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'''Pokémon GO''' (Japanese: '''{{j|{{tt|Pokémon GO|ポケモン ゴー}}}}''') is a multiplayer, location-based, {{wp|augmented reality}} Pokémon game for {{wp|iOS}} and {{wp|Android (operating system)|Android}}. The game results from a collaboration between [[The Pokémon Company]], [[Nintendo]], and [[Niantic]], Inc., and is {{wp|Freemium|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<ref>[https://twitter.com/PokemonGoApp/status/1126967087736467457?s=20 Announcement of game availability on Galaxy Store]</ref>.
 
The game was announced at the [[Pokémon Press Conference|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]], {{wp|Bluetooth}} devices that allow players to enjoy elements of the game without looking at their phone. Compatibility with the {{wp|Apple Watch}} was added in an update on December 22, 2016. The support for Apple Watch will be dropped after July 1, 2019.<ref>[https://niantic.helpshift.com/a/pokemon-go/?p=web&s=top-articles&f=discontinued-support-for-apple-watch Discontinued support for Apple Watch]</ref>
 
==Blurb==
In the game, [[wild Pokémon]] appear on a map of the real world (based on the crowdsourced OpenStreetMap project)<ref>[https://allgamers.com/article/3496/niantic-switches-to-openstreetmap-in-pokeacutemon-go Niantic Switches to OpenStreetMap in Pokémon GO]</ref><ref>[https://blog.openstreetmap.org/2018/04/01/tips-pokemon-go-2/ Recommendations for new (Pokémon GO) mappers by community members]</ref>, 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, {{type|Water}} 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 {{ball|[[Great}} Ball]]s and {{ball|[[Ultra}} Ball]]s. 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.
 
===Locations===
 
====Special availability====
Certain species will never be obtainable through any method involving capture. [[Baby Pokémon]] can only be obtained by hatching {{pkmn|Egg}}s, and Pokémon that are evolved into using an item can only be obtained via [[evolution]]. {{alo|Sandshrew}}, {{p|Vulpix}}, {{p|Meowth}}, and {{p|Grimer}} can only be obtained from hatching 7 km Eggs.
 
Some species, while obtainable by capturing, do notneither appear normally in the wild nor evolve from Pokémon that do. Instead, these Pokémon can only be obtainedencountered through other methods.
 
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==Events==
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===Community Day===
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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===
| October 26 - November 1, 2016
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* Double candyCandy whenfor catching, hatching, or transfertransferring Pokemon.
* Buddy Pokémon earns Candy four times as fast.
* Increased spawn rates for "spooky" Pokemon (Gastly, Haunter, Gengar, Zubat, Golbat, Drowzee, Hypno).
* Special boxes containing Raid Passes in the in-game shop.
* Level 1 to 4 Raid Battles featuring Kanto Pokémon
** Level 1: Bulbasaur, Squirtle, Charmander, and Magikarp
** Level 2★★: Sandslash, Muk, Exeggutor, Lickitung, and Weezing
** Level 3★★★: Alakazam, Machamp, Gengar, Onix, Scyther, Omastar, Kabutops, and Aerodactyl
** Level 4★★★★: Golem, Rhydon, Lapras, and Snorlax
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* Raid Battles award guaranteed 3,000 Stardust for participating, and at least 1 Rare Candy for winning.
* Level 2 to 4 Raid Battles featuring {{type|Fighting}} Pokémon
** Level 2★★: Primeape, Exeggutor, Combusken, Sableye, and Mawile
** Level 3★★★: Machamp, Hitmonlee, Hitmonchan, Breloom
** Level 4★★★★: Poliwrath, Tyranitar, Aggron, Absol
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* Shiny Makuhita and Meditite
* Event-exclusive Field Research
* Level 1 to 4 Raid Battles featuring Rock-type Pokémon
** Level 1: Magikarp, Omanyte, Kabuto, Lileep, and Anorith
** Level 2★★: Sudowoodo, Magcargo, Nosepass, and Mawile
** Level 3★★★: Machamp, Aerodactyl, Shuckle, and {{tt|Solrock|Americas and Africa}}/{{tt|Lunatone|Europe, Asia, and Australia}}
** ★★★★: Golem, Rhydon, Tyranitar, Aggron, Absol
* Buddy Pokémon earns Candy four times as fast.
* Bonus XP for spinning PokéStops and Gyms (up to 10 times the usual amount if spun for the first time)
* Double Candy and Stardust when hatching Eggs.
* Raid Battles featuring {{type|Water}} Pokémon and Kyogre
** Level 1: Shellder, Magikarp, Omanyte, Kabuto, and Wailmer
** Level 2★★: Tentacruel, Croconaw, Marshtomp, and Mawile
** Level 3★★★: Machamp, Starmie, Vaporeon, and Sharpedo
** Level 4★★★★: Tyranitar, Aggron, Absol, and Walrein
** Level 5★★★★★: Kyogre
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* Shiny Shellder and Kyogre
* Caught/Evolved Breloom will know Grass Knot.
* Raid Battles exclusively featuring Hoenn Pokémon, including Kyogre and Groudon
** Level 1: Wingull, Plusle, Minun, Shuppet, and Duskull
** Level 2★★: Grovyle, Combusken, Marshtomp, Kirlia, Mawile, and Sableye
** Level 3★★★: Lunatone/Solrock{{tt|*|Opposite of region-exclusive spawn}}, Crawdaunt, and Claydol
** Level 4★★★★: Shiftry, Aggron, Absol, and Metagross
** Level 5★★★★★: Kyogre and Groudon
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* "Team Magma and Team Aqua" themed clothing items for your avatar.
* 2× catch Candy
* Level 1 to 4 Raid Battles featuring pink Pokémon
** Level 1: Ponyta, Krabby, Snubbull, Luvdisc, and Shinx
** Level 2★★: Slowbro, Electrode, Lickitung, Magmar, and Kirlia
** Level 3★★★: Ninetales, Chansey, Porygon, Flaaffy, and Miltank
** Level 4★★★★: Typhlosion, Togetic, Tyranitar, and Absol
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* Shiny Cleffa and Smoochum
* Pikachu and Eevee wearing flower crowns will make a special appearance as Field Research encounters and in the wild.
* Level 1 to 4 Raid Battles featuring Kanto Pokémon:
** Level 1: Sandshrew, Geodude, Growlithe, Grimer, and Shinx
** Level 2★★: Alolan Exeggutor, Lickitung, Electabuzz, Magmar, and Mawile
** Level 3★★★: Alolan Raichu, Machamp, Gengar, Chansey, and Aerodactyl
** Level 4★★★★: Alolan Marowak, Lapras, Snorlax, Dragonite, and Absol
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* Shiny Pidgey and Rattata
* Event-exclusive Grass-type Pokémon Field Research
* Level 1 to 4 Raid Battles featuring Grass-type Pokémon
** Level 1: Chikorita, Sunkern, Lotad, Cacnea, and Shinx
** Level 2★★: Exeggutor, Alolan Exeggutor, Grovyle, Mawile, and Roselia
** Level 3★★★: Alolan Raichu, Machamp, Tangela, and Breloom
** Level 4★★★★: Victreebel, Alolan Marowak, Tyranitar, Shiftry, and Absol
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* Lunatone and Solrock switch hemispheres
* Event-exclusive Bug-type Pokémon Field Research
* Level 1 to 4 Raid Battles featuring Bug-type Pokémon
** Level 1: Caterpie, Kricketot, Shinx, and Skorupi
** Level 2★★: Exeggutor, Pineco, Masquerain, Pineco, and Combee
** Level 3★★★: Alolan Raichu, Machamp, Scyther, Pinsir, and Shuckle
** Level 4★★★★: Alolan Marowak, Tyranitar, Ninjask, and Absol
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* Shiny Scyther
* 2× Catch Stardust and 2× Catch Candy for Pokémon appearing as part of this event
* Raid Battles featuring Ground-type Pokémon, including Groudon
** Level 1: Sandshrew, Geodude, Cubone, Swinub, and Shinx
** Level 2★★: Exeggutor, Alolan Exeggutor, Misdreavus, Gligar, and Mawile
** Level 3★★★: Alolan Raichu, Machamp, Onix, Donphan, and Claydol
** Level 4★★★★: Alolan Marowak, Rhydon, Tyranitar, and Absol
** Level 5★★★★★: Groudon
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* Shiny Diglett
** Bulbasaur, Squirtle, Charmander, Charizard, Jigglypuff, Psyduck, Growlithe, Cubone, Lickitung, Mr. Mime (Europe only), Flareon, Snorlax, Aipom, Snubbull, Loudred, and Ludicolo
* Level 1 to 4 Raid Battles featuring Pokémon from Detective Pikachu
** ★: Psyduck, Cubone, Snubbull, Lotad, and Shinx
** ★★: Alolan Exeggutor, Lickitung, Aipom, Octillery, and Mawile
** ★★★: Alolan Raichu, Arcanine, Machamp, Gengar, and Flareon
** ★★★★: Charizard, Alolan Marowak, Snorlax, and Tyranitar
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* Shiny Aipom
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| [https://pokemongolive.com/en/post/raidsonraidsonraids2019/ Extraordinary Raid Week]
| May 21 - 28, 2019
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* 2× Stardust and XP from raids
* Level 1 to 4 Raid Battles rotated for the event
** ★: Machop, Slakoth, Shinx, Bronzor
** ★★: Misdreavus, Kirlia, Mawile, Feebas, Clamperl, Bibarel
** ★★★: Alolan Raichu, Chansey, Scyther, Aerodactyl, Floatzel
** ★★★★: Alolan Marowak, Dragonite, Tyranitar, Absol, Metagross
* Raid Hour: May 22, 2019, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. (local time) - increased number of raids for all levels
* Special Raid Challenge featuring Lapras: May 25, 2019 (or May 26, 2019 in Asia-Pacific), 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
** Players may receive free Raid Passes from Gyms up to five times during event hours
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* Shiny Bronzor
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| [https://pokemongolive.com/en/post/summersnooze2019/ Summer Snooze 2019]
| May 28 - June 3, 2019
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* Drastically increased spawn rate of Snorlax, which will be asleep in the wild, to commemorate the announcement of {{g|Sleep}}.
** All will know {{m|Yawn}} as an event-exclusive move{{tt|*|Including any Munclax evolved during this period, due to an oversight}}
** Sleeping Snorlax have a 100% catch rate{{tt|*|A glitch causes the first two throws that hit to fail, but not count against inventory or bonuses, similar to a Mythical encounter from Special Research}}
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| [https://pokemongolive.com/en/post/adventureweek2019/ Adventure Week 2019]
| June 4 - 11, 2019
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* Increased spawn rates of {{type|Rock}} Pokémon
* Certain Pokémon obtainable from 2 km {{pkmn|Egg}}s (TBD)
* Raid Battles featuring Rock-type Pokémon (TBD)
* 4× Buddy Candy
* 10× XP for spinning newly visited PokéStops
* 50 km [[Adventure Sync]] reward: {{Stardust}}50,000 and 15 [[Rare Candy|Rare Candies]]
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* Shiny Onix, Anorith, and Lileep
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===Local events===
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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 Research|Field]] or [[Special Research]]. Some global events may also occur to tie-in with these local events.
 
| August 6-12, 2019
| Japan
| There's going to be Another Pikachu Outbreak this year in the Yokohama Minato Mirai area!<ref>[https://www.pokemon.co.jp/ex/pika_event/en/ Pikachu Outbreak! 2019]</ref><p>Explore Pokémon habitats within Yokohama’s parks with thousands of Trainers from around the world.<ref>[https://pokemongolive.com/events/fest/yokohama/ Pokémon GO Fest 2019 - Yokohama]</ref></p>
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* Bug fixes.
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| 0.133.0
| February 1, 2019
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* Bug fixes
| 1.101.0
| February 1, 2019
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* Bug fixes
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| 0.133.1
| February 11, 2019
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* Bug fixes
| 1.101.1
| February 11, 2019
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* Bug fixes
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| 0.135.0
| February 17, 2019
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* You can now use GO Snapshot to take photos of Pokémon in your collection
| 1.103.0
| February 17, 2019
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* You can now use GO Snapshot to take photos of Pokémon in your collection
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| 0.135.1
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| 0.137.1
| March 7, 2019
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* Bug fixes
| 1.105.1
| March 7, 2019
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* Bug fixes
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| 0.137.2
| March 14, 2019
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* Bug fixes
| 1.105.2
| March 14, 2019
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* Bug fixes
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| 0.139.2
| March 29, 2019
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* Trainers who are Best Friends will have a chance of becoming Lucky Friends
* You will be able to activate stacking notification badges for the Pokémon GO app
* Various text and bug fixes and performance updates
| 1.107.2
| March 29, 2019
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* Trainers who are Best Friends will have a chance of becoming Lucky Friends
* You will be able to activate stacking notification badges for the Pokémon GO app
* Various text and bug fixes and performance updates
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| 0.141.0
| April 23, 2019
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* Bug fixes
| 1.109.0
| April 23, 2019
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* Bug fixes
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| 0.143.0
| May 13, 2019
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* Bug fixes
| 1.111.0
| May 13, 2019
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* Bug fixes.
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| 0.143.1
| May 14, 2019
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* Bug fixes.
| 1.111.1
| May 14, 2019
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* Bug fixes.
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| 0.143.2
| May 17, 2019
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* Bug fixes.
| 1.111.2
| May 17, 2019
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* Bug fixes.
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| 0.145.0
| May 30, 2019
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| 1.113.0
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| 0.145.1
| June 4, 2019
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* Trainers! In our last release, you discovered brand-new Lure Modules to help you catch even more Pokémon from the Sinnoh region.
* What can you expect in this release?
** GO Fest-related content—Are you ready for our summer events? Our first Pokémon GO Fest of the summer is coming up! Even if you won’t be joining us June 13–16 in Chicago, there are still tons of ways to join in the fun.
| 1.113.1
| June 4, 2019
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* Trainers! In our last release, you discovered brand-new Lure Modules to help you catch even more Pokémon from the Sinnoh region.
* What can you expect in this release?
** GO Fest-related content—Are you ready for our summer events? Our first Pokémon GO Fest of the summer is coming up! Even if you won’t be joining us June 13–16 in Chicago, there are still tons of ways to join in the fun.
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| 0.146.2
| June 10, 2019
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* Same as previous version
| 1.114.2
| June 10, 2019
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* Same as previous version
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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.
 
==Compatibility==
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 [[n:Niantic puts Pokémon GO's international rollout on hold|were put on hold]] due to server issues, but resumed on July 13, 2016, with the app's [[n:Pokémon GO now available in Germany|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 {{wp|2016 Nice attack}}.<ref>[http://fr.ign.com/pokemon-go-iphone/15934/news/pokemon-go-the-pokemon-company-confirme-le-report-francais Pokémon GO : The Pokémon Company confirme le report français]</ref> The release in {{pmin|Brazil}} was only a couple of days prior to the beginning of the {{wp|2016 Summer Olympics}} in Rio de Janeiro.
 
So far, Pokémon GO has been released in all countries with access to the iOS App Store or, Google Play Store or Samsung Galaxy Store, except for {{pmin|Ukraine}}, Belarus, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, {{pmin|Turkey}}, {{pmin|the Arab world|Saudi Arabia}}, {{pmin|the Arab world|Yemen}}, Myanmar, {{pmin|Greater China|mainland China}}, {{pmin|the Arab world|Tunisia}}, {{pmin|the Arab world|Algeria}}, Mali, Senegal, Nigeria, Cameroon, the Republic of the Congo, Angola, and Zimbabwe.
 
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* 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<ref>[http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-36989526 Pokemon Go banned by Iranian authorities over 'security' | BBC]</ref> and Mainland China<ref>[https://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2017/01/10/pokemon-go-isnt-coming-to-china-any-time-soon Pokémon Go banned by China authorities over 'safety' and 'security' | Forbes]</ref> due to security concerns. However, some Iranians are still playing the game publicly regardless.<ref>[https://www.yahoo.com/tech/iranians-hunt-pokemon-despite-ban-071914210.html Iranians hunt Pokemon despite ban | Yahoo]</ref>
* 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<ref>[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YMD6xELI_k Google Maps: Pokémon Challenge]</ref> advertising the position of [[Pokémon Master]] at the company's.
 
==In other languages==
==See also==
* [[List of moves in Pokémon GO]]
* [[List of Pokémon by base stats (Pokémon GO)]]
* [[Catch rate (GO)]]
* [[List of Pokémon by catch rate (GO)]]
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