Pokémon GO December Events 2020

Darumaka Research Breakthrough, Raid Bosses, Spotlight Hours, Mega Abomasnow and more

Pokemon GO Winter

Pokémon GO December 2020 features Kyurem returning as a five-star raid boss, Darumaka and Lapras as Research Breakthrough encounters, five different Pokémon Spotlight encounters throughout the month, a new tagging feature in Pokémon GO and search bar improvements.

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December Research Breakthrough encounter

December 2020 Research Breakthrough Reward
Lapras Darumaka

From Tuesday, December 1, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Friday, January 1, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8), Trainers will have a chance of encountering either Lapras or Unovan Darumaka as a Research Breakthrough encounter and receive bonus XP.

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Kyurem returns in December

December 2020 Kyurem raids
Kyurem

The Legendary Pokémon Kyurem will be appearing in five-star raids from Tuesday, December 1, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Friday, January 1, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8). Don’t miss your chance to encounter the Boundary Pokémon!

Mega Abomasnow debuts in December

Abomasnow (Mega)

December Pokémon Spotlight Hours

December Pokémon Spotlight Hours
Date Pokémon Bonus
December 1 Seel 2x Evolution XP
December 8 Swinub 2x Catch Stardust
December 15 Pikachu 2x Catch Candy
Adventure Hat Pikachu
December 22 Snorunt 2x Transfer Candy
December 29 Snover 2x Evolution XP

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

  • Tuesday, December 1, 2020: Seel will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the XP for evolving Pokémon.
  • Tuesday, December 8, 2020: Swinub will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the Stardust for catching Pokémon.
  • Tuesday, December 15, 2020: Adventure Hat Pikachu will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the Candy for catching Pokémon.
  • Tuesday, December 22, 2020: Snorunt will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the Candy for transferring Pokémon.
  • Tuesday, December 29, 2020: Snover will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the XP for evolving Pokémon.

Secrets of the Jungle Event

Shiny Celebi Special Research

December brings another event to Pokémon GO: Secrets of the Jungle! Secrets of the Jungle Event brings Shiny Celebi, Shiny Rufflet, Explorer Pikachu, Jessie and James Return and much more.

You can get a guaranteed Shiny Celebi from picking up the Shiny Celebi Special Research Task: Distracted by Something Shiny.


Holidays 2020 Event

Pokémon GO Holidays 2020 event

Pokémon GO Holidays Event is back! From December 22nd to December 31st, look forward to costumed Pokémon, an Ice-type Pokémon never before seen in Pokémon GO, event-exclusive Field Research, winter-themed avatar items, and a blizzard of bonuses.

You can read more about the Holidays 2020 Event in this article: Pokémon GO Holidays Event 2020

More events and feature updates

Double Catch XP bonus ends Thursday, December 31, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. local time

As part of our huge GO Beyond update in December, we’ll be increasing the level cap to 50! To help Trainers level up during this time, a double Catch XP bonus has been live since Wednesday, November 18, 2020, at 1:00 p.m., and it’ll stay in effect until Thursday, December 31, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. local time.

Pokémon GO Tagging

Tag tab displays all created tags and tagged Pokémon

Managing your Pokémon is about to become much easier with the introduction of Pokémon tagging and other general search updates. Pokémon tagging will allow you to create different colored tags, apply them to Pokémon, and use them to filter Pokémon in your collection. A redditor created a video showcasing the feature using the actual Pokémon GO app.

The Pokémon search function will also be updated to allow for enhanced usability. When you tap into the search bar, a new screen will appear with recommended search terms, such as Pokémon Type, Region, Buddy Level, Shiny, and more.

You can read everything about tagging here: Pokémon GO Tagging – how to use tags, tag ideas, tips and tricks

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