Pokémon GO features loads of Easter Eggs based all of the franchise’s different forms. However, the latest one is certainly a reference to the anime’s iconic protagonist. In the latest update, Niantic have added a buddy feature which lets Trainers choose a Pokémon to walk alongside them. Just days after the update begins to roll out, some dedicated fans have already spotted a hidden reference to the Pokémon anime. While Pikachu seems to act like any other Pokemon when set as your buddy, after walking 10km with him something will change. Just like Ash’s Pikachu, yours will now ride around on your shoulder as you walk. While Niantic have added loads of cool reference in the past, this little nod is really super effective!
Easter Egg Found! Just as Pikachu didn't bond with Ash at first, walk 10k with Pikachu and he'll ride your shoulder! pic.twitter.com/S9kOD9h4YE
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