Detective Pikachu Event Begins May 7, New Raids and Research

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New Event: Detective Pikachu Tie-In

On Monday, May 6, Niantic announced that an event that corresponds with the release of the Detective Pikachu movie will begin tomorrow, May 7. From then until May 17th: 

  • New raids featuring Pokemon from the movie
    • Charizard, Lickitung, Machamp pictured in video
  • Pokemon from the movie will appear more frequently in the wild
  • Shiny Aipom available
  • Detective Pikachu available as a photobomb
  • Double Catch XP
  • New Field Research
  • New clothing options in the shop

See below for full details.

Full Announcement Text


Get your detective hats ready and start looking for clues as we celebrate the one and only POKÉMON Detective Pikachu movie! Do you have what it takes to keep up with the famous caffeine-powered detective who’s about to electrify audiences all over the world?

Date + Time

  • Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at 1 p.m. to Friday, May 17, 2019, at 1 p.m. PDT (GMT −7)


  • Select Pokémon featured in the movie will appear in raids.
  • Pokémon that appear in the movie will show up more frequently in the wild.
  • If you’re lucky, you could be photobombed by a Pikachu in a detective hat—with a chance to catch one of your very own!


  • Double XP for catching Pokémon

Field Research

  • Specially themed Field Research will be available for a limited time during this event.

Avatar Items

  • Themed avatar items will be available in the Style Shop.

Don’t miss out on the limited-time celebration of the new movie POKÉMON Detective Pikachu!

—The Pokémon GO team