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Pokemon Go Lunar New Year event brings debut of Minccino and more

Published: 21/Jan/2020 22:03 Updated: 21/Jan/2020 22:09

by Paul Cot


Niantic have announced the Pokemon Go 2020 Lunar New year event which includes the addition of new Gen 5 species among exciting bonuses.

The upcoming event had been teased in a not so subtle fashion by the official Pokemon Go Twitter account. Starting on January 17 they tweeted a smiley of the moon which has been eclipsing daily ever since. Following the smiley of the fully covered moon, it was only a matter of time until the event was confirmed.

The Lunar New Year is the start of a new year in the lunar or lunisolar calendar. While it is celebrated across the world, it’s widely celebrated by people of Chinese heritage and is therefore also known as the Chinese New Year.

Pokemon GO Lunar New Year 2020 Event
The 2020 Pokemon Go Lunar New Year event will be the third one…

There are 12 Chinese Zodiac animals used to represent years on a continual basis. 2019 was the Year of the Pig, which is why Spoink was featured heavily in last year’s event. 2020 is the Year of the Rat.

The event’s announcement was also obvious because this time last year, the 2019 Lunar New Year event took place. This started on February 4, with the Lunar New Year officially taking place on February 5.

The Lunar New Year takes place on January 25 in 2020. This is why the event starts earlier on January 24 and will run until February 3.

Influx of red Pokemon

Several red Pokemon will be appearing more in the wild. These include Charmeleon, Vulpix, Parasect, Voltorb, Jynx, Magmar, Magikarp, Flareon, Slugma, Wurmple, Corphish, Kricketot and Foongus.

There’s more though, one of the most famous red Pokemon is actually red at all. Shiny Gyarados in its famous dark red may appear in the wild. That’s not only a super rare Pokemon but in its shiny form, too!

There will also be some red Pokemon featured in 7km eggs such as Shuckle and Foongus. These eggs will also feature the debut of Darumaka, the Zen Charm Pokemon.

Minccino Pokemon Go
Minccino is making its debut in Pokemon Go…

Minccino Limited Research

Minccino and Cinccino are making their Pokemon Go debuts! The Gen 5 species will be available as part of some limited time special research.

It has also been discovered that the Chinchilla Pokemon can evolve into Cinccino using an Unova Stone. Minccino can be found in other ways, too.

It will be available in 5km eggs and will continue to do so once the event finishes. If you’re really lucky you may even encounter it in its shiny form.


As with all Pokemon Go events there are a couple bonuses for trainers to make the most of. The bonuses for the Pokemon Go Chinese New Year special event are as follows:

  • Gifts may contain Rare Candies
  • There will be a higher chance of becoming Lucky Friends upon trading Pokemon
  • Traded Pokemon will also have an increased chance of becoming Lucky

Pokemon teases “special” announcement for Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

Published: 23/Nov/2020 22:42

by Brent Koepp


The Pokemon Company has teased an announcement for Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade on November 26. Could the “special” event be information for Detective Pikachu’s sequel, a release date for the upcoming MOBA Unite, or something else?

Since 2001, the Pokemon franchise has been a staple at the annual Thanksgiving Parade event broadcasted live each November. Fans tuning in have been treated to a gigantic balloon featuring the RPG’s beloved yellow mascot, Pikachu.

However, according to a new press release, 2020 is going to be different. This year’s Macy’s event will reportedly feature a performance of Pikachu dancers that will supposedly be tied to a special announcement from the Japanese company.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade’s special Pokemon announcement

On November 23, The Pokemon Company sent out a cryptic press release urging fans to “tune in” for a special performance at the 2020 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. “A troupe of dancing Pikachu will deliver an electrifying performance,” the notice read.

Interestingly, the PR message also makes it sound like a possible announcement will be tied to the yellow mascot’s unique appearance at the event: “Pokemon fans will want to tune in to find out why they’re making a special appearance this year.”

The vague teaser has kicked off speculation that we might possibly get some new info regarding the popular franchise. As far as what it could be is anyone’s guess. We are still due for an update about a sequel for the 3DS title Detective Pikachu. It also wouldn’t be too unbelievable that the upcoming mobile MOBA Unite could finally get a concrete release date.

Screenshot of Pokemon MOBA Unite.
The Pokemon Company / ResetEra
Could we finally get more details about Pokemon Unite’s release date?

Another possible announcement could be a follow-up to the hit 2019 live action movie Detective Pikachu. Although it’s probably unlikely to be related to any of the mainline RPG titles or anything related to the 25th anniversary in 2021. Whatever it is, it’s strange that The Pokemon Company has specifically asked fans to tune in to the live event.

For over the last 19 years, the Nintendo property has participated in the annual parade with a massive Pikachu balloon. This year finally breaks that tradition with a special performance. Which begs the question: why? Tune in on November 26, to find out, but it would be wise to keep expectations in check.