Pokemon GO celebrates its second anniversary with Summer Style Pikachu and Articuno Day

The team pointed out that Pikachu and Pichu will start making “more frequent” appearances in the game from July 6 till July 31.

  • Updated: July 7, 2018 4:49 PM IST
Pokemon GO 2nd anniversary 2018

Image credit: The Pokemon GO Team

Pokemon GO, the Augmented Reality-based game that took the world by a storm has turned two. That’s right, the game that some people termed as a temporary phenomenon has managed to not only survive but rather thrive for about two years with hundreds of thousands of players across the globe. The team behind Pokemon GO thanked its players in a blog post on its official website while making a special announcement as a celebration of the game and the community. According to the post, one of the key Pokemon from pop culture, Pikachu will join to celebrate the second anniversary.

The team pointed out that Pikachu and Pichu will start making “more frequent” appearances in the game from July 6 till July 31. In addition to that, players can see a “special ‘Summer Style’ Pikachu” that will sport a straw hat and sunglasses throughout the month. The announcement also pointed out that Pikachu Fan Avatar items will be available for purchase for users and players “with a gold Pikachu Fan medal will be able to purchase all related items.” This includes a T-shirt and Pikachu ears.

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The announcement also revealed that “Special Research on the Mythical Pokemon Celebi” will be rolling out across the globe “in the near future.” If you think that’s all then you are mistaken as this second-anniversary announcement was followed up by Pokemon GO Articuno Day. According to a report by, July 7 will also mark Pokemon GO Articuno Day.

This was revealed by the Pokemon GO team last month along with information that it “will be a mini-event of its own.” The rewards for Articuno Day were the bonuses that players would get after completing global challenges during Dortmund Safari Zone. According to the report, Fans will have a three-hour window to score best bonuses that include the Legendary Pokemon Articuno itself.

According to the announcement “Trainers worldwide will be given five free Raid Passes when they spin a Photo Disc at a Gym for Articuno Day, featuring the Legendary Pokemon Articuno.” The message from Niantic went on to add, “On Saturday, July 7, Articuno will be available in Raid Battles around the world for a three-hour period. And if you’re lucky, you may be able to encounter its Shiny form.” The report pointed out that Articuno Day will fun from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm in India.

  • Published Date: July 7, 2018 4:44 PM IST
  • Updated Date: July 7, 2018 4:49 PM IST