Pokémon GO Lunar New Year – Shiny Darumaka, Mega Lopunny, & Regice Raids

Celebrate the New Year!

Niantic gave details on the upcoming Lunar New Year event in Pokémon GO. This is an annual event that brings players the chance to catch shiny Pokémon, complete Timed Research Tasks, and battle powerful Raid Pokémon. This event will run from Thursday, January 19, 2023, until Monday, January 23, 2023. The event will start at 10am local time on the first day and end at 8pm local time on the final day.

*Pokémon marked with an asterisk can be shiny when encountered.

Wild Encounters

Image by Pro Game Guides, via Niantic

The cover Pokémon for this event, Darumaka, and its shiny will be out in full force during this event. There will be a ton of Pokémon appearing in the wild. The full list can be found below.

  • Ponyta*
  • Magmar*
  • Magikarp*
  • Slugma*
  • Numel*
  • Combee*
  • Buneary*
  • Fennekin
  • Bunnelby*
  • Flareon
  • Darumaka*

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Timed Research: Lucky Wishes

Players will be granted access to some Timed Research during this event. The Research will be branching and let players encounter some of the featured Pokémon. The full list of possible encounters can be found below.

  • Magikarp*
  • Azumarill
  • Combusken
  • Darumaka*
  • Galarian Darumaka*
  • Bunnelby*

Egg Hatches

Players that hatch or obtain 7km Eggs during this event will be able to hatch one of the following Pokémon.

  • Chingling
  • Riolu*
  • Darumaka*
  • Galarian Darumaka*
  • Scraggy


There is a new rotation of Raids during this event. Mega Lopunny and Regice, along with their shiny forms, are making their return to battle, so be sure to use your Raid passes for more chances at a shiny.

One-Star Raids

  • Hisuian Voltorb
  • Shinx*
  • Darumaka*
  • Galarian Darumaka*

Three-Star Raids

  • Flareon
  • Shuckle*
  • Blaziken*
  • Druddigon*
  • Diggersby

Five-Star Raids

  • Regice*

Mega Raids

  • Mega Lopunny*

Field Research Encounters

Players can complete event-themed Field Research to encounter the following Pokémon:

  • Charmander*
  • Paras*
  • Cyndaquil*
  • Torchic*
  • Chimchar*
  • Combee*
  • Buneary*
  • Tepig*
  • Darumaka*
  • Galarian Darumaka*
  • Fennekin
  • Bunnelby*
  • Litten

Avatar Items

Image via Niantic

There will be new Avatar items for players to collect during the event. They can be found in the in-game shop. There are also new event-themed stickers to add to gifts when sending them to friends in the game.

Interested in other helpful Pokémon GO guides and want to read more? Check out Pokémon GO January 2023 Community Day Classic - Shiny Tyranitar returns & triple Catch XP on Pro Game Guides!

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