The Pokémon Go Valentine's Day event returns for another year here in 2019, 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, whilst there are Candy and other bonuses to be earned too. Find all the Valentine's Day event end times, event details and more just below.
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When does the Pokémon Go Valentine's Day event end?
The Valentine's Day event began on 13th February and will end on Thursday, 21st February, at what we expect to be the following times worldwide:
- UK: 9pm (BST)
- Europe: 10pm (CEST)
- East Coast US: 4pm (EDT)
- West Coast US: 1pm (PDT)
It's time to spread the love, Trainers! #PokemonGOValentines is back! ?? Enjoy limited-time bonuses like Lure Modules that last for six hours, double Catch Candy, and more appearances of pink Pokémon in the wild! https://t.co/vJW9uTNDWY pic.twitter.com/IbzYh2mYtP— Pokémon GO (@PokemonGoApp) February 13, 2019
Pokémon Go Valentine's Day event bonuses and research explained
This year's Valentine's Day event is another low-key affair, but the Candy bonus and additional shinies make it a pretty good one nonetheless. Here's what you can expect:
- Increased pink-coloured Pokémon spawns
- Increased chance of hatching pink-coloured Pokémon from Eggs
- Addition of pink-coloured Pokémon to Raids (and increased chances of them), such as Chansey, Porygon, Luvdisc, Snubbul, Lickitung, Slowbro and Miltank
- 2x Candy from catching Pokémon
- 6 hour Lures
There's also some time-limited Field Research available for the Valentine's Day event. Confirmed so far are:
- Valentine's Day: Catch a Chansey - 3 Rare Candy reward
- Valentine's Day: Catch 20 Luvdisc - Chansey Encounter reward
It seems these can 'combo' together - if you have one of each then catching 20 will get you a Chansey, which should complete your Catch a Chansey quest and get you 3 Rare Candy, too!
It's also a fantastic one to pair with the event's 2x Catch Candy bonus mentioned above - Chansey, and more importantly its evolution, Blissey, is incredibly useful for the game's competitive meta, both in Gyms and Raids, so it's worth looking for this research if you can find it!
What else can you expect during the Pokémon Go Valentine's Day event - yellow Luvdisc, Cleffa, Smoochum and more
There are several other little noteworthy things about the event, the first of which is a special Spinda form, which covers it with cute little heart-shaped markings - look out for that as you go hunting for one. We explain how in our Pokémon Go Spinda forms guide if you're looking for more detail!
Luvdisc - the pink, heart-shaped Pokémon that was introduced to the game during the December Gen 3 update - is another that features, as it has a shiny version that you'll again have a better chance of catching during the Valentines Day event.
As well as Luvdisc though there are also a few brand new shiny additions that have come with 2019's version of the event, with both shiny Cleffa and Smoochum - the baby versions of Celfairy and Jinx respectively, both available in 7km Eggs - confirmed as available so far.
Finally, there's also the brand-new addition of Happiny, the baby Pokémon from the Chansey and Blissey evolution, which has been confirmed to be found hatching from 7km Eggs!
Though aesthetically it's the perfect choice for Valentine's Day, there is little interesting about Luvdisc or its fellow pink-tinted friends on their own that makes them worth catching in numbers - barring Happiny, which gives you some great Chansey Candy but can only be found in Eggs, being a baby Pokémon - so like a lot of other shinies these additions are for the collectors, more than anything else.
Some of us here at Eurogamer have got lucky with Luvdisc, so fingers crossed there's more good luck in the air in the hunt for the others! Our shiny Pokémon article further explains some of the nuance behind finding these very elusive creature types, if you're on the hunt like us.