"Pokémon Go" and "One Piece" Event: Straw Hat Pikachu
Beginning on July 27th, players can join in another limited-time Pokémon Go event. This time, having the ability to catch yet another version of their favorite yellow pal. This time, Pikachu will be wearing a straw hat worn by Oda in the One Piece Manga. But, what’s the story behind the new version?
Niantic and The Pokémon Company have decided to team up with One Piece developers in a crossover style Pokémon Go event to help to raise more awareness worldwide for a rebuilding project. In 2016, a strong earthquake hit Japan and caused major damage, specifically the Kumamoto Prefecture region.
In fact, it caused so much damage that roughly three years later, they are still trying to rebuild. Hence, the hope for the upcoming Pokémon event drawing attention.
The creator of One Piece has been helping where they can over the years, but it is clear they still need more assistance from others. What better way to get the word out than a crossover Pokémon event? After all, Pokémon Go players are well-known for their loyalty.
Are you excited for the crossover event?
Features of Pokémon Go and One Piece Event
Crossover Event: PokéStops
In 2018, a statue of Luffy was unveiled in Kumamoto, Japan in commemoration and honor of Eiichiro Oda, who has greatly supported the rebuilding efforts.
During this Pokémon Go Event, PokéStops in certain areas will show the One Piece character known as Luffy. Additionally, future PokéStops in some areas will showcase Oda’s artwork.
Limited Edition Straw Hat
The Pokémon Go in-game store will offer a new limited-edition Pokémon hat. The Red Ribbon Straw Hat will be available between July 22nd and 29th.
If you’re unable to find or capture the One Piece Pikachu, you may want to grab your cosmetic item while you can.
Hat's Off to One Piece Protagonist
The new straw hat is the same hat worn by Monkey D. Luffy, the protagonist from One Piece, whose creator Eiichiro Oda has assisted in supporting fundraisers. So, mark the date on your calendar and see if you can catch one of these new looking Pikachu’s.
Who Is Eiichiro Oda?
Born in Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan Eiichiro Oda is the artist for the One Piece manga. With a strong personal attachment to the area, Oda has been acknowledged for charity efforts.
About the One Piece Manga
Now a popular manga worldwide, One Piece is a Japanese style manga that was originally released July 22nd, 1997 in a weekly Jump magazine, there are currently 892 episodes categorized into 93 volumes.
Currently, One Piece has become the best-selling manga in history. It is estimated to have over 458-million in sales. To put that popularity in perspective, check out the table below:
81 Million Sales
178 Million Sales
Charles Dickens - A Tale of Two Cities (1859)
200 Million Sales
458 Million Sales
Kumamoto and Pokémon Go Fun Facts
There have been various Pokémon Go events, many with Pikachu as the headliner.
- In 2016, there were 5 Pokémon events, 4 global and 1 in Japan.
- In 2017, there were 20 Pokémon events, including the “Snorlax Event”.
- In 2018, there were 30 events. Wow!
- In 2019, there have been 19 events so far (including this one).
Pikachu Event Versions:
- Festive Pikachu
- Ash Pikachu
- Party Hat Pikachu
- Witch Pikachu / Halloween Pikachu
- Summer Pikachu
- Winter Pikachu
- Fragment Pikachu
- Flower Pikachu
- Detective Pikachu
They hope that by doing this, it will help draw in non-locals to the area. That is a rather neat idea, as it can increase local revenue that can be used for rebuilding.
Did You Know?
In March 2017, "Pokémon Go" spawned various “Kabigon” within Kumamoto Prefecture. Additionally, there have been reports of Pokémon events spawning Snorlax in the Kumamoto area, too.
Other Pokémon Go Events In July
Until the end of July, players can try to catch an Armored Mewtwo—a new Legendary Pokémon released in Pokémon Go. Players can thank the upcoming release of “Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution” for this Pokémon event.
For the chance of catching this awesome looking version of Mewtwo, you will need to find 5-star raids. In addition, this version will offer players a unique move set and stats compared to an original Mewtwo.
Pokémon Featured in Community Day Pokémon Go Event
- Community Day is another upcoming event (July 21st).
- Mudkip: Starter water-type from Sapphire and Ruby.
- Triple XP rate on all Pokémon
If you are an avid Pokémon Go player, then you may not want to miss out on this limited-time cross over Pokémon event. Even occasional players like myself may want to fit time in to add the limited-edition cosmetics. It brings a certain "collectible" feel back.
Don’t have time to get out and find the Pikachu with a straw hat? Head over to the Pokémon Go shop and grab yourself a limited-edition Red Ribbon Straw Hat.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2019 Billy Haynes