The Pokémon Go Lunar New Year event has returned, this time a little earlier in the month, bringing with it more boosts, increased spawns of certain Pokémon, and another shiny version, too.
Trainers will encounter increases numbers of verious Pokémon, which we list below, as well as the shiny pink Spoink, all of which give you double XP for catching - there are other Lunar New Year event bonuses too, so we detail all that below.
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Pokémon Go Lunar New Year event end date and time
The Lunar New Year 2019 event began on 4th February and will end on 13th, so it's just a short one - as it was last year. In terms of specifics, the Lunar New Year 2019 event ends at the following times on Wednesday, 13th February worldwide:
- UK: 9pm (BST)
- Europe: 10pm (CEST)
- East Coast US: 4pm (EDT)
- West Coast US: 1pm (PDT)
Pokémon Go Lunar New Year event featured Pokémon and bonuses
This event is a similarly paired back one to last year's Lunar New Year, offering increased spawns for only a handful of creatures. Here's what you can expect:
- Increased Rattata spawns
- Increased Ekans spawns
- Increased Mankey spawns
- Increased Ponyta spawns
- Increased Electabuzz spawns
- Increased Dratini spawns
- Increased Mareep spawns
- Increased Miltank spawns
- Increased Torchic spawns
- Increased Poochyena spawns
- Increased Spoink spawns
- Increased Buneary spawns
As for the event bonuses, during the event you'll get:
- 2x Catch XP
- 2x XP from evolving Pokémon
- Increased chance of a Pokémon being a Lucky Pokémon when traded
A few new exciting additions are coming to the game - Armored Mewtwo, an on-going series of Pokémon Go Global Challenges, the tease of Shadow Pokémon and the Invasion of Team Go Rocket. In the meantime, we have a new Go Fest Global research task rewards and the Jump-Start Research quest and Field Research, which can help with some of the harder-to-find Gen 4 Pokémon. The release of Gen 5 Pokémon has also been hinted at! Elsewhere, you can read up on the latest the currently available Legendary Pokémon.
What's special about these featured Pokémon during the Pokémon Go Lunar New Year event
In the Lunar Calendar, this year is the year of the pig, but unlike last year when that meant boosted spawns for Pokémon that were specifically of that kind (last year it was dog-like Pokémon for year of the dog), this year it seems Niantic is going for a more rounded approach.
The twelve Zodiac animals, which feature as the 'year of' animals in the Lunar calendar, are the: rat, snake, monkey, horse, tiger, dragon, goat, ox, rooster, dog, pig, and rabbit - which all match up, more or less, to the featured Pokémon listed above.
Most of them aren't the most competitively useful Pokémon - or indeed the rarest, looking at you Rattata - but still, there are some reasons why it might be worth getting out there and catching as many of these creatures as possible.
First, each catch offers a bonus XP, if you're still looking to grind your level. Combine that with Lucky Eggs - and maybe an evolution spree of those 'cheaper' evolutions or, better yet, new Pokémon all together, and you're in for some great rewards in terms of levelling up fast.
Second, the event has debuted a shiny version of Spoink.
How to get a pink Spoink
With the arrival of the 2019 Lunar New Year event, it's been confirmed by Niantic that you now have a chance of finding shiny Spoink in the wild - as seen above by Dialga305, who picked one up pretty fast, it seems!
So far no shiny versions have been found in eggs, but it's assumed shiny Spoink will continue to be available once the event has ended, like most others have in the past.
Early signs suggest it's as rare as other shiny creatures in the game - that's to say, very rare - so don't hold out on catching one anytime soon.
Our shiny Pokémon article further explains some of the nuance behind finding these very elusive creature types.