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Pokémon Go Holds Snorlax Event in Quake-Hit Kumamoto

posted on by Jennifer Sherman

The official Japanese Twitter account for Niantic's Pokémon Go smartphone game announced a Japanese regional Snorlax event on March 2. To help revitalize the areas affected by the Kumamoto earthquakes last April, Snorlax has increased spawns in all of Kumamoto Prefecture, as well as Yufu, Ōita and Beppu, Ōita. Unlike the original Pokémon games, trainers will not need Poké Flutes to wake and catch these giant monsters. The event launched on March 4 and will continue until March 13.

The augmented reality game held a similar Lapras event to help reconstruction efforts in Japan's northeastern Tōhoku region in November. A tsunami warning caused Niantic to end the event one day early.

The app recently held a Pokémon Day event that offered Pikachu with party hats. The event began on February 26, and it ended today at 5:00 p.m. ET. The event is celebrating Pokémon Day, February 27, which is the anniversary of the day the original Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue Game Boy games went on sale in Japan.

Most of the Generation 2 monsters launched in the game on February 16. Pikachu with Santa hats appeared in the game beginning in December for an in-game holiday event.

[Via Hachima Kikō]

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