It is rather unfortunate for those Pokemon GO players experiencing login issues that the game has officially begun yet another event. In honor of the Lunar New Year, Niantic has launched an event to celebrate the new Year of the Dog, beginning today and lasting until 1 pm on February 17.
The newest event rewards players who catch a Growlithe, Eevee, Snubbull, Poochyena, or Electrike with some extra stardust. While some players may consider Eevee more like a fox than a dog, it is still welcome in this Pokemon GO event.
Whereas the Luvdisc of the last event appeared en masse, it is unknown whether or not any of these doglike Pokemon will receive an increase in spawn rate.
Moreover, as with previous events, a new shiny Pokemon has been added to the game correlating with the event. Since the previous event added a shiny Luvdisc to the game, it may be no surprise that this Year of the Dog event has added a shiny Poochyena. Instead of the usually dark grey fur, a shiny Poochyena has golden fur. Check out the Year of the Dog announcement below:
Feeling lucky? Starting today until February 17, Trainers who catch a Poochyena, Growlithe, Snubbull, Eevee, or Electrike will receive bonus Stardust. Happy #LunarNewYear! pic.twitter.com/FqaVsO65b3
— Pokémon GO (@PokemonGoApp) February 15, 2018
With this newest event beginning today, it marks the third event to occur this month. The first event saw only gen 3 Pokemon spawning and hatching, whereas the second event was in honor of Valentine’s Day, which spawned Luvdisc that provided extra stardust. This Year of the Dog event is the third to take place this month, but it also seems a Community Day mini-event is set to occur later in February, causing an influx of special Dratini to the game.
This new event could be the reason why lure modules have continued to last 6 hours instead of 30 minutes. Whatever the reason, Pokemon GO players seem to be receiving a real treat with the number of events going on this month. With all of these events and additions to Pokemon GO, Niantic seems to be laying to rest the rumors that the game wasn’t supported enough; if anything, it seems now is a good time to return to the popular mobile game…if only for a golden Poochyena.
Pokemon GO is available now for iOS and Android mobile devices.