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Detective Pikachu event coming to Pokemon Go

Be on the lookout for the Pikachu with the Sherlock Holmes hat.


Detective Pikachu

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Detective Pikachu opens worldwide on May 10, and to get Pokemon fans outside and walking again, an event based on the movie is about to start in Pokemon Go.

An update on the Pokemon Go website posted on Monday says the Detective Pikachu-themed event will start on May 7 at 1 p.m. PT and will include:

  • Increased encounters with Pokemon featured in the movie including a Shiny Aipom. 
  • Raids featuring certain Pokemon from the movie
  • Double XP for catching Pokemon
  • Detective Pikachu avatar items
  • Themed Special Research
  • A Detective Pikachu that will photobomb you and possibly captured

The update gives fans another way to celebrate the first live-action Pokemon film, said J.C. Smith, senior director of consumer marketing at The Pokemon Company International.

The Detective Pikachu Pokemon Go event is only for a limited time. Festivities will end on May 17 at 1 p.m. PT.

Originally published on May 6, 8:33 a.m. PT.
Update, 12:26 p.m.: Adds info about Shiny Pokemon and quote from The Pokemon Company. 

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