Detective Pikachu Comes to Pokémon GO Today

Just before Detective Pikachu hits the theatres this week, Pokémon Company International, Niantic Inc, Warner Brothers Pictures, and Legendary Pictures, have collaborated to announce a variety of movie-inspired in-game activities and content for Pokémon GO.

Some of the content includes Pikachu wearing a detective hat, encounters with select Pokémon featured in the film, special Raid Battles and Field Research, and more. J.C. Smith, senior director of consumer marketing at The Pokémon Company International had the following to say

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We’re excited for fans around the world to immerse themselves in the latest Pokémon adventure with ‘POKÉMON Detective Pikachu. We look forward to celebrating the first live-action film with fun new experiences in Pokémon GO.

From May 7 through May 17, 2019, the following content will be available in Pokémon GO for a limited time:

  • Detective Hat Pikachu Photobomb—While using GO Snapshot, fans may get photobombed by a Pikachu wearing a detective hat and then be able to catch the Pokémon.
  • More Encounters with Pokémon Seen in the Movie—Pokémon such as Bulbasaur, Jigglypuff, Psyduck, Aipom, and Snubbull, among others, will appear more frequently in the game. Players may also have opportunities to catch Shiny Aipom.
  • Special Raid Battles and Field Research—Players will be able to participate in Raid Battles that challenge Pokémon with starring roles in the film, as well as movie-inspired Field Research.
  • New Avatar Items—Fans will be able to customize their in-game avatars with movie-themed items, including a detective hat with Pikachu ears and a T-shirt featuring the “POKÉMON Detective Pikachu” logo.

Pokemon Go was all the rage when it released a few years ago. A lot of the player base has since moved on after the initial novelty wore off. It does, however, have a dedicated set of fans and Niantic has done a decent job at keeping them engaged with new content, game mechanics, Pokemon and the likes.

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