‘Pokémon Go’ Holiday Event: Everything You Should Do Before It Ends

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Pokemon Go's holiday update has finally been announced. (c) The Pokemon Company, Niantic

Niantic has launched a brand new event in Pokémon Go to celebrate the holiday season and help trainers get some of the newest Pokémon from the Johto Region as well as some other goodies. From the morning of Dec. 25 until Jan. 3, the Pokémon Go Holiday Event will bring increased chances of Pokémon, new PokeStop items and much more.

But as trainers saw with the Halloween event, there are some things players should be sure to do in the timeframe of this upcoming Holiday Event and we listed exactly what Pokémon Go players should be mindful to do in the coming days.

1. Hatch All the Eggs!

When the Gen 2 update for Pokémon Go debuted, the baby Pokémon were the first to come to the game and the only way to obtain them was to hatch them from eggs. The Pokémon Go holiday event gives trainers an increased chance to hatch Togepi, Pichu and the other baby Pokémon, but you’ll need to grab new eggs during the holiday event to get the increased chance.

Be sure to clear your queue of Pokémon eggs so you can pick up a new egg from a PokeStop. And speaking of PokeStops...

2. Grab the Incubators

Starting the morning of Dec. 25 through the afternoon of Jan. 3, one single-use incubator will be gifted in the first PokeStop you visit each day. Incubators are probably the most crucial item in Pokémon Go , as trainers are gives just one unlimited incubator to hatch eggs and have to spend money or level up quickly to get more.

With these single-use incubators being gifted, trainers can hatch as many eggs as possible at once and get the new Gen 2 Pokémon.

3. Gen 1 Starters Emerge

Beginning Dec. 30 through Jan. 8, the Gen 1 starters and their evolutions are more likely to be encountered in the wild.

That means those looking for Bulbasaurs, Charmanders and Squirtles (and the candy to evolve them) can finally catch them. To help with encountering the Gen 1 starters, Lure Modules will now last 60 minutes instead of the usual 30 during this time period.

Get out there and find those elusive Gen 1 starters!

4. Santa Hat Pikachu

The special Santa Hat Pikachu (and Raichu) were introduced with the Gen 2 update. This special Pikachu’s time in the game has been extended and will go until the Pokémon Go holiday event ends in early January.

Pikachu’s encounter rate has increased during this time so if you haven’t found one yet you still have time to find a Santa Hat Pikachu and evolve it into a Santa Hat Raichu.

Have you found all the new Gen 2 Pokémon? How are you spending the holiday event in Pokémon Go ? Let us know in the comments section below.

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