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Rare Pikachu added to Pokemon Go as part of April Fools’ day

Published: 1/Apr/2019 9:25 Updated: 1/Apr/2019 15:43

by Paul Cot


April Fools’ jokes are appearing everywhere and Niantic couldn’t resist the opportunity to include their own in Pokemon Go.

April Fools’ jokes going too far

There are plenty of Apil Fools’ jokes that could be included in Pokemon Go. Frequently seen Pokemon disguised as the likes of Mewtwo, Mew or Giratina and fake shiny Pokemon are just a couple of ideas.

Thankfully, Niantic have avoided these though, as a lot of Pokemon Go trainers may not have found the funny side of such disappointment. For every trainer that had a shiny taken away from them, another would have been composing a not so friendly message for the Pokemon Go developers.

Instead, Niantic have opted for a light hearted and less frustrating way to get involved in April Fools’ day.

Ash Ketchum appears in Pokemon Go

The main protagonist of the Pokemon anime series is reportedly in Pokemon Go. Ash Ketchum, a play on the Pokemon slogan “gotta catch ’em all”, is apparently channelling his inner Smeargle and photo-bombing trainers’ photos.

Serebii have reported Ash is appearing in random photos, but it has yet to be confirmed elsewhere or by anyone in the Pokemon Go community.

@AvanKaamShiny Pikachu! Not confirmed if it’s real…

Rare hat Pikachu

What has been confirmed though, is ‘Ash hat Pikachu’ has returned. While using the Pokemon Go Snapshot feature, Pikachu, wearing Ash’s hat, will occasionally photobomb.

This results in the rare hat variant of Pikachu spawning, giving you a chance to capture it. It has also been confirmed that a shiny form is available.

Feedback suggests finding a shiny version of a hat wearing Pikachu is far more common in comparison to normal shiny odds. One Pokemon Go player stated the trick to getting a shiny hat wearing Pikachu is to change the name of one of your shiny legendary Pokemon to April 1. Unfortunately though, this was an April Fools’ joke in itself.

Of course, this feature was first adopted by the elusive Smeargle. A key difference is that Pikachu will photobomb more regularly, but can only be caught a reported maximum of five times.

It isn’t clear at this stage whether this special Pikachu will be available after April Fools’ day.


Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer transforms into Nessa in epic TikTok

Published: 24/Nov/2020 21:00 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 22:59

by Brent Koepp


A Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer made waves on TikTok after sharing her mind-blowing transformation in Gen 8’s Water-type Gym Leader, Nessa.

The Pokemon franchise entered its eighth generation with the release of Sword & Shield on the Nintendo Switch. The 2019 RPG introduced players to a whole new cast of characters and was the debut of the Galar region.

A talented cosplayer celebrated the game by bringing popular character Nessa to life with an insanely accurate portrayal. The artist’s stunning video transformation into the Gym Leader will leave fans of the Water-type Trainer in awe.

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The Sword & Shield Gym Leader has already become a fan-favorite.

Pokemon cosplayer transforms into Gym Leader Nessa

At the start of the Gen 8 title, the protagonist receives an invitation to the Pokemon League by reigning Champion Leon. On the player’s quest to become the very best, they face off against a host of new Gym Leaders – including Nessa of Hulbury.

Cosplayer ‘nerdtasticmel’ made a splash on Instagram after sharing her incredible true-to-life take on the Trainer. The artist faithfully recreated the heroine’s signature two-piece white and blue Galar league uniform.

Mel’s re-creation of the attire is full of little details, such as the water drop logo on her crop top and the number 049 on her swim shorts. She also faithfully included the character’s belly button chain accessory which wraps around her stomach.


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As if that wasn’t impressive enough, the cosplayer uploaded a video to TikTok which shows how much work goes into artist’s bringing their favorite characters to life. The clip shows nerdtasticmel’s epic transformation in the Sword & Shield heroine.


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Despite only releasing at the end of 2019, the eighth gen RPG is already the third-highest selling game in the entire franchise. Proof that Pokemon’s addicting “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” design is more popular than it’s ever been.

In October, the title got its second major DLC expansion, The Crown Tundra. While it’s unclear if the add-on will be the last content the Switch release gets, the update closed out the Galar region with an epic finale.