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Billions of Pokemon caught to unlock Farfetch’d show Pokemon Go is far from dead

Pokemon Go is not going anywhere, as some three billion Pokemon were caught worldwide by players in a mere three days when teased with the release of the ultra rare Farfetch’d.

In the Pokemon Go ‘Global Catch Challenge’ players were tasked with collectively hunting down and capturing 500 million of the digital critters within the space of a week.

For their efforts they would be rewarded with tiered perks, from double experience boosts and more Pokemon appearing in the augmented reality app, to the addition of Farfetch’d, a flying-type Pokemon armed with leek-like plant.

Players breezed past the initial 500 million target, soon after smashing the 1,5 billion mark, then hitting the top three billion caught Pokemon level. It was here that Farfetch’d was introduced into Pokemon Go for players all around the world, where as it had previously been a Japan and East Asia exclusive critter.

Japanese players will in turn get access to the Kangaskhan Pokemon, previously limited to Australia, likely due to the Pokemon’s kangaroo-esque pouch.

However, these Pokemon will only be available for a couple of days worldwide, so keen Pokemon Go players will need to hurry if they want to catch them.

The sheer number of Pokemon caught in the challenge shows that despite the popularity of Pokemon Go trailing off since being a massive summer hit in 2016, the augmented reality iOS and Android game is still hugely popular.

With this in mind, developers Niantic are likely to keep pushing Pokemon Go and its features further to keep players engaged and on Pokemon hunts.

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