Festival of Lights Event 2021


Trainers, The time has come for light to overcome the dark with the much-anticipated debut of Dedenne, the Antenna Pokémon.

This Electric- and Fairy-type Pokémon, originally found in the Kalos region, will help illuminate your Pokédex as Electric-type Pokémon begin to appear more frequently in the wild.

As Trainers may be familiar with, the Festival of Lights is a time to rediscover and strengthen bonds with all those around you.

Date & Time

From Friday, November 5, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Sunday, November 14, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. local time unless otherwise noted.

Event Bonuses

Happiness, friendships, and heartfelt gifts add joy to any celebration. Amid all the happiness and glee of the Festival of Lights, strengthen friendships and spread the joy of giving in Pokémon GO!

  • Friendship levels will increase twice as fast
  • Gifts will provide increased rewards
  • You’ll be able to open up to 45 Gifts per day

Misunderstood Mischief Story Continues


Continue to follow the Season of Mischief storyline focused on the Mythical Pokémon Hoopa!

If you complete this Season’s Special Research story, you’ll gain access to a special event at the end of the Season that might have something to do with Hoopa!

Can you form a better bond with Hoopa and help Professor Willow explore its past? More awaits as you learn about the mischievous Hoopa.


The Festival of Lights deserves a grand display, so you’ll be able to enjoy fireworks in Pokémon GO during the first few days of the event as Trainers around the world celebrate the festival of Diwali.

Dedenne Debut


Originally discovered in the Kalos region, Dedenne will debut in Pokémon GO during the Festival of Lights. The Electric and Fairy type will no doubt be a cute addition to your Pokédex!

Wild Encounters

As Trainers light the way for one another, certain Pokémon will appear in the wild to help.

The following Pokémon will be appearing more frequently in the wild:

If you’re lucky, you might encounter the following.

Field Research Task Encounters

The following Pokémon will be available to encounter when you complete Field Research tasks!

Task Text Reward
Catch 5 Electric-type Pokémon Magnemite (s), Electrike (s)
Catch 5 Different species of Electric-type Pokémon Blitzle (s)
Defeat 2 Team GO Rocket Grunts Blitzle (s)
Send 5 Gifts to Friends Darumaka (s)
Catch 5 Fire-type Pokémon Vulpix (s), Litleo
Walk 1km 10x Pokeballs, 5x Great Balls
Send 5 Gifts to Friends Electazbuzz (s), Magmar (s)
Power up a Pokémon 10 times Dedenne


The following Pokémon will be appearing in raids:

One-star raids

7km Eggs

This list is organized by rarity, with the top being most common and bottom the least common.

A Celebration in India

Trainers in India will enjoy the following additional bonuses on Sunday, November 7, 2021, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. local time.

  • Blitzle and Dedenne will be appearing more frequently in the wild
  • 2× Catch Candy

New Avatar Items and Stickers

Visit the shop during the event for a free Festival of Lights T-shirt inspired by the celebrations in India. You’ll also be able to light up your Avatar with Dedenne-inspired avatar items.

During the event, you’ll be able to get Dedenne-inspired stickers by spinning PokéStops, opening Gifts, and purchasing them from the in-game shop.

With Light Comes Shadow…

It seems the Festival of Lights event and Professor Willow’s research into Hoopa might have caught Team GO Rocket’s attention.

Reports indicate that Team GO Rocket plans to strike on Tuesday, November 9, 2021.

  • You can use a Charged TM to help a Shadow Pokémon forget the Charged Attack Frustration.
  • Team GO Rocket members will be appearing significantly more frequently at PokéStops and in balloons.

Being able to TM Frustration away from your Shadow Pokémon is a rare event, so plan in advance for this and prioritise your best Shadow Pokémon if you are low on Charge TMs! With Shadow Pokémon being so powerful, be sure to TM any Legendary Shadow Pokémon to optimise them, even if their IVs aren’t the best.

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