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 2022, a new Season has begun and it’s called Mythical Wishes.

 

What is the Season of Mythical Wishes?

 

The Season of Mythical Wishes is Pokémon GO’s 9th in-game Season and starts on Thursday, December 1st, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time. During this Season, Niantic will spotlight the Hoenn region with its very own Pokémon GO Tour: Hoenn events (including an in-person event in Las Vegas, NV, and a global event). As for anything plot-related concerning Professor Willow, Rhi, and any more Ultra Beast appearances, we’ll just have to see how the Season unfolds!

 

When is the Season of Mythical Wishes?

 

The Season of Mythical Wishes takes place over three months – starting on Thursday, December 1st, 2022 at 10 a.m. and ending on Wednesday, March 1st, 2023 at 10 a.m. your local time.

 

What is the focus of the Season of Mythical Wishes?

 

While the Hoenn region appears to be in the spotlight during the Season of Mythical Wishes (thanks to an in-person and global Pokémon GO Tour: Hoenn), wishing will also play a role during various events. Trainers will be given different Timed Research during three different events and can pick one of the following three bonuses:

  • Winter Holiday Part 2 event (Friday, December 23rd, 2022 at 10 a.m. until Saturday, December 31st, 2022 at 8 p.m. your local time):
    • Hatch Distance Bonus: 1/2 Hatch Distance when Eggs are placed into Incubators during the event period
    • XP Bonus: 2× XP for catching Pokémon
    • Stardust Bonus: 2× Stardust for catching Pokémon
  • Lunar New Year (Thursday, January 19th, 2023 at 10 a.m. until Monday, January 23rd, 2023 at 8 p.m. your local time):
    • Hatch Distance Bonus: 1/2 Hatch Distance when Eggs are placed into Incubators during the event period
    • Daily Adventure Incense Bonus: 2× Daily Adventure Incense duration (will be 30 minutes per day during the event)
    • Stardust Bonus: 2× Stardust for catching Pokémon
  • Valentine’s Day (dates not announced):
    • Hatch Distance Bonus: ???
    • XP Bonus: ???
    • Stardust Bonus: ???

 

Pokémon debut: Kecleon

 

 

After years of being spotted in the game’s files thanks to a datamine, Kecleon has finally appeared in Pokémon GO. Debuting after January 2023’s Community Day event (Saturday, January 7th, 2023 after 5 p.m. your local time), Kecleon can be found “in the wild” via PokéStops.

Similar to when a Team GO Rocket member takes over a PokéStop, Kecleon will do the same, but much more stealthy. Kecleon will be “invisible” on the PokéStop and will prevent Trainers from spinning the Photo Disc (you can spot the Pokémon’s red band marking across its belly on the Photo Disc). You must tap the Kecleon (repeatedly) in order to get it to “fall off” the PokéStop. When successful, Trainers can successfully spin the PokéStop and see Kecleon “spawn” on the overworld map. Trainers can tap on Kecleon to enter a catch encounter scenario. From there, good luck with your catch and finally adding Kecleon to your Pokédex in Pokémon GO!

Some Additional Notes:

  • Details are still developing since this is a new development, but Trainers have reported the following findings:
    • Kecleon will be at the same PokéStop for all Trainers.
    • It’s believed that Kecleon PokéStop locations will change every 2 hours.
      • Within the 2-hour time frame, Kecleon can reappear on the same PokéStop. Specific cooldown times for reappearance have yet to be shared.
    • Kecleon can appear at PokéStops taken over by Team GO Rocket members. Trainers must defeat the Team GO Rocket Grunt/Leader/Boss before knocking Kecleon off the PokéStop.

 

Are there any new features being added during the Season of Mythical Wishes?

 

Yes, new Pokémon size classifications are being added to Pokémon GO during this season. Select Pokémon may now appear in the following sizes: XXS and XXL. According to an official Pokémon GO blog post published on December 8th, 2022, the first Pokémon to use these new size classifications are Poochyena, Mightyena, and Mawile. On Tuesday, January 17th, 2023, a new official Pokémon GO blog post confirmed that all Pokémon currently available in Pokémon GO are now available in XXS and XXL size classifications.

 

Size comparisons of XXS (left) to average (center) to XXL (right).

 

For more information, you can read the blog post from December 2023. There, it goes into more detail about how these new size classifications will be shown on the catch encounter screen, tracking in the Pokédex, and more.

 

What are the bonuses for the Season of Mythical Wishes?

 

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

  • Increased damage for Pokémon participating in raids remotely
  • Trainers level 31+ receive a guaranteed 1 XL Candy for each trade
  • All Trainers receive 1 additional Candy for each trade
  • Trainers can open 40 Gifts daily
  • Trainers can send 125 Gifts daily

 

In addition to these bonuses, the following will become permanent bonuses in Pokémon GO going forward:

  • Guaranteed Gifts from PokéStops spins
  • Increased Incense effectiveness while moving

 

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

 

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

  • Cities: Pidgey*, Meowth*, Alolan Grimer*, Granbull, Gulpin, Patrat*, Lillipup*, and more!
  • Forests: Venonat*, Victreebel, Scyther*, Burmy (Trash Cloak)*, Cottonee*, Formantis, Morelull, and more!
  • Mountains: Ponyta*, Rhydon, Pupitar, Makuhita*, Drilbur, Archen*, Rufflet*, and more!
  • Beaches & Water: Poliwhirl, Goldeen*, Vaporeon, Clamperl*, Tirtouga*, Inkay*, Mareanie, and more!
  • Northern Hemisphere: Spinarak*, Castform (Snowy Form)*, Beldum*, Turtwig*, Chimchar*, Piplup*, Pidove*, and more!
  • Southern Hemisphere: Ledyba*, Treecko*, Torchic*, Mudkip*, Castform (Sunny Form)*, Starly*, Gible*, and more!

 

Notes:

  • Pokémon marked with an * means that “If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny one!”
  • This will also be the Shiny debuts for Castform’s Snowy and Sunny Forms.

 

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 Mythical Wishes will contain the following Egg pools:

  • 2km Eggs: Smoochum*, Azurill*, Budew*, Mantkye, Bergmite, and more!
  • 5km Eggs: Chingling, Snover*, Rowlet, Litten, Popplio, Mareanie, and more!
  • 10km Eggs: Tirtouga*, Archen*, Noibat*, Rockruff*, Togedemaru, Jangmo-o, and more!
  • 5km Eggs from Adventure Sync Rewards: Shinx*, Cranidos*, Shieldon*, and Happiny*.
  • 10km Eggs from Adventure Sync Rewards: Bagon*, Beldum*, Gible*, Deino*, Goomy, Rockruff*, and more!

 

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

 

What Pokémon will be appearing in Raids this Season?

 

Currently, we know that the following Pokémon will be appearing in Raids during the Season of Mythical Wishes:

 

December 2022

  • 1-Star Raids:
    • Mankey*, Sneasel*, Croagunk*, Klink*, and Swinub* (Thursday, December 1st, 2022 to Tuesday, December 6th, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time)
    • Meditite*, Buizel*, Timburr*, and Tympole* (Tuesday, December 6th, 2022 at 10 a.m. to Sunday, December 11th, 2022 at 8 p.m. your local time)
    • Hitmonlee*, Hitmonchan*, Hitmontop*, Timburr*, and Mienfoo (Sunday, December 11th, 2022 at 8 p.m. to Thursday, December 15th, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time)
    • Costumed Pikachu*, Alolan Vulpix*, Costumed Spheal*, Galarian Darumaka*, and Bergmite* (Thursday, December 15th, 2022 at 10 a.m. to Friday, December 23rd, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time)
    • Machop*, Eevee*, Roselia*, Swablu*, Duskull*, Shinx*, Gible*, Snivy*, Tepig*, Oshawott*, and Fletchling* (Saturday, December 17th, 2022 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. your local time and Sunday, December 18th, 2022 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. your local time)
    • Costumed Pikachu*, Alolan Sandshrew*, Costumed Eevee*, Galarian Darumaka*, and Costumed Cubchoo* (Friday, December 23rd, 2022 at 10 a.m. to Saturday, December 31st, 2022 at 8 p.m. your local time)
    • Costumed Bulbasaur*, Costumed Charmander*, Costumed Squirtle*, Costumed Pikachu*, and Costumed Hoothoot* (Saturday, December 31st, 2022 at 8 p.m. to Wednesday, January 4th, 2023 at 8 p.m. your local time)
  • 3-Star Raids:
    • Mawile*, Medicham, Hisuian Braviary*, and Hariyama (Thursday, December 1st, 2022 to Tuesday, December 6th, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time)
    • Poliwrath, Aerodactyl*, Skarmory*, and Breloom (Tuesday, December 6th, 2022 at 10 a.m. to Sunday, December 11th, 2022 at 8 p.m. your local time)
    • Poliwrath, Tyranitar, Breloom, and Mawile* (Sunday, December 11th, 2022 at 8 p.m. to Thursday, December 15th, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time)
    • Cloyster, Lapras*, Costumed Stantler*, and Costumed Glaceon* (Thursday, December 15th, 2022 at 10 a.m. to Friday, December 23rd, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time)
    • Cloyster, Lapras*, Costumed Delibird*, and Costumed Glaceon* (Friday, December 23rd, 2022 at 10 a.m. to Saturday, December 31st, 2022 at 8 p.m. your local time)
    • Hisuian Avalugg* (Saturday, December 24th, 2022 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. your local time)
    • Costumed Raticate*, Costumed Nidorino*, Costumed Gengar*, and Costumed Wobbuffet* (Saturday, December 31st, 2022 at 8 p.m. to Wednesday, January 4th, 2023 at 8 p.m. your local time)
  • 5-Star Raids:
    • Virizion* (Thursday, December 1st, 2022 to Thursday, December 8th, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time)
    • Terrakion* (Thursday, December 8th, 2022 at 10 a.m. to Thursday, December 15th, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time)
    • Cobalion* (Thursday, December 15th, 2022 at 10 a.m. to Friday, December 23rd, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time)
    • Kyurem* (December 23rd, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time to Sunday, January 1st, 2023 at 10 a.m. your local time)
  • Mega Raids:
    • Mega Abomasnow* (Thursday, December 1st, 2022 to Thursday, December 8th, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time)
    • Mega Aggron* (Thursday, December 8th, 2022 at 10 a.m. to Thursday, December 15th, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time)
    • Mega Glalie* (Thursday, December 15th, 2022 at 10 a.m. to Sunday, January 1st, 2023 at 10 a.m. your local time)
  • Elite Raids:
    • Hoopa Unbound (Saturday, December 10th, 2022 at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 5 p.m. your local time)

 

January 2023

  • 1-Star Raids:
    • Costumed Bulbasaur*, Costumed Charmander*, Costumed Squirtle*, Costumed Pikachu*, and Costumed Hoothoot* (Saturday, December 31st, 2022 at 8 p.m. to Wednesday, January 4th, 2023 at 8 p.m. your local time)
    • Paras*, Abra*, Shinx*, Bronzor*, and Drilbur (Wednesday, January 4th, 2023 at 8 p.m. to Tuesday, January 10th, 2023 at 8 a.m. your local time)
    • Jigglypuff*, Marill*, Axex*, and Deino* (Tuesday, January 10th, 2023 at 8 a.m. to Monday, January 16th, 2023 at 10 p.m. your local time)
    • Clefairy*, Dratini*, Gible*, Audino*, and Dedenne* (Monday, January 16th, 2023 at 10 p.m. to Thursday, January 19th, 2023 at 10 a.m. your local time)
    • Hisuian Voltorb, Shinx*, Darumaka*, and Galarian Darumaka* (Thursday, January 19th, 2023 at 10 a.m. to Monday, January 23rd, 2023 at 8 p.m. your local time)
    • Pikachu*, Nosepass*, Joltik, Klink*, and Dedenne* (Monday, January 23rd, 2023 at 8 p.m. to Friday, January 27th, 2023 at 10 a.m. your local time)
    • Alolan Grimer*, Shinx*, Bronzor*, Klink*, and Helioptile* (Friday, January 27th, 2023 at 10 a.m. t0 Sunday, February 5th, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. your local time)
  • 3-Star Raids:
    • Costumed Raticate*, Costumed Nidorino*, Costumed Gengar*, and Costumed Wobbuffet* (Saturday, December 31st, 2022 at 8 p.m. to Wednesday, January 4th, 2023 at 8 p.m. your local time)
    • Nidoqueen, Nidoking, Alolan Marowak*, and Politoed (Wednesday, January 4th, 2023 at 8 p.m. to Tuesday, January 10th, 2023 at 8 a.m. your local time)
    • Mawile*, Druddigon*, and Dedenne* (Tuesday, January 10th, 2023 at 8 a.m. to Monday, January 16th, 2023 at 10 p.m. your local time)
    • Togetic*, Dragonite, Druddigon*, and Mawile* (Monday, January 16th, 2023 at 10 p.m. to Thursday, January 19th, 2023 at 10 a.m. your local time)
    • Flareon, Shuckle*, Blaziken*, Druddigon*, and Diggersby (Thursday, January 19th, 2023 at 10 a.m. to Monday, January 23rd, 2023 at 8 p.m. your local time)
    • Magneton, Electabuzz*, Magmar*, and Kirlia (Monday, January 23rd, 2023 at 8 p.m. to Friday, January 27th, 2023 at 10 a.m. your local time)
    • Venomoth, Galarian Weezing*, Jolteon, and Mawile* (Friday, January 27th, 2023 at 10 a.m. t0 Sunday, February 5th, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. your local time)
  • 5-Star Raids:
    • Kyurem* (December 23rd, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time to Sunday, January 1st, 2023 at 10 a.m. your local time)
    • Reshiram* (Saturday, December 31st, 2022 at 8 p.m. your local time to Tuesday, January 10th, 2023 at 10 a.m. your local time)
    • Zekrom* (Tuesday, January 10th, 2023 at 10 a.m. to Wednesday, January 18th, 2023 at 10 a.m. your local time)
    • Regice* (Wednesday, January 18th, 2023 at 10 a.m. to Wednesday, January 25th, 2023 at 10 a.m. your local time)
    • Tapu Koko* (Wednesday, January 25th, 2023 at 10 a.m. to Wednesday, February 1st, 2023 at 10 a.m. your local time)
  • Mega Raids:
    • Mega Glalie* (Thursday, December 15th, 2022 at 10 a.m. to Sunday, January 1st, 2023 at 10 a.m. your local time)
    • Mega Steelix* (Saturday, December 31st, 2022 at 8 p.m. your local time to Tuesday, January 10th, 2023 at 10 a.m. your local time)
    • Mega Salamence (Tuesday, January 10th, 2023 at 10 a.m. to Wednesday, January 18th, 2023 at 10 a.m. your local time)
    • Mega Lopunny* (Wednesday, January 18th, 2023 at 10 a.m. to Wednesday, January 25th, 2023 at 10 a.m. your local time)
    • Mega Aerodactyl* (Wednesday, January 25th, 2023 at 10 a.m. to Wednesday, February 1st, 2023 at 10 a.m. your local time)
  • Elite Raids:
    • No Elite Raids for January have been announced (yet).

 

February 2023

  • 1-Star Raids:
    • Alolan Grimer*, Shinx*, Bronzor*, Klink*, and Helioptile* (Friday, January 27th, 2023 at 10 a.m. t0 Sunday, February 5th, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. your local time)
  • 3-Star Raids:
    • Venomoth, Galarian Weezing*, Jolteon, and Mawile* (Friday, January 27th, 2023 at 10 a.m. t0 Sunday, February 5th, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. your local time)
  • 5-Star Raids:
    • Tapu Koko* (Wednesday, January 25th, 2023 at 10 a.m. to Wednesday, February 1st, 2023 at 10 a.m. your local time)
    • Registeel* (Wednesday, February 1st, 2023 at 10 a.m. to Wednesday, February 8th, 2023 at 10 a.m. your local time)
  • Mega Raids:
    • Mega Aerodactyl* (Wednesday, January 25th, 2023 at 10 a.m. to Wednesday, February 1st, 2023 at 10 a.m. your local time)
    • Mega Gengar* (Wednesday, February 1st, 2023 at 10 a.m. to Wednesday, February 8th, 2023 at 10 a.m. your local time)
  • Primal Raids:
    • Primal Kyogre*
      • at Pokémon GO Tour: Hoenn – Las Vegas (Saturday, February 18th, 2023 to Sunday, February 19th, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. PT each day)
      • at Pokémon GO Tour: Hoenn – Global (Saturday, February 25th, 2023 to Sunday, February 26th, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. your local time each day)
    • Primal Groudon*
      • at Pokémon GO Tour: Hoenn – Las Vegas (Saturday, February 18th, 2023 to Sunday, February 19th, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. PT each day)
      • at Pokémon GO Tour: Hoenn – Global (Saturday, February 25th, 2023 to Sunday, February 26th, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. your local time each day)
  • Elite Raids:
    • ???

 

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

 

What events are happening in December 2022?

 

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

 

 

What events are happening in January 2023?

 

All events for January 2023 have yet to be announced. Based on currently available information, here’s what’ll be happening in January 2023:

 

 

What events are happening in February 2023?

 

All events for February 2023 have yet to be announced. Based on currently available information, here’s what’ll be happening in February 2023:

 

  • Thursday, December 1st, 2022 at 1 p.m. PT | 4 p.m. ET (GMT −8) until Wednesday, March 1st, 2023 at 1 p.m. PT | 4 p.m. ET (GMT −8) – February 2023 Research Breakthrough: Galarian Mr. Mime, Delibird, Bagon, Deino, Furfrou, and Goomy
  • Friday, January 27th, 2023 at 10 a.m. until Sunday, February 5th, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. your local time – Crackling Voltage event: An electrified event will close out January 2023. Trainers can find a variety of Electric-type Pokémon, as well as the debut of Shiny Helioptile and Shiny Tapu Koko.
  • Wednesday, February 1st, 2023 at 12 a.m. to Sunday, February 5th, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. your local time – Team GO Rocket takeover: Team GO Rocket is back in the spotlight with some new Shadow Pokémon. Giovanni will be battling with a Shadow Registeel.
  • Wednesday, February 1st, 2023 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. your local time – Raid Hour: Registeel
  • Sunday, February 5th, 2023 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. your local time – February 2023 Community Day featuring Noibat: Noibat, the Sound Wave Pokémon, is the star of February 2023’s Community Day event. Noibat will be found more frequently in the wild, along with its Shiny version.
  • Sunday, February 5th, 2023 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. your local time – Bonus Raid Battles after Community Day: There’s more Noibat to be found as they’ll be appearing in special Four-Star Raids after Community Day’s 3-hour block. Defeating Noibat in these Raids will cause even more Noibat to spawn nearby in the wild for 30 minutes afterward!
  • Tuesday, February 7th, 2023 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. your local time – Spotlight Hour: ???
  • Wednesday, February 8th, 2023 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. your local time – Raid Hour: ???
  • Sunday, February 12th, 2023 from 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. your local time (11 a.m. to 2 p.m. your local time for reward encounters) – GO Battle Day: Vulpix: It’s another GO Battle Day event, yet this time there are guaranteed Vulpix reward encounters. Enjoy extra Stardust bonuses too!
  • Tuesday, February 14th, 2023 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. your local time – Spotlight Hour: ???
  • Wednesday, February 15th, 2023 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. your local time – Raid Hour: ???
  • Saturday, February 18th, 2023 to Sunday, February 19th, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. PT each day – Pokémon GO Tour: Hoenn – Las Vegas (at Sunset Park): This in-person event will be taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada, and requires a paid ticket. Shiny Kecleon and Costumed Pikachus will debut at the event. For more information, check out the official Pokémon GO Tour: Hoenn – Las Vegas site. Tickets are sold out.
  • Tuesday, February 21st, 2023 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. your local time – Spotlight Hour: ???
  • Wednesday, February 22nd, 2023 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. your local time – Raid Hour: ???
  • Saturday, February 25th, 2023 and Sunday, February 26th, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. your local time each day – Pokémon GO Tour: Hoenn – Global Event: The worldwide version of Pokémon GO Tour: Hoenn will be closing out the Season of Mythical Wishes. Please stay tuned for more details.
  • Tuesday, February 28th, 2023 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. your local time – Spotlight Hour: ???

 

 

Are there any special Stickers for the Season of Mythical Wishes?

 

Themed Stickers that feature Snorunt, Aurora, Galarian Darumaka, Glaceon, Pikachu, Pichu, Winter Deerling, and Winter Swasbuck will be released during the Season of Mythical Wishes. You can get them from spinning PokéStops and/or Gyms, opening Gifts (from Friends and/or your Buddy Pokémon), and purchasing them for PokéCoins via the in-game shop.

 

 

 

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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?)