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It’s the start of April, which means it’s April Fools’ Day! Niantic has released little “pranks” or events in the past for Pokémon GO, and this year is no different. Ditto, the Transform Pokémon, is taking over this year’s event. With its habit to mimic other Pokémon, Trainers will be looking out for Pokémon that Ditto currently disguises itself as in Pokémon GO.

There’s more to this event than just Ditto – Professor Willow has some Special Research available too! See what fun shenanigans can be had in this year’s April Fools’ Day event with our guide below:


Pokémon GO’s Season of Alola – April Fools’ 2-Oh?-22

Begins: Friday, April 1st, 2022 at 12 a.m. your local time.

Ends: Friday, April 1st, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. your local time.


Wild Encounters – Ditto and Friends


Ditto* appears to be changing into different Pokémon in the wild.


Note: Pokémon marked with an * means that “If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny one!”



While, technically, Ditto can transform into anything, there’s a limited transformation pool for them in Pokémon GO. For the event, these Pokémon will appear more frequently in the wild on April 1st, 2022 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. your local time:

  • Pokémon that can be Ditto: Ekans*, Gastly*, Natu*, Surskit, Finneon, Dwebble*, and Swirlix.


Note: Typically, encountering a Shiny Pokémon that can transform into Ditto would result in no possibility of Ditto. For April 1st, this might not be the case as Niantic notes in their blog post for the event that Pokémon marked with an * means that “If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny Pokémon–including Shiny Ditto!” … Happy April Fools’?


Special Research

Professor Willow will need some assistance on April Fools’ Day… At least, we think so? … … … …? Professor Willow?

A three-step, event-exclusive Special Research will be available for Trainers to complete:


April Fools' 2-Oh?-22 Special Research
Step 1/3Reward
Catch 10 Pokémon25 Poké Balls
Catch 5 Normal-type Pokémon5 Potions
Make 5 Nice Throws5 Nanab Berries
Completion Reward1,000 Stardust, 15 Ditto Candies, and 5 Razz Berries
Step 2/3Reward
Catch 10 Pokémon15 Great Balls
Catch 3 of the Transform Pokémon (i.e. Pokémon that Ditto masquerades as)5 Super Potions
Transfer 10 Pokémon5 Pinap Berries
Completion Reward1,500 XP, 15 Ditto Candies, and 1 Silver Pinap Berry
Step 3/3Reward
Claim Reward!10 Ultra Balls
Claim Reward!5 Hyper Potions
Claim Reward!3,500 XP
Completion Reward3,000 Stardust, 15 Ditto Candies, and a Ditto Encounter


Note: The “Catch 3 of the Transform Pokémon” in Step 2/3 means Trainers must catch the following Pokémon (Ekans*, Gastly*, Natu*, Surskit, Finneon, Dwebble*, and/or Swirlix) and have them actually be a Ditto! You’ll know when you get the “Oh?” screen transition after catching the Pokémon.


Field Research Tasks

For this one-day event, there’s an exclusive Field Research Task. It’s time to hunt down the Pokémon that Ditto is known to masquerade as in Pokémon GO:


  • Task: Catch 3 of the Transform Pokémon (Ditto that is disguised as Ekans*, Gastly*, Natu*, Surskit, Finneon, Dwebble*, and/or Swirlix)
    • Reward: Ditto Encounter



Special, Ditto-themed event stickers will be available by spinning PokéStops, opening Gifts, and purchasing them from the in-game shop.



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Written by Jennifer Burch

Illustrator, designer, writer and big Nintendo geek, you can find Jennifer with an N3DS within reach 24/7. As the oldest of three, she has survived many Mario Party, Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart sessions intact in addition to getting her brothers hooked on some really weird games. (Cubivore anyone?)