It’s official! Starting tomorrow, February 5th, the Lunar New Year begins. This year is the Year of the Pig, and what do we do with holidays around here?

We celebrate them in Pokémon GO, obviously.

On the official Pokémon GO blog, Niantic has revealed that starting today, February 4th, and running through February 13th (just over a week from today), celebrations for the Chinese holiday are in full effect in-game. In honor of each of the 12 animals represented in the Lunar New Year, 12 Pokémon will start to appear more frequently in the wild. These Pokémon include the following:

  • Rattata
  • Ekans
  • Ponyta
  • Electabuzz
  • Dratini
  • Mareep
  • Miltank
  • Torchic
  • Poochyena
  • Buneary
  • Spoink

Alongside the more common appearances, you may even have the chance to run into a Shiny Spoink to celebrate this year’s Year of the Pig! There’s no word on if Shiny chances are higher, but we can confirm that Spoink’s Shiny form is being added.

Lastly, a couple extra features are being added for the duration of the event. For the time being, you’ll now receive double XP when catching and evolving Pokémon, and have an increased chance for a Pokémon to become a Lucky Pokémon when traded!

Remember, the event only lasts until February 13th, and ends at 1 p.m. PST. Get out there and start catching!

Happy Lunar New Year!


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  1. says:

    Here are some of the Nintendo Switch games that are coming out this year, I understand if you don’t believe but I just want tell you that I have sources that are tied with Nintendo. SPOILERS stop reading if you don’t want to know the games.

    (1) The Legend of Zelda: A Link’s World Quest -> This is a sequel to Link Between Worlds, December 2019
    (2) Pokémon King & Pokémon Queen -> Generation 8 versions, November 2019
    (3) Super Mario 3D World Deluxe -> This will be a port, Comes out January 2020
    (4) Fire Emblem: Three Houses -> Already announced, May 17 2019
    (5) Animal Crossing: Open House -> 5th main series game, September 2019
    (6) Luigi’s Mansion 3 -> 3rd Luigi’s Mansion game, October 2019
    (7) Wario Land: Platinum -> New Wario game, July 2019
    (8) Pikmin 3 -> Port, April 12 2019
    (9) Yoshi’s Crafted World -> Marth 29 2019
    (10) Star Fox Grand Prix -> New racing game, June 2019
    (11) Metroid Prime: Trilogy -> Port, August 2019
    (12) Smash Ultimate dlc -> Characters: Joker, Erdrick, Sylux, Ryu Hayabusa, Banjo & Kazooie
    Joker is coming April 26th, Erdrick in June, Sylux in August, Ryu Hayabusa in November, and Banjo & Kazooie in February 2020

    Lastly, there will be a Nintendo direct coming in March.

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