January 2021 New Year’s event, new Pokémon in raids, the introduction of Collection Challenges and more coming soon to Pokémon GO

Niantic is continuing to reveal and host new events for the millions of Pokémon GO players out there. Read on below to learn more:

Ring in the New Year with Pokémon GO’s January 2021 Events

Enjoy a fun-filled January with a New Year’s event, exciting Pokémon in raids, the introduction of Collection Challenges, and more.

Anew year is just around the corner, and with it comes exciting new opportunities to catch Pokémon, take part in raids, complete challenging research, and adventure in Pokémon GO. The fun kicks off on Thursday, December 31, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. local time with a themed event featuring costumed Pokémon—including a Slowpoke wearing 2020 glasses. Timely as always! These costumed Pokémon will be appearing until Monday, January 4, 2021, at 10:00 p.m. local time.

The new year also brings a new lineup of Pokémon in raids. Throughout January, five-star raids will feature Legendary and Mythical Pokémon like Ho-Oh, Kyogre, Groudon, Heatran, Genesect holding a Burn Drive, and a special surprise Pokémon. In Mega Raids, you can look forward to seeing Pokémon like Mega Venusaur, Mega Charizard Y, Mega Blastoise, Mega Houndoom, and Mega Abomasnow, along with another surprise Pokémon that will be making its Pokémon GO debut.

Pokémon Spotlight Hour will occur every Tuesday in January from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. local time. On January 5, Lillipup will be appearing in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the Stardust for catching Pokémon. A week later on January 12, Drifloon will be appearing in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the XP for catching Pokémon. Shroomish will be featured in the spotlight on January 19, and you’ll earn twice the Candy for catching Pokémon. Finally, Phanpy will claim the spotlight on January 26, and you’ll earn twice the Candy for transferring Pokémon.

In addition, Chansey will be available as a Research Breakthrough encounter from Friday, January 1, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. until Monday, February 1, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8).

The holidays may eventually come to a close, but the surprises never stop coming in Pokémon GO! In early January, you can look forward to the launch of Collection Challenges, a new feature that will provide handy guides to catching featured Pokémon during in-game events. Keep an eye on the in-game News for additional information.

Happy New Year!

Source: Pokemon.com

Ring in 2021 with Pokémon GO’s January events

Trainers,

It’s almost time to leave 2020 behind us and head towards a new year—2021 is just around the corner! We’ve got lots in store, so buckle up for Pokémon GO’s January events.

January Research Breakthrough encounter

From Friday, January 1, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. to Monday, February 1, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8), you’ll encounter Chansey in Research Breakthroughs.

Featured Pokémon in five-star raids and Mega Raids

Things are heating up in raids this January! The following Legendary and Mythical Pokémon will be appearing in five-star raids throughout January—one of which is appearing for the first time!

  • Ho-Oh will be appearing in raids from Friday, January 1, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8) to Tuesday, January 5, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time. If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny Ho-Oh!
  • Genesect holding a Burn Drive will be appearing in raids from Tuesday, January 5, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Tuesday, January 12, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time.
  • Heatran will be appearing in raids from Tuesday, January 12, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time. If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny Heatran!
  • Kyogre and Groudon will be appearing in raids from Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Tuesday, January 26, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time. If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny Kyogre or Shiny Groudon!
  • A surprise Pokémon will be appearing in raids beginning on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time.

In addition, the following Mega-Evolved Pokémon will be appearing in Mega Raids.

  • Mega Charizard Y, Mega Blastoise, and Mega Abomasnow will be appearing in Mega Raids, with Mega Charizard Y becoming even more powerful from Tuesday, January 5, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. through Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 10:00am local time. Mega Blastoise is also a prime pick to use in five-star raids this month, so make sure to stock up on Blastoise Mega Energy!
  • On Tuesday, January 19, 2021, a certain Mega-Evolved Pokémon will make its Pokémon GO debut in Mega Raids! More details will come to light as we get closer to the date. Mega Venusaur and Mega Houndoom will also be appearing in Mega Raids beginning on January 19, with Mega Houndoom being even more powerful from Tuesday, January 26, 2021, through Monday, February 8, 2021.

Pokémon Spotlight Hours

In the month of January, 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, January 5, 2021: Lillipup will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the Stardust for catching Pokémon.
  • Tuesday, January 12, 2021: Drifloon will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the XP for catching Pokémon.
  • Tuesday, January 19, 2021: Shroomish will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the Candy for catching Pokémon.
  • Tuesday, January 26, 2021: Phanpy will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the Candy for transferring Pokémon.

Celebrate 2021 with our New Year’s–themed event

Happy 2020! Wait, no—it’ll be 2021 in just a few days. Turns out Slowpoke is just late to the game as always. Silly Slowpoke!

For this year’s New Year’s event, you can expect new costumed Pokémon (like a silly Slowpoke wearing 2020 glasses) and new avatar items, as well as the return of some familiar Pokémon wearing party hats. This event will run from Thursday, December 31, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. to Monday, January 4, 2021, at 10:00 p.m. local time.

For more details, be sure to check out the blog here.

** Celebrate the different regions of the Pokémon world in January!**

As we count down the days to Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto, we’ll be celebrating during the Season of Celebration with events themed around different regions of the Pokémon world! Different weeks will highlight Unova, Sinnoh, Hoenn, and Johto, as Pokémon originally discovered in these regions will be appearing more often in the wild.

Stay tuned for more details this week on the Unova Celebration event, which begins on Tuesday, January 5, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time.

Collection Challenges coming soon

Whether you’re new to Pokémon GO or a seasoned Trainer, Collection Challenges provide a handy guide to catching Pokémon featured during certain events. Look out for the launch of Collection Challenges in early January 2021.

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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