relicanth will migrate in the future, but it would not be a surprise. Kiwis, enjoy your Pokémon exclusive, you’ve deserved it!

A shiny Snorunt is available

Niantic has released a new shiny form: Snorunt! Snorunt evolves into Glalie in Generation III, however, a female Snorunt evolves into Froslass (Max CP 1857, Ice Ghost) in Generation IV! Snorunt is not a powerful Pokémon, nor are Glalie or Froslass, but you can farm it today if you’re a shiny collector.

Big shoutout to our Twitter audience for helping us verify the new shiny form, we were sceptical at first, however they quickly helped out. Kudos!

The first part of Holiday sale is live

The first part (of two) of the Holiday sale is live. Three new box bundles are available in the in-game shop, featuring Star Piece, a new Stardust boosting item:

  • Winter Box – 480 Poké Coins
    • 2x Incense, 2x Egg Incubators, 5x Star Piece
  • Great Box – 780 Poké Coins
  • Ultra Box – 1480 Poké Coins

Our advice is to wait for the second part of the sale, as we expect some Raid Passes to show up in those bundles. The second part of the sale is going live on December 25:

From December 25 at 1:00 p.m. PST through January 4, 2018, keep an eye on the in-game shop for special boxes, featuring items such as Premium Raid Passes, Super Incubators, and Star Pieces.

Lures now last 6 hours, Christmas Pichu can hatched

As written above, Lure Modules now last 6 hours for a limited duration (until January 4), making it much easier to have indoors group playing sessions. In addition, it seems that the egg chart has changed again, bringing Generation I starters and Christmas Pichu in the mix.

  • Dávid Bartoš

    Friend has got Barboach from an egg and I got a code from old account for 1 lucky egg and 3 incubators 😀

    • CyberBishop1

      I got one from an egg as well and caught 6 more in the wild.

  • Josh Hack

    Of course one of the best is exclusive to a small island in the middle of the Pacific. Well done Niantic

    • Kiaan Mudaly

      Try being from South Africa where the coelacanth the animal relicanth is based off of was first discovered to still be alive. Niantic mess up again.

      • Nin Jo Tsu

        Niantic hates Africans, confirmed.

        • Kiaan Mudaly

          Niantic just hates it’s current playerbase. I have a level 37 and a level 25 account that did the same raid but in different groups. And guess what now I have an ex pass on a level 25 account that hasn’t even hatched an egg or won a gym battle yet.

          • Michal Hušák

            And I do not like people playing from multiple accounts ..,.

          • Kiaan Mudaly

            The second account is just used to help people to do raids. Cause premium passes are expensive.

          • Dakkateff Da Gitmuncha

            Not playing with multiple accounts is stupid… why did Niantic give us TWO options for account creation in the first place?

          • Chris Seals

            Nobody cares what you like.

    • Finn Brown

      We have never had a regional from day 1 and I am glad we have one now. A lot of people play here and we all have wanted a regional exlusive. Heeps of tourist come to my city playing pogo so now they have got more incentive to come

  • Gallant Gallade

    You forgot to mention that wailmer is 400 candies to evolve and shows up as a raid boss, as well as the Santa hat Pikachu knowing present. I bet there’s even more stuff that was added, too.

    • CyberBishop1

      it is 1km to walk as a buddy for candy so between that, catching them in the wild and hitting them as a boss it is not so bad.

      • Dan

        Wailmer is incredibly rare in the wild.

        • CyberBishop1

          In my area I have encountered quite a few of them (mostly by bodies of water) however there is a spawn location but the problem is that it is on a golf course and you have to be a member to access it. Last night they had about 15 spawn within an hour and there was not way to get them.

        • The Car Kid

          Wailmer isn’t too terribly rare. If you go to Pier 39 they spawn very frequently. Go anywhere near water for a few hours and you may come back with a few

        • Tablekiller

          Not that rare, i even got e nest arround the corner 😉

  • Nin Jo Tsu

    New Zealand gets an exclusive but not Africa, the place where many many of the Pokemon get their designs from.

    • Minismurfen3

      Africa will probably get one

      • Chris S.Mason

        Africa has plusle along with north and south america

  • Arefin Iqbal

    no preium raid passes that sucks

  • Daniel Gomez

    Everyone sure is complaining. How about we wait until its our turn for a regional thats worth it. Not every pokemon is going to be available all over the world and Relicanth in New Zealand makes a lot of sense. Everyone needs to stop being so but hurt its just a game LOL

    • Kiaan Mudaly

      The coelacanth the fish that relicanth is based on hasn’t been found in New Zealand.

  • Tycent

    Ok, but….
    What about Lotad??

    • CyberBishop1

      I have not seen one yet and I was all over the area hunting today.

    • Simone Amoruso

      Just rare, not regional

      • CyberBishop1

        Regional to what area?

  • Pedro Marques

    I still have hope that one day the regionals will migrate and then the players will be able to catch these regionals. Sure that maybe this will reduce their value, but this migration thing don’t need to be a common event.

    • Michal Hušák

      But exactly this had happened with Cangashan an Farfet’ch ….

  • vegetano1
  • Dwight Betita Delleva
    • Chanderule

      Yes, people already have shiny Snorunts

    • Simone Amoruso

      You can’t catch Glalie in the wild, only Snorunt. And Snorunt can be shiny.
      Evolution, baby.

  • Dwight Betita Delleva

    someone commented on silphroad that they caught relicanth in new caledonia, this is the island located to the farthest north area above new zealand https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/abb5e29cb1d80cbe084208ded41b95638d2a5bb2da017b8fcdf0f78a0e4ce12a.jpg

    • Chanderule

      I was camping 2 hours for one, thinking it was super rare, but once I caught him I found another one just few stops away, looks like they arent as rare as people might think

      • Dwight Betita Delleva

        it’s rare all over the world but not in new zealand

        • Chanderule

          Has it been confirmed to spawn outside of NZ?

          • Simone Amoruso

            No. Only in NZ

  • KatyCro

    Has there been any statement about increased gen 3 starter spawns? Because suddenly Torchics are popping up everywhere and all the time here, but they were not showing at all before yesterday.

    • Nehemiah Sorokopud

      Same

      • Bunny

        same here in france

      • Tablekiller

        Same in Germany

    • Nygreens

      ive noticed all 3 starters spawning MUCH more frequently since the ice event started.

    • Dan

      I’ve noticed a ton more Gen III in general. In 2 days, I got Torchic, Combusken, Blaziken, Silcoon, Beautifly, Cascoon, Dustox, Delcatty, Meditite, Medicham, Manectric, and Grumpig. I wasn’t even close to them prior.

    • The Car Kid

      Glad I’m not the only one who was thinking that. I caught all 3 starters at least 3 times in an hour where I live

  • S-GUTZ

    Who else has noticed the increased gen 3 starters?

    • CyberBishop1

      All over the place.

    • Chanderule

      Torchic, the others are still just as rare

      • Dan

        Not true. I’ve been getting a ton of the other two as well.

        • Chanderule

          Could the abundance of Torchic be caused by the cloudy weather and the fact that Blaziken is a fighting type?

          • Dan

            Weather doesn’t work that way. Torchic would only have increased spawns in Sunny/Clear weather, due to its single fire typing, but wouldn’t increase during Cloudy weather. When it was Sunny/Clear, I saw more Treecko than the other two (which makes sense over Mudkip). Today, it’s raining, and I’m seeing more Torchic. So the increased starter spawns have nothing to do with weather. I’m thinking it’s because the event pushed out more Gen III Pokemon.

          • Chanderule

            I know, but where I live its cloudy almost 24/7, and we have a ton of Torchic but only few Mudkip and very rare Treecko
            I agree thatn its because they intentionally boosted them, I just dont know why there are so many Torchic everywhere

          • Dan

            It must depend on area, not weather. We’re seeing increased starters all over the place here.

  • Edwin Fung

    I’ve just hatched a Spheal from 5km egg. Maybe it’s time to update the gen 3 egg chart.

    • Johnny D.

      …And no one cares

  • Antonio Mercurio

    From Australia, Congrats to New Zealand for getting a regonal, but i wont be going to middle earth just to get a pokemon sorry !

    • Simone Amoruso

      Ok… no one cares

      • Antonio Mercurio

        just saying no one is going to go to nz to catch pokemons!

        • Simone Amoruso

          …And no one cares

    • Tablekiller

      just wait for an event where it spawns everywhere lika kangama and farfech’d

  • Joel sperber

    Hey Go Hub,
    I Just discovered (by catching one) https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7f85fe5a2cb2a5b4671a9cf2d7154922a81eb88dad6d22b3b69e1fa07d42a310.png that wailmer needs 400candies and not just 50 to evolve into Wailord.

    • Chanderule

      But they had 400 in the database since yesterday at least

      • Johnny D.

        …And no one cares

        • Chanderule

          Yet you still commented
          You sure you “dont care”?

  • Pedro Cairo

    The Relichant could be found in Ilheus, Bahia, Brazil.

    • Johnny D.

      Ok… no one cares

      • Chanderule

        Actually, lots of people do

  • Johnny D.

    Once again people, please stop airing your complaints on this page. If Niantic sees them they will shut down the game. Let us all tell Niantic how much we love this game. PLEASE.

    • Chanderule

      Complaining will improve the game, praising them will keep it as it is, so let people enjoy games

    • Chanderule

      Niantic wont shut the game no matter how hard the fans complain as long as it brings money