Pokémon Go Lunar New Year event: How to complete each quest task and field research

Time to catch yourself a Tauros!

The Lunar New Year event in Pokémon Go celebrates the beginning of the Year of the Ox.

Amongst the celebrations, you'll find the Lunar New Year research quest, which, if completed, will allow you to catch a Tauros. This is excellent news for any Pokémon Go players who live outside of this regional exclusive Pokémon's home location.

You can also collect a variety of Lunar New Year themed field research tasks by spinning PokéStops. Completing these tasks will reward you with Pokémon encounters to help you complete your Pokédex.

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'Lunar New Year' quest steps in Pokémon Go

Below you'll find all of the challenges and rewards for the Lunar New Year research quest in Pokémon Go. This quest will only be available during the Lunar New Year event itself, so, if you want to collect all of the rewards, you'll need to complete it before the deadline.

The following information does contain spoilers, so, if you'd prefer to remain surprised, we recommend skipping this section.

Thank you to redwineandbeer from reddit for the help with this information.

'Lunar New Year' Step 1 of 4

  • Transfer 12 Pokémon - 10 PokéBalls
  • Catch 7 Fire-type Pokémon - Charmander encounter
  • Send 1 Gift to friends - Goldeen encounter

Rewards: 1000 XP, 20 Mega Gyarados Energy and a Miltank encounter


'Lunar New Year' Step 2 of 4

  • Power up Pokémon 12 times - 5 Razz Berries
  • Evolve 3 Fire-type Pokémon - Torchic encounter
  • Send 3 Gifts to friends - Magikarp encounter

Rewards: 1000 XP, 30 Mega Gyarados Energy and a Tauros encounter

'Lunar New Year' Step 3 of 4

  • Use 12 berries to help catch Pokémon - 10 PokéBalls
  • Catch 15 Fire-type Pokémon - Tepig encounter
  • Send 5 Gifts to friends - Seaking encounter

Rewards: 1000 XP, 50 Mega Gyarados Energy and a Miltank

'Lunar New Year' Step 4 of 4

  • Make 12 Great Curveball Throws - 3 Pinap Berries
  • Catch 20 Fire-type Pokémon - Darumaka encounter
  • Send 7 Gifts to friends - Meditite encounter

Rewards: 1500 XP, 100 Mega Gyarados Energy and a Tauros encounter

Field research tasks and everything you need to know about the Lunar New Year event in Pokémon Go

During the Lunar New Year event in Pokémon Go, you'll be able to collect a number of special field research tasks by spinning PokéStops. While these tasks can only be collected during the event, they can be completed once it ends.

Below you can find the field research tasks for the Lunar New Year event:

  • Send 3 Gifts to friends reward - Meowth encounter
  • Send 10 Gifts to friends reward - Alolan Meowth or Galarian Meowth encounter
  • Catch 6 Water-type Pokémon reward - Miltank encounter
  • Catch 12 Pokémon reward - Meditite encounter

Thank you to SilphScience from reddit for the help with this information!

You can catch all three Meowth forms by completing Lunar New Year field research tasks.

The Lunar event also sees Mega Gyarados being added to the Mega Evolutions rota, so, if you're collecting all the Mega Pokémon, remember to add it to your collection.

Another great bonus is that the trading range will be temporarily increased throughout the event to 40km. It will change back on Monday, 15th February, so you have more than enough time to get some trades completed.

The chance of becoming Lucky Friends with someone has also been increased throughout the event, making it the perfect time to trade some Pokémon.

The 5km egg pool has also been changed for the event, giving you the chance to catch the following Pokémon:

  • Rattata
  • Ekans
  • Mankey
  • Ponyta
  • Mareep
  • Houndour
  • Miltank
  • Torchic
  • Bagon
  • Buneary
  • Tepig
  • Litleo
Ponyta, Houndour and Tepig are some of the Pokémon which may hatch from 5km eggs collected during the Lunar New Year event.

Finally, in keeping with the Lunar New Year theme, a number of red Pokémon will spawn more frequently in the wild, including Krabby, Goldeen, Magikarp and Tepig.

The Season of Legends is here! Current activities include the Luminous Legends X event, which introduces Gloomy, Spritzee and Swirlix, Xerneas and the Rainly Lure. We've also recently seen a level cap increase - including the addition of XL Candy, boosts to some XP sources and the addition of Platinum Medals.

Lunar New Year event dates and times in Pokémon Go explained

The Lunar New Year event in Pokémon Go celebrates the start of the new Lunar year, which will be the year of the Ox.

Both the Lunar New Year research quest and the exclusive field research tasks are only available during this event, which runs from Tuesday, 9th February at 10am (local time) to Sunday, 14th February, ending at 1pm (local time).


The Lunar New Year research quest consists of four steps, which each consist of three individual challenges. If you want to receive all of the rewards this quest offers, including two Tauros encounters and Mega Gyarados Energy, then you need to complete it before the event ends or less it will vanish forever.

Hope you enjoy the Lunar event in Pokémon Go!

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