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Pokemon Go Season of Alola: Gen 7 starters, Tapu Koko & Special Research

Published: 28/Feb/2022 19:58 Updated: 28/Feb/2022 21:02

by Meg Bethany Koepp

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Niantic has officially confirmed that more Alolan Pokemon are coming to Pokemon Go with the upcoming Season of Alola event.

Players were outraged back in August 2021 when the Ultra Unlock event skipped the Sun & Moon era and added the Gen 8 Pokedex into Pokemon Go.

The time for Gen 7 to shine is finally here, though, as Pokemon Go is debuting some new ‘mon in the Season of Alola. Here’s everything you need to know.

Pokemon Go Season of Alola start & end date

The Season of Alola starts on March 1, 2022, following the end of the Season of Heritage event.

It runs for three months, coming to a close on June 1, 2022.

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All Alola Pokemon in Go

There is a handful of  ‘mon debuting in the mobile title with the Season of Alola.

Here’s every new Gen 7 Pokemon in Go as of the launch of the event:

  • Rowlet
  • Dartrix (evolution only)
  • Decidueye (evolution only)
  • Litten
  • Torracat (evolution only)
  • Incineroar (evolution only)
  • Popplio
  • Brionne (evolution only)
  • Primarina (evolution only)
  • Pikipek
  • Trumbeak (evolution only)
  • Toucannon (evolution only)
  • Yungoos
  • Gumshoos (evolution only)
  • Rockruff
  • Lycanroc (Midday Form, evolution only)
  • Lycanroc (Mightnight Form, evolution only)
  • Jangmo-o
  • Hakamo-o (evolution only)
  • Kommo-o (evolution only)
  • Tapu Koko
  • Comfey (only in Hawaii)

Location-exclusive and regional Pokemon

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Many ‘mon can only be caught in specific places.

Several Pokemon will only be available to catch in certain types of locations and regions:

City-exclusive Pokemon

  • Alolan Rattata (can be Shiny)
  • Alolan Meowth (can be Shiny)
  • Magnemite (can be Shiny)
  • Alolan Grimer (can be Shiny)
  • Jolteon
  • Makuhita (can be Shiny)
  • Minccino (can be Shiny)

Forest-exclusive Pokemon

  • Paras (can be Shiny)
  • Exeggcute (can be Shiny)
  • Aipom (can be Shiny)
  • Pineco (can be Shiny)
  • Electrike (can be Shiny)
  • Rufflet (can be Shiny)
  • Yungoos (can be Shiny)

Mountain-exclusive Pokemon

  • Cubone (can be Shiny)
  • Alolan Diglett (can be Shiny)
  • Alolan Geodude (can be Shiny)
  • Flareon
  • Baltoy (can be Shiny)
  • Golett
  • Archen

Beach & water-exclusive Pokemon

  • Alolan Exeggutor (can be Shiny)
  • Staryu (can be Shiny)
  • Dratini (can be Shiny)
  • Vaporeon
  • Tirtouga
  • Frillish
  • Corphish

Northern Hemisphere-exclusive Pokemon

  • Lotad (can be Shiny)
  • Bagon (can be Shiny)
  • Snivy (can be Shiny)
  • Tepig (can be Shiny)
  • Oshawott (can be Shiny)
  • Deerling (Spring form)
  • Foongus

Southern Hemisphere-exclusive Pokemon

  • Nincada (can be Shiny)
  • Beldum (can be Shiny)
  • Sewaddle
  • Deerling (Autumn form)
  • Chespin
  • Fennekin
  • Froakie

Season of Alola Eggs

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Niantic
A new season means new Egg hatches.

The new Go season brings a new pool of Egg hatches with it, including the Gen 7 starters and Baby Pokemon.

2km Eggs

  • Yungoos (can be Shiny)
  • Pikipek
  • Chespin
  • Fennekin
  • Froakie
  • Cubone (can be Shiny)
  • Exeggcute (can be Shiny)

5km Eggs

  • Rowlet
  • Litten
  • Popplio
  • Tyrogue (can be Shiny)
  • Skarmory (can be Shiny)
  • Bonsly (can be Shiny)
  • Mantyke

10km Eggs

  • Rockruff (can be Shiny)
  • Jangmo-o
  • Alomomola (can be Shiny)
  • Mienfoo
  • Axew
  • Noibat
  • Espurr (can be Shiny)

5km Eggs Adventure Sync Rewards

  • Phantump
  • Munchlax
  • Happiny (can be Shiny)
  • Shieldon (can be Shiny)
  • Dedenne
  • Cranidos (can be Shiny)

10km Eggs Adventure Sync Rewards

  • Dratini (can be Shiny)
  • Riolu (can be Shiny)
  • Bagon (can be Shiny)
  • Beldum (can be Shiny)
  • Deino (can be Shiny)
  • Goomy

Pokemon Go Season of Alola bonuses

Orange Incense
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Incense gets a big duration boost for the season.

There are several bonuses active during the event:

  • Increased Incense effectiveness while moving
  • Increased damage in remote raids
  • Guaranteed gifts from PokeStops
  • Up to two free Raid Passes per day from PokeStop spins
  • Incense lasts for 90 minutes

Island Special Research

Trainers can complete four different Special Research lines that give insight into the different islands in the Alola region. The first one, Melemele Island, runs from March 1, 2022, to June 1, 2022.

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Finishing the research has no time limit, but just make sure you collect it within the timeframe otherwise you’ll be locked out.

No details have been provided yet for the other three, but the end-of-season Special Research will require a $4.99 ticket if you want to participate in it without having completed the other lines.

Pokemon Go Season of Alola Community Days

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Alolan Sandshrew and Sandshrew are headlining the season’s first Community Day.

The first Community Day in the Season of Alola features Sandshrew and Alolan Sandshrew on March 13 from 11AM to 5PM local time.

Head on over to our Community Days hub for more details, including exclusive moves and event bonuses.

Welcome to Alola Pokemon Go event

To celebrate the addition of more Gen 7 ‘mon in the game, the Welcome to Alola celebration is running for the first week, from March 1 at 10AM local time to March 9 at 8PM.

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Welcome to Alola wild encounters

The following Pokemon will be appearing in the wild at an increased rate from March 1 at 10AM local time to March 9 at 8PM:

  • Rowlet
  • Litten
  • Popplio
  • Pikipek
  • Yungoos (can be Shiny)

Welcome to Alola Tropical Collection Challenge

There is a new Collection Challenge for trainers to complete from March 1 at 10AM local time to March 9 at 8PM. Rewards include 7,000 XP and 15 Ultra Balls.

Collect one of each of the following ‘mon to finish the task:

  • Rowlet
  • Litten
  • Popplio
  • Pikipek
  • Yungoos
  • Gumshoos (via evolution only)

Welcome to Alola Raids

The following Pokemon will be in 1-Star, 3-Star, 5-Star, and Mega Raids from March 1 at 10AM local time to March 9 at 8PM:

1-Star Raids

  • Bellsprout (can be Shiny)
  • Snubbull (can be Shiny)
  • Phanpy (can be Shiny)
  • Electrike (can be Shiny)
  • Rockruff (can be Shiny)

3-Star Raids

  • Alolan Raichu (can be Shiny)
  • Nidoqueen
  • Wigglytuff
  • Alolan Graveler

5-Star Raids

  • Tapu Koko

Mega Raids

  • Mega Venusaur (can be Shiny)

Welcome to Alola Field Research Encounters

These ‘mon can be encountered when you complete Field Research tasks from March 1 at 10AM local time to March 9 at 8PM:

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  • Pikipek
  • Yungoos

Check out our Field Research hub for more information.