Pokémon Duel’s Christmas icon features Delibird, Pikachu and Sceptile

Pokemon GO Delibird release date
Pokemon GO Delibird release date


Serebii.net, the biggest online resource for the main series Pokemon games, has just tweeted out the following image:

Although not directly related to Pokémon GO, Christmas is often the period of the year when Pokémon marketing efforts converge in the same direction, featuring similar, if not the same, Pokémon, merchandise and more.

The recent Pokémon Duel update suggests that Delibird, Sceptile and Pikachu are at the core of the Pokémon Company’s marketing efforts for 2017 Holiday season. With the recent addition of Delibird’s signature move Present, we are quite sure that Delibird will be released in Pokémon GO this season.

We are basing our claim on a few solid arguments:

  • Delibird’s signature move Present was added in 0.85.1, similar to how Ditto’s Transform was added prior to its release
  • Full support for the Present fast move is in the APK, including the sound effects and required textures
    • present_fast game object
    • mesh_present.png
    • 217-0_present audio clip
  • The new Holiday 2017 loading screen features a flying present and a suspicious red ball hiding behind the Christmas tree, as spotted on Twitter

In addition, in a recent interview with TechCrunch, Niantic’s Archit Bhargava has confirmed that a holiday event is planned in Pokémon GO, starting some time around December 21st.

We should be hearing more about the upcoming Holiday events very soon.