Pokemon GO release date

Pokemon GO is an augmented reality Pokemon game for Android and iOS mobile devices. This new Pokemon game allows players to search real-world locations for hidden Pokemon and capture them.

Release DatePlatforms
6 July 2016 (AU, NZ), July 7 (US)iOS
6 July 2016 (AU, NZ), July 7 (US)Android
NianticPokemon Company
Official Sites
Official Site // Facebook // Twitter

E3 2016

At E3 2016, it was revealed by Nintendo that the hope is to have Pokemon GO ready for a July launch. They were not clear what the exact day would be, and that July was just a target month they were hoping to meet. On the 6th of July, Pokemon GO appeared in the App Store, and Play Market in Australia and New Zealand with seemingly no explanation.

Pokemon Go Plus

A portable device called the Pokemon Go Plus will work together with Pokemon Go, though the device is not necessary to play the game. The Pokemon Go Plus connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth, and will give you notifications about in-game events using an LED and vibration. Additionally, the button on the Pokemon Go Plus can be used to perform simple tasks in-game such as catching Pokemon.


PokeStops are places in Pokemon Go that allow you to collect items, including more Pokeballs to capture more Pokemon! These will be located at select places near you, such as historical markers, monuments, and art installations.

Pokemon Trainers

You will finally be able to realize your dream as a Pokemon Trainer in Pokemon Go. Explore areas and encounter Pokemon to increase your trainer level in-game. Increasing your level will allow you to encounter stronger Pokemon and gain access to better items at PokeStops.

Teams and Gyms

After reaching a certain point in Pokemon Go, you will be asked to join one of three teams: Blue, Red, or Yellow. Join a team to create a Pokemon Gym! Gyms can be found at real world locations, just like with PokeStops.

Joining a team allows you to assign one of your captured Pokemon to an empty Gym or to a location where a team member has placed one of his or her Pokemon. Since only one Pokemon can be placed at a location, you will need to use team work to build a strong Gym.

If a Gym is already under the control of another team, you can challenge the Gym using the Pokemon in your team. Defeat the defending Pokemon to takeover the Gym for your team.


Pokemon Go allows you to use the GPS on your smartphone to find Pokemon in the real world. As you go about your normal life, your smartphone will vibrate to let you know a Pokemon is nearby. Use your smartphone's touch screen and throw a Poke Ball to capture the wild Pokemon.


Some wild Pokemon only live in certain locations. You may need to go to a lake or ocean to find water-type Pokemon, or to a local park to find grass-type Pokemon.



Many Pokemon evolve into stronger Pokemon. We've seen this throughout the six generations of Pokemon games. However, in Pokemon Go the method of evolution seems to be a bit different. Catch the same species of Pokemon enough times and you will get the option to evolve one of them.


As you explore with Pokemon Go, you may come across a Pokemon Egg at a PokeStop. Carry the Egg with you and it will hatch after enough steps have been taken. The Pokemon inside may be a species you've never encountered before.