Pokemon Go Along the Routes: Dates, new NPC Mateo, shiny Hisuian Sneasel debut, more

Lucas Simons
Pokemon Go Along the Routes event

A new event has been announced by Pokemon Go devs, and here’s everything you need to know about the Along the Routes event, including the debut of the new NPC Mateo.

Pokemon Go is preparing one of the first events for the new season, Timeless Travels, and Pokemon trainers are eager to know about this new NPC called Mateo being rolled out for the event.

The Along the Routes event will focus on the exploration of the Routes feature and also Gift exchange between players. But there are also a couple of surprises waiting for adventurous trainers, including the debut of shiny Sneasel.

So, here’s all you need to know about the Along the Routes event in Pokemon Go, including the start date, bonuses, Research, encounters, and finer details.

Pokemon Go Along the Routes start date

The Pokemon Go Along the Routes event will run from December 5 at 10 AM to December 8 at 8 PM (local time).

Trainers will have a chance to participate and exchange Gifts with players all around the world through the new NPC: Mateo.

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Along The Routes event will be the third event focused on the Routes feature.

Pokemon Go Along the Routes bonuses

The following bonuses will be active during the Pokemon Go Along the Routes event:

  • 1/2 Egg Hatch Distance for Eggs placed in an Incubator during the event.
  • 3x XP for spinning PokeStops.
  • 5x XP for spinning a PokeStops for the first time.
  • 2x Startust from Gifts.

Pokemon Go Along the Routes new NPC Mateo

From December 4, Pokemon Go trainers can meet Mateo, a new NPC, as they reach the end of the Routes they explore.

As you interact with Mateo, this NPC will give you some Gifts and the chance to exchange them with trainers all around the world. This is what you need to do:

  1. Talk to NPC Mateo.
  2. Choose which gifts to exchange from the Route endpoint, start point, or nearby PokeStop.
  3. Add a sticker (optional) and select exchange.
  4. You will receive gifts and postcards from other trainers.

Keep in mind that you can only participate in a Gift Exchange with Mateo once a day.

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The new Along the Routes event will be all about exchanging gifts with the new NPC.

Pokemon Go Along the Routes shiny Hisuian Sneasel debut

Shiny Hisuian Sneasel will appear for the first time in the Pokemon Go Along the Routes event, and trainers can get this rare regional variant of Sneasel by catching it in the wild, from Field Research encounters, or by hatching 7 km Eggs.

Pokemon Go Along the Routes Timed Research

A new Timed Reseach will be available during the Pokemon Go Along the Routes event. Trainers will be required to explore Routes and send Gifts to complete tasks.

Rewards for those tasks include encounters with the following Pokemon:

PawmiWoolooFeebasHisuian Sneasel
PawmiWolooFeebasHisuian Sneasel

Pokemon Go Along the Routes Special Research

A new Special Research story will be available for all trainers with Pokemon Go Along the Routes. According to the info shared by Niantic, it will help players “learn more about Mateo and the power of exchanging Gifts.”

There’s no more information available regarding tasks and rewards for this Special Research, but we will update this post accordingly when more details are released.

Pokemon Go Along the Routes encounters

The following Pokemon will appear during the Pokemon Go Along the Routes event in wild encounters, Research encounters, and Egg hatch encounters. Those marked with a (*) can be shiny:

Wild Encounters

This is a list of Wild Encounters for the Along the Routes event:

  • Spoink*
  • Slugma*
  • Hitmontop*
  • Feebas*
  • Lillipup*
  • Woobat*
  • Emolga
  • Wooloo
  • Pawmi

Field Research Encounters

The following Pokemon will spawn during Research Encounter rewards during the Along the Routes event:

  • Eevee*
  • Hisuian Sneasel*
  • Wooloo

Egg Chart

These Pokemon will hatch from 7-km Eggs during the Along the Routes event:

  • Hisuian Growlithe*
  • Togepi*
  • Sneasel*
  • Hisuian Sneasel*
  • Bonsly*
  • Espurr*

And that’s all you need to know about the Pokemon Go Along the Routes event. For more Pokemon guides and info, you can also check the following links:

How to get Mega Ampharos in Pokemon Go | How to beat Pokemon Go Terrakion Raid | Pokemon Scarlet & Violet: What are Marks & how to get them | Pokemon Scarlet & Violet How to fix “Illegal” party error | All Pokemon with special forms in Scarlet & Violet | How to get Mewtwo in Pokemon Unite: Price, abilities, Mega Evolution | How to get Clodsire in Pokemon Go | Pokemon Go Special Master Ball Research

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