Pokémon Go – Lunar New Year Event: How to complete all missions and field investigations

The Lunar New Year event in Pokemon go celebrates the beginning of the Year of the Ox.

Among the celebrations you will find the Lunar New Year research mission, which, if you complete it, will allow you to get to Tauros. This is excellent news for Pokémon Go players who live outside their regional exclusivity zone.

You can also get a multitude of Field investigations Lunar New Year themes by spinning PokéStops. Completing these tasks will reward you with Pokémon encounters to help you complete the Pokédex.

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‘Lunar New Year’ missions in Pokémon Go

Below you will find all the challenges and rewards for the Lunar New Year Research Mission in Pokémon Go. This quest will only be available during the Lunar New Year event, so if you want to get all the rewards, you will have to complete it before the event ends.

The following information contains spoilers, so if you prefer to be surprised, we recommend that you skip this section.

Thanks to reddit’s redwineandbeer for her help with this information.

‘Lunar New Year’ Step 1 of 4

  • Transfer 12 Pokémon – 10 PokéBalls
  • Catch 7 Fire-type Pokémon – encounter with Charmander
  • Send 1 Gift to a friend – encounter with Goldeen

Rewards: 1000 XP, 20 Mega Gyarados Energy, and an encounter with Miltank


‘Lunar New Year’ Step 2 of 4

  • Power up a Pokémon 12 times – 5 Frambu Berries
  • Evolve 3 Fire-type Pokémon – encounter with Torchic
  • Send 3 gifts to friends – encounter with Magikarp

Rewards: 1000 XP, 30 Mega Energy Gyarados, and an encounter with Tauros

‘Lunar New Year’ Step 3 of 4

  • Use 12 Berries to Help You Catch Pokémon – 10 PokéBalls
  • Catch 15 Fire-type Pokémon – encounter with Tepig
  • Send 5 gifts to friends – meeting Seaking

Rewards: 1000 XP, 50 Mega Energy Gyarados, and an encounter with Miltank

‘Lunar New Year’ Step 4 of 4

  • Perform 12 Big Curved Throws – 3 Pinia Berries
  • Catch 20 Fire-type Pokémon – encounter with Darumaka
  • Send 7 gifts to friends – meet Meditite

Rewards: 1500 XP, 100 Mega Energy Gyarados, and an encounter with Tauros

Field Research Tasks and Everything You Need to Know About the Lunar New Year Event in Pokémon Go

During the Lunar New Year event in Pokémon Go, you can earn a series of special Field Investigations by spinning PokéStops. These missions can only be achieved during the event, but can be completed once it ends.

Below are the field research tasks for the Lunar New Year event:

  • Send 3 Gifts to a friend – reward: encounter with Meowth
  • Send 10 gifts to friends – reward: encounter with Meowth of Alola or Meowth of Galar
  • Catch 6 Water-type Pokémon – reward: encounter with Miltank
  • Catch 12 Pokémon – reward: encounter with Meditite

Thanks to SilphScience from reddit for their help with this information!

Also, the Lunar New Year event adds MegaGyarados to the Mega Evolutions rotation, so if you are collecting all Mega Pokémon, remember to add it to your collection.

Another cool bonus is that the Exchange distance is increased during the event to 40 kilometers. This will roll back on February 15, so you have plenty of time to trade remotely.

The chance of getting Lucky Pokémon has increased during the event, so this is the perfect time to trade Pokémon.

During the event the Pokémon available in the 5 km Eggs change, so you can get one of these Pokémon:

  • Rattata
  • Ekans
  • Mankey
  • Ponyta
  • Mareep
  • Houndour
  • Miltank
  • Torchic
  • Wagon
  • Buneary
  • Tepig
  • Litleo

Finally, in keeping with the Lunar New Year theme, more red Pokémon will appear in the wild, including Krabby, Goldeen, Magikarp, and Tepig.

Here’s everything you need to know about Go Beyond, including the arrival of the Gen 6 Pokémon from the Kalos region (X and Y), the level cap increase to 50, Legacy Challenge 40, the new Candy XL, and the Season of Celebration, which includes the arrival of the Deerling and Sawsbuck Forms, the Espurr Raid, and the Kalos Celebration Event.

We also have the new Field Research, two Community Days that retrieves all Pokémon from the Community Days of 2019 and 2020; the classic Hours of Featured Pokémon and the start of Season 6 of the Go Fighting League. In addition, the monthly Team Go Rocket missions are back with an interesting novelty along with some new ‘Strange’ Red Eggs and changes to the Pokémon lineup of Leaders Cliff, Arlo and Sierra as well as Giovanni.

Dates and times of the Lunar New Year event in Pokémon Go

The Lunar New Year event in Pokémon Go celebrates the beginning of the Lunar New Year, which will be the Year of the Ox.

Both the Lunar New Year Research Mission and the Exclusive Field Research will only be available during this event, which will be held from Tuesday, February 9 at 10am (local time) to Sunday, February 14 at 1pm (local time).

The Lunar New Year mission has four steps, each with three individual challenges. If you want to get all the rewards from this quest, including two encounters with Tauros and Megenergy Gyarados, you will have to complete everything before the event ends or they will disappear forever.

We hope you enjoy the Lunar New Year event in Pokémon Go!