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Pokemon Go: Content Update for December 2021

Ready to bid 2021 a fond farewell? We're now into the holiday season (or is it the Season of Heritage...?), and it's time to usher out the year to make room for a year with a whole bunch of twos in it! 

March 2021 Research Breakthrough

Research Start Research End
December, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. PST January 1, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. PST

Hydreigon, Deino's evolved forme, isn't super-useful right now. Zweilous, its second forme, has utility in the Great League, but it's also likely to have bad stats here unless you trade with a friend.

If you happen to nab a high-IV Deino, then it might be a good idea to save it? We should be due for a Deino Community Day in the future.

Five Star and Mega Raid Bosses

Raids Start:  December 1, 2021

Raids End: December 16, 2021


Shiny Reshiram and Shiny Zekrom will make their debut during this raid period

Raids Start: December 16, 2021

Raids End: December 31, 2021


Shiny Kyurem will make its debut during this raid period

Mega Raids

Raids Start: December 1, 2021

Raids End: December 23, 2021


This will mark the debut of Mega Steelix in Pokemon Go

Raids Start: December 23, 2021

Raids End: January 7, 2022

Spotlight Hours

Spotlight Period Bonus
Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 6:00-7:00 p.m. local time 2x Transfer Candy
Spotlight Period Bonus
Tuesday, December 14, 2021, 6:00-7:00 p.m. local time 2x Evolution XP
Spotlight Period Bonus
Tuesday, December 21, 2021, 6:00-7:00 p.m. local time 2x Catch XP
Spotlight Period Bonus
Tuesday, December 28, 2021, 6:00-7:00 p.m. local time 2x Catch Candy

March Events

While it's likely that this is not a complete list, Niantic has given us information on at least a few upcoming events:

Swinub Incense Day
Event Start Event End
December 5, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time December 5, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. local time

Get ready for a bunch of Ice Types, a bunch of Ground Types, and a whole bunch of Swinub during this Incense event!

Dragonspiral Descent
Event Start Event End
December 7, 2021 December 12, 2021

A bit of a celebration of Unova, this matches up nicely with the return of Zekrom and Reshiram.

Pokemon Go Holidays
Event Start Event End
December 16, 2021 December 31, 2021

This one will be split into two pieces, but should pretty much be our traditional holiday event. It's usually a great time.

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December Research Breakthrough encounters

Wednesday, December 1, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8) to Saturday, January 1, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8).

Image of Deino - Shiny Icon On

Deino

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

Image of a Remote Raid Pass IconWeekly 1 PokéCoin bundles

Every Monday in December, a one-time-purchase bundle containing a Remote Raid Pass and other items will be available in the shop for 1 PokéCoin.

Image of a Raid Icon - TealFeatured Pokémon in raids

The following Pokémon will be appearing in raids throughout December.

Image of a Five-Star EggFive-Star Raids

Reshiram, Zekrom and Kyurem will be returning to five-star raids this December! Also, for the first time in Pokémon GO, you’ll be able to encounter a Shiny Reshiram, Zekrom, or Kyurem, if you’re lucky!

Please note: Raid rotations all start and end at 10:00 a.m. local time on the dates listed.

Wednesday, December 1, 2021, to Thursday, December 16, 2021

Image of Reshiram - Shiny Icon On

Reshiram

Image of Zekrom - Shiny Icon On

Zekrom

Thursday, December 16, 2021, to Friday, December 31, 2021

Image of Kyurem - Shiny Icon On

Kyurem

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

Image of a Mega Raid EggMega Raids

For the first time in Pokémon GO, Mega Steelix will be appearing in Mega Raids!

Please note: Raid rotations all start and end at 10:00 a.m. local time on the dates listed.

Wednesday, December 1, 2021, to Thursday, December 23, 2021

Image of Mega Steelix - Shiny Icon On

Mega Steelix

Thursday, December 23, 2021, to Friday, January 7, 2022

Image of Mega Abomasnow - Shiny Icon On

Mega Abomasnow

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

Raid Hours

Every Wednesday in December, a Raid Hour event will occur from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. local time. The following Pokémon will be featured.

Image of Reshiram - Shiny Icon On

December 1, December 8, and December 15: Reshiram

Image of Zekrom - Shiny Icon On

December 1, December 8, and December 15: Zekrom

Image of Kyurem - Shiny Icon On

December 22 and December 29: Kyurem

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

Pokémon Spotlight Hours

In the month of December, Pokémon Spotlight Hour will take place every Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. local time, and each will spotlight a different Pokémon and a special bonus!

Image of Electabuzz - Shiny Icon On

December 7: Electabuzz | 2× Transfer Candy

Image of Magmar - Shiny Icon On

December 14: Magmar | 2× XP for evolving Pokémon

Image of Snover - Shiny Icon On

December 21: Snover | 2× Catch XP

Image of Cubchoo - Shiny Icon On

December 28: Cubchoo | 2× Catch Candy

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

December Community Day

Our final Community Day event will be held on both Saturday, December 18, 2021, and Sunday, December 19, 2021. During the event, Pokémon featured throughout 2021’s Community Day events will be appearing more frequently in the wild. Additionally, Pokémon featured in 2020’s Community Day events will be hatching from Eggs and appearing in raids. December Community Day will be an awesome opportunity to catch any featured Pokémon you may have missed!

For more details, check out the December Community Day blog.

Upcoming events

Stay tuned for details about these upcoming events.

  • Season of Heritage: A new Season begins on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time! Embark on a journey inspired by the past as we run-up to Pokémon GO Tour: Johto. The Season of Heritage ends on Tuesday, March 1, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. local time.
  • Swinub Incense Day: On Sunday, December 5, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Swinub will be attracted more frequently to Incense. Additionally, both Ice-type and Ground-type Pokémon will be attracted to Incense throughout the day.
  • Dragonspiral Descent: An event inspired by the Unova region’s Dragonspiral Tower will take place from Tuesday, December 7, 2021, to Sunday, December 12, 2021. More details to come!
  • Pokémon GO Holidays Part 1 and Part 2: The Pokémon GO Holidays event returns on Thursday, December 16, 2021, and runs until Friday, December 31, 2021! Look forward to costumed Pokémon, Ice-type Pokémon appearing more frequently in the wild, event-exclusive Field Research, winter-themed avatar items, and a bonanza of bonuses!
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