Sentosa will host Southeast Asia's first Pokémon GO Safari Zone in April
Gotta catch 'em all
This year is looking pretty dope for Pokémon. Preceding the release of its live-action movie Detective Pickachu in May, it has been announced that Sentosa —or as some refer to it "the new Bali" — will host Southeast Asia's first Pokémon GO Safari Zone from 18 to 22 April 2019. For the uninitiated, the main draw for Pokémon's "safari zone" events all over the world is that they give players (trainers as they are referred to in the game) the chance to snag a region-exclusive Pokémon that isn't usually available in the region where it's hosted. There will also be an increased spawn rate of rare and unique Pokémon.
Local players can look forward to multiple PokéStops (virtual shops to stock up on trainer's supplies) as well as rare, shiny and never-before-seen Pokémon roaming about Sentosa including the region-specific Tropius, shiny Shuckle, Unown, Lapras and Exeggutor Aloha.
The event is not all about being glued to your phone screens though; players can snap photos with their favourite Pokémon at various photo points across the island. They can also escape the island's sweltering temperatures at rest areas where they can meet, swap tips, trade Pokémon with other players.
From 5 to 7 March 2019, interested players will need to register their interest and select their preferred date of play on the event website. Players can bid for places as an individual or in a group of up to three applicants. Over 100,000 places will be available for free across the five-day event, and a ballot will be held to select participants.
Selected trainers will receive a notification email from 11 March 2019, and another email on a later date containing a QR code that serves as a ticket to the event. Participation in the event is limited to the day stated in the confirmation email, in order to give as many trainers a chance to take part. Don't worry; trainers without a QR code can still enjoy normal gameplay at Sentosa.