Fresh off the heels of a leak revealing the next set of Generation III Pokémon headed to Pokémon Go, Niantic has officially announced a holiday event featuring the Hoenn creatures. As an added holiday treat, new free daily rewards and in-game shop specials will also be available.
According to the announcement post on Pokémon Go Live, trainers will begin seeing the new set of Water and Ice-type Pokémon on December 21st at 1 p.m. PT. While the post does not explicitly state which Pokémon will be added, recent data mining suggested 20 new creatures will be added, including Snorunt, Relicanth, Wailmer, Feebas, and many more. The holiday-themed Pikachu from last year will also return, along with “a few frosty friends,” which is likely a tease for the inclusion of Generation II’s Ice-type Delibird.
Outside of new Hoenn Pokémon, the event will also award single-use egg incubators from each daily PokéStop spin. Trainers will receive the free item once a day from December 22nd at 1 p.m. PT through to December 25th at 1 p.m. PT. For the savvy shopper, special boxes will be available to purchase in the in-game shop that house Super Incubators, Lure Modules, Premium Raid Passes, and a brand new item, the Star Piece. Similar to Lucky Eggs, Star Pieces will grant extra Stardust for a 30-minute period, which is a considerable gift for trainers hoping to grind for more of the material to power up Pokémon. While Star Pieces will be available permanently moving forward, the special boxes will only be available until January 4th.
While Niantic didn’t state anything about a new Legendary, the key art for the event, seen above, shows Hoenn Legendary Kyogre swimming with the other new additions. Currently, Kyogre’s Legendary antithesis, Groudon, is available to battle and capture in raids, which could mean Kyogre will appear soon. Groudon is available until January 15th, which could mean the Water-type Legendary will take Groudon’s place after January 15th, or Kyogre could be available soon alongside the Ground-type.
Outside of the holiday event and new Pokémon, trainers were recently given details on a new AR feature coming to iOS users. The AR+ mode will make capturing Pokémon more interactive, as the AR camera will fix a wild Pokémon to one location and let the player walk closer to it for the chance to get a capture bonus. It’s unclear if or when Android users will receive the feature, but for Apple devices, the new mode will appear in the upcoming update.
Pokémon Go is available for iOS and Android.