What is the Pokémon GO Holidays event?

 

The holidays are upon us, and nothing says holiday cheer quite like a new Pokémon GO event! This year, The Season of Heritage brings with it a brand-new Winter Holidays event, featuring new festive costumes, clothing options, and even the Pokémon GO debut of the Ice-type Bergmite!

 

When is the Pokémon GO Holidays event?

 

The event kicks off on December 16th, 2021 at 10 a.m. local time and runs through December 31st, 2021 at 8 p.m. local time. The event itself will be broken up into two parts: Part 1 will run from December 16th to December 23rd, 2021, and Part 2 takes place between December 23rd and December 31st, 2021.

 

New avatar items

 

Three new avatar items will be available during the holiday event!

 

 

  • Festive Hat
  • Festive Jacket
  • Festive Shorts

 

Special items in the shop

 

Three festive bundles will be available in the shop.

  • Special Box (480 PokéCoins): 50 Poké Balls, two Premium Battle Passes, two Super Incubators, three Star Pieces
  • Ultra Box (1,480 PokéCoins): 25 Ultra Balls, 18 Raid Passes, five Super Incubators, five Incense
  • Adventure Box (1,480 PokéCoins): 18 Super Incubators, two Incubators, two Incense, four Star Pieces

 

Pokémon GO Holidays: Part 1 Overview

 

The following events are taking place in Part 1 of the holiday event. Part 1 runs from December 16th to the 23rd.

 

Story event

 

The Season of Heritage’s story event will continue in Pokémon GO Holidays.

 

After the first door mechanism activated and Pokémon like Druddigon emerged, Blanche and Professor Willow decide to take a break and celebrate with a gift exchange with the other team leaders!

Catch up on the story so far on the Season of Heritage web page.

 

New costume Pokémon

 

Six new costumed Pokémon will be available during the event. Best of all, they can all can be Shiny! Look out for Pikachu, Delibird, Stantler, Spheal, Cubchoo, and Glaceon, all dressed up in their holiday best!

 

 

Pokémon available in the wild

(* Indicates a chance of a shiny encounter)

 

  • Pikachu in Holiday Hat*
  • Swinub*
  • Holiday Stantler*
  • Holiday Delibird*
  • Holiday Spheal*
  • Snover*
  • Vanillite
  • Holiday Cubchoo*
  • Alolan Sandshrew*
  • Cryogonal

 

Available Raids

(* Indicates a chance of a shiny encounter)

 

One Star Raids:

  • Pikachu in Santa Hat*
  • Alolan Sandshrew*
  • Holiday Cubchoo*
  • Swinub*
  • Holiday Spheal*

Three Star Raids:

  • Cloyster
  • Holiday Stantler*
  • Holiday Delibird*
  • Holiday Glaceon*

Five Star Raids:

  • Kyurem*

Mega Raids:

  • Mega Steelix*

 

Field Research

 

Field Research will be available for this event. At the moment, the tasks are not available to the public, but we know you can unlock the following encounters:

(* Indicates a chance of a shiny encounter)

 

  • Pikachu with Holiday Hat*
  • Alolan Vulpix*
  • Swinub*
  • Holiday Stantler*
  • Holiday Spheal*
  • Holiday Cubchoo*
  • Cryogonal

 

Pokémon GO Holidays: Part 2 Overview

 

The following events are taking place in Part 2 of the holiday event. Part 2 runs from December 23rd to the 31st.

 

Timed Research

 

Two timed research events will be available. Each of these research events can trigger an encounter with Galarian Mr. Mime!

 

Winter Wonderland Event

 

A mini event called “Winter Wonderland” kicks off on Christmas Day at 10:00 a.m. local time and concludes on December 26th at 8:00 p.m.  This event features a Collection Challenge, Field Research Encounters with Delibird, and an extended trading distance of 40 km!

 

A Collection Challenge focused on trading with your friends will be available from Saturday, December 25, 2021, to Friday, December 31, at 8:00 p.m. local time.

You will need to trade for the following Pokémon to complete this challenge.

  • Swinub
  • Snorunt
  • Spheal (Doesn’t need to be costumed)
  • Snover
  • Vanillite
  • Cubchoo (Doesn’t need to be costumed)

Complete the challenge to encounter Galarian Mr. Mime!

 

New Pokémon

 

Both Bergmite and Avalugg will make their Pokémon GO debut during Part 2 of  this event.

 

 

Pokémon available in the wild

 

(* Indicates a chance of a shiny encounter)

 

  • Pikachu in Holiday Hat*
  • Swinub*
  • Holiday Stantler*
  • Holiday Delibird*
  • Holiday Spheal*
  • Snover*
  • Vanillite
  • Holiday Cubchoo*
  • Alolan Vulpix*
  • Cryogonal
  • Bergmite

 

Available raids

 

(* Indicates a chance of a shiny encounter)

 

One Star Raids:

  • Pikachu in Santa Hat*
  • Alolan Sandshrew*
  • Holiday Cubchoo*
  • Falarian Darumaka*
  • Holiday Spheal*

Three Star Raids:

  • Lapras
  • Holiday Stantler*
  • Holiday Delibird*
  • Holiday Glaceon*

Five Star Raids:

  • Kyurem*

Mega Raids:

  • Mega Abomasnow*

 

Field Research

 

Field Research will be available for this event. At the moment, the tasks are not available to the public, but we know you can unlock the following encounters:

(* Indicates a chance of a shiny encounter)

 

  • Pikachu with Holiday Hat*
  • Alolan Sandshrew*
  • Swinub*
  • Holiday Stantler*
  • Holiday Spheal*
  • Holiday Cubchoo*
  • Galarian Darmaka

 

Pokémon that can hatch from eggs

 

The following Pokémon can hatch from 7k eggs during this event:

(* Indicates a chance of a shiny encounter)

 

  • Swinub*
  • Holiday Cubchoo*
  • Smoochum*
  • Galarian Darumaka*
  • Bergmite
  • Cryogonal

 

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