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New Years 2021-2022

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Article by Brian Tien

Say what you will about 2021, it's been a pretty interesting year. A lot has happened since 2020, and hopefully we're on our way to an even better 2022. Now is the time to look to the past, plan for the future, and enjoy the moment as we ring in a year of possibility and prospect!

Event Start Event End
December 31, 2021, at 11:00 p.m. local time January 2, 2022, at 12:00 a.m. local time.
  • New Years costumed Pokemon will be available
  • A special timed research line will be available
  • 2x Hatch Stardust and Candy, 1/2 Hatch Distance
  • New Years avatar items will be available in the shop

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Trainers,

Happy 2020 from Slowpoke! Wait, no—it’s about to be 2022! Why is Slowpoke still wearing those glasses? At least Slowking got the memo! That’s right—our New Year’s celebration event is right around the corner! Look forward to Pokémon wearing new costumes, themed avatar items, the return of some familiar Pokémon wearing party hats, and a certain Shiny Pokémon will be appearing for the first time in Pokémon GO.

Pokémon GO New Years 2022

Friday, December 31, 2021, at 10:00 p.m. to Tuesday, January 4, 2022, at 8:00 p.m. local time

The Season of Heritage Story Continues!

Following the gift exchange, Spark decides to throw a party to celebrate and bring in the New Year!

Nearby Pokémon are intrigued by the festivities and drawn in to celebrate!

Catch up on the story so far on the Season of Heritage web page.

Fireworks!

To help bring in the new year, fireworks will appear in Pokémon GO from Friday, December 31, 2021, at 11:00 p.m. local time to Sunday, January 2, 2022, at 12:00 a.m. local time.

Event Bonuses

Stardust Icon

2× Hatch Stardust

Candy Icon - Black

2× Hatch Candy

Incubator Icon - Black

1/2 Hatch Distance

Research IconTimed Research

To celebrate the New Year, you’ll be able to complete Timed Research featuring Pokémon appearing during this event.

Complete the research tasks to encounter various costumed Pokémon!

Party Hat IconCostumed Pokémon

You’ll be able to encounter costumed Pokémon! New Year’s Hat Hoothoot and 2022 Glasses Slowking make their debut! Also, for the first time in Pokémon GO, you’ll be able to encounter a Shiny Hoothoot, if you’re lucky! You’ll be able to encounter noncostumed Shiny Hoothoot after the event ends.

Image of Party Hat Bulbasaur - Shiny Icon On

Party Hat Bulbasaur

Image of Party Hat Charmander - Shiny Icon On

Party Hat Charmander

Image of Party Hat Squirtle - Shiny Icon On

Party Hat Squirtle

Image of Party Hat Raticate - Shiny Icon On

Party Hat Raticate

Image of Party Hat Nidorino - Shiny Icon On

Party Hat Nidorino

Image of New Year Hat Pichu - Shiny Icon On

New Year Hat Pichu

Image of New Year Hat Pikachu - Shiny Icon On

New Year Hat Pikachu

New Year Hat Raichu

Image of 2020 Glasses Slowpoke - Shiny Icon On

2020 Glasses Slowpoke

Image of 2021 Glasses Slowbro - Shiny Icon On

2021 Glasses Slowbro

Image of 2022 Glasses Slowking - Shiny Icon Off

2022 Glasses Slowking

Image of Party Hat Gengar - Shiny Icon On

Party Hat Gengar

Image of New Year’s Hat Hoothoot - Shiny Icon On

New Year’s Hat Hoothoot

Image of Party Hat Wurmple - Shiny Icon On

Party Hat Wurmple

Party Hat Wobbuffet - Shiny Icon On

Party Hat Wobbuffet

If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!

Encounter IconWild Encounters

The following Pokémon will be available to encounter in the wild.

Image of New Year’s Hat Pikachu - Shiny Icon On

New Year’s Hat Pikachu

Image of Seel - Shiny Icon On

Seel

Image of 2020 Glasses Slowpoke - Shiny Icon On

2020 Glasses Slowpoke

Image of New Year’s Hat Hoothoot - Shiny Icon On

New Year’s Hat Hoothoot

Image of Stantler - Shiny Icon On

Stantler

Image of Party Hat Wurmple - Shiny Icon On

Party Hat Wurmple

Image of Loudred - Shiny Icon On

Loudred

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

Image of Fearow - Shiny Icon Off

Fearow

If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!

Image of the Raid IconRaids

The following Pokémon will be appearing in raids.

One-Star Egg IconOne-Star Raids

Image of 2020 Glasses Slowpoke - Shiny Icon On

2020 Glasses Slowpoke

Image of New Year’s Hat Hoothoot - Shiny Icon On

New Year’s Hat Hoothoot

Image of Party Hat Wobbuffet - Shiny Icon On

Party Hat Wobbuffet

Image of Mawile - Shiny Icon On

Mawile

Three-Star Egg IconThree-Star Raids

Image of Party Hat Raticate - Shiny Icon On

Party Hat Raticate

Image of Party Hat Nidorino - Shiny Icon On

Party Hat Nidorino

Image of Machamp - Shiny Icon Off

Machamp

Image of Party Hat Gengar - Shiny Icon On

Party Hat Gengar

Image of 2022 Glasses Slowking - Shiny Icon On

2022 Glasses Slowking

Five Star Egg IconFive-Star Raids

Image of Kyurem - Shiny Icon On

Kyurem

Mega Raid EggMega Raids

Image of Mega Abomasnow - Shiny Icon On

Mega Abomasnow

If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!

Research IconField Research Task Encounters

The following Pokémon will be available to encounter when you complete Field Research tasks!

Image of 2020 Glasses Slowpoke - Shiny Icon On

2020 Glasses Slowpoke

Image of New Year Hat Hoothoot - Shiny Icon On

New Year Hat Hoothoot

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

Image of Party Hat Bulbasaur - Shiny Icon On

Party Hat Bulbasaur

Image of Party Hat Charmander - Shiny Icon On

Party Hat Charmander

Image of Party Hat Squirtle - Shiny Icon On

Party Hat Squirtle

If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!

Egg IconEggs

The following Pokémon will be hatching from Eggs obtained during the event.

7km Egg Icons7 km Eggs

Image of Party Hat Bulbasaur - Shiny Icon On

Party Hat Bulbasaur

Image of Party Hat Charmander - Shiny Icon On

Party Hat Charmander

Image of Party Hat Squirtle - Shiny Icon On

Party Hat Squirtle

Image of 2020 Glasses Slowpoke - Shiny Icon On

2020 Glasses Slowpoke

Image of New Year Hat Hoothoot - Shiny Icon On

New Year Hat Hoothoot

Image for New Year Hat Pichu - Shiny Icon On

New Year Hat Pichu

Image of Party Hat Wurmple - Shiny Icon On

Party Hat Wurmple

If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!

This list is organized by rarity, with one Egg icon being most common and five Egg icons being most rare.

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

You’ll also be able to get New Year’s–themed stickers by spinning PokéStops, opening Gifts, and purchasing them from the in-game shop.

Please be aware of your surroundings and follow guidelines from local health authorities when playing Pokémon GO. Upcoming events are subject to change. Be sure to follow us on social media, opt in to receiving push notifications, and subscribe to our emails to stay updated. For the latest on in-game events and feature updates, be sure to check this help center article.

—The Pokémon GO team

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