Lunar New Year Event & Minccino Limited Research Day Announced

Trainers! To celebrate the year of the rat, Niantic has just announced the 2020 Lunar New Year Event and Minccino Limited Research! 

The Official Announcement can be found here.


Happy Lunar New Year! The Pokémon GO Lunar New Year event is happening once again, spotlighting various red Pokémon and, in celebration of the Year of the Rat, a Limited Research event featuring Minccino, the Chinchilla Pokémon.

Darumake HYPE! Are you ready for the Zen Charm Pokémon? And what’s this? Shiny Gyarados in the wild? YES PLEASE!!!

It’s time to welcome in the new lunar cycle with red Pokémon appearing more frequently in the wild, lucky bonuses, and the appearance of a Pokémon not previously found in Pokémon GO: Darumaka!

Pokémon GO Lunar New Year Event
Start: Friday, January 24, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST
End: Monday, February 3, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST
Certain red Pokémon will be featured. Charmeleon, Vulpix, Parasect, Voltorb, Jynx, Magmar, Magikarp, Flareon, Slugma, Wurmple, Corphish, Kricketot, and Foongus will appear more frequently in the wild!
Gyashaa! Wild Gyarados appeared! If you’re lucky, you might spot a Gyarados in the wild. Will you be lucky enough to encounter the coveted red Shiny Gyarados?
Darumaka will hatch from 7 km Eggs. Some red Pokémon will be hatching from 7 km Eggs, such as Shuckle and Foongus. Making its Pokémon GO debut will be Darumaka, the Zen Charm Pokémon!

Gifts will have a chance of rewarding you with Rare Candies, so be sure to send and open lots of Gifts with your friends.
Be sure to trade more often with your friends—the likelihood of becoming Lucky Friends will be increased.
When you trade a Pokémon, there will be an increased chance it will become a Lucky Pokémon.
Featured Pokémon


Remember when data miners found all that Minccino Research code? Well, here is what it was for! The Chinchilla Pokémon is ready for its debut!

In celebration of the Year of the Rat, Minccino, the Chinchilla Pokémon, will be appearing in Pokémon GO for a special Limited Research event. Professor Willow has also uncovered that Minccino can evolve into Cinccino through use of a Unova Stone!

Minccino Limited Research
Sunday, February 2, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. local time
Field Research: Minccino Limited Research tasks will allow you to encounter Minccino.
Pokémon that fit the theme of the Year of the Rat will be appearing more frequently in the wild. Look out for Rattata, Raticate, Pikachu, Sandshrew, Nidoran♀, Nidoran♂, Sentret, Marill, Zigzagoon, Plusle, Minun, Bidoof, and Patrat.
Minccino in 5 km Eggs: Minccino will be hatching more frequently from 5 km Eggs. After the event ends, Minccino will continue to be available in 5 km Eggs.
 Shiny Minccino will be available! If you’re lucky, you might encounter one!
Increased Wild Spawns



As far as announcements go, this one sure is a doozy! Not one but TWO new Pokémon, in Darumaka and Minccino. A new Shiny Pokémon in Minccino. And perhaps the most important detail, INCREASED luck friend and lucky trade odds! Niantic has pulled out all the stops to celebrate the year of the rat!

Keep an eye out for our Lunar New Year and Minccino Infopedias headed your way soon!

Wishing you health, wealth, and luck during the Lunar New Year! Stay safe, and happy exploring!

—The Pokémon GO team

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