April Fools' Day 2022

April 1, 2022 was an April Fools' Day that fell on a Friday. In the Pokémon fandom, some websites pulled hoaxes on gullible fans.

Hoaxes

 
Duckgarden logo

Bulbagarden

For April Fools' Day, Bulbagarden became Duckgarden, celebrating all the different duck Pokémon and in particular the upcoming Quaxly from Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

Bulbapedia's Main Page instead welcomed users to Duckpedia, a wiki about ducks, affiliated with other duck wikis via Encyclopædiæ Anatidae (rather than Encyclopædiæ Pokémonis). It also presented an article about a purportedly Mythical Pokémon called Duck.

Bulbagarden's YouTube channel released a number of duck themed videos, including a Duckgarden theme song:

By Bulbagarden
This video is not available on Bulbapedia; instead, you can watch the video on YouTube here.


Events

Pokémon GO

Ditto began appearing everywhere in Pokémon GO during the 2-Oh?-22 event. Ekans, Gastly, Natu, Surskit, Finneon, Dwebble, and Swirlix also began appearing more frequently in the wild, although they were frequently Ditto in disguise. During that day from 5 P.M. until 8 P.M. local time, the spawn rate of Ditto in disguise was boosted even further.[1]

Pokémon Masters EX

The Trainers in Pasio's Pokémon Center in Pokémon Masters EX were duplicated by Ditto. Users who logged in during April Fool's Day received a present of 1000 Gems and were able to find the imposter Trainers together with Looker.

Pokémon Café ReMix

Ditto was added to Pokémon Café ReMix in the month of April as a part of points event, alongside with its "Pretend Eevee" outfit. In the second half of April, "Pretend Pikachu" outfit will be available in a new puzzle mode. From March 31 to April 26, the title screen is also updated to include Ditto's addition to the game.

Fansites

In addition to sprite replacement, Pokémon Showdown announced that its Other Metagames will be National Dex-based.[2] The change actually happened, but only lasted for 1 day. Additionally, the forum announced that the National Pokédex will be available in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.[3]

Aesthetic changes

References


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