Pokemon Go Festival of Lights event: Dedenne, Misunderstood Mischief and more

Pokemon Go is celebrating the Festival of Lights with a special in-game event from Nov. 5 to Nov. 14.

Kevin Knezevic Former staff writer
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Kevin Knezevic
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Pokemon Go is holding a Festival of Lights celebration from Nov. 5 to Nov. 14.


Pokemon Go 's Festival of Lights event is underway until Nov. 14. As part of the festivities, the electric Pokemon Dedenne is now available in the mobile game, and there are special bonuses and more to take advantage of. Team Go Rocket boss Giovanni is also returning to the game with Shadow Lugia at his command as part of a mini Rocket takeover event called With Light Comes Shadow. Here's everything you need to know about the event.

Featured Pokemon

As mentioned, the electric mouse Dedenne is debuting as part of the Festival of Lights event, making this your first chance to catch one in Pokemon Go. It will be appearing in the wild as well as in one-star raids. Several other fire and electric Pokemon will also be appearing more frequently throughout the event, including Electabuzz, Magmar, Blitzle and more. You can see all of the featured Pokemon below:

Wild spawns

  • Vulpix
  • Magnemite
  • Electabuzz
  • Magmar
  • Electrike
  • Blitzle
  • Darumaka
  • Litleo
  • Dedenne

One-star raids

  • Charmander
  • Vulpix
  • Chinchou
  • Litwick
  • Dedenne

Three-star raids

  • Alolan Raichu
  • Electabuzz
  • Magmar
  • Bellossom

7km eggs

  • Alolan Geodude
  • Chinchou
  • Pichu
  • Vulpix
  • Magby
  • Elekid
  • Budew


On top of increased Pokemon spawns, a few in-game bonuses will be active during the Festival of Lights event. Your friendship level with other players will increase twice as fast as normal throughout the event. Additionally, you'll be able to open a maximum of 45 gifts per day, and the gifts will contain more rewards than usual. 

Players in India will also be able to take advantage of the following extra bonuses. These will be live on Nov. 7 from 4-7 p.m. local time:

  • Dedenne and Blitzle will appear in the wild even more frequently
  • Players will earn twice the usual amount of candy for catching Pokemon

Misunderstood Mischief

The next portion of the ongoing Misunderstood Mischief Special Research story has also gone live as part of the Festival of Lights event. Here's the full list of tasks and rewards.

Stage 13/16

  • Make a new friend - Meditite encounter
  • Send 10 gifts to friends - Chinchou encounter
  • Use 20 berries to help catch Pokemon - 2 Silver Pinap Berries
  • Reward for completing all three tasks: Blitzle encounter, 2 Poffins, 10 Dedenne candy

Team Go Rocket event

Team Go Rocket will be breaking up the festivities with a mini takeover event called With Light Comes Shadow. Beginning today, Nov. 9, Rocket grunts will appear at PokeStops and in hot air balloons much more frequently than usual, giving you more chances to battle them and rescue their Shadow Pokemon. You'll also be able to use Charged TMs to replace a Shadow Pokemon's Frustration attack. 

On top of that, Team Go Rocket boss Giovanni will return to the game. Defeat the villainous trainer and you'll earn a chance to capture Shadow Lugia. Finally, the last portion of the Misunderstood Mischief Special Research story will go live.

Other event features

In addition to the other in-game bonuses, you'll be able to snag a free Festival of Lights avatar t-shirt from Pokemon Go's item shop during the event. There will also be new Dedenne-inspired avatar items and stickers, and fireworks will appear in the game during the first few days of the event.

Pokemon Go's Festival of Lights celebration runs until 8 p.m. local time on Nov. 14, but there are many more events lined up for this month. You can catch up on everything going on over the next few weeks in our Pokemon Go November events roundup.