More holiday gifts from Niantic for Pokémon GO players!

Coming in the form of increased chances to hatch Johto baby Pokémon as well as an increased chance to find Kanto starters, and some more surprises!

Trainers, have you ever felt that since you picked your Kanto starter, there have been very few of them in the wild? Do you feel the same about hatching eggs repeatedly only to not find enough Togepi, Pichu, and other Johto Pokémon? If so, there is some good news for you! Niantic’s latest announcement – posted on the Pokémon GO website – remedies this and much more!


As the year draws to a close, we want to give you a great way to celebrate the end of the year with Pokémon GO. For the next couple of weeks, you’ll have even more reason to explore the world with your friends and family while you enjoy our year-end event.

Don’t miss out on an increased chance to hatch a Togepi (and other Pokémon)! Starting the morning of December 25, 2016, and through the afternoon of January 3, 2017 (PST), PokéStops will award one single-use Incubator each day after your first Photo Disc spin. As you visit PokéStops during this time period, there will be a greater chance of finding Eggs that hatch Togepi, Pichu, and several other recently found Pokémon, originally discovered in the Johto region. Special Pikachu wearing festive hats will also be staying around a bit longer! You are more likely to find these limited-edition Pikachu during the time period of this celebration.

In addition, from the afternoon of December 30, 2016, through the afternoon of January 8, 2017 (PST), the first partner Pokémon and their Evolutions, originally discovered in the Kanto region, are more likely to be encountered. This means a greater chance to catch Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, and Venusaur, as well as Charmander, Charmeleon, and Charizard, plus Squirtle, Wartortle, and Blastoise! As a way to increase your chance to encounter one of these Pokémon, Lure Modules will also last for 60 minutes instead of 30 minutes.

Get up and go!

—The Pokémon GO team

This is more than good news for those who wish to catch the Kanto starters but have been struggling to find them. What do you think about this, Trainers? Are you excited for these increased chances? Let us know in the comments below!

Edited by Nick Wilde and Sylphiel.