Pokémon GO Lunar New Year Celebration to Begin Friday

Pokémon GO's Lunar New Year begins Friday
Pokémon GO's Lunar New Year begins Friday / Niantic/The Pokémon Company

The Pokémon GO Lunar New Year event brings more frequent encounters with red Pokémon, never-before-seen Pokémon and more when it begins Friday at 4 p.m. ET.

Pokémon GO Lunar New Year Celebration to Begin Friday

Charmeleon, Vulpix, Parasect, Voltorb, Jynx, Magmar, Magikarp, Flareon, Slugma, Wurmple, Corphish, Kricketot and Foongus will appear more frequently in the wild, while red Shiny Gyarados will become available once again.

Darumaka, the Fire-Type Zen Charm Pokémon, will become available to hatch from 7 kilometer eggs during the event.

Players will enjoy several bonuses:

  • Gifts have the chance of rewarding Rare Candies
  • The likelihood of becoming Lucky Friends will be increased
  • Lucky Pokémon will appear more frequently in trades

Minccino Limited Research will give players the chance to add the Chinchilla Pokémon to their collections. That research will become available to complete between 2 and 5 p.m. local time Sunday, Feb. 2. Shiny Minccino will also appear during the event.

Minccino will hatch more frequently from 5 kilometer eggs during the event, but will remain hatch-able after it concludes.

During the research period, Pokémon fitting the Year of the Rat will appear more in the wild. They include Rattata, Raticate, Pikachu, Sandshrew, female Nidoran, male Nidoran, Sentret, Marill, Zigzagoon, Plusle, Minun, Bidoof and Patrat.