Chinese New Year comes to Pokémon Go for two days only

It’s Chinese New Year, and that means – as would have been very helpful to know in a pub quiz last weekend – that it’s the year of the dog. In a slightly tangential excuse for a Pokémon Go event, developers Niantic have announced that for two days only, players of the game will be joining in the Lunar New Year event.

Chinese New Year comes to Pokémon Go for two days only

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What does this entail, exactly? Three times the Stardust for capturing Pokémon with vaguely canine-like features, that’s what. That means extras for finding and catching Poochyena, Growlithe, Snubbull, Eevee or Electrike, apparently. So dog treats at the ready.

The event is running from now until Saturday 17 February, so it’s best to act quickly if you want to join the dog-based festivities. Apparently, it has already kicked off, as this tweet demonstrates:

It has been quite a busy month for Pokémon Go, what with the arrival of Gen 3’s final wave, a new legendary Rayquaza, Team Rocket costumes introduced and a Valentine’s Day event (which has been extended into today for some overlap). And while the game isn’t as popular as it was when it first launched back in the summer of 2016 (when, lest we forget, for a while it had more searches than “sex” in Google) it still has a very loyal following.

Developer Niantic certainly seems serious at keeping up the momentum with the game, despite having other projects on the go. The most prominent of these is an augmented reality Harry Potter game, co-developed with Warner Bros, which is due at some point this year.

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