Pokemon Go is getting into the Halloween spirit by adding a spooky new theme song for its upcoming event.
On Saturday, Pokemon Go announced a new update, just in time for Halloween. A datamine of the new update revealed all sorts of Halloween goodies, including some strong evidence that developers would unlock a new group of Pokemon during its next event.
However, the Halloween event will have more than just a few new Pokemon. The datamine also revealed a spooky new theme song based off of the classic "Lavender Town" theme song originally heard in the original Pokemon games.
Based on the name of the soundfile found in the new update, it appears that the song will only play at night to help give some spooky ambiance to evening Pokemon Go play. It's unclear whether the new theme song is permanent, or just a temporary addition for the new event.
You can listen to the original Lavender Town theme song below:
What is Lavender Town?
Many Pokemon fans may remember Lavender Town as the place where they caught their first ever Ghost-Type Pokemon. Lavender Town was a small town in Pokemon Red and Blue with a Pokemon graveyard in a large tower. Players who had a Silph Scope could battle and capture these Ghost-Type Pokemon, which were supposed to represent the spirits of Pokemon killed by Team Rocket during their various schemes.
The Lavender Town theme song was especially creepy and distinctive, and added a frightening and foreboding atmosphere to the game. It's a little hard to get scared of pixelated Pokemon, but there was something genuinely disturbing about the music, which is probably why the song was also the subject of a very popular Pokemon myth that has persisted for years.
The myth claimed that numerous children in Japan killed themselves after hearing the Lavender Town theme song, driven by some sort of malicious frequency secretly implanted into the game. While not true, the story persisted on the Internet for years thanks to Pokemon's in-game lore AND an incident in which hundreds of children had seizures after watching an episode of the Pokemon anime. After all, if Pokemon could hurt children, who's to say that it couldn't kill people too?prevnext
Pokemon Go's Halloween Event
So far, we know that Pokemon Go's Halloween event will have at least a few new Pokemon appearances and a special in-game hat designed off of Mimikyu. We're guessing that the event will also have some double candy bonuses like last year, although we can't confirm that yet.
Unfortunately, Pokemon Go hasn't actually announced the new event yet, so we don't know when it will take place. We're guessing that an announcement about the exact details of the event will come sooner than later, especially since details about the event have already leaked out.
We'll have more on the Halloween event as more news leaks out! In the meantime, get hyped Pokemon Go trainers!prevnext