The Pokmon Go Valentine’s Day event arrives this February, and with it come a host of bonuses for a short time only.
Trainers will encounter increases numbers of select pink Pokmon like the hard-to-find Chansey and Porygon both in the wild and in Eggs, as well as double Candy drops and a huge increase to lure module durations for the duration of the event.
When does the Pokmon Go Valentine’s Day event start and end?
The Valentine’s Day event will arrive in Pokmon Go at 11:00am PST on 8th February and end at 11:00am PST on 15th February – that’s 7:00pm UK time for each.
Which pink Pokmon are included in the Pokmon Go Valentine’s Day event update
According to Niantic, we can expect to see more “pink Pokmon” – for the suitably rosy theme of Valentine’s Day – to appear in the wild. While it has not confirmed many by name – only Chansey and Clefable have been specifically mentioned – the following is a list of pink creatures you may see more of:
Pink Pokmon in Pokmon Go:
With Porygon and Chansey being two of the more rare Pokmon in the game, make sure you find these two before the event has concluded. There is speculation these two only appear more often in their specific spawn locations, but we’ve seen Porygon across a variety of locations, so as long as you keep looking, both should be visible.
it’s also a great chance to get Candy for some of the more uncommon creatures such as Exeggcute if you haven’t evolved and added them to your Pokedex already.
Hatch rates have also increased for the following baby Pokemon as well:
Pink Pokmon in Pokmon Go:
Want more help with Pokmon Go? Read our Pokmon Go tips, tricks, cheats and guides for insights on how to improve your skills, including triggering the Eevee evolution with names for Vaporeon, Jolteon and Flareon, distances for both hatching Eggs at 2km, 5km and 10km and for the Buddy system, where to find Pokmon Go nests in London and beyond, as well as recent updates including new baby Pokmon, finding Ditto and the the seasonal Valentine’s Day event update.
What else you need to know as part of the Pokmon Go Valentine’s Day event
Aside from the increase in pink Pokmon, the other headline points from the announcement are the doubled Candy bonuses and the addition of Lures which last a whopping six hours.
Lures are used at PokStops to increase spawn rates for you and other players, and if you want to get the most of it, stay in a location with multiple PokStops, have several of you use Lures of them all at once. It’s a great way to farm for Pidgeys and common low level creatures, especially when there is more Candy to be earned too.
As for double Candy, this applies to all sources from across the game, from catching Pokmon, hatching Pokmon from eggs, and transferring Pokmon to the Professor:
|Candy source||Multiplier||Candy earned|
|Catching Pokmon||2x||6 Candy (instead of 3)|
|Transferring Pokmon||2x||2 Candy (instead of 1)|
|Egg Hatching||2x||2km Egg – Approximately 20 Candy (instead of 10)
5km Egg – Approximately 40 Candy (instead of 20)
10km Egg – Approximately 60 Candy (instead of 30)
|Buddy Pokmon||2x||Distances dropped – now 0.5km (was 1km), 1.5km (was 3km), 2.5km (was 5km)|
- Make sure you do all your transferring of unwanted Pokmon within the timeframe of the event. It’s an obvious one, but check the update is live before you trade any in, and don’t forget to do so before the event ends on the 15th!
- Now is a great time to farm Pokmon for levelling up and earning XP. We’ve detailed the best way to do so with our fast XP Pidgey-farming, but generally getting out and playing the game, catching Pokmon and hatching eggs in the process, is going to be a brilliant source of XP.
- Now’s your best chance to grab those rare Pokmon, both from eggs and in the wild. Chansey and Porygon are particularly rare, but if some of the others on the above list haven’t been appearing in your area, this may be a great time to see if you can pick them up. Likewise, it’s worth checking out our egg-hatching guide for details on the most efficient way to do that, as grinding through those eggs is best done at times like these!