Pokémon GO Celebrating the Start of 2023 with a New Year's Event

Prepare for the new year.
Prepare for the new year. Niantic

The old year is about to end, so it's time to welcome the new. Pokémon GO is inviting all trainers to the New Year's 2023 event, from December 31 to January 4. In this event, everyone can look forward to the debut of Pikachu wearing a party top hat. Those lucky enough may even encounter a Shiny version.

If you think that's exciting, then be prepared for something more. That's because beginning with this event, trainers can evolve the Hoothoot wearing a New Year’s outfit into Noctowl wearing a New Year’s outfit.

Finally, festive fireworks are set to light up the skies during the event.

Event Bonuses

For New Year’s 2023 Event, trainers can look forward to these bonuses:

  • 1/2 Egg Hatch Distance when Eggs are placed in an Incubator during the event period.
  • 1/4 Hatch Distance for the first three Eggs hatched during the event using the Pokémon GO Egg hatching widget.

By the way, it's important to know that these bonuses don't stack.

Event Activities

The following takes place during this upcoming event:

  • These Pokémon appear more frequently in the wild:
    • Pikachu wearing a party top hat
    • Hoothoot wearing a New Year’s outfit
    • Wurmple wearing a party hat
  • These Pokémon hatch from 7 km Eggs:
    • Pichu wearing a party hat
    • Cleffa
    • Igglybuff
    • Togepi
    • Tyrogue
    • Smoochum
    • Elekid
    • Magby
    • Azurill
    • Wynaut
  • New Year’s–themed Field Research tasks are available.
    • Complete the research tasks to earn Stardust.
  • These Pokémon appear in raids:
    • One-Star Raids
      • Bulbasaur wearing a party hat
      • Charmander wearing a party hat
      • Squirtle wearing a party hat
      • Pikachu wearing a party top hat
      • Hoothoot wearing a New Year’s outfit
    • Three-Star Raids
      • Raticate wearing a party hat
      • Nidorino wearing a party hat
      • Gengar wearing a party hat
      • Wobbuffet wearing a party hat
    • Five-Star Raids
      • Reshiram
    • Mega Raids
      • Mega Steelix
  • New Year’s–themed Collection Challenge is coming.
    • Complete the New Year’s–themed Collection Challenge to receive Stardust.

New Stuff

During the event, trainers get the chance to buy the Pikachu Party Hat avatar item in the in-game shop; also available is the Party Popper Pose. Trainers can get it during and after the event ends, so need not worry about a time limit.

There are also event-themed stickers obtainable by spinning PokéStops, opening Gifts, and buying them from the in-game shop.

Pokémon GO is available on Android and iOS.

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