Pokémon GO Is A Year Old, Special Pikachu’s Mark The Occasion

Pokémon GO Is A Year Old, Special Pikachu’s Mark The Occasion


Pokémon GO players have been catching ’em all for a full year. As always the game marks the occasion with something special.

Niantic’s mobile gaming phenomenon, Pokémon GO, made its debut a year ago on the 6th of July 2016.

The unique appeal of the game that blends the popular fictional world of Pokémon with the real world via augmented reality prompted swathes of ‘indoor kids’ to get out, discover their neighbourhoods, socialise and walk. Oh, and on occasion get lured into a trap and mugged. But on the whole Pokémon GO has proven to be a positive and popular mobile game.

Since launch Niantic, the creators of the game, say that over 125 Billion Pokémon have been caught.

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To mark the anniversary a new limited edition Pikachu will be popping up. We’ve already met Pikachu’s in Santa hats at Christmas, and party hats to celebrate Pokémon’s twentieth birthday. Now you’ll have the opportunity to catch the little yellow critter with an Ash Ketchup, signature cap similar to the one he wears in the Pokémon animated series.

And there’s more too.


From pokemongolive.com | “Just a few weeks ago, the one-year anniversary celebration kicked off with a bang.

You and millions of other Trainers went outside to battle in revamped Gyms and participate in Raid Battles with family and friends for the first time, but this was only the beginning of an action-packed couple of months. The celebration continues with a special Pikachu wearing a familiar hat appearing all over the world.

From July 6 at 1:00 P.M. PDT to July 24 at 1:00 P.M. PDT, Pikachu discovered in the wild will be wearing Ash’s famous hat from the Pokémon animated series, so make sure you don’t miss out on your opportunity to catch one!

You’ll also be able to stock up for Raid Battles and the events ahead with the special limited-time Anniversary Box, which will include Incubators, Max Revives, Ultra Balls, and Raid Passes at a discount in the in-game shop.”


Are you still playing? Excited for a new Pikachu? How are you getting on with the gym battles? Let us know on twitter and facebook.



Will Harrison

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