Trainers, guess what? The Detective Pikachu Returns event has hit Pokémon GO, and it’s not just a rehash of old content. Celebrating the release of Detective Pikachu on the Nintendo Switch, this event is packed with new features. Today, we’re zeroing in on the all-new Detective Pikachu, and let me tell you, this one’s different.
You see, Pokémon GO isn’t just slapping a detective hat on the old Pikachu and calling it new. Oh no, this new form is actually treated as such in the game, it’s not just a costume. That means it has its own spot in the Pokédex. So for those of you who’ve kept the rare Detective Pikachu and its shiny form from past events, congrats, you’ve got a new collectible to hunt. And here’s another nugget: this new form shows up as a shadow in the Pokédex. So if you have the old shiny form, you’re holding onto something very rare.
Niantic has added a unique animation to enhance the encounter experience. When you find Detective Pikachu in the wild, during a photobomb, or through the Detective Pikachu Returns Event Timed Research, you’ll notice it has its own flair. The little guy actually uses a magnifying glass during the catch sequence, making the encounter that much more charming.
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So if you haven’t caught this new Detective Pikachu, you’re missing out on some whimsical animation and a unique addition to your Pokédex. Don’t sleep on this event, Trainers.