Pokémon GO Celebrating Fifth Anniversary of Launch With Special In-App Events

Today marks the fifth anniversary of Pokémon GO launching on iPhone, allowing people to get out in the world and catch Pokémon using augmented reality, and developer Niantic is celebrating with several in-app events over the next week and a bit.

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Between Tuesday, July 6 at 10:00 a.m. and Thursday, July 15 at 8:00 p.m. local time, players will have the chance to capture a Flying Pikachu with a 5-shaped balloon in the wild, and Darumaka will also be appearing more frequently. Fireworks will also be returning to the Pokémon GO map in celebration of the fifth anniversary of the game.

Niantic outlined the complete in-game events and bonuses that will be available during the celebration week in a blog post. Players are advised to be aware of their surroundings and follow guidelines from local health authorities when playing Pokémon GO.

Pokémon GO has received several major updates over the last five years, including an improved AR+ experience, Raid Battles, Field Research, and more. The game can be downloaded for free on the App Store, with PokéCoins and other in-app purchases available.

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Top Rated Comments

rjp1 Avatar
38 months ago

Do people still play this?
Over 150 million users and $1 billion in revenue last year - take a guess.
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
iBungie Avatar
38 months ago

Do people still play this?
Yes, I do. Nearing Level 42 and don't make in app purchases. Gets me out walking.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Michael Scrip Avatar
38 months ago

Registered users are not active users and the billion comes from the same 10 people still playing this game.
A billion dollars is still a billion dollars, no?

:p
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JGIGS Avatar
38 months ago

Registered users are not active users and the billion comes from the same 10 people still playing this game.
A billion is coming from 10 people? I guess Gates, Cook, Zuck and Bezos are among them?
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
marty1980 Avatar
38 months ago
i am in multiple chats for Pokémon Go players, locally. Tons of players have been there since day 1, including me. My primary group is about 700 active players.

Changing jobs (before the pandemic) reduced my time greatly because my new job was not anywhere near anything useful in PoGo. Remote raids helped me a lot when they were introduced.

I play a little each day to complete tasks and get my daily sticker. I don’t spend a lot of money, but I will spend $10 here or there. Mostly to get incubators.

I’ve missed out on more recent legendary and unique Pokémon and I’ve never done Go Fest. I enjoy the game. Lots of people were playing went I went downtown on Saturday with my kids. We were doing other stuff, but I still got my shiny tepig and evolved it before community day was over.

They aren’t charging for the 5-year event. It’s just a flying pikachu, a Darumaka, and some other stuff that everybody can get.

People have always been haters towards this game. I don’t care. I enjoy it and so do many people in my community.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Am3r1ca16 Avatar
38 months ago

Do people still play this?
pEoPle sTiLL pLAy tHiS?

I live in NYC and there are huge discord community where people can connect with other pogo players. If you ever head to Byrant park/central park you'd be lying if you couldn't spot a pogo player.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)