To celebrate the theatrical release of Pokémon Detective Pikachu this weekend, Pokémon GO has launched a special event. From now until May 17, the game will feature all sorts of ties to the movie. These ties include higher spawn rates for Pokémon that will appear in Detective Pikachu, field research linked to the movie, and even an appearance from Detective Pikachu himself. We have all the details you'll ever need about the event, and how to go about completing that field research.
First and most importantly, the star of the show, Detective Piakchu, will not only be popping up in the game, but you'll actually be able to catch him. This isn't the first time Pokémon GO has featured a special edition Pikachu complete with hat. We have previously been able to catch one wearing Ask Ketchum's headwear. You'll need to go about catching Detective Pikachu in the exact same way - by spotting him when he photobombs you in AR mode. After you spot him doing that, he should pop up on your map, giving you the chance to nab him.
The event's field research is a little different from what players will be used to. Ever since its introduction last year, field research tasks have clearly explained what players need to do. However, this isn't the case this time. The Detective Pikachu tasks require you to have seen the movie (or at least the trailer) in order to solve a couple of riddles. They're not exactly complex riddles, but if you are struggling, we've got the answers for you right here.
First up, "catch the water-type Pokémon carried in a backpack." That is, of course, Psyduck. Movie character Lucy Stevens carries a Psyduck around on her back in the movie. Catch one in Pokémon GO and you'll earn yourself a Magikarp encounter. The second movie-based piece of riddle research is "catch the seed Pokémon that is seen walking in a river." The answer to that one is Bulbasaur. Catching one will earn you a Treecko encounter.
The other two pieces of field research are not entirely based on the movie. There is one more riddle, though: "catch the fire-type evolution of Eevee." The answer to this one is Flareon. If you need help with this one, then we would seriously recommend playing a lot more Pokémon GO this weekend. Capturing a Flareon will result in an Arcanaine encounter. Last but not least, a non-riddle based piece of research. "Catch 10 Jigglypuff, Aipom, or Snubbull," and you'll find yourself face-to-face with a Ditto.
Some of you may be reading this thinking that some of these tasks seem incredibly difficult, especially those last two. Well, that's where the Detective Pikachu event will be stepping in once again. All of the Pokémon that feature in the movie will be spawning a lot more frequently between now and May 17. So, this includes, hang on let us take a deep breath, Psyduck, Snubbull, Pikachu, Ludicolo, Charizard, Flareon, Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Jigglypuff, Growlithe, Cubone, Lickitung, Eevee, Aipom, Loudred, Mr. Mime, and Snorlax. Plus, perhaps a few more we have neglected to mention.
Speaking of Aipom, the last tidbit of information we have for you in regards to the event relates directly to the second generation Pokémon and its evolved form, Ambipom. Shiny versions of both will be debuting in the game during the event. In case you're not sure what they look like, they'll basically just be pink versions of the regular Aipom and Ambipom which you can check out above.
So that's it. That's all we know and all you need to know about Pokémon GO's Detective Pikachu event. Well, what are you waiting for? Why are you still reading this? Get out there and start completing that field research. It's raining where we are right now but when has that ever stopped us? There are Pokémon to be caught and come the weekend, what we are expecting to be a pretty awesome movie to see.