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Pokémon Go holiday event adds new Pokémon and daily gifts (update)

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Pokémon Go is celebrating the holidays again this year, and the game has several nice gifts for trainers. From Dec. 21 until Jan. 4, players can look forward to discounts and giveaways — as well as myriad new Pokémon from the Hoenn region.

Niantic teased the addition of numerous water- and ice-type Pokémon to coincide with this year’s holiday event, each one hailing from Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire’s Hoenn region. These include Sharpedo, Snorunt and Luvdisc — as well as less common Pokémon, like Milotic and the legendary Kyogre, as teased by new artwork for the event.

Santa hat Pikachu will also be returning over the course of the event, and it will be followed by the appearance of more ice-type Pokémon throughout the game. (That includes the debut of Delibird, one of the only Pokémon from the second-generation games to not be obtainable in Pokémon Go yet. Early leaks suggested that it will finally be available to coincide with the holidays.)

From Dec. 22 at 1 p.m. PT until Dec. 25 at 1 p.m. PT, players will also receive an egg incubator from the first PokéStop they visit each day. They’ll also get discounts on super incubators, lure modules and a new item called Star Pieces — which increases the amount of stardust collected when catching a Pokémon for a half-hour. (It’s like a lure module, then, but for stardust.)

After that, from Dec. 25 at 1 p.m. PT until Jan. 4, there will be additional discounts available from the game’s store. Consider those your Boxing Day specials.

Whether you’re into the game for the multiplayer meta or for collecting all those good Pokémon, the holiday event is satisfying both needs. And if you’re a certain someone (ahem) who has missed that Santa Pikachu for two years running, its return is enough good news as it is.

Update: After a strong hint that Delibird can be found in-game as of the holiday event, players have confirmed that the Pokémon is now in the wild. In addition, lure modules will last for an extended six hours during the event’s duration.

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