Pokémon GO Evolution Event: Everything You Need to Know

A Pokémon GO Evolution Event has been announced for Pokémon GO
A Pokémon GO Evolution Event has been announced for Pokémon GO / Niantic Labs

A Pokémon GO evolution event will be dedicated to one of the series' most iconic mechanics: Evolution. Featured in the event will be Pokémon that evolve in unique ways, whether it be with a special item or at certain times of the day, and trainers will also be able to take advantage of bonuses that will last through the entirety of the event!

Here is everything you need to know about the Pokémon GO Evolution Event.

Pokémon GO Evolution Event: Everything You Need to Know

Pokémon GO Evolution Event

Pokémon GO's very first Evolution Event will take up an entire week, starting on Dec. 5 at 1:00 p.m. PST and ending on Dec. 12 at 1:00 p.m. PST.

Pokémon that will have an increased encounter rate in the wild and in field research include Onix, Eevee, Roselia, Burmy, among others that require special methods for evolution. Trainers will also be able to battle Pokémon that have unique Evolutions like Lickitung, Scyther, Togetic and Ralts in raids during the duration of the event.

There will also be an increased chance to find 2 km Eggs that hatch Tyrogue, Feebas, Burmy, and Happiny. Field Research tasks made specifically for the event will reward Evolution items that can be used for the Pokémon featured in the event.

If it didn't seem like Burmy has been recieving enough special attention during this event, there is also a chance to encounter a Shiny Burmy in the wild or through eggs.

During the week of the event, trainers will also receive bonuses including twice as much XP when evolving Pokémon and increased Evolution item drops from raids (items like the King's Rock, Metal Coat, Sun Stone, etc.). All Lure Models will also last for an entire hour when activated during the event.

The Evolution Event will also include a raid day on Saturday Dec.7 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (in your local time zone) that showcases the evolutionary lines of the Generation One starter Pokémon. During the raid period, five additional raid passes will be given out after spinning Photo Discs at Gyms, but players will only be able to have one Raid Pass at a time.

The raids during this day will be as follows:

  • One-Star raids: Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle
  • Two-Star raids: Ivysaur, Charmeleon, and Wartortle
  • Four-Star raids: Venus, Charizard, and Blastoise

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