Pokemon Go Holiday Event Now Live, Features New Gen 4 And Shiny Pokemon
The holidays are back in Pokemon Go.
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A new event is going on now in Pokemon Go. The game's third annual holiday event is officially underway from now until the new year, during which time players will be able to earn bonuses, hatch Eggs more easily, and even encounter new Shiny Pokemon and more monsters originally from the Sinnoh region.
Once again, players will be able to find the festive Santa hat-wearing Pikachu in the wild during the holiday event. On top of that, Niantic says that more Ice-type and Gen 4 Pokemon will begin appearing in the game; the promotional image the developer shared features Snover and its evolution Abomasnow, along with Munchlax, Chingling, and Croagunk. The image also features three Legendary Pokemon from the Sinnoh region--Azelf, Uxie, and Mesprit--suggesting the trio will make their debut in Pokemon Go soon.
Moreover, Niantic says the rare Ice Pokemon Delibird will also be available during the winter event, and this time players will have a chance of finding its Shiny variant. There are a few other new Shiny Pokemon as part of the event as well; for the first time, players can find a Shiny festive Pichu, Pikachu, or Raichu, as well as Shiny Azurill, Marill, and Azumarill.
Along with the new Pokemon, Niantic will offer a number of bonuses throughout the event. These will be meted out every few days. From December 18-22, players will earn twice as much Candy for catching and transferring Pokemon; from December 22-26, they'll receive twice the usual amount of Stardust for catching monsters; from December 26-30, players will get double catch XP; and from December 30 to the end of the event on January 2, Incubators will be twice as effective as normal.
Rounding out the bonuses, Niantic is giving players one Incubator each day when they spin their first Photo Disc. The developer also says that more types of Pokemon will be able to hatch from 7 km Eggs, and players will have a better chance of hatching monsters like Smoochum and Azurill. You can read more about the event on the official Pokemon website.
Before the holiday festivities began in Pokemon Go, Niantic hosted a special Raid weekend event from December 14-17. During that time, Ho-Oh and Lugia reappeared in Raid Battles at Gyms. Players also had a chance to encounter their Shiny forms. Meanwhile, a new Gen 4 Legendary, Heatran, is now available in Raid Battles.
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