When does the Pokémon Go Ice and Fire event start and end?
Here are the official times:
- Start: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 1 p.m. PDT / 4 p.m. EDT
- End: Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 1 p.m. PDT / 4 p.m. EDT
So, just over a week of Fire- and Ice-type fun for everyone!
What are the huge XP bonuses you’ll get for Nice, Great, and Excellent Throws, Curveballs, and First Throws?
Pokémon Go announced “huge XP bonuses for successfully catching Pokémon with Nice, Great, and Excellent Throws, as well as Curveballs and First Throws” as part of the Solstice event, and it turns out they’ve been TRIPLED (3x)!
Here are the normal XP levels for catching:
- Curve Ball bonus: 10 XP
- Nice Throw bonus: 10 XP
- Great Throw bonus: 50 XP
- Excellent Throw bonus: 100 XP
- First Throw bonus: 50 XP
- Pokémon caught: 100 XP
Here’s what they are tripled (3x) for the Ice and Fire event:
- Curve Ball bonus: 30 XP
- Nice Throw bonus: 30 XP
- Great Throw bonus: 150 XP
- Excellent Throw bonus: 300 XP
- First Throw bonus: 150 XP
- Pokémon caught: 300 XP
And here’s what they are tripled (3x) and doubled (2x) again with a Lucky Egg for a hextuple (6x) total:
- Curve Ball bonus: 60 XP
- Nice Throw bonus: 60 XP
- Great Throw bonus: 300 XP
- Excellent Throw bonus: 600 XP
- First Throw bonus: 300 XP
- Pokémon caught: 600 XP
So, if you catch a Pokémon on the first throw with a curve ball and excellent bonus, you’re looking at 1560 XP. Per. Catch.
What about the XP bonuses for hatching eggs?
The “you’ll earn even more XP for hatching Eggs” turns out to be FIVE TIMES (5x). I kid you not.
Here are the normal XP awards for hatching eggs:
- Hatch a 2K egg: 200 XP
- Hatch a 5K egg: 500 XP
- Hatch a 10K egg: 1000 XP
Here’s what they are quintupled (5x) during the event:
- Hatch a 2K egg: 1000 XP
- Hatch a 5K egg: 2500 XP
- Hatch a 10K egg: 5000 XP
Here’s what they are quintupled (5x) for the event and doubled (2x) again with a Lucky Egg, for a total of TEN TIMES (10x) the normal amount):
- Hatch a 2K egg: 2000 XP
- Hatch a 5K egg: 5000 XP
- Hatch a 10K egg: 10000 XP
Yeah. Get to stepping!
Will the first catch bonus apply when you use Pokémon Go Plus?
Absolutely. A Pokémon Go Plus catch usually nest you 150 XP (100 for the catch plus 50 for the first throw). During the event, it’s 450 XP (300 for the catch plus 150 for the first throw).
Throw in a Lucky Egg and it becomes 900 XP. (600 for the catch plus 300 for the first throw).
Stock up on balls and Lucy Eggs now.
50% off Lucky Eggs!
Pokémon Go has had experience events and Lucky Egg sales before, but since they can accelerate you to higher levels, they never get dull or go unwelcome.
For anyone who doesn’t mind spending money, half-priced Lucky Eggs remain one of the best deals in the game today.
Do you have to be in the northern or southern hemispheres to get the increases fire or ice spawns?
So far, it doesn’t look that way. Pokémon Go uses “biomes” to determine what type of Pokémon spawn in which areas. Sometimes that works for us and sometimes against us.
The Valentine’s event was frustrating for those outside Porygon or Chansey biomes because spawn rates barely changed. The Water Festival had increased spawns for everyone, everywhere. The Grass-type event was, sadly, more like Valentine’s than Water Festival. So was the Rock-type.
Fire won’t be exclusive to the north nor Ice to the south, but rare fire and ice Pokémon may remain rare in some regions. Either way, traveling to an area that has the increased spawns, if one is close by, would be the best solution.
How do the increased spawns work?
Typically, you get spawns or cluster spawns for common Pokémon like Pidgey, Rattata, Sentrat, Hoothoot, etc.
For the type events, there’s a high probability any or all of those common spawns will be replaced with fire- and ice-type spawn instead, like Charmander or Swinhub.
Same with rare spawns. For the duration of the event, if a Chansey, Porygon, or Snorlax would have spawned, there’s a good chance it’ll be replaced by an Arcanine, Typhlosion, Lapras, or Cloyster instead.