Pokémon GO celebrates the start of the Year of the Water Rabbit with Lunar New Year Event, debut of Shiny Darumaka

Pokémon GO is celebrating the start of the Year of the Water Rabbit with a special celebration event to run from 10:00am local time January 19th, through to 8:00pm January 23rd. The Shiny variant of the Zen Charm Pokémon, Darumaka, is also making its Pokémon GO debut with the beginning of the Lunar New Year.

Event Bonuses and Activities
  • Increased chance of encountering Shiny Darumaka
  • Increased chance for Lucky Pokémon in trades
  • Increased chance to become Lucky Friends
  • Stardust from opening Gifts
  • One additional Special Trade can be made, for a maximum of two for the day (active from 2:00pm to 10:00pm)
Timed Research: Lucky Wishes
Branching Timed Research will be available during this event, allowing Trainers to choose one of three different paths, each offering different tasks and bonuses. The three paths respectively offer bonuses for hatching Eggs, the duration of Daily Adventure Incense, and collecting Stardust. Trainers who complete their selected research path will receive a selection of bonus items, as well as have the opportunity to encounter the following Pokémon themed around the Lunar New Year and Year of the Water Rabbit.

Avatar Items

The following new avatar items will be available to purchase in the in-game shop starting from this event:
  • Red Lantern Backpack
All Pokémon listed below with a ⁂ next to their name can also be encountered in their Shiny variants.

In the wild
The following Pokémon will appear more frequently in the wild during this event:
  • Ponyta ⁂
  • Magmar ⁂
  • Magikarp ⁂
  • Slugma ⁂
  • Numel ⁂
  • Combee ⁂
  • Buneary ⁂
  • Fennekin
  • Bunnelby ⁂
  • Flareon (Uncommon)
  • Darumaka (Uncommon) ⁂
In Raids
During the period of this event, the following Pokémon will be appearing in raids:

  • One-Star Raids
    • Hisuian Voltorb
    • Shinx ⁂
    • Darumaka ⁂
    • Galarian Darumaka ⁂
  • Three-Star Raids
    • Flareon
    • Shuckle ⁂
    • Blaziken ⁂
    • Druddigon ⁂
    • Diggersby
  • Five-Star Raids
    • Regice ⁂
  • Mega Raids
    • Mega Lopunny ⁂
From Eggs
The following Pokémon will hatch from 7 km Eggs during this event:
  • Chingling
  • Riolu ⁂
  • Darumaka ⁂
  • Galarian Darumaka ⁂
  • Scraggy
From Research Encounters
The following Pokémon can be encountered through completing Field Research tasks and the the Lucky Wishes Timed Research:
  • Field Research
    • Charmander ⁂
    • Paras ⁂
    • Cyndaquil ⁂
    • Torchic ⁂
    • Chimchar ⁂
    • Combee ⁂
    • Buneary ⁂
    • Tepig ⁂
    • Darumaka ⁂
    • Galarian Darumaka ⁂
    • Fennekin
    • Bunnelby ⁂
    • Litten
  • Lucky Wishes Timed Research
    • Magikarp ⁂
    • Azumarill
    • Combusken
    • Darumaka ⁂
    • Galarian Darumaka ⁂
    • Bunnelby ⁂
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