This Week in Pokemon GO: 26 December 2022 – 1 January 2023

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Coming this week in Pokémon GO, commencing 26th December, we say goodbye to 2022, and hello to 2023!

Winter Holiday Part 2

Eevee wearing a holiday hat

From December 23 to December 31, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. local time to 08:00 p.m. local time, the second part of the Winter Holidays event occurs. We’ll announce more information as soon as we have it.

Eevee will make their debut wearing a special holiday hat! Evolve Eevee into all of their Eeveelutions to obtain them wearing a holiday hat too.

During Part 2 of the Winter Holiday event you’ll be able to make a wish via timed research. Branching paths will let you choose one of the following extra bonuses:

  • 1/2 Hatch Distance when Eggs are placed into Incubators during the event period.
  • 2× XP for catching Pokémon.
  • 2× Stardust for catching Pokémon

New Year 2023 Event

  • Event icon From Saturday December 31, 2022 at 8:00pm, to January 4, 2023 at 8:00pm local time.
  • Egg icon 1/2 hatch distance for any eggs incubated during the event
  • Egg icon 1/4 hatch distance for the first three eggs incubated during the event using the Pokémon GO Egg Widget*

During the Pokémon GO New Years 2023 event costumed versions of regular Pokémon will be appearing. Pikachu wearing a top party hat will make their debut, and you’ll be able to evolve your Hoothoot wearing a New Year’s Eve outfit into Noctowl for the first time.


GO Battle League Season 13

  • Event icon GO Battle League: Mythical Wishes will start on Thursday, December 1, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT -8)
  • Gift icon End-of-Season rewards will be available on the battle screen.
  • Battle icon Your GO Battle League rank will be reset.
  • Battle icon Rank-up requirements will remain the same as the prior Season.

Dec 22-Dec 29

  • 🟡 Ultra League
  • 🔵 Holiday Cup: Great League Edition

Dec 29-Jan 5

  • 🟣 Master League*
  • 🟡 Holiday Cup: Ultra League Edition*

(*) 3x Stardust from win rewards (this does not include end of set rewards)

Spotlight Hour


Tuesday 27th December 6pm till 7pm local time we have Cubchoo as the featured Pokémon for spotlight hour, along with a 2× candy fortransferring Pokémon.

Raid Hour


Wednesday 28th December 6pm till 7pm local time Kyurem will be appearing in raids for raid hour.

December 2022 Research Breakthrough

Completing Field Research tasks leads to Research Breakthroughs, which now reward Trainers with different items in addition to encounters with a variety of Pokémon. Check out the Research Breakthrough rewards you can look forward to this Season!

  • From December 1, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT -7) to March 1, 2022, at 1:00 p.m.
    PDT (GMT -7)
  • Complete Field Research tasks during the whole season to earn an encounter from a pool of Pokémon, including Galarian Mr. Mime, Delibird, Bagon, Furfrou, Deino and Goomy. For the first time, you are also to encounter shiny Galarian Mr. Mime if you are lucky!

Mega Raids

Glalie (Mega)

From December 15 to January 1 Mega Glalie will make their debut in Mega Raids.

Five Star Raids


From December 23 to January 1 Kyurem will appear in five-star raids. Kyurem will know the special move Glaciate during this time.

December Research Tasks

For a full list of December 2022 research tasks and rewards check out our article here.

Season of Mythical Wishes

Season of Mythical Wishes Bonuses

  • Raid icon Increased damage for Pokémon participating in Raids remotely
  • Trade icon Trainers level 31+ receive a guaranteed 1 XL Candy for each trade
  • Trade icon All Trainers receive 1 additional Candy for each trade.
  • Gift icon Trainers can open 40 Gifts daily
  • Gift icon Trainers can send 125 Gifts daily

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