How to get and evolve Minccino in Pokémon GO

There are limited methods to capturing Minncino in Pokemon GO, and a specific way for you to evolve it into a Cinccino.

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You now have the chance to catch Minccino in Pokémon GO to celebrate the Lunar New Year event, the year of the rat. However, unlike other Pokémon featured in the event, Minccino has fewer chances of you encountering them. You have the opportunity to find it close to the end of things on Feb. 2 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm in your local time through Limited Research tasks. Beyond that, there is another particular way to capture Minccino and eventually evolve it into a Cinccino.

Supposedly, you shouldn’t see Minccino until Feb. 2, when the Limited Research tasks begin in your area. You want to make sure you’re ready for them. Feb. 2 is a Sunday, and it happens from only 2:00pm to 5:00pm in your local area, giving a good chunk of the afternoon to devote to these tasks. They should award you a chance to encounter a Minccino.

Following the event, though, Minccino becomes available through five-kilometer eggs. If you have a five-kilometer egg, you have a chance of hatching a Minccino through it and adding another to your Pokémon collection. However, there’s a roster of other Pokémon also available in this egg, but the Lunar New Year event increases your chance. After the Lunar New Year event, Minccino will become widely available in the egg for everyone to potentially hatch.

When you’re ready to evolve your Minccino into a Cinccino, you’re going to need an Unova Stone. Using this stone is the only method to evolve it. You can earn these stones by completing your seventh day Field Research task, defeating one of the many Team GO Rocket Leaders, or by defeating Giovanni.

Minccino is coming to the main roster of Pokémon in Pokémon GO following this event in five-kilometer eggs. If you’re interested in getting your hands on this particular Pokémon, make sure to go after these eggs as much as possible and have your incubators ready.