Pokémon Go is teaming up with its tabletop counterpart for a crossover event that will release a handful of new features to the mobile game.
The Pokémon Trading Card Game is getting a Pokémon Go-themed expansion in July, bringing several Niantic AR pocket monsters to physical cards. according to one blog post (opens in new tab)Pokémon Go will be holding a crossover event from June 16-30 to coincide with the launch and will release a handful of new releases for the mobile game.
Chief among them is a new version of Pikachu. The electric mouse will soon be found in the wild wearing a hat. It’s not just any hat, either, but a Pokémon TCG hat – which equates to a blue baseball cap emblazoned with the two crossed Pokémon cards on the front. It will be joined by the Bug/Water-type Wimpod and its evolved form Golisopod, which will also make its debut.
Six collection challenges will be released during the event, tasked with capturing specific pocket monsters that are part of the upcoming Pokémon TCG expansion set: Pokémon Go. The challenges will be of varying difficulty and will reward you with XP, Lures, Incubators, and the chance to encounter Venasuar, Blastoise, Meltan, and Charizard – which is still one of the best Fire-type Pokémon in Pokémon Go.
Three additional challenges will be released on June 23, and several limited-time raids will be available throughout. Any Mewtwo that gets caught in its five-star attack during the crossover event will know Charged Psychic Assault as an added bonus.
Pokémon Go hasn’t had a slowdown in recent weeks, with its most recent Community Day launching on May 21. And it won’t slow down for Amazon Prime members. Anyone who has signed up for Amazon’s premium service will be able to receive several freebies in the coming months. Don’t expect a Pikachu in a hat to be among them, though.