Screenshot of Pokémon GO

Pokémon GO is a free-to-play, mobile application developed by Niantic for iOS and Android devices. The game was initially released in July 2016.


In Pokémon Go, players catch various Pokémon, evolve them using candies, and/or train them in order to capture gyms for their chosen team. These Pokémon are mapped to locations in the real world using GPS technology. PokéStops located at various real-world landmarks aid in this by distributing items for use in catching and battling with Pokémon.


Main article: Global release dates for Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go first launched on July 6, 2016 in the United States, Australia and new Zealand, before releasing in other countries around the world. It is currently not available in some countries such as China and Russia.

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