About freaking time! In the wake of their partnerships with Sprint and Starbucks, Niantic Labs has officially announced the launch of the Johto update, bringing in 100 new Pokemon from the game's second generation.
Finally, you can get a pet Pichu. Furthermore: limited edition Christmas Pikachus will be launched out into the wilds starting today!
We also have another special treat for you. Starting later today through December 29, 2016, 10:00 A.M. PST, you’ll find limited edition Pikachu all over the world. These Pikachu will be wearing a festive hat to celebrate the season! Use the Pokémon GO AR camera when you encounter them in the wild to take their picture and share it with us using #HolidayPikachu.
It seems unlikely that this will be a one-off gimmick. Meaning collectors and completionists will need to be using Pokemon GO regularly to truly "catch them all." Next year, maybe a pumpkin Gastly...?