Pokemon GO Anniversary Event

Pokémon GO Anniversary Event

The Pokémon GO Anniversary event is scheduled to take place on July 6, in honor of the worldwide release of Pokémon GO.

The event features the following:

  • a special Pikachu featuring Ash’s cap from the anime.
  • Anniversary Box:
    • contains Incubators, Max Revives, Ultra Balls and a Raid Pass
    • will also be available for a limited time through the in-game shop at a discounted price.
Pokémon GO Anniversary Event
Name Pokémon GO Anniversary
Description Celebrating one year of Pokémon GO launch!
Start date July 6 1:00 P.M. PDT
End date July 24, 1:00 P.M. PDT
Effects
    • A Rare Pikachu wearing Ash’s cap 
    • Anniversary Box
      • contains Incubators, Max Revives, Ultra Balls and a Raid Pass

Anniversary Pichu, Pikachu and Raichu

Anniversary Pichu, Pikachu and Raichu
Anniversary Pichu, Pikachu and Raichu

First hint of the Anniversary Event

The Anniversary Event was originally found by GO Hub’s dataminers in the Pokémon GO 0.67.2 APK. The 0.67.2 version was supposed to be a small bug fix release, but a new ONE_YEAR_ANNIVERSARY flag was silently added to the APK.

Special Pikachu Rumor has been confirmed!

You may have came across a number of rumors about a special Pikachu variant that is due to be released during the Event. There are several sources of that rumor:

  • a SIGGRAPH conference e-mail that mentions the release of a Rare Pikachu
  • all of the official merchandise for the upcoming “Pokémon, I Choose you Movie” features the same Pikachu variant. The movie is coming out this summer and celebrates 20 Years of Pokémon.

    Image credits Pokéshopper
  • a trailer tweeted by the official Japanese Pokémon Youtube channel that features a Pikachu interacting with PokéStops. The special Pikachu wears Ash’s famous Trainer Hat. The trailer is available below.