Pokémon GO Starbucks Leak Confirmed

Proof that Starbucks is partnering with Niantic to promote Pokémon GO.

Last week, we reported on a mysterious leaked image which shared confidential information concerning several Pokémon GO-related changes coming to Starbucks. The image itself displayed a strange new Pokémon GO Starbucks beverage, and announced that a vast majority of Starbucks locations would be turning into a PokéStop or Gym as of December 8th.

Many Starbucks locations across the country are now PokéStops.

Now, we have proof that this leaked image was indeed valid. First, several local Starbucks locations have already made the shift into PokéStops. Not only that, but these locations are now marked with the new beverage within Pokémon GO’s updated tracker. This feels like a clever idea to lead Pokémon GO players right to their local Starbucks. Both to collect items, and to try this new mystery beverage.

Shellder is located at Starbucks, marked by the new Pokémon GO beverage.

The beverage in question, which appears to be a blended berry drink of some sort, is only available if you find the information within the game. The drink does not appear on the Starbucks menu.

The new Pokémon GO beverage is only displayed in the game.

As you can see in the image above, Pokémon GO players will need to specifically ask for the new beverage. No information on what it contains, how much it costs, and whether it's available at your location are given within the app.

At the moment, the Generation 2 Pokémon do not appear to have been released in-game. However, Niantic recently released an official statement confirming the upcoming new Pokémon. The company said more information would be released as of next week.

What do you think of the new Starbucks/Niantic partnership? Let us know in the comments below!

For more on Pokémon GO here at Indie Obscura, be sure to check out some of our previous features including information on the new Pokémon GO Tracker, a full list of new Pokémon coming in the Generation 2 update, and find out how to catch Ditto in Pokémon GO with our handy guide. 

Morgan is a writer, indie game lover, and socially awkward coffee addict. Need something? Morgan can be reached at morgan.shaver@allgamers.com or if you like, you can say hello using GIFs on Twitter.

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