Get the fireworks ready, because it’s time to celebrate the Pokémon GO Lunar New Year! Along with a Special Event, there’ll be a new Timed Research, and Avatar Items.

Players will be able to purchase a Red Lantern Backpack in the in-game shop!

The Pokémon GO Lunar New Year event will be taking place from Thursday, January 19th, at 10 a.m. until Monday, January 23rd. at 8 p.m. local time.

Trainers can expect Pokémon like Bunnelby and Buneary to appear more frequently in the wild, as well as other event-themed Pokémon in raids and hatching from eggs!

Everyone will be lucky for this Event, too! There’ll be an increased chance of encountering a Shiny Darumaka. You can read the full list of event features over on the official website.

Event Bonuses:

  • Increased chance to encounter Shiny Darumaka!
  • Increased chance for Lucky Pokémon in trades
  • Increased chance to become Lucky Friends
  • 2x Stardust from opening Gifts
  • One Additional Special Trade can be made for a maximum of two per day

During the Lunar New Year event, trainers will also be able to choose from several bonuses as part of the Timed Research rewards.

The new Timed Research event is called Lucky Wishes. It’ll feature branching quest lines, which will give you the option for different rewards and bonuses!

Pokémon GO players also have the Pokémon GO Tour: Hoenn event to look forward to—you’ll be able to encounter and catch a Shiny Jirachi!


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By Camellia Hao Ren

Camellia Hao Ren is an Australian journalist and editor. When they aren't writing, they are usually playing games or reading.

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