Pokemon Go Lunar New Year, Shiny Meltan, Friendship Event, and more!.

Pokémon Go is intended to get you out and about, both on your own and with family and friends. One of the ways Pokémon Go tries to bolster activity is with events. Some of the events get splashy announcements and coincide with big public holidays. Others are quieter and more regular. Here’s what’s happened already and what’s coming up next.

Pokemon Go Friendship Event until February 11

Friendships are special, and this weekend, they’ll provide extra bonuses! Be sure to make a new friend this weekend, and treat your current friends with some special Gift and trading bonuses! Check out the details below:

Date + Time

  • Feb. 8, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. PST to
  • Feb. 11, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT -8)


  • Friendship increases twice as fast all weekend!
  • Double Candy received for each trade!
  • Trades need only half the regular amount of Stardust!

Celebrate the joys of friendship during this special event. Stay safe, and happy exploring!

Pokemon Go Shiny Meltan Event until March 4

The co-promotion between Pokemon Go and Pokemon Lets Go on Nintendo Switch is escalating the FOMO:

We have exciting news! The Shiny version of the Mythical Pokémon Meltan has been discovered! Just in time to celebrate the Lunar New Year, the Shiny version of Meltan will appear for a limited time.

A Mythical Pokémon, the mysterious and rare Meltan only appears when a Mystery Box is opened. If you’re lucky, you may encounter Shiny Meltan when you open the Mystery Box from February 5 at 1 p.m. PST until March 4 at 11:59 p.m. PST. During this special event, the time that you have to wait before you can open the Mystery Box again will be reduced to three days. Be careful, Trainer! If you open the Mystery Box before this event starts, you will have to wait the usual time period before you can open it again.

Date & Time

  • Feb. 5, 2019, at 1 p.m. PST (GMT -8) to
  • Mar. 4, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. PST (GMT -8)

When you open the Mystery Box, you may encounter the Shiny version of the Mythical Pokémon Meltan!

The time you have to wait before you can open the Mystery Box again will be reduced.
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to bring Shiny Meltan into your GO Park or evolve it into Shiny Melmetal! Best of luck in discovering a rare form of this recently discovered Mythical Pokémon.

Shiny Meltan doesn’t look very different from non-Shiny, though, which is a bummer. You have one job, folks.

Pokemon Go Chinese New Year Event 2018 is LIVE

The Lunar New Year is here and, with it, all the Pokemon of the Chinese Zodiak have come out to play.

Happy Year of the Pig! The Pokémon GO Lunar New Year event is happening once again, spotlighting 12 Pokémon and beginning February 4 at 1 p.m. PST. Take a look at the details below:

Event Date + Time

  • Feb. 4, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8) to
  • Feb. 13, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8)


Rattata, Ekans, Mankey, Ponyta, Electabuzz, Dratini, Mareep, Miltank, Torchic, Poochyena, Spoink, and Buneary will appear more frequently in the wild!
If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny Spoink!

  • 2× Catch XP
  • 2× XP when evolving Pokémon
  • When you trade a Pokémon, there is an increased chance it will become a Lucky Pokémon!

Wishing you health, wealth, and luck during the Lunar New Year! Stay safe, and happy exploring!

Is this an event? More Sinnoh Pokemon and a big re-balance start now!

Pokemon Go has announced that more Gen 4 Pokemon are on their way, but also that they’re making raids harder, rebalancing some moves, and adding new moves to some Pokemon.

Did you know that some Pokémon originally discovered in the Sinnoh region evolve from Pokémon previously discovered in other regions? Starting today, you’ll be able to use a Sinnoh Stone to evolve Lickitung into Lickilicky, Tangela into Tangrowth, and more!

Plus, more Pokémon originally discovered in the Sinnoh region, such as Cranidos and Shieldon, will appear in the wild for the first time! You may also see more Pokémon originally discovered in the Sinnoh region appearing in Eggs.

There are also some big changes coming! You may notice that Pokémon that appear in Raid Battles are more powerful and sturdy when you challenge them. Plus, some moves that certain Pokémon know may be stronger or weaker when used in battle. Finally, certain Pokémon may be able to learn new moves via TM that will help them perform in battle, such as Machamp now being able to know the Rock-type move Rock Slide!

There are new baby Pokemon in the artwork, but we’ll have to see if — and how, in the case of Mine Jr. — they show up in the game.

Pokémon Go Legendary Palkia Raids from January 29 to February 28

New month coming up means new Legendary Raids, namely the Water/Dragon Palkia.

A new arrival to raids will test your strength in 2019! The Water- and Dragon-type Spatial Pokémon, Palkia, will join Raid Battles across the world from January 29 at 1:00 p.m. PST to February 28 at 1:00 p.m. PST!

With the ability to warp the very fabric of space and enough power to take on Giratina, Palkia is a Pokémon that shouldn’t be underestimated. Be sure to assemble a team that includes Dragon- and Fairy-type Pokémon to take down this Legendary Pokémon before its special attacks overwhelm your team!

Don’t miss this chance to catch this Legendary Pokémon before it returns to its own spatial dimension! Stay safe, and happy exploring!

Get your Dragon-type attackers ready. Rayquaza, Dragonite, Solamance, Latios, and your Fairy-types if you need backup. This one is going to give as good as it gets.

Pokémon Go February Community Day — Swinhub Edition — is February 16

Community Day returns on February 16 with a nod to the Chinese New Year and Year of the Pig — that’s right, it’s Swinhub time!

  • 3x Catch Stardust
  • 3 hour Lures

No word yet on the special move, but if you save your Sinnoh Stones, you’ll be able to evolve Mamoswine, the best ice attacker in the game.

Deoxys shifts to Attack Forme for Ex-Raid starting December 20

Pokémon Go has made it official: The Mythical Gen 3 Pokémon, Deoxys, will replace Mewtwo when Ex-Raids make their return… at some point in the hopefully near future.

It’s time to prepare for a new challenge from a powerful Mythical Pokémon originally discovered in the Hoenn region! The DNA Pokémon, Deoxys, will arrive for EX Raid Battles. This Psychic-type Mythical Pokémon will be available to challenge in its Normal Forme beginning with the next cycle of EX Raid invitations.

And, after two long months, Pokémon Go is finally shifting to the next forme: Attack:

The DNA Pokémon, Deoxys, has tested the strength of Trainers in EX Raids and has now changed form! Attack Forme Deoxys will be in EX Raid Battles, with more power than previously seen, so make sure your team is prepared. This Psychic-type Mythical Pokémon will be available to challenge beginning with the next cycle of EX Raid invitations, after December 20.

Read more about the new Ex Raid system

Pokémon Go Fest 2019

No word yet on Pokémon Go Fest 2019. Probably not even safe to assume it’ll be in Chicago again, now that Niantic has proven it can run an event there and redeemed itself from 2017. But, we’ll update as soon as there’s anything to update!

Pokemon Go Adventure Sync Hatchathon (Finished)

It’ll be hard to beat the Gen 4 babies but here’s hoping Pokémon Go tries.

Welcome a brand-new year with the Adventure Sync Hatchathon! To celebrate new beginnings, Trainers will enjoy bonuses for hatching Eggs from January 2 at 1:00 p.m. PST to January 15 at 1:00 p.m. PST. Make sure your shoes are tightly laced for a long journey, as you’re more likely to receive 5 km and 10 km Eggs from PokéStops and Gyms.

Don’t forget to activate Adventure Sync to make your steps count toward hatching Eggs while you’re on the go! Enjoy more ways to stay on top of your well-being for the New Year while working toward rewards with a weekly fitness summary as you start your New Year’s resolutions off on the right foot. See details for the event below:

Date + Time

Jan. 2, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8) to Jan. 15, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8)


  • 2× Hatch Candy
  • 2× Hatch Stardust
  • Higher chance of receiving 5 km and 10 km Eggs from PokéStops and Gyms

Update: Nope. Hatches haven’t been great. But, the bonuses have been good.

What Pokémon Go events do you want to see?

If you were planning the next big Pokémon Go event, when would you have it and how would you handle it?

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