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How to Catch Detective Pikachu in Pokemon GO

With Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary‘s Detective Pikachu movie hitting the big screen tonight, the hugely popular mobile app Pokemon GO is adding a certain fuzzy gumshoe to its roster. Fortunately for fans, catching a special Detective Pikachu is very easy and you can do so by following these simple steps.

1. Select any of your Pokemon and open the AR camera in the top right corner.

2. Take a photo and get you’ll be photobombed by Detective Pikachu himself!

Find out how to catch Detective Pikachu in Pokemon Go.

3. When you return to the map, wait just a moment and Detective Pikachu will appear! You can catch him just as you would any other Pokemon. If he winds up running away, though, you’ll have to wait 24 hours to try again.


First, select the camera app in Pokemon Go to catch a Detective Pikachu.

4. Welcome to the Pokedex, Detective Pikachu! He may not be voiced by Ryan Reynolds, but he’s every bit as adorable as his big screen counterpart.

Detective Pikachu is taking a break in the Moviebill lobby.

You’ll be able to catch Detective Pikachu between now and Friday, May 17 at 1pm PDT. And that’s not all! Select Pokemon featured in the new movie will appear in raids and will also show up more frequently in the wild. Users will also receive double XP for catching Pokemon and specially themed Field Research will be available during the event alongside new themed avatar items in the style shop!

In the film, when ace private eye Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, his 21-year-old son Tim (Justice Smith) is prompted to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon partner, the titular Detective Pikachu (Ryan Reynolds). He’s a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself. Finding that they are uniquely equipped to communicate with one another, Tim and Pikachu join forces on a thrilling adventure to unravel the tangled mystery. Chasing clues together through the neon-lit streets of Ryme City—a sprawling, modern metropolis where humans and Pokémon live side by side in a hyper-realistic live-action world—they encounter a diverse cast of Pokémon characters and uncover a shocking plot that could destroy this peaceful co-existence and threaten the whole Pokémon universe.

“Detective Pikachu” also stars Kathryn Newton (Lady Bird) as Lucy, a junior reporter following her first big story; and Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai) as Lt. Yoshida.


Silas Lesnick is the Senior Editor of Moviebill. He has been covering entertainment news out of Los Angeles for more than a decade. You can reach him via e-mail or on Twitter.