December 16, 2021

Postcards, Costumed Pokémon, and More During the Pokémon GO Holidays Event

Catch festive Pokémon, exchange Gifts with your friends, and compete in the GO Battle League’s Holiday Cup as this celebration begins.

The holiday season is here, and there's lots to do in Pokémon GO. A new feature, plenty of Pokémon (including some in festive attire), battles, and bonuses will keep you entertained throughout this most wonderful time of the year. The first part of the 2021 holiday celebration runs from Thursday, December 16, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Thursday, December 23, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time, so don't miss a minute of the fun! Here's what you can look forward to.


The New Postcard Book

One exciting development during this event is the launch of the new Postcard Book feature. You can now feel even closer to your fellow Trainers when you save memories from locations that you or your friends visited by pinning Postcards to your Postcard Book.


Costumed Pokémon

Nothing marks an important occasion in Pokémon GO quite like Pokémon decked out in costumes! During this event, you find plenty of fashionable Pokémon as you explore. Check out the breakdown below to see which Pokémon will be appearing where. If you're lucky, you might even find a Shiny Pokémon!

  • Wild encounters

    • Pikachu, Stantler, Delibird, and Spheal

  • One-star raids

    • Pikachu, Spheal, and Cubchoo

  • Three-star raids

    • Stantler, Delibird, and Glaceon

  • Field Research task encounters

    • Pikachu, Stantler, Spheal, and Cubchoo

Other Pokémon Encounters

You won't just come across costumed Pokémon during this event, though—there are lots of other Pokémon out there to discover! Here are some you might find—and yes, you might find Shiny ones if you're lucky!

  • Wild encounters

    • Swinub, Snorunt, Snover, and Vanillite. If you're lucky, you might encounter Alolan Sandshrew and Cryogonal.

  • One-star raids

    • Alolan Sandshrew and Swinub

  • Three-star raids

    • Cloyster

  • Five-star raids

    • Kyurem

  • Mega Raids

    • Mega Steelix

  • Field Research task encounters

    • Alolan Vulpix and Swinub

GO Battle League

If the holidays bring out your competitive side, you're in luck. When the Pokémon GO Holidays event begins, the Holiday Cup will also be available in the GO Battle League. Take on your fellow Trainers to prove your skills, and earn rewards and Pokémon encounters as you do. Check out the GO Battle League Season 10 blog for more details about the cup's rules.


Bonuses and More

There will be a few extra bonuses during the event as well. Share in the spirit of Gift giving with the ability to hold up to 40 Gifts in your Item Bag and to open 45 Gifts per day. When it's time to battle, you'll find that Mega Abomasnow receives a CP boost, but watch out for Team GO Rocket—their Grunts will have more Water- and Ice-type Pokémon when you confront them.

The in-game shop will have new festive avatar items for purchase including a hat, jacket, and shorts that will continue to be available after the event ends. Be on the lookout for holiday-themed stickers, too, which you can collect by spinning PokéStops, opening Gifts, or purchasing them from the shop.

Also, remember that December's Community Day weekend occurs during this holiday event, so don't miss the opportunity to catch more Pokémon that were featured in Community Day events throughout 2020 and 2021.

With so much to do during the Pokémon GO Holidays event, you're bound to have a very merry time this season. There's even more fun to come as we approach the end of the year, so check back soon to see what else is in store!

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