Pokémon GO New Year’s Event: Everything We Know

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The Pokémon GO New Year's event is set to start Friday, Dec. 31, 2021, from 10 p.m. to Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022, at 8 p.m. local time, Niantic announced in a blog post on Thursday.

As teased in the post, Niantic is looking to go all out in continuing the Season of Heritage's story, with "Pokémon wearing new costumes," "themed avatar items," the return of some "familiar Pokémon wearing party hats," and a certain Shiny Pokémon "appearing for the first time" in Pokémon GO. Here's a breakdown of the New Year’s event coming soon to Pokémon GO.

Pokémon GO’s New Year’s Event: Everything We Know

To help bring in the new year, fireworks will appear in Pokémon GO from Friday, Dec. 31, 2021, at 11 p.m. local time to Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, at 12 a.m. local time.

Trainers can enjoy the following bonuses for the entire event:

  • 2x Hatch Stardust
  • 2x Hatch Candy
  • 1/2 Hatch Distance

Additionally, a new set of festive avatar items will be available in the in-game shop beginning with this event and will continue to be available after it ends:

  • 2022 Glasses
  • New Year’s Headband
  • New Year’s Jacket Set
  • New Year’s Pants
  • New Year’s Shoes

Trainers will also be able to get New Year’s–themed stickers by spinning PokéStops, opening Gifts, and purchasing them from the in-game shop.

To celebrate the New Year, trainers will be able to complete Timed Research featuring Pokémon appearing during this event. Completing the research tasks will allow trainers to encounter various costumed Pokémon.

During this event, the following Pokémon will be available to encounter in the wild:

  • New Year’s Hat Pikachu
  • Seel
  • 2020 Glasses Slowpoke
  • New Year’s Hat Hoothoot
  • Stantler
  • Party Hat Wurmple
  • Loudred
  • Fearow

New one-star, three-star, five-star, and mega raids will be available during the event, where a special list of Pokémon will be appearing in each.

Of course, trainers will also be able to complete new Field Research tasks to encounter any of the following Pokémon:

  • 2020 Glasses Slowpoke
  • New Year Hat Hoothoot
  • Party Hat Bulbasaur
  • Party Hat Charmander
  • Party Hat Squirtle

Lastly, a special list of Pokémon will be hatching from 7 km Eggs obtained during the event.