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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 Samgsung Galaxy Store for Samsung devices running on Android on May 11, 2019.
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. The support for Apple Watch will be dropped after July 1, 2019.
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.
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 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), 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 Pokemon'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
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. There are two sets of battle mechanics in Pokémon GO: one for Gyms and Raid Battles (against the AI) and the other for Trainer Battles (against another player). The two modes have different stats for each move and uses a different formula to calculate damage. For Trainer Battles, the player can battle the Team Leaders Blanche, Spark, or Candela to practice against an AI.
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 Fast TM or Charged TM to randomly learn a new Fast Attack or Charged Attack, respectively, replacing the old move. Since December 2018, players could have a Pokémon learn a second Charged Attack by spending a large amount of Stardust and Candy. Evolving a Pokémon randomly resets all of its moves.
- 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.
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 stats much like a stats judge in the core series. They describe how good the Pokémon would be in a battle, which of its three stats is its highest, and how good its stats 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.
|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!|
|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!|
|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 200, allowing for 50 more items. 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 50. Once a Pokémon returns with 50 coins. Sometimes Pokémon will be unable to give coins when returning to the player, even if they stayed for eight hours and twenty minutes.
- Main article: Pokémon Egg → Pokémon GO
The player can obtain Eggs at PokéStops and Gyms. 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. Each species has a set Egg distance and can only hatch from Eggs with this distance.
- 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 once.
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 generally have higher IVs than normal.
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 Reserach 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, and Spiritomb.
- 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 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).
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Currently, only Pokémon introduced in Generations I, II, III, and IV, along with Meltan and Melmetal are available in the game. From the first four generations, the following and their alternate forms are currently unobtainable:
When the game was initially released, most Generation I Pokémon were available. The game has gradually updated to include previously unavailable Pokémon, primarily those from later generations. Shiny Pokémon were also not initially available, but on March 27, 2017, Shiny Magikarp and Gyarados were made available, with more being gradually released after August.
- November 23, 2016: Ditto became available, appearing disguised as Pidgey, Rattata, Zubat, or Magikarp.
- December 12, 2016: Generation II baby Pokémon became available, exclusively from Eggs (specifically: Pichu, Cleffa, Igglybuff, Togepi, Smoochum, Elekid, and Magby). Togetic also became available by consequence by evolving Togepi.
- February 16, 2017: Most remaining Generation II Pokémon became available, excepting only 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. Ditto also became able to appear disguised as Hoothoot, Sentret, or Yanma.
- July 22, 2017: Legendary Pokémon began to become available through Raid Battles. Lugia was introduced immediately. Articuno was available from July 22 to July 31, Moltres from July 31 to August 7, and Zapdos from August 7 to August 14. From August 14 to August 31, Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres were made simultaneously available.
- August 12, 2017: Ditto became able to appear disguised as Pikachu.
- August 14, 2017: The first Mewtwo Raid Battle occured 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.
- August 31, 2017: 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.
- October 20, 2017: The Generation III Ghost-type Pokémon Sableye, Shuppet, Banette, Duskull, and Dusclops became available.
- November 28, 2017: Ho-Oh became available through Raid Battles after the successful Global Catch Challenge, lasting until December 14.
- December 8, 2017: 50 Generation III Pokémon became available. These included the baby Pokémon Azurill and Wynaut as well as the following families: Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip, Poochyena, Zigzagoon, Wurmple, Seedot, Ralts, Shroomish, Slakoth, Makuhita, Skitty, Mawile, Meditite, Electrike, Plusle, Minun, Roselia, Gulpin, Spoink, Zangoose, Seviper, and Absol. Mawile and Absol were only available through Raid Battles.
- December 15, 2017: Groudon became available through Raid Battles, lasting until January 15, 2018. Kyogre and Rayquaza followed, available from January 12 to February 14 and February 9 to March 16, respectively.
- December 22, 2017: 20 additional Generation III Pokémon and Delibird became available. The following families were introduced: Lotad, Carvanha, Wailmer, Barboach, Corphish, Feebas, Snorunt, Spheal, Relicanth, and Luvdisc.
- January 23, 2018: 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.
- February 9, 2018: 19 additional Generation III Pokémon are released. The following families were introduced: Taillow, Wingull, Surskit, Volbeat, Illumise, Swablu, Castform, Tropius, Chimecho, Bagon, and Beldum.
- March 30, 2018: Mew became available through the Special Research mode that was activated alongside Field Research on the same day.
- April 2, 2018: 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: Alolan Exeggutor became available.
- June 21, 2018: Alolan versions of the 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.
- July 14, 2018: Alolan Geodude and Diglett were made temporarily available to catch in the wild. Starting on July 19, they became exclusive to 7km Eggs.
- July 19, 2018: Alolan Raichu and Marowak became available through Raid Battles.
- August 1, 2018: Spinda became available through Field Research.
- August 20, 2018: Celebi became available through Special Research.
- September 21, 2018: Deoxys became available through EX Raid Battles, replacing Mewtwo.
- October 16, 2018: 26 Generation IV Pokémon became available. The following families were introduced: Turtwig, Chimchar, Piplup, Starly, Bidoof, Kricketot, Shinx, Pachirisu, Buneary, Chatot, Riolu, and Carnivine.
- October 23, 2018: 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.
- November 1, 2018: Nincada, Ninjask, and Shedinja became available. Nincada is exclusive through Field Research, and Shedinja through Research Breakthrough.
- November 6, 2018: Buizel, Floatzel, and Budew became available.
- November 14, 2018: 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, and can evolve into Melmetal with 400 Candy.
- November 20, 2018: Cresselia became available in raids until December 18.
- December 18, 2018: 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.
- January 30, 2019: Palkia became available in raids until February 28.
- February 1, 2019: 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.
- February 13, 2019: Happiny became available through 7km eggs.
- February 16, 2019: Mamoswine became available as part of the Swinub Community Day by evolving Piloswine with a Sinnoh Stone.
- February 23, 2019: The Clamperl line became available through Limited Research.
- February 25, 2019: Smeargle became available through using the AR Camera.
- March 1, 2019: Dialga became available in raids until March 28.
- April 30, 2019: 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: 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.
Certain sets of Pokémon appear to be exclusive to certain regions in the world. During special events, some of these Pokémon have been made available in other regions. 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 one on Reddit.
|Tauros||United States and southern Canada|
|Heracross||Central and South America|
(within ~50 kilometers of coasts between 31° N and 26° S, except in the Atlantic Ocean where the southern reach is 5° S)
|Volbeat||Europe, Asia, and Australia|
|Illumise||Americas, Africa, and Middle East (east of Persian Gulf)|
|Lunatone|| Europe, Asia, and Australasia|
(Switched with Solrock on Jun. 21, 2018)
|Solrock|| Americas, Africa, and Middle East (east of Persian Gulf)|
(Switched with Lunatone on Jun. 21, 2018)
|Zangoose|| Europe, Asia, and Australasia|
(Switched with Seviper on Jan. 5, 2018)
|Seviper|| Americas, Africa, and Middle East (east of Persian Gulf)|
(Switched with Zangoose on Jan. 5, 2018)
|Tropius||Africa and Middle East (east of Persian Gulf)|
|Relicanth|| Certain islands east of Australia|
(including New Zealand, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, and others to the east)
|Pachirisu||Alaska, Canada, and Russia|
|Shellos (West Sea)||Western Hemisphere|
|Shellos (East Sea)||Eastern Hemisphere|
|Gastrodon (West Sea)||Western Hemisphere|
|Gastrodon (East Sea)||Eastern Hemisphere|
|Carnivine||Southeastern United States and the Bahamas|
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. Deoxys (and Mewtwo prior to September 2018) only appears 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.
The Mythical Pokémon Mew and Celebi 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|| Jul. 22 - Jul. 31, 2017
Jul. 7, 2018
Sep. 13 - Sep. 20, 2018
| June 2018|
Dec. 2018 - Feb. 2019
|Zapdos|| Aug. 7 - Sep. 1, 2017
Jul. 21, 2018
Sep. 13 - Sep. 20, 2018
| May 2018|
Dec. 2018 - Feb. 2019
|Moltres|| Jul. 31, 2017 - Aug. 7, 2017
Sep. 8, 2018
Sep. 13 - Sep. 20, 2018
| April 2018|
Dec. 2018 - Feb. 2019
|Mewtwo||Sep. 20 - Oct. 23, 2018|
|Raikou||Sep. 1, 2017 - Nov. 30, 2018*|| Aug. 2018|
Dec. 2018 - Apr. 2019
|Entei||Sep. 1, 2017 - Nov. 30, 2018*|| Sep. 2018|
Dec. 2018 - Apr. 2019
|Suicune||Sep. 1, 2017 - Nov. 30, 2018*|| Oct. 2018|
Dec. 2018 - Apr. 2019
|Lugia|| Jul. 22 - Jul. 24, 2017
Mar. 16 - Apr. 2, 2018
Jul. 14 - Jul. 15, 2018
Dec. 14 - Dec. 17, 2018
|Jan. - Jun. 2019|
|Ho-Oh|| Nov. 27 - Dec. 14, 2017
May 19 - Jun. 7, 2018
Aug. 24 - Aug. 27, 2018
Dec. 14 - Dec. 17, 2018
|Jan. - Jun. 2019|
|Regirock||Sep. 13, 2018 - Sep. 30, 2018||Mar. - Apr. 2019|
|Regice||Jul. 19 - Aug. 16, 2018||Mar. - Apr. 2019|
|Registeel||Jun. 21 - Jul. 19, 2018||Mar. - Apr. 2019|
|Latias|| Apr. 2 - Jun. 7, 2018
Feb. 22 - Mar. 1, 2019
|May - Jun. 2019|
|Latios|| Apr. 2 - Jun. 7, 2018
Apr. 15 - Apr. 22, 2019
|May - Jun. 2019|
|Kyogre|| Feb. 23 - Mar. 5, 2018
Jan. 15 - Jan. 29, 2019
Jun. 18 - Jun. 27, 2019
|Groudon|| Dec. 15, 2017 - Jan. 15, 2018
Feb. 23 - Mar. 5, 2018
Jan. 15 - Jan. 29, 2019
Apr. 29 - May 2, 2019
Jun. 27 - Jul. 10, 2019
|Rayquaza|| Jan. 12 - Mar. 16, 2018
Mar. 15 - Mar. 18, 2019
|Uxie||May 2 - May 27, 2019*|
|Mesprit||May 2 - May 27, 2019*|
|Azelf||May 2 - May 27, 2019*|
|Dialga||Mar. 1 - Mar. 28, 2019|
|Palkia||Jan. 29 - Feb. 28, 2019|
|Heatran||Dec. 18, 2018 - Jan. 15, 2019|
|Giratina (Altered Forme)|| Oct. 23 - Nov. 20, 2018
Mar. 28 - Apr. 2, 2019
|Giratina (Origin Forme)||Apr. 2 - Apr. 29, 2019|
|Cresselia|| Nov. 20 - Dec. 18, 2018
May 27 - Jun. 18, 2019
|Mewtwo||Aug. 14, 2017 - Sep. 20, 2018|
|Deoxys (Normal Forme)||Oct. 1, 2018 - Jan. 4, 2019|
|Deoxys (Attack Forme)||Dec. 18, 2018 - Mar. 24, 2019|
|Deoxys (Defense Forme)||Mar. 25, 2019 - Present|
Certain species will never be obtainable through any method involving capture. Baby Pokémon can only be obtained by hatching Eggs, and Pokémon that are evolved into using an item can only be obtained via evolution. Alolan Sandshrew, Vulpix, Meowth, and Grimer can only be obtained from hatching 7 km Eggs.
Some species, while obtainable by capturing, neither appear normally in the wild nor evolve from Pokémon that do. Instead, these Pokémon can only be encountered through other methods.
|Alolan Raichu||Level 3 raid|
|Alolan Marowak||Level 4 raid|
|Smeargle||Spawned via GO Snapshot|
|Nincada|| 10 km Eggs|
Field Research (formerly)
|Ninjask|| Evolve Nincada|
Level 4 raid (formerly)
|Shedinja||Research Breakthrough (formerly)|
|Mawile|| Level 2 raid|
10 km Egg
|Absol|| Level 4 raid|
10 km Egg
|Cherubi|| Spawned via Mossy Lure Module|
5 km Egg
|Spiritomb||Special Research (formerly)|
|Lucario||Evolve Riolu (hatched from 7 km or 10 km Egg)|
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 (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.
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.
- Main article: Community Day
Community Days are monthly, three-hour events that feature a specific Pokémon. During this time, the featured Pokémon will have drastically increased spawn rates, and players will receive bonuses for certain in-game actions.
Global events are in-game thematic events that run for a limited time. These events are activated directly by Niantic and do not require any kind of registration.
|Limited time||New addition|
|Halloween 2016||October 26 - November 1, 2016||
|Celebration||November 23 - 30, 2016||
|Holiday 2016||December 25, 2016 - January 8, 2017||
|Valentine's Day 2017||February 8 - 15, 2017||
|Water Festival 2017||March 22 - 29, 2017||
|Eggstravaganza 2017||April 13 - 20, 2017||
|Grass Weekend 2017||May 5 - 8, 2017||
|Adventure Week 2017||May 18 - 25, 2017||
|Solstice 2017||June 13 - 21, 2017||
|First Anniversary||July 6 - 24, 2017||
|Equinox 2017||September 22 - October 2, 2017||
|Halloween 2017||October 20 - November 2, 2017||
|Holiday 2017||December 21, 2017 - January 4, 2018||
|Valentine’s Day 2018||February 13-16, 2018||
|Lunar New Year 2018||February 15- 17, 2018||
|Eggstravaganza 2018||March 22 - April 2, 2018||
|April Fools' Day 2018||March 31-April 7, 2018||
|Kanto Celebration||April 10 - 17, 2018||
|Earth Day 2018||April 23 - 30, 2018||
|Showdown 2018||May 1 - 14, 2018||
|Adventure Week 2018||May 24 - June 5, 2018||
|Water Festival 2018||June 7 - 21, 2018||
|Second Anniversary||July 6 - 31, 2018||
|Trading event||August 2 - 19, 2018||
|Johto Festival||August 20 - 28, 2018||
|Ultra Bonus event||September 13 - October 8, 2018||
|Psychic Spectacular 2018||October 5 - 14, 2018||
|Halloween 2018||October 23 - November 1, 2018||
|Holiday 2018||December 18, 2018 - January 2, 2019||
|Hoenn celebration||January 15 - 29, 2019||
|Lunar New Year 2019||February 4 - 13, 2019||
|Valentine's Day 2019||February 13 - 21, 2019||
|Pokémon Day 2019||February 26 - 28, 2019||
|Battle Showdown 2019||March 5 - 12, 2019||
|Equinox 2019||March 19 - 26, 2019||
|Bug Out 2019||April 2 - 9, 2019||
|Eggstravaganza 2019||April 16 - 23, 2019||
|Earth Day 2019||April 29 - May 2, 2019||
|Pokémon Detective Pikachu||May 7 - 17, 2019||
|Extraordinary Raid Week||May 21 - 28, 2019||
|Summer Snooze 2019||May 28 - June 3, 2019|
|Adventure Week 2019||June 4 - 11, 2019||
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Local events are events based on real life locations that require physical presence to attend. They also award special medals and often include event-exclusive Field or Special Research. Some global events may also occur to tie-in with these local events.
|Pokémon GO Fest Chicago||July 22, 2017||USA||Be a part of the first-ever Pokémon GO Fest. Complete challenges around the world to unlock major in-game rewards for everyone.||
|Pokémon GO at Big Heritage Festival||July 22-23, 2017||UK||Pokémon GO players will be able to take part in a number of fun trail activities, with in-game and real-world surprises.|
|Pokémon GO at Pikachu Outbreak||August 9-15, 2017||Japan||Pokémon GO PARK is available at Pikachu Outbreak hosted by The Pokémon Company.||
|Akron - New Roo Weekend||August 26-27, 2017||USA||Come connect with the downtown Akron neighborhoods and partake in a Pokémon GO Scavenger Hunt that will take you to locations around the city with great history and culture. Charge up and connect with Akron!|
|Pokémon GO Safari Zone at Unibail-Rodamco||September 16, 2017||France, Spain, Germany||Celebrate the summer together with thousands of Trainers and catch Pokémon that haven't been seen before in Europe at one of the upcoming Unibail-Rodamco events.|
|Viva Calle San Jose||September 17, 2017||San Jose, USA||Explore San Jose through the lens of Pokémon GO - see new neighborhoods, connect with community members, and visit significant and interesting PokéStops.|
|Pokémon GO Safari Zone at Unibail-Rodamco||October 7 and October 14, 2017||Czech Republic, Demark, Sweden, Netherlands||Celebrate the summer together with thousands of Trainers and catch Pokémon that haven't been seen before in Europe at one of the upcoming Unibail-Rodamco events.|
|Philly Free Streets||October 28, 2017||USA||Explore Philadelphia with Pokémon GO by joining this City of Philadelphia initiative and taking a car-free adventure through Philadelphia, visiting historic locations, and meeting other players.|
|Pokémon Festa||November 4-12, 2017||South Korea||For the duration of this event, Trainers all throughout South Korea will find more Pokémon appearing across the country in Pokémon GO!|
|Pokémon GO Safari Zone at Tottori Sand Dunes||November 24, 2017||Japan||Trainers of all ages will be able to catch a wide variety of Pokémon, including some rarely seen throughout the country, while exploring the largest sand dunes in Japan.|
|CicLAVia||December 12, 2017||USA||Join us at the next CicLAvia event on 12/10, meet other Trainers, have fun, while exploring the community!|
|Pokémon GO Safari Zone at Dortmund||June 30-July 1, 2018||Germany||Pokémon GO Summer Tour 2018 Part 1||
|Pokémon GO Fest 2018 Chicago||July 14-15, 2018||USA||Pokémon GO Summer Tour 2018 Part 2|
|Pokémon GO Safari Zone at Yokosuka||August 29-September 2, 2018||Japan||Pokémon GO Summer Tour 2018 Part 3||
|Pokémon Festa and Pokémon GO Week in Korea 2018||September 14-26, 2018||South Korea||For the duration of this event, Trainers all throughout South Korea will find more Pokémon appearing across the country in Pokémon GO!|
|Pokémon GO Safari Zone in Taiwan||November 1-5, 2018||Taiwan||Trainers, a Pokémon GO Safari Zone event in Tainan, Taiwan, is taking place from Thursday, November 1, to Monday, November 5, at the Tainan Metropolitan Park and the Chimei Museum!||
|Pokémon GO Safari Zone at Porto Alegre||January 25-27, 2019||Brazil||We’re excited to announce the world's first Pokémon GO Safari Zone in South America will take place along the recently revitalized Guaíba Riverbank in the beautiful city of Porto Alegre, Brazil.||
|Pokémon GO Safari Zone at Sentosa||April 18-22, 2019||Singapore||Trainers, the first Pokémon GO Safari Zone in Southeast Asia is taking place in Sentosa, Singapore! Sentosa is known for its pristine beaches, tropical landscape, and wide range of entertainment.|
|Pokémon GO Festa and Pokémon GO Week in Korea 2019||May 3-12, 2019||South Korea||The Pokémon GO Festa event was hosted in selected locations in Seoul, while the Pokémon GO Week event occured country wide at the same time.|
|Pokémon GO Fest 2019 Chicago||June 13-16, 2019||USA||Explore Pokémon habitats within Chicago's iconic Grant Park with thousands of Trainers from around the world.|
|Pokémon GO Fest 2019 Dortmund||July 4-7, 2019||Germany||Explore Pokémon habitats within Dortmund's iconic Westfalenpark with thousands of Trainers from around the world.|
|Pokémon GO Fest 2019 Yokohama||August 6-12, 2019||Japan|| There's going to be Another Pikachu Outbreak this year in the Yokohama Minato Mirai area!
Explore Pokémon habitats within Yokohama’s parks with thousands of Trainers from around the world.
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|Release date||Changes||App Store version||Release date||Changes|
|0.29.0||July 6, 2016||
||1.0||July 6, 2016||
|0.29.1||1.0.1||July 12, 2016||
|0.29.2||July 13, 2016||
||1.0.2||July 13, 2016||
|0.29.3||July 20, 2016||
||1.0.3||July 20, 2016||
|0.31.0||July 30, 2016||
||1.1.0||July 30, 2016||
|0.31.1||1.1.1||August 1, 2016||
|0.33.0||August 8, 2016||
||1.3.0||August 8, 2016||
|0.33.0||1.3.1||August 11, 2016||
|0.35.0||August 23, 2016||
||1.5.0||August 23, 2016||
|0.37.0||September 13, 2016||
||1.7.0||September 13, 2016||
|0.37.1||September 16, 2016||
||1.7.1||September 16, 2016||
|0.39.0||September 24, 2016||
||1.9.0||September 24, 2016||
|0.39.1||September 27, 2016||
|0.41.2||1.11.2||October 12, 2016||
|0.41.3||October 12, 2016||
|0.41.4||October 12, 2016||
||1.11.4||October 14, 2016||
|0.43.3||October 24, 2016||
||1.13.3||October 24, 2016||
|0.43.4||October 25, 2016||
||1.13.4||October 26, 2016||
|0.45.0||November 7, 2016||
||1.15.0||November 7, 2016||
|0.47.1||November 19, 2016||
||1.17.0||November 19, 2016||
|0.49.1||December 8, 2016||
||1.19.1||December 8, 2016||
|0.51.0||December 20, 2016||
||1.21.0||December 20, 2016||
|0.51.2||1.21.2||December 22, 2016||
|0.53.1||January 18, 2017||
||1.23.1||January 18, 2017||
|0.53.2||January 23, 2017||
||1.23.2||January 23, 2017||
|0.55.0||January 28, 2017||
||1.25.0||January 28, 2017||
|0.57.2||February 16, 2017||
||1.27.2||February 16, 2017||
|0.57.3||February 27, 2017||
||1.27.3||February 27, 2017||
|0.57.4||March 5, 2017||
||1.27.4||March 5, 2017||
|0.59.1||March 22, 2017||
||1.29.1||March 22, 2017||
|0.59.2||March 30, 2017||
|0.61.0||April 6, 2017||
||1.31.0||April 6, 2017||
|0.63.1||May 9, 2017||
||1.33.1||May 9, 2017||
|0.63.4||June 6, 2017||
||1.33.4||June 6, 2017||
|0.67.1||June 20, 2017||
||1.37.1||June 20, 2017||
|0.67.2||June 30, 2017||
||1.37.2||June 30, 2017||
|0.69.0||July 18, 2017||
||1.39.0||July 18, 2017||
|0.69.1||July 28, 2017||
||1.39.1||July 28, 2017||
|0.73.1||August 30, 2017||
||1.43.1||August 30, 2017||
|0.75.0||September 12, 2017||
||1.45.0||September 12, 2017||
|0.75.1||October 3, 2017||
||1.45.1||October 4, 2017||
|0.77.1||October 7, 2017||
||1.47.1||October 9, 2017||
|0.79.2||October 14, 2017||
||1.49.2||October 14, 2017||
|0.79.3||October 16, 2017||
|0.81.1||November 1, 2017||
||1.51.1||November 1, 2017||
|0.83.1||November 22, 2017||
||1.53.2||November 21, 2017||
|0.83.3||November 23, 2017||
||1.53.2||November 23, 2017||
|0.85.2||December 8, 2017||
||1.55.1||December 8, 2017||
|0.87.5||December 21, 2017||
||1.57.5||December 21, 2017||
|0.89.1||January 17, 2018||
||1.59.1||January 17, 2018||
|0.91.1||February 5, 2018||
||1.61.1||February 5, 2018||
|0.91.2||February 13, 2018||
||1.61.2||February 13, 2018||
|0.93.2||March 6, 2018||
||1.63.2||March 6, 2018||
|0.95.3||March 16, 2018||
||1.65.3||March 16, 2018||
|0.97.2||March 27, 2018||
||1.67.2||March 27, 2018||
|0.99.2||April 14, 2018||
Various bug fixes and performance updates.
|1.69.2||April 14, 2018||
Various bug fixes and performance updates.
|0.101.1||April 25, 2018||
||1.71.1||April 25, 2018||
|0.103.3||May 16, 2018||
||1.73.3||May 16, 2018||
|0.103.5||May 23, 2018||
||1.73.5||May 23, 2018||
|0.105.0||May 25, 2018||
||1.75.0||May 25, 2018||
|0.105.1||June 7, 2018||
||1.75.1||June 7, 2018||
|0.107.1||June 19, 2018||
||1.77.1||June 19, 2018||
|0.109.1||July 4, 2018||
||1.79.1||July 4, 2018||
|0.109.2||July 11, 2018||
||1.79.2||July 11, 2018||
|0.111.2||July 21, 2018||
||1.81.2||July 21, 2018||
|0.111.3||July 22, 2018||
||1.81.3||July 22, 2018||
|0.111.4||August 8, 2018||
||1.81.4||August 8, 2018||
|0.115.2||August 16, 2018||
||1.85.2||August 16, 2018||
|0.115.5||August 27, 2018||
||1.85.5||August 27, 2018||
|0.117.2||August 29, 2018||
||1.87.2||August 29, 2018||
|0.117.3||September 4, 2018||
||1.87.3||September 4, 2018||
|0.119.1||September 12, 2018||
||1.89.1||September 12, 2018||
|0.119.2||September 18, 2018||
||1.89.2||September 18, 2018||
|0.119.3||September 28, 2018||
||1.89.3||September 28, 2018||
|0.119.5||October 4, 2018||
||1.89.5||October 4, 2018||
|0.123.1||October 10, 2018||
||1.91.1||October 10, 2018||
|0.123.2||October 15, 2018||
||1.91.2||October 15, 2018||
|0.125.1||October 26, 2018||
||1.93.1||October 26, 2018||
|0.127.1||November 12, 2018||
||1.95.1||November 12, 2018||
|0.127.2||November 14, 2018||
||1.95.2||November 14, 2018||
|0.129.1||November 22, 2018||
||1.97.1||November 22, 2018||
|0.129.2||November 30, 2018||
||1.97.2||November 30, 2018||
|0.131.1||December 7, 2018||
||1.99.1||December 7, 2018||
|0.131.2||December 14, 2018||
||1.99.2||December 14, 2018||
|0.131.3||December 20, 2018||
||1.99.3||December 20, 2018||
|0.131.4||January 10, 2019||
||1.99.4||January 10, 2019||
|0.133.0||February 1, 2019||
||1.101.0||February 1, 2019||
|0.133.1||February 11, 2019||
||1.101.1||February 11, 2019||
|0.135.0||February 17, 2019||
||1.103.0||February 17, 2019||
|0.137.1||March 7, 2019||
||1.105.1||March 7, 2019||
|0.137.2||March 14, 2019||
||1.105.2||March 14, 2019||
|0.139.2||March 29, 2019||
||1.107.2||March 29, 2019||
|0.141.0||April 23, 2019||
||1.109.0||April 23, 2019||
|0.143.0||May 13, 2019||
||1.111.0||May 13, 2019||
|0.143.1||May 14, 2019||
||1.111.1||May 14, 2019||
|0.143.2||May 17, 2019||
||1.111.2||May 17, 2019||
|0.145.0||May 30, 2019||1.113.0|
|0.145.1||June 4, 2019||
||1.113.1||June 4, 2019||
|0.146.2||June 10, 2019||
||1.114.2||June 10, 2019||
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.
- Android devices: Android 4.4+ (rooted devices are not supported), preferred resolution of 720×1280 pixels (not optimized for tablet)
- iOS devices: iPhone 5 and newer, iOS 8 and newer (jailbroken devices are not supported)
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.
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. The partnership ended on midnight of March 15, 2018 (local time).
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.
Pokémon GO partnered with Starbucks in the United States. Starting December 8, 2016, 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.
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. However, no beta testing occurred during 2015.
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
- Australia and New Zealand: held from April 25 to June 30, 2016, announced on April 7, 2016
- United States: held from May 25 to June 30, 2016, announced on May 16, 2016
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.
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. 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.
|July 6, 2016||Australia, New Zealand|
|July 13, 2016||Germany|
|July 14, 2016||United Kingdom|
|July 15, 2016||Italy, Portugal, Spain|
|July 16, 2016||Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland|
|July 17, 2016||Canada|
|July 19, 2016||Puerto Rico|
|July 22, 2016||Japan|
|July 24, 2016||France|
|July 25, 2016||Hong Kong|
|August 3, 2016||Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela|
| August 5, 2016
August 6, 2016
|Aruba, Brunei, Cambodia, Curaçao, Fiji, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Sint Maarten, Solomon Islands, Taiwan, Thailand, Turks and Caicos Islands, Vietnam|
|September 30, 2016||Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macau, North Macedonia, Serbia|
|October 1, 2016||Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan|
| October 4, 2016
October 5, 2016
|Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Chad, Cape Verde, Cote d'Ivoire, Egypt, Eswatini, Gabon, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia|
|November 18, 2016||Bahrain, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates|
|December 14, 2016||Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka|
|January 24, 2017||South Korea|
|September 11, 2018||Russia|
- 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 and Mainland China due to security concerns. However, some Iranians are still playing the game publicly regardless.
- 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 advertising the position of Pokémon Master at the company's.
In other languages
- Offical website
- Offical Facebook page
- Offical Twitter account
- Offical Instagram account
- Offical YouTube channel
- Offical Google+ page
- Announcement of game availability on Galaxy Store
- Discontinued support for Apple Watch
- Niantic Switches to OpenStreetMap in Pokémon GO
- Recommendations for new (Pokémon GO) mappers by community members
- The Official 50 Gen 3 list : TheSilphRoad
- Generation 3 pokemon release status (wild, nest,...) : TheSilphRoad
- Alolan Rattata appearing on my sightings! : TheSilphRoad
- Celebi Quest is Live : TheSilphRoad
- : TheSilphRoad
- PSA - How to force your Eevee to evolve into your choice of Eeveelution! : pokemongo
- Official Chicago announcement
- Official Dortmund announcement
- Official Chicago announcement
- Offical Yokosuka announcement
- Official announcement
- Official Sentosa announcement
- Official Poro Alegre announcement
- Official Sentosa announcement
- Official events announcement
- Pokémon GO Fest 2019 - Chicago
- Pokémon GO Fest 2019 - Dortmund
- Pikachu Outbreak! 2019
- Pokémon GO Fest 2019 - Yokohama
- Supported devices – Pokémon GO
- Discontinued support for certain Apple devices from 2013 and older
- Pokémon GO - Demonstration - Nintendo E3 2016 (YouTube)
- News From the Pokémon GO Announcement - Pokemon.com (archived July 15, 2016)
- Globe Telecom enhances The Pokémon GO Experience for PH Gamers
- Globe Telecom is no longer sponsoring Pokémon GO in the Philippines
- Game Informer #81: Pokénomenon
- INGRESS REPORT - Begin New Journey - Raw Feed September 10 2015
- Pokémon GO - Pokemon.com (archived February 7, 2016)
- 『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
- Pokémon GO - Pokemon.com (archived March 3, 2016)
- Pokémon GO field testing will begin in Japan - Niantic, Inc.
- Pokémon GO field testing expands to Australia and New Zealand - Niantic, Inc.
- Pokémon GO field testing expands to the United States - Niantic, Inc.
- Pokémon Go GDC Presentation Canceled - www.GameInformer.com
- Pokémon GO : The Pokémon Company confirme le report français
- Pokemon Go banned by Iranian authorities over 'security' | BBC
- Pokémon Go banned by China authorities over 'safety' and 'security' | Forbes
- Iranians hunt Pokemon despite ban | Yahoo
- Google Maps: Pokémon Challenge
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