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December Events for Pokémon GO Announced

Trainers! Pokémon GO has just released the December schedule! Included is the December Research Breakthrough encounter, Legendary Raid Boss return, Spotlight Hours, Feature Updates, and more! Let’s take a closer look at what was announced!


December Research Breakthrough

Trainers! Not one, BUT TWO, Pokémon will have a chance to appear as your December Research Breakthrough.

Lapras, the transport Pokémon, and Unovan Darumaka, the zen charm Pokémon, will be the two of which you will randomly receive! Because there is a HUGE focus on XP due to the level cap increase, you will be receiving additional XP from each breakthrough encounter. 🥳

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 @ 1pm PST
Friday, January 1, 2021 @ 1pm PST
Unovan Darumaka

A LEGENDARY Return & a Mega inbound

A familiar face will be returning for the month of December. Per the official announcement, Kyurem, the boundary Pokémon, will be making a return to 5-Star Raids. Alongside it, Mega Abomasnow will be making its wintery debut replacing Blastoise in Mega Raids!

Kyurem: Tue., Dec. 1, 2020, at 1:00pm PST (GMT −8) to Fri., Jan. 1, 2021, at 1:00pm PST (GMT −8)

Raid Guide

RAID HOUR: Dec. 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, & 30th

Mega Abomasnow: Replacing Blastoise beginning Dec. 1, 2020, at 1:00pm PST (GMT −8)

Raid Guide

Dec. Pokémon Spotlight Hours

DateFeatured PokémonBonus
Dec. 1Cubone2x
Evolve XP
Dec. 8Jigglypuff2x
Catch Stardust
Dec. 152x
Catch Candy
Dec. 22Barboach2x
Transfer Candy
Dec. 29Barboach2x
Evolve XP

2x Catch XP Bonus Ends

As part of the huge GO Beyond update in December, the level cap will be increased to 50! To help Trainers level up during this time, a double Catch XP bonus has been live since Wednesday, November 18, 2020, at 1:00 p.m., and it’ll stay in effect until Thursday, December 31, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. local time


We are currently not sure how December Community Day will be presented. We can only assume it will be like years past where all Pokémon from this year’s CDs will make a return. Be sure to stay tuned as we will be sure to bring you all the news once it is known!

Exciting Features

Managing your Pokémon is about to become much easier with the introduction of Pokémon tagging and other general search updates. Pokémon tagging will allow you to create different colored tags, apply them to Pokémon, and use them to filter Pokémon in your collection. The Pokémon search function will also be updated to allow for enhanced usability. When you tap into the search bar, a new screen will appear with recommended search terms, such as Pokémon Type, Region, Buddy Level, Shiny, and more.

A December to Remember?

There’s got to be more, right? I mean, don’t get us wrong, the Spotlight Hours are insanely desired…especially if they choose to make them shine…please boost them shiny! However, we can’t help but think, and hope, there will be more to the raid scene than just Kyurem all December long. There just has to be, right?

Anywho, even though the word is mum in this announcement, we have a feeling this is going to be a December to remember in terms of feature releases (see the GO Beyond Announcement), Pokémon releases (Gen 6), and so much more!!

TL;DR Dec. Events

  • Dec. Research Breakthrough: Unovan Darumaka & Lapras
  • Dec. Kalos Celebration: Pokémon originally discovered in the Kalos region make their debut
  • Dec. Spotlight Hours: 1st Seel/Evolve XP; 8th Swinub/Catch Stardust; 15th SURPRISE/Catch Candy; 22nd Snorunt/Transfer Candy; 29th Snover/Evolve XP
  • Dec. Legendary Raids: Kyurem
  • Dec. Mega Raids: Abomasnow to replace Blastoise
  • Dec. CD: ???
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