Over the past week or so, we’ve done quite a bit of speculating about when the real Pokemon GO Christmas event would be starting, and at each and every turn, we were wrong. We were wrong about it starting on the 14th, and then, yet again, we were wrong about it starting on the 21st. Good thing we never made any hard promises, eh?
But then data-miners found a whole bunch of cool stuff in the latest Pokemon GO update, and to us, that at least confirmed that something was coming soon. And we were right about that! Because just a few hours ago, Niantic announced on their social media channels that the real Pokemon GO Christmas event will be starting on Christmas day!
What exactly will this Pokemon GO Christmas event consist of? I’m glad you asked. Niantic have decided to split the event up into two parts, with the first part beginning on Christmas day, and the second part beginning on the 30th of December.
Part 1 of the Christmas event will run from the morning of the 25th of December until the afternoon of the 3rd of January, and will feature increased chances to hatch the new Gen 2 baby Pokemon, as well as offer a free 1-use Egg Incubator every day (on the first Poke Stop that you spin). To top it all off, Christmas hat Pikachu will spawn more frequently during this time period, and will be catchable until the 3rd of January (instead of the 29th of December)!
Part 2 of the Christmas event (which I guess isn’t actually a Christmas event, is it?) will run from the afternoon of the 30th of December until the afternoon of the 8th of January, and will feature increased chances to catch all three of the starter Pokemon (and their evolutions). To go alongside this, and to make finding the starter Pokemon even easier, Lure Modules will last for 60 minutes instead of the typical 30 minutes.
All in all, not a bad Christmas event, right? Instead of double XP/Candy/Stardust, like we’ve seen in past events, we’re getting an increased chance to catch Gen 1 starters, an increased chance to hatch Gen 2 baby Pokemon, 10 free Egg Incubators (1 per day for 10 days), and longer lasting lures. Oh, and Christmas hat Pikachu will be around for a few extra days (and will spawn even more frequently)!
Personally, I think this event is going to be a whole lot of fun. I think it was designed more for the collector than the power-leveler, which is a nice change of pace after feeling like I had to play during the double XP/Stardust/Candy events just so I wouldn’t fall behind. This is the kind of event that we can play at our own pace, while enjoying the Christmas holiday with our friends and family in real life.
But what do you think? Are you happy with what we’re getting? Or do you think it’s just a sneaky way for Niantic to sell more incubators to players who will be be frantically hatching as many eggs as possible? Let me know what you think in the comments section below!
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