Seasoned Pokémon Go players are familiar with Pikachu occasionally popping into the game with new looks such as the Christmas and party hats it sported earlier this year, making the recent news of a “rare” Pikachu being added to the mobile game a plausible update. However, Niantic may be stepping further into the lore of the Pokémon franchise with a nod to the anime’s Ash Ketchum.
Japanese theater chain Toho Cinemas released a promo for the company featuring a lone, un-spun blue PokéStop being examined by a Pikachu. The distinct characteristic of this version of the electric mouse is that it’s wearing the iconic red and white hat Ash wears on the TV show, leading to the speculation that this could be Ash’s Pikachu and it’s coming to Pokémon Go.
Recently, the activities at the upcoming computer graphics conference, SIGGRAPH, were revealed to include a “rare Pikachu” release from Niantic. The promo’s release alongside this news matches up nicely enough to assume Ash’s Pikachu is indeed the rare one mentioned. As well, Toho Cinemas is a sponsor for the game, which could make this reveal legit, but Niantic will have to be the official word on if we’ll ever see this version of Pikachu.
Another interesting moment is when the shadow of Ho-Oh can be seen flying overhead, which is a nod to the premiere episode of the anime where Ash sees the bird flying by a rainbow. Of course, players have been anxiously waiting for legendary Pokémon to be added to the game, and this could be another nod to the previously announced news that legendaries would be coming this summer. Fans attending the first Pokémon Go Fest in Chicago in July may be the first to get their hands on a legendary creature, as an “ultimate gym” could provide the first level five raid battle.
Source: Game Rant