Every few months, the seasons change into spring, summer, fall, or winter. Inspired by these changes Niantic added Seasons to Pokémon GO back in December 2020. Each Season in the mobile game is three months-long and features special events, certain Pokémon appearing more often in the wild (in certain areas and hemispheres), refreshed Egg pool, and more. Instead of being named after the spring, summer, fall, or winter seasons, each Season in Pokémon GO is named after an idea/theme.

For March 2022, a new Season has begun and it’s called the Season of Alola.

 

What is the Season of Alola?

 

The Season of Alola is Pokémon GO’s 6th in-game Season and started on Tuesday, March 1st, 2022. During this Season, Professor Willow is researching the different islands in the Alola region. Along with this Season-long Special Research, Pokémon that debuted in the Alola region (Pokémon Sun and Moon games) will be appearing in Pokémon GO for the first time!

 

When is the Season of Alola?

 

The Season of Alola takes place over three months – starting on Tuesday, March 1st, 2022 at 10 a.m. and ending on Wednesday, June 1st, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time.

 

What is the Special Research for the Season of Alola?

 

Similar to the Season of Mischief, the Season of Alola will have its own Special Research. In this Special Research line, Trainers will learn about each of the islands in the Alola region. Each island-themed Special Research will be released in waves on the following dates:

 

  • Tuesday, March 1st, 2022: Melemele Island Special Research – A Melemele Adventure
  • Tuesday, March 22nd, 2022: Akala Island Special Research – An Akala Adventure
  • Tuesday, April 12th, 2022: Ula’ula Island Special Research – An Ula’Ula Adventure
  • Tuesday, May 10th, 2022: Poni Island Special Research – A Poni Adventure
  • Wednesday, May 25th, 2022: End of the Season Special Research – Alola to Alola (splits into 4 paths)

 

In order to acquire the first Special Research (A Melemele Adventure), Trainers must log in to Pokémon GO between Tuesday, March 1st, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time and Wednesday, June 1st, 2022 at 9:59 a.m. your local time. The Special Research can be completed at any time, once acquired, but if Trainers complete the entire Special Research by June 1st, 2022, they’ll unlock a bonus Special Research line at the end of the Season. Trainers who are unable to finish the entire Special Research line in time can purchase the bonus Special Research line for $4.99 (or the equivalent pricing tier in your local currency).

 

Season of Alola’s Special Research

 

All steps for the Season of Alola’s Special Research can be found on our dedicated guide page. The first part of the Special Research, referred to in-game as A Melemele Adventure, can be found below:

 

A Melemele Adventure
Step 1/4Reward
Catch 10 PokémonAlolan Rattata Encounter
Send 3 Gifts and add a Sticker to each10 Poké Balls
Catch 5 Normal-type PokémonYungoos Encounter
Completion Reward10 Pinap Berries, 500 XP, and 500 Stardust
Step 2/4Reward
Take a snapshot of a wild Pokémon5 Razz Berries
Use 7 Berries to help catch Pokémon10 Great Balls
Catch 10 PokémonPikipek Encounter
Completion Reward1 Charged TM, 500 XP, and 500 Stardust
Step 3/4Reward
Catch 6 Normal-type PokémonYungoos Encounter
Catch 3 different species of Normal-type PokémonYungoos Encounter
Spin 5 PokéStops or GymsAlolan Raticate Encounter
Completion Reward1 Premium Battle Pass, 1,000 XP, and 1,000 Stardust
Step 4/4Reward
Send 5 Gifts to Friends10 Great Balls
Catch 15 Pokémon7 Pinap Berries
Win a RaidAlolan Meowth Encounter
Completion Reward15 Ultra Balls, 8,000 XP, and 3,000 Stardust

 

What are the bonuses for the Season of Alola?

 

The following bonuses will be active during the entire Season of Alola:

  • Increased Incense effectiveness while moving
  • Increased damage for Pokémon participating in raids remotely
  • Guaranteed Gifts from PokéStop spins
  • Up to two free Raid Passes per day by spinning Gym Photo Discs
  • Incense will last for 90 minutes

 

What Seasonal Pokémon will be appearing in the wild and where?

 

During the Season of Alola, the following Pokémon will be appearing more often in the wild in the following areas:

  • Cities: Alolan Rattata*, Alolan Meowth*, Magnemite*, Alolan Grimer*, Jolteon, Makuhita*, Minccino*, and more!
  • Forests: Paras*, Exeggcute*, Aipom*, Pineco*, Electrike*, Rufflet*, Yungoos*, and more!
  • Mountains: Cubone*, Alolan Diglett*, Alolan Geodude*, Flareon, Baltoy*, Golett, Archen, and more!
  • Beaches + Water: Alolan Exeggutor*, Staryu*, Dratini*, Vaporeon, Tirtouga, Frillish, Corphish, and more!
  • Northern Hemisphere: Lotad*, Bagon*, Snivy*, Tepig*, Oshawott*, Spring Deerling, Foongus, and more!
  • Southern Hemisphere: Nincada*, Beldum*, Sewaddle, Autumn Deerling, Chespin, Fennekin, Froakie, and more!

 

Note: Pokémon marked with an * means that “If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny one!”

 

What Pokémon will be hatching from Eggs this Season?

 

Eggs obtained from PokéStops or through Adventure Sync Rewards (weekly walking milestones that reset each Monday) during the Season of Alola will contain the following Egg pools:

  • 2km Eggs: Yungoos*, Pikipek, Chespin, Fennekin, Froakie, Cubone*, Exeggcute*, and more!
  • 5km Eggs: Rowlet, Litten, Popplio, Tyrogue*, Skarmory*, Bonsly*, Mantyke, and more!
  • 10km Eggs: Rockruff*, Jangmo-o, Alomomola*, Mienfoo, Axew, Noibat, Espurr*, and more!
  • 5km Eggs from Adventure Sync Rewards: Phantump, Munchlax, Happiny*, Shieldon*, Dedenne, and Cranidos*.
  • 10km Eggs from Adventure Sync Rewards: Dratini*, Riolu*, Bagon*, Beldum*, Deino*, and Goomy.

 

Note: Pokémon marked with an * means that “If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny one!”

 

What events are happening in March 2022?

 

Click or tap an event name below to read our full guide on it!

 

 

What events are happening in April 2022?

 

Click or tap an event name below to read our full guide on it!

 

 

What events are happening in May 2022?

 

Click or tap an event name below to read our full guide on it!

 

 

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Written by Jennifer Burch

Illustrator, designer, writer and big Nintendo geek, you can find Jennifer with an N3DS within reach 24/7. As the oldest of three, she has survived many Mario Party, Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart sessions intact in addition to getting her brothers hooked on some really weird games. (Cubivore anyone?)