Pokémon Go's Global Catch Challenge event to unlock the ultra-rare Japan-exclusive Farfetch'd has hit its enormous 3bn catch goal.

Farfetch'd has leeked.

Over the past six days, the Pokémon Go community has made steady progress towards catching 3bn creatures. Yes, three billion - quite frankly, a ridiculous total. But, as of the early hours of Sunday morning - and comfortably within the time limit - this total has been reached.

Farfetch'd is now available worldwide outside of Japan for the first time for 48 hours.

Players in Japan, meanwhile, get the Australia-exclusive creature Kangaskhan.

Progress towards that 3bn total has accelerated thanks to the gradual unlocking of double XP, double Stardust and increased Pokémon spawns along the way. All of these in-game effects will last until the end of the month.

3bn Pokémon in just over six days. And people say Pokémon Go is dead...

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