Pokémon GO Season of Heritage - Monthly Bonuses, Raid Bosses, and Egg Pokémon

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January 6, 2022: Added new dates and details for the Mountains of Power event set to start on January 7.

The Pokémon GO Season of Heritage has arrived. Announced on the final day of the Season of Mischief event, Niantic is clearly wasting no time in getting started with the next leg of the Pokémon GO journey. There's still a lot we don't know, but we do know when it ends, the current egg Pokémon, and the first set of research

Initially, the teaser Niantic release was just that: a tease. Probably even more so than Niantic designed. The imagery suggested one of two possibilities. The promotional timing suggested one, but the image suggested another. With questions lingering, we're going to round up the theories before the big reveal.

If you're currently back into Pokémon GO because of the numerous mainline Pokémon games currently being hyped up, you may want to open up our Pokémon GO hub. It's a fast-moving title, and learning about the latest releases, events, and meta Pokémon can help you hop straight into the fun.

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What Is the Pokémon GO Season of Heritage?

The Pokémon GO Season of Heritage is an event set to run over the next few months. The outgoing theme, the Season of Mischief, brought lots of spooky Pokémon and culminated with the arrival of the mythical Pokémon Hoopa, known for pulling interdimensional tricks.

By comparison, this newest season focuses on Dragon-type Pokémon, while also pushing out more Ice and Ground-type Pokémon typically used to counter the two initial legendary raid boss fight

Schedule

  • Dec. 1
    • Season starts
  • Dec. 5
    • Swinub incense day (Ice/Ground-type spawns)
  • Dec. 7–12
    • Dragonspiral Descent event starts
  • Dec. 16–23
    • Part 1 events
  • Dec. 23–31
    • Part 2 events
    • Bergmite & Avalugg release
    • Egg Incubator with every first PokéStop spin of the day
    • New Timed Research feat. Galarian Mr. Mime
    • Collection Challenge feat. Galarian Mr. Mime
    • New Field Research feat. Holiday Delibird
    • Increased trading distance (40km)
    • New raid rotation
    • New wild encounters rotation
  • Jan. 1–Feb. 1
    • New Research Breakthrough rewards (Onix, Steelix Mega Energy)
  • Every Monday in January
    • One PokéCoin bundle (Remote Raid Pass, etc.)
  • Jan. 7–Feb. 1
    • New Mega raid rotation (Mega Aerodactyl)
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  • Mountains of Power event starts (until Jan.13)

When Is the Pokémon GO Season of Heritage Start And End Time?

The Pokémon GO Season of Heritage ends at the same time on March 1. The Season of Heritage Johto Tour event will cap off the whole event on February 26–27.

What Are the Pokémon GO Season of Heritage Raid Bosses?

Date One-Star Three-Star Five-Star (Legendary) Mega
Dec. 2–15Magnemite*, Dratini*, Tepig*, Drilbur, Klink*Alolan Raichu*, Alolan Graveler, Typhlosion, AggronReshiram*, Zekrom*Mega Steelix
Dec. 16–23Pikachu, Alolan Sandshrew, Swinub, Spheal, CubchooCloyster, Stantler, Delibird, GlaceonKyuremMega Steelix
Dec. 24–31Pikachu, Alolan Vulpix, Spheal, Cubchoo, Galarian DarumakaLapras, Delibird, Stantler, GlaceonKyuremMega Abomasnow
Jan. 7–15Alolan Geodude*, Onix*, Beldum*, Bronzor*Ursaring*, Donphan*, Medicham*, AbsolHeatranMega Aerodactyl
Jan. 15–24TBATBAGenesect (Shock Drive)Mega Aerodactyl
Jan. 24–Feb. 1TBATBARegiceMega Aerodactyl

The second Season of Heritage raid rotation is now in effect, bringing a bunch of holiday-themed Pokémon to the game. Pikachu, Cubchoo, Spheal, Stantler, Delibird, and Glaceon are all wearing festive attire in the lower tiers. At the top end, Kyurem replaces Reshiram and Zekrom for a time, with Mega Steelix sticking around just a little while longer.

The Pokémon GO season of heritage will welcome the Dragonspiral Descent event in early December.
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What Are the Pokémon GO Season of Heritage Seasonal Bonuses?

  • Incense will be more potent whether you're standing still or moving
  • Damage dealt while participating in a Remote Raid is increased
  • Every PokéStop spin will reward at least one gift
  • One additional Candy with every trade
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  • You're guaranteed to get Candy XL with trading

Regardless of the month, the above Seasonal Bonuses will be in effect for as long as the Season of Heritage remains active. That means you'll benefit from increased Remote Raid damage and Incense effectiveness all the way through to March.

What Is the Pokémon GO Season of Heritage Monthly Bonus?

January

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  • 2x XP for First Catch of the Day

The Pokémon GO Season of Heritage monthly bonus for January will be double EXP gains for your first catch of the day. Furthermore, bonus rewards will become available for those who manage to accumulate high amounts of XP throughout the month, with Pokémon like Goomy, Cranidos, and Togetic up for grabs.

Reward XP Required
15 Poké Balls1,000
One Lure Module6,000
Cranidos15,000
15 Razz Berries25,000
25 Poké Balls35,000
Porygon47,500
20 Great Balls60,000
15 Pinap Berries70,000
Shedinja90,000
25 Ultra Balls110,000
Togetic130,000
Three Golden Razz Berries150,000
Goomy175,000
2,500 Stardust200,000
One Star Piece and a Goomy hat240,000

These rewards will only be available to those who pre-purchase a ticket to the Johto Tour event before January 10, 2021.

February

  • 2x XP for egg hatches
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  • Increased Candy XL from egg hatches

The Pokémon GO Season of Heritage monthly bonus for February will be in double XP and increased Candy XL drop from egg hatches.

Reward Total Pokémon Caught
20 Poké Balls15
One Incense35
Krabby55
15 Razz Berries80
15 Great Balls105
Gligar135
15 Nanab Berries165
Primeape200
Two Silver Pinap Berries235
Galarian Zigzagoon275
Pupitar315
Three Golden Razz Berries365
Noibat425
5,000 XP500
One Remote Raid Pass and a Noibat hat600

The final challenge of the season asks that you catch an insane number of Pokémon—600 for all of the rewards. For your efforts, you can grab Pokémon like Primeape, Noibat, Pupitar, and Galarian Zigzagoon.

These rewards will only be available to those who pre-purchase a ticket to the Johto Tour event before February 10, 2021.

The Pokémon GO Season of Heritage focuses on a mysterious door.
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What Is the Pokémon GO Season of Heritage Mythical Pokémon?

Initially, we suspected it to be Arceus—the main mythical Pokémon of the Sinnoh region, and the focus of the game this season is likely promoting.

That could still happen if the Tohjo Ruins, an area between Johto and Sinnoh where Arceus can create new Pokémon, is mentioned during the Pokémon GO story, but we'll have to wait and see. Without that, Celebi could be set to make a comeback instead.

What Are the Pokémon GO Season of Heritage Spawns?

Biome Pokémon
CitiesPorygon, Snubull, Glameow, Bronzor, Lillipup, Trubbish, Solosis
ForestsCaterpie, Tailow, Croagunk, Joltik, Ferroseed, Karrablast, Shelmet
MountainsClefairy, Aerodactyl, Teddiursa, Meditite, Numel, Hippopotas, Munna
WaterPsyduck, Lapras, Wingull, Barboach, Finneon, Feebas, Bidoof
Northern HemisphereDelibird, Turtwig, Chimchar, Piplup, Cottonee, Vanillite, Deerling (Winter)
Southern HemisphereTangela, Treeko, Torchic, Mudkip, Carvaha, Combee, Deerling (Summer)

Throughout the Pokémon GO Season of Heritage, the above Pokémon will all feature prominently in their listed biomes.

Those in the Northern Hemisphere should see the Sinnoh starter Pokémon more frequently, while those in the Southern Hemisphere will see the Johto starters in their place. Visiting cities should give you plenty of opportunities to make catch enough Porygon to evolve the Pokémon GO Arlo counter Porygon-Z, while a trip to the mountains can net you Aerodactyl—a potential Mega Evolution with a mean bite.

What Are the Pokémon GO Season of Heritage Egg Pokémon?

Date 2km 5km 5km (Adventure Sync) 7km 10km 10km (Adventure Sync)
Dec. 2–23Poliwag, Bellsprout, Swinub, Meditite, Barboach, Swablu, BunnelbyOnix, Azurill, Happiny, Munchlax, Snover, Froakie, HippopotasCranidos, Shieldon, Frillish, Skrelp, Clauncher, DedenneN/AAudino, Darumaka, Mienfoo, Rufflet, Espurr, Goomy, NoibatDratini, Bagon, Beldun, Riolu, Deino, Noibat
Dec. 17-Poliwag, Bellsprout, Swinub, Meditite, Barboach, Swablu, BunnelbyOnix, Azurill, Happiny, Munchlax, Snover, Froakie, HippopotasCranidos, Shieldon, Frillish, Skrelp, Clauncher, DedenneSwinub, Cubchoo, Smoochum, Galarian Darumaka, Bergmite, CryogonalAudino, Darumaka, Mienfoo, Rufflet, Espurr, Goomy, NoibatDratini, Bagon, Beldun, Riolu, Deino, Noibat

The Pokémon GO Season of Heritage has, as expected, mixed up the current egg Pokémon offerings. Just refer to the table above to know which Pokémon to expect from each type of egg. Others can hatch as well, but these are the featured egg Pokémon for the new season, according to the official website.

And that's about all we know about the Pokémon GO Season of Heritage right now. With all the talk about the past, it's set to be a season full of lore nuggets and unexpected events.