The Pokémon Go Valentine's Day event returns for another year, and once again we have pink-themed creature spawns for a limited time only.
Trainers will encounter increases numbers of Luvdisc and the hard to find Chansey, both of which give you triple Stardust for catching.
When does the Pokémon Go Valentine's Day event end?
The Valentine's Day event began on 13th February and will end on 16th February, thanks to a one day extension:
Though an end time has yet to be announced, it will likely be at 9pm UK time (1pm PST, 4pm EST) - which is when most in-game changes take place.
Pokémon Go Valentine's Day event explained
This year's Valentine's Day event is a little paired back compared to last year, offering increased spawns for only two types of creatures. Here's what you can expect:
- Increased Luvdisc spawns
- Increased Chansey spawns
- 3x Stardust from catching Luvdisc and Chansey (increasing from 100 Stardust to 300 Stardust)
It's also worth noting Lures will continue to last six hours compared to the standard 30 minutes through until February 23rd.
What's special about Luvdisc during the Pokémon Go Valentine's Day event
Luvdisc is a pink, heart-shaped Pokémon that was introduced to the game during the December Gen 3 update.
Though aesthetically it's the perfect choice for Valentine's Day, there is little interesting about Luvdisc on its own that makes it worth catching in numbers.
Luvdisc has no evolution, isn't useful in battle as either a gym attacker or defender, nor is it particularly rare, appearing as a common hatch from 2km Eggs.
However, there are some reasons why it might be worth getting out there and catching as many as possible.
First, each catch offers a three-times increase in Stardust. Combine that with currently on-sale Star Pieces and it could end up being a lucrative source of Stardust.
Second, the event has debuted a shiny version of Luvdisc.
How to get a yellow Luvdisc
With the arrival of the Valentine's Day event, Luvdisc has become one of the few creatures to offer a shiny version.
Like the recently released Swablu, a shiny Luvdisc changes its blue body colour into yellow. So far no shiny versions have been found in eggs, but it's assumed shiny Luvdisc will continue to be available once the event has ended.
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.
That said, you could get as lucky as Eurogamer's own Ian Higton (seen above), catching a shiny within the first few sightings. Others have caught hundreds to no avail, so it really is luck of the draw!
Our shiny Pokémon article further explains some of the nuance behind finding these very elusive creature types.
On the hunt for more Pokémon go tips and tricks? The final wave of Gen 3 Pokémon in February has added the likes of Castform and Swablu, and has seen changes to 2km, 5km and 10km Egg charts, region exclusives and Shinies. Put the Pokémon Go Community Day February date in your diary, and while you wait, learn how to catch new Legendary Pokémon Rayquaza. Ever-expanding Pokédex completionists, meanwhile, might want to read about the various Special Items available as well as the various methods for determining Eevee evolutions, too.
How the previous Pokémon Go Valentine's Day event compared
The 2017 Valentine's Day event was a little more fleshed out, increasing the appearance rates of a variety of pink creatures, including some particularly rare finds:
The event also offered:
- Increased hatch rates for baby Pokemon Cleffa, Igglybuff and Smoochum
- Six hour Lures
- Double Candy across all activities
With the recent completion of Gen 3 in the game, there's probably a good reason why developer Niantic didn't want to go all out with this Valentine's Day event, but at least the arrival of a shiny Luvdisc gives us something to chase for a few days...