This Week in Pokemon GO: 2-8 January 2023

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Coming this week in Pokémon GO, commencing 2nd January, we welcome the new year, and have the first Community Day of 2023!

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.

Chepsin Community Day

Event icon Saturday, January, 7, 2023, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. local time

Chespin will appear more frequently in the wild. Also, for the first time in Pokémon GO, you’ll be able to encounter Shiny Chespin—if you’re lucky!

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 29-Jan 5

Jan 5-Jan 12

  • 🟣 Master League*
  • 🟣 Master Premier Classic*

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

Spotlight Hour

Sandshrew (Alola)

Tuesday 3rd January 6pm till 7pm local time we have Alolan Sandshrew as the featured Pokémon for spotlight hour, along with a 2× XP for evolving Pokémon.

Raid Hour


Wednesday 4th January 6pm till 7pm local time Reshiram will be appearing in raids for raid hour.

January 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

Steelix (Mega)

From January 1 to January 10 Mega Steelix will appear in Mega Raids.

Five Star Raids


From January 1 to January 10 Reshiram will appear in five-star raids. It will know the special move Fusion Flare during this time.

January Research Tasks

For a full list of January 2023 research tasks and rewards check back soon for a full article!

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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