POKÉMON Go has released a suite of new challenges to celebrate the start of the Year of the Ox.
Launched across the globe this week, the Lunar New Year event offers a bunch of fun rewards, including the chance to catch a Tauros.
What is the Lunar New Year Quest?
The quest is part of The Pokémon Go Lunar New Year event for 2021.
The game's US developer Niantic holds a Lunar event each year to celebrate Chinese New Year.
This time around it's the year of the Ox, and challenges themed around Wild Bull Pokémon Tauros have been released.
They include a "research quest" with its own special rewards.
When does the quest launch and how do I access it?
The Lunar New Year 2021 quest runs from Tuesday, February 9 at 10am (local time) to Sunday, February 14 at 1pm (local time).
That means that in order to complete it, you'll need to carry out the tasks below before the end of this week.
The research quest consists of four steps, each comprising three individual challenges. You're handed a reward for completing each step.
Top prizes on offer include two Tauros encounters and Mega Gyarados Energy.
Lunar New Year Quests
Complete the tasks below by 1pm (local time) on Sunday to beat the new quest.
Each step comprises three tasks with smaller rewards. Completing all three will earn you a bigger reward.
'Lunar New Year' Step 1 of 4
- Transfer 12 Pokémon – 10 PokéBalls
- Catch 7 Fire-type Pokémon – Charmander encounter
- Send 1 Gift to friends – Goldeen encounter
Rewards: 1000 XP, 20 Mega Gyarados Energy and a Miltank encounter
'Lunar New Year' Step 2 of 4
- Power up Pokémon 12 times – 5 Razz Berries
- Evolve 3 Fire-type Pokémon – Torchic encounter
- Send 3 Gifts to friends – Magikarp encounter
Rewards: 1000 XP, 30 Mega Gyarados Energy and a Tauros encounter
'Lunar New Year' Step 3 of 4
- Use 12 berries to help catch Pokémon – 10 PokéBalls
- Catch 15 Fire-type Pokémon – Tepig encounter
- Send 5 Gifts to friends – Seaking encounter
Rewards: 1000 XP, 50 Mega Gyarados Energy and a Miltank
'Lunar New Year' Step 4 of 4
- Make 12 Great Curveball Throws – 3 Pinap Berries
- Catch 20 Fire-type Pokémon – Darumaka encounter
- Send 7 Gifts to friends – Meditite encounter
Rewards: 1500 XP, 100 Mega Gyarados Energy and a Tauros encounter
Virtual Reality v.s. Augmented Reality – what’s the difference?
Here’s what you need to know
- Virtual reality involves using a headset to simulate a virtual world
- In a VR world, everything you see will be computer-generated
- Popular VR headsets include the HTC Vive and Facebook's Oculus Rift
- Augmented reality lets you see the real world, but "augments" (or adds on) computer-generated elements
- This means you'll be able to see computer images overlaid onto your real-world view
- For instance, you could wear glasses that overlay directions onto the road in front of you
- Popular AR headsets include Microsoft's HoloLens and the Google Glass spectacles
What is the Lunar New Year?
In other news, Pokémon Go recently gave players the ability to battle one another.
Pokémon Go's creators are creating smart glasses that let you see virtual creatures.
And, find out how to tell lookalike new and old Nintendo Switch models apart.
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