How to Catch Captain Pikachu in Pokémon Go: A Guide to the Timed Research Event

In the world of Pokémon Go, there’s always something new and exciting happening. The latest buzz is all about Captain Pikachu, a special variant of everyone’s favorite electric rodent, Pikachu. This unique character, donning a Captain Hat, has made its debut in the game as part of a collaboration event with Pokémon Horizons.

How to Catch Captain Pikachu in Pokémon Go: A Guide to the Timed Research Event
How to Catch Captain Pikachu in Pokémon Go | Image Credit: The Pokemon Company

A Special Pikachu Variant

Captain Pikachu isn’t just another Pikachu. This character is a nod to the anime series Pokémon Horizons, where it is seen navigating the Brave Olivine ship in the absence of Friede, its partner. As a founding member of the Rising Volt Tacklers, Captain Pikachu’s history makes it a sought-after character for players.

Unlike other events, getting involved in the Captain Pikachu Timed Research doesn’t require a ticket purchase or a simple login. Instead, players need to redeem a special Pokémon Go promo code. This code, shared by the developers on the official Pokémon Go channel, is your ticket to this exciting adventure.

Captain Hat Pikachu
Pokemon GO Captain Hat Pikachu Timed Research Code (Image Credit: @PokemonGoApp)

Once the code is redeemed, which can be done following a guide or directly on the Pokémon Go web store’s code redemption page, the Captain Pikachu Timed Research will appear on your Timed Research page when you log back into the game.

The Timed Research Tasks

The Captain Pikachu Timed Research is a limited-time event. Players have from March 8, 2024, starting at 12 am local time, until March 13, 2024, ending at 11.59 pm local time, to complete the tasks and claim the rewards.

The tasks are straightforward and align with the usual Pokémon Go gameplay:

  1. Explore 3 km to earn 30 Poké Balls
  2. Catch 20 Pokémon to receive 5 Razz Berries
  3. Spin 10 PokéStops or Gyms for 3 Revives

Upon completion of all these tasks, players will be rewarded with an encounter with Captain Pikachu, 5000 XP, and 2500 Stardust.

A Chance to Encounter a Shiny

For the lucky ones, there’s even a chance to encounter a Shiny Captain Hat Pikachu. However, it’s worth noting that this special Pikachu variant cannot be evolved into a Captain’s Hat Raichu.

So, trainers, are you ready to embark on this exciting adventure? Remember, it’s a timed event, so make sure to complete your tasks before the deadline. Happy hunting!


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