Niantic recently announced a special One Piece-inspired event featuring Straw Hat Pikachu for Pokémon GO. The event will take place from July 22 to July 29 and will mark the debut of this new hat-wearing Pikachu, which is inspired by the iconic hat worn by Monkey D. Luffy. A Straw Hat with a red ribbon avatar item will also be made available in the in-game Style Shop. In addition, in Japan, Monkey D. Luffy statues in the Kumamoto Prefecture will eventually serve as PokéStops, featuring artwork by Eiichiro Oda. Read on below for the official announcement:
Straw Hat Pikachu Arrives in Pokémon GO from July 22 through July 29
If you enjoy collecting Pikachu wearing amusing hats in Pokémon GO, there’s still one piece to that puzzle that you need. Luckily, the latest in the grand line of behatted Pikachu is arriving soon in the form of Straw Hat Pikachu!
From July 22, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. through July 29, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. local time, this special Pikachu will appear in the wild, giving Trainers plenty of chances to add it to their crew. Pikachu’s kicky straw hat is perfect for keeping the burning sun at bay during these sunny summer months. If you want to coordinate your avatar’s outfit with Pikachu, there will be a matching straw hat available in the Style Shop.
You’re sure to treasure this new addition to your team, so don’t miss out—get ready to head out on another grand Pokémon GO adventure!
— The Pokémon GO team
Source: Official Pokémon GO blog