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Pokémon Go Lunar New Year 2022 event guide

Celebrate the Year of the Tiger with … a lion?

Litleo from Pokémon Go Image: Niantic/The Pokémon Company

Lunar New Year is here in Pokémon Go, and with it comes a special event that celebrates red Pokémon. The event runs from Feb. 1-7, 2022 and includes increased spawns, special bonuses, and all sorts of event goodies. Our Pokémon Go Lunar New Year guide shows you the increased spawns, new Shiny Litleo, and explains event Timed and Field Research Tasks.

In addition to the usual bonuses, players get doubled Stardust from gifts, two special trades a day, and an increased chance to become Lucky Friends and get Lucky Pokémon.


Pokémon Go Lunar New Year 2022 event Field Research Tasks and rewards

Task Reward
Task Reward
Catch 5 Pokémon Darumaka encounter or 25 Gyarados Mega Energy
Hatch an egg Alolan or Galarian Meowth encounter
Send 3 gifts Magikarp encounter
Send 3 gifts and add a sticker to each Litleo encounter
Trade a Pokémon Litleo encounter
Win a raid Espurr encounter

Friendship Challenge Pokémon Go Lunar New Year 2022 Timed Research and rewards

  • Send 5 gifts and add a sticker to each (Torchic encounter)
  • Trade 3 Pokémon with a friend (Corphish encounter)
  • Send 15 gifts to friends (Darumaka encounter)
  • Send gifts 3 days in a row (unknown encounter)

Reward: Unknown encounter, 1,000 Stardust, 1,000 XP

We’ll update this guide once we know what the encounter rewards are for this task.

Catch Challenge Pokémon Go Lunar New Year 2022 Timed Research and rewards

  • Catch 10 Pokémon (10 Poké Balls)
  • Catch 25 Pokémon (15 Great Balls)
  • Catch 25 fire-type Pokémon (20 Ultra Balls)
  • Catch 10 different species of Pokémon (Litleo encounter)

Reward: Espurr encounter, 1,000 Stardust, 1,000 XP


Increased Pokémon spawns for Pokémon Go Lunar New Year 2022

  • Paras
  • Meowth
  • Growlithe
  • Voltorb
  • Hisuian Voltorb
  • Magikarp
  • Torchic
  • Litleo
  • Electabuzz
  • Gyarados
  • Combusken
  • Numel

Litleo is also available Shiny for the first time.

Shiny Litleo and Pyroar with their regular versions. All the Shiny forms are much brighter and lighter in color. Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Image sources: Niantic/The Pokémon Company

7 KM egg hatches for Pokémon Go Lunar New Year 2022

  • Shuckle
  • Slugma
  • Darumaka
  • Scraggy
  • Litleo

Event raid targets for Pokémon Go Lunar New Year 2022

  • Magikarp
  • Shinx
  • Darumaka
  • Litleo
  • Espurr
  • Charizard
  • Flareon
  • Shuckle
  • Delcatty
  • Absol
  • Druddigon

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