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Pokémon GO Season of Alola - Start date, Raids, and more

Pokémon GO is set to receive mons from the 7th Generation set in the tropical Alola region.
Pokémon GO Season of Alola - Start date, Raids, and more
Far from fading into irrelevancy following its incredible surge in 2016, Pokémon GO is still going strong in 2022, with Season of Alola marking the debut of 7th Gen Pokémon. 

Set to start in March, going all the way until June, Season of Alola will bring much more than Pokémon from the Alola region. Let's break down everything you need to know if you're a Pokémon GO fan. 

When does Season of Alola start in Pokémon GO?

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Season of Alola in Pokémon GO is filled with new content. (Picture: Niantic)

Season of Alola is set to start on 1st March at 10 am local time. It will end three months later on 1st June at 10 am local time.

That gives trainers plenty of time to catch all the new Alolan Pokémon, enter the GO Battle League, grind raids, special events, and much more. 

All Alolan Pokémon in Pókemon GO

While we've had some Alolan Pokémon show up in Niantic's mobile game before, Season of Alola will bring up to 20 new ones, including the three starters.

Take a look at the list of Alolan Pokémon that will come to Pokémon GO and where to get them.

Alolan Pokémon Raids

  • Tapu Koko. Only from 1st March to 15th March
  • Rockruff. Chance of getting shiny version

Alolan Pokémon in the wild

  • Rowlet
  • Litten
  • Popplio
  • Pikipek
  • Yungoos. Chance of getting shiny. version
  • Comfey. Exclusive to Hawaii.
  • Jangmo-o

Alolan Pokémon evolutions

  • Dartrix
  • Decidueye
  • Torracat
  • Incineroar
  • Brionne
  • Primarina
  • Trumbeak
  • Toucannon
  • Gumshoos
  • Midday Form Lycanroc
  • Midnight Form Lycanroc
  • Hakamo-o
  • Komm

Alolan Pokémon Eggs

  • Yungoos. Chance of getting shiny
  • Pikipek
  • Rowlet
  • Litten
  • Popplio
  • Rockruff. Chance of getting shiny version
  • Jangmo-o

Season of Alola new Pokémon spawns

Niantic has shifted the appearance rates of Pokémon depending on where you're playing for Season of Alola. 

It's worth mentioning this list isn't final and more Pokémon will show up.

Cities

  • Alolan Rattata. Chance of getting shiny
  • Alolan Meowth. Chance of getting shiny
  • Magnemite. Chance of getting shiny
  • Alolan Grimer. Chance of getting shiny
  • Jolteon
  • Makuhita. Chance of getting shiny
  • Minccino. Chance of getting shiny

Forests

  • Paras. Chance of getting shiny
  • Exeggcute. Chance of getting shiny
  • Aipom. Chance of getting shiny
  • Pineco. Chance of getting shiny
  • Electrike. Chance of getting shiny
  • Rufflet. Chance of getting shiny
  • Yungoos. Chance of getting shiny

Mountains

  • Cubone. Chance of getting shiny
  • Alolan Diglett. Chance of getting shiny
  • Alolan Geodude. Chance of getting shiny
  • Flareon
  • Baltoy. Chance of getting shiny
  • Golett
  • Archen

Beaches + Water

  • Alolan Exeggutor. Chance of getting shiny
  • Staryu. Chance of getting shiny
  • Dratini. Chance of getting shiny
  • Vaporeon
  • Tirtouga
  • Frillish
  • Corphish

Northern Hemisphere

  • Lotad. Chance of getting shiny
  • Bagon. Chance of getting shiny
  • Snivy. Chance of getting shiny
  • Tepig. Chance of getting shiny
  • Oshawott. Chance of getting shiny
  • Spring Deerling
  • Foongus

Southern Hemisphere 

  • Nincada. Chance of getting shiny
  • Beldum. Chance of getting shiny
  • Sewaddle
  • Autumn Deerling
  • Chespin
  • Fennekin
  • Froakie

Season of Alola Egg Pokémon

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Eggs are a fantastic way to get more exclusive Pokémon. (Picture: Niantic)

The three types of eggs will see changes to the Pokémon they might hatch. Keep in mind the list is not final and more will show up.

2km eggs

  • Yungoos. Chance of getting shiny
  • Pikipek
  • Chespin
  • Fennekin
  • Froakie
  • Cubone. Chance of getting shiny
  • Exeggcute. Chance of getting shiny

5km eggs

  • Rowlet
  • Litten
  • Popplio
  • Tyrogue. Chance of getting shiny
  • Skarmory. Chance of getting shiny
  • Bonsly. Chance of getting shiny
  • Mantyke

10km eggs

  • Rockruff
  • Jangmo-o
  • Alomomola
  • Mienfoo
  • Axew
  • Noibat
  • Espurr

Adventure Sync rewards

The following Pokémon will also spawn if you have adventure sync turned on.

5km eggs

  • Phantump
  • Munchlax
  • Happiny. Chance of getting shiny
  • Shieldon. Chance of getting shiny
  • Dedenne
  • Cranidos. Chance of getting shiny

10km eggs

  • Dratini. Chance of getting shiny
  • Riolu. Chance of getting shiny
  • Bagon. Chance of getting shiny
  • Beldum. Chance of getting shiny
  • Deino. Chance of getting shiny
  • Goomy

Season of Alola special researches

Throughout the course of the season, a total of five special types of research will be made available for trainers to complete. 

Those that complete the first four will have access to the fifth and final one at no extra cost, however, even if you don't finish them you'll be able to buy the special research for $4.99 or the equivalent depending on your region.

Even if you finish the four quests, the special ticket is still available for purchase, giving you some extra perks. 

The dates and names are as follows:

  • 1st March - Melemele Island Special Research
  • 22nd March - Akala Island Special Research
  • 12th April - Ula'ula Island Special Research
  • 10th May - Poni Island Special Research
  • 25th May - End of Season Special Research

Season of Alola Community Days

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Sandshrew will be the main Pokémon of the first Community Day. (Picture: Niantic)

There will be a total of three Community Days scheduled to happen during Season of Alola on the following dates:

  • 13th March
  • 23rd April
  • 21st May

Community Days are themed around a specific Pokémon, with increased appearance rates, chances of it being shiny, boasting exclusive moves, and more. 

Season of Alola Events

There are nine scheduled events to take place during Season of Alola, three per month (March, April, and May) with the only one confirmed being the Welcome to Alola event, starting on 1st March:

  • 1st March: Welcome to Alola
  • 15th March: Second special event
  • 22nd March: Third special event

No dates for April and May's events have been confirmed.

Season of Alola bonuses

Finally, these bonuses will be active during the season:

  • Increased Incense effectiveness while moving
  • Increased damage for Pokémon participating in raids remotely
  • Guaranteed Gifts from PokéStop spins
  • Up to two free Raid Passes per day by spinning Gym Photo Discs
  • Incense will last for 90 minutes

Time to chase all those new Pokémon, trainers!

Featured image courtesy of Niantic.