To celebrate the holiday season, a festive Pikachu is coming to Pokemon Go for a limited time.
From now until December 29th, players of the mobile app will be able to capture an adorable Pikachu that is wearing a Santa hat. Niantic refers to this as a limited edition Pikachu, and so presumably you can only capture it from now until the 29th but it will hang on to its Santa hat forever. However, what’s not immediately clear is what will happen to the Pikachu when you evolve it. Will it stay festive?
Just minutes after the update launched, some Pokemon Go players already captured their Christmas Pikachu and evolved it, determined to have this very question answered. It turns out, your festive Pikachu will indeed keep its Christmas hat if you evolve it into Raichu. Here’s what that looks like courtesy of Reddit user Wotabofft:
This holiday Pikachu was launched as part of Niantic’s big December 12th update. In addition, the company also announced the release of several new Pokemon including Togepi and Pichu, which are only available through hatching eggs.
It’s unclear if this is the extent of Pokemon Go‘s holiday festivities, but considering the game’s Halloween and Thanksgiving events were much more involved than simply giving one Pokemon a hat, it would not be surprising to see another announcement about a Christmas event in the coming days. For Halloween and Thanksgiving, trainers received some sort of bonus for playing during a certain period of time (candy for Halloween and double XP and Stardust for Thanksgiving).
Getting the new Pokemon, including the holiday Pikachu, does not require a game update; simply open your app and get hunting. Also, Niantic mentioned in its announcement that Pikachu spawns will be increased during this Christmas event, so even if you’re not that enthused by the Santa hat, this also serves as a great time to finally catch more Pikachu.