Pokemon Go is celebrating Billiant Diamond and Shining Pearl later this month

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are out this month, and Pokemon Go is celebrating the occasion with a new event starting on November 16 and lasting until November 21. Sinnoh regional 'mons will pop up more frequently, while the starters will also make an appearance with new hats. 

Niantic will continue its trend of popping hats onto every Pokemon possible, as Turtwig, Chimchar, and Piplup head to Pokemon Go with Sinnoh-inspired gear. Each starter can spawn with either Lucas's or Dawn's hat, and you can grab avatar items themed around those same partner Pokemon from the item shop. Of course, there's also that rare chance that you run into a shiny-themed variant of one of the six Pokemon, too. 


Event-related bonuses are also back. You'll get regular incubator distances cut to half of the usual requirement, with super incubators only needing one-third of the usual travel. There's also a collection challenge that guarantees an encounter with Froslass, and new Field Research Tasks to help you collect those starters. 

Wild encounters change up with frequency increases on other 'mons like Seel, Murkrow, Poocyena, Aron, Bidoof, Kricketot, Buneary, and Stunky. For luckier trainers, there are chances to score a roaming Scyther, Larvitar, Burmy (Plant Cloak), or Buizel with their shiny versions until November 18. After that, you'll see some Pokemon depart, while Pinsir, Misdreavus, Glameow, and Bagon join the lineup. 

As for those premium avatar goodies, they won't all cost you real cash. Niantic is giving away two gear sets to celebrate, and you'll still be able to grab them even after the Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl festivities are over. Those Sinnoh pieces are complete ensembles of Lucas's and Dawn's gear, so you get the hat, shirt, bottoms, backpack, and shoes at no cost.


It's a busy celebration that also includes the usual raid and egg changes. The event welcomes Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl out on November 19, but if you're eager for more Go-related activities, you can still catch Dedenne during the Festival of Lights later this month.