Winter comes to Pokémon Go as Ice-types run wild this week


DECEMBER’S Community Day is often one of the year’s highlights in Pokémon Go, and this year will be no different.

Following the announcement that size differences are coming, fans are excited to see what’s in store.

The Swords of Justice have held the spotlight the last few weeks.

The answer is Ice-types everywhere, but there are also a number of events to keep you entertained.

Here’s everything that is happening in Pokémon Go from December 12 to 18, 2022.

Spheal steals the spotlight in Pokémon Go

This week’s spotlight hour takes place on Tuesday, December 13, 2022, from 6pm local time.

During December’s Community Day, Walrein will be able to learn Icicle Spear, so it’s nice to be able to catch a number of Spheal in preparation.

Even after Walrein was nerfed a number of months ago, it’s still a great PvP option, and Icicle Spear will only improve this.

During the one-hour time slot, you will receive double experience points (XP) for catching Pokémon.

Terrakion takes over the raids in Pokémon Go

This week’s raid hour takes place on Wednesday, December 14, 2022, from 6pm local time

Following on from the theme of the Swords of Justice, Terrakion will take over all gyms for five-star raids this week.

It will know Sacred Sword by default, and shiny hunters will be pleased to know that you have a chance to catch the different coloured form.

This is probably the best chance you’ll get for the shiny, so get raiding.

Winter Holiday event starts in Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go’s Winter Holiday event will start Thursday, December 15, 2022, at 10am local time.

Niantic has not announced what will be included in the event as of yet, but this isn’t our first rodeo.

Going by past events there will likely be increased spawns for Ice-type ‘mons, and special costumed Pokémon to collect.

GO Battle League: Ultra League and Ultra Premier Classic

Thursday, December 15, 2022, starting at 1 p.m. PDT

Week 3 of the current GO Battle League season dawns, changing out all available disciplines: Great League and Fighting Cup give way to Ultra League and Ultra Premier Classic.

The Ultra League is an open format with a cap of 2,500 competition points (CP) for participating Pokémon. The Ultra-Premier Classic retains this CP limit, but further curtails the format by locking out Legendary and Mythical Pokémon, as well as Ultra Beasts. In addition, creatures that have been upgraded with XL Candies may not be used.

Community Day brings big bonuses to Pokémon Go

Community Day takes place on Saturday, December 17, 2022, and Sunday, December 18, 2022, between 2pm and 5pm local time.

This list is long so we’ll get right into it. Here are all the bonuses for this month’s Community Day:

  • Double catch XP
  • Double catch Stardust
  • Double catch Candies
  • Double chance of Candy XL
  • Incense duration increased to three hours
  • Lure duration increased to three hours
  • Additional special trade and halved Stardust costs for trading

The following Pokémon will appear on the first day of the event:

  • Sandshrew
  • Alolan Sandshrew
  • Alolan Geodude
  • Hoppip
  • Spheal
  • Stufful
  • Bulbasaur
  • Dratini
  • Mudkip

The following Pokémon will appear on the second day of the event:

  • Teddiursa
  • Galarian Zigzagoon
  • Starly
  • Roggenrola
  • Litwick
  • Deino
  • Bulbasaur
  • Dratini
  • Mudkip

The following level 1 raids are available on both days:

  • Machop
  • Eevee
  • Roselia
  • Swablu
  • Duskull
  • Shinx
  • Gible
  • Snivy
  • Tepig
  • Oshawott
  • Fletchling

The following Pokémon hatch from 2km eggs on both days:

  • Machop
  • Eevee
  • Budew
  • Swablu
  • Duskull
  • Shinx
  • Gible
  • Snivy
  • Tepig
  • Oshawott
  • Fletchling

The following exclusive attacks are available via progression during the event:

  • Venusaur – Frenzy Plant
  • Sandslash – Night Slash
  • Alolan Sandslash – Shadow Claw
  • Alolan Golem – Rollout
  • Dragonite – Draco Meteor
  • Jumpluff – Acrobatics
  • Swampert – Hydro Cannon
  • Walrein – Powder Snow and Icicle Spear
  • Staraptor – Gust
  • Gigalith – Meteor Beam
  • Chandelure – Poltergeist
  • Hydreigon – Brutal Swing
  • Bewear – Drain Punch
  • Obstagoon – Obstruct
  • Ursaluna – High Horsepower

A Limited Research is available for free to all players, while a Special Research is available in the shop.

Written by Marco Wutz and Georgina Young on behalf of GLHF.