Professor Willow from Pokémon GO will get a card!
As part of Pokémon GO their 5th anniversary later this year and the 25th anniversary of Pokémon and the Pokémon TCG later this year, Pokémon GO and the Pokémon Trading Card Game will collaborate to release Professor Willow as a Pokémon TCG card in the Summer of 2021.
The card reveal was initially going to be revealed in 'late May 2021', but had a small delay. Now it's being revealed as a Professor’s Research (Professor Willow) Promo. Each promo includes a code that can be used at Niantic's Offer Redemption website to access Special Research where you’ll able to encounter the Mythical Pokémon Meltan beginning in July.
The card is currently available in English through the Pokémon Center USA/CA store if you buy Pokémon GO related products, only while supplies last.
Additionally, also Trainers who complete research in Pokémon GO and tasks at Pokémon League events will also receive Professor Willow's card while supplies last.
Make sure to follow PokeGuardian for future announcements about more Professor Willow's card promo giveaways.
This is the first time that Pokémon GO had any tie-ins with the TCG unlike Pokémon Masters with a unofficial soft tie-in with SM12a Dream League.
This card is also confirmed to release in Japan, Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, South America and Brazil.
For the European countries, these might only be available through the aforementioned Pokémon League events which are currently suspended. We think this will include the other countries within Europe where Pokémon League events are also held.
Japan will give the promo away during the "Pokémon GO 5th Anniversary Collaboration Campaign" where you can get 1 Professor Willow card when you purchase Pokemon Card Game products for 800 yen (tax included) or more at the participating stores. The campaign starts on July 9, 2021 and ends as soon as when the cards are out of stock.
Also in Japan you can get the promo at Akindo Sushiro Sushi chain stores on a first-come, first-served basis when you purchase a takeaway product that is eligible for the campaign at the Akindo Sushiro restaurant or online. The campaign starts on July 9, 2021 and ends as soon as when the cards are out of stock. Details will be announced later.
Lastly for Japan you can get 1 promo at Odakyu Group when you purchase a train ticket + showing the Pokémon GO app or spend 1,300 yen or more than a certain amount showing the Pokémon GO app at the participating commercial stores of the Odakyu Group. The campaign starts on July 9, 2021 and ends as soon as when the cards are out of stock.
Korea will give 1 promo out if you spend 5000 Korean Won worth of Pokemon Card Game products at participating stores around mid-July 2021. More details are coming soon on their official website.
Taiwan will give 1 promo out if you spend $180 Taiwanese dollar (TWD) at participating stores around mid-July 2021. More details are coming soon on their official website.
For the other regions, we will update this article as soon as we know more information.