'Pokémon Go' Evolution Event: Start Time, Shiny Burmy, Research Tasks & More

A new event in Pokémon Go is about to begin and this time the focus will revolve around evolutions and the Pokémon that have unique evolutionary forms.

The Evolution Event is a first for the popular mobile game and will see an increase in spawns of Pokémon that have unique evolutions. These "unique" evolutions can be based on gender, special items, time of day and much more.

The Pokémon world is huge and the creatures that inhabit it are just as unique whether they are pre or fully evolved.

If you're looking to get the most out of this upcoming Evolution Event in Pokémon Go,here's everything you need to know including its start time.

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The Pokémon Go Evolution Event begins Thursday, December 5 at 4 p.m. EST and ends Thursday, December 12 at 4 p.m. EST.


With each new Pokémon Go event a Shiny variation makes its debut. This time, the new Shiny Pokémon is Burmy, the Bug-type from the Sinnoh region.

This unique Bug has different forms depending on the area in which it's encountered, and it has a special evolution. A female Burmy evolves into Wormadam while a male Burmy evolves into Mothim.

While Shiny Burmy doesn't change much in terms of appearance, Shiny Mothim is regarded as one of the best shinies in all of Pokémon, changing its orange coloring to a vibrant blue.

Like with other Shiny Pokémon in the mobile game, you'll need to encounter Burmy in the wild to have an increased chance of finding its Shiny counterpart.


Niantic has confirmed that the Raids and Research Tasks will change when the Evolution Event begins.

While the full list of changes were not divulged, Onix, Eevee, Roselia and Burmy are examples of Pokémon that can appear in Field Research. As for Raids, Lickitung, Scyther, Togetic and Ralts are examples of what can be found there.

There's even a special Event Raid Day on Saturday, December 7. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time, the entire line of Kanto Starters (Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle) will appear in Raids.

Trainers will also receive five additional Raid Passes during this time period.


Other unique evolution Pokémon will appear more frequently in 2km Eggs. Niantic confirms Pokémon like Tyrogue, Feebas, Burmy and Happiny will hatch from these special Eggs.


All Lure Modules will last one hour for the event, including the special environmental ones - Glacial, Magnetic and Mossy Lures.

Trainers will receive double the experience when they evolve their Pokémon and Evolution items will be rewarded for defeating Raids.

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