Pokemon GO Holidays 2021 – Research Breakthrough, Tier 5- Raid Bosses & More
It’s the most beautiful season of the year, and Niantic is ensuring that Pokémon GO users can enjoy the holiday spirit by introducing a new event in 2021. There will be something for everyone at the upcoming Pokemon GO Holiday Events.
Research Breakthrough – Deino
You’ll receive a date stamp on the game if you complete a Research task you earn from spinning a Pokestop. You’ll be able to encounter Research Breakthrough if you complete seven of these. November was an excellent month for Vullaby encounters. This time, you’ll have the opportunity to meet Deino starting at 1 pm PST in December (GMT-8) and ending at 1 pm in January (GMT-8).
Due to its rarity in the game, the Dark/Dragon-type of Deino is very sought-after. Depending on your timings and ability, you should be able to complete a Research task each day. This is possible because Niantic automatically sends you a study at the beginning of each day.
Tier 5 Raid Bosses
December will bring both new Tiers 5 Raid Bosses as well as Mega Raid bosses.
Both Zekrom and Zeshiram will be returning to Tier 5 raids from December 1st (10 am local) through December 16th (10 am local). Reshiram’s golden collar and tail and Zekrom’s green tinge will make them both easily identifiable. Reshiram is vulnerable to Ground, Dragon and Rock. Your best counters include Rayquaza and Rhyperior, Dialga and Rampardos. Zekrom is weak to Dragon, Fairy and Ice, so Palkia and Zekrom are your best counters. Keep an eye out for movesets, as Dragon types can only use Dragon-type moves.
The Tier 5 Raid Boss will be from 16th to December 31st (10 am – local time). Kyurem will then take over. Its shiny form is also visible by its pink/purple-toned skin. Kyurem is not immune to Fighting, Dragon, Fighting, Rock and Steel, so you have Lucario and Metagross as your best counters. These three Pokemon will be available in Raid Hours.
Each Wednesday, between 6-7 pm and 15:15 local, a Tier 5 Raid boss will appear at every gym. This will last for one hour. Reshiram will appear on the 1st-8th, 15th, and 15th of December. Zekrom will also be there on the 1st-8th, 15th, and 15th of December. Kyurem will then be on both 22nd and 29th December.
Mega Raid Bosses
One new Mega Raid boss is available, and one back boss covers December and January.
From December 1st (10 am – local time) to December 23rd (10 am – local time), Mega Steelix is making its debut in Mega Raids. You will encounter Steelix in its Mega form. Then, you’ll have the opportunity to capture it in its standard form. Mega Candy will also be available to help you evolve your Steelix to Mega. You will have a chance to encounter it shiny, as evident by the sparkling gold. Steelix is vulnerable to Fighting, Ground Fire, Water and Water. Your best counters are Mega Houndour, Kyogre, Lucario and Mega Houndour.
Mega Abomasnow will then be back, starting at 10 am local time on December 23rd and ending at 10 am local time on January 7th. Its shiny is already out, and it’s double weak to Fire. Your best counters are Reshiram and Darmanitan. Entei will be back.