Pokemon GO 'Detective Pikachu' leaflets distributed in Japan

The good detective makes his rounds

Sanspo has released some special Pokemon GO leaflets in Japan. The leaflets promote Detective Pikachu in Pokemon GO, and also promote the recently-released Detective Pikachu movie.

Pokemon News - Pokemon GO datamining reveals potential Sword/Shield connectivity, PONY merch collab, Iwate prefecture getting a Pokemon ambassador, Pokemon with You model train

Some juicy news for Pokemon fans

Pokemon GO datamining reveals potential Pokemon Sword/Shield connectivity

- the 0.143.0 update for Pokemon GO contains a string called “koala_settings”
- the codename “koala” could be Pokemon Sword and Shield’s official internal codename
- Pokemon Let’s GO Pikachu/Eevee’s codename was Beluga (a whale) and Pokemon Black 2/White 2 had the codename Swan
- if this is true, it would mean Pokemon GO will have some form of connectivity with Sword and Shield

Pokemon Co. x PONY collab

- collab between Pokemon Co. and PONY in Thailand
- lineup includes bags, hats, and shoes

Iwate prefecture getting a Pokemon ambassador

- official event revealing the identity of that Pokemon will be held on May 14, 2019

Tomix I/80th scale model of the Pokemon with You train

- scheduled to launch July 2019 in Japan.

Pokemon GO updated to Ver. 0.143.0 (Android) / Ver. 1.111.0 (iOS)

Pokemon GO has gotten an update, bringing it to Ver. 0.143.0 (Android) / Ver. 1.111.0 (iOS). As usual, the official patch notes leave a lot to be desired. All Niantic has shared on this update is that it provides 'bug fixes.'

Pokemon GO now available on the Samsung Galaxy Apps Store

Right on time!

Well here's a random bit of news for you. Niantic has now announced that Pokemon GO is available on the Samsung Galaxy Apps Store. I would imagine that everyone who's wanted to play the game has found a way to do it by this point, but I guess one more place to get the game doesn't hurt!

Pokemon GO PokeStop beta nomination feature hits India

PokeStop, I choose you!

The Pokemon GO beta nomination for PokeStops continues to roll out around the world. Players in India can now take advantage of the feature to nominate locations they feel are worthy of being PokeStops. You have to be a level 40 Trainer to nominate a location.

Pokemon GO event announced for Germany

A museum tie-in announced

A new Pokemon GO event has been announced for Germany. On May 18th, 2019, The Long Night of Museums is taking place in Hamburg, Germany. To celebrate the event, each museum in the city will have special PokéStops, as well as increased spawn rates. We do not have info on what Pokemon will be appearing in greater numbers.

Pokemon GO datamining reveals new types of Lure Modules

How alluring

Pokemon GO dataminers are constantly pulling new info from the game's code, and the most recent find involves new types of Lure Modules. While we don't know when these will go live in-game, we do have details on what will be offered up.

- Glacier Lure Module: A frosty Lure Module that attracts Pokemon for 30 minutes-especially ones that love the cold. It can also cause some Pokemon to evolve.

- Magnetic Lure Module: An electronic Lure Module that attracts Pokemon for 30 minutes-especially ones that possess a magnetic field. It can also cause some Pokemon to evolve.

- Mossy Lure Module: A nature Lure Module that attracts Pokemon for 30 minutes-especially ones that love mossy scents. It can also cause some Pokemon to evolve.

Pokemon GO revenue up 15% in April 2019 when compared to last year, total spending up 33% year-over-year

Just a fad, right?

Pokemon GO simply can't be stopped. The game keeps rolling on and seeing major support from players. Yet another report has come in on the game's success, which you can check out below.

- players spent more than $65 million worldwide in the game during April
- this is an increase of 15 percent from the same month in 2018
- so far in 2019, spending in the game is up 33 percent to approximately $270 million across the App Store and Google Play
- players in the United States and Japan have spent nearly the same in 2019 to date at about 34 percent of this total
- during the same period in early 2018, Japanese players outspent their U.S. counterparts by about three percentage points
- Pokémon GO ranked No. 7 for all app revenue worldwide last month, compared to No. 10 in April 2018
- Pokemon GO was ranked No. 6 among games

Pokémon GO Celebrates “Detective Pikachu” with New Movie-Inspired Content

Getting ready for the big event!

BELLEVUE, WA—May 6, 2019—In celebration of the upcoming release of the first-ever live-action Pokémon adventure, “POKÉMON Detective Pikachu,” in theaters beginning May 10, The Pokémon Company International, in collaboration with Niantic, Inc., Warner Bros. Pictures, and Legendary Pictures, announced a variety of movie-inspired in-game activities and content coming soon to Pokémon GO. Players can look forward to catching a Pikachu wearing a detective hat after getting photobombed by the Pokémon, more encounters with select Pokémon featured in the film, special Raid Battles and Field Research, and more.

“POKÉMON Detective Pikachu” has generated significant buzz among fans and theatergoers. The highly anticipated film will premiere in North American theaters on May 10, 2019, and across additional markets throughout Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the Pacific starting this month.

“We’re excited for fans around the world to immerse themselves in the latest Pokémon adventure with ‘POKÉMON Detective Pikachu,’” said J.C. Smith, senior director of consumer marketing at The Pokémon Company International. “We look forward to celebrating the first live-action film with fun new experiences in Pokémon GO.”

From May 7 through May 17, 2019, the following content will be available in Pokémon GO for a limited time:
Detective Hat Pikachu Photobomb—While using GO Snapshot, fans may get photobombed by a Pikachu wearing a detective hat and then be able to catch the Pokémon.

More Encounters with Pokémon Seen in the Movie—Pokémon such as Bulbasaur, Jigglypuff, Psyduck, Aipom, and Snubbull, among others, will appear more frequently in the game. Players may also have opportunities to catch Shiny Aipom.

Special Raid Battles and Field Research—Players will be able to participate in Raid Battles that challenge Pokémon with starring roles in the film, as well as movie-inspired Field Research.

New Avatar Items—Fans will be able to customize their in-game avatars with movie-themed items, including a detective hat with Pikachu ears and a T-shirt featuring the “POKÉMON Detective Pikachu” logo.

To learn more about the movie-inspired in-game content, watch the following video: https://youtu.be/IclGJipLBBA. For additional details about Pokémon GO, visit pokemongolive.com. More information about “POKÉMON Detective Pikachu” can be found at www.detectivepikachumovie.com and www.pokemon.com.

Thanks to Andreslop24 for the heads up!

Pokemon GO players clean up 145 tons of trash for Earth Day

A job well done

We already knew that Niantic's Earth Day clean-up efforts were a huge success, but now we have the stats on just how much work trainers did. The company confirmed that over 17k players joined up to help the cleaning efforts, and altogether, they managed to dispose of 145 tons of trash. Over 41k hours combined were put into cleaning up, and trainers from 41 countries & 6 continents got in on the action.