Pokémon Unite Holiday Festivities 2021 update to release Dragonite, Tsareena, Christmas themed game mode, holowears, and more

Tsareena and Dragonite are coming to the new MOBA title!

Today, Pokémon Unite announced its upcoming holiday festivities update for 2021 and unveiled an avalanche of seasonal events for Pokémon Unite. The all-new event Snowball Battle in Shivre City is on its way, along with many in-game challenges and surprises celebrating the holiday season. The Pokémon stage is getting a new winter-themed look along with new Holowear items for many Pokémons. Players will also be getting a new playable Pokémon. 

Pokémon Unite Holiday Festivities 2021 update

It has been confirmed that the Holiday Festivities event for Pokémon UNITE will be starting from 15 December 2021 and lasting until 16 January 2022. It is estimated that the Event will be live at around 7 AM UTC assuming that they will follow how they released the previous Halloween event.

Tsareena and Dragonite coming to Pokémon Unite

Pokemon Unite Dragonite
Pokemon Unite Dragonite

The festivities will kick off tomorrow with the launch of Tsareena, a new playable Pokémon. Tsareena will be added to the game’s ever-expanding roster as an All-Rounder. Tsareena will be bringing new moves like Trop Kick and Grassy Glide which will be bringing new tactical opportunities and fun new ways for Trainers to play. Additionally, players will be able to obtain a free Unite license for Tsareena until 31 December 2021 by simply logging in to the game and checking their in-game mail.

Undeniably the best reveal for this trailer is the confirmation of the cuddly dragon from Generation 1, Dragonite joining the Unite roster. Dragonite will be released as a playable Pokémon on 20 December 2021.

New Christmas Themes

The Remoat Stadium will be receiving a renovation in this event themed on Christmas! The normally vibrant stadium with the lush background will be getting a winter overhaul featuring snowflake designs, ice covering much of the non-lane areas, and beautiful ice sculptures near the center of the map. Some of the wild Pokémons have been swapped out as well, with Aipom being replaced by Panpour, Tauros taking the place of Bouffalant, and Combee and Vespiquin becoming Cubchoo and Beartic

Pokémon Unite Holiday Festivities 2021 update
Christmas-themed Remoat Stadium

There is also a Holiday-themed Home Screen to maximize the Christmas vibe! As soon as players enter the game they will be welcomed by the warm winter-themed home screen with a festive tree which is related to the Illumination challenge which we will talk about later in this article.

Pokémon Unite Holiday Festivities 2021 update
Holiday-themed Home Screen

New Holowear for Pokémons

TiMi Studio is also adding festive Holowear and outfits to match the occasion. Many Christmas-themed Holowear will be arriving in the shop for the trainers to dress their cute Pokémons. Watch out for Santa Pikachu!

Pikachu is receiving a Santa-themed Premium Holowear that adds new effects to most of its moves, including its Unite Move becoming shaped like a star and shooting out presents. 

Pokémon Unite Holiday Festivities 2021 update
Santa Pikachu

Crustle is also receiving a very Christmas-style Holowear themed as a yummy pastry cake with cute Santa mittens on its claws.

Christmas-style Holowear for Crustle

Cramorant, Snorlax, and Mr. Mime are also receiving new outfits based on chefs and cooking.

Pokémon Unite Holiday Festivities 2021 update
Cramorant, Snorlax, and Mr. Mime

Other Pokémons such as Garchomp, Blastoise, Mamoswine, and even Dragonite will receive a basic Santa Hat Holowear too. 

Basic Santa Holowear

New Trainer Skins

Trainers won’t need to get jealous of their Pokémons getting showered all the attention, as our Trainers will also have their own Holiday-themed Trainer Skins for the event! 

New Trainer Skins

New Stickers and Border 

Exclusive snapshot stickers and borders will also be arriving for this event! Basing this off the Halloween event, these stickers and borders will be probably event exclusive, so try your hardest to maximize this event!

Snowball Battle in Shivre City

From 15 December 2021 to 16 January 2022, as the holiday spirit takes over, Players will be able to Ice out opponents on the new 4-on-4 quick battle map, Snowball Battle in Shivre City. In the quick battles, opposing Pokémon that are knocked out will turn into snowmen for a limited time. Although frozen in place, snowmen can still assist their teammates while waiting for their revival. 

Moreover, players will receive a gift box after defeating Delibird, the Delivery Pokémon. Inside each gift box will be a random one-time battle item that replaces the player’s current item. This will keep players on their toes in ever-changing and unpredictable encounters. Along with these festive additions, the wild Pokémon in Shivre City’s central area will be replaced with Articuno two minutes into matches, offering new challenges for teams to take on.

Special Challenges

Illumination Challenge

This will take place from 15 December 2021 to 16 January 2022 alongside Snowball Battle in Shivre City where Players will need to light up the festive tree that appears in the lobby. Players can collect lights earned through daily missions (up to 100 lights per day) and challenge missions (up to 750 lights per challenge mission). Collecting lights will unlock decorative items and bonuses, including a 1-Day Limited License: Alolan Ninetales, new Trainer fashion items, and other holiday-themed decorations (a different number of lights will be required to unlock each item).

Photo Challenge

From 24 December 2021 until 6 January 2022, players can enjoy the new Photo Challenge, collecting snowflakes to complete a fun seasonal art piece. Players can obtain snowflakes by battling in standard matches, quick battles, ranked matches, and Snowball Battle in Shivre City.

Access to all Unite License

To celebrate the new year, for the first three days of 2022 (1 January to 3 January), players will also have access to every Unite license in the game, allowing them to play with any Pokémon at no cost (except in ranked matches).

Special log-in gifts

Players can enjoy a plethora of special themed rewards and prize boxes by logging in daily from December 24, 2021, until January 1, 2022. 

  • December 25 to December 28, 2021: During this time a prize box will be available from which players can choose to receive Aeos coins, Holowear tickets, Aeos tickets, or item enhancers. 
  • December 29 to December 31, 2021: A prize box will be available that contains a 7-day limited license for one of six Pokémon of the player’s choosing. 
  • January 1, 2022: A New Year’s prize box will be available only on January 1, 2022, which will offer players the opportunity to select from one of four exclusive Trainer fashion items!

Also, be sure to check out the in-game shop for discounted items during the event.

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