Pokemon GO Lunar New Year 2021: Date, Time, Field Research Tasks, Bonuses, Shiny Pokemon, Raids And Everything You Need To Know

February 2021 is lucky enough to feature one of the many exciting holiday-themed events - The Lunar New Year event.

It comes as part of an action-packed month that also features Kanto Tour Event. and the GO Rocket celebration!

While players are looking ahead to the ample amount of events coming, a brand new one has just been announced!

Check out all you need to know about the Lunar New Year Event below! 

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What Is It?

Pokemon GO has announced a brand new event that is going to take place next week in celebration of Lunar New Year.

They have posted a brand new blog post detailing the event here, but down below is all the information you need!

Happy Lunar New Year! The Pokémon GO Lunar New Year event is happening once again, featuring various red Pokémon, some lucky bonuses, and, in celebration of the Year of the Ox, Timed Research featuring Tauros, the Wild Bull Pokémon! Plus, Gyarados will be able to Mega Evolve for the first time in Pokémon GO. Are you red-y? Take a look at the details below.

Date And Time

Tuesday, February 9, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Sunday, February 14, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. local time

Featured Pokemon

Red Pokémon will appear more frequently including:

  • Krabby
  • Goldeen
  • Magmar
  • Magikarp
  • Miltank
  • Meditite
  • Tepig

If you’re lucky, you might spot a Gyarados in the wild. Will you be lucky enough to encounter the coveted red Shiny Gyarados?

Shiny Gyarados

Gyarados will be out and about in the wild, with a chance for you to catch your own Shiny Gyarados!

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Field Research Tasks And Timed Research

Event-exclusive Field Research tasks will reward encounters with:

  • Meowth
  • Alolan Meowth
  • Galarian Meowth
  • Meditite
  • Miltank

In celebration of the Year of the Ox, Tauros, the Wild Bull Pokémon, will be featured in Timed Research!


One Star Raids

  • Meditite
  • Carvanha
  • Duskull
  • Skorupi
  • Darumaka

Three Star Raids

  • Miltank
  • Octillery
  • Blaziken
  • Camerupt
  • Absol

Five Star Raids

Latios and Latias will be appearing in five-star raids from Tuesday, February 9, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Saturday, February 20, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. local time.

Mega Raids

Mega Pidgeot, Mega Gyarados, and Mega Ampharos will be appearing in Mega Raids from Tuesday, February 9, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Saturday, February 20, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. local time.


Pokémon representing animals associated with Lunar New Year will be hatching from 5 km Eggs! Keep an eye out for:

  • Rattata
  • Ekans
  • Mankey
  • Ponyta
  • Mareep
  • Houndour
  • Miltank
  • Torchic
  • Bagon
  • Buneary
  • Tepig
  • Litleo


Gifts will contain more Poké Balls, so be sure to send lots of Gifts to your friends.

You’re more likely to become Lucky Friends with your friends, so be sure to swap Gifts, battle in raids, and trade with them!

When you trade a Pokémon, it’ll be more likely to become a Lucky Pokémon.

Trading range will be temporarily increased to 40 km from Monday, February 8, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. to Monday, February 15, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PST(GMT −8).

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