Pokémon Research Exhibition review

Pokémon Research Exhibition - Professor Pikachu hero

Discover Pokémon with fun activities at the Pokémon Research Exhibition, held in the S.E.A Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa.

Pokémon Research Exhibition was held in various parts of Japan from last year, under the name ポケモン研究所 (Pokémon Research Institute). Its overseas debut in Singapore is also the first time the activities are presented completely in English (with select menus in Chinese).

Pokémon Research Exhibition Launch -  Mr Susumu Fukunaga, Corporate Officer, The Pokémon Company; Mr Jason Horkin, Senior Vice President of Attractions at Resorts World Sentosa
At the Media Preview: Mr Susumu Fukunaga, Corporate Officer, The Pokémon Company; Professor Pikachu; Mr Jason Horkin, Senior Vice President of Attractions at Resorts World Sentosa

Pokémon Research Exhibition Launch -  Level Up Your Pokemon experience!

Located at the exit gallery of S.E.A Aquarium, the Pokémon Research Exhibition surrounds the gigantic Bao Chuan ship. Admission to the exhibition is not included in the standard Aquarium Admission (scroll down for more info on this).

What do you do here?

Pokémon Research Exhibition Launch -  Professor explaining how the Poke Balls work

Think of it as the ultimate Pokémon quiz in the form of an interactive exhibition. You grab a Poké Ball with a mystery Pokémon inside and have to use various ‘research machines’ to guess what it is.

Pokémon Research Exhibition Launch -  Three types of Poke Balls to choose from, with different difficulty levelz

There are three levels of difficulty – obviously the red one is the easiest, followed by the Great Ball (blue) and Ultra Ball (yellow and black).

Note: The Poké Balls are for use within the exhibition only and must be returned at the end. No stealing!

Pokémon Research Exhibition Launch -  Observation Notebook and Pokeballs

Also, take an ‘observation notebook’ leaflet to note down the clues gathered from the machines.

Pokémon Research Exhibition Launch -  Observation Notebook for RED Regular Course
The easiest course isn’t too difficult and often you can get the right answer with two machines or less.

Start your research!

Pokémon Research Exhibition Launch -  Atrium with display showing legendary Pokemons

Once inside the exhibition you can freely roam around to see the displays and various machines.

Pokémon Research Exhibition Launch -  Exhibition area

There are 8 types of machines to conduct research, but you can only pick any 4 to analyse the Poké Ball. Once you put a Ball into the slot, it counts as you have ‘used’ up one of the 4. You cannot repeat the same machine again. So make sure you scribble down notes to your leaflet.

Pokémon Research Exhibition Launch -  Silhouette Shooter station

Place your Poké Ball in the slot at a research station to start the research mini-games.

Pokémon Research Exhibition Launch -  Outline Shooter station
What could this be?

The 8 machines

1. Footprint Collector
Reveal the footprint of the Pokémon (if any). Do take note of how many claws/ toes are in the footprint!

2. Silhouette Shooter
Reveal the silhouette of the Pokémon as seen from above. Try to imagine what the Pokémon looks like from the front using the top silhouette!

3. Outline Shooter
Reveal the Pokémon’s outline seen from the front – you need to step on the board more to see more!

4. Face Magnifier
Reveal a selected area of the Pokémon in close-up – select carefully and you may just see a telltale feature!

5. Height Gauger
Reveal the height of the Pokémon, which you can then cross-reference on the Pokédex!

6. Weight Gauger
Reveal the weight of the Pokémon, which you can then cross-reference on the Pokédex!

7. Appearance Analyser
Description of the Pokémon’s characteristics like colour, shape and other distinguishing features.

8. Cry Checker
Listen to the cry of the Pokémon – if your Pokémon has a unique cry, this will help you identify it!

Pokémon Research Exhibition Launch -  Outline Shooter game - stamp on the board to reveal the outline!
Some stations are quite interactive and would require rhythm and speed!

Pokémon Research Exhibition Launch -  Facial Enlarger
See the facial pores of your Pokémon…

Check your answers

Pokémon Research Exhibition Launch -  Answer Checker

Once you’re done, head to the GOAL – Answer Checker station to check if your guess is correct. The answer will be displayed immediately.

Pokémon Research Exhibition Launch -  Answer Checker station, it's a Pikachu

Once you’re done, you have to return the Poké Ball at the exit.

Pokémon Research Exhibition Launch -  Replay the game for a fee

If you wish to play again, you would need to re-enter the exhibition and collect a new Poké Ball at the start. There is a $5 fee for every replay.

Other things to see and do

Professor Pikachu

Pokémon Research Exhibition Launch -  Professor Pikachu getting ready to meet researchers

Research Head Prof. Pikachu will make several appearances at the Aquarium. Please make sure your reports are in good order.

Meet and Greet times and places
11:30AM, 5:30PM – Inside Pokémon Research Exhibition
2:30PM – S.E.A Aquarium Basement Atrium

Pokémon Research Exhibition Launch -  Professor Pikachu having a casual chat with researchers
Did they all come here to meet me?

Life-sized..ish Pokémon

Pokémon Research Exhibition Launch -  Pokemon Platinum Legendary - Giratina

You can also snap photos of Giratina (Legendary Pokémon from Pokémon Platinum) and the starters from the Second-generation games.

Pokémon Research Exhibition Launch -  Second Generation Starters

See all the Pokémon

Pokémon Research Exhibition Launch -  Pokedex wall showing over 700 species and variants

The Pokédex wall displays more than 700 Pokémon from the video games released so far, close to what S.E.A. Aquarium is said to house (over 800 species).

Pokémon Research Exhibition Launch -  Pokedex wall close-up 1

Shop! Pokémon Merchandise

Pokémon Merchandise will be sold at the exhibition, and the shop is expected to be ready from Mid November. We’ll update this post when they arrive, or if they arrive earlier.


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This attraction will definitely raise some eyebrows – what has Pokémon got to do with S.E.A. Aquarium? Well, probably not much – although… there’s Water-type Pokémon. Ah anyway – Both attractions offer ‘experiential learning’ (to some extent), except this one is based on video games and thus obviously features imaginary creatures.

The minigames are fun – so fans and kids will definitely enjoy a different experience holding the real Poké Ball like a trainer or a serious researcher, even though only some of the machines provide useful clues. There is also a big jump in difficulty between the Difficult and Very Difficult (Ultra Ball) courses. Just take a look at the observation notebook. Clearly, for the ultimate fans only.

Pokémon Research Exhibition Launch -  Ultra Ball Observation Notebook

There is no ‘time limit’ but each entry allows you to pick one Poké Ball and interact with 4 machines, hence the experience can be over quite quickly. Treasure the precious moments inside Professor Pikachu’s lab!

The exhibition is likely brought in to help boost the Aquarium’s year-end attendance numbers, especially with the membership sign-ups since unlimited entries to this exhibition is part of the perks. A lot of people are still crazy over Pokémon GO – will the park be adding tons of lures or special spawns here? Who knows.

Pokémon Research Exhibition Launch -  SEAA Aquarium Annual Pass CTA

If you already plan to visit the S.E.A. Aquarium, then I’d suggest getting the add-on to try this experience. It can be a fun way to end your tour of the Aquarium. Otherwise, unless you’re a die-hard fan, you don’t need to make a trip down specially for this exhibition. The S.E.A. Aquarium offers so much more and should be the main reason for your visit.


Pokémon Research Exhibition Launch -  Professor Pikachu meeting fans

Pokémon Research Exhibition

S.E.A. Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa
22 October 2016 – 2 January 2017

S.E.A. Aquarium Admission and a supplement are required to enter this exhibition. The price for the Pokémon add-on varies, depending if you are buying onsite as standalone purchase ($8) or bundle it with the S.E.A. Aquarium Admission ($6).

Genting Rewards Members, RWS Invites/ Invites Attractions Members can enjoy a discounted rate of $5 for the add-on.

Online Promotion
RWS is holding an Online Exclusive Promotion where the S.EA. Aquarium + Pokémon Research Exhibition bundle is offered with a $5 retail voucher (min. spend of $30 to use) for $35 per adult, and $23 per child or senior.

For more information visit the RWS Pokémon Research Exhibition website.

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