Happy New Year! It’s time to celebrate the Lunar New Year and usher in the Year of the Rabbit. Niantic is celebrating the holiday again in Pokémon GO and bringing a variety of rabbit-themed Pokémon into the wild, Raids, task rewards, and more. A selection of red Pokémon will be featured too, including Darumaka.

Get all the details for the Lunar New Year 2023 event with our guide below:

 

Pokémon GO’s Season of Mythical Wishes – Lunar New Year 2023

Begins: Thursday, January 19th, 2023 at 10 a.m. your local time.

Ends: Monday, January 23rd, 2023 at 8 p.m. your local time.

 

Pokémon featured – Buneary, Mega Lopunny, Shiny Darumaka, and more

 

 

For this year’s Lunar New Year event, there won’t be any new Pokémon debuts (added to the game for the first time, new Shiny additions, or Costume reveals). Instead, red Pokémon and rabbit-themed Pokémon will be featured. It is the year of the rabbit, after all!

Rabbit Pokémon that’ll be available during the event include  Azumarill, Buneary*, Mega Lopunny*, Riolu*, Bunnelby*, and Diggersby.

One notable feature of this event is that the chance rate for encountering a Shiny Darumaka* has been increased.

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

 

Event Bonuses

  • 2× Stardust from opening Gifts
  • Increased chance to encounter Shiny Darumaka
  • Increased chance to become Lucky Friends
  • Increased chance for Lucky Pokémon in trades
  • One additional Special Trade can be made for a maximum of two per day
  • One of the following bonuses will be active when its path is selected from the Lucky Wishes Timed Research:
    • 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× Catch Stardust

 

Event Boxes

A list of event boxes will be added here once the event is live.

 

Wild Encounters

  • The following Pokémon will appear more frequently in the wild: Ponyta*, Magmar*, Magikarp*, Slugma*, Numel*, Combee*, Buneary*, Fennekin*, and Bunnelby*.
    • If you’re lucky, you might encounter the following Pokémon: Flareon and Darumaka*.

 

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

 

Eggs

The following Pokémon will be hatching from Eggs that are obtained during the event:

  • 7 km Eggs
    • 1-Egg Rarity: Chingling, Riolu*, Darumaka*, Galarian Darumaka*, and Scraggy.

 

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

 

Raids

The following Pokémon will be appearing in Raids:

  • One-Star Raids: Hisuian Voltorb, Shinx*, Darumaka*, and Galarian Darumaka*.
  • Three-Star Raids: Flareon, Shuckle*, Blaziken*, Druddigon*, and Diggersby.
  • Five-Star Raids:  Regice* (See Additional Notes).
  • Mega Raids: Mega Lopunny(See Additional Notes).

 

Additional Notes:

  • Pokémon marked with an * means that “If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny one!”
  • Regice* will be available after the event (in Raids), until Wednesday, January 25th, 2023 at 10 a.m. your local time.
  • Mega Lopunny* will be available after the event (in Raids), until Wednesday, January 25th, 2023 at 10 a.m. your local time.

 

Timed Research – Lucky Wishes

A branching Timed Research quest called Lucky Wishes will be active during the event. Regardless of what route is chosen, all will give Trainers the same item rewards and catch encounters (Magikarp*, Azumarill, Combusken, Darumaka*, Galarian Darumaka*, and Bunnelby*). The only difference is which event bonus will be active. Trainers may only pick one of the three:

  • 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× Catch Stardust

 

Lucky Wishes
Step 1Reward
Catch 5 Pokémon15 Poké Balls
Spin 3 PokéStops or Gyms10 Great Balls
Power up Pokémon 5 times2 Silver Pinap Berries
Completion Rewards500 Stardust, 500 XP, and 1 Lucky Egg
Choose A PathReward
Hatching EggsActivate the following bonus: 1/2 Hatch Distance when Eggs are placed into Incubators during the event period
Using Daily Adventure IncenseActivate the following bonus: 2× Daily Adventure Incense duration (will be 30 minutes per day during the event)
Collecting StardustActivate the following bonus: 2× Catch Stardust
Step 2 Hatching EggsReward
Catch 10 PokémonBunnelby* Encounter
Catch 25 PokémonMagikarp* Encounter
Catch 8 different species of PokémonCombusken Encounter
Hatch 3 EggsGalarian Darumaka* Encounter
Send 25 Gifts to FriendsAzumarill Encounter
Completion RewardsDarumaka* Encounter and 1 Incubator
Step 2 Using Daily Adventure IncenseReward
Catch 10 PokémonBunnelby* Encounter
Catch 25 PokémonMagikarp* Encounter
Catch 8 different species of PokémonCombusken Encounter
Catch 15 Pokémon from Daily Adventure IncenseGalarian Darumaka* Encounter
Send 25 Gifts to FriendsAzumarill Encounter
Completion RewardsDarumaka* Encounter, 10 Golden Razz Berries, and 25 Ultra Balls
Step 2 Collecting StardustReward
Catch 10 PokémonBunnelby* Encounter
Catch 25 PokémonMagikarp* Encounter
Catch 8 different species of PokémonCombusken Encounter
Earn 7,500 StardustGalarian Darumaka* Encounter
Send 25 Gifts to FriendsAzumarill Encounter
Completion RewardsDarumaka* Encounter and 1 Star Piece

 

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

 

Field Research Tasks

There will be event-exclusive Field Research Tasks available and the rewards include the following Pokémon encounters: Charmander*, Paras*, Cyndaquil*, Torchic*, Chimchar*, Combee*, Buneary*, Tepig*, Darumaka*, Galarian Darumaka*, Fennekin, Bunnelby*, and Litten. 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 for all routes and the rewards will be shared here once the event is live.

 

  • Task: Catch 25 Pokémon
    • Reward: Darukama* OR Galarian Darumaka* Encounter
  • Task: Trade a Pokémon
    • Reward: Paras* OR Combee* Encounter
  • Task: Open 3 Gifts
    • Reward: Charmander* OR Cyndaquil* OR Torchic* OR Chimchar* OR Fennekin OR Litten Encounter
  • Task: Send 3 Gifts and add a Sticker to each
    • Reward: Buneary* OR Bunnelby* Encounter

 

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

 

Stickers

There will be an assortment of event-themed stickers featuring various Pokémon. You can get them by spinning PokéStops, opening Gifts, and/or purchasing them from Pokémon GO’s in-game shop (with PokéCoins) during the event. Images of the stickers will be added once the event is live and/or Niantic releases the promo image.

 

Avatar Items

New avatar items themed after Lunar New Year will be released during this event. They will be available for purchase (with PokéCoins) via the in-game shop. These avatar items will still be available to purchase after the conclusion of this event.

The new avatar items are the following: Red Lantern Backpack.

 

 

 

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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?)