Pokemon GO Shiny Snover: How to catch shiny Snover in Holidays 2019 Event?

Pokemon Gois kicking off a new Holiday 2019 event around the world today and it's introducing a slew of bonuses for players to keep them out in the cold this December.

The Pokemon GO Holiday event for 2019 isn't due to begin until 12:00 am on December 24. For those of you in the UK (like us) reading this. That means you've still got some hours to go until the event begins.

However, the event begins in your local time zone, so some players in New Zealand are already enjoying the event this very second.

The event and various bonuses will last until Wednesday, January 1, 2020, at 11:59 pm.

And with the event already being live, some players have spotted a few nice bonuses that will certainly interest the rest of the world's trainers when the event goes live.

Namely, there are reports of shiny Stantler, shiny Snover (and Shiny Abomasnow), shiny Beanie Pichu and Cubchoo being reported.

Follow the links above for more info on each Pokemon as it becomes available.

However, for the purpose of this page, we're explaining everything you need to know about catching the new Pokemon GO Shiny Snover and its evolved form, shiny Abomasnow.

At the time of writing, it's not possible to say for certain until the event goes live in our region, but based on what early reports suggest, it seems like your best bet will be encountering a shiny Snover in the wild.

As you can see from the above images, Shiny Snover hands change colour, from light green to a dark blue.

Snover's evolved form, Abomasnow also undergoes a change, with the same light green to dark blue change taking place on the evolved shiny pokemon's hands and feet.

As a reminder, you'll need 50 Snover candy before you can evolve into Abomasnow, but with so many Snover spawning for the event, we doubt that will be a problem for any trainer.

Keep reading as we've broken down all of the potential ways you might be able to encounter a Shiny Snover moving forward.

Shiny Snover in Egg Hatches:

Snover is not be available in the game as an egg hatch at the time of writing. This could change in the future but we wouldn't count on it during the Holiday 2019 event. As such, there's no chance of catching a shiny Snover in eggs.

Shiny Snover inRaid Battles:

At the time of writing, reports indicate that Shiny Snover is not a potential raid boss. So no chance of Shiny Snover this way.

Shiny Snover from Field Research

Snover is a possible reward for anyone who completes the field research task 'Catch 5 Ice-type Pokemon'. As such it's also possible to encounter Shiny Snover via field research quests.

Shiny Snover inthe Wild:

Snover will be spawning in the wild in Pokemon GO with slightly increased rates for the duration of the Holiday 2019 event.

However, as mentioned by The Silph Road, the shiny rate for wild encounters is roughly one in 450. So you're going to need to encounter a lot to find that shiny Snover!

To increase your chances of encountering a shiny Snover, you want to go somewhere spawning as many Snover as possible.

We'd suggest that to boost your chances you should head over to the Silph Road Global Nest Atlas to find your nearest Snover nest.

Obviously, the more Snover you encounter, the higher your odds of eventually encountering a shiny.

Keep reading and you can see the full low down for the Pokemon Go Holiday 2019 event, as per Niantic's own blog post .

Pokemon GO Holiday 2019 Event Details

  • Pokémon in holiday costumes: Pikachu, Raichu, and Pichu wearing beanies and Stantler wearing bells will appear in Pokémon GO for the first time!
  • Pokémon appearing in the wild: Delightful Ice-type Pokémon will be appearing in the wild, such as Sneasel, Delibird, Snorunt, and more! Making its Pokémon GO debut will be Cubchoo, the Chill Pokémon!
  • Pokémon appearing in Eggs: Alolan Sandshrew, Alolan Vulpix, Pichu wearing beanies, and Stantler wearing bells will be hatching from 7 km Eggs!
  • Pokémon appearing in Raid Battles: Raichu wearing beanies and Stantler wearing bells will be available to challenge in two-star raids!
  • Pokémon attracted by Glacial Lure Modules: Throw a Glacial Lure Module onto a PokéStop near you, and you’ll have a chance of encountering Cryogonal, the Crystallizing Pokémon, making its Pokémon GO debut!
  • Event-exclusive Field Research: Enjoy event-exclusive Field Research tasks that will reward you with the chance to encounter Pokémon like Pikachu wearing beanies!
  • Save Shadow Pokémon! We have reason to believe that Team GO Rocket has turned more Pokémon, including Delibird, into Shadow Pokémon! There might be other Shadow Pokémon to discover in places high and low, so get out there and save them!
  • If you’re lucky, you might encounter Shiny Stantler wearing bells and Shiny Snover!
  • Winter-themed avatar items coming to the shop! You can look forward to a Stantler Sweater and a Stantler Headband as well as a Beanie Hat to match the one some Pikachu are wearing for this event!


Take note, Trainers! Some bonuses will change throughout the event duration.

From Tuesday, December 24, 2019, at 12:00 a.m. to Wednesday, January 1, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. in your local time zone

  • Open twice as many Gifts each day: For the duration of the event, the number of Gifts you can open daily will increase to 40.
  • Carry twice as many Gifts: For the duration of the event, the number of Gifts you can carry in your inventory will increase to 20.
  • One guaranteed single-use Incubator per day: In order to more easily hatch Eggs during the holiday season, Trainers will receive one single-use Incubator at no cost once per day during the event by spinning a Photo Disc on a PokéStop.

From Tuesday, December 24, 2019, at 12:00 a.m. to Wednesday, December 25, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. in your local time zone

  • 2× Catch Candy
  • 2× Transfer Candy

From Thursday, December 26, 2019, at 12:00 a.m. to Friday, December 27, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. in your local time zone

  • 2× Catch Stardust

From Saturday, December 28, 2019, at 12:00 a.m. to Sunday, December 29, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. in your local time zone

  • 2× Catch XP

From Monday, December 30, 2019, at 12:00 a.m. to Wednesday, January 1, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. in your local time zone

  • 1/2 Hatch Distance when Eggs are placed into Incubators during this time period

Warm up with a special winter weekend event!

During the final Saturday in December (and 2019!), you can look forward to a special eight-hour-long winter weekend event.

Date + Time

Saturday, December 28, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in your local time zone


  • Two-hour Glacial Lure Module duration: Glacial Lure Modules will last two hours for the duration of the event. Pokémon such as Lapras, Delibird, Cubchoo, and more will be drawn to Glacial Lure Modules during this time!
  • Glaceon with Last Resort: Use a Glacial Lure Module to evolve Eevee during the event, and you’ll get a Glaceon that knows the Charged Attack Last Resort.
  • Regice returns to raids! Did you miss out on catching a Regice the last time it was available in raids? This is your chance to catch the Iceberg Pokémon!
  • Two additional Raid Passes: Receive up to two additional Raid Passes during the special event time period when you spin a Photo Disc at a Gym. These Raid Passes will not be available after the event period is over. You cannot hold more than one Raid Pass at once.

There are just a few weeks left in 2019! Let’s GO end the year strong, Trainers!

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