Celebrate the end of 2020 with December events!
UPDATE 01/07/2020: Due to an issue that occurred during Snover Spotlight Hour, we’re holding a regional makeup event on Monday, January 11, 2020, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. local time for GMT +11, GMT +12, and GMT +13. During this makeup event, Snover will be in the spotlight and Trainers in the affected areas will have the following bonuses:
- Double Catch XP
- Double Lucky Egg Duration
- Double Evolution XP
Update 2020/11/27: Trainers, we have updated details regarding Mega Raids. Beginning Tuesday, December 1, 2020, at 1:00 p.m PST (GMT −8), Mega Blastoise, Mega Charizard Y, Mega Pidgeot, and Mega Houndoom will all be leaving Mega Raids. Following that, Mega Raids will be featuring Mega Charizard X, Mega Gengar and Mega Abomasnow.
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). Mega Blastoise, Mega Charizard Y, Mega Pidgeot, and Mega Houndoom will all be leaving Mega Raids. Following that, Mega Raids will be featuring Mega Charizard X, Mega Gengar and Mega Abomasnow.
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: During the Pokémon Spotlight Hour on Tuesday, December 15, 2020, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. local time, Explorer Pikachu will be appearing more frequently in the wild, and you’ll receive 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.
- Due to issues that occurred with Spotlight Hour, Niantic will be holding a makeup event at a later date (TBD) for GMT+11, GMT+12, and GMT+13.
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.
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—The Pokémon GO team
Source: Official Pokémon GO blog