Pokemon Go Celebrates Pokemon Day With Exclusive Pikachu

Pokemon Go Celebrates Pokemon Day With Exclusive Pikachu

But Pikachu has a new hat!

Tomorrow marks the 22nd anniversary for the Pokemon series. To celebrate Pokemon Day, as the day has come to be known, the Pokemon Company is pushing out several goodies for fans, including releasing a limited edition Pikachu out into the wilds of Pokemon Go.

Like last year, a party hat wearing Pikachu will be available for capture in Pokemon Go. However, this year's variant of the partying Pikachu will come with the move "Present" which gives players triple the standard amount of Stardust when caught. The special Pikachu be available until February 28 at 1 pm PT/4 pm ET.

Outside of Pokemon Go, there will be other special releases such as "Pikachu Talk" an app for Amazon Alexa and Google Home devices where users can talk and interact with a "live" Pikachu. Basically, users will download the feature on their applicable smart speaker and begin talking to a Pikachu that will respond with several famous voice lines.

There will also be a limited time Snapchat lense based on the starter Pokemons from the Kanto region. Beginning today with Bulbasaur, a Charmander and Squirtle-themed lenses will follow in the near future.

Lastly, the Pokemon Center online store will be launching a new Pokemon Gallery Figure, a premium line of display-ready figurines of popular Pokemon. This year's Charizard release is the first Pokemon Gallery Figure DX, and is much larger than the standard Gallery figure.

The first Pokemon video games launched on February 27, 1996. Since then, February 27 has become an official day to celebrate all things Pokemon. Like last year, that means special promotions and goodies for fans and players of the game. The promotion reaches far wider than just the games or merchandise, with Pokemon's official social media channels jumping in on the festivities. Even the Pokemon online TV site will host a free screening of the most recent Pokemon film, Pokemon the Movie: I Choose You!, which you might remember as the one where Pikachu talks and freaked some people out.

Log in to Pokemon Go now to start catching the party hat Pikachu.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Matt Kim

News Editor

Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

Read this next

Pokemon Go Jump Start Research Guide

There’s some brand new Special Research to take on in Pokemon Go. Here’s what you need to know about the Pokemon Go Jump Start Research.

Pokemon Go September 2019 Community Day

Here’s what you’ll begetting up to for the Pokemon Go September Community Day.

Pokemon Go Gen 5 List: Gen 5 Teaser, Unova Region Detailed

Here are all of the Pokemon that will make their way to Pokemon Go as part of the Gen 5 update.

Pokemon Go Catches One Billion Downloads

Three years since its debut, Pokemon Go endures like a Metapod that's used "Harden" 100 times.

Pokemon GO Raid Tips and Tricks - Rayquaza Raid Bosses

Pokemon GO Raid Bosses are a tough bunch, so bring a friend or two, and know who you're facing. Use our guide and you'll be beating them in no time!

Pokemon Go: A Troubling Situation Research Guide

Pokemon Go: A Troubling Situation Research Guide

More News

Ion Fury Developer Donates $10,000 to Charity After Furor Over Transphobic Comments

The studio is apologizing for comments both in and out of the game.