Pokemon GO's Anniversary Event Will Let You Capture Ash's Pikachu

One of the biggest gaming phenomenons in recent memory was released exactly a year ago. Pokemon GO will celebrate the occasion with Pikachu, of course.

Today Niantic announced a new event that will run from July 7 to July 25. In it, players will be able to acquire a special Pikachu wearing Ash's hat, along with some other goodies:

You'll also be able to stock up for Raid Battles and the events ahead with the special limited-time Anniversary Box, which will include Incubators, Max Revives, Ultra Balls, and Raid Passes at a discount in the in-game shop.

For some, these additions may seem paltry, especially given that we still haven't gotten features such as trading or legendary monsters. In an interview with The Verge, Niantic CEO John Hanke said that the explosive popularity of the game has affected its development:

We lost probably six months on our schedule because of the success of the game. Really all the way through November and December, from launch onward we were rebuilding and rewiring infrastructure just to keep the game running at the scale that we were running at. We were fortunate to have a massive launch, a massive success, and many, many more users than we had planned for. But we had to redirect a substantial portion of the engineering team to [work on] infrastructure versus new features. That switched off things like extending gyms, it pushed out things we still want to have, like player-versus-player and trading. I'd say we're about six months behind where we thought we would be.

For now, let's just enjoy the Pikachu.


    Raid battles seem to be a fail for me, im the only one playing pokemon go at my local at the time....

    how am I supposed to take on a raid by myself?

      Level 1 and 2 can be done solo, but above that is pushing it.

      I have the same issue. It's even worse, if you join late then you can't join the party that is already fighting. I've seen a few Magicarp raids, those are easy :)

        I got Discord specifically to chat to people to find out who was going to raids.
        My area also has a group or two on Telegram, but Discord is better.

    Luckily and unfortunately for me the raid levels in my city seem to always be low.

    First raid I have done was in a small country town VS a magikarp, good times hah. I still play this occasionally and find it a nice distraction when working away from home for a few days.

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