Pokemon Go’s Lunar New Year event is returning from February 9-14. The event will feature a line of Timed Research tasks revolving around Tauros, as well as increased spawns of red-colored Pokemon and other in-game bonuses.
Throughout the Lunar New Year event, Krabby, Goldeen, Magmar, Magikarp, Tepig, and other red-colored Pokemon will appear in the wild more frequently than usual. Gyarados will also be appearing, and you’ll have a chance to encounter a Shiny red Gyarados.
In addition to the wild Pokemon spawns, Pokemon that are based on animals associated with Lunar New Year–such as Ekans, Rattata, Torchic, Ponyta, and others–will be hatching from 5 km eggs throughout the event. You’ll also have a chance to encounter the following Pokemon in Raid Battles:
- One-star Raids: Meditite, Carvanha, Duskull, Skorupi, and Darumaka
- Three-star Raids: Miltank, Octillery, Blaziken, Camerupt, and Absol
Those aren’t the only Raid bosses that will be available during the Lunar New Year event. The Legendary Eon Pokemon Latios and Latias will also return to five-star Raids from February 9-20, while Mega Ampharos, Mega Pidgeot, and the debuting Mega Gyarados will be featured in Mega Raids during the same timeframe.
Finally, Niantic will offer a variety of in-game bonuses throughout the Lunar New Year event. Gifts you receive from friends will contain more Poke Balls than usual, and you’re more likely to become Lucky Friends with other players. On top of that, Pokemon you receive in trades are more likely to become Lucky. To take advantage of that bonus, Niantic is increasing trading distance to 40 km for the event.
In the meantime, the Team Go Rocket Celebration event is underway. February’s Community Day also takes place this weekend, while Suicune is returning to Raid Battles from February 4-9. You can see all the other big February events happening in Pokemon Go in our roundup.
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