It’s time to celebrate the Lunar New Year in Pokémon GO! Pokémon like Bunnelby and Buneary will appear more frequently in the wild, and Trainers can look forward to other event-themed Pokémon appearing in the wild, in raids, and hatching from Eggs!

It looks like all Trainers’ luck will also improve during the event—you’ll have an increased chance of encountering Shiny Darumaka, an increased chance to receive Lucky Pokémon in trades, and an increased chance to become Lucky Friends!

You can find full details about the Pokémon GO Lunar New Year event below.

Lunar New Year 2023: Thursday, January 19, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. to Monday, January 23, 2023, at 8:00 p.m. local time.

Wild encounters: The following Pokémon will appear more frequently in the wild.

  • Ponyta
  • Magmar
  • Magikarp
  • Slugma
  • Numel
  • Combee
  • Buneary
  • Fennekin
  • Bunnelby
  • Flareon
  • Darumaka

Event Bonuses

  • Increased chance to encounter Shiny Darumaka!
  • Increased chance for Lucky Pokémon in trades.
  • Increased chance to become Lucky Friends.
  • 2× Stardust from opening Gifts.
  • One additional Special Trade can be made for a maximum of two per day.
  • During the Lunar New Year event, Trainers can choose from several bonuses as a reward for their Timed Research.

Timed Research: Lucky Wishes

Trainers will be able to access branching Timed Research that grants their wish for bonuses that revolve around either hatching Eggs, the duration of Daily Adventure Incense, or collecting Stardust. The path you choose will determine which bonuses and tasks you have for the event! No matter which wish you pick, all Trainers who complete the research will receive a Lucky Egg and other items. They will also have the opportunity to encounter the following Pokémon.

  • Magikarp
  • Azumarill
  • Combusken
  • Darumaka
  • Galarian Darumaka
  • Bunnelby

Eggs: The following Pokémon will hatch from 7 km Eggs.

  • Chingling
  • Riolu
  • Darumaka
  • Galarian Darumaka
  • Scraggy

Raids: The following Pokémon will be appearing in raids.

One-Star Raids

  • Hisuian Voltorb
  • Shinx
  • Darumaka
  • Galarian Darumaka

Three-Star Raids

  • Flareon
  • Shuckle
  • Blaziken
  • Druddigon
  • Diggersby

Five-Star Raids

  • Regice

Mega Raids

  • Mega Lopunny

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

  • Charmander
  • Paras
  • Cyndaquil
  • Torchic
  • Chimchar
  • Combee
  • Buneary
  • Tepig
  • Darumaka
  • Galarian Darumaka
  • Fennekin
  • Bunnelby
  • Litten

Avatar items and stickers

The following new avatar items will be available to purchase in the in-game shop during this event and will continue to be available after the event ends!

  • Red Lantern Backpack

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