Pokémon GO players can encounter Kyurem and Mega Abomasnow in raids, enjoy double XP for catching Pokémon and more during December 2020

Niantic has announced an entire batch of new events and content for Pokémon GO. Read on below to learn more:

Pokémon GO Closes Out 2020 With Kyurem and Mega Abomasnow Raids

During December, Trainers can encounter Kyurem and Mega Abomasnow in raids, enjoy double XP for catching Pokémon, and more.

The year might almost be over, but Pokémon GO Trainers have plenty to look forward to before they usher in 2021. Make sure your avatars are fitted with hats and gloves, because December’s five-star raid Pokémon are as cold as ice. From Tuesday, December 1, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Friday, January 1, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8), the Ice- and Dragon-type Pokémon Kyurem will be appearing in five-star raids. At the same time, Mega Abomasnow will be making its Pokémon GO debut and appearing in Mega Raids, replacing Mega Blastoise.

Trainers hoping to earn the exclusive Legacy 40 medal by reaching level 40 before the end of the year should take advantage of the double Catch XP bonus currently in effect. It’ll be active until Thursday, December 31, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. local time. When combined with the XP bonuses offered by some of the Pokémon Spotlight Hours happening each Tuesday from 6−7 p.m. local time, you’ll have the opportunity to seriously increase your XP growth! Check out the schedule below for more details on December’s Pokémon Spotlight Hours.

Date Pokémon Bonus
December 1 Seel Double Evolution XP
December 8 Swinub Double Stardust
December 15 Adventure Hat Pikachu Double catch Candy
December 22 Snorunt Double transfer Candy
December 29 Snover Double Evolution XP

Organizing Pokémon in Pokémon GO is about to get a lot easier thanks to a soon-to-be-introduced tagging system and general updates to search functionality. The Pokémon tagging system will allow Trainers to create tags and organize Pokémon by tag color. Trainers will also be able to search for Pokémon using a variety of search terms including Pokémon Type, Region, Buddy Level, Shiny, and more.

Best of luck ending the year strong!

Source: Pokemon.com

Celebrate the end of 2020 with December events!

Trainers,

The year may be coming to a close, but it’s not over yet! We’ve got lots of fun in store to wrap up 2020 as we head into the holiday season. Let’s GO!

December Research Breakthrough encounter

From Tuesday, December 1, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Friday, January 1, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8), Trainers will have a chance of encountering either Lapras or Unovan Darumaka in Research Breakthrough encounters, and catching either will reward bonus XP.

The Legendary Pokémon Kyurem returns to raids, and Mega Abomasnow arrives in Pokémon GO

The Legendary Pokémon Kyurem will be appearing in five-star raids from Tuesday, December 1, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Friday, January 1, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8). Don’t miss your chance to encounter the Boundary Pokémon!

In addition, Mega Abomasnow will be appearing in Mega Raids beginning Tuesday, December 1, 2020, at 1:00 p.m PST (GMT −8), replacing Mega Blastoise. Until then, Mega Blastoise will be appearing more frequently in Mega Raids, so be sure to challenge it while you can!

Pokémon Spotlight Hours

In the month of December, Pokémon Spotlight Hour will take place every Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. local time, and each hour will spotlight a different Pokémon and special bonus!

  • Tuesday, December 1, 2020: Seel will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the XP for evolving Pokémon.
  • Tuesday, December 8, 2020: Swinub will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the Stardust for catching Pokémon.
  • Tuesday, December 15, 2020: Adventure Hat Pikachu will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the Candy for catching Pokémon. This Pikachu is based on Ash’s Pikachu in Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle.
  • Tuesday, December 22, 2020: Snorunt will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the Candy for transferring Pokémon.
  • Tuesday, December 29, 2020: Snover will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the XP for evolving Pokémon.

Double Catch XP bonus ends Thursday, December 31, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. local time

As part of our huge GO Beyond update in December, we’ll be increasing the level cap to 50! To help Trainers level up during this time, a double Catch XP bonus has been live since Wednesday, November 18, 2020, at 1:00 p.m., and it’ll stay in effect until Thursday, December 31, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. local time.

More exciting feature updates

Managing your Pokémon is about to become much easier with the introduction of Pokémon tagging and other general search updates. Pokémon tagging will allow you to create different colored tags, apply them to Pokémon, and use them to filter Pokémon in your collection. The Pokémon search function will also be updated to allow for enhanced usability. When you tap into the search bar, a new screen will appear with recommended search terms, such as Pokémon Type, Region, Buddy Level, Shiny, and more.

Please be aware of your surroundings and follow guidelines from local health authorities when playing Pokémon GO. Upcoming events are subject to change. Be sure to follow us on social media, opt in to receiving push notifications, and subscribe to our emails to stay updated. For the latest on in-game events and feature updates, be sure to check this help center article.

—The Pokémon GO team

Source: Official Pokémon GO blog

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