The Pokemon GO Along the Routes event brings even more to the new Routes feature!

Routes are a popular Pokemon GO feature that was added back in the Summer. They allow players to follow set paths to earn some great rewards, and potentially some Zygarde Cells.

Now, the Along the Routes event is adding a new NPC you may spot at the end of Routes, in addition to some new Research, wild spawns and 7km Egg hatches!

Date & Time

The Pokemon GO Along the Routes event is taking place from 10 AM local time on December 5 until 8 PM local time on December 8, 2023.

  • Starts:
  • Ends:

It is a short event, but it still has some great bonuses, updated wild spawns, a new 7km Egg, and plenty of Research to complete!

Pokemon GO Routes Explained

Event Bonuses

These four in-game bonuses will be active for the duration of the Along the Routes event:

  1. 1/2 Egg Hatch Distance when Eggs are put into an Incubator during the event
  2. 3x XP for spinning PokeStops
  3. 5x XP for spinning a PokeStop for the first time
  4. 2x Stardust for opening Gifts

Mateo Arrives in Pokemon GO

Mateo is a new NPC in Pokemon GO who meets you at the end of Routes. He helps you exchange Postcards and Gifts with other Pokemon trainers.

Once per day, after finishing a Route, you can start a Gift Exchange with Mateo, which will give you a Gift and a Postcard from another Pokemon trainer.

These Postcards will help you get all of the different types of Vivillon in Pokemon GO!

Mateo Pokemon GO

Wild Spawns

The following Pokemon will be spawning in the wild during the Along the Routes event in Pokemon GO:

SlugmaSlugma Pokemon GOShiny Slugma Pokemon GO
HitmontopHitmontop Pokemon GOShiny Hitmontop Pokemon GO
SpoinkSpoink Pokemon GOShiny Spoink Pokemon GO
FeebasShiny Feebas Pokemon GO
LillipupLillipup Pokemon GOShiny Lillipup Pokemon GO
WoobatWoobat Pokemon GOShiny Woobat Pokemon GO
EmolgaEmolga Pokemon GONot Available
WoolooWooloo Pokemon GONot Available
PawmiNot Available

7km Eggs

Any 7km Egg picked up during the Along the Routes event could contain one of the following Pokemon as well as all of the standard 7km Egg hatches:

Hisuian GrowlitheHisuian Growlithe Pokemon GOShiny Hisuian Growlithe Pokemon GO
TogepiTogepi Pokemon GOShiny Togepi Pokemon GO
SneaselSneasel Pokemon GOShiny Sneasel Pokemon GO
Hisuian SneaselHisuian Sneasel Pokemon GOShiny Hiusian Sneasel Pokemon GO
BonslyShiny Bonsly Pokemon GO
EspurrEspurr Pokemon GOShiny Espurr Pokemon GO


The following three new kinds of Research will be available to all Pokemon GO players at the start of the Along the Routes event:

  1. A Route to New Friendships Special Research
    • This focuses on exchanging Gifts with Mateo
  2. Along the Routes Field Research Tasks
    • The rewards include encounters with Eevee, Hisuian Sneasel and Wooloo
  3. Along the Routes Timed Research
    • This tasks you with exploring your local area and sending Gifts
    • The rewards include encounters with Hisuian Sneasel, Feebas, Wooloo, and Pawmi
Pokemon GO Hisuian Growlithe on a Route

Along the Routes kicks off a huge month of events in Pokemon GO. Check out the December 2023 Pokemon GO events schedule, so you don’t miss any of the upcoming celebrations!

Senior Staff Writer
Django grew up with a PlayStation controller in his hands and loves all kinds of games, from Football Manager to Yakuza.
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