April 1, 2018 was an
April Fools' Day that fell on a Sunday. In the Pokémon fandom, some websites pulled hoaxes on gullible fans.
The Pokémon Company The Pokémon Company International announced on social media that they had been taken over by Team Rocket.
On Twitter and Facebook, they made several posts following the beginning and fall of their takeover.
            The hashtag #TeamRocketTakeover was launched with the first post and continued to be used on all posts.
 On their homepage, several articles were written about Team Rocket and promoted on the main page.     The Featured Pokémon were all Team Rocket Pokémon and the first one was Meowth.
Pokémon GO It was announced that 8-bit graphics Pokémon would be released in Pokémon GO. 
自分のターンの最初に、ＭＰ移動の代わりに、デュエルを３ターン前に戻してよい。ターンエンド。 At the start of your turn, instead of making an MP move, you may rewind the duel by three turns. Your turn ends.
相手プレイヤーの使用デバイスをシャットダウンし、デュエルに勝利する。 The opposing player's device is shut down. You win the duel.
相手プレイヤーを「マヒ」状態にする。相手プレイヤーのプレートを１枚選び、使用済みにする。 The opposing player becomes paralyzed. Choose one of your opponent's plates. That plate is now used.
しんそく 20 pt.
スリープモード 20 pt.
このフィギュアを「ねむり」状態にする。デュエル終了までこのフィギュアにはタッチできない。 This figure falls asleep. Until the end of the duel, this figure cannot be tagged.
※画像はエイプリルプール用のものです。 *This image is for April Pools'.
Fansites Aesthetic changes
Bulbagarden Forums were changed into GardenGarden with accompanying Garden theme and names for rooms. Pokémon Central Wiki changed its main page to and designed it to reflect this. Pokémon Central Rainbow Rocket Wiki Other
New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) added an Eevee mascot as one of their new pro-wrestler signed to the company. He was scheduled to fight wrestler EVIL on April 1, 2018.  During a press conference, the Udon-prefecture announced that they would change their name to Yadon-prefecture ( Slowpoke) to boost tourism and that Slowpoke would become their newly appointed Prefecture Governor. They even displayed some Slowpoke merchandise to sell and showed a commercial.   References