Pokemon GO’s 2022 Lunar New Year event begins 1st February

Niantic has announced a 2022 Lunar New Year themed event for Pokemon GO, which will officially begin in-app later today. The Gen VI fire/normal type Pokemon, Litleo, will be the main feature of the event, with a rare shiny variation being introduced into the game for the first time. Check out all the details for the 1-week long celebratory event below via the Pokemon GO blog.

Date + Time

Tuesday, February 1, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. to Monday, February 7, 2022, at 8:00 p.m. local time


  • It’s time to celebrate Lunar New Year! Running at the front of the pack during the event is Litleo! If you’re lucky, you just might run into a Shiny Litleo for the first time in Pokémon GO!
  • Event Bonuses: Increased chance for Lucky Pokémon in trades, increased chance to become Lucky Friends, Double Stardust from opening Gifts, 1 extra special trade per day.
  • Paras*, Meowth*, Growlithe*, Voltorb*, Hisuian Voltorb, Magikarp*, Torchic*, and Litleo* will be appearing more often in the wild. If you’re lucky, you might encounter an Electabuzz*, Gyarados*, or Combusken.
  • Magikarp*, Shinx*, Darumaka*, Litleo*, and Espurr* will be appearing in one-star raids. Charizard*, Flareon, Shuckle*, Delcatty, Absol*, and Druddigon* will be appearing in three-star raids. Regirock* will appear in five-star raids. Mega Houndoom* will appear in mega raids.
  • The following Pokémon will be hatching from 7 Km Eggs obtained during the event: Shuckle*, Slugma*, Darumaka*, Scraggy, Litleo*.
  • The following Pokémon will be available to encounter when you complete Field Research tasks: Alolan Meowth*, Galarian Meowth*, Magikarp*, Darumaka*, Litleo*, Espurr*.
  • Complete certain Field Research tasks to earn Mega Energy for Gyarados.
  • Two timed research challenges focused around catching and friendship will be available! Complete the Timed Research to earn: Litleo*, Espurr*.

(*If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!)

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