What’s happening in Pokemon Go over the Christmas season?

Published: 25/Dec/2019 16:40

by Paul Cot


Trainers from across the globe are enjoying the Christmas period and Niantic have, of course, brought a festive event to the world of Pokemon Go.

Niantic add various events to the ever popular mobile game throughout the year and there is no better time to add one than for the Christmas season. “Pokemon Go Holidays 2019” brings all sorts of features to the game, in addition to the bonuses that these events always bring.

The event began on December 24 (12am) and will finish on New Year’s Day (January 1, 11:59pm). This is based on your local time zone.

@PokemonGoAppNiantic have added a whole host of events to Pokemon Go for the Holidays…

Holiday event features

Throughout the duration of the Pokemon Go Holidays 2019 event, the following features will be available, as per the official Pokemon Go blog.

These include species in holiday costumes, new Gen 5 species and two new shinies to try and find.

  • Pokemon in holiday costumes: Pikachu, Raichu, and Pichu wearing beanies and Stantler wearing bells will appear in Pokemon GO for the first time!
  • Pokemon appearing in the wild: Delightful Ice-type Pokemon will be appearing in the wild, such as Sneasel, Delibird, Snorunt, and more! Making its Pokemon GO debut will be Cubchoo, the Chill Pokemon!
  • Pokemon appearing in Eggs: Alolan Sandshrew, Alolan Vulpix, Pichu wearing beanies, and Stantler wearing bells will be hatching from 7 km Eggs!
  • Pokemon appearing in Raid Battles: Raichu wearing beanies and Stantler wearing bells will be available to challenge in two-star raids!
  • Glacial Lure Modules: Throw a Glacial Lure Module onto a PokeStop near you, and you’ll have a chance of encountering Cryogonal, the Crystallizing Pokemon, making its Pokemon Go debut!
  • Event-exclusive Field Research: Enjoy event-exclusive Field Research tasks that will reward you with the chance to encounter Pokemon like Pikachu wearing beanies!
  • Save Shadow Pokemon! We have reason to believe that Team GO Rocket has turned more Pokémon, including Delibird, into Shadow Pokemon! There might be other Shadow Pokemon to discover in places high and low, so get out there and save them!
  • If you’re lucky, you might encounter Shiny Stantler wearing bells and Shiny Snover!
  • Winter-themed avatar items coming to the shop! You can look forward to a Stantler Sweater and a Stantler Headband as well as a Beanie Hat to match the one some Pikachu are wearing for this event!

More than the usual bonuses

The bonuses in the Pokemon Go Holiday are divided into two. The first are available for the entirety of the event, while others are divided over four sets of two days.

To make it as clear as possible we have separated them in the table below.

Bonus availability dates (local time zone) Bonuses
Tuesday, December 24, 12am to Wednesday, January 1, 11:59pm
  • Open twice as many gifts each day (40)
  • Carry twice as many gifts (20)
  • Spin a PokeStop to receive a single use Incubator each day (8 in total)
Tuesday, December 24, 12am to Wednesday, December 25, 11:59pm
  • 2x Catch Candy
  • 2x Transfer Candy
Tuesday, December 26, 12am to Wednesday, December 27, 11:59pm
  • 2x Catch Stardust
Tuesday, December 28, 12am to Wednesday, December 29, 11:59pm
  • 2x Catch XP
Tuesday, December 30, 12am to Wednesday, January 1, 11:59pm
  • 1/2 Egg Hatch Distance

That’s a lot of exciting bonuses to look forward to. If you want to maximize your chances of finding a high IV Pokemon or even a shiny, save your Pokemon Go walk until New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day when you can take advantage of the 1/2 Egg Hatch Distance.

There is also some great offers in the PokeShop over the holidays. The Adventure Box is the perfect way to make the most of the discounted Egg Hatch bonus as it contains 10x Incubators and 10x Super Incubators.

The Holidays event is a great way to finish 2019 and we’re sure there will be plenty to look forward to in 2020!


Bizarre Pokemon Journeys episode goes viral for “cruel” Blaziken scene

Published: 2/Dec/2020 0:57

by Brent Koepp


A November episode of the Pokemon Journeys anime went viral after fans discovered it included a bizarre scene featuring Blaziken. The strange sequences force the Gen III ‘mon into a “cruel” situation that has left some viewers disturbed.

Pokemon Journeys made its debut in Japan in November 2019. The latest anime in the long-running series follows protagonist Ash Ketchum and new character Goh as they travel across the game’s eight regions.

An episode that aired in November 2020 has made waves online after a scene featuring a bizarre food contest went viral. Fans of the Nintendo property were left unsettled after a Blaziken is forced to eat his own species – well, sort of.

Screenshot from Pokemon Journeys anime.
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
The Pokemon Journeys episode featured unusual food in it.

Bizarre Pokemon Journeys scene goes viral

In the November 27 episode of the Pokemon Journeys anime, Ash and Goh both participate in an eating contest. The competition has Trainers seeing whose ‘mon can consume the most food in the shortest time possible.

However, things took a cruel turn when the final dish served was a cuisine in the shape of Torchic. Blaziken’s appetite quickly turned sour at the thought of eating something shaped like his own species.

The Gen III character then stood up and quit the contest after shedding a tear. The incredibly strange cannibalism-like dilemma went viral after being uploaded to Reddit on November 30.

Blaziken was dominating the food eating contest but then.. from pokemon

While the Torchic are technically a dessert item, the scene left some fans feeling disturbed or sympathetic towards the Pokemon’s plight. “I feel you Blaziken, being forced to eat your kind is cruel,” one fan wrote. Another user exclaimed “Who’s the sick b****rd that decided to try to make a Blaziken eat Torchics?”

Pokemon fans react to the disturbing anime scene on Reddit.

Despite only having aired in Japan, the scene quickly spread online as the community found it both be hilarious and creepy. Popular artist ‘popemadara‘ made a comedic drawing that went viral on Twitter that depicts other Pokemon in the same dilemma as Blaziken.

While it’s true that people eat human-shaped edibles called gingerbread men, the Torchic food item was disturbingly detailed. If nothing else, the situation showed that the Fire-type monster has a softer side.

Pokemon Journeys is currently still airing in Japan, however North American viewers can catch the first half of the series now on Netflix which is broken up into Part 1 and 2.