Pokémon GO Season of Heritage Event: Times, Spawns, Bonuses & More

Pokemon Go heritage
Pokemon Go heritage

In preparation for the release of Pokémon Legends: Arceus in January, Niantic has prepared a Season of Heritage event for Pokémon GO. This event sees a whole host of new Pokémon spawns, both in the wild and in egg hatches, as well as special bonuses, and three Timed Research Stardust Challenges.


Season of Heritage Event Times

The Season of Heritage event begins on December 1st, 2021 (10am local time) and runs all the way until March 1st, 2021 (10am local time). This will be for both the spawns and the bonuses.


Season of Heritage Pokémon Spawns

During the event, Pokémon spawns will be changing for different locations. Depending on whether you’re in the City, Forest, Mountains or near Bodies of Water, the Pokémon that you encounter will be unique. This will also vary depending on whether you are in the Northern or Southern Hemisphere. Here’s what you’ll be able to find depending on where you are:

City – Porygon, Snubbull, Glameow, Bronzor, Lillipup, Trubbish, Solosis and more (all of which can be shiny apart from Solosis)
Forest – Caterpie, Taillow, Croagunk, Joltik, Ferroseed, Karrablast, Shelmet and more (of which Caterpie, Taillow, Croagunk and Ferroseed can be shiny)
Mountains – Clefairy, Aerodactyl, Teddiursa, Meditite, Numel, Hippopotas, Munna and more (of which all can be shiny apart from Numel and Munna)
Bodies of Water – Psyduck, Lapras, Wingull, Barboach, Finneon, Feebas, Bidoof and more (of which all can be shiny apart from Finneon)
Northern Hemisphere – Delibird, Turtwig, Chimchar, Piplup, Cottonee, Vanillite, Winter Form Deerling and more (of which the first four can be shiny)
Southern Hemisphere – Tangela, Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip, Carvanha, Combee, Summer Form Deerling and more (of which all can be shiny apart from Combee and Deerling)

The Pokémon hatching from the various 2,5 and 10km eggs have also changed for this event, including the eggs which you receive from walking 25/50km in a week:

2km – Poliwag, Bellsprout, Swinub, Meditite, Barboach, Swablu, Bunnelby and more (of which all can be shiny)
5km – Onix, Azurill, Happiny, Munchlax, Snover, Froakie, Hippopotas and more (of which all can be shiny apart from Munchlax and Froakie)
10km – Audino, Darumaka, Mienfoo, Rufflet, Espurr, Goomy, Noibat and more (of which Audio, Darumaka and Rufflet can be shiny)
5km Adventure Sync reward – Cranidos, Shieldon, Frillish, Skrelp, Clauncher and Dedenne (of which Cranidos and Shieldon can be shiny)
10km Adventure Sync rewards – Dratini, Bagon, Beldum, Riolu, Deino and Noibat (of which can all be shiny apart from Noibat)


Seasonal Bonuses

As is usual with new events, a set of bonuses have gone live as this event has begun. These include increased effectiveness for incense when stationary and walking, increased damage for Pokémon battling in remote raids, guaranteed gifts from spinning Pokéstops, one extra candy when trading a Pokémon and guaranteed XL candy when trading a Pokémon. Be sure to make use of these bonuses during the time this event is live, to help power your Pokémon up to their max level and catch the ones you are missing to fill your Pokédex.


Season of Heritage Monthly Timed Research

At the start of each month during this event, a new Timed Research task will go live. December’s task is free to everyone, whereas January and February will be available to players who pre-purchase a ticket for Pokémon GO Tour Johto, which is an event that has been teased for 26th-27th February.

December’s Timed Research challenge is based around Stardust. The monthly bonus will be double Stardust for your first Pokémon catch every day. Your goal is to earn a total of 120,000 Stardust, and you have the whole of December to do this. You will earn rewards as you hit each target, and complete the whole thing in order to unlock the Deino hat avatar reward. The Stardust targets and rewards are as follows:

500 – 10 Pokéballs
1000 – 10 Razz Berries
3000 – Rhyhorn encounter (can be shiny)
6000 – 15 Pinap Berries
10,000 – Onix encounter (can be shiny)
15,000 – 25 Poké Balls
20,000 – 15 Nanab Berries
30,000 – Staryu encounter (can be shiny)
40,000 – 20 Great Balls
50,000 – 2 Silver Pinap Berries
60,000 – Alolan Exeggutor encounter (can be shiny)
70,000 – 25 Ultra Balls,
85,000 – Deino encounter (can be shiny)
100,000 – 5000XP
120,000 – 1 Lucky Egg

The January Timed Research will be focused on XP, with a goal of earning 240,000 XP over the course of the month, with Goomy hat as an avatar reward if you complete everything:

1000 – 15 Poké Balls
6000 – 1 Lure Module
15,000 – Cranidos encounter (can be shiny)
25,000 – 15 Razz Berries
35,000 – 25 Poké Balls
47,500 – Porygon encounter (can be shiny)
60,000 – 20 Great Balls
75,000 – 15 Pinap Berries
90,000 – Shedninja encounter
110,000 – 25 Ultra Balls
130,000 – Togetic encounter
150,000 – 3 Golden Razz Berries
175,000 – Goomy encounter
200,000 – 2500XP
240,000 – 1 Star Piece

The February Timed Research will be focused on Catches, with a goal of catching 600 Pokémon over the course of the month, with a Noibat hat as an avatar reward at the end if you complete it:

15 – 20 Poké Balls
35 – 1 Incense
55 – Krabby encounter (can be shiny)
80 – 15 Razz Berries
105 – 15 Great Balls
135 – Gligar encounter (can be shiny)
165 – 15 Nanab Berries
200 – Primeape encounter
235 – 2 Silver Pinap Berries
275 – Galarian Zigzagoon encounter (can be shiny)
315 – Pupitar encounter
365 – 3 Golden Razz Berries
425 – Noibat encounter
500 – 5000XP
600 – 1 Remote Raid Pass

Make sure to take part in everything the Season of Heritage has to offer, and collect all the XP and Stardust that you are able to earn. This is a great way to level up your trainer level, with the extra XP, and opportunity to level up your own Pokémon, with the extra Stardust.

Pokémon GO is available on iOS and Android.

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