Investigation Start: Detective Pikachu Event

Please bear with me, I’m writing this as I’m coming off a bad migraine and two Mesprit raids in the pouring rain in what can be described as a typical Bank Holiday Monday in the UK.

Well I just got a notification and it looks like we’re having a Detective Pikachu event this week. As one of those people that’s booked their tickets to see the film (yay), I’m hyped. There are some interesting things happening, so let’s dive in:

  • The event will take place from Tuesday May 7th 1pm PDT until Friday May 17th at 1pm PDT.
  • Select Pokemon featured in the movie will appear in raids.
  • Pokemon that appear in the movie will show up more frequently in the wild.
  • You can obtain your very own detective hat Pikachu by being photobombed. Yes, as a massive Danganronpa fan, I already have my nicknames picked. Obviously.
  • Double XP for catching Pokemon.
  • Specific Field Research will be available for this duration.
  • New avatar items!

As for the specific Pokemon featured in the trailers, and I can assure that it’s possible that for every evolved form Pokemon featured (Charizard, Machamp, Ludicolo ect.) will also feature their pre-evolved forms, of which Pokemon such as Machamp, Charmander and Lotad have shiny forms presently).

It’s a shame Gen 5 isn’t presently out yet, because I adore Joltik. But my friend Steve will be happy about the inclusion of Sneasel – Weavile is among his favourite Pokemon.

However I can assume with the way past events have been with only select Pokemon being available for events, we would see a less varied event than we would expect, just as a taster.

I would be upset if Growlithe or Snubbull weren’t part of the event – I still need shinies of both, and to be frank, Snubbull is actually quite adorable in the trailers.

I just wanted to quickly go over this because it’s been a while since I’ve done an event post like this. I’ll probably do a review of Detective Pikachu when it comes out but despite having been a Film Studies student, I am terrible at film reviews.

Also Ludicolo is the featured image because Ludicolo is awesome. No questions.


I’m making a quick edit to the post after I learned some things about the Detective Pikachu event. According to Chrales, we can safely assume that the more frequent spawns will be Bulbasaur, Flareon, Psyduck, Jigglypuff, Aipom and Snubbull – and most likely Pikachu.

We will be given four new Research tasks:

  • Catch the Seed Pokemon that is seen walking in a river (Bulbasaur)
  • Catch the Fire-type Evolution of Eevee (Flareon)
  • Catch the Water-type Pokemon carried in a backpack (Psyduck)
  • Catch {?} Jigglypuff, Aipom or Snubbull

The Research descriptions carry over the theme of them being cryptic, as if you have to solve them yourself. But looking into the trailer, we already know what Pokemon correspond with which Research tasks, however I have no information on the rewards for each task.

My main hypothesis of there being select chosen Pokemon to represent the event was correct – the Pokemon chosen also all have shinies out (except for Flareon and Jigglypuff, whose shiny forms cannot be caught in the wild – they have to be evolved from Eevee and Igglybuff respectively).

Speaking of Eevee, I do also have some information from Chrales regarding it. That will be on another post coming shortly.

10 thoughts on “Investigation Start: Detective Pikachu Event

    1. poketravellerlola

      It’s raining most of the time up here, plenty of chance at a shiny Lotad! Also I just found out via GoHub that shiny Aipom will be released too!


      1. Tim

        I’m bummed I didn’t get a shiny Scyther while that event was going on. Yet I got multiple shiny Diglett and Shuckle. I know the weirdness in shiny rates is very based on sample size, but it’s still frustrating.


      2. poketravellerlola

        I didn’t even get a shiny Shuckle, I think the error 25 affected it though. On the plus side I did get a lucky shiny Shuckle in the end. I found Scyther to be needlessly rarer than the other spawns

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      3. Tim

        That’s pretty cool. I tend to get a lot of the shinies I don’t want (Charmander, Pikachu, Diglett) while not getting most of the shinies I wanted until much later (Scyther, Shuppet, Murkrow). Murkrow in particular is a challenge, as I’m at over 1500 encounters and zero shinies found.


      4. poketravellerlola

        Damn, I feel bad. I managed to get 3 shiny Murkrow. I usually spend ages feeling salty at the shinies my mum gets first, and then I end up with loads. She had shiny Shellder and Togepi first – I’ve now had 3 Shellder and 4 Togepi since. Still waiting on shiny Magby and Igglybuff to complete the shiny baby set!


      5. Tim

        I’m oddly in a similar boat. For example, I’ve hatched more shiny Wynaut (3) than I have Mime Jr. of any kind (0).


      6. poketravellerlola

        I don’t think Mime Jr. has been released yet, purely because of the regional issue in relation to Mr. Mime. I was expecting it to be released with Bonsly and Happiny but no such luck yet. It’s a shame because it’s so adorable.

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      7. Tim

        For some reason I thought it was out. That might just be my own confusion more than anything. I’m really looking forward to the rest of Gen IV getting released so we can get to Gen V. Gens III and IV are probably my least favorites in terms of the Pokemon in them (aside from evolutions from gens I/II), while Gen V introduces some of my favorites. Writing the post I put up yesterday reminded me how much I need a Leavanny.


      8. poketravellerlola

        I literally just wrote a post about the rumoured ‘Raid Week’ and the state of Gen 4 right now. I just want Gen 4 to be released fully so we can focus on Gen 5 later on, which I’m really excited for!

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