Pokémon GO Holidays Part 1 Guide

Pokémon GO Holidays Part 1 is underway.
Pokémon GO Holidays Part 1 is underway. / Photo courtesy of Niantic/The Pokémon Company

Pokémon GO's holiday event has officially kicked off, with the first part beginning Dec. 12 and set to continue through Dec. 23. The second part will pick up where part one leaves off, but let's just focus on that first half for now. Here's everything you need to know about the Pokémon GO holiday event, from tasks and rewards to increased Pokémon spawns and everything in between.

Pokémon GO Holidays Part 1 Guide

Throughout the Holiday event — both part one and two — players will be able to open up to 45 Gifts per day, and hold up to 40 in their Item Bag. Mega Abomasnow's CP will be boost, and Team GO Rocket Grunts will have more Water- and Ice-type Pokémon.

You'll also be to encounter the following holiday Pokémon in normal and Shiny forms:

  • Pikachu wearing a holiday hat
  • Holiday Delibird
  • Holiday Stantler
  • Holiday Spheal
  • Holiday Cubchoo
  • Holiday Glaceon

Players will be able to buy the following in the shop:

  • Festive Hat
  • Festive Jacket
  • Festive Shorts
  • Special Box (480 PokéCoins): 50 Poké Balls, two Premium Battle Passes, two Super Incubators, three Star Pieces
  • Ultra Box (1,480 PokéCoins): 25 Ultra Balls, 18 Raid Passes, five Super Incubators, five Incense
  • Adventure Box (1,480 PokéCoins): 18 Super Incubators, two Incubators, two Incense, four Star Pieces

Pokémon GO Holiday 2021 Part 1 Field Research and Rewards

  • Take 2 snapshots of wild ice-type Pokémon – Reward: 25 Mega Abomasnow energy
  • Send 3 gifts to friends — Reward: 3 Pinap Berries, 3 Poké Balls, or 3 Razz Berries
  • Catch 7 different species of Pokémon — Reward: Alolan Vulpix encounter
  • Win a level 3 or higher raid — Reward: Cryogonal encounter
  • Open 5 gifts — Reward: Pikachu (Santa hat), Stantler (Holiday), or Cubchoo (Holiday) encounter
  • Catch 5 different ice-type Pokémon — Reward: Spheal (Holiday) encounter
  • Spin 3 Poké Stops or gyms — Reward: Swinub encounter

Pokémon GO Holiday 2021 Part 1 Increased Spawns

The following Pokémon will be available to encounter in the wild. Starred Pokémon can also be found in Shiny form.

  • Pikachu wearing a holiday hat*
  • Swinub*
  • Holiday Stantler*
  • Holiday Delibird*
  • Snorunt*
  • Holiday Spheal*
  • Snover*
  • Vanillite
  • Holiday Cubchoo*
  • Alolan Sandshrew*
  • Cryogonal

Pokémon GO Holiday 2021 Part 1 Raids

Stars indicate the chance for a Shiny.

One-Star Raids

  • Pikachu wearing a holiday hat*
  • Alolan Sandshrew*
  • Swinub*
  • Holiday Spheal*
  • Holiday Cubchoo*

Three-Star Raids

  • Cloyster
  • Holiday Stantler*
  • Holiday Delibird*
  • Holiday Glaceon*

Five-Star Raids

  • Kyurem*

Mega Raids

  • Mega Steelix*