The 2018 Winter Event Is Here!

Pokémon GO

So here it is, the annual Christmas event has arrived and look at that gorgeous banner from the official website! You can read the official announcement here . If you didn’t want to read, the key information would be the new releases and bonuses available during the event which starts on 18th December 2018 to 2nd January 2019.

The bonuses are as follows:

  1. Double candies when catching or transferring Pokemon from 18th December to 22nd December.
  2. Double stardust when catching Pokemon from 22nd December to 26 December.
  3. Double xp when catching Pokemon from 26 December to 30 December.
  4. Double effectiveness from incubators from 30 December to 2nd January.
  5. More common spawns of ice types during the duration of this event.
  6. 7km eggs will now have a chance of hatching the likes of Azurill, Smoochum and Munchlax.
  7. Get a free one use Incubator the first time you spin a Pokestop for the day.

Now, lets talk about the banner because there are so many unreleased Pokemon in it. Croagunk is right in front, it’s a poison/fighting type. Its evolves into Toxicroak, also poison/fighting. I don’t expect Toxicroak to be a huge game changer other than having a unique typing. On the other hand, it should cost 50 candies to evolves so its a quick Pokedex slot to fill.

Snover and Abomasnow form one evolutionary line of grass/ice types. Its a terrible type defensively with 7 weaknesses including a double weakness to fire. However Abomasnow has a Mega Evolution so try to get a good one to hold for their eventual release. Like with Toxicroak, it should cost only 50 candy to evolve them.

Munchlax is the baby evolution of Snorlax, getting it will not be easy since baby Pokemon never spawn in the wild but if you’re lucky then congratulations. 25 candies ought to be all it takes to evolve it into Snorlax. There’s also Chingling, the bell shaped Pokemon flying around, its also the baby form of Chimecho and should replace it in the 10km egg pool. Another rare Pokemon so all the best in finding it!

Finally, the big ones. 3 Legendary Pokemon hovering at the top, the Lake Guardians of Azelf, Mesprit and Uxie. All of them are Psychic types and in the main series have a base stat total of 580, sitting just below the likes of Mew and Celebi. Could they be the next ones up for release? I wouldn’t mind although I would prefer Darkrai first to complete the Lunar duo. We have enough psychic legendaries out already.

One thing I didn’t see in the banner was Mamoswine and I hope its still getting released during the event as its going to be one of the must haves as an Ice type. Maybe they didn’t have space for it given how big it’s supposed to be. Please release Mamoswine.

Overall, this is a pretty exciting banner and event and I look forward to it!




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