Pokémon Go's Holiday and New Year event is back for 2017. And not only is it a double event, with Gen 3 continuing to roll out, it's triple the fun!
So what's the big Pokémon Go holiday and Near Year event?
Here's what the Pokémon Go blog has to say:
That means it's really two events?
Sort of. Last year the holiday and New Year events overlapped. This year we'll have to wait and see what happens.
So, what's the Holiday part so far?
From December 22, 2017 until December 25, 2017:
- One single-use Egg Incubator with your first Photo Disc each day.
- Festive hat Pichu hatching from 2K eggs.
- Festive hat Pikachu spawning in the wild. (250 Stardust per catch.)
- Delibird spawning in the wild. (250 Stardust per catch.)
- Increased Ice-type Pokémon spawning around the world.
- Lures last 6 hours
Also, Special Boxes in the Poké Shop:
- Winter Box - 480 coins - 2x Incense, 2x Incubators, 5x Star Pieces
- Great Box - 780 coins - 4x Super Incubators, 10x Razz Berries, 10x Star Pieces
- Ultra Box: 1480 coins - 8x Super Incubators, 10x Pinab Berries, 25x Star Pieces, 10x Lures
Update: These boxes are now gone and the New Year Boxes are now available.
And the New Year's part?
From December 25, 2017 to January 4, 2018:
- Winter Box - 480 coins - 4x Lucky Eggs, 2x Lure, 5x Star Pieces
- Great Box - 780 coins - 2x Super Incubators, 8x Lucky Eggs, 3x Premium Raid Passes, 10x Star Pieces
- Ultra Box: 1680 coins - 6x Super Incubators, 16x Lucky Eggs, 10x Premium Raid Passes, 20x Star Pieces
Santa Hat Pikachu is back, baby?
Santa Hat Pikachu is back — and with a baby! Like last year, you can catch a festive Pikachu with a Santa Hat in the wild. These Pikachu have Present as a Fast Move and give you 250 Stardust per catch. So go get 'em.
You can't catch Santa Hat Raichu this year, but you can evolve it from Pikachu.
New this year, you can also hatch a baby Santa Hat Pichu from 2 KM eggs.
What about Delibird? Tell me there's Delibird!
There's Delibird! In addition to the new Gen 3, Pokémon Go has launched one of the few remained Gen 2 as well.
Here's how Pokémon describes it:
And from Bulbapedia):
Delibird also has Present as a Fast Move and also gives you 250 Stardust a pop!
It's unknown if Delibird is here to stay or only here for the holidays, so catch 'em all — and soon!
What's a "single use" incubator?
The basic incubator everyone gets at the start of the game is "infinite". You can use it over and over again. So, you can hatch as many eggs, one after the other, as you put in it.
The incubators you buy in the store are "three use". You can use them three times and then they disappear. So, you can hatch three eggs, one after the other, with it.
The free incubator being given out for the event is "single use". You can use it once and then it will disappear. So, you can hatch one egg with it.
And there are more Gen 3 now as well?
Yes, Gen 3 Water- and Ice-types are now in the game.
- Lotad: Water / Grass — 526
- Lombre: Water / Grass — 1102
- Ludicolo: Water / Grass — 2229
- Carvanha: Water / Dark — 874
- Sharpedo: Water / Dark — 1986
- Wailmer: Water — 1424
- Wailord: Water — 2258
- Barboach: Water / Ground — 716
- Whiscash: Water / Ground — 1991
- Corphish: Water — 1107
- Crawdaunt: Water / Dark — 2317
- Feebas: Water — 220
- Milotic: Water — 2967
- Snorunt: Ice — 772
- Glalie: Ice — 1945
- Spheal: Ice / Water — 876
- Sealeo: Ice / Water — 1607
- Walrein: Ice / Water — 2606
- Relicanth: Rock / Water — 2557
- Luvdisc: Water — 735
It also looks like Relicanth regional — it's only been spotted so far in New Zealand and surrounding islands.
Any Pokémon Go Holiday and New Year event questions?
There's no double XP, Stardust, or Candy — at least not yet! — but there are some fun festive Pokémon to catch. So, get to it and throw any questions you might have into the comments!
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