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Everything you need to know about Pokemon GO's New Year's event

Published: 15:09, 24 December 2021
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Pokemon GO New Year 2022
Pokemon GO New Year 2022

Niantic is throwing a big party to celebrate the New Year in Pokemon GO. Players will be treated to fireworks, new themed items and a bunch of costumed Pokemon.

While Slowpoke is saying goodbye to 2019, the rest of us are getting ready to wing in 2022, together with Slowking. Pokemon GO's New Year's celebration bash is around the corner and we can look forward to Pokemon wearing new costumes, themed avatar items, the return of some familiar Pokemon wearing party hats and a certain Pokemon's Shiny that will be appearing in the wild for the first time in Pokemon GO. 

Pokemon GO New Year 2022

Pokemon GO's New Year event will happen between Friday, December 31, 2021, at 10:00 p.m. and Tuesday, January 4, 2022, at 8:00 p.m. local time.

The Season of Heritage's story continuation

Spark will be inspired by the gift exchange and decide to throw a party to celebrate the New Year. The nearby Pokemon will overhear the festivities and come right along to join the celebration. Interested players can go here to catch up with the Season of Heritage story.

Get ready for some fireworks

What is any celebration without fireworks? The arrival of the new year demands a big display and that's exactly what it's getting from Friday, December 31, 2021, at 11:00 p.m. local time until Sunday, January 2, 2022, at 12:00 a.m. local time. 

Event Bonuses
  • Get double hatch Stardust
  • Double hatch Candy
  • Hatch distance will be sliced in half
New Year's event Timed Research

Trainers will get a special Timed Research task they will be able to complete with the help of the Pokemon that will be appearing during the event. Completing the event Timed Research will lead to encounters with a bunch of costumed Pokemon.

Costumed Pokemon

Costumed Pokemon abound! Players will be treated to New Year’s Hat Hoothoot and 2022 Glasses Slowking's special debut in Pokemon GO. Also making its Pokemon GO debut will be a costumed Shiny Hoothoot, but Trainers will need a bit of luck to earn that encounter. Don't worry if you miss out on the Shiny during the event because you'll be able to encounter a non-costumed version of the Shiny Hoothoot after the event ends (January 4, 2022, at 8:00 p.m. local time). 

  • Party Hat Bulbasaur*
  • Party Hat Charmander*
  • Party Hat Squirtle*
  • Party Hat Raticate*
  • Party Hat Nidorino*
  • New Year Hat Pichu*
  • New Year Hat Pikachu*
  • New Year Hat Raichu
  • 2020 Glasses Slowpoke*
  • 2021 Glasses Slowbro*
  • 2022 Glasses Slowking
  • Party Hat Gengar*
  • New Year’s Hat Hoothoot*
  • Party Hat Wurmple*
  • Party Hat Wobbuffet*

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Wild Encounters

These Pokemon 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

If you’re lucky, you might encounter the following:

  • Fearow
Raids

The following Pokemon will be appearing in raids.

One-Star Raids

  • 2020 Glasses Slowpoke
  • New Year’s Hat Hoothoot
  • Party Hat Wobbuffet
  • Mawile

Three-Star Raids

  • Party Hat Raticate*
  • Party Hat Nidorino*
  • Machamp
  • Party Hat Gengar*
  • 2022 Glasses Slowking*

Five-Star Raids

  • Kyurem*

Mega Raids

  • Mega Abomasnow*
Field Research Task Encounters

The following Pokemon will be available to encounter when you complete Field Research tasks:

  • 2020 Glasses Slowpoke*
  • New Year Hat Hoothoot*

If you’re lucky, you could encounter the following:

  • Party Hat Bulbasaur*
  • Party Hat Charmander*
  • Party Hat Squirtle*

Eggs

The following Pokemon will be hatching from Eggs obtained during the event:

7 km Eggs

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

*If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one.

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New Avatar Items and Stickers

The following new avatar items will be available to purchase in the in-game shop beginning with this event and will continue to be available after the event ends:

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

Players can score New Year's-themed stickers if they go and spin PokeStops, open Gifts or visit the in-game shop to buy some.

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