Lunar New Year 2021 Event


The Lunar New Year Event was teased back in January, and we now have all the information, and gosh are we hyped! This looks like a great event, with Timed Research, a New Mega, special bonuses and exciting spawns, this event looks like one to look forward to!

Official introduction

Happy Lunar New Year! The Pokémon GO Lunar New Year event is happening once again, featuring various red Pokémon, some lucky bonuses, and, in celebration of the Year of the Ox, Timed Research featuring Tauros, the Wild Bull Pokémon! Plus, Gyarados will be able to Mega Evolve for the first time in Pokémon GO. Are you red-y? Take a look at the details below.

Date + Time

  • From Tuesday, February 9, 2021, at 10:00 a.m.
  • To Sunday, February 14, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. local time


Red Pokémon Spawns

Red Pokémon will be spawning in the wild, including Krabby, Goldeen, Magmar, Magikarp, Miltank, Meditite, Tepig, and more. If you’re lucky, you might spot a Gyarados in the wild. Will you be lucky enough to encounter the coveted red Shiny Gyarados? Yes, wild shiny Gyarados is back!

Event-exclusive Field Research Tasks

There will be event exclusive field research tasks that will reward encounters with Meowth, Alolan Meowth, Galarian Meowth, Meditite, and Miltank.

5KM Event Eggs

Pokémon representing animals associated with Lunar New Year will be hatching from 5 km Eggs! Keep an eye out for Rattata, Ekans, Mankey, Ponyta, Mareep, Houndour, Miltank, Torchic, Bagon, Buneary, Tepig, and Litleo.


The following Pokémon will be appearing in raids.

One Star Raids

Meditite, Carvanha, Duskull, Skorupi, and Darumaka will be appearing in one-star raids.

Three Star Raids

Miltank, Octillery, Blaziken, Camerupt, and Absol will be appearing in three-star raids.

Five Star Raids

Latios and Latias will be appearing in five-star raids from Tuesday, February 9, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Saturday, February 20, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. local time.

Mega Raids

Mega Pidgeot, Mega Gyarados, and Mega Ampharos will be appearing in Mega Raids from Tuesday, February 9, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Saturday, February 20, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. local time. This will be Mega Gyarados’s debut in Pokémon GO!

Mega Gyarados is a huge fan favourite, so we are so excited to see it released as the surprise Mega that was teased last month!

Lunar New Year Event 2021 Timed Research


In celebration of the Year of the Ox, Tauros, the Wild Bull Pokémon, will be featured in Timed Research! Tauros is a regional exclusive Pokémon, so this is a great chance to get your hands on one, with shiny potential too!

Lunar New Year 1/4

  • Transfer 12 Pokémon – 10 PokéBall
  • Catch 7 Fire-type Pokémon – Charmander
  • Send 1 Gifts to friends – Goldeen
  • Rewards: Miltank, 1000 XP, 20 Mega Gyarados Energy

Lunar New Year 2/4

  • Power up Pokémon 12 times – 5 Razz Berry
  • Evolve 3 Fire-type Pokémon – Torchic
  • Send 3 Gifts to friends – Magikarp
  • Rewards: Tauros, 1000 XP, 30 Mega Gyarados Energy

Lunar New Year 3/4

  • Use 12 Berries to help catch Pokémon – 10 PokéBall
  • Catch 15 Fire-type Pokémon – Tepig
  • Send 5 Gifts to friends – Seaking
  • Rewards: Miltank, 1500 XP, 50 Mega Gyarados Energy

Lunar New Year 4/4

  • Make 12 Great Curveball Throws – 3 Pinap Berry
  • Catch 20 Fire-type Pokémon – Darumaka
  • Send 7 Gifts to friends – Meditite
  • Rewards: Tauros, 1500 XP, 100 Mega Gyarados Energy



Gifts will contain more Poké Balls, so be sure to send lots of Gifts to your friends. This is a great chance to make sure you are stocked up ready for the Kanto Tour event! Many of us are in some form of lockdown, so try to send out gifts to those friends you know can’t leave the house safely.

Lucky Friends

You’re more likely to become Lucky Friends with your friends, so be sure to swap Gifts, battle in raids, and trade with them! Remember, currently we can open 35 gifts per day, so that is a lot of opportunities for lucky friends, even if you don’t wish to use remote raid passes or are too far away to trade.

Random Lucky Pokémon Increase

When you trade a Pokémon (to a friend you are not lucky with), it’ll be more likely to become a Lucky Pokémon. This is a great opportunity to work on those lucky dex additions!

Trading Range Increase

Trading range will be temporarily increased to 40 km from Monday, February 8, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. to Monday, February 15, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PST(GMT −8).


This looks like such a great event, with a lot of great bonuses on top of fun spawns, raids, and the opportunity to get a wild shiny Gyarados never goes amiss! The Lunar New Year Event is a regular event in Pokémon GO, and this looks set to be the best one yet!

Make sure you share this info with your local community, and take full advantage of that increased trade distance! Organise a special trade for every day if you can, get messaging, get organising, and stay safe.

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