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Pokémon GO Lunar New Year Celebration: Dates, rewards, quests, and more

As is tradition, one of the best-known celebrations in Asia will be present within Niantic's game, with Tauros being the protagonist of this year's event.

The Lunar New Year is one of the greatest holidays in the world, celebrated mainly in Asia, where the nations of this part of the world celebrate the beginning of a new cycle, full of hopes and dreams.

This is why many companies and publishers usually launch exclusive in-game content for this celebration, as we have already seen with Blizzard and Riot Games and their different games, like Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, League of Legends and Teamfight Tactics, among others.

Joining the festivities, Niantic has announced a batch of new content and missions to celebrate the Year of the Ox, featuring Tauros, the Brave Bull, as the protagonist of the Lunar New Year event, which will take place 9th - 14th February.

Lunar New Year Celebration

Pokémon GO Lunar New Year Celebration start date
(Picture: Niantic)

In the event, all red-coloured Pokémon will appear more frequently in the wild, with a higher chance of finding Gyarados, and of course, its highly sought-after red-coloured Shiny version.

In addition, all the Pokémon that represent the Chinese Zodiac and the Lunar New Year will hatch from 5km eggs with greater probability, these being:

  • Rattata

  • Ekans

  • Mankey

  • Ponyta

  • Mareep

  • Houndour

  • Miltank

  • Torchic

  • Bagon

  • Buneary

  • Tepig

  • Litleo

Special Raids and bonuses

Pokémon GO Lunar New Year Celebration raids and bonuses
(Picture: Niantic)

During the event, there will be different special raids, including the debut of Mega Gyarados, joining the roster of mega raids available within the game:

  • Meditite, Carvanha, Duskull, Skorupi, and Darumaka will appear in one-star raids.

  • Miltank, Octillery, Blaziken, Camerupt, and Absol will appear in three-star raids.

  • Latios and Latias will appear in the five-star raids from Tuesday, 9th February, 2021 at 10:00 am to Saturday, 20th February 2021 at 9:00 am, local time.

  • Mega-Pidgeot, Mega-Gyarados and Mega-Ampharos will appear in Mega Raids from Tuesday, 9th February 2021 at 10:00 am to Saturday, 20th February 2021 at 9:00 am, local time.

In addition to this, new temporary missions will be available, some of which will reward encounters with Meowth, Alolan Meowth, Galarian Meowth, Meditite, Miltank, and of course Tauros.

Finally, some bonuses will be activated when sending gifts with friends and when exchanging Pokémon, throughout the course of the event.