New Pokémon Snap celebration event announced for Pokémon GO
Screengrab for New Pokemon Snap ahead of a special celebration event in Pokemon Go
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New Pokémon Snap celebration event announced for Pokémon GO

The event will begin on April 29 and run through May 2
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Pokémon GO has officially announced a new event starting April 29 at 10 a.m. that goes through May 2 at 8 p.m. local time to celebrate the release of the upcoming New Pokémon Snap game for the Nintendo Switch.

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The event will feature Pokémon inspired by the landscapes in the Lental region, the setting of New Pokémon Snap. Lotad, Cacnea, Ducklett and more will appear more frequently in the wild during the event. Other Pokémon from the region will appear in raids and special research tasks.

Smeargle will also make a special appearance. During this event, taking a snapshot of a Pokémon in Pokémon GO may spawn a Smeargle or even a shiny Smeargle. Players need to look out for if Smeargle photobombs the snapshot. If it does, it will appear on the map.

During the event, players will get special research tasks that involve taking snapshots. These tasks will give players exclusive event-themed rewards.

New Pokémon Snap

New Pokémon Snap is the spiritual successor to the original Pokémon Snap for Nintendo 64, which came out in 1999. Since then, there have been plenty of other Pokémon titles, but not another Snap game. In 2021, that’s changing, as the new game will release on April 30.

The game takes place in the Lental Region, where players must travel the lands with a camera, taking pictures of all the different Pokémon in the region. There are over 200 unique Pokémon in the Lental Region, and players will need to find them in the wild and get photos.

Not all photos are equal, however, and players will need to work to get the best possible photos. Photos earn better ratings if they perfectly capture the Pokémon and if the Pokémon is performing a special pose or unique move.

The Pokémon GO event provides players with opportunities to get plenty of unique Pokémon and get hyped for the new game.