Niantic has announced something very cool, and kind of nostalgic, coming to Pokémon Go. Yes, you read the title right, the clone Pokémon are coming to the mobile game. The original reveal of this twisted monsters was during the plot of Pokémon The First Movie – Mewtwo Strikes Back. And now they’re getting a refresh for a new reason.
These ideas came about to celebrate the launch of 2020 Pokémon Day and the release of Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back – Evolution on Netflix. And since cloning is such cool sci-fi, and the original film features one of the saddest moments for longtime Pokémon fans, it’s great to see the nod happening in the mobile game.
Each patch iteration, Niantic will likely add more as time goes on. Based on the movie where the idea originated from, there are 24 Cloned Pokémon in total. We know so far that the first set will run from February 25th at 4 pm EST to March 2nd, at 4 pm EST. Currently, only four Cloned Pokémon have been added to the game.
Niantic has also teased the arrival of some special spawns in other events like party hat variants of Pikachu, Eevee, Squirtle, Charmander, and Bulbasaur, all these fall within the 1 Star Raids.
What are clone Pokémon in Pokémon Go?
These clone Pokémon are showing up in Pokémon Go for the ongoing Armoured Mewtwo event that’s running in Niantic’s mobile title. In particular, there will be cloned versions of Venasaur, Blastoise, and Charizard. Those who remember the film they are pulled from will remember that these are cloned from the team built by Ash over the years.
Niantic has added a batch of the first four of the to the game for a special event. Clone Pikachu and Clone Charizard are joined by Cloned Blastoise and Cloned Venusaur. Each one has a unique and ultra-powerful move, as well as a very intriguing look. Each of these Pokémon looks slightly different compared to normal versions of the monster. They’re clearly modeled after the movie variants, complete with unique striping and color variations. And because they’re special, you will need to put in some work to catch them.
Each of the clone Pokémon will spawn inside four-star raids. You better bring the big guns to take these on, as they’re no joke. Make sure to bring type advantage in every way you can to complete the Raid. Better yet, bring some buddies with ultra-powerful Pokémon to support you. The spawns are random, but there is a way to force Cloned Pikachu to spawn.
Take a photo inside of the app with the realtime camera, and you might get photobombed by something like a coned Pikachu. As cool as that sounds, that’s your only chance for that moment to engage it in battle, so be ready to pounce if you see it. immediately close the camera portion and the Pikachu should be there to fight.
Check out the new events detailed in the trailer below for the Armoured Mewtwo event down below.