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For a similar event in 2020, see Tricky Pokémon.

April Fools' Day was an event in Pokémon GO that took place between March and April in 2018, to celebrate real-world April Fools' Day.

Features

TodayView Icon General Pokémon sprites changed to classic 8-bit sprites
TodayView Icon PokemonEncounter Murkrow spawn increased
TodayView Icon PokemonEncounter Shiny Murkrow released

The most recognizable feature of this event was changing regular sprites of Pokémon (static raster graphics of 3D models) into 8-bit sprites known from original Pokémon games. Moreover, there was increased spawn rate of Murkrow during the event, and shiny variant of it released to be caught in the wild.

Featured Pokémon

TodayView Icon PokemonEncounter Pokémon in wild

Murkrow would have increased spawn rates in the wild (and from Incense, Lure Module).

Shiny Pokémon
Murkrow
Murkrow shiny
#198
Icon Dark   Icon Flying

Shiny Murkrow would be released with the start of the event:

Murkrow shiny
#198
Icon Dark   Icon Flying

Gallery

News banners

Banners for in-game news changed during the event, portraying the Pokémon as 8-bit sprites.

Pokémon 8-bit sprites

Weedle 8bits
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Kakuna 8bits
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Pidgey 8bits
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Fearow 8bits
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Ekans 8bits
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Arbok 8bits
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Raichu 8bits
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Vulpix 8bits
#037
Zubat 8bits
#041
Golbat 8bits
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Oddish 8bits
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Gloom 8bits
#044
Paras 8bits
#046
Meowth 8bits
#052
Mankey 8bits
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Abra 8bits
#063
Machop 8bits
#066
Golem 8bits
#076
Ponyta 8bits
#077
Doduo 8bits
#084
Dodrio 8bits
#085
Seel 8bits
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Grimer 8bits
#088
Muk 8bits
#089
Gastly 8bits
#092
Gengar 8bits
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Onix 8bits
#095
Hypno 8bits
#097
Krabby 8bits
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Cubone 8bits
#104
Rhydon 8bits
#112
Horsea 8bits
#116
Seadra 8bits
#117
Staryu 8bits
#120
Jynx 8bits
#124
Magmar 8bits
#126
Pinsir 8bits
#127
Tauros 8bits
#128
Lapras 8bits
#131
Ditto 8bits
#132
Eevee 8bits
#133
Kabuto 8bits
#140
Zapdos 8bits
#145
Mewtwo 8bits
#150
Mew 8bits
#151
Furret 8bits
#162
Ledyba 8bits
#165
Ledian 8bits
#166
Crobat 8bits
#169
Pichu 8bits
#172
Cleffa 8bits
#173
Togepi 8bits
#175
Natu 8bits
#177
Xatu 8bits
#178
Mareep 8bits
#179
Marill 8bits
#183
Hoppip 8bits
#187
Aipom 8bits
#190
Yanma 8bits
#193
Wooper 8bits
#194
Espeon 8bits
#196
Unown A 8bits
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Unown B 8bits
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Unown C 8bits
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Unown D 8bits
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Unown E 8bits
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Unown 8bits
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Unown G 8bits
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Unown H 8bits
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Unown I 8bits
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Unown J 8bits
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Unown K 8bits
#201
Unown L 8bits
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Unown M 8bits
#201
Unown N 8bits
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Unown O 8bits
#201
Unown P 8bits
#201
Unown Q 8bits
#201
Unown R 8bits
#201
Unown S 8bits
#201
Unown T 8bits
#201
Unown U 8bits
#201
Unown V 8bits
#201
Unown W 8bits
#201
Unown X 8bits
#201
Unown Y 8bits
#201
Unown Z 8bits
#201
Unown ? 8bits
#201
Unown ! 8bits
#201
Pineco 8bits
#204
Gligar 8bits
#207
Scizor 8bits
#212
Slugma 8bits
#218
Swinub 8bits
#220
Phanpy 8bits
#231
Elekid 8bits
#239
Magby 8bits
#240
Raikou 8bits
#243
Entei 8bits
#244
Lugia 8bits
#249
Ho-Oh 8bits
#250
Mudkip 8bits
#258
Dustox 8bits
#269
Lotad 8bits
#270
Lombre 8bits
#271
Seedot 8bits
#273
Ralts 8bits
#280
Kirlia 8bits
#281
Skitty 8bits
#300
Mawile 8bits
#303
Aron 8bits
#304
Lairon 8bits
#305
Aggron 8bits
#306
Plusle 8bits
#311
Minun 8bits
#312
Gulpin 8bits
#316
Swalot 8bits
#317
Numel 8bits
#322
Spoink 8bits
#325
Flygon 8bits
#330
Cacnea 8bits
#331
Swablu 8bits
#333
Baltoy 8bits
#343
Lileep 8bits
#345
Feebas 8bits
#349
Absol 8bits
#359
Wynaut 8bits
#360
Glalie 8bits
#362
Spheal 8bits
#363
Sealeo 8bits
#364
Bagon 8bits
#371
Beldum 8bits
#374
Metang 8bits
#375
Latias 8bits
#380
Latios 8bits
#381
Kyogre 8bits
#382


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