Pokemon GO Winter

It looks like 2022 is off to a bumper start with a whole range of events coming in January, let’s dive right in!

January Research Breakthrough Encounters

Onix

From Saturday, January 1, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. to Tuesday, February 1, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8) Onix will be the featured Pokemon in your research breakthrough box. If you’re lucky, you might encounter a shiny Onix.

Steelix Mega Energy Timed Research

This guide previously stated that Steelix Mega Energy will be available from Research Breakthrough Encounters. However, Due to an unforeseen issue, Steelix Mega Energy is unable to be received from Research Breakthroughs.

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In its place, a Timed Research will be available during the month of January which will reward a total of 200 Steelix Mega Energy.

Task Reward Stage reward
Limited Research 1/4
Catch 7 Pokémon
25 Steelix Mega Energy 25 Steelix Mega Energy
Limited Research 2/4
Catch 7 Pokémon
25 Steelix Mega Energy 25 Steelix Mega Energy
Limited Research 3/4
Catch 7 Pokémon
25 Steelix Mega Energy 25 Steelix Mega Energy
Limited Research 4/4
Catch 7 Pokémon
25 Steelix Mega Energy 25 Steelix Mega Energy

 

Weekly 1 PokéCoin bundles

Every Monday in January, a one-time-purchase bundle containing a Remote Raid Pass and other items will be available in the shop for 1 PokéCoin.

Featured Pokémon in raids

The following Pokémon will be appearing in raids throughout January:

Five-Star Raids

Regice and Heatran will be returning to five-star raids this January! Also, for the first time in Pokémon GO, Genesect with a Shock Drive will be appearing in five-star raids! Please note: Raid rotations start and end at 10:00 a.m. local time on the dates listed.

  • Until Friday, January 7, 2022: Kyurem
  • Friday, January 7, 2022, to Saturday, January 15, 2022: Heatran
  • Saturday, January 15, 2022 to Monday, January 24, 2022: Genesect (Shock Drive)*
  • Monday, January 24, 2022, to Tuesday, February 1, 2022: Regice

* Genesect (Shock Drive) caught during this period will know the attack Techno Blast. Genesect will not be available shiny at this time.

Mega Raids

Aerodactyl (Mega)

For the first time in Pokémon GO, Mega Aerodactyl will be making their debut in Mega Raids! Please note: Raid rotations all start and end at 10:00 a.m. local time on the dates listed.

  • Until Friday, January 7, 2022: Mega Abomasnow
  • Friday, January 7, 2022, to Tuesday, February 1, 2022: Mega Aerodactyl

If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny one!

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Raid Hours

Every Wednesday in January, a Raid Hour event will occur from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. local time. The following Pokémon will be featured.

If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny one!

Pokémon Spotlight Hours

In the month of January, Pokémon Spotlight Hour will take place every Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. local time, and each will spotlight a different Pokémon and a special bonus!

Date Pokémon Bonus
January 4th Solosis 2 x Transfer Candy
January 11th Diglett 2x Catch Stardust
January 18th Plusle 2x Catch Candy
January 25th Minun 2x Transfer Candy

January Community Day

Spheal

Join us on Sunday, January 16, 2022, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. local time for a Community Day event featuring Spheal, the Clap Pokémon! Spheal will be appearing more frequently in the wild. Evolve Sealeo (Spheal’s Evolution) during the event or up to two hours afterward to get a Walrein that knows the Charged Attack Icicle Spear and Fast Attack Powder Snow.  For more details, check out our full article here.

Upcoming events

Stay tuned for details about these upcoming events:

New Year’s Event

From Friday, December 31, 2021, at 10:00 p.m. to Tuesday, January 4, 2022, at 8:00 p.m. local time, ring in the new year with Pokémon in new costumes and snazzy new avatar items!

Mountains of Power

From Friday, January 7, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. to Thursday, January 13, 2022, at 8:00 p.m. local time, work with Spark to activate the second part of the mysterious door by journeying through terrain reminiscent of the mountains found in regions like Johto and Sinnoh.

Kanto Power Plant Electric & Steel Themed Event

From Wednesday, January 19, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. local time to Tuesday, February 1, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. local time, continue working with Spark to gather up some electrifying Pokémon to activate the final part of the mysterious door. It seems that some nefarious forces have also caught wind of the door and the power it may contain…

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