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Pokémon Go ‘Along the Routes’ event, Timed Research guide

Shiny Hisuian Sneasel makes its debut, along other event perks

Hisuian Sneasel and Sneasler on a blue and green gradient background. Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Game Freak/Nintendo, The Pokémon Company
Julia Lee (she/her) is a guides producer, writing guides for games like The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and Genshin Impact. She helped launch the Rift Herald in 2016.

Pokémon Go is holding a short route-themed event, “Along the Routes,” from Dec. 5-8 to introduce the new NPC, Mateo.

The event has a plethora of pretty good bonuses, including halved hatch distance for eggs put into Incubators during the event, tripled PokéStop XP, quintupled XP from new PokéStops, and doubled Stardust from gifts.

There’s also a new set of Special Research, “A Route to New Friendships,” so you can meet Mateo, who you can find at the end of your routes.

Hisuian Sneasel is also now available shiny for the first time as part of this event.

In addition to those perks, there’s the usual stuff, like a Timed Research set, boosted spawns, and 7 km egg hatches, which we’ve detailed below.


Pokémon Go ‘Along the Routes’ event Timed Research and rewards

This single-step Timed Research needs to be completed during the event period to get the rewards.

Step 1 of 1

  • Explore 1 km (Wooloo encounter)
  • Send a gift to a friend (5 Pinap Berries)
  • Explore 2 km (Pawmi encounter)
  • Explore 5 km (Feebas encounter)
  • Send 3 gifts to friends (1 Incense)
  • Explore 7 km (Hisuian Sneasel encounter)

Rewards: Hisuian Sneasel encounter, 1,500 XP, 1,500 Stardust


Pokémon Go ‘Along the Routes’ event Field Research and rewards

Spinning PokéStops during the event period may yield one of these Field Research Tasks:

  • Earn a candy walking with your buddy (5 Great Balls)
  • Hatch an egg (Wooloo encounter)
  • Send a gift to a friend (5 Poké Balls)
  • Send 3 gifts and add a sticker to each (Eevee encounter)
  • Trade a Pokémon (Hisuian Sneasel encounter)

Pokémon Go ‘Along the Routes’ event boosted spawns

These Pokémon will appear more frequently during the event:

  • Slugma
  • Hitmontop
  • Spoink
  • Feebas
  • Lillipup
  • Woobat
  • Emolga
  • Wooloo
  • Pawmi

Pokémon Go ‘Along the Routes’ event 7 km egg hatches

  • Hisuian Growlithe
  • Togepi
  • Sneasel
  • Hisuian Sneasel
  • Bonsly
  • Espurr

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