Detective Pikachu Returns

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Way back in 2016, Nintendo and Gamefreak released the original Detective Pikachu game for the 3ds. This game eventually spawned its very own movie, but then it sort of fell off of the face of the earth beyond a few bits-and-pieces like a Pokemon Go tie-in. Well, it seems that the detective is back, as Nintendo has announced Detective Pikachu Returns, and naturally we get our very own  tie-in for the upcoming game once again.

Detective Pikachu Returns

Event Start Event End
October 5, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. local time. October 9, 2023 at 8:00 p.m. local time.
  • Pikachu will be available in a Detective Hat, and will be able to evolve into Raichu with a Detective hat.
  • 1x XP for spinning Pokestops
  • Once per day, it will be possible to take a snapshot and get a photobomb with Detective Hat Pikachu
  • An Event-Themed Collection Challenge will be available
  • Event-themed Timed Research will be available
  • An avatar pose inspired by Detective Pikachu will be available in the shop
  • A selection of event-themed Pokemon willl spawn more frequently in the wild
  • A selection of event-themed Pokemon will be available via Field Research Tasks

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Pikachu wearing a detective hat will be appearing in Pokémon GO for a limited time! Celebrate the release of Detective Pikachu Returns on Nintendo Switch by completing themed Timed Research in the Detective Pikachu Returns Event. For more details on Detective Pikachu Returns, please see the official website.

Detective Pikachu Returns Event

Thursday, October 5, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. to Monday, October 9, 2023 at 8:00 p.m. local time.

Wild Encounters

The following Pokémon will appear more frequently in the wild.

Pikachu wearing a detective hat^


Slowpoke wearing a hat

Alolan Exeggutor*










If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!

^ You can obtain Raichu wearing a detective hat by evolving Pikachu wearing a detective hat.

Field Research task encounters

Themed Field Research tasks will be available!

You can encounter the following Pokémon by completing Field Research tasks!




If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!

Collection Challenge

Take on Field Research tasks to complete the event-themed Collection Challenge!

Event Bonuses

Trainers can enjoy surprise encounters with Pikachu wearing a detective hat once per day by taking snapshots.

2× XP for spinning PokéStops during the event.

Detective Pikachu Returns Event Timed Research

Help Professor Willow track down a “Pokémon of interest” in this Timed Research story. Complete Field Research tasks to earn an encounter with Pikachu wearing a detective hat!

Please note that Timed Research expires. The tasks associated with this Timed Research must be completed and their rewards must be claimed before Monday, October 9, 2023, at 8:00 p.m. local time.

New Avatar Pose

Channel your favorite electrifying detective with the Detective Pikachu Avatar Pose, available in the store starting on October 5, 2023!

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—The Pokémon GO team

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