It is time to walk 10km if you want to have Pikachu sit on your shoulder. This is the first Pokemon Go easter egg discovered. Are there more Pokemon Go buddy easter eggs?
This will annihilate Pokemon Go trainers on iOS devices. Android users can already enjoy a hidden easter egg in the new Pokemon Go Buddy Pokemon feature released in the latest update of the app. Pokemon Go app 0.37.0 is rolling out since Saturday on Google Play. iPhone users still wait for the release of Pokemon Go app 1.7.0.
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Right after the release of the new Pokemon Go update, the managers of the popular Pokemon Go community The SilphRoad revealed that Niantic has hidden easter eggs in the Pokemon Buddy feature. The first such easter egg has been found and it's cute.
When you walk with Pikachu as buddy for 10km, he changes from the ground to the shoulder of the trainer character. Small Pokemon ride there by default. The 10km walk is in reference to the original Pokemon anime series, where Pikachu did not immediately attach to Ash. Ash had to earn that privilege. So you have to put the work in and walk 10km to make Pikachu your real buddy. See an actual screenshot of Pikachu on a Trainer's shoulder.
Now that the Pikachu easter egg has been found, the question is if there are more such Pokemon Buddy easter eggs hidden. The hunt continues. Besides the cute visual of Pikachu on your shoulder, this easter egg does not have any impact on the game.
It is clear that Niantic seeded the information about the Pokemon Go easter egg to The Silph Road. The community is creating sophisticated content for Pokemon Go including the Pokemon Nest Atlas and most recently the Buddy Pokemon KM Candy Chart.
Pokemon Go 1.7.0 update for iOS is not yet released and only Android users can so far experience this Pokemon Easter Egg. Despite a slow down in new downloads, the Pokemon Go game has been downloaded 500 million times so far. The AR game is the fastest mobile game ever to reach that milestone. The story of Pokemon Go has just begun.