Pokemon Go‘s Friend Fest has come to an end, but a new event is set to begin very soon. Niantic has announced the game’s first evolution-themed event, which kicks off this week and makes it easier to find Pokemon that evolve in unique ways–as well as another new Shiny Pokemon.
The evolution event runs from December 5-12. During that time, Pokemon with unique evolution methods–such as Onix, Eevee, and Roselia–will appear more frequently in the wild, Raid Battles, and Field Research tasks. Lickitung, Scyther, Togetic, and Ralts will appear as Raid bosses as well, while Tyrogue, Feebas, Burmy, and Happiny will hatch from 2 km eggs. You’ll also have your first chance to catch a Shiny Burmy.
Those aren’t the only bonuses available during the event. Any Lure Modules you use during the event will last for one hour rather than 30 minutes, and you’ll receive twice as much XP for evolving Pokemon as normal. Additionally, you’ll receive evolution items like the King’s Rock and Sinnoh Stone from Raid Battles and special event Field Research tasks.
Finally, as part of the evolution event, Niantic is hosting a special Evolution Raid Day on Saturday, December 7. From 11 AM to 2 PM local time, Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, and their evolved forms will appear as Raid bosses, and you can receive up to five free Raid Passes from Photo Discs during the event. You can read more details on the official Pokemon Go website.
That isn’t the only event happening this month. December’s Community Day weekend is set for December 14-15. During that two-day period, all featured Pokemon from previous Community Days will be available again in the wild and Raids, and there will be various bonuses to take advantage of. The Legendary Pokemon Terrakion is also still available in five-star Raids until December 17.
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