Pokemon Go SeasonsSource: iMore

Pokémon Go Seasons are fairly massive, spread out across three whole months. Keeping track of everything that will be happening in a Pokémon Go Season is a real challenge, but we here at iMore have all the details available for what to expect each Season. From new Eggs to Raid battles, Seasonal events and more, you can find it all here, and be sure to check out our best Pokémon Go accessories, so you're fully equipped on your Pokémon Journey!

What are Pokémon Go Seasons?

Introduced with the Go Beyond update, Pokémon Go Seasons not only coincide roughly with the four seasons of the real world, but each have a theme that encompasses events throughout the three month period. During the course of a Season, you can expect to find more of specific species of Pokémon in the wild and in Eggs, as well as a new Pokémon Go Battle League Season.

What is the current Pokémon Go Season?

Pokemon Go Season Of AlolaSource: Niantic

The sixth Pokémon Go Season, the Season of Alola has arrived. During this Season, players will have the opportunity to explore each of the islands that make up the Alolan region of Gen VII. While Alolan variants of some Gen I Pokémon have been available in Pokémon Go for some time, this is the first time players will be able to catch Pokémon from the region.

This Season also coincides with Spring in the Northern Hemisphere and Fall in the Southern Hemisphere. In addition to Deerling and Sawsbuck changing their forms to match the real world seasons, you can expect a handful of seasonally appropriate Pokémon in their respective hemispheres.

Dates

The Season of Alola runs from March 1, 2022 at 8 AM local time to June 1, 2022 at 10 AM local time.

Pokémon shifting with the Seasons

Pokémon spawning in the specific geographic areas, including cities, forests, mountains, and bodies of water, this Season will include:

  • Alolan Ratatta*
  • Alolan Meowth*
  • Magnemite*
  • Alolan Grimer*
  • Jolteon
  • Makuhita*
  • Minccino*
  • Paras*
  • Exeggcute*
  • Aipom*
  • Pineco*
  • Electrike*
  • Rufflet*
  • Yungoos*
  • Cubone*
  • Alolan Diglett*
  • Alolan Geodude*
  • Flareon
  • Baltoy*
  • Golett
  • Archen
  • Alolan Exeggutor*
  • Staryu*
  • Dratini*
  • Vaporeon
  • Tirtouga
  • Frillish
  • Corphish

Hemisphere specific wild Pokémon

As the seasons are reversed between the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, the Hemisphere you play in will have different Pokémon spawning in the wild. While each Season will include the Deerling forme corresponding to that Hemisphere, there will be a bunch of other Pokémon specifically boosted.

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The Northern Hemisphere will feature the following Pokémon:

  • Lotad*
  • Bagon*
  • Snivy*
  • Tepig*
  • Oshawott*
  • Deerling (Spring)
  • Foongus

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The Southern Hemisphere will feature the following Pokémon:

  • Nincada*
  • Beldum*
  • Sewaddle
  • Deerling (Autumn)
  • Chespin
  • Fennekin
  • Froakie

Pokémon with the potential to be Shiny are indicated with an asterisk.

Eggs

Pokemon Go Eggs TogepiSource: Niantic

While Pokémon in Eggs will shift with events as well, during the Season of Alola there will be changes to Egg contents. Remember though, Egg contents are determined when you pick up the Egg so if you want these Pokémon, you'll need to pick up new Eggs!

The following Pokémon will be hatching from 2KM Eggs:

  • Yungoos*
  • Pikipek
  • Chespin
  • Fennekin
  • Froakie
  • Cubone*
  • Exeggcute*

The following Pokémon will be hatching from 5KM Eggs:

  • Rowlet
  • Litten
  • Popplio
  • Tyrogue*
  • Skarmory*
  • Bonsly*
  • Mantyke

The following Pokémon will be hatching from 10KM Eggs:

  • Rockruff*
  • Jangmo-o
  • Alomomola*
  • Mienfoo
  • Axew
  • Noibat
  • Espurr*

The following Pokémon will be hatching from 5KM Adventure Sync reward Eggs:

  • Phantump
  • Munchlax
  • Happiny*
  • Shieldon*
  • Dedenne
  • Cranidos*

The following Pokémon will be hatching from 10KM Adventure Sync reward Eggs:

  • Dratini*
  • Bagon*
  • Beldum*
  • Riolu*
  • Deino*
  • Goomy

Mega Raids

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Throughout the Season of Alola, the following Mega Evolved Pokémon will be available in Mega Raids:

Seasonal events

Pokemon Go Season Of Alola StartersSource: Niantic

While there will be all the usual holiday based events, we can also look forward to the following Season based events:

  • Welcome to Alola: From March 1 through March 8, 2022, Pokémon originally encountered in the Alolan region of Gen VII will be appearing more often. This event includes a Collection Challenge, special raids, and event exclusive Field Research tasks.
  • Festival of Colors 2022 event: From March 15 through March 20, 2022, Oricorio makes its Pokémon Go debut as the latest Regional Exclusive Pokémon. This event includes a Collection Challenge, special raids, event exclusive Field Research tasks, new avatar items, snapshot surprises, and extended Lure Modules.
  • TBA March 22, 2022
  • Check back soon for more!

Season exclusive Special Research

Pokemon Go Professor WillowSource: Niantic

As the Season of Alola unfolds, players will be able to complete four season exclusive Special Research lines centered around each of the Islands that make up the Alolan region of Gen VII. Players who complete all four lines will unlock a bonus end-of-season Special Research line. Each of the Special Research lines can be claimed on a certain date through the end of the season; however, once claimed, Special Research can be completed at any time. Players who do not complete all four Islands can still purchase the end-of-season Special Research in the PokéShop. Check back soon for every step of this Special Research line.

Melemele Island Special Research

Beginning March 1, 2022, players will be able to explore Melemele island and encounter a few Alolan Pokémon:

Step one

  • Catch ten Pokémon for an Alolan Ratatta* encounter
  • Send three gifts with stickers for ten Poké Balls
  • Catch five Normal type Pokémon for a Yungoos* encounter

Completion Rewards: ten Pinap Berries, 500 Stardust, 500 XP

Step two

  • Take a Snapshot of a wild Pokémon for five Razz Berries
  • Use seven Berries to catch Pokémon for ten Great Balls
  • Catch ten Pokémon for a Pikipek encounter

Completion Rewards: Charged TM, 500 Stardust, 500 XP

Step three

  • Catch six Normal type Pokémon for a Yungoos* encounter
  • Catch three different species of Normal type Pokémon for a Yungoos* encounter
  • Spin five PokéStops or Gyms for an Alolan Raticate encounter

Completion Rewards: Premium Battle Pass, 1,000 Stardust, 1,000 XP

Step four

  • Send five gifts for ten Great Balls
  • Catch 12 Pokémon for seven Pinap Berries
  • Win a raid for an Alolan Meowth* encounter

Completion Rewards: 15 Ultra Balls, 3,000 Stardust, 3,000 XP

Akala Island Special Research

Beginning March 22, players will be able to explore Akala Island.

Step one

  • Check back soon!

Completion Rewards: Check back soon!

Ula'ula Island Special Research

Beginning April 12, players will be able to explore Ula'ula island.

Step one

  • Check back soon!

Completion Rewards: Check back soon!

Poni Island Special Research

Beginning May 10, 2022, players will be able to explore Poni Island.

  • Check back soon!

Completion Rewards: Check back soon!

End-of-season Special Research

Players who complete all four islands or purchase a ticket in the PokéShop will be able to complete an end-of-season Special Research line, starting on May 25, 2022.

  • Check back soon!

Completion Rewards: Check back soon!

Additional Bonuses

Other bonuses you can look forward to in the Season of Alola include:

  • Increased Incense efficacy when mobile
  • Incense duration of 90 minutes
  • Increased damage during Remote Raids
  • Guaranteed gifts from PokéStop spins
  • Two free raid passes per day from Gyms

What were the past Pokémon Go Seasons?

Pokemon Go Season CelebrationSource: Niantic

Wondering what past Pokémon Go Seasons looked like? Here are the highlights:

  • December 1, 2021 through March 1, 2022: Season of Heritage: the fifth Pokémon Go season focused on the past, with the discovery of a Mysterious Door that Professor Willow discovered. Trainers helped the professor all season long to unlock the door, but at the very end, Team GO Rocket beat them to the punch and stole the Apex Ho-Oh and Apex Lugia from behind the door during the Pokémon Go Tour: Johto. The Pokémon Go Tour Johto also unlocked the remaining Gen II Shiny Pokémon, as well as provided players with the chance to catch, trade, hatch, or evolve every single Gen II Pokémon in a single day.

  • September 1, 2021 through December 1, 2021: Season of Mischief: the fourth Pokémon Go Season focused on Hoopa, after the Mythical Pokémon made a suprprise appearance at the end of the previous season. Trainers were able to complete a Season long Special Research to catch Hoopa and another Special Research to unlock Hoopa's ability to change forms. Speaking of which, form changing made its Pokémon Go debut during the Fashion Week event with the introduction of Furfrou. The Psychic Spectacular returned, as did Halloween, and holiday events for both Dia de Muertos and Diwali expanded to include the entire world. Team GO Rocket returned, with Giovanni having captured Shadow Lugia, and players were treated to an event to celebrate the release of Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl.

  • June 1, 2021 through September 1, 2021: Season of Discovery: the third Pokémon Go Season focused on Pokémon Go's fifth anniversary and Pokémon Go Fest 2021. The Regi Trio returned, along with fun new Avatar Style items themed off the titans. The global Pokémon Go fest 2021 brought back every single Legendary Pokémon for a full day of Raids, and players were rewarded with three Ultra Unlock events, including the introduction of Zacian and Zamazenta, thanks to Hoopa's mischief.

  • March 1, 2021 through June 1, 2021: Season of Legends: the second Pokémon Go Season celebrated Legendary Pokémon and featured tons of Raids. This Season kicked off with the Forces of Nature trio and double trouble from Team GO Rocket. The Kalos region continued to make its way into Pokémon Go with Xerneas and Yveltal starring in the Luminous Legends X and Luminous Legends Y events and bringing an end to the Season.

  • December 1, 2020 through March1, 2021: Season of Celebration: the first Pokémon Go Season celebrated each of the regions in the Pokémon world, as well as introduced the Kalos region to Pokémon Go. The Go Beyond update was highlighted, along with the expansion of the Pokémon Go Battle League. The Season of Celebration wrapped up with the Pokémon Go Tour: Kanto event, Kanto Celebration, and the 25th anniversary of Pokémon.

Questions about Pokémon Go Seasons?

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