The Festival of Lights event returns this year during the aptly named Season of Light! Along with the appearance of Electric-type Pokémon and a few others that have a fairly nice glow when they’re in dark environments, this event is the debut for Morelull and Shiinotic (the Illumination Pokémon). You’ll be able to catch and evolve them, as well as enjoy various event bonuses, Field Research tasks, Timed Research, and more.

Get all the details here with our Festival of Lights 2022 event guide:

 

Pokémon GO’s Season of Light – Festival of Lights 2022

Begins: Friday, October 14th, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time.

Ends: Monday, October 17th, 2022 at 8 p.m. your local time.

 

Pokémon debuts – Morelull and Shiinotic

 

 

For this year’s Festival of Lights event, Morelull and Shiinotic will light the way! These glowing mushroom-like Pokémon will be debuting in-game for the first time. You’ll be able to find Morelull in the wild, via Incense encounters, Raids, and Field Research task encounters. To get Shiinotic, you’ll have to have a Morelull (to evolve) and 50 Morelull Candies. With those requirements met, you can evolve any Morelull you’ve caught (and didn’t release) into Shiintoic!

 

Event Bonuses

  • 2× Candy for catching Pokémon
  • 2× XP for catching Pokémon
  • Incense activated during the event will last for two (2) hours
  • You’ll have an increased chance of encountering Shiny Chinchou
  • Some Pokémon (i.e.: Litwick, Chinchou, etc.) will glow on-screen during “nighttime” hours

 

Event Boxes

  • Catch Box (425 PokéCoins): 5 Poké Balls, 25 Great Balls, and 50 Ultra Balls.
  • Lure Module Box (425 PokéCoins): 2 Rainy Lure Modules, 2 Magnetic Lure Modules, 2 Mossy Lure Modules, and 2 Glacial Lure Modules.
  • Training Box (425 PokéCoins): 2 Incense, 2 Star Pieces, 2 Lure Modules, and 2 Lucky Eggs.
  • Event Box (550 PokéCoins): 2 Incense, 2 Egg Incubators, 2 Premium Battle Passes, and 2 Remote Raid Passes.

 

Wild Encounters

  • The following Pokémon will be appearing in the wild: Pikachu*, Vulpix*, Magnemite*, Chinchou*, Litwick, Litleo*, Helioptile, Dedenne, and Morelull.
    • If you’re lucky, you might encounter the following: Galarian Ponyta* and Togedemaru.

 

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

 

Increased Incense Encounters

  • The following Pokémon will be appearing more frequently when Trainers use Incense: Alolan Geodude*, Blitzle*, Darumaka*,  Litwick, Dedenne, and Morelull.
    • If you’re lucky, you might encounter the following: Galarian Ponyta* and Galarian Darumaka*.

 

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

 

Raids

The following Pokémon will be appearing in Raids:

  • One-Star Raids: Galarian Ponyta*, Darumaka*, Dedenne, and Morelull.
  • Three-Star Raids: Alolan Raichu*, Galarian Weezing*, Mawile*, and Hisuian Braviary*.
  • Five-Star Raids: Xerneas* (See Additional Notes).
  • Mega Raids: Mega Manecetric* (See Additional Notes).

 

Additional Notes:

  • Pokémon marked with an * means that “If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny one!”
  • Xerneas* will be available after the event (in Raids), until Thursday, October 20th, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time.
  • Mega Manecetric* will be available after the event (in Raids), until Thursday, October 20th, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time.

 

Field Research Tasks

New event-exclusive Field Research Tasks will be available and the rewards include the following Pokémon encounters: Galarian Ponyta*, Electabuzz*, Magmar*, Chinchou*, Blitzle*, Dedenne, and Morelull. 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. A complete list of tasks and associated rewards will be added here once the event is live.

 

  • Task: Catch 5 Pokémon
    • Reward: Chinchou* Encounter
  • Task: Catch 10 Pokémon
    • Reward: Blitzle* Encounter
  • Task: Catch 15 Pokémon
    • Reward: Morelull Encounter
  • Task: Hatch an Egg
    • Reward: Galarian Ponyta* Encounter
  • Task: Power up Pokémon 5 times
    • Reward: Dedenne Encounter
  • Task: Send 5 Gifts and add a Sticker to each
    • Reward: Electabuzz* OR Magmar* Encounter

 

Timed Research

A special, event-exclusive Timed Research will be available. It will be focused on catching Pokémon. The big reward will be a Sparkler Pose for your avatar. Tasks and rewards will be added here once the event is live.

 

Note: The Festival of Light T-Shirt Avatar Item shown in the GIF is free and was previously released. You can find it in the Trainer Style menu.

 

Step 1

  • Task: Catch 25 Pokémon
    • Reward: 25 Poké Balls
  • Task: Hatch 2 Eggs
    • Reward: Morelull Encounter
  • Task: Make 15 Nice Throws
    • Reward: 20 Great Balls
  • Task: Make 10 Great Throws
    • Reward: 10 Ultra Balls
  • Task: Make 5 Curveball Throws
    • Reward: 10 Pinap Berries
  • Task: Use 10 Berries to help catch Pokémon
    • Reward: Dedenne Encounter
  • Completion Rewards: Galarian Ponyta* Encounter and 2,500 XP

 

Step 2

  • Task: Catch 25 Pokémon
    • Reward: 25 Poké Balls
  • Task: Walk 5 km
    • Reward: 3 Golden Razz Berries
  • Task: Evolve 3 Pokémon
    • Reward: Chinchou* Encounter
  • Task: Make 10 Great Throws
    • Reward: 20 Great Balls
  • Task: Spin 25 PokéStops or Gyms
    • Reward: 3 Silver Pinap Berries
  • Task: Take snapshots of 10 different wild Pokémon
    • Reward: Litwick Encounter
  • Completion Rewards: Sparkler Pose and 2,500 XP

 

Stickers

There will be an assortment of Morelull and Shiinotic-themed stickers released during the event. You can get them by spinning PokéStops, opening Gifts, and/or purchasing them from Pokémon GO’s in-game shop during the event.

 

 

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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?)