TechCrunch video confirms Delibird for holidays and showcases AR Plus mode in action


a video that was just uploaded by TechCrunch and which is available above this text has confirmed the following:

  • Delibird is coming for this Holiday season
  • AR Plus is coming out this week
  • AR Plus does enable actual Pokémon Scale and you need to sneak up to Pokémon
  • Expert Handler bonus is only active if you don’t mess up your proximity and awareness thresholds
  • Nanab berries reduce Pokémon’s chance to detect you

Niantic has refused to comment on supporting Google’s AR Core but they did confirm that Delibird will be released for this Holiday season.

You can see how Delibird looks and feels in game right now, by watching the demonstration video recorded by Andrew Goldfarb, IGN’s news editor:

Andrew shared the following in the IGN article linked above:

The demo build we played also featured multiple Pokemon that haven’t been released yet, including Delibird, Carvanha, Barboach, Spheal, and more. A Niantic representative told us to expect news on those Pokemon and more “very soon,” and reiterated that a holiday event is on the way.

  • Charlie Mangan


  • Mineman1969

    This is going to be an awesome event

  • Leo Luo

    There was also a Snorlax on the nearby lol

  • Patrick Terry Jr.


  • Christopher Andrew Moore

    What was the badge attained at the end of deli birds capture?

    • Jayden Plays Pokemon GO

      Flying types. Lvl 30 and got the silver… smh. PIDGEY IS EVERYWHERE

    • Justin Hom

      flying type silver medal

      • Christopher Andrew Moore

        Cheers. Guess they’ve achieved something …..

  • ikato kiyazaki

    This will make people look stupid. Just stick with what we have right now.. and dont you dare make this ar mode a must use system for certain pokemon.

    • Nehemiah Sorokopud

      Why would it be must use?
      It’s optional since it’s not available on other devices.
      Pokémon Go was made mainly due to the idea “AR Pokémon right in front of you”
      We were expecting more when it was released, but we got sad seeing how fast the art system died.
      This will help us do what we were intended to do from the start!

  • Higher_Ground

    that’s not nearly as interesting as they made it out to be. Still looks like a pokemon photoshopped by a 5 year.

    • Nehemiah Sorokopud

      Please, try to create an ar game with over 200 different models.
      I don’t understand why you’re mad.

      • Higher_Ground

        The confusion might stem from the fact that I’m not mad. I’m actually pretty happy, Christmas comes in just a few days.

        If you don’t understand something, try asking me to explain it instead.

        The “AR” still looks like someone merely copy/pasted an animation over the camera. They made it sound like it would look more realistic, but from the clip I watched above it looks basically the same.

        I don’t care for AR in pokemon. I don’t think I’m alone – just about everyone I see playing has it turned off for one reason or another.

        • Bryan Page

          Yep, yep

    • Joel Jensen

      you r stupid. they use the sprites from gen 6. learn ur facts skrub

  • Sorin Stancu

    Wild Delibird?

    • Dan

      Because it hasn’t been released yet and it’s the holiday season?

  • T.Armstrong

    So… we have 5 days until Christmas, when will they release Delibird? After the fat man in a red suit hits all of the houses for the girls and boys? I really hope it’s before as I have to be with family the 24 and 25th.

  • Garv

    Really sucks that my phone doesn’t have gyroscope…

  • Chris Seals

    Looks pretty dumb. Another countless number of hours spent on a feature that will be turned off after a couple of hours, just like the current AR mode.