The Pokémon Go Valentine's Day event arrives this February, and with it come a host of bonuses for a short time only.
Trainers will encounter increases numbers of select pink Pokémon like the hard-to-find Chansey and Porygon both in the wild and in Eggs, as well as double Candy drops and a huge increase to lure module durations for the duration of the event.
When does the Pokémon Go Valentine's Day event start and end?
The Valentine's Day event will arrive in Pokémon Go at 11:00am PST on 8th February and end at 11:00am PST on 15th February - that's 7:00pm UK time for each.
Chansey, Porygon and other pink Pokémon included in the Pokémon Go Valentine's Day event update
According to Niantic, we can expect to see more "pink Pokémon" - for the suitably rosy theme of Valentine's Day - to appear in the wild. While it has not confirmed many by name - only Chansey and Clefable have been specifically mentioned - the following is a list of pink creatures you may see more of:
Pink Pokémon in Pokémon Go:
With Porygon and Chansey being two of the more rare Pokémon in the game, make sure you find these two before the event has concluded.
However, while other events such as Halloween and Christmas seems to increase appearance rates of seasonal creatures everywhere, the assumption here is these two only appear more often in their specific spawn locations. In short, they will appear more in places where they would show up anyway - from becoming super rare to just plain rare.
If you've encountered these creatures before in the wild, then heading to those places again should yield these creatures again at some point. Chansey appears more in desert biomes while Porygon should appear more in cities, but that's not to say you won't find either one elsewhere; we have spotted Chansey twice over the weekend in city environments, so it pays to keep an eye on your Nearby tracker and then hunt them down whenever they appear.
As well as these very rare creatures, the event is also a great chance to get Candy for some of the more uncommon creatures such as Exeggcute if you haven't evolved and added them to your Pokedex already.
Hatch rates have also increased for the following baby Pokemon as well:
Want more help with Pokémon Go? As well as our Pokémon Go tips, tricks and guides page, you can look up the Gen 2 Pokédex on how to catch the most recent creatures, using Special Items such as the Dragon Scale and other methods. The update also introduced changes to Eevee evolutions, Egg hatching distances, best Pokémon, moves and Buddy distances. Elsewhere, you can read about how Gyms, promo codes and the Pokémon Go Plus accessory works, and the many ways of earning experience with our XP chart.
What else you need to know as part of the Pokémon Go Valentine's Day event
Aside from the increase in pink Pokémon, the other headline points from the announcement are the doubled Candy bonuses and the addition of Lures which last a whopping six hours.
Lures are used at PokéStops to increase spawn rates for you and other players, and if you want to get the most of it, stay in a location with multiple PokéStops, have several of you use Lures of them all at once. It's a great way to farm for Pidgeys and common low level creatures, especially when there is more Candy to be earned too.
As for double Candy, this applies to all sources from across the game, from catching Pokémon, hatching Pokémon from eggs, and transferring Pokémon to the Professor:
|Candy source||Multiplier||Candy earned|
|Catching Pokémon||2x||6 Candy (instead of 3)|
|Transferring Pokémon||2x||2 Candy (instead of 1)|
|Egg Hatching||2x||2km Egg - Approximately 20 Candy (instead of 10)
5km Egg - Approximately 40 Candy (instead of 20)
10km Egg - Approximately 60 Candy (instead of 30)
|Buddy Pokémon||2x||Distances dropped - now 0.5km (was 1km), 1.5km (was 3km), 2.5km (was 5km)|
- Make sure you do all your transferring of unwanted Pokémon within the timeframe of the event. It's an obvious one, but check the update is live before you trade any in, and don't forget to do so before the event ends on the 15th!
- Now is a great time to farm Pokémon for levelling up and earning XP. We've detailed the best way to do so with our fast XP Pidgey-farming, but generally getting out and playing the game, catching Pokémon and hatching eggs in the process, is going to be a brilliant source of XP.
- Now's your best chance to grab those rare Pokémon, both from eggs and in the wild. Chansey and Porygon are particularly rare, but if some of the others on the above list haven't been appearing in your area, this may be a great time to see if you can pick them up. Likewise, it's worth checking out our egg-hatching guide for details on the most efficient way to do that, as grinding through those eggs is best done at times like these!