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Link Pokémon Go and Scarlet/Violet planned for 2023

This weekend’s brilliant Gimmighoul reveal in Pokémon Go showed off the app’s continued ability to bring fans together in a moment of shared surprise.

Why are PokéStops now gold? What is this little goblin following me doing? Oh wow, this teacher is from the new Scarlet and Violet games? Are all the questions I had.

Now Pokémon Go maker Niantic has laid down the details of how Gimmighoul will actually be caught – even as questions continue over its mysterious gold coins.

Gimmighoul in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

The same way Meltan was used to promote Pokémon Let’s Go! Pikachu and Eevee, Gimmighoul will be available to Pokémon Go players once you link the mobile app to a Switch copy of the new games.

But that feature won’t be coming to the launch of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet – which is now just over a week away on November 18. Instead, fans will have to be patient for an update scheduled for 2023.

There is also another difference here. Gimmighoul is available in two versions – one for Pokémon Go and Pokémon Scarlet/Violet. In these later games, the little goblin creature can only be caught inside a treasure chest-like shell. In the first case, he can be caught wandering.

In the meantime, Pokémon Go continues to offer golden PokéStops where players will receive a quick chat with the game’s hunky Professor Willow and her buddy Jacq, from the Paldea region of Scarlet and Violet. (This is the first time Pokémon Go has presented a conversation in this way, via a kind of holo-message, and it’s another nice surprise.)

How I met Willow and Jacq.

Spinning these golden PokéStops will spawn a miniature Gimmighoul in-game, which will run and follow you as you walk. Tapping the creature won’t let you catch it yet, though. Instead, it will offer a small speech bubble showing a mystery room.

Golden PokéStops have a chance to drop these mysterious gold coins – as well as a more generous portion of items than normal, including rarer items like Max Revives.

Pokemon Go's Gimmighoul reveal.

Gimmighoul (right).

For now, the gold coins can only be found in players’ inventories.

“A piece with an air of mystery,” reads the item’s description. “He seems to be from the Paldea area.”

The game’s data mining suggests that you can hold up to 100 of these coins at a time, although their use is still unclear. I’ve found 14 so far, and I’m still collecting them – hope they come in handy.

Maybe once the Scarlet/Violet bond is active, you’ll pay a gold coin to use the feature and catch a Gimmighoul for yourself? Professor Willow will tell us more soon enough.