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It’s time for a new Season in Pokémon GO and this one is focused on a specific region – the Alola region. The Hawaii-inspired series of islands is home to the Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon games. Notable for some fantastic Pokémon designs, an Alolan twist on some Pokémon that call the Kanto region home, and the debut of Ultra Beasts, we’ll see some of these Pokémon become available in Pokémon GO for the first time!

To get this Season started off, a Welcome to Alola event will be taking place. See which Pokémon from Alola will be arriving first all week long with our guide below:


Pokémon GO’s Season of Alola – Welcome to Alola

Begins: Tuesday, March 1st, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time.

Ends: Wednesday, March 9th, 2022 at 8 p.m. your local time.


Pokémon Debuts

Since Welcome to Alola is kicking off the start of the Season of Alola, we’re seeing a few new debuts! This will be the first time you can catch the following Pokémon in Pokémon GO: Rowlet, Litten, Popplio, Pikipek, Yungoos, Rockruff, Tapu Koko, and more!


Wild Encounters

  • The following Pokémon will be appearing more frequently in the wild: Rowlet, Litten, Popplio, Pikipek, and Yungoos*.


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


Collection Challenge – A Tropical Collection Challenge

Add another Collection Challenge medal to your collection! Complete this challenge by catching (or evolving) select Pokémon and you’ll get a new number on your Elite Collector medal, 7,000 XP, and 15 Ultra Balls.

  • Pokémon to catch: Rowlet, Litten, Popplio, Pikipek, and Yungoos.
  • Pokémon to evolve: Yungoos into Gumshoos.



The following Pokémon will be appearing in raids:

  • One-Star Raids: Bellsprout*, Snubbull*, Phanpy*, Electrike*, and Rockruff*.
  • Three-Star Raids: Alolan Raichu*, Nidoqueen, Wigglytuff, and Alolan Graveler.
  • Five-Star Raids: Tapu Koko.
  • Mega Raids: Mega Venusaur*.


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


Field Research Tasks

Three new event-exclusive Field Research Tasks will be available. These Field Research Tasks can be found when spinning PokéStops (and acquired if you have an open slot in your Field Research menu) when the event is active.

  • Task: Walk 1 km
    • Reward: Yungoos* OR Pikipek Encounter
  • Task: Catch 7 Pokémon
    • Reward: 10 Poké Balls and 10 Great Balls
  • Task: Use 7 Berries to help catch Pokémon
    • Reward: 7 Ultra Balls


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


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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?)