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Niantic Labs may have recently updated Pokemon Go with new Pokemon to capture and the new Nearby feature so gamers can easily capture the pocket creatures, but they have even more in store for gamers as part of a Christmas special.
Over on the official Pokemon Go Website Niantic announced that as part of their end of the year celebration, they'll be hosting special events in Pokemon Go over the next few weeks to usher in 2017.
Some of these invents includes an increased hatch rate for eggs containing the newest addition to the Pokemon Go family, Togepi. There will also be other Pokemon who will have increased hatch rates as well, which will be available between December 25th, 2016 and January 3rd, 2017. Additionally, they will be giving away free Incubators for those of you with plenty of eggs to hatch. If you swipe the PokeStop Photo Disc you'll receive a single-use Incubator once a day, for every day from December 25th up until January 3rd.
But the festivities don't end there. According to the post, you will also have a greater change of finding eggs that will contain Togepi, Pichu and other Pokemon from the Johto region. They also have Pokemon you can capture wearing themed, festive hats, many of whom will be sticking around in Pokemon Go during the Christmas and end-of-the-year holiday season.
But wait! It doesn't end there. Niantic also announced that between December 30th, 2016 and January 8th, 2017 Pokemon Go will have a special Pokemon capture event where certain evolved Pokemon will be more present in certain regions. They've increased the encounter rate for Bulbasaur, Ivysaur and Venusaur, along with Charmander, Charmelon and Charizard, and Squirtle, Wartotrtle and Blastoise. Each of these Pokemon and their evolved forms will be accompanied by a buff to the Lure Modules, which will last for up to 60 minutes instead of 30 minutes.
Of course, the events will only be available for a limited time and you'll need to put in some time and effort during these final weeks of December in order to get the most out of the Pokemon Go event. It's going to be kind of tough in some regions where snow and ice will likely inhibit some users from making full use of their traveling capabilities.
Even still, it shows that Niantic is really picking it up now that they've sorted through the legal wrangles and media hubbubs that tripped them up during the early lifespan of Pokemon Go. There was a whole lot of complaints about Pokemon not appearing at parks or museums or other places, but Niantic eventually worked their way around that, limiting where some Pokemon would pop up.
After the police reports, dead bodies, museum complaints, and accidents died down, Niantic went on the full offensive with new content, new updates, consistent events and the promise of a ton more content for the mobile app.
If you haven't had a lot of luck getting your hands on the new second generation Pokemon in Pokemon Go then be sure to start hatching those eggs and grabbing those Incubators between December 25th and January 3rd to get your hands on the newest Pokemon.