Pokemon GO Detective Pikachu Returns Event: Date and Time, Event Exclusive Encounters, Event Bonuses, and More

Put on your detective hat and solve some cases.

Pokemon GO Detective Pikachu Returns Event
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To celebrate the upcoming launch of Detective Pikachu Returns, Pokemon GO has announced an upcoming event, Pokemon GO Detective Pikachu Returns Event, to celebrate that gruff, coffee-loving Pikachu that we know and adore. There are many aspects to the Detective Pikachu Returns Event in Pokemon GO, and you can discover them all below; no detective work is required.

Pokemon GO Detective Pikachu Returns All Event Details

Who can refuse a middle-aged Pikachu with a caffeine addiction? To make the most of this exciting event, note all the research below so that you are best clued in!

Event Date and Time

The Pokemon GO Detective Pikachu Returns Event will be held on Thursday, October 5, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. to Monday, October 9, 2023, at 8:00 p.m. local time.

Wild Encounters

The following Pokemon can be encountered for the duration of the event.

Pikachu (wearing a detective hat)
Slowpoke (wearing a hat)
Alolan Exeggutor

Field Research Task Encounters

The following Pokemon will be able to be encountered for the duration of the event during Field Research Task encounters.


Event Bonuses

The following Event Bonuses will be active for the duration of the event.

  • Trainers will be able to encounter a Pikachu wearing a detective hat once a day by taking a Snapshot.
  • Trainers will receive 2X XP for spinning PokeStops during the event.

Detective Pikachu Returns Event Timed Research

During the Detective Pikachu Returns Event, trainers will have access to free event timed research with its own story. This story focuses on Professor Willow who is attempting to track down a “Pokemon of interest”. During this research, trainers will be able to have the opportunity to find Pikachu wearing a detective hat via Field Research tasks.

As this is timed research, you will have to have it completed by Monday, October 9, 2023, at 8:00 p.m. local time.

New Avatar Pose and Collection Challenge

From October 5, 2023, you will be able to purchase a new avatar pose from the in-game store in the style of the famous yellow detective himself!

During this event, trainers will also be able to participate in a Collection Challenge which will most likely feature Pokemon relevant to the Detective Pikachu series!

That’s it for the upcoming Pokemon GO Detective Pikachu Event. What a fun way to get excited for the upcoming sequel. If you’re curious to learn more about this pint-size detective, here is who will be voicing him in the upcoming title.

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Priscilla Wells

Priscilla is both the weekend editor and a freelance writer at Prima Games. She began working at Prima Games in early 2023. Prior to this, she spent nine years writing for both her own personal gaming blog, and other related websites. Priscilla has grown up playing video games, and most often plays her PS5 and Nintendo Switch consoles. You can find her playing Final Fantasy XIV, RuneScape, Pokemon GO, or lost in the latest RPG to release. She is an Australian living in the United States with her American husband, three children, and her Basset Hound. Before moving to the United States, Priscilla obtained a Bachelors of Secondary Education majoring in English and Japanese Language. This allowed her to teach English and Japanese in a high school setting. You can follow her on Twitter/X at @Cilllah