Pokemon GO December Events Guide

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Holiday season is upon us! Niantic has just announced a bulk of information detailing the upcoming Pokemon GO events that take place from December 16th through January 7th. Hold on to your seats, there’s a lot coming. ūüéÖ ‚ĚĄÔłŹ ūüéĀ

We’re getting new Pokemon, exclusive move sets, new shiny forms, Virizon is making a debut and there’s a metric ton of double Candy, experience and Stardust bonuses sprinkled throughout the next few weeks.

Let’s dive in with a quick overview of everything coming to Pokemon GO.

December Event Calendar

Start date Event
December 2019 Defeating Giovanni via “A Challenging Development” rewards Shadow Zapdos
December 16, 2019 Different Pokémon hatching from eggs
December 17 to January 7, 2020 Virizion in Tier 5 raids
December 20 to December 23, 2019 Lugia and Ho-Oh special raid weekend
December 24 to January 1, 2020
  • Shiny Stantler and shiny Snover release
  • Stantler with bells costume release
  • Various Pokemon wearing beanie costumes
  • Cryogonal debuts in Pokemon GO, spawns from Glacial Lure
  • Cubchoo debuts in Pokemon GO, available in the wild
  • Beanie Raichu and Stantler in two-star raids
  • Delibird returns!
  • New shadow Pokemon
  • New winter-themed avatar items
  • Event exclusive Field Research
  • One guaranteed single-use Incubator per day
  • Open twice as many Gifts each day (40)
  • Carry twice as many Gifts throughout the event (20)
  • Different bonuses throughout the event (check below for more information)
December 28, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Two hour Glacial Lure Module
  • Glaceon with Last Resort
  • Regice in Tier 5 raids
  • Two additional Raid passes for the event

A Challenging Development

Notable Pokemon
Pokemon GO ZapdosZapdos

Before we get into the jolly announcements‚ÄĒthe fight against Team GO Rocket continues! Activate the new Special Research, A Challenging Development, during the month of December to help Professor Willow and the team leaders take down this villainous group. This is another chance to fight Giovanni and save a Legendary Shadow Pok√©mon you‚Äôve never seen before!

Features

  • A Challenging Development, a new Special Research line designed to help take down Team GO Rocket, is available until the end of December.
  • Defeat Giovanni this month, and you‚Äôll have a chance to rescue Shadow Zapdos!
    Team GO Rocket never rests, Trainers, and neither can we! Be on the lookout for new Team GO Rocket Special Research from Professor Willow every month. For more information, please see Niantic’s dedicated support page.

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Different Pokémon will be hatching from Eggs

All scrambled up! Different Pokémon will be hatching from Eggs! Starting on Monday, December 16, 2019, you can expect different Pokémon to be hatching from Eggs! Which Pokémon will they be? Incubate some Eggs and start walking to find out!


Virizion glides into five-star raids!

Notable Pokemon
Pokemon GO VirizionVirizion

Virizion, the Grassland Pokémon, will be coming to five-star raids! This Grass- and Fighting-type Legendary Pokémon has been said to confound opponents with its swift movements, so make sure you have your battle strategies ready before you encounter it.

Date + Time

Tuesday, December 17, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. PST to Tuesday, January 7, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT ‚ąí8)

Features

  • Virizion will make its debut in five-star raids.

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Lugia and Ho-Oh Special Raid Weekend!

Notable Pokemon
Pokemon GO LugiaLugia Pokemon GO Ho-OhHo-Oh

Lugia and Ho-Oh return for a Special Raid Weekend! Both the Psychic- and Flying-type Lugia and the Fire- and Flying-type Ho-Oh will be available in Raid Battles! Shiny Lugia and Ho-Oh are available in Pokemon GO.

Date + Time

Friday, December 20, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. PST to Monday, December 23, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT ‚ąí8)

Features

  • Lugia and Ho-Oh will appear in five-star raids during the event.
  • Please note that Virizion will still be available in five-star raids during this time.

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Pokémon GO Holidays 2019

Pokemon GO Holidays 2019 Winter Event Infographic
Pokemon GO Holidays 2019 Winter Event Infographic
Notable Pokemon
Pokemon GO StantlerStantler Pokemon GO CubchooCubchoo Pokemon GO CryogonalCryogonal
Pokemon GO PichuPichu Pokemon GO PikachuPikachu Pokemon GO RaichuRaichu
Pokemon GO SneaselSneasel Pokemon GO DelibirdDelibird Pokemon GO SnoruntSnorunt
Pokemon GO Sandshrew (Alola)Sandshrew (Alola) Pokemon GO Vulpix (Alola)Vulpix (Alola) Pokemon GO SnoverSnover

The Pokémon GO Holidays event is back! Look forward to new Pokémon in costumes, Ice-type Pokémon never before seen in Pokémon GO, event-exclusive Field Research, winter-themed avatar items, and a blizzard full of bonuses!

Date + Time

Tuesday, December 24, 2019, at 12:00 a.m. to Wednesday, January 1, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. in your local time zone

Features

  • Pok√©mon in holiday costumes: Pikachu, Raichu, and Pichu wearing beanies and Stantler wearing bells will appear in Pok√©mon GO for the first time!
  • Pok√©mon appearing in the wild: Delightful Ice-type Pok√©mon will be appearing in the wild, such as Sneasel, Delibird, Snorunt, and more! Making its Pok√©mon GO debut will be Cubchoo, the Chill Pok√©mon!
  • Pok√©mon appearing in Eggs: Alolan Sandshrew, Alolan Vulpix, Pichu wearing beanies, and Stantler wearing bells will be hatching from 7 km Eggs!
  • Pok√©mon appearing in Raid Battles: Raichu wearing beanies and Stantler wearing bells will be available to challenge in two-star raids!
  • Pok√©mon attracted by Glacial Lure Modules: Throw a Glacial Lure Module onto a Pok√©Stop near you, and you‚Äôll have a chance of encountering Cryogonal, the Crystallizing Pok√©mon, making its Pok√©mon GO debut!
  • Event-exclusive Field Research: Enjoy event-exclusive Field Research tasks that will reward you with the chance to encounter Pok√©mon like Pikachu wearing beanies!
  • Save Shadow Pok√©mon!¬†We have reason to believe that Team GO Rocket has turned more Pok√©mon, including Delibird, into Shadow Pok√©mon! There might be other Shadow Pok√©mon to discover in places high and low, so get out there and save them!
  • If you‚Äôre lucky, you might encounter Shiny Stantler wearing bells and Shiny Snover!
  • Winter-themed avatar items coming to the shop! You can look forward to a Stantler Sweater and a Stantler Headband as well as a Beanie Hat to match the one some Pikachu are wearing for this event!

Bonuses

Take note, Trainers! Some bonuses will change throughout the event duration.

From Tuesday, December 24, 2019, at 12:00 a.m. to Wednesday, January 1, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. in your local time zone

  • Open twice as many Gifts each day: For the duration of the event, the number of Gifts you can open daily will increase to 40.
  • Carry twice as many Gifts: For the duration of the event, the number of Gifts you can carry in your inventory will increase to 20.
  • One guaranteed single-use Incubator per day: In order to more easily hatch Eggs during the holiday season, Trainers will receive one single-use Incubator at no cost once per day during the event by spinning a Photo Disc on a Pok√©Stop.

From Tuesday, December 24, 2019, at 12:00 a.m. to Wednesday, December 25, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. in your local time zone

  • 2√ó Catch Candy
  • 2√ó Transfer Candy

From Thursday, December 26, 2019, at 12:00 a.m. to Friday, December 27, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. in your local time zone

  • 2√ó Catch Stardust

From Saturday, December 28, 2019, at 12:00 a.m. to Sunday, December 29, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. in your local time zone

  • 2√ó Catch XP

From Monday, December 30, 2019, at 12:00 a.m. to Wednesday, January 1, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. in your local time zone

  • 1/2 Hatch Distance when Eggs are placed into Incubators during this time period

Warm up with a special winter weekend event!

Notable Pokemon
Pokemon GO GlaceonGlaceon Pokemon GO RegiceRegice
Pokemon GO LaprasLapras Pokemon GO DelibirdDelibird
Pokemon GO CubchooCubchoo

During the final Saturday in December (and 2019!), you can look forward to a special eight-hour-long winter weekend event.

Date + Time

Saturday, December 28, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in your local time zone

Features

  • Two-hour Glacial Lure Module duration: Glacial Lure Modules will last two hours for the duration of the event. Pok√©mon such as Lapras, Delibird, Cubchoo, and more will be drawn to Glacial Lure Modules during this time!
  • Glaceon with Last Resort: Use a Glacial Lure Module to evolve Eevee during the event, and you‚Äôll get a Glaceon that knows the Charged Attack Last Resort.
  • Regice returns to raids! Did you miss out on catching a Regice the last time it was available in raids? This is your chance to catch the Iceberg Pok√©mon!
  • Two additional Raid Passes: Receive up to two additional Raid Passes during the special event time period when you spin a Photo Disc at a Gym. These Raid Passes will not be available after the event period is over. You cannot hold more than one Raid Pass at once.

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