Pokémon GO

From Bulbapedia, the community-driven Pokémon encyclopedia.
(Redirected from Pokémon Go!)
Jump to: navigation, search
If you were looking for the song, see Pokémon Go! (song).
483Dialga.png This article is about an expected future event. The article's contents may change as the event approaches and more information becomes available. Please be cautious when adding information to this article, as rumors and speculation often get confused with fact; avoid any information on this subject which is not confirmed by reliable sources.

Pokémon GO
Pokémon GO
Pokemon Go Logo.png
Pokémon GO logo
Basic info
Platform: iOS, Android
Category: Real-world adventure
Location-based game
Players: 1+
Connectivity: N/A
Developer: Niantic, Inc.
The Pokémon Company
Publisher: Niantic, Inc.
Part of: Generation VI miscellaneous
Release dates
Japan: March 29, 2016 (field test)
2016 (public release)
North America: May 25, 2016 (field test)
2016 (public release)
Australia: April 25, 2016 (field test)
2016 (public release)
Europe: 2016
South Korea: N/A
China: N/A
Hong Kong: N/A
Taiwan: N/A
Japanese: Pokémon.co.jp
English: Pokémon.com
Bulbanews has multiple articles related to this subject:

Pokémon GO (Japanese: Pokémon GO) is a multiplayer, location-based, augmented reality Pokémon game for iOS and Android to be released in 2016. The game is a collaboration between The Pokémon Company, Nintendo, and Niantic, Inc.. The game will be free to download with in-app purchases.

The game was announced at a press conference in Japan on September 10, 2015. An Ingress Report released the same day stated that a closed beta would occur during Northern Hemisphere winter 2015 and that the game would be released in early 2016;[1] however, all other sources have only specified a release date of 2016, and no beta testing occurred during 2015.[2][3]

A field test was announced on March 3, 2016 that began on March 29, 2016 with selected Japanese applicants.[4][5] On April 7, 2016, registration began for the field test in Australia and New Zealand which later began on April 25, 2016.[6] On May 16, 2016, registration began for the field test in the United States which later began on May 25, 2016.[7]

A session at the Game Developers Conference featuring the game was intended to be held by Niantic CEO John Hanke on March 14, 2016, but was later cancelled due to Niantic preparing the game for beta testing and launch.[8]


In the game, wild Pokémon will appear depending on the player's real-world location, such as some Water-type Pokémon, which can only be found near water, in their native environment. When encountering a Pokémon, the player's phone will vibrate, and the player can catch them in Poké Balls before the Pokémon runs away. Pokémon can be evolved by catching multiple Pokémon of the same species. At least 100 species are available in the game. If a player catches multiple Pokémon of the same species, one of them will be able to evolve. Like in the core series, players may obtain Eggs that will hatch after traveling a certain distance. Eggs, Poké Balls, and other items can be obtained at PokéStops (Japanese: ポケストップ). PokéStops will be located at real-world locations such as museums, monuments, and historical markers.

Players can customize their appearance, such as clothing and accessories, which will be shown to other players. Players have a Pokémon Trainer level that, when raised by catching many Pokémon, will allow them to find more kinds of Pokémon to complete the Pokédex. Upon leveling up, players may join one of three teams. These teams will control Gyms which will be located at real-world locations. Each player on a team that controls a Gym can deposit a single Pokémon each in the Gym. A player can also deposit a Pokémon in an unclaimed, empty Gym to claim it for their team. Players from the other two teams can challenge the Pokémon in a Gym to a battle, and potentially gain control of the Gym. In a battle, a Trainer's Pokémon can use two attacks on the defending Pokémon. Winning against an opposing Gym lowers its Prestige, while losing against one raises it. Once a Gym's Prestige reaches zero, the defending team gives up control of that Gym. A Gym's Prestige and level can be raised by training its Pokémon.

The game will have challenges that award achievement medals upon completion. Medals can be viewed from a player's profile.

Some items and features can be obtained as in-app purchases, including PokéCoins, which can be traded for power-ups, extra items, and other enhancements.

Junichi Masuda is looking at ways for the game to connect with the next entry in the core series Pokémon games.

Pokémon GO Plus

Pokémon GO Plus is a peripheral associated with the game, developed and manufactured by Nintendo. It will be released in late July 2016 for $34.99 USD. It notifies the player about in-game events, such as the appearance of wild Pokémon, via multicolor LED and vibration. It communicates with the player's phone via Bluetooth. It is possible to catch wild Pokémon and carry out other actions by using the button on the device.

Pokémon GO Plus can be worn either by clipping it to clothing, or on a wristband.


  • This is the only Pokémon game to have the word "Pokémon" spelled in Latin letters in its Japanese name.

See also

External links


SNES: Picross NP Vol. 1
Nintendo 64: Pokémon Snap
Game Boy Color: Pokémon Picross
Nintendo DS: Pokémon DashLearn with Pokémon: Typing Adventure
Pokémon ConquestPokéPark: Fishing Rally DS
Nintendo 3DS: Pokédex 3D (Pro) • Pokémon Art Academy
The Thieves and the 1000 PokémonPokémon ShufflePokémon Picross
Great Detective Pikachu ~Birth of a New Duo~Nintendo Badge Arcade
Wii U: Pokkén Tournament
PC: Pokémon Project Studio Red and BluePokéROMs
Pokémon Masters ArenaPokémon PC MasterPokémon Team Turbo
Pokémon Team Rocket Blast OffPokémon Poké Ball LauncherPokémon Seek & Find
Mobile: PokématePokémon Say Tap?Pokédex for iOSPokémon TVCamp Pokémon
Pokémon JukeboxPokémon Shuffle MobileDancing? Pokémon Band
Pokémon Photo BoothPokémon ComasterPokémon GO
Arcade: Dance! PikachuPikachu's Great Surfing AdventurePokémon: Crayon Kids
Pokémon: Wobbuffet Fell Down!Pokémon Get Round and Round
Pokémon Tug of War Tournament: Absolutely Get Medal!Pokémon Medal World
Pokémon Card Game GachaPokémon: Battle NinePokkén Tournament
Sega Pico: Pokémon: Catch the Numbers!
Pokémon Advanced Generation: I've Begun Hiragana and Katakana!
Pokémon Advanced Generation: Pico for Everyone Pokémon Loud Battle!
Advanced Pico Beena: Pokémon Advanced Generation: Pokémon Number Battle!
Intellectual Training Drill Pokémon Diamond & Pearl: Letter and Number Intelligence Game
Pokémon Diamond & Pearl: Search for Pokémon! Adventure in the Maze!
Pokémon Best Wishes: Intelligence Training Pokémon Big Sports Meet!
Tech demos: Pikachu: DS Tech Demo
Self-contained: Pokémon PikachuPokémon Pikachu 2 GSPokémon Poké BallPokéwalker
Cyber Poké BallCyber PokédexCyclone 2Digital Poké Ball D & PElectronic Hand-Held Yahtzee
Pokémon game templates

Project Sidegames logo.png This article is part of Project Sidegames, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on the Pokémon Sidegames.