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Pokémon Go ‘Winter Holiday Part 1’ event, Timed Research guide

Mega Glalie and shiny Bergmite make their debut

A Pokémon trainer stands proudly with a Mega Glalie by his side Image: Niantic

Pokémon Go’s first holiday season event, “Winter Holiday Part 1,” has launched. It’ll run from Dec. 15-23.

The event introduces Mega Glalie to the game, as well as Bergmite’s shiny form. Many holiday costumed Pokémon from previous years’ holiday events have also returned, so you can grab them throughout the event to flesh out your collection.

Bergmite and Avalugg with their shiny forms. The inside part of both Pokémon turn yellow when shiny. Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Niantic

We list out all the event perks below, including the paid Timed Research.


Winter Holiday Timed Research and rewards

This Timed Research is only available to players who buy a pass for $5 in the shop. The research expires on Dec. 31 at 8 p.m. in your local time.

Winter Holiday step 1 of 4

  • Walk 2 km (Snover encounter)
  • Catch 10 Pokémon (Spheal encounter)
  • Catch 10 ice-type Pokémon (Seel encounter)

Rewards: Sneasel encounter, 1 Incense, 50 Abomasnow Mega Energy

Winter Holiday step 2 of 4

  • Walk 2 km (Swinub encounter)
  • Transfer 10 Pokémon (Delibird encoutner)
  • Catch 10 ice-type Pokémon (Cubchoo encounter)

Rewards: Galarian Mr. Mime encounter, 1 Egg Incubator, 50 Abomasnow Mega Energy

Winter Holiday step 3 of 4

  • Walk 2 km (Vanillite encounter)
  • Send 7 gifts to friends (Stantler encounter)
  • Catch 15 ice-type Pokémon (Snowy Forme Castform encounter)

Rewards: Galarian Darumaka encounter, 1 Egg Incubator, 50 Abomasnow Mega Energy

Winter Holiday step 4 of 4

  • Hatch an egg (Alolan Vulpix encounter)
  • Catch 8 different species of ice-type Pokémon (Alolan Sandshrew encounter)
  • Catch 15 ice-type Pokémon (Lapras encounter)

Rewards: Galarian Mr. Mime encounter, Gifting Pose cosmetic

Pokémon Go ‘Winter Holiday Part 1’ event Field Research and rewards

Task Reward
Task Reward
Catch 5 different species of Pokémon Stantler (holiday costume) or Spheal (holiday costume) encounter
Catch 7 ice-type Pokémon Seel or Shellder encounter
Catch 7 different species of Pokémon Jynx encounter
Hatch an egg Sneasel encounter
Send 3 gifts with a sticker attached Crabrawler encounter or 25 Abomasnow Mega Energy
Open 5 gifts Alolan Vulpix encounter
Send 5 gifts Pikachu (holiday costume) encounter
Win a raid Glaceon (holiday costume) encounter

Increased Pokémon spawns for Winter Holiday Part 1

  • Pikachu (holiday costume)
  • Vulpix
  • Swinub
  • Stantler (holiday costume)
  • Delibird
  • Snorunt
  • Spheal (holiday costume)
  • Snover
  • Vanillite
  • Cubchoo
  • Cryogonal
  • Bergmite

Winter Holiday Part 1 event specific 7 km eggs

  • Sneasel
  • Smoochum
  • Amaura
  • Bergmite
  • Crabrawler

Winter Holiday Part 1 event specific raid targets

  • Pikachu (holiday costume)
  • Vulpix
  • Spheal (holiday costume)
  • Darumaka
  • Bergmite
  • Cloyster
  • Stantler (holiday costume)
  • Glaceon (holiday hostume)

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