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)
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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

Pokémon Go Battles have arrived! Now's a good time to refresh yourself with our Best Pokémon lists and pick up some Sinnoh Stones. Elsewhere, there's February Field Research and additional Shinies, as well as the now-live Valentine's Day event and surprise Meltan event too. Meanwhile, new Pokémon Go Gen 4 Pokémon continue to be slowly released, along with the return of Legendary Palkia and its counters, and details of the next Community Day Pokémon Swinub.


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.

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Image credit: Dialga305 on reddit.

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.

There's a mix of generations here, with the likes of Mankey and Ekans from the first, and Spoink and Buneary coming in the more recent Gen 3 and Gen 4 updates.

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.

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