This Week In Pokemon Go: Holidays 2021, Community Day, And More

This Week In Pokemon Go: Holidays 2021, Community Day, And More

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  • Pokemon Go Holidays 2021
  • Go Battle League Updates
  • Spotlight Hour and Raid Hour
  • December Community Day – Part One
  • Kyurem Returns To Raids
  • News, Updates, and Reminders
  • Next Week

December is in full swing and there’s a lot going on in Pokemon Go to celebrate the holiday season. This week sees the start of the annual Pokemon Go Holidays event as well as some new features, Ice-type Pokemon, and the first half of December’s Community Day weekend.

We’ve got all the important info you need this week as well as a preview of what’s going on in the game next week. Here’s what’s up in Pokemon Go for the third week of December.

Pokemon Go Holidays 2021

December 16 at 10am to December 31 at 8pm local time

(Part 1 runs December 16 at 10am to December 23 at 10am)

The most notable event this week is of course the annual holiday event. The celebration is split up into two parts with the first portion running this week and into next week. We’ve got a full guide on the event with all the specifics, so definitely check that out.

However, here’s the most important stuff to know for Part 1 of the event:

  • Costumed Pokemon will be spawning
  • Includes Santa Hat Pikachu, Holiday Delibird, Holiday Stantler, Holiday Cubchoo, and two new costumed Pokemon: Holiday Spheal and Holiday Glaceon
  • Other Ice-types will be spawning
  • Includes Snorunt, Swinub, Vanillite, Snover, Cryogonal, Alolan Sandshrew (only in Part 1)
  • Ice-types and costumed Pokemon will feature in Raids (more on that below)
  • Field Research tasks exclusive to the event will lead to encounters with holiday- and winter-themed Pokemon
  • Includes Santa Hat Pikachu, Swinub, Holiday Stantler, Holiday Spheal, Holiday Cubchoo, Cryogonal, and Alolan Vulpix (only in Part 1)
  • You can open up to 45 gifts per day and you can hold up to 40 in your inventory
  • Team Go Rocket Grunts will have more Water-types and Ice-types on their teams
  • Mega Abomasnow will receive a CP boost
  • New stickers, avatar items, and shop bundles are available throughout the entire event


As part of the Holidays 2021 event, there’s a new feature launching in Pokemon Go: postcards! You’ll now be able to “pin” the postcards attached to gifts in a book where they’ll stay forever (or until you unpin them). This Postcard Book will be accessible from your profile page or your inventory.

You can save the postcards on gifts you receive from friends or those from your own gifts. This is a great way to look back at all the places around the world or even just your local community where you’ve had a Pokemon Go connection.

This feature goes live at the beginning of the Holidays 2021 event.

Go Battle League Updates

Season 10 of the Go Battle League is continuing this week and it’ll see new tournaments starting while the current ones end.

At 4pm EST on December 13, the GBL will switch from the Great League and Great League Remix tournaments to the Ultra League and Ultra League Remix. Then on December 16 at 4pm EST, the Holiday Cup will begin. Here are the rules for each tournament:

Ultra League
  • Pokemon must be CP 2,500 or lower
Ultra League Remix
  • Pokemon must be CP 2,500 or lower
  • Certain Pokemon are banned (see note)*
Holiday Cup
  • Max CP of 1,500
  • Only these types allowed: Electric, Flying, Ghost, Grass, Ice, Normal

*Banned Pokemon (UL Remix): Alolan Muk, Cresselia, Empoleon, Giratina (Altered Form), Obstagoon, Swampert, Talonflame, Togekiss, Umbreon, Venusaur

The Ultra League and Ultra League Remix tournaments close on December 27 at 4pm EST while the Holiday Cup continues for a few more days, ending on December 31 at 4pm EST.

Spotlight Hour and Raid Hour

Next week's Raid Hour and Spotlight Hour both feature Ice-type Pokemon, which is fitting for the season. For now, though, Reshiram and Zekrom are still in Raids.

Spotlight Hour: This week’s Spotlight Hour features Magmar and a bonus of double evolution XP. It runs from 6pm to 7pm local time on December 14.

Raid Hour: The Raid Hour for this week is on December 15 and runs 6pm to 7pm. The featured Raid bosses are Zekrom and Reshiram.

December Community Day – Part One

December 18 from 11am to 5pm local time

The December Community Day is split into two parts taking place over the course of two days. Part 1 is this Saturday, running from 11am to 5pm.

Of course, we have a full guide for the upcoming Community Day specifics (and some of them are a bit confusing). But here are the major notes:

  • Pokemon from all of 2021’s Community Days will be spawning in the wild
    • Their special CD moves will be available
    • Some will spawn on Saturday and some on Sunday
      • Saturday spawns: Machop, Roselia, Swablu, Gible, Snivy, Fletchling
    • Lures and Incense will last three hours
    • Eggs will take half the distance to walk
    • You'll earn double Stardust and XP for catches
    • You can make an extra special trade each day and trades will cost 25% less Stardust
    • Pokemon from 2020’s Community Days will feature in eggs and Raids
      • Their special CD moves will also be available
      • Special Research, Timed Research, and Field Research tasks will all be available
        • Field Research tasks will reward Mega Energy for Mega Charizard, Mega Beedrill, Mega Gengar, Mega Gyarados, and Mega Altaria
        • Kyurem Returns To Raids

          December 16 at 10am local time

          With the departure of Zekrom and Reshiram, Kyurem will take over Raids once again as the Tier 5 boss. The switchover takes place with the start of the Holidays 2021 event at 10am local time on December 16. The other tiers of Raids (with the exception of the Mega Tier) will change over at that time as well.

          Here’s who is currently in Raids until Thursday:

          Tier 1Tier 3Tier 5Mega
          • Tynamo
          • Litwick
          • Cubchoo
          • Golett
          • Deino
          • Electabuzz
          • Magmar
          • Lapras
          • Dragonite
          • Druddigon
          • Zekrom
          • Reshiram
          • Mega Steelix

          And here’s who will be headlining Raids alongside Kyurem starting on Thursday:

          Tier 1Tier 3Tier 5Mega
          • Santa Hat Pikachu
          • Alolan Sandshrew
          • Swinub
          • Holiday Spheal
          • Holiday Cubchoo
          • Cloyster
          • Holiday Delibird
          • Holiday Stantler
          • Holiday Glaceon
          • Kyurem
          • Mega Steelix

          News, Updates, and Reminders

          As always, there’s a bit of news this week as well as some reminders.

          >Powered Up PokeStops

          A new feature has rolled out in the game. You can now power up PokeStops to receive more and better rewards from them. To do this, you’ll need to scan the stop in AR. There are three levels which are simply called Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3. The more a PokeStop is powered up, the longer the boost will last.

          Here are Niantic’s instructions for powering up a PokeStop:

          (this will be in block quote formatting in emaki)

          1. Tap on the PokéStop or Gym to view the Photo Disc
          2. Tap on the power up button in the bottom right
          3. Tap Scan PokéStop or Scan Gym
          4. If this is your first time scanning, you will need to review the safety information and tap OK
          5. Take a scan of the PokéStop or Gym. For instructions and guidance on how to take an AR scan, see this article
          6. Tap Upload Now to contribute to that PokéStop or Gym immediately or Upload Later to save your scan to submit later

          Note that if you choose to upload later, you will not be able to contribute location points until the scan has been uploaded successfully.

          Some reports are showing that earning hearts with your Buddy Pokemon is possible from visiting powered up PokeStops as well.

          >QR Code Mystery

          Some strange mystery hunt seems to be going on around social media sites. Niantic has hidden pieces of a QR code in a video and keen Trainers have seemingly begun to solve the puzzle.

          You can read more in this Reddit thread. It seems that the QR code leads to a Google Survey by Niantic that offers a chance to win some prizes.

          >Johto Tour Tickets Now On Sale

          The second Pokemon Go Tour, this one focusing on Johto, is set for the end of February, 2022. Tickets for the event are now on sale in-game for $14.99 or the equivalent in your local currency.

          Here’s our post on all the stuff happening during the Johto Tour:

          >Community Day Storage Expansions

          As part of the December Community Day celebrations, Niantic has announced that both Pokemon and Item storage will have their max capacity limits increased by 500. You can now store up to 5,500 Pokemon and 4,500 items. This capacity upgrade goes live just before Community Day at 4pm EST on December 16.

          >Unannounced Chansey Event in Fukushima

          It seems there’s an event in Fukushima, Japan this week that wasn’t announced by Niantic. There are Chansey spawning en masse in certain parks in the area.

          Next Week

          Here’s a quick look at next week’s events. Be sure to check back every Sunday when we round up everything going on in Pokemon Go for the week!

          • December 19: Community Day Part 2
          • December 21: Snover Spotlight Hour
          • December 22: Kyurem Raid Hour
          • December 23: Mega Steelix leaves Raids and Mega Abomasnow returns
          • December 25 and 26: Winter Wonderland Mini-Event

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