Pokemon GO New Year's Event 2020: Date, Time, Bonuses, Rewards, Featured Pokemon, Research Tasks And Everything You Need To Know

Pokemon GO is joining the New Year fun as we prepare for 2021.

It's time to leave a miserable 2020 behind and look ahead with the help of Niantic.

The Pokemon GO New Year 2020 event kicks off on new Year's eve and will feature an abundance of bonuses and rewards for you to grab.

While COVID-19 may have squashed many exciting New Year plans, at least we can all enjoy this instead.

Here's all we know! 

What Is It

Announced via this blog post, the New Year's Event is going to feature Slowpoke and have some nice bonuses inside for players!

Happy 2020 from Slowpoke! Wait, no—it’ll be 2021 in just a few days. Turns out Slowpoke is late to the game as always. For this year’s New Year’s event, you can expect new costumed Pokémon (like a Slowpoke wearing 2020 glasses) and new avatar items, as well as the return of some familiar Pokémon wearing party hats.

Date and Time

The event is going to take place on December 31st, 2020 at 10:00 pm local time and will run until January 4th, 2021 at 10:00 pm local time! 


Below are all the features going to be implemented with this event: 

  • Some Pokémon will be wearing festive costumes to celebrate the new year with us!
  • Slowpoke wearing 2020 glasses will be appearing in the wild, appearing after you complete Field Research tasks, appearing in raids, and hatching from 2 km Eggs.Evolve Slowpoke wearing 2020 glasses to get a Slowbro wearing 2021 glasses!
  • Pichu wearing a New Year’s hat will be hatching from 2 km Eggs
  • Pikachu wearing a New Year’s hat will be appearing in the wild and after you complete Field Research tasks. You can also get one by evolving a Pichu wearing a New Year’s hat.
  • Evolve Pikachu wearing a New Year’s hat to get a Raichu wearing a New Year’s hat!
  • Wynaut will be hatching from 2 km Eggs. If you’re lucky, you might find a Shiny Wynaut!
  • Raticate, Wobbuffet, and Wurmple wearing party hats will be appearing in one-star raids. Klink and Espurr will be joining them as well.
  • Eevee wearing a party hat will be available as a Field Research reward encounter.
  • Dress up for 2021! Beginning on Wednesday, December 30, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8), the 2021 Glasses and the New Year’s Party Hat avatar items will be available in the in-app shop.
  • Boxes will contain different items during the event! Check out the shop for more details.


Finally, here are the bonuses for the New Year's Event: 

  • 2× Hatch Candy
  • 2× Hatch Stardust
  • 1/2 Hatch Distance when Eggs are placed in an Incubator during this time

We hope you enjoy this event and have a safe and happy holiday season! 

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