Pokémon GO announces the Tricky Pokémon event for April Fool's Day

Pokemon Go Croagunk
Pokemon Go Croagunk (Image credit: Niantic)

What you need to know

  • The Tricky Pokémon event will run from midnight on April 1 to 11:59 p.m. on the same day.
  • Special Team Rocket GO Timed Research will be available, with the prize of a Super Rocket Radar.
  • Ditto will also be spawning more often, with a new disguise in the form of Purrloin.

Niantic has announced on their blog that there will be a special April Fool's Day event in Pokémon GO that's surrounded by mischief. For 24 hours on April 1, Pokémon who love pranks will be taking over the game, including Croagunk, Purrloin and Aipom. Shadow Aipom will be available for capture when battling Team Rocket GO grunts, who will be appearing more often in balloons and at Pokéstops.

For one week, from April 1 to April 8, some Team Rocket GO Timed Research will be available. Players who complete this research before the end of that week will be granted a Super Rocket Radar, which can be used to summon Giovanni. This item will be particularly useful during the Pokémon GO April event.

For players who love rising in the ranks in the Pokémon GO Battle League, the switch timer during battles will be cut in half on April 1 only. This must be the prankster Pokémon at work, helping players to pull a fast one against their opponents!

The ever-elusive transform Pokémon, Ditto, will also be sneaking (sliding?) its way in during the Tricky Pokémon event. Ditto can disguise itself as the following Pokémon:

  • Hoothoot
  • Spinarak
  • Hoppip
  • Remoraid
  • Whismur
  • Gulpin
  • Numel
  • Bidoof
  • Foongus

From April 1 and onwards, Ditto will also be able to transform into the devious Pokémon, Purrloin! For more help in catching Ditto, check out our Ditto guide.

Players who enjoy preserving tender memories with their Pokémon through Pokémon GO snapshots will find that their snapshots are being photobombed! Who could it be? Take snapshots to find out! If you're going to be up and about, remember to stay safe and don't forget your Pokémon GO accessories!

Nadine Dornieden

Nadine is a freelance writer for iMore with a specialty in all things Nintendo, often working on news, guides, reviews, and editorials. She's been a huge Nintendo fan ever since she got to pet her very own Nintendog, and enjoys looking at Nintendo's place in the video game industry. Writing is her passion, but she mostly does it so that she can pay off her ever-growing debt to Tom Nook. Her favorite genres are simulation games, rhythm games, visual novels, and platformers. You can find her at @stopthenadness on Twitter, where she'll more than likely be reposting cute Animal Crossing content.