The new spotlight events for December 2020 in Pokémon Go have been revealed. The new batch of Research Breakthroughs and the related in-game events will center on Ice-type Pokémon. We’re getting both Spotlight events and Research Breakthroughs. The month of December is giving Trainers plenty to be festive about as the game rolls on into the holidays. During the month of December 2020, folks will notice a few different events running.
December 2020 Pokémon Spotlight Hours
The Spotlight Hour is when a single Pokémon has increased spawn rates, by a lot. Each day during the week of the month, The Spotlight Hour event has a new Pokémon every week on Tuesday, but only for one hour. The spawns will be increased for one monster from 6 PM to 7 PM in your timezone. Here are the entire Spotlight Hour dates, times, rewards, and the Pokémon available during each event:
- December 1: Seel, and Trainers earn double XP for evolutions.
- December 8: Swinub, and you will be able to earn twice the Stardust for catching a Pokémon.
- December 15: A surprise Pokémon will be in this slot, and you also earn twice the candy for catching Pokémon.
- December 22: Snorunt, and you will earn twice the candy for transferring Pokémon.
- December 29: Snover, and you will earn twice the XP for evolving Pokémon.
New Research Breakthrough Pokémon in Pokémon Go
Lapras or the Unovan Darumaka will be the breakthrough encounters for the month. From Tuesday, December 1, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Friday, January 1, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8), Trainers will have a chance of encountering either Lapras or Unovan Darumaka as a Research Breakthrough encounter Bonus XP will be awarded during this period too.
Other events will include Legendary Raids and more. For example, the Legendary Pokémon Kyurem will be appearing in five-star raids from Tuesday, December 1, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Friday, January 1, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8). Mega Abomasnow will also appear during this time.
And during the time of the month of December, a double Catch XP bonus will continue. That bonus was put in place to help players level up in the Beyond update, and that will continue until Thursday, December 31, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. local time.