Pokemon Go players will soon have a chance to get their hands on another Shiny Mythical Pokemon. To celebrate the upcoming Western release of the series’ latest animated film, Pokemon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle, Niantic is introducing Shiny Celebi to the mobile game later this month.
Beginning Monday, December 14, players will be able to take part in a new Special Research story inspired by the Pokemon film. This Research line will only be available in the game for a limited time and culminates in an encounter with Shiny Celebi.
Additionally, Team Rocket’s Jessie and James will make their return to the game. Niantic says the villainous duo will lead you through the Shiny Celebi Special Research story in place of Professor Willow. You’ll also be able to encounter them in their signature Meowth balloon on the map, and this time they’ll have different Shadow Pokemon in tow.
Shiny Celebi isn’t the only movie Pokemon that players will encounter this month. From December 14-17, other Pokemon featured in Secrets of the Jungle will appear in Pokemon Go more frequently than normal. Hoothoot, Nuzleaf, Drilbur, Cottonee, Dwebble, and others will appear in the wild, while Lickitung, Mawile, Flygon, and Rufflet will be featured in Raids. Shiny Rufflet will also be making an appearance.
Finally, a new hat-wearing Pikachu will make its Pokemon Go debut as well. From December 14-21, Explorer Pikachu will appear in the wild and in Raids. You’ll also have a chance to encounter a Shiny version of it, and it’ll be the featured Pokemon during December 15’s Spotlight Hour. (And if you miss your chance to catch one, you can always just relax with Pikachu by a patio in the latest Pokemon ASMR video.) You can read more about the Shiny Celebi event on the Pokemon Go website.
In the meantime, Niantic has a number of December events lined up for the game. The Kalos Celebration is currently underway, while this month’s two-day Community Day weekend event takes place on December 12-13.
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