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​'Pokémon Go' Adds New Features For Two-Year Anniversary

​'Pokémon Go' Adds New Features For Two-Year Anniversary

To celebrate their second birthday, Niantic has decided to add a couple of new features to their mobile game Pokémon Go.

Since its release in 2016, the game has had a bit of a bumpy journey. It was a massive hit when it first released, and then it dropped, then it climbed, then down it went again.

Recently, however, Pokémon Go has managed to achieve a similar player base to when it launched, which is quite an impressive feat.

To celebrate their anniversary and success, special versions of Pikachu and Pichu rocking sunglasses and summer hats will be available in the wild until 31 July.

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Credit: Niantic
Credit: Niantic

Also, players who've caught 300 Pikachus and have earned a Gold badge doing so will receive special clothing items.

We've had the yellow critter sporting Santa hats and party hats before, so that particular news item mightn't seem that exciting, but this next snippet most certainly is...

It's been confirmed that mythical Pokémon Celebi will be coming into the game in 'the near future', and will replicate the struggles players faced when unlocking the legendary Mew.

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Yet again, we think you'll have to complete a new set of research tasks given to you by Professor Willow, before you have the chance of catching one.

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Last time we had to round up a massive 400 Magikarp candies as one part of the challenge, which allowed us to evolve the little fish into the sea dragon Gyarados, and we expect something similar to return.

This is pretty much all we know regarding the anniversary, but this weekend is also host to something special.

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Community Day will be taking place on Sunday and it will include a higher spawn rate for Squirtles, and some of them will come partnered with shades just like he did in the anime.

Also, if you happen to evolve a Wartortle to a Blastoise before the end of Community Day, it'll learn the powerful Hydro Cannon water-type move.

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So, that's a summary of some new stuff coming to the popular mobile game - what do you think? Are you impressed? Let us know.

Featured Image Credit: Niantic

Topics: Entertainment, Pikachu, pokemon go, Niantic, Technology

Matthew McGladdery

Matthew McGladdery graduated with a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Salford University, where he worked at Revolution 96.2, Global Radio, and Fleetwood F.C. When he left university, he took on the role of co-editor for the Salfordian and worked as freelancer for the likes of BBC Sport. He continues to work in sport but loves talking all things Xbox, PS4, and PC just as much.