Pokemon GO Along the Routes event date, Mateo, Shiny Hisuian Sneasel

Pokemon GO Along the Routes event date, Mateo, Shiny Hisuian Sneasel
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Written by 

Ben Williams

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1st Dec 2023 13:15

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After kicking off the Timeless Travels season with its announcement, players are not only curious about the Along the Routes event date in Pokemon GO, but also the role that the new character Mateo will play and how to get a Shiny Hisuian Sneasel.

Thankfully, we've got all the answers right here, so read on to find out the event's start date, details on Mateo, and what you'll need to get a Shiny Hisuian Sneasel in Pokemon GO. 

Along the Routes event date in Pokemon GO

Along the Routes will start on Tuesday, December 5, 2023, at 10AM, running until Friday, December 8, at 8PM local time. This was confirmed on the game's news post announcing the event.

Key art for the Routes feature in Pokemon GO
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During that timeframe, players will be treated to a Special Research story, "A Route to New Friendships" to help learn more about Mateo and the power of exchanging Gifts, new spawns, certain Pokemon hatching from Eggs, event bonuses, Field Research counters, and even Timed Research. 

What does Mateo do in Pokemon GO?

Even when Along the Routes ends, Mateo will remain a permanent part of Pokemon GO following his December 4 debut - his role being to encounter trainers at the end of Routes with Gifts you can choose to exchange from another trainer. 

Mateo in Pokemon GO key art for being added to Routes
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Whilst you can only take part in Gift Exchanges with Mateo once a day, you'll have the incentive to keep coming back with the bonus of collecting new Postcards; expand your collection of Postcards from different regions enough, and you'll be able to catch varied forms of Vivillion as well. 

How to get Shiny Hisuian Sneasel in Pokemon GO

Although its base form was already a part of the game, you can finally get Shiny Hisuian Sneasel in Pokemon GO when the event starts - with your best chance being by hatching from 7KM Eggs or Field Research and Time Research task encounters.

Hisuian Sneasel, which can now be Shiny in Pokemon GO
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There won't be a guarantee you'll get Shiny Hisuian Sneasel through either method since there are other Pokemon mixed in as potential encounters as well, along with those being hatchable from 7KM Eggs.

What's more, the Shiny encounter rate for either method still won't have 100% odds. Nevertheless, enough attempts should hopefully see you get lucky and have you find your own Shiny Hisuian Sneasel in Pokemon GO. 

7KM Egg Pokemon 

For added context, you can find the complete list of Pokemon that will hatch from 7KM Eggs during GO's Along the Routes event listed below: 

Pokemon Can it be Shiny?
Bonsly Yes
Espurr Yes
Hisuian Growlithe Yes
Hisuian Sneasel Yes
Sneasel Yes
Togepi Yes

Field Research task encounters

Including Hisuian Sneasel, here's also the complete list of Pokemon you can encounter for completing the event-themed Field Research tasks:

Pokemon Can it be Shiny?
Eevee Yes
Hisuian Sneasel Yes
Wooloo No

Timed Research task encounters

As for Timed Research encounters in Along the Routes, you can find all Pokemon you might find for completing these tasks below: 

Pokemon Can it be Shiny?
Feebas Yes
Hisuian Sneasel Yes
Pawmi No
Wooloo No

Event bonuses for Along the Routes event

For taking part in the Along the Routes event in Pokemon GO, you'll also get the following bonuses:

  • Eggs will have their Egg Hatch Distance halved when placed in an incubator
  • You'll get five times as much XP when spinning a PokeStop for the first time
  • You'll get three times as much XP when spinning PokeStops
  • Opening Gifts will provide you with double the Stardust

For more of the latest from the game, check out the latest Pokemon GO Egg chart or how to turn Haptics off. Alternatively, have a look at our Pokemon GO guides homepage for even more essentials right here at GGRecon.

Ben is a Senior Guides Writer at GGRecon. Alongside his BA (Hons) in Business Management is a wealth of gaming and entertainment writing experience, having previously occupied roles as a Copywriter in e-commerce at Overclockers and Guides & SEO Writer at GameByte and FragHero. When not whipping up guides and reviews, Ben’ll be off playing the latest Pokemon games, Overwatch 2, Spider-Man, The Witcher, and Final Fantasy - all before reading manga and listening to Ice Nine Kills.

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