Pokémon Go Welcomes 2022 with Exciting New Year Event

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Pokémon Go is ringing in 2022 with an exciting event, teeming with costumed Pokémon, themed avatar items, and several bonuses among others. The Pokemon new year event will start on Friday, December 31 at 10 p.m., and will end on January 4 at 8 p.m. local time.

New Year’s Hat Hoothoot and 2022 Glasses Slowking will be making their debut in Pokémon Go as the year turns. If you are lucky, you may even encounter a Shiny Hoothoot in raids. Slowpoke and Slowbro, on the other hand, seem to didn’t get the memo and will appear on 2020 and 2021 glasses respectively. Some additional 11 Costumed Pokémon will also appear in their new year party hat during the event.

New year-themed avatar items like glasses, headbands, jackets, pants, and shoes will also be available in the in-game shop during and after this event.

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Pokémon Encounters on New Year Event

Pokemon Go New Year event banner
Photo by Pokemon Go

During the 2022 Pokemon New Year event, the following Pokémon will be available to encounter in the wild:

  • New Year’s Hat Pikachu
  • Seel
  • 2020 Glasses Slowpoke
  • New Year’s Hat Hoothoot
  • Stantler
  • Party Hat Wurmple
  • Loudred

Pokémon Go also indicates on their website that players have the chance to encounter Fearow in the wild, although it would rarely come by.

If not in the wild, players can also encounter costumed or non-costumed Pokémon in Raids.

  • One-Star Raids. 2020 Glasses Slowpoke, New Year’s Hat Hoothoot, Party Hat Wobbuffet, and Mawile
  • Three-Star Raids. Party Hat Raticate, Party Hat Nidorino, Machamp, Party Hat Gengar, and 2022 Glasses Slowking
  • Five-Star Raids. Kyurem
  • Mega Raids. Mega Abomasnow

Event-themed Field Research tasks will also be available in the new year, which will reward players with the 2020 Glasses Slowpoke and New Year Hat Hoothoot encounter upon completion. There is also a small chance to encounter Party Hat Bulbasaur, Party Hat Charmander, and Party Hat Squirtle.

The last method to get the new year-themed Pokémon is by hatching eggs you obtained during the event. The following Pokémon will hatch from eggs inside incubators after walking seven kilometers, half of the normally required distance. Players will earn two times the normal amount of Stardust and Pokémon Candy when hatching Pokémon.

  • Party Hat Bulbasaur
  • Party Hat Charmander
  • Party Hat Squirtle
  • 2020 Glasses Slowpoke
  • New Year Hat Hoothoot
  • New Year Hat Pichu
  • Party Hat Wurmple


What’s Next for Pokémon Go

The year-ender celebration will coincide with the first few days of January events, running from the first day of the year until February 1 at 1:00 p.m. local time. The January Research Breakthrough Encounters will feature Onix, while Spheal will appear more frequently during the community day. You can check Pokémon Go’s January event page for the complete details.