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Pokemon GO Winter Holiday Event 2021 Revealed: All Details Explained

We've put together a comprehensive, easily comprehendible guide to this year's winter holiday event.
We've put together a comprehensive, easily comprehendible guide to this year's winter holiday event. / Niantic Labs

We've put together a comprehensive, easily comprehendible guide to this year's winter holiday event.

According to a news post published to the official Pokemon GO blog on Thursday, Dec. 9, the Pokemon GO winter holiday event is on its way! This year, like many other events over the course of 2021, the event is split into two separate parts with each spanning a few weeks between Dec. 16 and Dec. 31. Bergmite, the "Ice Chunk" Pokemon, will be making its in-game debut alongside the festivities.

Pokemon GO Winter Holiday Event 2021 Details Explained

Trainers can enjoy the following bonuses for the entire event:

  • Open 45 Gifts per day
  • Hold 40 Gifts in their inventory bag
  • Earn more Mega Abomasnow Energy
  • Team GO Rocket Grunts will more commonly have water and ice-type Pokemon

Additionally, a set of reward boxes will be available in the in-game Shop:

  • 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

Festive avatar items will rotate back into the Shop, as well, starting on Wednesday, Dec. 15.

A Winter Wonderland Mini-Event: Dec. 25—Dec.26

From Saturday, Dec. 25 at 10 a.m., local time, to the following day, Dec. 26, at 8 p.m. local time, trainers can take advantage of extra bonuses in the form of a mini-event. Primarily, these are:

  • The ability to trade with others up to 40 km (~25 miles) away.
  • Special Field Research tasks reward an encounter with (shiny) Holiday Delibird.

A Collection Challenge will be issued on Dec. 25 as part of the mini-event but can be completed at any time before Dec. 31. Those who complete the challenge will be rewarded with an encounter with Galarian Mr. Mime. The required Pokemon are:

  • Swinub
  • Snorunt
  • Spheal (Doesn’t need to be costumed)
  • Snover
  • Vanillite
  • Cubchoo (Doesn’t need to be costumed)

Pokemon GO Winter Holiday Event 2021: Part 1

The first part of the Pokemon GO Holiday event will start on Thursday, Dec. 16, and end on Thursday, Dec. 23 at 10 a.m. local time. Below, we've broken down each individual aspect trainers can expect:

Pokemon GO Winter Holiday 2021 Part 1: Wild Encounters

The following Pokemon will be available in the wild:

  • (Shiny) Holiday Pikachu
  • (Shiny) Holiday Stantler
  • (Shiny) Holiday Delibird
  • (Shiny) Holiday Spheal
  • (Shiny) Holiday Cubchoo
  • (Shiny) Snorunt
  • (Shiny) Alolan Sandshrew
  • (Shiny) Swinub
  • Vanillite
  • Cryogonal

Pokemon GO Winter Holiday 2021 Part 1: Raid Bosses

One-star Raids will feature:

  • (Shiny) Holiday Pikachu
  • (Shiny) Holiday Cubchoo
  • (Shiny) Holiday Spheal
  • (Shiny) Swinub
  • (Shiny) Alolan Sandshrew

Three-star Raids will feature:

  • (Shiny) Holiday Glaceon
  • (Shiny) Holiday Stantler
  • (Shiny Holiday Delibird
  • Cloyster

Five-star Raids will feature Kyurem with a chance to be shiny.

Mega Raids will feature Mega Steelix with a chance to be shiny.

Pokemon GO Winter Holiday 2021 Part 1: Field Research Tasks

The following Pokemon have a chance to appear as rewards for completing Field Research Tasks:

  • (Shiny) Holiday Pikachu
  • (Shiny) Holiday Stantler
  • (Shiny) Holiday Spheal
  • (Shiny) Holiday Cubchoo
  • (Shiny) Swinub
  • (Shiny) Alolan Vulpix
  • Cryogonal

Pokemon GO Winter Holiday Event 2021: Part 2

The second part of the Pokemon GO Holiday event will pick up immediately after part one on Dec. 23 at 10 a.m., local time. It will run until Friday, Dec. 31.

Bergmite and Avalugg will be making their debuts during this time. Additionally, trainers will receive an extra egg incubator as part of their rewards for spinning their first PokeStop that day.

Two Timed Research storylines will be available with both offering an encounter with Galarian Mr. Mime at the end.

Pokemon GO Winter Holiday 2021 Part 2: Wild Encounters

The following Pokemon will be appearing in the wild:

  • (Shiny) Holiday Pikachu
  • (Shiny) Holiday Stantler
  • (Shiny) Holiday Delibird
  • (Shiny) Holiday Spheal
  • (Shiny) Holiday Cubchoo
  • (Shiny) Snorunt
  • (Shiny) Alolan Vulpix
  • (Shiny) Swinub
  • Vanillite
  • Cryogonal
  • Bergmite

Pokemon GO Winter Holiday 2021 Part 2: Raid Bosses

One-star Raids will feature:

  • (Shiny) Holiday Pikachu
  • (Shiny) Holiday Cubchoo
  • (Shiny) Holiday Spheal
  • (Shiny) Alolan Vulpix
  • (Shiny) Galarian Darumaka

Three-star Raids will feature:

  • (Shiny) Holiday Glaceon
  • (Shiny) Holiday Delibird
  • (Shiny) Stantler
  • (Shiny) Lapras

Five-star Raids will feature Kyurem with a chance to be shiny.

Mega Raids will feature Mega Abomasnow with a chance to be shiny.

Pokemon GO Winter Holiday 2021 Part 2: Field Research Tasks

The following Pokemon may appear as rewards for completing Field Research Tasks:

  • (Shiny) Holiday Pikachu
  • (Shiny) Holiday Stantler
  • (Shiny) Holiday Spheal
  • (Shiny) Cubchoo
  • (Shiny) Swinub
  • (Shiny) Alolan Sandshrew
  • (Shiny) Galarian Darumaka

Pokemon GO Winter Holiday 2021 Part 2: 7 km Egg Additions

These Pokemon will be added to the 7 km egg pool during this time:

  • (Shiny) Holiday Cubchoo
  • (Shiny) Smoochum
  • (Shiny) Swinub
  • (Shiny) Galarian Darumaka
  • Bergmite
  • Cryogonal

The Pokemon GO December Community Day event will also run during this event from Dec. 18 to Dec. 19.