Niantic announces Pokémon GO Christmas Event Guide (2016)

Niantic just announced the details of the Pokémon GO Xmas event, meaning it’s time to start preparing with this handy guide!

Phase 1: Beginning Dec 25th through Jan 3rd:

  1. Increased odds of hatching Gen 2 Pokemon from eggs!
  2. PokéStops will award one single-use Incubator each day after your first Photo Disc spin.

Phase 2: Beginning Dec 30th through Jan 8:

  1. Lures will last 60 minutes!
  2. Increased spawns of Gen 1 starter families!

Our strategy guide is simple, from Dec 30th it’s time to light those lures up once again and rejoice with friends while you finally get that Charizard!!

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As the year draws to a close, we want to give you a great way to celebrate the end of the year with Pokémon GO. For the next couple of weeks, you’ll have even more reason to explore the world with your friends and family while you enjoy our year-end event.

Don’t miss out on an increased chance to hatch a Togepi (and other Pokémon)! Starting the morning of December 25, 2016, and through the afternoon of January 3, 2017 (PST), PokéStops will award one single-use Incubator each day after your first Photo Disc spin. As you visit PokéStops during this time period, there will be a greater chance of finding Eggs that hatch Togepi, Pichu, and several other recently found Pokémon, originally discovered in the Johto region. Special Pikachu wearing festive hats will also be staying around a bit longer! You are more likely to find these limited-edition Pikachu during the time period of this celebration.

In addition, from the afternoon of December 30, 2016, through the afternoon of January 8, 2017 (PST), the first partner Pokémon and their Evolutions, originally discovered in the Kanto region, are more likely to be encountered. This means a greater chance to catch Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, and Venusaur, as well as Charmander, Charmeleon, and Charizard, plus Squirtle, Wartortle, and Blastoise! As a way to increase your chance to encounter one of these Pokémon, Lure Modules will also last for 60 minutes instead of 30 minutes.

Get up and go!

—The Pokémon GO team

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