Pokemon Go is capping the year off with a variety of events in December.
December is here, and Pokemon Go is closing out the year with a variety of events and activities. Over the next few weeks, players have new legendary raids, Spotlight Hours and more to look forward to, as well as the game’s annual Christmas event and the new Season of Heritage. Here are all the biggest events happening in Pokemon Go in December 2021.
December Research Breakthrough: Deino
Along with a new batch of Field Research tasks and rewards, a new Research Breakthrough encounter will be available in Pokemon Go this month. Each time players achieve a Research Breakthrough in December, they’ll earn a chance to catch the dark/dragon-type Pokemon Deino.
To achieve a Research Breakthrough, you must first earn seven stamps in the game. You’ll receive one stamp for the first Field Research task you complete each day, which means you’ll need to complete tasks over at least seven days to achieve a Research Breakthrough. Fortunately, progress is not reset between months; any stamps you earned last month will carry over until you achieve a Research Breakthrough.
Druddigon makes its Pokemon Go debut during the Dragonspiral Descent event.
Pokemon Go is holding a new Dragonspiral Descent event from Dec. 7 to Dec. 12. As part of the event, the dragon Pokemon Druddigon is available in the game for the first time, and many other Pokemon originally from the Pokemon Black and White games are appearing in the wild and in raid battles more frequently than usual.
December raid schedule
The legendary Pokemon Reshiram, Zekrom and Kyurem are returning to raid battles in December. The first two will appear in five-star raids from Dec. 1 to Dec. 16, while Kyurem will appear from Dec. 16 to the end of the month. While all three have previously been available in Pokemon Go, this will mark your first chance to catch Shiny versions.
Pokemon Go’s Mega raid rotation is also being refreshed this month. Mega Steelix will make its debut from Dec. 1 to Dec. 23, after which point it will be replaced by Mega Abomasnow. You can see December’s full raid schedule below.
Dec. 1 to Dec. 16
Dec. 16 to Dec. 31
Dec. 1 to Dec. 23
Dec. 23 to Jan. 7
Mega AbomasnowDecember Pokemon Spotlight Hours
Every Tuesday evening, Pokemon Go holds a Spotlight Hour event from 6-7 p.m. local time. During that hour, a certain Pokemon will appear much more frequently in the wild, and you’ll be able to take advantage of a special in-game bonus, such as increased XP or candy for catching Pokemon. You can see December’s full Spotlight Hour schedule below.
Spotlight Pokemon: ElectabuzzSpotlight bonus: 2x transfer candy
Spotlight Pokemon: MagmarSpotlight bonus: 2x evolution XP
Spotlight Pokemon: SnoverSpotlight bonus: 2x catch XP
Spotlight Pokemon: CubchooSpotlight bonus: 2x catch candyDecember Community Day
Pokemon Go’s December Community Day will be a two-day event, taking place Dec. 18 and Dec. 19. Throughout the event, you’ll have another chance to get all of the featured Pokemon from 2020 and 2021, along with the special event-exclusive moves they can learn upon evolving. A few in-game bonuses will also be active throughout the event, including increased Incense duration and double XP and Stardust for catching Pokemon.
Pokemon Go’s annual holiday event returns Dec. 16. Few details have been announced thus far, but the event will feature new costumed Pokemon, plenty of ice-type monsters and various other in-game bonuses.