Update: The Lunar New Year has begun and Pokemon Go players will see increased spawn rate of 12 Pokemon (see the image below), 2x Catch XP, 2x XP when evolving, increased chance of Lucky Pokemon when trading and new shiny Pokemon (only shiny Spoink confirmed so far). Good luck and Happy New Year of the Pig!
Oh, and I almost forgot. There is a new “Trade 10 Pokemon with a friend” quest – reward Chimchar.
Previous Story: Trainers, the Lunar New Year event has been announced via Pokemon Go’s official newsletter.
According to the official newsletter, the event will start today and will end on February 13 at 1:00 PM PST.
Here is the official newsletter and below you can find the translation.
Happy year of the pig! The Pokémon GO Lunar New Year event is taking place now featuring 12 Pokémon until February 13th at 1:00 PM PST. Rattata, Ekans, Mankey, Electabuzz, Ponyta, Dratini, Mareep, Miltank, Torchic, Poochyena, Spoink, and Buneary are appearing more often in the wild. We wish you health, money, and luck during the New Lunar Year! For more information, consult our blog.
The first day of the Lunar New Year is on Tuesday, February 5, initiating the Year of the Pig.