Pokemon Go Festival of Lights 2021: Dedenne, With Light Comes Shadow, and More
What we know so far.
Trainers, the Festival of Lights event is getting ready to kick off in Pokemon Go! Here’s what we know about this event so far!
The Festival of Lights event will run from November 5 at 10 a.m. local time until November 14 at 8 p.m. local time.
When this event begins, Dedenne will make its debut in Pokemon Go. In addition, another portion of the Misunderstood Mischief Special Research storyline will become available.
During this event, Pikachu, Magnemite, Slugma, Whismur, Electrike, Blitzle, Cottonee, Tynamo, Fennekin, and Dedenne will appear more frequently than normal in the wild. Darumaka and Litwick will also have the chance to appear in the wild, though the Pokemon Go website indicated these Pokemon won’t appear as frequently as the other pocket monsters featured in this event.
During the Festival of Lights event, three in-game bonuses will be active:
- Players will be able to open 45 gifts per day
- Gifts will have “increased rewards”
- In-game Friendship levels will grow “twice as fast”
Players will be able to complete event-themed Field Research tasks during the Festival of Lights event to receive encounters with Vulpix, Magnemite, Electabuzz, Magmar, Electrike, Blitzle, Darumaka, Litleo, and Dedenne. The Pokemon Go website indicated Dedenne won’t appear as a reward as frequently as the other Pokemon in this list.
Next, a variety of Pokemon will appear in Raids during this event:
- Tier-1 Raids - Charmander, Vulpix, Chinchou, Litwick, Dedenne
- Tier-3 Raids - Alolan Raichu, Electabuzz, Magmar, Bellossom
- Tier-5 Raids - Cobalion, Terrakion, and Virizion
- Mega Raids - Mega Manectric
Elsewhere, Alolan Geodude, Chinchou, Pichu, Vulpix, Magby, Elekid, and Budew will have the chance to hatch from 7 km Eggs that are collected during this event. Players will also be able to collect Dedenne-inspired stickers during this event by opening gifts, visiting PokeStops, or purchasing them from the in-game shop.
A free Festival of Lights avatar t-shirt will also be available during this event. Plus, the in-game store will be updated with Dedenne-inspired avatar items once this event begins.
Finally, two additional bonuses will be available on November 7 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. local time in India only:
- Blitzle and Dedenne will appear more frequently in the wild
- Players will earn two times the normal number of Pokemon Candy when catching Pokemon
While this Festival of Lights event will run from November 5 to November 14, a sub-event called “With Light Comes Shadow” will kick off during the Festival of Lights event on November 9. Niantic, the developer of Pokemon Go, hasn’t revealed everything that will happen during this event, but we do know these two things:
- Team Go Rocket will appear “significantly more frequently at PokéStops and in balloons.”
- Players will be able to use a Charged TM to make a Shadow Pokemon forget Frustration
Keep checking back with SuperParent, as we’ll bring you more details about the With Light Comes Shadow event as they’re revealed. Update (11/08/2021): Niantic revealed details about the second portion of this event, which is called "A Looming Shadow Returns," rather than "With Light Comes Shadow."
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Editor's note (11/01/2021): This article has been updated with additional details about the Festival of Lights event.