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Pokémon Go Holiday 2021 event guide

It’s the most wonderful time of the year

A Pokémon Go character gifts a holiday gift to some dressed up Pokémon Image: Niantic/The Pokémon Company

Pokémon Go is throwing its big holiday event from Dec. 16-31, 2021. The event features costumed Pokémon, the addition of Bergmite, and gift bonuses, allowing you to open and send more gifts. Our Pokémon Go guide will list out the special increased spawns, raid battles, and Field Research.

Part 2 of the event takes place from Dec. 23-31 and you can see the active details below.

Notably, you can get one free egg Incubator per day from spinning a Poké Stop, so make sure you grab these free single-use Incubators.

Pokémon Go Holiday 2021 event Part 2 Field Research and rewards

Task Reward
Task Reward
Catch 5 ice-type Pokémon Spheal (Holiday) encounter
Catch 7 different species of Pokémon Alolan Sandshrew encounter
Hatch 5 eggs 1 Glacial Lure Module
Hatch an egg Galarian Darumaka encounter
Open 5 gifts Pikachu (Holiday), Stantler (Holiday), or Cubchoo (Holiday) encounter
Send 3 gifts to friends 3 Pinap Berries, 3 Poké Ball, or 3 Razz Berries
Spin 3 Poké Stops or gyms Swinub encounter
Take 3 snapshots of wild ice-type Pokémon 20 Abomasnow Mega Energy

Holiday Part 2 2021 event Timed Research

Pokémon Go Holidays: Friendship Challenge Timed Research

  • Send 5 gifts to friends (Pikachu [Holiday] encounter)
  • Trade 3 Pokémon with friends (Vanillite encounter)
  • Send 25 gifts to friends (Delibird [Holiday] encounter)
  • Send gifts 3 days in a row (unknown reward)
  • Make a new friend (3 Silver Pinap Berries)

Reward: Galarian Mr. Mime encounter

Pokémon Go Holidays: Catch Challenge Timed Research

  • Catch 10 Pokémon (10 Poké Balls)
  • Catch 25 Pokémon (25 Poké Balls)
  • Catch 10 ice-type Pokémon (10 Great Balls)
  • Catch 40 ice-type Pokémon (25 Great Balls)
  • Catch 9 different species of ice-type Pokémon (25 Ultra Balls)

Reward: Galarian Mr. Mime encounter

Increased Pokémon spawns for Holiday Part 2 2021

  • Pikachu (Santa hat)
  • Alolan Vulpix
  • Swinub
  • Delibird (Holiday)
  • Stantler (Holiday)
  • Snorunt
  • Spheal (Holiday)
  • Snover
  • Vanillite
  • Cubchoo (Holiday)
  • Cryogonal
  • Bergmite

7 KM egg hatches for Holiday Part 2 2021

  • Swinub
  • Smoochum
  • Galarian Darumaka
  • Cubchoo (Holiday)
  • Cryogonal
  • Bergmite

Galarian Darumaka is also available Shiny for the first time.

Shiny Galarian Darumaka and Darmanitan with its regular forms. Both have a green tint rather than light blue, but the Zen form of Darmanitan is pink instead of red.
The Zen form of Darmanitan (on the right) is not available in game yet, but we’ve included it so you can plan accordingly.
Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Image sources: Niantic/The Pokémon Company

Raid Targets for Holiday Part 2 2021

  • Pikachu (Santa hat)
  • Alolan Vulpix
  • Spheal (Holiday)
  • Galarian Darumaka
  • Cubchoo (Holiday)
  • Lapras
  • Delibird (Holiday)
  • Stantler (Holiday)
  • Glaceon (Holiday)

Part 1 of the 2021 Holiday event ended, but you can still see the details below.

Pokémon Go Holiday 2021 Part 1 Field Research and rewards

Task Reward
Task Reward
Take 2 snapshots of wild ice-type Pokémon 25 Mega Abomasnow energy
Send 3 gifts to friends 3 Pinap Berries, 3 Poké Balls, or 3 Razz Berries
Catch 7 different species of Pokémon Alolan Vulpix encounter
Win a level 3 or higher raid Cryogonal encounter
Open 5 gifts Pikachu (Santa hat), Stantler (Holiday), or Cubchoo (Holiday) encounter
Catch 5 different ice-type Pokémon Spheal (Holiday) encounter
Spin 3 Poké Stops or gyms Swinub encounter

Increased Pokémon spawns for Holiday Part 1 2021

  • Pikachu (Santa hat)
  • Alolan Sandshrew
  • Swinub
  • Delibird (Holiday)
  • Stantler (Holiday)
  • Snorunt
  • Spheal (Holiday)
  • Snover
  • Vanillite
  • Cubchoo (Holiday)
  • Cryogonal

The holiday variants of these Pokémon will also be available Shiny, giving a small window to grab Shiny Stantler, Cubchoo, Delibird, and Pikachu in their holiday attire.

Raid Targets for Holiday Part 1 2021

  • Pikachu (Santa hat)
  • Sandshrew
  • Swinub
  • Spheal (Holiday)
  • Cubchoo (Holiday)
  • Cloyster
  • Delibird (Holiday)
  • Stantler (Holiday)
  • Glaceon (Holiday)
  • Kyurem
  • Mega Steelix

Kyurem is also available Shiny for the first time, along with Holiday Glaceon and Spheal.

Shiny Kyurem compared to its normal form. Shiny Kyurem is more purple and has hot pink accents. Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Image sources: Niantic/The Pokémon Company

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