'Pokémon Go' Lunar New Year Event: Darumaka Debuts, Start Time and Everything You Need to Know

Another year, another celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year in Pokémon Go.

This year marks the year of the Rat and, as such, Pokémon Go has a few events planned for trainers in the coming week including the debut of two new Pokémon from the Unova region.

Starting this Friday, Pokémon who are red in color will appear more frequently in the wold. The official Pokémon Go blog names off the following Pokémon as examples: Charmeleon, Vulpix, Parasect, Voltorb, Jynx, Magmar, Magikarp, Flareon, Slugma, Wurmple, Corphish, Kricketor and Foongus.

If you're looking to take advantage of all the in-game bonuses in the coming Lunar New Year event, here's everything you need to know including when it begins and ends.

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The Pokémon Go Lunar New Year event Friday, January 24 at 4 p.m. EST and ends Monday, February 3 at 4 pm. EST.


The first new Unova Pokémon to debut in Pokémon Go is Darumaka. The Fire-type Pokémon will start to hatch in 7 km Eggs. This will be the first time Darumaka and its evolution, Darmanitan, will be available in Pokémon Go, so trainers should collect as many 7km Eggs from friends as possible.

Darumaka isn't the only Pokémon that will begin hatching from 7km Eggs. Other red-colored Pokémon, like Shuckle and Foongus, will also hatch from these special Eggs.

The other new Unova Pokémon is Mincinno, which will be available in a limited research event the following week.


Keeping with the red Pokémon theme, Gyarados will begin appearing in the overworld. This powerful fully evolved Pokémon will be tough to catch, but you'll have a chance at finding a Shiny Red Gyarados.

Like other Shiny Pokémon, they don't appear in their rare variant in the overworld. Trainers will need to interact with Gyarados in the overworld to see if they've encountered a shiny.


During the Lunar New Year event in Pokémon Go gifts from friends have a chance of rewarding Rare Candies. This is a perfect opportunity to earn these special items to help boost your Pokémon's strengths and learn new attacks.

Also, trading with friends will also give an increased chance of becoming Lucky Friends. In that same vein, Pokémon traded will have an increased chance of becoming a Lucky Pokémon.

What do you think of the upcoming Lunar New Year event in Pokémon Go? Which red Pokémon is your favorite? Let us know in the comments section.