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 December 2021, a new Season has begun and it’s called the Season of Heritage.


What is the Season of Heritage?


The Season of Heritage is Pokémon GO’s 5th in-game Season and started on Wednesday, December 1st, 2021. During this Season, Professor Willow has discovered a “historical cave site” that has a “giant door equipped with a set of strange unlocking mechanisms!” Trainers will be assisting Professor Willow with this discovery and uncovering its secrets along with the leaders of Team Mystic, Valor, and Instinct.

Beyond this task, the Season of Heritage is all about reflecting on the past. This is shown within the Season’s logo, as it spotlights the Johto region and features Mt. Silver and the Burned Tower. Mt. Silver is known as the location of battling Red (also viewed as the Trainer you played as in the previous Kanto-based games) in Pokémon Gold, Silver, Crystal, Heart Gold, and Soul Silver. As for the Burned Tower, it was once home to the legendary Pokémon Lugia (back when the tower was known as the Brass Tower) and the origin story for the three legendary beasts — Raikou, Entei, and Suicune.


When is the Season of Heritage?


The Season of Heritage takes place over three months — starting on Wednesday, December 1st, 2021 at 10 a.m. and ending on Tuesday, March 1st, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time.


What are the bonuses for the Season of Heritage?


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

  • Increased effectiveness of Incense while stationary
  • Added increased Incense effectiveness while moving
  • Increased damage for Pokémon participating in raids remotely
  • Guaranteed Gifts from PokéStop spins
  • One extra Pokémon Candy when trading Pokémon
  • Guaranteed Candy XL when trading Pokémon


In addition to the season-long bonuses, there are special monthly bonuses associated with each Timed Research challenge. They are the following bonuses:

  • December 2021: 2× Stardust for the first catch of each day
  • January 2022: 2× XP for the first catch of each day
  • February 2022: Increased Candy XL from hatching Eggs & 2× XP from hatching Eggs


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


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

  • Cities: Porygon, Snubbull, Glameow, Bronzor, Lillipup, Trubbish, Solosis, and many more.
  • Forests: Caterpie, Taillow, Croagunk, Joltik, Ferroseed, Karrablast, Shelmet, and many more.
  • Mountains: Clefairy, Aerodactyl, Teddiursa, Meditite, Numel, Hippopotas, Munna, and many more.
  • Bodies of Water: Psyduck, Lapras, Wingull, Barboach, Finneon, Feebas, Bidoof, and many more.
  • Northern Hemisphere: Delibird, Turtwig, Chimchar, Piplup, Cottonee, Vanillite, Winter Form Deerling, and many more.
  • Southern Hemisphere: Tangela, Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip, Carvanha, Combee, Summer Form Deerling, and many more.


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 Heritage will contain the following Egg pools:

  • 2km Eggs: Poliwag, Bellsprout, Swinub, Meditite, Barboach, Swablu, Bunnelby, and more.
  • 5km Eggs: Onix, Azurill, Happiny, Munchlax, Snover, Froakie, Hippopotas, and more.
  • 10km Eggs: Audino, Darumaka, Mienfoo, Rufflet, Espurr, Goomy, Noibat, and more.
  • 5km Eggs from Adventure Sync Rewards: Cranidos, Shieldon, Frillish, Skrelp, Clauncher, and Dedenne.
  • 10km Eggs from Adventure Sync Rewards: Dratini, Bagon, Beldum, Riolu, Deino, and Noibat.


What events are happening in December 2021?


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



What events are happening in January 2022?


All events for January 2022 have yet to be announced. Based on currently available information, here’s what’ll be happening in January 2022:


What events are happening in February 2022?


All events for February 2022 have yet to be announced. Based on currently available information, here’s what’ll be happening in February 2022:


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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?)