Clone Pokémon will be introduced into Pokémon Go to celebrate the 2020 Pokémon Day and the upcoming release of Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back - Evolution on Netflix.
Currently only five Cloned Pokémon have been announced to come to the game - including Clone Pikachu and Clone Charizard - though based on the anime, there are many more out there that could arrive one day if Niantic chooses to.
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Clone Pokémon in Pokémon Go explained
Clone Pokémon first appeared in the movie Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back as creatures made by Mewtwo.
Despite being called Clones, each of these Pokémon look slightly different to the originals. For example, Charizard has a series of dark orange stripes, while Pikachu has a spike pattern around the tips of its ears.
In the movie, these Pokémon are also stronger than their originals, but we'll have to wait and see if that's the case in Pokémon Go. Most likely, however, the change will only be a cosmetic one.
Though only five of these Cloned Pokémon have a planned release in Pokémon Go, this is the first time they have appeared in any Pokémon's game - making it a significant event.
How to get Clone Pikachu, Venusaur, Charizard and Blastoise in Pokémon Go explained
Clone Pokémon will be available in Pokémon Go between Tuesday 25th February to Monday 2nd March, with a start and finish time of 9pm (GMT) and 1pm (PST).
Only five Clone Pokémon have a planned release at the moment, as part of the 2020 Pokémon Day celebrations in Pokémon Go.
There is a chance they will reappear during other events at a later date, hopefully accompanied by other Clone Pokémon, but for now - these are all that are confirmed.
How to find Clone Pokémon in Pokémon Go:
- Cloned Venusaur: available in four-star raids
- Cloned Charizard: available in four-star raids
- Cloned Blastoise: available in four-star raids
- Cloned Pikachu: will photobomb photos of other Pokémon
As well as the above, the previously released Armored Mewtwo will also be reappearing in the raids for the duration.
Pokémon Go in 2020 continues to add new features, such the arrival of the Go Battle League - which is currently highlighting the Ultra League - and soon, Clone Pokémon. We've also recently had the Buddy Adventure feature, which introduces a variety of perks - including finding Souvenirs - as well as a new trade evolution feature. 2019 saw the release of the first Gen 5 Pokémon, along with new regional exclusive Pokémon, Egg charts, and the introduction of the Unova Stone. Pokemon Go also sees regular events - including weekly Spotlight Hour and Mystery Bonus evenings, monthly Field Research rewards and Pokémon Go Community Day, plus a new Giovanni counters quest - the latest being A Professor's Work Is Never Done.
Everything else you need to know about Clone Pokémon
In Pokémon: The First Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back, Mewtwo clones 24 Pokémon in total, which are:
We've already seen one homage to this movie in Pokémon Go - Armored Mewtwo.
This special version of Mewtwo is wearing that armour that they are convinced to wear by Giovanni, which Mewtwo is told will help them control their powers. This tactic ultimately does not work out well for Giovanni.
Hopefully we'll see the release of more Clone Pokémon soon!