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Tricky Pokémon event research quest in Pokémon Go explained

Aipoms galore!

It's April Fools day, which means it's time for the Tricky Pokémon event in Pokémon Go!

Not only can you complete the Tricky Pokémon research quest, which is available for a short period after the event, but you can also catch a variety of Pokémon known for their mischievous behaviour. This includes the release of the Shadow version of Aipom.

Don't forget to keep an eye out for Ditto either!

On this page:

How to Catch Ditto in Pokemon Go - How-To Guide and Tips

Tricky Pokémon research quest in Pokémon Go

The Tricky Pokémon research quest in Pokémon is available from Thursday, 1st April to Thursday, 8th April at 11:59pm (local time).

Thankfully the quest only consists of three challenges, which makes it very easy to complete during the set amount of time. We recommend attempting to complete it on Thursday, 1st April as Team Rocket Grunts will appear more frequently at PokéStops and in balloons during this time period.

Here is the Tricky Pokémon research quest step:

'Tricky Pokémon' Step 1 of 1

Rewards: 100 XP, 100 Stardust and a Super Rocket Radar

The Season of Mythical Wishes has seen Kecleon finally being released in Pokémon Go! The Crackling Voltage event is currently running and it has brought as a new Team Go Rocket quest - Shadowy Skirmishes! The team lineups for Giovanni and the Team Go Rocket Leaders has also changed. Don't forget to partake in the new Go Battle League season. Elsewhere, be sure to use Daily Adventure Incense for the chance of encountering Galarian Articuno, Galarian Zapdos and Galarian Moltres. This incense may also give you encounters with other rare Pokémon in Pokémon Go.

Everything else we know about the Tricky Pokémon event in Pokémon Go

Aside from the Tricky Pokémon research quest, there are a number of bonuses which are only available on Thursday, 1st April in Pokémon Go to celebrate April Fools Day.

Team Go Rocket has upped their invasion efforts with their balloons and PokéStop takeovers occurring more frequently. This event also sees the release of Shadow Aipom and you'll definitely be able to catch one, because it will be only Pokémon in the all of the Team Go Rocket Grunt's teams!

Pokémon who love playing tricks will appear more frequently during the event.

Pokémon like Aipom, Croagunk and Purrloin will be appearing more frequently in the wild throughout the day too.

Alongside these Pokémon, you'll also have a higher chance of encountering Ditto; you'll just need to catch the Pokémon it hides itself as until you get lucky! Ditto has also gained the ability to disguise itself as Purrloin - a change which will continue after the event ends.

Finally, the switch timer for the Go Battle League has also been halved, making this a great day to complete some battles.

You'll be able to enjoy this bonus in the Go Battle League till April 5th at the following times:

  • 10pm - UK (BST)
  • 11pm - Europe (CEST)
  • 5pm - US East Coast (EDT)
  • 2pm - US West Coast (PDT)

Have fun this April Fools!

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