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A few days ago, The Pokémon Company reported that it would welcome 2021 in a great way, as it would accompany fans to welcome the New Year from space. Naturally, this led to a lot of speculation that pointed to a possible reveal of a new game. Although this announcement did not happen, the celebration was memorable and some Pokémon appeared in space, apart from the fact that The Pokémon Company will celebrate with fans with a gift that you can receive for a limited time.
A few hours ago, The Space Sunrise Live 2020 event was held, which broadcast the first sunrise of 2021 from space thanks to a stream of just over 2 hours, which was carried out by the Japanese Agency for Aerospace Exploration and which had partner sponsors like Coca-Cola and The Pokémon Company.
As you surely know, in recent years there has been a lot of rumor about the possibility that Game Freak is working on the remake of Pokémon Diamond & Pearl O Platinum. Many fans believed that the reveal could be carried out in the broadcast, taking into account that space is an important element of the game, apart from that it would start the celebrations for the 25th anniversary of the franchise on the right foot.
In case you missed it: Starting today, you can celebrate the New Year with festive Pokémon and new content on Pokémon GO.
The remake of Diamond & Pearl, but there were surprises
The bad news for fans is that there were no announcements during the broadcast, but that doesn’t mean there were no surprises. We say this because in the live video Pikachu appeared through augmented reality along with an astronaut and it was also possible to see Rayquaza navigating in space moments before the Sun peeked over the horizon.
But that’s not all, to commemorate this very special event, Game Freak and The Pokémon Company will distribute an equally very special Pikachu. We refer to KIBO’s Pikachu, precisely the one that appeared during the transmission in the Japanese experiment module KIBO (‘hope’, in Spanish), which has scientific objectives on the International Space Station.
This level 21 Pokémon is unique in that it knows the 4 moves Lightning, Swiftness, Wish, and Celebration. Normally, Pikachu cannot learn this last move. Likewise, this creature will also have the Special Ribbon, it will carry a Comet Fragment with it and it will arrive inside a Cherish Ball (or Gloria Ball).
here are some screenshots i got from the pokemon KIBO event !! pic.twitter.com/9sxh0MWJmm
— leah / serena ?✨ (@laurancestan) December 31, 2020
How to get the KIBO Pikachu?
If you want to get the KIBO Pikachu you just have to start the game, select Mystery Gift in the pause menu and then receive the gift through the Internet. After a few moments it will appear that KIBO’s Pikachu is available and you will have to select it and shortly after it will arrive in your game. We remind you to save the game later. You should know that the distribution of this Pokémon will end on January 15, so we recommend that you also claim it as soon as possible.
You can see the moment Pikachu and Rayquaza appeared in space by going to the 1:23:00 mark of the official video that the agency shared. You can also fast-forward to the 1:53:15 mark to see the beautiful moment when the Sun first appeared on the horizon from space in 2021.
What did you think of the transmission? Were you expecting the reveal of a new game of Pokémon? Have you claimed the special Pikachu yet? Tell us in the comments.
If you are one of those who expected some kind of announcement during the space event, do not lose hope, because in a few weeks we will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the series and The Pokémon Company has already anticipated that it is preparing several surprises. You can find more news related to Pokémon if you visit this page.
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