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For a long time, Mareep was my white whale. Back when it was just Gen 1 and Gen 2 in the game I had already caught everything else available to me, but Mareep continued to elude, especially concerning because I would need the full 125 candies to get my Ampharos. I finally got one the day after Pokemon GO Fest, hatched from a 10km egg. Which is really just a long-winded way of introducing the fact that Mareep and it’s evolution Ampharos are the stars of new Mega Raids and a new Incense Day here on January 24, 2021. Here’s what you need to know:

Mega Raids: These are pretty straightforward. Starting at 10:00 AM local time, Mega Ampharos is coming to Mega Raids, so you’ll need to get your best Ground, Grass and Dragon-types together to take it down. I am still struggling to care much about Mega Raids, but I’ll give this one a roll.

Incense Day: This one requires a bit more explanation. As in past incense days, your incense will start turning orange and only attract particular types of Pokemon, alternating between electric and dragon until 5:00 PM. Here’s what we’re working with, as per the Pokemon GO Blog:

  • From 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: Electric-type Pokémon
  • From 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.: Dragon-type Pokémon and Pokémon that evolve into Dragon-type Pokémon
  • From 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Electric-type Pokémon
  • From 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Dragon-type Pokémon and Pokémon that evolve into Dragon-type Pokémon

And here’s what to expect from each set:

Electric Types: Pikachu, Magnemite, Voltorb, Chinchou, Mareep, Plusle, Minun, Stunfisk


Dragon Types/Evolve into Dragon Types: Horsea, Dratini, Mareep, Trapinch, Vibrava, Swablu, Bagon

If you’re still waiting on your Plusle and Minun for the Hoenn Celebration Collection Challenge, make sure to hit up those Electric-type hours to finish them off. Same with Bagon in the Dragon-type times, but note that Bagon is going to be rare. Other than that, there aren’t that many terribly interesting creatures here, though you may be short on Trapinch for your Flygon, which has been rare at various times in the game. And there’s always Dratini—can’t have too many Dratini.


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