Lots of games are getting ready for their tradition Halloween events at the moment and Pokémon GO is no different, with festivities already due to start this week.
But amongst the usual spooky additions, there’s the brand-new idea of special costumed versions of Pikachu, Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle – including shiny versions.
You’ll only be able to get them via raids but Bulbasaur will be wearing a Shedninja outfit, Charmander has a Cubone skull, and Squirtle has a Yamask hat. Pikachu will also be available in the wild and is wearing a Mimikyu outfit, which is very meta because the real Mimikyu already wears a costume of Pikachu.
Here’s everything you need to know to have a spooky time on this year’s Halloween.
Be spooked by the new
The Pokemon Go Halloween event is introducing a number of changes this year, and first up is Yamask! This Ghost-type Pokemon will be introduced to Pokemon Go for the first time, along with its shiny form, which alters the black and red to blue and gold.
When does the Pokémon GO Halloween event start?
The Halloween event starts on Thursday, 17 October at 9 pm BST in the UK and ends on Friday, 1 November at 8 pm GMT. Since there is plenty of ghost type pokémon there’s always lots of options for new additions at this time of year, and this time it’s Gen V character Yamask, who evolves into Cofagrigus – who will also have a shiny version for you to try and catch.
Legendary Pokémon Darkrai will also be making an appearance in Tier 5 raids and there’ll be a new set of special research quests to complete which will grant you the Halloween-friendly pokémon Spiritomb.
Saving the best for last
Finally, there’s a bunch of special shadow Pokémon available from Team Rocket Pokéstops, namely: Weedle, Kakuna, Beedrill, Electabuzz, Magmar, Lapras, Mareep, Seedot, Nuzleaf, Sableye, Trapinch, Cacnea, Shuppet, and Duskull.
All that is in addition to ordinary research tasks, new avatar items, and double candy when catching, hatching, or transferring pokémon.