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Pokémon Go Incense Day: December time, date and bonuses explained

Everything you need to know about Incense Day in Pokémon Go.

Incense Day is an event in Pokémon Go themed around the use of, unsurprisingly, Incense, which is used to attract Pokémon to you.

Alongside increasing the duration of Incense to an hour, Incense Day supplies you with a variety of bonuses that will help you catch a variety of Pokémon.

Below you'll be able to find the time and date for the next Incense Day, as well as the bonuses that apply to that event.

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Incense Day time and date in Pokémon Go

The next Incense Day will occur on Sunday, 5th December from 11am to 5pm local time.

Each hour of this event causes any Incense you use to attract a particular type of Pokémon, with that Pokémon type changing every hour.

Incense Day bonuses in Pokémon Go explained

During Incense Day in Pokémon Go you'll be able to take advantage of a variety of bonuses.

The first is that your Incense will attract more Swinub than usual; you might even be able to catch a couple of shiny Swinub.

Any Pilloswine, the first evolution for Swinub, you evolve into Mamoswine will learn the Ancient Power move, which is usually restricted to the Swinub Community Days. Just remember - you need a Sinnoh Stone and 100 Swinub Candy to get a Mamoswine.

There will also be Incense Day exclusive field research tasks for you to collect during the event.

Finally, during this event the specific type of Pokémon that are attracted to the Incense that you use will change throughout the day.

This Incense Day is focused on two different specific types - ice and ground-type Pokémon. Here are the following hours during the Incense Day when these types are active:

  • 11am to 12pm - Ice-type Pokémon
  • 12pn to 1pm - Ground-type Pokémon
  • 1pm to 2pm - Ice-type Pokémon
  • 2pm to 3pm - Ground-type Pokémon
  • 3pm to 4pm - Ice-type Pokémon
  • 4pm to 5pm - Ground-type Pokémon

During the hours that ice-type Pokémon appear more frequently, you might encounter:

  • Seel
  • Jynx
  • Sneasel
  • Snorunt
  • Snover
  • Vanillite
  • Galarian Darumaka
Seel, Sneasel and Snover are some of the Pokémon which will appear more frequently throughout the event.

Meanwhile, during the hours for ground-type Pokémon and Pokémon which evolve into them, you might find:

  • Onix
  • Cubone
  • Rhyhorn
  • Wooper
  • Phanpy
  • Larvitar
  • Barboach

Swinub will appear in every hour, since this is its special day.

How to prepare for Incense Day in Pokémon Go

If you're planning on taking part in Incense Day in Pokémon Go, then you should make sure you're prepared for it.

First things first, you need to ensure that you actually have Incense. If you don't then you can easily purchase some from the in-game store or earn it by completing Special Research tasks, such as Let's Go Meltan.

Having a Lucky Egg or two for doubling your XP is also a good idea, especially if you're planning on catching a lot of Pokémon.

Finally, you should also ensure that you've stocked up on Poké Balls and berries of all varieties. The worst thing that could happen to you on Incense Day is that, when that rare Pokémon you've been hunting appears only to discover that you're all out of Poké Balls.

Where to purchase Incense in Pokémon Go

You can purchase Incense in Pokémon Go from the in-game store, which is accessible via the main menu.

During the event, you'll be able to purchase an exclusive bundle of three Incense in exchange for 1 PokéCoin. This means that you can easily take part in three hours of the event.

If you wish to partake in more than three hours of the event, then you can purchase additional Incense at these PokéCoin prices:

  • One Incense - 40 PokéCoin
  • Eight Incense - 250 PokéCoin

The Season of Go has arrived! The Bug Out! event has brought us the release of Grubbin, Charjabug and Vikavolt in Pokémon Go, while Mega Scizor makes its debut appearance in Mega Raids. Knowing how to evolve Wurmple will also come in handy during this event. You can use Daily Adventure Incense for the chance of encountering Galarian Articuno, Galarian Zapdos and Galarian Moltres. There's also a new special research quest - A Mysterious Incense. While Go Fest 2022 may be behind us, there are still three special research quests you might be working on - Pokémon Go Fest 2022, Rhi's Arrival and A Radiant World. This season has also seen the lowering of the requirement for Candy XL and introduced the first Ultra Beast, Nihilego, along with new Prime Gaming rewards every fortnight.

Previous Incense Days in Pokémon Go

Below you'll find all the Incense Days that have occurred in Pokémon Go so far:

The 4th Pokémon Go Incense Day:

Date: Sunday, 14th March 2021

Time: 11am to 5pm local time

Featured Pokémon: Beldum

Bonuses: Special Incense Hours for steel and psychic-type Pokémon

The 3rd Pokémon Go Incense Day:

Date: Sunday, 24th January 2021

Time: 11am to 5pm local time

Featured Pokémon: Mareep

Bonuses: Special Incense Hours for electric and dragon-type Pokémon

The 2nd Pokémon Go Incense Day:

Date: Sunday, 17th May 2020

Time: 11am to 5pm local time

Featured Pokémon: Carvanha

Bonuses: Special Incense Hours for water and dragon-type Pokémon

The 1st Pokémon Go Incense Day:

Date: Sunday, 19th April 2020

Time: 11am to 5pm local time

Featured Pokémon: Sentret

Bonuses: Special Incense Hours for water, fire, grass, psychic, bug and ground-type Pokémon

Good luck with Incense Day!

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