Pokémon GO Celebrates Detective Pikachu Returns

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29 September 2023
by rawmeatcowboy 0

Pikachu wearing a detective hat will be appearing in Pokémon GO for a limited time! Celebrate the release of Detective Pikachu Returns on Switch by completing themed Timed Research in the Detective Pikachu Returns Event. For more details on Detective Pikachu Returns, please see the official website.

The Detective Pikachu Returns Event kicks off in Pokémon GO Thursday, October 5, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. to Monday, October 9, 2023 at 8:00 p.m. local time. You can see a complete breakdown of what this event includes below.

The following Pokémon will appear more frequently in the wild.

  • Pikachu wearing a detective hat^
  • Growlithe
  • Slowpoke wearing a hat
  • Alolan Exeggutor*
  • Magikarp*
  • Xatu*
  • Bellossom*
  • Lotad*
  • Chimecho*
  • Bronzor*
  • Ducklett
  • Cutiefly
  • Falinks

^ You can obtain Raichu wearing a detective hat by evolving Pikachu wearing a detective hat.

Themed Field Research tasks will be available! You can encounter the following Pokémon by completing Field Research tasks!

  • Sudowoodo
  • Snivy
  • Rowlet

Take on Field Research tasks to complete the event-themed Collection Challenge!

Event Bonuses

  • Trainers can enjoy surprise encounters with Pikachu wearing a detective hat once per day by taking snapshots.
  • 2× XP for spinning PokéStops during the event.

Help Professor Willow track down a “Pokémon of interest” in this Timed Research story. Complete Field Research tasks to earn an encounter with Pikachu wearing a detective hat!

Please note that Timed Research expires. The tasks associated with this Timed Research must be completed and their rewards must be claimed before Monday, October 9, 2023, at 8:00 p.m. local time.


Channel your favorite electrifying detective with the Detective Pikachu Avatar Pose, available in the store starting on October 5, 2023!

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