Pokemon Go developer Niantic has announced that the game will be celebrating the holiday season by giving gamers more reasons to get out and about, with an increased chance of discovering certain Pokémon depending on the date when the exploring is being done.

Starting just in time for Christmas and running through the new year, Pokémon Go gamers will be able to celebrate the occasion by taking advantage of Niantic’s decision to tweak the availability of certain creatures, as well as other freebies and such.

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According to a blog post by developer Niantic, starting December 25th and running through January 3rd, “PokéStops will award one single-use Incubator each day after your first Photo Disc spin. As you visit PokéStops during this time period, there will be a greater chance of finding Eggs that hatch Togepi, Pichu, and several other recently found Pokémon, originally discovered in the Johto region.”

On top of that, the special Christmas-themed Pikachu that were recently added will also continue to be available within the game.

From December 30th through January 8th, “the first partner Pokémon and their Evolutions, originally discovered in the Kanto region, are more likely to be encountered.” As Niantic points out, “this means a greater chance to catch Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, and Venusaur, as well as Charmander, Charmeleon, and Charizard, plus Squirtle, Wartortle, and Blastoise!”

With the very recent release of Niantic’s Pokémon GO Apple Watch app and interest in the game once again renewed, now is a great time for the developer to try and draw gamers back into the world of Pokémon.

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This new festive round of tweaks to the game should do just that whilst giving the title a new lease of life for those who had grown weary of it over the months. With Super Mario Run leading the way in the download charts, the Nintendo influence on the App Store is very much growing.

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