'Pokemon Go' Adds Surprise Anime Character for April Fools' Day

Pokemon Go is having a surprise crossover with the Pokemon anime for this year's April Fool's Day gag. Players are reporting that Ash Ketchum is appearing inside Pokemon Go by photobombing players when they use their GO Snapshot feature. The GO Snapshot allows players to take photos of Pokemon they've captured in the real world by using a player's phone camera along with the game's AR technology. While the GO Snapshot feature occasionally features a Smeargle photobomb, Ash Ketchum is now appearing in front of Pokemon, wearing his classic hat and original Pokemon anime outfit.

Ash isn't the only Pokemon anime appearing in Pokemon Go. Occasionally, Ash Hat Pikachu (a Pikachu wearing Ash's cap) will also photobomb players. Any Photobomb by either Ash or Ash Hat Pikachu will cause an Ash Hat Pikachu to spawn, giving players a chance to capture this limited time costumed Pokemon.

Ash won't appear in Pokemon Go until midnight local time, so players in the US or Europe won't be able to see Ash until tomorrow. In order to find Ash, players just need to use their GO Snapshot to take a few pictures of their Pokemon, and then check the photos to see if Ash has photobombed them.

It's unknown how long the April Fools' Day gag will last, but the Pokemon anime in Japan hinted that the next episode's news feature will mention the Pokemon Go tie-in in some way.

We'll report more on this surprise Pokemon Go event as we learn more.

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