Pokémon GO dominated the mobile download and revenue charts when it launched, but it’s tough to stay on top in the competitive mobile market, and it was eventually dethroned. Niantic spiced things up a bit with a special Halloween event that succeeded in boosting the app’s popularity once again, and data miners recently discovered hints that a holiday event is on the way.
Niantic has just confirmed that a holiday event will kick off on December 25th (with some parts of the event kicking in on December 30th), adding several bonuses for players. During this event, players will have an increased chance of hatching baby Pokémon from Johto, and they’ll also have an increased chance of encountering starter Pokémon (and their evolved forms) from Kanto and the limited edition Pikachu. Additionally, players can score a free single-use Incubator each day of the event, and Lure Modules will last twice as long. You can check out Niantic’s full explanation of the event below.
As the year draws to a close, we want to give you a great way to celebrate the end of the year with Pokémon GO. For the next couple of weeks, you’ll have even more reason to explore the world with your friends and family while you enjoy our year-end event.
Don’t miss out on an increased chance to hatch a Togepi (and other Pokémon)! Starting the morning of December 25, 2016, and through the afternoon of January 3, 2017 (PST), PokéStops will award one single-use Incubator each day after your first Photo Disc spin. As you visit PokéStops during this time period, there will be a greater chance of finding Eggs that hatch Togepi, Pichu, and several other recently found Pokémon, originally discovered in the Johto region. Special Pikachu wearing festive hats will also be staying around a bit longer! You are more likely to find these limited-edition Pikachu during the time period of this celebration.
In addition, from the afternoon of December 30, 2016, through the afternoon of January 8, 2017 (PST), the first partner Pokémon and their Evolutions, originally discovered in the Kanto region, are more likely to be encountered. This means a greater chance to catch Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, and Venusaur, as well as Charmander, Charmeleon, and Charizard, plus Squirtle, Wartortle, and Blastoise! As a way to increase your chance to encounter one of these Pokémon, Lure Modules will also last for 60 minutes instead of 30 minutes.