- Heritage season continues
- Spotlight Time and Raid Time
The new year is here and you can celebrate the Pokemon Go festivities with a new week of events. January marks the next part of Heritage Season, which means there are new things to do and exciting activities to come.
This week sees the start of a new Mega Evolution in Pokemon Go: Mega Aerodactyl. As always, we’ve got all the important details on this week’s events, so read on to see everything you need to know.
New Year’s event
Ends January 4 at 8 p.m. local time
The annual New Year’s Eve event continues this week and ends Tuesday evening. Check out our article from last week for all the details, but for the main details, here’s what you need to know before the event ends:
- Many costumed Pokémon are back
- New costumed Pokemon – 2022 Glasses Slowking and New Year’s Hat Hoohoot – are now available
- Timed Research Leads To Pokemon Event Encounters
- Double Hatch Stardust and Double Hatch Candy
- Eggs require half the walking distance
- New avatar elements are available
Heritage season continues
December 1 to March 1
Heritage season spans three months, including December, January and February. This month is the second part of the global event and it is led by Team Instinct Leader Spark.
Much like Blanche’s portion in December, Spark will include a new Timed Research Challenge. This time around, you’ll need to earn XP by catching Pokemon. The challenge leads to encounters with rare Pokémon like Togetic, Goomy, and Cranidos along with several items and other rewards. Completing the entire challenge earning 240,000 XP will reward you with the Goomy Hat avatar item. This challenge is only available to Trainers who have pre-purchased their Johto Tour ticket.
mountains of power
From January 7 at 10 a.m. to January 14 at 8 p.m. local time
The next upcoming event related to Heritage Season is called Mountains of Power.
Niantic hasn’t released major details, but what we do know is that this event is somehow tied to the mysterious door that Professor Willow is trying to open. The event has something to do with terrain similar to the mountains of Johto and Sinnoh. Both of these regions are mountainous in general, but also feature famous named mountains like Mount Silver, Mount Mortar (both in Johto), and Mount Coronet (Sinnoh).
January 7 at 10 a.m. local time
Raid bosses are changing this week. Expect Friday when Heatran returns and Mega Aerodactyl debuts.
In the meantime, here’s who you’ll see:
|Level 1||Level 3||Level 5||Mega level|
Then, at 10:00 a.m. local time on Friday, the Raid bosses will change. We don’t know who will headline Tier 1 or Tier 3 raids, but we do know about Legendary and Mega Tiers:
|Level 1||Level 3||Level 5||Mega level|
Heatran will be replaced by Genesect with a Shock Drive next week and Mega Aerodactyl will remain until February 1.
Spotlight Time and Raid Time
It looks like Kyurem has been around forever, but if you still want to challenge him in Raids, you’ll want to take part in this week’s Raid Hour event. Meanwhile, Solosis is the featured Pokemon in this week’s Spotlight Hour.
Spotlight Hour: On Tuesday, January 4 from 6-7 p.m. local time, Solosis will be the featured Pokémon. Expect a double transfer candy bonus.
Raid Time: Wednesday’s Raid Hour features Kyurem and will run from 6-7 PM local time.
Go the day of the battle
Saturday January 8 from midnight to 11:59 p.m.
More interested in PvP than PvE? Fear not, there’s an event for you too. This week will see the first Go Battle Day of the year.
Go Battle Days allow you to participate in more battles than usual. During the event hours, you can participate in 20 sets of battles, making a total of 100 battles. Usually you can only complete five sets for a total of 25 battles per day. You will also earn a quadruple Stardust for the battles you win.
Active tournaments on the first Go Battle Day of this year are the Master League and Master League Cups. Here are the rules for each:
|Masters League Classic||
For all the info on this season of the Go Battle League, check out our guide.
News and Reminders
There aren’t too many major updates or news this week, but there are a few things to note.
New PokeStops and Gyms in India
Trainers in India should be thrilled to hear that Niantic is pushing for more PokeStops and Gyms in the country. Over the past few weeks and early February, India will receive around 5,000,000 new PokeStops and Gyms.
Niantic needs your help adding images to these PokeStops. Additionally, Trainers level 38 or higher can suggest new places of interest. Read more on Niantic’s blog.
January Research Breakthrough
This month’s Research Breakthrough award is Onix, but there’s been a bit of a change. Initially, Niantic announced that the Research Breakthrough encounter would come bundled with Mega Steelix Energy. Due to some issues, this has been removed and Mega Steelix Energy will now be rewarded through a Timed Research questline. You will earn 200 in total.
Pokemon Go Tour: Johto Tickets – Now On Sale
If you want to participate in the February Johto Tour event, tickets are available now. Remember that you will need to purchase your ticket in advance to participate in Spark and Candela’s Timed Research Challenges.
Dev Diary #2
Niantic released the next entry in the promised Dev Diaries series. This one features the Niantic staff detailing their thoughts on Heritage Season, including how they crafted various aspects of it. The post also explains how remote raid participants will do less damage in the future.
January will see the continuation of weekly Monday bundles in the shop. Each will cost 1 PokeCoin and contain a Ranged Raid Pass.
Here’s a preview of next week’s events:
- January 10: End of the Master League and Master League Classic
- The Great League and the Sinnoh Cup begin
- January 11: Spotlight hour on Diglett
- January 12: Heatran Raid Time
- January 15: Heatran leaves Raids
- Genesect (Shock Drive) Takes Over Level 5 Raids
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