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Pokémon Go Valentine’s Day 2023 event guide

The event adds shiny Frillish to the game, as well as a Valentine’s Day Timed Research

Mega Gardevoir and Tapu Lele stand in a field of flowers at sundown Image; Niantic
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Pokémon Go’s Valentine’s Day event runs from Feb. 8-14 and focuses on couple-oriented and pink Pokémon.

Throughout the event, the amount of Stardust you receive from gifts is doubled, and Lure Modules last for two hours instead of 30 minutes. There are also a few other perks depending on which branch of Timed Research you pick.

During this event, you can also transform your Furfrou to a Heart Trim, if you so desire. As of this event, Shiny Furfrou can also be transformed into a Heart Trim form for the first time.

Notably, we finally have the shiny Frillish family added to the game, which you can find if you’re lucky.

Both male and female Jellicent and Frillish with their shiny forms. Male Frillish and Jellicent turn green. Female Frillish turns red and female Jellicent turns purple. Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Niantic

Tapu Lele is also available shiny for the first time, as it makes its way back to tier-five raids.

Tapu Lele with its shiny form. When shiny, its hair turns lighter pink and its shell turns black. Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Niantic

We’ve listed out all of the spawns, Timed Research, Field Research, and more below.

Pokémon Go Valentine’s Day 2023 Timed Research

Lovely Wishes step 1 of 2

  • Catch 5 Pokémon (15 Poké Balls)
  • Spin 3 PokéStops or gyms (10 Great Balls)
  • Power up Pokémon 5 times (2 Silver Pinap Berries)

Rewards: 500 Stardust, 500 XP, 1 Lucky Egg

After completing this step, the Timed Research will branch off into three choices. The research for step two is almost the same across all three, with only the fourth task having a different objective (which we’ve listed below). Notably, the path that involves Daily Adventure Incense rewards 25 Ultra Balls as a reward, but the other branches do not get this reward or a replacement for this reward.

The different branches will also have some bonuses, depending on what you pick:

  • Catching Pokémon: Double XP for catching Pokémon during the Valentine’s Day event
  • Using Daily Adventure Incense: Double Daily Adventure Incense length (30 minutes instead of 15 minutes) during the Valentine’s Day event
  • Pokémon Candy: Double candy from catching Pokémon during the Valentine’s Day event

Lovely Wishes step 2 of 2

  • Catch 10 Pokémon (Frillish encounter)
  • Catch 25 Pokémon (Frillish encounter)
  • Catch 8 different species of Pokémon (Frillish encounter)
  • Catching Pokémon: Earn 25,000 XP (Frillish encounter)
    Using Daily Adventure Incense: Catch 15 Pokémon from Walking Incense (Frillish encounter)
    Pokémon Candy: Use 25 Pinap Berries to help catch Pokémon (Frillish encounter)
  • Send 25 gifts to friends (Frillish encounter)

Rewards: Fillish encounter, Lure Module

Players who pick the Daily Adventure Incense route will also get 25 Ultra Balls as a reward for completing all the second step tasks.

Pokémon Go Valentine’s Day 2023 event Field Research and rewards

Task Reward
Task Reward
Earn 3 hearts with your buddy Pikachu, Eevee, or Ralts encounter
Earn 10 hearts with yuor buddy Frillish encounter
Make 5 great curveball throws in a row Spinda encounter
Open 5 gifts Combee or Morelull encounter
Send 3 gifts with a sticker attached Luvdisc encounter
Spin 5 PokéStops or gyms Hippopotas or Litleo encounter
Spin 10 PokéStops or gyms Chansey, Audino, or Alomomola encounter

Pokémon Go Valentine’s Day 2023 event increased spawns

  • Nidoran (F)
  • Nidoran (M)
  • Chansey
  • Skitty
  • Volbeat
  • Illumise
  • Woobat
  • Audino
  • Frillish
  • Alomomola
  • Flabébé
  • Furfrou
  • Morelull

Pokémon Go Valentine’s Day 2023 event 7 km eggs

  • Lickitung
  • Smoochum
  • Happiny
  • Frillish
  • Alomomola

Pokémon Go Valentine’s Day 2023 raid targets

  • Chansey
  • Shinx
  • Furfrou
  • Espurr
  • Nidoqueen
  • Nidoking
  • Lickitung
  • Miltank
  • Gallade
  • Gardevoir
  • Tapu Lele