Pokemon Go Closes the Year with Legendary Raids and Treats

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Pokemon Go is dropping legendary treats for players as the year arrives on its final stretch. Along with the new season called “Season of Heritage”, the augmented reality mobile game has laid down its plans for the remainder of 2021. The December events will bring in five-star and mega Pokemon Go raids, a new research breakthrough Pokémon, and community day treats. Here are the dates to save.


Featured Pokemon in December Raids

Pokemon Go Cummunity Day December 2021
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Dragon-type Pokemon Reshiram, Zekrom, and Kyurem are making a comeback in the five-star Pokemon Go raids this holiday season. From December 1 through December 16, Reshiram and Zekrom will appear during raid battles, while players have the chance to capture Kyurem starting December 16 until the end of the month. All three Pokemon can be obtained in their Shiny version, which marks a first in the franchise.

Steel-type Pokemon Steelix is also arriving for the first time in Mega raid battles along with grass/ice Pokemon Abomasnow. Mega Steelix will be available from December 1 to December 23, while Mega Abomasnow is scheduled for December 23 – January 7 raids. Both Mega Pokemon are also available in their shiny version. All raid rotations will start and end at 10:00 a.m. local time.


Research Breakthrough: Deino

Along with the new batch of Pokemon in the raid battles, a shiny reward awaits players in a new Research Breakthrough encounter this month. From December 1 (1:00 p.m. PST) to January 1 (1:00 p.m. PST), players have the chance to obtain the elusive dark Pokemon Deino every time they complete a field research breakthrough. This Generation V Pokemon can eventually evolve to Hydreigon, a force to reckon with.


December Pokemon Spotlight Hours

For the whole month of December, Pokémon Spotlight Hours will also take place every Tuesday — from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. local time. During this period, the spawn rate of certain Pokemon will drastically increase in the wild with players having a chance to earn higher XP, candy, and Stardust bonuses. Here’s the complete schedule of Pokémon Spotlight Hours this month:

  • December 7. Electabuzz | 2× Transfer Candy
  • December 14. Magmar | 2× XP for evolving Pokémon
  • December 21. Snover | 2× Catch XP
  • December 28. Cubchoo | 2× Catch Candy


Final Pokemon Community Day

The final Community Day this year will be a two-day event, from December 18 -19, and will feature all the Pokemon that appeared throughout the 2021 and 2020 community days. During this period, featured Pokemon in 2021 will be appearing more frequently in the wild while those featured in 2020 will be hatching from Eggs and appearing in raids. Here’s the full list of Pokemon making an appearance:

  • December 18 Wild Encounters: Machop, Roselia, Swablu, Gible, Snivy, Fletchling
  • December 19 Wild Encounters: Eevee, Duskull, Shinx, Tepig, Oshawott
  • Eggs: Charmander, Weedle, Abra, Gastly, Rhyhorn, Magikarp, Porygon, Elekid, Magby, Seedot, Piplup, Budew
  • Raids: Charmander, Weedle, Abra, Gastly, Rhyhorn, Electabuzz, Magmar, Magikarp, Porygon, Seedot, Piplup

If you missed these Pokemon, it’s your last chance to download Pokemon Go and obtain them this year!