Data Miners Have Confirmed That The Pokemon GO Christmas Event Is Coming Soon

Data Miners Confirmed Pokemon GO Christmas Event Coming Soon

Remember that time we predicted that the real Christmas event would start on the 14th of December, but were wrong? What about the other time that we thought we found three clues that hinted at the real Christmas event starting this Wednesday, on the 21st of December?

Well, just as we were preparing to write an article conceding defeat, the latest Pokemon GO update was released. And, with data miners doing what data miners do best, they wasted no time blowing it wide open, and found some pretty cool new information that confirms a Pokemon GO Christmas event is coming soon.

Dronpes, the head honcho over at The Silph Road, had this to say about the information that was uncovered during the data-mine: “Manage your hype responsibly, travelers. 🙂 We’re about to grasp at some straws. There is a chance something might happen over the holiday.”

So what exactly was found in the code? Gift boxes. Yep, gift boxes. In total, six unique gift boxes were added to the game’s code, as well as a metadata attribute named “HasHolidayItems“, and a new variant of the “Shop” button that resembles a Christmas gift.

Data Miners Confirmed Pokemon GO Christmas Event Coming Soon
These are the gifts found inside the game’s code!

Pretty cool, right? Obviously it goes without saying that at this point, we’ve got no idea how these gift boxes are going to function in-game, or what will be inside them. It could be clothing items (like the recently added socks and gloves), it could be Pokemon eggs, or it could just be regular items such as Lucky Eggs, Incubators, Poke Balls, etc.

One theory about the gift boxes that I quite enjoyed was posted by /u/TheLastStopByMe on The Silph Road, and postulated that for every Delibird caught, a random gift is given to you, which you can then open and receive whatever is hidden away inside.

This could be a fun way to introduce the Pokemon Delibird (which is basically the Pokemon version of Santa Claus), as well as reward players for getting out there and continuing to catch Pokemon despite the cold weather.

But what do you think? Do you think we’ll get something cool in the gift boxes? Or are you not getting your hopes up in fear of being let down? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below!

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  1. Bliss senses the disappointment that seems prevalent at
    christmas not arriving soon enough. Bliss is extremely sensitive to people’s emotions and will rush over to the sad person’s side with a ‘gift’ of a special egg.

  2. I completely agree with, Tim. If you don’t start worrying more about the diehards still playing the game and what we want from Pokemon Go, we will all be leaving soon and you will have nothing but amateurs trying out the game in the future, not spending the amount of money we have, and soon leaving as well. Then no one will be playing because everyone will be telling everyone else who hasn’t tried the app, “Don’t waste your time!”

  3. I have learned not to get my hopes. Frequent updates are frustrating and keep influencing the loss of many balls thrown and raspberries consumed in catching a Pokemon, as well as the loss of many potentially captured, really good Pokemon or battles being frozen, stopped, or shown in “Error” only to lose and then I have to reboot all over again. This has happened numerous times and its had me wanting to leave this app on many occasions after shouting “Nooooo” at the top of my lungs! I do give them credit for creating this massive app and Pokemon Go craze world-wide, but I wish there was as easier way to perform updates, like specific times listed on the home screen before we log in showing when updates will occur in each time zone. I spend an hour a day or so on Pokemon Go after work. If I launch a Lucky Egg during that time and waste minutes getting stalled or stopped, or if I lose free stuff at Pokestops when the spinner won’t spin or the photo in the spinner won’t come on the screen because my screen is showing updates are being made, I go nuts. Also, I believe more freebies should be thrown our way at each Pokestop once we reach a 500,000 XP Level and above. I just leveled up to 35 and that was no easy task. When the Halloween event more than doubled our balls and poisons at Pokestops, I had just hit Level 30, and I thought that was a nice perk to achieving a higher Level. I was wrong. With higher levels, Pokemon get harder to catch and there are tougher gym battles. I thought this made perfect sense, but after the event, I saw we still get a minimum of 3 items per Pokestop vs. 6 or more. At higher levels, we need twice as many good balls/poisons at each Pokestop to help with anticipating more gym battles and to capturing tougher Pokemon. Something to think about! I also wish we could change team colors every so often if we wanted to because it would help with battling and training in certain cities which are completely covered in one gym’s color and you are one of the other two team colors, so the chance of you building a high gym tower is zero. Also, when can we start getting free Egg Incubators? I think I just got a free 3x incubator at Level 35, but why do we have to buy all of the incubators before this Level except the one free infinity incubator we get with the app? Why can’t we buy or get more free infinity incubators or receive free incubators at a Pokestop just like we receive free eggs, or maybe get a free egg incubator for capturing every 100 or 200 Pokemon? Just something to think about to keep this game going, growing, and exciting, with some new twists and turns. I also think we should get more free gold coins to buy stuff in other ways besides just being in a tower. Why can’t we get gold coins at Pokestops or find them in the wild, like other games do that spread valuable items over the land, castle, or in the sea depending on their game? If we don’t let designers know what we are wanting, how will Pokemon Go know what to design in the future? Right? Thanks for reading!!!

  4. I have learned not to get my hopes up with Pokemon Go. The frequent updates are frustrating and keep influencing the loss of many balls thrown and raspberries consumed in catching a Pokemon, as well as the loss of many potentially captured, really good Pokemon or battles being frozen, stopped, or shown in “Error” only to lose and then I have to reboot all over again. This has happened numerous times and its had me wanting to leave this app on many occasions after shouting “Nooooo” at the top of my lungs! I do give them credit for creating this massive app and Pokemon Go craze world-wide, but I wish there was as easier way to perform updates, like specific times listed on the home screen before we log in showing when updates will occur in each time zone. I spend an hour a day or so on Pokemon Go after work. If I launch a Lucky Egg during that time and waste minutes getting stalled or stopped, or if I lose free stuff at Pokestops when the spinner won’t spin or the photo in the spinner won’t come on the screen because my screen is showing updates are being made, I go nuts. Also, I believe more freebies should be thrown our way at each Pokestop once we reach a 500,000 XP Level and above. I just leveled up to 35 and that was no easy task. When the Halloween event more than doubled our balls and poisons at Pokestops, I had just hit Level 30, and I thought that was a nice perk to achieving a higher Level. I was wrong. With higher levels, Pokemon get harder to catch and there are tougher gym battles. I thought this made perfect sense, but after the event, I saw we still get a minimum of 3 items per Pokestop vs. 6 or more. At higher levels, we need twice as many good balls/poisons at each Pokestop to help with anticipating more gym battles and to capturing tougher Pokemon. Something to think about! I also wish we could change team colors every so often if we wanted to because it would help with battling and training in certain cities which are completely covered in one gym’s color and you are one of the other two team colors, so the chance of you building a high gym tower is zero. Also, when can we start getting free Egg Incubators? I think I just got a free 3x incubator at Level 35, but why do we have to buy all of the incubators before this Level except the one free infinity incubator we get with the app? Why can’t we buy or get more free infinity incubators or receive free incubators at a Pokestop just like we get free eggs, or maybe a free egg incubator for capturing every 100 or 200 Pokemon? Just something to think about to keep this game going, growing, and exciting, with some new twists and turns to keep us mobile, global, and adaptable. I also think we should get more free gold coins to buy stuff with in other ways besides just being in a tower. Why can’t we get gold coins at Pokestops or find them in the wild, like other games that spread valuable items over the land, castle, or in the sea depending on their game? If we don’t let designers know what we are wanting, how will Pokemon Go what to design in the future? Right? Thanks for reading!!!

  5. Did anyone else’s Pokedex go up to 173 (including Cleffa)? My daughter’s did but mine is still at 149 and we both did the update yesterday (12-20-16). Very confused.

  6. i have hatched a SMOOCHUM from a 10k egg and now i have a total of 238 in my pokedex with smoochum been number 238.
    but dont know of anyone else this has happened to and cant find anything on the internet.
    is it a glitch or a xmas update??

  7. I agree with Tim. Diehard players are bored and frustrated. I spent $20 on incubators to grind a single (let’s face it, useless) baby Pokemon. There are probably more of them at the Starbucks pokestops (Silph Road has shown that pokestops don’t distribute eggs evenly), but guess what! There are no Starbucks in the country I live in.

    If they wait to release Gen2 until the anniversary, honestly the game is done. Which would be a shame, because I loved playing, but at this point my Pokedex is basically full, except for two regionals (remote trading please), legendary, and a %&$* Chansey that’s eluded me despite hatching 647 eggs. My decent fighters are all maxed out on CP. Gyms are full of the same 4 or 5 Pokemon. The whole thing is stale.

    Come on, Niantic. You had an out of the park home run — and you’re squandering it with silly BS like santa hats on Pikachu.

  8. Niantic has dropped the ball for a Xmas event!!!
    Nobody needs let alone really wanted or hoped for stupid hats on a pikachu or anything like that!!!
    Those of us that are still really playing, done with or Dex and are just building up are Pokémon and trying to find perfect or as close to perfect IV Pokémon as we can! All while waiting for new Pokémon!
    These events have tremendously help anyone who is still playing and we HOPED for another great event for the biggest of holidays… What did we get, a Santa hat Pikachu, Wow!!
    How about sticking with the success of the past 2 events and let us have more of the Double Candy and Double Star Dust PLEASE!
    Then you can open start fixing important things:
    1. Open up the storage space for our Pokémon storage unit and our backpacks too!!
    2. Open up trading for those of us who can’t travel to far off different countries and can trade with a friend or relative overseas and also let everyone trade in their home countries too!!!!
    3. Maybe release a couple or few new Pokémon that are catchable in the wild instead of Niantic gaining more money buy making us BUY more incubators to hatch the only new Pokémon they’ve released that actually matter to the game, unlike that pikachu with the hat we can catch!!
    4. Stop worrying about more partnerships now, you’ve got and made PLENTY of money now!!
    We didn’t need more gyms and pokestops at sprint and Starbucks places!! We want and need more relevant things like I’ve mentioned about!

    Like any game, you have lost players because the Newness of the game is long gone, you will never see those number of players again and it’s ok because as you should’ve been doing and should be doing still, is focusing on those of us that are still playing and die bards like myself that are hoping you’ll care more about us!!!!!

  9. I’ll bet the gift boxes just allow users to buy things and gift them to other people. No realbenefit, just a way for them to tap into Xmas sales.

  10. I think that waiting for gen 2 pokemon is a good idea. Many players including myself are still collecting first generation. The recent spawn update and buddy system helped tremendously. A couple articles i read predicted gen 2 being the anniversary event and i completely agree with that being a smart move for the game. What the game really needs right now, mainly bkuz of the weather, is mini games or activities a player can do without walking. Breeding, berry farms, and self training are very good ideas Ive heard. Santa pikachu was an awesome update that will definitely make the trading system more awesome. However, unless the trading system is far in the future, i think there should have been more holiday themed pokemon. Slap some reindeer antlers on another fan fav pokemon or an elf costume on a pokemon. Or holding a candycane.

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