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February Events Schedule Announced

Trainers! In continuing their recent trend from December and January, Niantic has just released a HUGE slate of events for February! Including the February Team GO Rocket Special Research, there will be EIGHT separate events during the month of February! Let’s take a closer look at what all is entailed!

The Official Announcement can be found here.

Trainers,

Be still, your heart! Get ready for new Research Breakthrough encounters, Shadow Legendary Pokémon, and debuting Legendary Pokémon coming in February. This month will also feature events celebrating the Sinnoh region and Valentine’s Day, as well as entirely new kinds of events that we’re testing. There’s much to look forward to during this season of love.

February marks the beginning of a new trio of Shadow Legendaries! A Professor’s Work is Never Done will reward you with Shadow Raikou upon defeating Giovanni this month!

If you’ve completed your most recent set of Team GO Rocket Special Research, then you’ll have access to February’s Team GO Rocket Special Research, A Professor’s Work Is Never Done. This time, you’ll be tasked to defeat Team GO Rocket, its leaders, and Giovanni once more for a chance to rescue the Legendary Shadow Pokémon Raikou! Be sure to finish this Special Research by the end of February before Shadow Raikou leaves.

Team GO Rocket never rests, Trainers, and neither can we! Be on the lookout for new Team GO Rocket Special Research from Professor Willow every month. For more information, please see our help center article.

Woobat makes its debut in Pokémon GO during February! But that’s not all! It also brings bonus candies with it! Woobat and its evolution, Swoobat are dual Flying- and Psychic-type Pokémon. Be on the lookout for Swoobat in Great League PvP play, as it could be a nice addition.

NOTE: This Research Breakthrough is stated to only last ONE MONTH, not 2 months as some previous ones have been.

From Saturday, February 1, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Sunday, March 1, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8), the Bat Pokémon Woobat with bonus Woobat Candies will be available as Research Breakthrough encounters! This Pokémon originally discovered in the Unova region will be making its Pokémon GO debut.

Can you guess why it’s making its debut in February, the month of love? Well, look no further than its cute nose! This Psychic- and Flying-type Pokémon uses the suction from its nose to stick to cave walls as it sleeps. The heart-shaped mark it leaves on skin is said to bring good fortune, so we hope an encounter with Woobat will bring you not only good luck but also a new friend!

FEBRUARY RESEARCH BREAKTHROUGH ENCOUNTER
WOOBAT
It takes 50 candy to evolve Woobat into Swoobat.

From Tuesday, February 4, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Tuesday, February 25, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8), Tornadus, the Cyclone Pokémon, will be in five-star raids! This Pokémon originally discovered in the Unova region will be making its Pokémon GO debut. It’s said that when Tornadus flies, it creates winds so powerful that everything surrounding it gets blown away.

This Flying-type Pokémon could be a legendary addition to your battle team, so get ready to take it on with Pokémon that know Electric-, Ice-, and Rock-type attacks!

TORNADUS IN 5-STAR RAIDS
EVENT
DATE/TIME:
Start: Tues., Feb. 4, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST
End: Tues., Feb. 25, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST
RAID GUIDE COMING SOON

Are you ready Trainers? No, really, are you ready?!?!? SHINY RIOLU HYPE! The Shiny variants of Rioulu AND Hippopotas will BOTH be available during this celebration event.

In appreciation of all the great Pokémon that we’ve befriended that were originally discovered in the Sinnoh region, we’re happy to announce a Sinnoh region celebration event! From Friday, February 7, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. to Monday, February 10, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. local time, Pokémon originally discovered in the Sinnoh region will be appearing more often in the wild and in raids.

All 7 km Eggs obtained during the event period will exclusively hatch certain Pokémon from the Sinnoh region, including Budew, Combee, Bronzor, Gible, Riolu, Hippopotas, and Mantyke. Event-specific Field Research tasks will reward you with encounters with Pokémon that were originally discovered in this beautiful region, as well as Sinnoh Stones. And last but not least, if you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny Riolu or a Shiny Hippopotas! Stay tuned for more details as we get closer to the event.


SINNOH REGION CELEBRATION
EVENT
DATE/
TIME:
Start: Fri., Feb. 7, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. (local time)
End: Mon., Feb. 10, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. (local time)
FEATURES:
Pokémon originally discovered in the Sinnoh region will be appearing more often in the wild and in raids.
All 7 km Eggs obtained during the event period will exclusively hatch certain Pokémon from the Sinnoh region, including Budew, Combee, Bronzor, Gible, Riolu, Hippopotas, and Mantyke.
Event-specific Field Research tasks will reward you with encounters with Pokémon that were originally discovered in this beautiful region, as well as Sinnoh Stones.
And last but not least, if you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny Riolu or a Shiny Hippopotas!
SHINY RIOLU FAMILY
RioluLucario
SHINY HIPPOPOTAS FAMILY
Male HippopotasFemale Hippopotas
Male HippowdonFemale Hippowdon

Pink, it’s my new obsession. Yeah, pink, it’s not even a question. Ok, Ok, enough Aerosmith lyrics. But, Pink is more just a song; it’s the theme for the Valentine’s Day Celebration! Features for this 3+ day event include the debut of Audino and Alomomola! Don’t worry; there’s more…Your shiny chanceys for this event are… shiny Chansey in the wild and shiny Happiny from Eggs!

Love will soon be in the air! Our annual Valentine’s Day event is back. From Friday, February 14, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. to Monday, February 17, 2020 at 10:00 p.m. local time, pink Pokémon will be appearing more often in the wild, in raids, in Eggs, and as Field Research encounters.

Audino, the Hearing Pokémon, and Alomomola, the Caring Pokémon, will be making their Pokémon GO debut! They’re rare though, so you might encounter them only if you’re very lucky! During this event, regular Lure Modules will last six hours and you’ll receive a 2× Catch Candy bonus. If you’re lucky, you might hatch a Shiny Happiny or encounter a Shiny Chansey in the wild!


VALENTINE’S DAY CELEBRATION 2020
EVENT
DATE/
TIME:
Start: Fri., Feb. 14, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. (local time)
End: Mon., Feb. 17, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. (local time)
FEATURES:
Pink Pokémon will be appearing more often in the wild, in raids, in Eggs, and as Field Research encounters.
Audino, the Hearing Pokémon, and Alomomola, the Caring Pokémon, will be making their Pokémon GO debut!
During this event, regular Lure Modules will last six hours, and you’ll receive a 2× Catch Candy bonus.
If you’re lucky, you might hatch a Shiny Happiny or encounter a Shiny Chansey in the wild!
AudinoAlomomola
SHINY BLISSEY FAMILY
HappinyChanseyBlissey

To continue the pink Pokémon festivities in celebration of Valentine’s Day, there will be a Raid Day on Saturday, February 15, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. local time featuring Lickitung! Lickitung will be in four-star raids and know Body Slam! You can receive up to five additional Raid Passes at no cost during the event by spinning Photo Discs at Gyms. You cannot hold more than one of these Raid Passes at once, and they will not be available after the event ends. Lucky Trainers might encounter Shiny Lickitung!

LICKITUNG RAID DAY
EVENT
DATE/
TIME:
Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (local time)
FEATURES:
Lickitung will be in four-star raids and know Body Slam!
You can receive up to five additional Raid Passes at no cost during the event by spinning Photo Discs at Gyms.
You cannot hold more than one of these Raid Passes at once, and they will not be available after the event ends.
Lucky Trainers might encounter Shiny Lickitung!

Friendships and building them are the theme for this special weekend event. You will build friendships faster, be able to hold more gifts, be able to open more gifts, and more!

Romantic love isn’t all that we’re celebrating this month! Show some love for your friends from Friday, February 21, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. to Monday, February 24, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. local time with these exclusive bonuses.


SPECIAL FRIENDSHIP WEEKEND
EVENT
DATE/
TIME:
Start: Fri., Feb. 21, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. (local time)
End: Mon., Feb. 24, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. (local time)
FEATURES:
Friendship levels will increase faster
2x Trade Candy
1/2 Trade Stardust cost
The number of Gifts you can open daily will increase to 40.
The number of Gifts you can carry in your inventory will increase to 20.

The Pokémon GO team is always looking for more ways to improve the gameplay experience. This month, we’re excited to test out two new types of events: Pokémon Spotlight Hour and Mystery Bonus Hour.

POKÉMON SPOTLIGHT HOUR
EVENT
DATE/
TIME:
Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (local time)
FEATURES:
Pokémon Spotlight Hour will feature…a surprise Pokémon! All we’ll tell you is that it will appear more frequently in the wild
MYSTERY BONUS HOUR
EVENT
DATE/TIME:
Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (local time)
FEATURES:
Mystery Bonus Hour will feature—you guessed it—a mystery bonus! This unknown bonus will be live in the app

And that’s not all! We’ll be doing even more new and surprising things this month, so be sure to follow us on social media, opt in to receive push notifications, and subscribe to our emails to stay updated. Let’s GO!

—The Pokémon GO team

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