The first details of this year’s Pokémon Go Holiday event have been announced.
Niantic announced Monday what Pokémon Go trainers can expect from its annual Holiday event when it debuts later this month. According to the official Pokémon Go blog, the 2020 Holiday event will begin Tuesday, December 22, and will end Thursday, December 31.
Pokémon Go trainers will have more than a week to enjoy all of the in-game goodies that come with this year’s Holiday event, including an abundance of Ice-type Pokémon and the debut of a Shiny Pokémon.
While Ice-type Pokémon will appear more frequently, they won’t be the only ones popping up. Holiday-themed Pikachu, Delibird and Cubchoo will make their debuts in Pokémon Go during the event.
Spheal, Snover and other Ice-type Pokémon will appear more frequently, and trainers will get the chance to catch Vanillite for the first time.
Seel, Swinub, Smoochum, Snorunt, Snover and the aforementioned Vanillite will also start hatching from 5km Eggs during the event. Raids will also be filled with Ice types, such as Alolan Sandshrew, Dewgong, Jynx, Sneasel, Swinub, Walrein, Cubchoo and Cryogonal.
Jynx will also have its Shiny form make its debut during the Pokémon Go Holiday event.
Trainers will have event-exclusive Field Research that will give Pokémon Go trainers the chance to catch Vanillite and the rare Cryogonal. Players can also purchase holiday-themed items for their avatars, including new boots, coats and earmuffs. Be sure to check out the clothing shop in Pokémon Go when the event goes live.
Along with the increased encounters and Shiny Pokémon debuts, trainers can open more Gifts than usual—the limit will be limit increased to 45—and players can carry more Gifts than normal (up to 40) through the duration of the event.
Other in-game bonuses will activate during certain times during the event. From Tuesday, December 22, at 12 a.m. to December 23 at 11:59 p.m. local time, trainers can earn double the experience for completing raids.
Trainers can earn double candy for catching Pokémon from Thursday, December 24, at 12 a.m. to Friday, December 25, at 11:59 p.m. local time. The next day will have Star Pieces double in duration with Lucky Eggs doubling the duration the day after that. On December 30 to the end of December 31, the amount of Stardust earned for catching Pokémon will also be doubled.
And finally, the final weekend of the Pokémon Go Holiday event (December 26-27) will feature Regice returning to raids and Ice-type Pokémon being attracted to Incense more frequently when it’s used.
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