Pokémon GO December 2021 events: Season of Heritage, new raids, research, and more

This December players can start with the new Season of Heritage and gear up for the Pokémon Go tour: Johto in 2022

Niantic after the successful Season of Mischief event, announced the new Season of Heritage in Pokémon GO to wrap up 2021 and welcome 2022, including various events in December with new raids and community events. 

Pokémon GO December events details
Pokémon GO December events details

Pokémon Go: December 2021 Research Encounters

Wednesday, December 1, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8) to Saturday, January 1, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8).

  • Deino

If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny one!

Weekly 1 PokéCoin bundles

Every Monday in December, a one-time-purchase bundle containing a Remote Raid Pass and other items will be available in the shop for 1 PokéCoin.

Pokémon GO December 2021 events: Featured Raids

The following Pokémon will be appearing in raids throughout December.

Five-Star Raids  Reshiram, Zekrom (Wednesday, December 1, 2021, to Thursday, December 16, 2021)  
Kyurem (Thursday, December 16, 2021, to Friday, December 31, 2021 )
Mega Raids  Mega Steelix (Wednesday, December 1, 2021, to Thursday, December 23, 2021)
Mega Abomasnow (Thursday, December 23, 2021, to Friday, January 7, 2022)

Note: Raid rotations all start and end at 10:00 a.m. local time on the dates listed.

Raid Hours

Every Wednesday in December, a Raid Hour event will occur from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. local time. The following Pokémon will be featured.

Raid HoursPokémon
On December 1, December 8, and December 15Reshiram
December 1, December 8, and December 15Zekrom
On December 22 and December 29Kyurem

If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny one!

Pokémon Go: Spotlight Hours

In the month of December, Pokémon Spotlight Hour will take place every Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. local time, and each will spotlight a different Pokémon and a special bonus!

PokémonSpotlight HourBonuses
ElectabuzzOn December 72× Transfer Candy
MagmarDecember 142× XP for evolving Pokémon
SnoverOn December 212× Catch XP
CubchooDecember 282× Catch Candy

Pokémon GO December 2021: Community Day events

The December 2021 Community Day event will be held on both Saturday, December 18, 2021, and Sunday, December 19, 2021. During the event, Pokémon featured throughout 2021’s Community Day events will be appearing more frequently in the wild. Additionally, Pokémon featured in the 2020s Community Day events will be hatching from eggs and appearing in raids. December Community Day will be an awesome opportunity to catch any featured Pokémon you may have missed!

Pokémon GO Season of Heritage
Pokémon GO Season of Heritage

Upcoming events in December 2021

Season of Heritage

A new Season begins on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time! Embark on a journey inspired by the past as we run up to Pokémon GO Tour: Johto. The Season of Heritage ends on Tuesday, March 1, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. local time.

Pokémon GO Season of Heritage
Pokémon GO Season of Heritage

Monthly Seasonal Bonuses

A different Seasonal Bonus will be featured every month during the Season of Heritage.

In addition, Timed Research will be available every month and will reward Trainers with exclusive avatar items. December’s Timed Research will be available to all Trainers, while the Timed Research in January and February will be available to those who pre-purchase a ticket for Pokémon GO Tour: Johto.

Team Leader: Blanche

Work alongside Blanche and Professor Willow to activate the first portion of the mysterious door’s unlocking mechanism. Blanche has been able to decipher that it requires Stardust and the help of Ice- and Ground-type Pokémon.

Monthly Bonus
  • 2× Stardust for first catch of each day

Timed Research

Deino Hat Avatar Item
  • Collect 120,000 Stardust Total to Unlock!
Stardust challenge bonuses

Earn Stardust during the month of December to make progress on Blanche’s Timed Research and unlock rewards like the Deino Hat avatar item! The Deino Hat avatar item will be available for purchase in the shop after the Season ends.

500 Total Stardust10× Poké Ball
1,000 Total Stardust10× Razz Berry
3,000 Total StardustRhyhorn
6,000 Total Stardust15× Pinap Berry
10,000 Total StardustOnix
15,000 Total Stardust25× Poké Ball
20,000 Total Stardust15× Nanab Berry
30,000 Total StardustStaryu
40,000 Total Stardust20× Great Ball
50,000 Total Stardust2× Silver Pinap Berry
60,000 Total StardustAlolan Exeggutor
70,000 Total Stardust25× Ultra Ball
85,000 Total StardustDeino
100,000 Total Stardust5,000 XP
120,000 Total Stardust1× Lucky Egg

Pokémon appearing in the wild in the Season

CitiesPorygon, Snubbull, Glameow, Bronzor, Lillipup, Trubbish, Solosis
ForestsCaterpie, Taillow, Croagunk, Joltik, Ferroseed, Karrablast, Shelmet
MountainsClefairy, Aerodactyl, Teddiursa, Meditite, Numel, Hippopotas, Munna
Bodies of WaterPsyduck, Lapras, Wingull, Barboach, Finneon, Feebas, Bidoof
Northern HemisphereDelibird, Turtwig, Chimchar, Piplup, Cottonee, Vanillite, Winter Form Deerling
Southern HemisphereTangela, Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip, Carvanha, Combee, Summer Form Deerling


Eggs Distance to HatchPokémon
2kmPoliwag, Bellsprout, Swinub, Meditite, Barboach, Swablu, Bunnelby
5kmOnix, Azurill, Happiny, Munchlax, Snover, Froakie, Hippopotas
10kmAudino, Darumaka, Mienfoo, Rufflet, Espurr, Goomy, Noibat
5km (Adventure Sync)Cranidos, Shieldon, Frillish, Skrelp, Clauncher, Dedenne
10km (Adventure Sync)Dratini, Bagon, Beldum, Riolu, Deino, Noibat

Seasonal Bonuses

During the Season of Heritage, the following bonuses will be active.

  • Increased effectiveness of Incense while stationary
  • Added Increased Incense effectiveness while moving
  • Increased damage for Pokémon participating in raids remotely
  • Guaranteed Gifts from PokéStop spins
  • One extra Pokémon Candy when trading Pokémon
  • Guaranteed Candy XL when trading Pokémon

Swinub Incense Day

On Sunday, December 5, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Swinub will be attracted more frequently to incense. Additionally, both Ice-type and Ground-type Pokémon will be attracted to incense throughout the day.

Pokémon GO Swinbub Incense Day
Pokémon GO Swinbub Incense Day

Dragonspiral Descent

An event inspired by the Unova region’s Dragonspiral Tower will take place from Tuesday, December 7, 2021, to Sunday, December 12, 2021. More details to come!

Pokémon GO Holidays Part 1 and Part 2

The Pokémon GO Holidays event returns on Thursday, December 16, 2021, and runs until Friday, December 31, 2021! Look forward to costumed Pokémon, Ice-type Pokémon appearing more frequently in the wild, event-exclusive Field Research, winter-themed avatar items, and a bonanza of bonuses!

What are your thoughts about the upcoming events in December 2021 for Pokémon GO. Let us know in the comments below!

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