Festival of Lights event in Pokemon GO

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The second event of November (2021) is the Festival of Lights. This event runs from Friday 5th November 2021 at 10am local time to Sunday 14th November 2021 at 8pm local time.

Here is a full breakdown of everything in the event

Event Bonuses

The Festival of Lights is all about gifts, joy and happiness and therefore the boosts for this event are

  • Friendship levels will increase twice as fast
  • Gifts will provide increased rewards
  • Open 45 Gifts per day

The season of Mischief story continues and the next stage of that research unlocks. Completing all the stages unlocks a special event from November 26th to do with Hoopa

For the first few days of the event you’ll be able to see in-game fireworks in celebration of the festival of Diwali

Celebration in India only

On Sunday November 7th 2021 Trainers in INDIA ONLY can enjoy the following boosts from 4pm to 7pm local time

  • Blitzle and Dedenne will be appearing in the wild more frequently
  • 2x Catch Candy

Other event benefits

In the shop you’ll be able to get a free Festival of Lights avatar T-Shirt during the event as well as getting some Dedenne inspired avatar items

Dedenne themed stickers will also be available during the event via spinning Poke Stops, Gifts and Purchasing them from the in-game store.

New Pokemon Debut

The Dual Electric and Fairy Pokemon Dedenne makes its Pokemon GO debut during the Festival of Lights event.

It is originally from the Kalos region and will be best used in the great league. The optimal IV is 0/14/12 for a lv33 Dedenne

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Which Pokemon are in the event

The Following Pokemon will be spawning in the wild

  • Pikachu (Shiny available)
  • Magnemite (Shiny available)
  • Slugma
  • Whismur (Shiny available)
  • Electrike (Shiny available)
  • Blitzle (Shiny available)
  • Cottonee
  • Tynamo
  • Fennekin
  • Dedenne
  • Darumaka: If lucky (Shiny available)
  • Litwick: If lucky (Shiny available)

The following Pokemon will be appearing in Raids

One Star

  • Charmander (Shiny available)
  • Vulpix (Shiny available)
  • Chinchou (Shiny available)
  • Litwick
  • Dedenne

Three Star

  • Alolan Raichu (Shiny available)
  • Electabuzz (Shiny available)
  • Magmar (Shiny available)
  • Bellossom

Five Star

  • Cobalion (Shiny available)
  • Terrakion (Shiny available)
  • Virizion (Shiny available)

All of these Five star raids caught during this period will know the attack Sacred Sword


  • Mega Manectric

The following Pokemon will hatch from 7KM Eggs

One Egg Rarity

  • Alolan Geodude (Shiny available)
  • Chinchou (Shiny available)
  • Pichu (Shiny available)

Two Egg Rarity

  • Vulpix (Shiny available)

Three Egg Rarity

  • Magby (Shiny available)
  • Elekid (Shiny available)

Five Egg Rarity

  • Budew (Shiny available)
Field Research

The Following Pokemon will be available to encounter when you complete certain field research tasks

  • Vulpix
  • Magnemite
  • Electabuzz
  • Magmar
  • Electrike
  • Blitzle
  • Darumaka
  • Litleo
  • Dedenne: If lucky

All Pokemon will have a chance to be shiny EXCEPT Litleo and Dedenne

Team Rocket

An event everyone has wanted back for a while is finally coming… the ability to TM away frustration will occur.

Team Rocket will be appearing more frequently at Poke Stops and in Balloons on Tuesday 9th November. You will also be able to use Charged TM’s to TM away the annoying Frustration move.

Team Rocket

Thoughts on the Festival of Lights event

The Team Rocket event returning allowing players to TM away Frustration is long overdue and something wanted by many players

The boosts from this event are fantastic, as friendship in Pokemon GO is one of the best ways to get large amounts of XP and rewards. The increase to 45 gifts per day to open is a very welcome addition

Now would be a great chance to make a bunch of new friends to start building up friendship so that during the event you could go from start to Ultra friends and pick up a potential 126,000 XP per friend. (using Lucky Eggs)

The Introduction of a new Pokemon into Pokemon GO is nice too and its dual Electric and Fairy typing will be interesting to see if it has any play in the great league.

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