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January Events & Features Announced

Trainers! Just like in December, Niantic has announced a MASSIVE schedule of Events for January! Including the January Team GO Rocket Special Research, there will be FIVE separate Events in the Month of January! Let’s take a deeper dive into what all is entailed!

The Official Announcement can be found here.


As December’s last event, Pokémon GO Holidays 2019, wraps up, we set our eyes toward the new year on the horizon! As we ring in 2020, you can look forward to the following events and features.

Another month, another Legendary Bird! Moltres joins the ranks of the Shadow Legendaries for the month of January!

The fight against Team GO Rocket continues! Activate the new Special Research during the month of January to help Professor Willow and the team leaders take down this villainous group. This is your chance to fight Giovanni and save another Legendary Pokémon: Shadow Moltres.

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.

Lapras will be the Research Breakthrough Encounter for January, but wait, there’s more! These Lapras will know BOTH Ice Shard AND Ice Beam! The availability of these moves on Lapras furthers the drive to make moves that were designated as Legacy available again.

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

From Wednesday, January 1, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Saturday, February 1, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8), Lapras that know Ice Shard AND Ice Beam will be available as Research Breakthrough encounters! Some of you might notice that the last time Lapras with this particular attack were available to catch was in 2018.

These Water- and Ice-type Pokémon are sure to be contenders for your battle party, so don’t miss this chance to encounter Lapras that know Ice Shard or Ice Beam!

Lapras - NormalLapras - Shiny
Ice ShardIce Beam

Get your party hats out, Trainers! The recent find by data-miners of Party Hat Ratatta, Raticate, and Wurmple now makes sense! Might we see them in this event? Only time will tell!

Ready those Incubators! From Thursday, January 2, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Thursday, January 16, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8), the Adventure Sync Hatchathon event will return. It’s time to get a leg up on your New Year’s resolutions, Trainers! During the Adventure Sync Hatchathon, you can be rewarded with extra Stardust, Rare Candies, and a Unova Stone if you walk a certain distance. You’ll be able to find Pokémon wearing party hats by hatching Eggs and encountering Pokémon in the wild, too. More details coming soon.

Start: Thursday, January 2, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST
End: Thursday, January 16, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST
Extra Stardust
Rare Candies
Unova Stone if you walk a certain distance
Pokémon wearing party hats in the wild and in eggs

From Tuesday, January 7, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Tuesday, February 4, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8), Heatran will be in five-star raids! If you’re lucky, you might encounter Shiny Heatran! With a body made of rugged steel and blood that boils like magma, the Lava Dome Pokémon might find a niche in your battle party as a bulky Fire- and Steel-type attacker.

Start: Tues, January 7, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST
End: Tues, February 4, 2020, at 1:00 p.m.
Heatran - NormalHeatran - Shiny

A new wave of Gen V – Unova Pokémon is seemingly upon us Trainers! Which ones will be released? We will have to wait and find out, but keep check back here as we will update this section as reports come in!

Remember when Pokémon originally discovered in the Unova region first came to Pokémon GO? Well, we’ve received reports that some more might be coming soon! Keep your eyes peeled, Trainers, and stay tuned. We’ll share more details soon!




Wow! January looks like it will be just as exciting, if not more so than December was! Niantic continues its full-court press on keeping the calendar chock full of events and features! What a great time to be a Pokémon Trainer!

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