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Pokémon GO
Pokémon GO
Pokemon Go Logo.png
Pokémon GO logo
Basic info
Platform: iOS, Android
Category: Real-world adventure
Location-based game
Players: 1+
Connectivity: N/A
Developer: Niantic, Inc.
Publisher: Niantic, Inc.
Part of: Generation VI - VIII side series
Release dates
Japan: March 29, 2016 (field test)
July 22, 2016 (public release)
North America: May 25, 2016 (field test)
July 6, 2016 (public release)
Australia: April 25, 2016 (field test)
July 6, 2016 (public release)
Europe: July 13, 2016
South Korea: January 24, 2017
Hong Kong: July 25, 2016
Taiwan: August 6, 2016
Japanese: Official site (TPC)
Official site (Niantic)
English: Official site (TPCi)
Official site (Niantic)
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Pokémon GO (Japanese: Pokémon GO) is a multiplayer, location-based, augmented reality Pokémon game for iOS and Android. The game results from a collaboration between The Pokémon Company, Nintendo, and Niantic, Inc., and is free to download with in-app purchases. It was released in most markets with access to the iOS App Store or Google Play Store on a staggered schedule starting on July 6, 2016. The game became available on the Samsung Galaxy Store for Samsung devices running on Android on May 11, 2019[1].

The game was announced at the Pokémon GO Press Conference in Japan on September 10, 2015. Field tests for Pokémon GO were held from March 29, 2016 through June 30, 2016.

The game is compatible with the Pokémon GO Plus and the Poké Ball Plus, Bluetooth devices that allow players to enjoy elements of the game without looking at their phone. Compatibility with the Apple Watch was added in an update on December 22, 2016, but was later dropped on July 1, 2019 with the addition of Adventure Sync.[2]



Venusaur, Charizard, Blastoise, Pikachu, and many other Pokémon have been discovered on planet Earth!

Now’s your chance to discover and capture the Pokémon all around you—so get your shoes on, step outside, and explore the world. You’ll join one of three teams and battle for the prestige and ownership of Gyms with your Pokémon at your side.

Pokémon are out there, and you need to find them. As you walk around a neighborhood, your smartphone will vibrate when there’s a Pokémon nearby. Take aim and throw a Poké Ball… You’ll have to stay alert, or it might get away!

Search far and wide for Pokémon and items

Certain Pokémon appear near their native environment—look for Water-type Pokémon by lakes and oceans. Visit PokéStops, found at interesting places like museums, art installations, historical markers, and monuments, to stock up on Poké Balls and helpful items.

Catching, hatching, evolving, and more

As you level up, you’ll be able to catch more-powerful Pokémon to complete your Pokédex. You can add to your collection by hatching Pokémon Eggs based on the distances you walk. Help your Pokémon evolve by catching many of the same kind.

Take on Gym battles and defend your Gym

As your Charmander evolves to Charmeleon and then Charizard, you can battle together to defeat a Gym and assign your Pokémon to defend it against all comers.

It’s time to get moving—your real-life adventures await!

Note: This app is free-to-play and is optimized for smartphones, not tablets.


Encountering a wild Rattata, with AR mode disabled (Prior to 0.55.0 version)

Pokémon GO has mechanics much different from those of the core series games. The player is assisted by Professor Willow throughout the game. Players can login using a Pokémon Trainer Club, Google, or Facebook account, which can be linked together for logging in.

The game can be played as an augmented reality (AR) game, so that in wild encounters and battles the Pokémon appear to be in the real world when looking at the smart device's screen. However, it is also possible to disable this functionality, which saves battery power and is necessary on some devices which do not support AR.

Candy and Stardust are two forms of currency central to Pokémon GO. Each Pokémon's evolutionary family uses a specific type of Candy to Power Up or evolve. Stardust is required in addition to Candy to Power Up; unlike Candy, Stardust is not specific to any species of Pokémon. Candy and Stardust are most commonly earned by catching and hatching Pokémon. If a player transfers a Pokémon to Professor Willow, then one Candy for that Pokémon will be awarded.

Players can also challenge each other in Trainer Battles or challenge the Team leaders Candela, Spark, and Blanche in Battle Training.

Players can customize their appearance, such as clothing and accessories, which can be shown to other players. Pokémon Trainers collect XP from performing various actions, such as catching Pokémon, which allows them to increase their Trainer level. Leveling up rewards the player with items, and some levels unlock features of the game. Wild Pokémon encountered by Trainers at higher levels are more likely to have higher CP. The maximum number of times an individual Pokémon can be Powered Up increases with the Trainer's level.


See also: Catch rate (GO)

In the game, wild Pokémon appear on a map of the real world (based on the crowdsourced OpenStreetMap project)[3][4], with the player moving in the game by traveling in the real world. When a Pokémon is nearby, the player's phone vibrates. The player can encounter a nearby Pokémon by tapping it in the Map View. Different kinds of Pokémon will appear in different environments; for example, Water-type Pokémon are more common near water. Weather also affects which Pokémon are common.

In a wild encounter, the player attempts to capture a wild Pokémon in a Poké Ball before it runs away. Unlike in the core series games, these encounters do not involve battle. At higher levels, the player can use various Berries to make wild Pokémon easier to catch or use more powerful Poké Balls like Great Balls and Ultra Balls. While holding a press on a Poké Ball, a ring will appear around the Pokémon. This ring shrinks over time; once it reaches its smallest size it immediately returns to full size and the cycle repeats. If the Poké Ball is thrown while the ring is very small, the capture is more likely to be successful. Capturing while the ring is as far out as it can be, or halfway in the outer circle also provides small bonuses.


There are two main types of locations in Pokémon GO: PokéStops and Gym. PokéStops and Gyms exist at are pre-defined real-world locations that the player must be within range of to interact with them (although they can be inspected as long as they have shown up in the Map.)

The locations of PokéStops and Gyms are based on a selection of portals from the Niantic game Ingress. Until 2015, Ingress players (agents) could submit proposals for portals which subsequently had to be approved by Niantic. From 2017 onward, Ingress agents can submit new portals through Operation Portal Recon (OPR) that would be reviewed and approved by their OPR peers. Starting in September 2017, a PokéStop submission system started beta test for level 40 trainers located in Brazil and South Korea. As of September 2017 the portal or PokéStop submissions are still reviewed by agents participating in OPR for final approval, although Niantic has announced that the system will be expanded to Pokémon GO trainers. The PokéStops allow players to obtain items and Eggs by spinning the Photo Disc. At Gyms, players can battle to weaken those belonging to opposing teams or strengthen those belonging to their own team; a player can earn PokéCoins by holding onto their own Gyms, while also obtaining items from its Photo Disc. The player will be given a Gym Badge for each Gym the first time they interact with it. Badges can be leveled up to bronze, silver, and gold, with each level causing the Gym to give out a higher number of items when spun.

A Gym can only be controlled by one team at a time. If a Gym is controlled by the player's team, they can add one of their own Pokémon to defend it and feed Berries to any Pokémon in the Gym. Doing so will earn the player Stardust, possible Candy, and an increase in the Pokémon's motivation. If a Gym is controlled by a rival team, the player can battle it to decrease each Pokémon's motivation; when a Pokémon's motivation reaches zero, it will be knocked out of the Gym. When all defending Pokémon have been defeated, the team loses control of the Gym, allowing the player to reclaim it as their own. Raid Battles may sometimes take place at a Gym, several players can work together to battle against a wild Pokémon much stronger than normal. Winning a Raid Battle allows the involved players to attempt to catch the raid Pokémon, now with much reduced CP and possibly different attacks.

PokéStops are much more common than Gyms, but depending on where a player lives, they may be very common or very sparse. Locations tend to be more common in urban areas due to a higher population density, resulting in more players in those areas. If there are no nearby PokéStops, the player can only obtain Poké Balls by leveling up or purchasing them with PokéCoins; if there are no nearby Gyms, the player can only obtain PokéCoins by purchasing them with real currency.


Battles in Pokémon GO, in contrast to the core series games, are not turn based and instead rely participants to continuously cast attacks to deal damage. While Pokémon GO uses the same type effectiveness chart as the core series since Generation VI, it uses different multipliers and a different formula to calculate damage. There are two types of battle mechanics in Pokémon GO: one for Gyms and Raid Battles (against an AI) and the other for Trainer Battles (against another player or Team GO Rocket). The two modes have different stats for each move and use different sets of damage modifiers. For Trainer Battles, the player can battle the Team Leaders Blanche, Spark, or Candela to practice against an AI. For unspecified reasons, Ditto and Shedinja are unusable in Trainer Battles.


See also: List of moves in Pokémon GO

Unlike in the core series, Pokémon normally only have two moves: one Fast Attack and one Charged Attack. In both types of battles, Fast Attacks can be cast at any time, and the user gains energy each cast. Charged Attacks are generally much stronger moves that cost energy to use. A Pokémon's moves are randomly assigned and can only be changed by using a TM to learn a new Fast Attack or Charged Attack, replacing the old move. Since December 2018, players could have a Pokémon learn a second Charged Attack, at random, by spending a large amount of Stardust and Candy. Evolving a Pokémon randomly resets all of its moves.

Trainer level

Main article: Trainer level

In Pokémon GO, the player earns experience (abbreviated XP), rather than the Pokémon. As the player gains experience they gain levels. Leveling up awards the player with items, and certain levels unlock particular items. After reaching level 5, the player can choose a team, which allows them to use Gyms. As the player's level increases, their Pokémon are able to achieve a higher Combat Power as the player powers them up.


The team leaders Candela, Blanche and Spark.
Main article: Team (GO)

After the player reaches level 5, they can choose a team by tapping a Gym. There are three teams: the yellow Team Instinct led by Spark, the blue Team Mystic led by Blanche, and the red Team Valor led by Candela.

Pokémon Appraisal, added in version 0.35.0 (labelled version 1.5.0 on the iOS App Store), has the chosen team's leader detail a Pokémon's IVs much like a stats judge in the core series. They describe which of its three stats has the highest IVs, and how good its IVs are overall. They will also note if the Pokémon's height or weight is particularly far from the average listed in the Pokédex.

Players may change their team by purchasing a Team Medallion in the Shop. After purchasing it, the player must wait a full year before they may buy another one.

Emblem Team Color Mascot Leader Description
Team Instinct emblem.png Instinct Yellow Zapdos Spark Hey! The name's Spark — the leader of Team Instinct. Pokemon are creatures with excellent intuition. I bet the secret to their intuition is related to how they're hatched. Come and join my team! You never lose when you trust your instincts!
Team Mystic emblem.png Mystic Blue Articuno Blanche I am Blanche, leader of Team Mystic. The wisdom of Pokemon is immeasurably deep. I am researching why it is that they evolve. With our calm analysis of every situation, we can't lose!
Team Valor emblem.png Valor Red Moltres Candela I'm Candela — Team Valor's leader! Pokemon are stronger than humans, and they're warmhearted, too! I'm researching ways to enhance Pokemon's natural power in the pursuit of true strength. There's no doubt that the Pokemon our team have trained at the strongest in battle! Are you ready?


Main article: List of items in Pokémon GO

Pokémon GO has a variety of items that are stored in the player's Bag. These items have many purposes, including capturing, evolving and restoring Pokémon. Items are primarily obtained through spinning Photo Disks at PokéStops and Gyms. Upon reaching a new Trainer level, the player will also receive a large amount of items. In later updates, players could also earn other rarer items from winning Raid Battles or by completing Field Research and Special Research tasks.

A Bag may hold up to 350 items, but players can purchase more space for PokéCoin.png200, allowing for 50 more items, up to a maximum of 2,500. If the player tries to spin a PokéStop or open a Gift with a full Bag, the game will not allow them to do so unless there is at least one empty slot. Before participating in a Trainer Battle, players will be warned if their Bag is full, notifying them that prizes will not be rewarded afterwards. However, receiving items through other means, such as leveling up or winning raids, can bypass this limit and allow players to store more items past the capacity.


Main article: PokéCoin

In the Shop, the player can make two kinds of purchases. They can purchase PokéCoins using real money or they can purchase in-game items using PokéCoins. PokéCoins are the in-app currency used in Pokémon GO. There are two ways of obtaining PokéCoins: the Gym Defender bonus or by purchasing them with real money.

A number of the in-game items in the Shop can also be obtained by playing the game, but a few items are exclusive to the Shop: the Bag Upgrade, the Pokémon Storage Upgrade, and the Premium Raid Pass. The Shop also occasionally features limited-time "Box" deals (e.g., a Special Box) that include more than one kind of item.

To obtain the Defender bonus, the player must assign a Pokémon to defend a Gym that currently has less than six defenders. Upon their Pokémon being knocked out, the player will receive a number of coins based on how long their Pokémon defended a Gym, one coin for every ten minutes, up to a maximum of PokéCoin.png50 for a collective eight hours and twenty minutes.


A 2 km egg in Pokémon GO
Main article: List of Eggs in Pokémon GO

The player can obtain Eggs at PokéStops, Gyms, or as a possible Adventure Sync reward. An Egg will hatch after traveling a certain distance while the Egg is in an Egg Incubator. Four Egg distances are possible: 2 km, 5 km, 7 km, and 10 km. 7 km Eggs are exclusively obtained by opening Gifts. Each species has a set Egg distance and can only hatch from Eggs with this distance, but Egg distances have occasionally been changed.


A Buddy Pokémon
Main article: Buddy Pokémon

By assigning a Buddy Pokémon, the player can receive additional Candies for that species of Pokémon as they walk. Depending on the species, the Buddy Pokémon will find 1 Candy every 1 km, 3 km or 5 km walked. The player can only have a single Buddy Pokémon at one time.

Some Pokémon require being walked a certain distance before it can evolve. For example, Feebas must be a Buddy Pokémon for 20 km before it can be evolved into Milotic.

Research tasks

There are two types of Research tasks in Pokémon GO: Field Research and Special Research. Players can complete Research tasks to receive a variety of rewards, including items or encounters with a wild Pokémon. Wild Pokémon encountered from completing Research tasks will never flee and have a minimum of 10 IVs (out of a maximum 15) per stat.

Trainers can unlock Field Research tasks by spinning PokéStops and can hold a maximum of three tasks at once. Each PokéStop has a specific Field Research task assigned to it once a day. Players can choose to discard a Field Research task to free up a slot. Completing a Field Research tasks earns the player a Stamp up to once a day. Once the player collects seven Stamps, a Research Breakthrough will be unlocked, which includes item rewards and an encounter with a rare, special Pokémon.

Special Research tasks generally take longer to complete than Field Research. Unlike Field Research, Special Research tasks are finite and unlocked through specific events. A Special Research is usually several sets of three Research tasks that must be completed sequentially before unlocking the next set. Upon completing all Special Research sets, the player will have the chance to encounter a rare, special Pokémon. So far, Special Research is the only way to obtain Mew, Celebi, Jirachi, and Spiritomb.

Team GO Rocket

A PokéStop invaded by Team GO Rocket
Main article: Team GO Rocket

Team GO Rocket is a villainous team whose goal is to take over PokéStops for their items and resources. Team GO Rocket Grunts are occasionally stationed to invade a PokéStop, where they will challenge players to battle if they interact with the PokéStop. Team GO Rocket Grunts battle using Shadow Pokémon and will abandon one of their Pokémon upon being defeated. Players will have a chance to capture the abandoned Shadow Pokémon, which can then be purified using Candy and Stardust.


Main article: List of Medals in Pokémon GO

The game has challenges that award medals upon completion. Medals can be viewed from a player's profile. Some medals unlock clothing items, allowing players to purchase them using PokéCoins. Medals awarded for catching Pokémon of a specific type slightly increase the capture rate of Pokémon of that type.

Daily bonuses

Daily bonuses give the player extra rewards the first time they perform certain actions each day (local time). They were added to Pokémon GO in version 0.45.0 (labelled 1.15.0 on the iOS App Store), which was released on November 7, 2016.

The first Pokémon the player catches each day earns the player a bonus 500 XP and 600 Stardust. If the player catches a Pokémon every day for 7 days in a row, they will earn a bonus of 2500 XP and 3000 Stardust.

The first PokéStop or Gym the player searches each day earns the player a bonus 500 XP and extra items. If the player searches PokéStops or Gyms every day for 7 days in a row, they will earn a bonus of 2500 XP and even more items. The 7-day streak bonus is guaranteed to give the player an Evolution item (such as a King's Rock).

Available Pokémon

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Currently, the many species of Pokémon available in Pokémon GO consist of those introduced in Generations I to IV, along with most Pokémon from Generation V, Meltan and Melmetal, and some Generation VIII cross-generational evolutions. From the first four generations, the following are currently unobtainable:

Date Available Pokémon Notes
Jul 6, 2016 All Generation I Pokémon except Ditto, Legendary Pokémon and Mew Initial release.
Nov 23, 2016

Ditto || Ditto became available, appearing disguised as Pidgey, Rattata, Zubat, or Magikarp. Ditto also became able to appear disguised as Hoothoot, Sentret, or Yanma starting February 16, 2017.

Dec 12, 2016

Pichu Cleffa Igglybuff Togepi Togetic Smoochum Elekid Magby || Generation II baby Pokémon became available, exclusively from Eggs.

Feb 16, 2017

Chikorita Bayleef Meganium Cyndaquil Quilava Typhlosion Totodile Croconaw Feraligatr Sentret Furret Hoothoot Noctowl Ledyba Ledian Spinarak Ariados Crobat Chinchou Lanturn Natu Xatu Mareep Flaaffy Ampharos Bellossom Marill Azumarill Sudowoodo Politoed Hoppip Skiploom Jumpluff Aipom Sunkern Sunflora Yanma Wooper Quagsire Espeon Umbreon Murkrow Slowking Misdreavus Unown Wobbuffet Girafarig Pineco Forretress Dunsparce Gligar Steelix Snubbull Granbull Qwilfish Scizor Shuckle Heracross Sneasel Teddiursa Ursaring Slugma Magcargo Swinub Piloswine Corsola Remoraid Octillery Mantine Skarmory Houndour Houndoom Kingdra Phanpy Donphan Porygon2 Stantler Tyrogue Hitmontop Miltank Blissey Larvitar Pupitar Tyranitar || Most remaining Generation II Pokémon became available, except Delibird and Smeargle. This included allowing Generation I Pokémon that have Generation II cross-generational evolutions to evolve into those Pokémon and Togetic now appearing in the wild.

Jul 22, 2017

Articuno Lugia || Legendary Pokémon first available through Raid Battles. Articuno was first available in Raid Battles from July 22 to 31.

Jul 31, 2017

Moltres || Moltres was first available in Raid Battles from July 31 to August 7.

Aug 7, 2017

Zapdos || Zapdos was first available in Raid Battles from August 7 to 14.

Aug 14, 2017

Mewtwo || The first Mewtwo Raid Battle occurred at the Pokémon GO Stadium event. Mewtwo was subsequently available in field tests of "Exclusive" or EX Raid Battles, and on November 21, 2017, the field test concluded and the mature EX Raid Battle system was announced. Mewtwo was made available through normal raids on September 20, 2018.

Aug 31, 2017

Raikou Entei Suicune || Raikou, Entei, and Suicune became available through Raid Battles in (respectively) the Americas, Europe and Africa, and the Asia-Pacific region from August 31 to September 30. On September 30, they then migrated to the preceding region. On October 31, they migrated a final time, until their availability ended on November 30.

Oct 20, 2017

Sableye Shuppet Banette Duskull Dusclops || The Generation III Ghost-type Pokémon became available, in conjunction with the upcoming Halloween event.

Nov 28, 2017

Ho-Oh || Ho-Oh became available through Raid Battles after the successful Global Catch Challenge, lasting until December 14.

Dec 8, 2017

Treecko Grovyle Sceptile Torchic Combusken Blaziken Mudkip Marshtomp Swampert Poochyena Mightyena Zigzagoon Linoone Wurmple Silcoon Beautifly Cascoon Dustox Seedot Nuzleaf Shiftry Ralts Kirlia Gardevoir Shroomish Breloom Slakoth Vigoroth Slaking Makuhita Hariyama Azurill Skitty Delcatty Mawile Meditite Medicham Electrike Manectric Plusle Minun Roselia Gulpin Swalot Spoink Grumpig Zangoose Seviper Absol Wynaut || 50 Generation III Pokémon became available. Mawile and Absol were only available through Raid Battles.[5]

Dec 15, 2017

Groudon || Groudon became available through Raid Battles, lasting until January 15, 2018.

Dec 21, 2017

Delibird Lotad Lombre Ludicolo Carvanha Sharpedo Wailmer Wailord Barboach Whiscash Corphish Crawdaunt Feebas Milotic Snorunt Glalie Spheal Sealeo Walrein Relicanth Luvdisc || 20 additional Generation III Pokémon became available. The following families were introduced: Lotad, Carvanha, Wailmer, Barboach, Corphish, Feebas, Snorunt, Spheal, Relicanth, and Luvdisc.[6] Delibird became available exclusively during the Holiday event.

Jan 12, 2018

Kyogre || Kyogre became available through Raid Battles, lasting until February 15, 2018.

Jan 23, 2018

Whismur Loudred Exploud Nosepass Aron Lairon Aggron Numel Camerupt Torkoal Trapinch Vibrava Flygon Cacnea Cacturne Lunatone Solrock Baltoy Claydol Lileep Cradily Anorith Armaldo || 23 additional Generation III Pokémon became available. The following families were introduced: Whismur, Nosepass, Aron, Numel, Torkoal, Trapinch, Cacnea, Lunatone, Solrock, Baltoy, Lileep, and Anorith.

Feb 9, 2018

Taillow Swellow Wingull Pelipper Surskit Masquerain Volbeat Illumise Swablu Altaria Castform Castform Castform Castform Tropius Chimecho Bagon Shelgon Salamence Beldum Metang Metagross Rayquaza || 19 additional Generation III Pokémon are released. The following families were introduced: Taillow, Wingull, Surskit, Volbeat, Illumise, Swablu, Castform, Tropius, Chimecho, Bagon, and Beldum.

Mar 27, 2018

Mew || Mew became available through the Special Research mode that was activated alongside Field Research on the same day.

Apr 2, 2018

Latias Latios || Latias and Latios became available through Raid Battles. Latias was available in available in Europe, Asia, and Australia while Latios could be found in North America, South America, and Africa. They switched locations on May 8, and were available until June 5.

May 30, 2018

Exeggutor || Alolan Exeggutor became available.

Jun 21, 2018

Rattata Raticate Sandshrew Sandslash Vulpix Ninetales Meowth Persian Grimer Muk Registeel || Alolan Rattata, Meowth, Grimer, Vulpix, and Sandshrew lines became available through special 7km Eggs obtained via Gifts. Alolan Rattata and Raticate became catchable in the wild on June 23.[7]

Jul 14, 2018

Diglett Dugtrio Geodude Graveler Golem Celebi || Alolan Geodude and Diglett were made temporarily available to catch in the wild. Starting on July 19, they became exclusive to 7km Eggs. Celebi became available through Special Research at Pokémon Go Fest 2018.

Jul 19, 2018

Raichu Marowak Regice || Alolan Raichu and Marowak became available through Raid Battles.

Aug 1, 2018

Spinda || Spinda became available through Field Research.

Aug 20, 2018

Celebi || Celebi became available through Special Research globally.[8]

Sep 13, 2018

Regirock || Regirock became available in raids until September 30.

Sep 21, 2018

Deoxys || Deoxys became available through EX Raid Battles, replacing Mewtwo.

Oct 16, 2018

Turtwig Grotle Torterra Chimchar Monferno Infernape Piplup Prinplup Empoleon Starly Staravia Staraptor Bidoof Bibarel Kricketot Kricketune Shinx Luxio Luxray Pachirisu Buneary Lopunny Chatot Riolu Lucario Carnivine || 26 Generation IV Pokémon became available. The following families were introduced: Turtwig, Chimchar, Piplup, Starly, Bidoof, Kricketot, Shinx, Pachirisu, Buneary, Chatot, Riolu, and Carnivine.[9]

Oct 23, 2018

Drifloon Drifblim Stunky Skuntank Spiritomb Giratina || 6 additional Generation IV Pokémon became available. The following families were introduced: Drifloon, Stunky, Spiritomb, and Giratina. Spiritomb can be obtained in a Special Research, while Giratina is available in raids from October 23 until November 20.

Nov 1, 2018

Nincada Ninjask Shedinja || Nincada is exclusive through Field Research, and Shedinja through Research Breakthrough.

Nov 6, 2018

Budew Buizel Floatzel || Budew became available in Eggs and Buizel in the wild.

Nov 14, 2018

Roserade Mismagius Honchkrow Weavile Rhyperior Electivire Magmortar Togekiss Gliscor Porygon-Z Dusknoir Meltan Melmetal || 11 additional Generation IV Pokémon became available: Roserade, Mismagius, Honchkrow, Weavile, Rhyperior, Electivire, Magmortar, Togekiss, Gliscor, Porygon-Z, and Dusknoir. All are the evolved forms of earlier generation Pokémon, and require a Sinnoh Stone to be obtained. Meltan is also made available via the Mystery Box or through Special Research, and can evolve into Melmetal with Meltan Candy400.

Nov 20, 2018

Cresselia || Cresselia became available in raids until December 18.

Dec 18, 2018

Deoxys Chingling Bronzor Bronzong Munchlax Skorupi Drapion Croagunk Toxicroak Finneon Lumineon Mantyke Snover Abomasnow Heatran || 14 additional Generation IV Pokémon became available. The Bronzor, Skorupi, Croagunk, Finneon and Snover lines were released to the wild, Chingling, Munchlax, and Mantyke became available in 7km eggs, and Heatran became available in raids until January 15, 2019.

Jan 30, 2019

Palkia || Palkia became available in raids until February 28.

Feb 1, 2019

Cranidos Rampardos Shieldon Bastiodon Combee Vespiquen Ambipom Glameow Purugly Bonsly Lickilicky Tangrowth Yanmega Gallade Froslass || 14 additional Generation IV Pokémon became available. The Cranidos, Shieldon, Combee and Glameow lines became available. Ambipom, Lickilicky, Tangrowth, Yanmega, Gallade and Froslass are the evolved forms of earlier generation Pokémon, and require a Sinnoh Stone to be obtained.

Feb 13, 2019

Happiny || Happiny became available through 7 km eggs, in conjunction with the Valentine's Day 2019 event.

Feb 15, 2019

Mamoswine || Mamoswine became available as part of the Swinub Community Day by evolving Piloswine with a Sinnoh Stone.

Feb 23, 2019

Clamperl Huntail Gorebyss || The Clamperl line became available through Limited Research and later in the wild.

Feb 25, 2019

Smeargle || Smeargle became available through using the AR Camera.

Mar 1, 2019

Dialga || Dialga became available in raids until March 28.

Mar 25, 2019

Deoxys || Defense Forme Deoxys became available in EX Raid Battles.

Apr 2, 2019

Giratina || Origin Forme Giratina became available in raids until April 29.

Apr 29, 2019

Shellos Shellos Gastrodon Gastrodon Uxie Mesprit Azelf || Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf became available in the wild, and later in raids. Shellos and Gastrodon were also accidently made available in the wild for about 30 minutes.

May 17, 2019

Burmy Burmy Burmy Wormadam Wormadam Wormadam Mothim Cherubi Cherrim Cherrim Gible Gabite Garchomp Hippopotas Hippowdon Magnezone Leafeon Glaceon Probopass || 14 additional Generation IV Pokémon became available, with the Burmy, Cherubi, Gible and Hippopotas lines. Magnezone, Leafeon, Glaceon and Probopass were new evolutions of old Pokémon, available through new types of Lure Module. Additionally, Shellos and Gastrodon were formally and permanently added, with their forms becoming region-exclusive several hours after initial release.

Jun 13, 2019

Jirachi || Jirachi became available through Special Research at Pokémon GO Fest 2019 Chicago and later Dortmund and Yokohama.

Jun 28, 2019

Deoxys || Speed Forme Deoxys became available in EX Raid Battles.

Sep 16, 2019

Snivy Servine Serperior Tepig Pignite Emboar Oshawott Dewott Samurott Patrat Watchog Lillipup Herdier Stoutland Purrloin Liepard Pansage Simisage Pansear Simisear Panpour Simipour Pidove Tranquill Unfezant Blitzle Zebstrika Drilbur Excadrill Foongus Amoonguss Ferroseed Ferrothorn Klink Klang Klinklang Litwick Lampent Chandelure Golett Golurk Heatmor Durant Deino Zweilous Hydreigon || 46 Generation V Pokémon became available. The following families were introduced: Snivy, Tepig, Oshawott, Patrat, Lillipup, Purrloin, Pansage, Pansear, Panpour, Pidove, Blitzle, Drilbur, Foongus, Ferroseed, Klink, Litwick, Golett, Heatmor, Durant, and Deino.

Sep 26, 2019

Mime Jr. || Mime Jr. became available to hatch from 5km Eggs in Europe.

Oct 17, 2019

Darkrai Yamask Cofagrigus || Darkrai became available in raids until November 1, while Yamask became available exclusively during the Halloween event.

Nov 2, 2019

Regigigas || Regigigas became available through a paid, limited-time Special Research event and later in EX Raid Battles on November 18.

Nov 4, 2019

Cobalion || Cobalion became available in raids until November 26.

Nov 16, 2019

Weezing || Galarian Weezing became available in raids.

Nov 26, 2019

Terrakion || Terrakion became available in raids until December 17.

Dec 17, 2019

Virizion || Virizion became available in raids until January 7, 2020.

Dec 24, 2019

Cubchoo Beartic Cryogonal || The families of Cubchoo and Cryogonal became available in the wild.

Jan 10, 2020

Roggenrola Boldore Gigalith Timburr Gurdurr Conkeldurr Tympole Palpitoad Seismitoad Throh Sawk Venipede Whirlipede Scolipede Basculin Basculin Maractus Dwebble Crustle Sigilyph Tirtouga Carracosta Archen Archeops Trubbish Garbodor Karrablast Escavalier Joltik Galvantula Axew Fraxure Haxorus Shelmet Accelgor || 34 additional Generation V Pokémon became available: the families of Roggenrola, Timburr, Tympole, Throh, Sawk, Venipede, Basculin, Maractus, Dwebble, Sigilyph, Tirtouga, Archen, Trubbish, Karrablast, Joltik, Axew, and Shelmet.

Jan 24, 2020

Darumaka Darmanitan || The Darumaka family became available in 7 km Eggs during the Lunar New Year 2020 event and became available in the wild and in 10km Eggs afterwards.

Jan 29, 2020

Scraggy Scrafty || Scraggy became available as a GO Battle League reward.

Feb 1, 2020

Woobat Swoobat || Woobat became available through Research Breakthroughs until March 1 and in the wild after the Buddy Up event.

Feb 2, 2020

Minccino Cinccino || Minccino became available in 5 km Eggs and through Limited Research.

Feb 4, 2020

Tornadus || Tornadus became available in raids until February 25.

Feb 14, 2020

Audino Alomomola || Audino and Alomomola became available in the wild.

Mar 2, 2020

Thundurus || Thundurus became available in raids until March 31.

Mar 13, 2020

Rufflet Braviary || Rufflet became available as a GO Battle League reward.

Mar 20, 2020

Genesect || Genesect became available through a paid, limited-time Special Research event. It was later added to general Special Research and will be available in raids from August 14.

Mar 27, 2020

Gothita Gothorita Gothitelle Solosis Duosion Reuniclus || Gothita and Solosis became available in the wild.

Mar 31, 2020

Landorus || Landorus became available in raids until April 28 and as a GO Battle League reward.

Apr 1, 2020

Stunfisk || Stunfisk became available in the wild and as a Field Research reward.

May 26, 2020

Reshiram || Reshiram became available in raids until June 16.

Jun 3, 2020

Meowth Zigzagoon Linoone Darumaka Darmanitan Stunfisk Obstagoon Perrserker || Galarian Meowth, Zigzagoon, and Darumaka became available in 7 km Eggs, and Galarian Stunfisk became available in raids, in the wild and in Special Research.

Jun 16, 2020

Zekrom || Zekrom became available in raids until July 7.

Jun 17, 2020

Farfetch'd || Galarian Farfetch'd became available in the wild worldwide.

Jul 3, 2020

Ducklett Swanna || Ducklett became available in the wild, in 5 km Eggs, and in Timed Research.

Jul 7, 2020

Kyurem || Kyurem became available in raids until July 31.

Jul 17, 2020

Petilil Lilligant || Petilil became available in the wild, in 5 km Eggs, and in Timed Research.

Jul 25, 2020

Rotom || Wash Rotom became available to paid event users in GO Snapshot.

Jul 26, 2020

Victini || Victini will become available through paid Special Research for Pokémon GO Fest 2020.

Aug 7, 2020

Elgyem Beheeyem || Elgyem will become available in the wild, in 7 km Eggs, and in raids.

Aug 14, 2020

Sewaddle Swadloon Leavanny Cottonee Whimsicott Emolga Bouffalant || Sewaddle, Cottonee, Emolga will become available in the wild and in 7 km Eggs - Bouffalant is a regional and will become available in the wild and in 5 km Eggs.

Region-exclusive Pokémon

Certain sets of Pokémon appear to be exclusive to certain regions in the world. Those Pokémon may hatch from 5 km Eggs picked in their respective regions since September 2019. Some of these Pokémon have been made available in other regions during special events. The territories described below are generally limited to broad descriptions, sacrificing precise accuracy. Many community-sourced maps can be found that will show these boundaries in much greater detail, such as this.

The following list has been divided based on the type of regional exclusivity.

Set 1
Pokémon Region
GO083.png Farfetch'd East Asia*
GO115.png Kangaskhan Australia and Papua New Guinea
GO122.png Mr. Mime Europe
GO128.png Tauros United States, southern Canada, and parts of northern Mexico*
GO214.png Heracross Mexico, Central and South America*
GO324.png Torkoal West, Central, and South Asia
GO357.png Tropius Africa and Middle East
GO369.png Relicanth Certain islands east of Australia*
GO417.png Pachirisu Alaska, Canada, and Asian Russia*
Set 2
Pokémon Region
GO313.png Volbeat* Europe and Asia-Pacific
GO337.png Lunatone*
GO335.png Zangoose*

Sawk || Sawk

Durant || Durant*

GO314.png Illumise* Americas, Africa, and Middle East
GO338.png Solrock*
GO336.png Seviper*

Throh || Throh

Heatmor || Heatmor*

Set 3
Pokémon Region

Shellos (West Sea) || Shellos
(West Sea) || rowspan=2 | Western Hemisphere

Basculin || Basculin
(Blue-Striped Form)

Shellos (East Sea) || Shellos
(East Sea) || style="border-bottom-right-radius: 5px; -moz-border-radius-bottomright: 5px; -webkit-border-bottom-right-radius: 5px; -khtml-border-bottom-right-radius: 5px; -icab-border-bottom-right-radius: 5px; -o-border-bottom-right-radius: 5px;" rowspan=2 | Eastern Hemisphere

Basculin || Basculin
(Red-Striped Form)

Set 4
Pokémon Region

Uxie || Uxie || rowspan=2 | Asia-Pacific

Pansage || Pansage

Mesprit || Mesprit || rowspan=2 | Europe, Middle East, and Africa

Pansear || Pansear

Azelf || Azelf

Americas and Greenland

Panpour || Panpour

Special Regions
Pokémon Region
GO222.png Corsola Tropics*
GO441.png Chatot Southern Hemisphere
GO455.png Carnivine Southeastern United States and the northern Bahamas

Maractus || Maractus

Southern United States, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America

Sigilyph || Sigilyph

Egypt, Greece, and Israel

Legendary and Mythical Pokémon

Most Legendary Pokémon have only been released for strictly limited periods in Raid Battles. Several have had repeat appearances in later raids or as Research Breakthrough encounters. Mewtwo and Deoxys originally appeared in special EX Raids. EX Passes grant players the ability to participate in an EX Raid and are distributed on a semi-random basis to players who have recently completed a Raid at the Gym where the EX Raid will take place.

Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf have been available in the wild, in their respective regions, as a very rare spawn since April 30, 2019.

The Mythical Pokémon Mew, Celebi, and Jirachi have been made available as rewards for completing their respective Special Research tasks. Meltan, which can be evolved into Melmetal, can be spawned using the Mystery Box.

The following lists all Legendary and Mythical Pokémon that have been made available in Raid Battles.

Pokémon Raid dates Research dates
Articuno GO144.png Jul. 22 - 31, 2017
Jul. 7, 2018*Shiny release
Sep. 13 - 20, 2018
Jun. 2018
Dec. 2018 - Feb. 2019
Nov. - Dec. 2019
Zapdos GO145.png Aug. 7 - Sep. 1, 2017
Jul. 21, 2018Shiny release
Sep. 13 - 20, 2018
May 2018
Dec. 2018 - Feb. 2019
Nov. - Dec. 2019
Moltres GO146.png Jul. 31, 2017 - Aug. 7, 2017
Sep. 8, 2018Shiny release
Sep. 13 - 20, 2018
Apr. 2018
Dec. 2018 - Feb. 2019
Nov. - Dec. 2019
Mewtwo GO150.png Sep. 20 - Oct. 23, 2018
Sep. 16 - 23, 2019Shiny release
Armored Mewtwo GO150A.png Jul. 10 - 31, 2019
Feb. 25 - Mar. 2, 2020
Raikou GO243.png Sep. 1, 2017 - Nov. 30, 2018*
Jun. 29, 2019Shiny release
Sep. 2 - 9, 2019
Aug. 2018
Dec. 2018 - Apr. 2019
Entei GO244.png Sep. 1, 2017 - Nov. 30, 2018*
Jul. 14, 2019Shiny release
Sep. 2 - 9, 2019
Sep. 2018
Dec. 2018 - Apr. 2019
Suicune GO245.png Sep. 1, 2017 - Nov. 30, 2018*
Aug. 17, 2019Shiny release
Sep. 2 - 9, 2019
Oct. 2018
Dec. 2018 - Apr. 2019
Lugia GO249.png Jul. 22 - 24, 2017
Mar. 16 - Apr. 2, 2018Shiny release
Jul. 14 - 15, 2018
Dec. 14 - 17, 2018
Dec. 20 - 23, 2019
Jan. - Jun. 2019
Ho-Oh GO250.png Nov. 27 - Dec. 14, 2017
May 19 - Jun. 7, 2018Shiny release
Aug. 24 - 27, 2018
Dec. 14 - 17, 2018
Dec. 20 - 23, 2019
Jul. 3 - 6, 2020
Jan. - Jun. 2019
Regirock GO377.png Sep. 13 - 30, 2018
Nov. 1 - 4, 2019Shiny release
Mar. - Apr. 2019
Regice GO378.png Jul. 19 - Aug. 16, 2018
Nov. 1 - 4, 2019Shiny release
Dec. 28, 2019
Mar. - Apr. 2019
Registeel GO379.png Jun. 21 - Jul. 19, 2018
Nov. 1 - 4, 2019Shiny release
Mar. 10 - 12, 2020
Mar. - Apr. 2019
Latias GO380.png Apr. 2 - Jun. 7, 2018
Feb. 22 - Mar. 1, 2019Shiny release
Jan. 24 - 27, 2020
Jun. 12 - 15, 2020
May - Aug. 2019
Latios GO381.png Apr. 2 - Jun. 7, 2018
Apr. 15 - 22, 2019Shiny release
Jan. 24 - 27, 2020
Jun. 12 - 15, 2020
May - Aug. 2019
Kyogre GO382.png Jan. 12 - Feb. 9, 2018
Feb. 23, 2018 - Mar. 5, 2018
Jun. 7 - 22, 2018Shiny release
Jan. 15 - 29, 2019
Jun. 18 - 27, 2019
Jul. - Aug. 2019
Nov. - Dec. 2019
Groudon GO383.png Dec. 15, 2017 - Jan. 16, 2018
Feb. 23 - Mar. 5, 2018
Jan. 15 - 29, 2019Shiny release
Apr. 29 - May 2, 2019
Jun. 27 - Jul. 10, 2019
Jul. - Aug. 2019
Nov. - Dec. 2019
Rayquaza GO384.png Jan. 12 - Mar. 16, 2018
Mar. 15 - 18, 2019
Jul. 31 - Sep. 2, 2019Shiny release
Jul. 31 - Aug. 7, 2020
(Normal Forme)
GO386.png Sep. 9 - 16, 2019
Aug. 7 - 14, 2020Shiny release
(Attack Forme)
GO386A.png Sep. 9 - 16, 2019
(Defense Forme)
GO386D.png Sep. 9 - 16, 2019
(Speed Forme)
GO386S.png Sep. 9 - 16, 2019
Uxie* GO480.png May 2 - 27, 2019
Aug. 28, 2019
Mesprit* GO481.png May 2 - 27, 2019
Aug. 28, 2019
Azelf* GO482.png May 2 - 27, 2019
Aug. 28, 2019
Dialga GO483.png Mar. 1 - 28, 2019
Palkia GO484.png Jan. 29 - Feb. 28, 2019
Heatran GO485.png Dec. 18, 2018 - Jan. 15, 2019
Jan. 7 - Feb. 4, 2020Shiny release
(Altered Forme)
GO487.png Oct. 23 - Nov. 20, 2018
Mar. 28 - Apr. 2, 2019
Sep. 23 - Oct. 17, 2019Shiny release
Mar. 13 - 16, 2020
May 5 - 12, 2020
(Origin Forme)
GO487O.png Apr. 2 - 29, 2019
Cresselia GO488.png Nov. 20 - Dec. 18, 2018
May 27 - Jun. 18, 2019Shiny release
Mar. 10 - 12, 2020
Darkrai GO491.png Oct. 17 - Nov. 1, 2019
Mar. 6 - 9, 2020Shiny release
Apr. 28 - May 5, 2020
Cobalion GO638.png Nov. 4 - 26, 2019
Mar. 17 - 31, 2020Shiny release
Terrakion GO639.png Nov. 26 - Dec. 17, 2019
May 19 - 26, 2020Shiny release
Virizion GO640.png Dec. 17, 2019 - Jan. 7, 2020
May 12 - 19, 2020Shiny release
Tornadus GO641.png Feb. 4 - 25, 2020
Thundurus GO642.png Mar. 2 - 31, 2020
Reshiram GO643.png May 26 - Jun. 16, 2020
Zekrom GO644.png Jun. 16 - Jul. 7, 2020
Landorus GO645.png Mar. 31 - Apr. 28, 2020
Kyurem GO646.png Jul. 7 - 31, 2020
Genesect GO649.png Aug. 14 - 21, 2020Shiny release
EX Raids
Mewtwo GO150.png Aug. 14, 2017 - Sep. 20, 2018
Sep. 25 - Nov. 12, 2019
(Normal Forme)
GO386.png Oct. 1, 2018 - Jan. 4, 2019
(Attack Forme)
GO386A.png Dec. 18, 2018 - Mar. 24, 2019
(Defense Forme)
GO386D.png Mar. 25 - Jun. 23, 2019
(Speed Forme)
GO386S.png Jun. 28 - Sep. 25, 2019
Regigigas GO486.png Nov. 18, 2019 - Mar. 13, 2020

Special availability

Some species, outside of special events, neither appear in the wild nor evolve from Pokémon that do. Instead, these Pokémon can only be encountered through other methods. In addition to the following list, all baby Pokémon have always been exclusively obtained from hatching Eggs. Alolan Sandshrew, Vulpix, Meowth, and Grimer and Galarian Meowth, Zigzagoon, and Darumaka can normally only be obtained from hatching Eggs, but some have had expanded availability during special events.

Event-induced availability

The player may choose from the three Kanto starter Pokémon at the beginning of the game: Bulbasaur, Charmander, or Squirtle. If the player walks away from the starter Pokémon four times, Pikachu will also appear as a possible starter Pokémon. These Pokémon may also be found in the wild later on.

While Eevee's evolution is normally random, it can be nicknamed to force it to evolve into a specific Pokémon: "Sparky" for Jolteon, "Rainer" for Vaporeon, "Pyro" for Flareon[10] (the names of the Eevee brothers in the Pokémon anime), "Sakura" for Espeon, "Tamao" for Umbreon (two of the Kimono Girls in the anime), "Linnea" for Leafeon, and "Rea" for Glaceon (two of the Eevee users). Each nickname can only influence evolution once per player. Espeon and Umbreon can also be obtained via walking with Eevee as a buddy for at least 10km, then evolving it during either day or night, respectively. The Mossy Lure Module and Glacial Lure Module can be used to influence evolution into Leafeon or Glaceon, respectively.

Ceratin real-world events will occasionally release Pokémon into the wild that are usually locked to a specific method, such as having region- or raid-exclusive Pokémon appearing in the wild.

During certain conventions or other events, specific letters of Unown may be made available at a greatly increased rate in the vicinity of the event. The letters made available relate to the event, such as C, H, I, A, G, and O for Pokémon GO Fest in Chicago.

During some special events, featured Pokémon may be caught wearing a commemorative costume. For example, Pikachu and Pichu may be caught or hatched wearing a special hat, and Raichu will retain the hat upon evolution. During the Squirtle Community Day on July 8, 2018, Sunglasses Squirtle based on the Squirtle Squad from the anime was made available through Field Research; Wartortle and Blastoise will both retain the glasses on evolution. During the 2019 Valentines Day event, a Spinda based on the heart-spotted one from Going for a Spinda can be obtained from Field Research. For Pokémon Day 2019, an Eevee with a hat was added alongside Pikachu; its evolutions retain the hat on evolution.

See also: List of Pokémon with form differences → Pokémon GO

Since September 2018, certain Pokémon have been made available in 7 km eggs as part of an event, including regional- and raid-exclusive Pokémon such as Tauros and Absol, respectively.


Main article: List of events in Pokémon GO

Pokémon GO features a variety of both local and global events throughout the year, which often feature increased wild spawns of thematic Pokémon, bonuses for certain in-game activities, and new releases of Shiny.


Some of the music in Pokémon GO was composed by Junichi Masuda. The music, as well as the sound effects, can be turned off in the settings of the app.

Version history

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As of version 0.145.0 a suffix has been added to the game's version number as shown in the Settings screen to indicate the store the app was acquired from:

  • -A the app was acquired on the Apple App Store.
  • -G the app was acquired on the Google Play Store.
  • -S the app was acquired on the Samsung Galaxy Store.

As of version 0.157.0, on Android, the Google Play version of the game comes in two separate files for phones supporting either 32bit or 64bit applications.


Pokémon GO requires an internet connection (Wi-Fi, 3G or 4G) and GPS/location services. According to the official support site, the game can be played on:[13]

  • Android devices: Android 5+ (rooted devices are not supported), preferred resolution of 720×1280 pixels (not optimized for tablet)
  • iOS devices: iPhone 5 and newer, iOS 10 and newer (jailbroken devices are not supported)
    • Apple Watch support was added on December 22, 2016.
    • Discontinued support for certain Apple devices from 2013 and older as of February 28, 2018.[14]

However, the game is also playable on some iOS and Android devices that are not officially supported.


Pokémon GO originally had no connectivity with other Pokémon games. However, Junichi Masuda has stated that the developers plan to add connectivity with the next entry in the core series Pokémon games.[15][16]

Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! is the first game to allow the player to transfer Pokémon from Pokémon GO to a core series title. Only the first 151 Pokémon (including Alolan forms), Meltan, and its evolved form, Melmetal, can be transferred. Upon transferring Pokémon to a Let's Go! game for the first time, the player will receive the Mystery Box in Pokémon GO, which is used to spawn wild Meltan.


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Reason: Partnerships in Japan, Big Heritage partnership.

Due to the popularity of Pokémon GO, the game has partnered with several other companies to offer special promotions. These partnerships often involve sponsored locations, wherein stores affiliated with the partner company become PokéStops and Gyms; sponsored locations do not appear in the game for players under the age of 13.

Pokémon GO partnered with Globe in the Philippines. Starting on October 28, 2016, Globe retail locations and charging stations became PokéStops and Gyms. Globe also worked with Ayala Malls, Puregold, Robinsons Malls, and SM Supermalls.[17] The partnership ended on midnight of March 15, 2018 (local time).[18]

Pokémon GO partnered with Sprint in the United States. Starting December 7, 2016, 10,500 Sprint, Boost Mobile, and Sprint at RadioShack stores in the United States became PokéStops and Gyms. Sprint locations also feature in-store charging stations to allow Pokémon GO players to charge their devices. Players could also find small Level 10, 20, 30, or 40 iron-on patches at Sprint store Gyms. During the fourth year, the partnership ended.

The day after the Sprint partnership began, a Starbucks partnership in the United States began as well. 7,800 company-operated Starbucks stores in the United States have been made into PokéStops and Gyms. Additionally, Starbucks sold a special-edition Pokémon GO Frappuccino as part of this partnership; the Pokémon GO Frappuccino starts with a Vanilla Bean Frappuccino blended beverage and raspberry syrup blended with freeze-dried whole blackberries and topped with whipped cream.

Pokémon GO partnered with Reliance Jio Infocomm (which operates under the name Jio) in India. Starting December 13, 2016, nearly 3,000 Jio stores (thousands of Reliance Digital stores according to Jio's press release) and select partner premises in India became PokéStops or Gyms in the Pokémon GO, as well as offering charging stations for players. On Jio's social messaging app, JioChat, Pokémon players have access to an exclusive Pokémon GO channel to allow them to collaborate and be part of a community of players with daily tips, contests, clues, and special events. During Jio's "Happy New Year" offer, Jio SIM customers were able to download and play Pokémon GO without incurring data charges, like any other apps and content, until March 31, 2017.

Pokémon GO partnered with Unibail-Rodamco shopping malls across Europe. Starting on February 18, 2017, new PokéStops and Gyms across 58 shopping and destination centers in ten European countries were added. An average of a dozen new PokéStops and Gyms were added to public spaces, social hubs, and public art at each of the destination centers.


The game was conceived by John Hanke after the development of Niantic's Ingress. It was decided that a game based on Pokémon would be a good choice, due to its focus on collecting the titular creatures. Hanke brought the idea to the Pokémon Company and talked with Mr. Isihara. Development began. Junichi Masuda worked with Niantic on the game's development.[19]

An Ingress Report released on September 10, 2015, the day of the game's announcement, stated that a closed beta would occur during Northern Hemisphere winter 2015 and that the game would be released in early 2016.[20] However, no beta testing occurred during 2015.[21][22]

Field tests were held in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States prior to the game's public release. Selected applicants were given the opportunity to test the game.

  • Japan: held from March 29 to June 30, 2016, announced on March 3, 2016[23][24]
  • Australia and New Zealand: held from April 25 to June 30, 2016, announced on April 7, 2016[25]
  • United States: held from May 25 to June 30, 2016, announced on May 16, 2016[26]

A session at the Game Developers Conference featuring the game was intended to be held by Niantic CEO John Hanke on March 14, 2016, but was later cancelled due to Niantic preparing the game for beta testing and launch.[27]


Unlike previous Pokémon games for mobile devices, Pokémon GO was released on a staggered schedule, releasing initially to only to a few select countries. After its initial release on July 6, 2016, additional releases were put on hold due to server issues, but resumed on July 13, 2016, with the app's release in Germany. France was supposed to receive the app alongside other European countries, but the official release in the country was postponed due to the 2016 Nice attack.[28] The release in Brazil was only a couple of days prior to the beginning of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

So far, Pokémon GO has been released in all countries with access to the iOS App Store, Google Play Store or Samsung Galaxy Store, except for Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Myanmar, mainland China, Tunisia, Algeria, Mali, Senegal, Nigeria, Cameroon, the Republic of the Congo, Angola, and Zimbabwe.


Load screen

Image Dates Theme
Pokémon GO Safety Screen.png July 6 - October 26, 2016 Original
Pokémon GO Safety Screen 2.png October 26 - December 12, 2016 Halloween 2016
Pokémon GO Safety Screen 3.png December 12 - 30, 2016 Christmas 2016
Pokémon GO Safety Screen 4.png December 30, 2016 - April 7, 2017 New Year 2017
Pokémon GO Safety Screen 5.png April 7 - June 21, 2017 Summer (Johto) 2017
Pokémon GO Safety Screen 6.png June 21 - October 20, 2017 Raid Battle 2017
Pokémon GO Safety Screen 7.png October 20 - November 2017 Halloween 2017
Pokémon GO Safety Screen 8.png December 7, 2017 - January 2018 Christmas 2017
Pokémon GO Safety Screen 9.png January - March 28, 2018 New Year 2018
Pokémon GO Safety Screen 10.png March 28 - June 19, 2018 Research & Mew Screen 2018
Pokémon GO Safety Screen 11.png June 19 - December 7, 2018 Summer 2018
Pokémon GO Safety Screen 12.png December 7, 2018 - January 2, 2019
February 14 - 23, 2019
Trainer Battle League
Pokémon GO Safety Screen 13.png January 2 - February 14, 2019 New Year 2019
Pokémon GO Safety Screen 14.png February 23 - June 21, 2019 GO Snapshot 2019
Pokémon GO Safety Screen 15.png June 21 - October 2, 2019 Summer 2019
Pokémon GO Safety Screen 16.png October 2 - December 16, 2019 Team GO Rocket
60px December 16, 2019 - January 2020
February 3 - March 25, 2020
Christmas 2019
60px January - February 3, 2020 New Year 2020
60px March 25, 2020 - July 10, 2020 Spring 2020
60px July 10, 2020 - present GO Fest 2020


  • This is the only Pokémon game to have the word "Pokémon" spelled in Latin letters in its Japanese name.
  • Pokémon GO has been banned in Iran[29] and Mainland China[30] due to security concerns. However, some Iranians are still playing the game publicly regardless.[31]
  • On April 1, 2014, over two years before the release of Pokémon GO, Google released a minigame inside of Google Maps to catch Pokémon in celebration of April Fools' Day. On the same day, Google also released a companion YouTube video[32] advertising the position of Pokémon Master at the company.
  • Pokémon GO and Pokémon Masters are the only two spin-off games that uses the same in-game 3D models of Pokémon used in the core series since Generation VI.

In other languages

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese Pokémon GO
Chinese Cantonese Pokémon GO
Mandarin Pokémon GO
France Flag.png French Pokémon GO
Germany Flag.png German Pokémon GO
Italy Flag.png Italian Pokémon GO
South Korea Flag.png Korean Pokémon GO
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Pokémon GO
Spanish CELAC Flag.png Latin America Pokémon GO
Spain Flag.png Spain Pokémon GO
Thailand Flag.png Thai โปเกมอนโก Pokémon GO

See also

External links


  1. Announcement of game availability on Galaxy Store
  2. Discontinued support for Apple Watch
  3. Niantic Switches to OpenStreetMap in Pokémon GO
  4. Recommendations for new (Pokémon GO) mappers by community members
  5. The Official 50 Gen 3 list : TheSilphRoad
  6. Generation 3 pokemon release status (wild, nest,...) : TheSilphRoad
  7. Alolan Rattata appearing on my sightings! : TheSilphRoad
  8. Celebi Quest is Live : TheSilphRoad
  9. : TheSilphRoad
  10. PSA - How to force your Eevee to evolve into your choice of Eeveelution! : pokemongo
  13. Supported devices – Pokémon GO
  14. Discontinued support for certain Apple devices from 2013 and older
  15. Pokémon GO - Demonstration - Nintendo E3 2016 (YouTube)
  16. News From the Pokémon GO Announcement - (archived July 15, 2016)
  17. Globe Telecom enhances The Pokémon GO Experience for PH Gamers
  18. Globe Telecom is no longer sponsoring Pokémon GO in the Philippines
  19. Game Informer #81: Pokénomenon
  20. INGRESS REPORT - Begin New Journey - Raw Feed September 10 2015
  21. Pokémon GO - (archived February 7, 2016)
  22. 『Pokémon GO』のベータテストについて |ポケットモンスターオフィシャルサイト
  23. Pokémon GO - (archived March 3, 2016)
  24. Pokémon GO field testing will begin in Japan - Niantic, Inc.
  25. Pokémon GO field testing expands to Australia and New Zealand - Niantic, Inc.
  26. Pokémon GO field testing expands to the United States - Niantic, Inc.
  27. Pokémon Go GDC Presentation Canceled -
  28. Pokémon GO : The Pokémon Company confirme le report français
  29. Pokemon Go banned by Iranian authorities over 'security' | BBC
  30. Pokémon Go banned by China authorities over 'safety' and 'security' | Forbes
  31. Iranians hunt Pokemon despite ban | Yahoo
  32. Google Maps: Pokémon Challenge

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