(App Download) Pokémon GO is celebrating its first birthday

Jesse Han   2017.07.07 6:08   Jesse Han  

It’s been a year since the Pokémon GO was first playable, during July 2016. First only in New Zealand, then more and more countries. Maybe you have already forgotten what it was like for the first time to start the AR game. Maybe you have heard from someone that the Pikachu can be caught and the first Pokémon was where you swiped a ball.

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There is no doubt that the Pokémon GO is extremely popular all over the world. It is a great success. Actually, the game beat all records when it comes to number of players.

Now Niantic has started to celebrate the first anniversary of Pokémon GO. In fact, the Japan company announced the news last month.  

To celebrate the first anniversary, Niantic introduced a large lot of innovations, such as trek to more players and renovated gyms. Alongside these new features, you can also capture a special Pikachu wearing the famous hat of Ash of the first animated Pokémon series. There is also a special anniversary box among in-app purchases.

The period for the celebrating event is from July 6 at 1:00 P.M. PDT to July 24 at 1:00 P.M. PDT.

So do you want to join the party of celebration?Pokemon.GO.celebrating

Happy Birthday, Pokémon GO!


It’s hard to believe that Pokémon GO launched just a year ago, and what an amazing year it’s been! Since joining us last July, you’ve demonstrated the true power of Pokémon GO and augmented reality gaming by searching for Pokémon in the real world, exploring on foot, building new friendships, and discovering new places right in your own neighborhoods. Throughout this incredible journey, you’ve caught over 125 billion Pokémon and made countless memories along the way. But there are many more adventures still to come.

Just a few weeks ago, the one-year anniversary celebration kicked off with a bang. You and millions of other Trainers went outside to battle in revamped Gyms and participate in Raid Battles with family and friends for the first time, but this was only the beginning of an action-packed couple of months. The celebration continues with a special Pikachu wearing a familiar hat appearing all over the world. From July 6 at 1:00 P.M. PDT to July 24 at 1:00 P.M. PDT, Pikachu discovered in the wild will be wearing Ash’s famous hat from the Pokémon animated series, so make sure you don’t miss out on your opportunity to catch one! 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.

Stay tuned for even more exciting news over the coming weeks, including additional information on Pokémon GO Fest Chicago this July, events hosted at select Unibail-Rodamco locations this August and September in Europe, and Pokémon GO events at the Pikachu Outbreak in Yokohama, Japan, this August!

—The Pokémon GO team