Pokémon GO: Overview

Pokemon Go

Pokémon are creatures which players (called Pokémon Trainers) catch and train to battle each other for sport. Thus far, there are 729 revealed species, which can be organized under different attributes. The first Pokémon games were created for Nintendo and premiered in Japan on February 27, 1996, the brainchild of creator Satoshi Tajiri. (The term Pokémon comes from “Pocket Monsters”.)  Pokémon games in various permutations (including trading cards) proved so popular that an anime series based on the game debuted in 1997, further spawning a manga series, a magazine, and more. Now Pokémon have remerged into the public spotlight with a new game that is taking over public consciousness.  Pokémon GO is a free-to-play, location-based, augmented reality (AR) game developed by Niantic and released to most of the world in July 2016. The CEO of Niantic, John Hanke, has declared that the goal of Pokémon GO is to “facilitate the real-life stuff” such as getting people to exercise, to see the world with new eyes, and giving people a reason to spend time together.

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Pokémon GO Update


Pokémon GO Community Day

Next scheduled: Sunday, April 7, 2024, Community Day Classic featuring Bagon! Pokémon featured on Community Day, Saturday, April 20, is TBA.

Upcoming Community Days - list of dates




Special Events, Research Tasks, & Quests

Pokémon Go ‘Horizons: The Series Celebration’ event guide

Discover more throughout World of Wonders with the Wonder Ticket! Note: "Trainers will receive two bonus Premium Battle Passes if they purchase the Wonder Ticket via the web store!"    

Continue your journey through World of Wonders with the Wonder Ticket Part 2, and experience wonders with Eevee and friends!       

How to get Golden Lure Module in Pokemon GO, and how to use it

Niantic disables regular AR, adds new options to interact with Buddy without AR

Pokemon GO Code Gets You 10 Purified Gems for Free

Spectacular Showcase updates await at a PokéStop near you—plus a clever Pikachu debuts, too!                                                                                                               

Pokemon GO: How To Get Varoom And Revavroom (Can They Be Shiny)

How to get Dusk Form, Midday Form, and Midnight Form Lycanroc in Pokémon GO

Meet Mateo in the Along the Routes Pokémon GO Event!

Pokémon GO April 2024 Event Guide [with infographic]

Pokémon Go Field Research April 2024

A Guide to Completing ‘Timed Investigation: Master Ball’ Research for Free

Catching Some Z’s Special Research: Guide, Tasks and Rewards

Pokémon Go Shiny Mew, ‘All-in-One #151’ Masterwork Research guide

Season of Timeless Travels



GO Hub Guide to Building Strong Pokémon

Trainer Battles -  PvP guides

All Ditto Disguises In Pokémon GO (April 2024)

Pokemon GO Adds Haptics, Annoys Most Players But Me

Party Play

How to get Gimmighoul and Gholdengo in Pokémon Go

How to get Golden Lure modules in Pokemon Go & how they work

Pokemon GO Adding Scarlet and Violet Pokemon

Pokémon GO Routes – Everything you need to know

Introducing a New Pokémon GO Feature: Pokéstop Showcases

Pokemon Go discounts Remote Raid passes – but there’s a catch

Pokémon GO getting a Style Shop update

Pokemon Go All Soloable Legendary Raid Graphic

Pokemon Go Plus+ Is Up for Preorder

Pokémon Sleep, which you play by sleeping, is out this year

Connect Pokémon GO to Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet

Pokémon Go finally brings the elusive Kecleon to the game

Scatterbug, Spewpa, and Vivillon Arrive in Pokémon GO

Zorua and Zoroark released


Other Information

Local Pokémon GO Information

Pokemon Basics

About the Game & How to Play: What We Know


Pokémon GO @ your library!

@ your library

Erna Fergusson Library POGO Map

Special Collections Library POGO Map

Juan Tabo POGO Map

Lomas Tramway Library POGO Map

Lomas Tramway Library Loop Route

Other Pokemon Stuff

Find  Pokémon-related items in the library catalog!

The catalog has DVDs, books, and even an eBook, including:


Be careful while playing Pokémon GO! Some tips: