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This article is about the anniversary of Pokémon Red and Green. For individual events named Pokémon Day, see Pokémon Day (disambiguation).
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Logo used for Pokémon Day since 2018

Pokémon Day is an annual celebration of the original Japanese release of Pokémon Red and Green, held on February 27. Various events are held around the world to mark this occasion.

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2016

Logo used for Pokémon Day in South Korea in 2016

Releases

As part of the year-long 20th Anniversary of the Pokémon franchise, the Pokémon Day in 2016 saw the Virtual Console releases of the Generation I games Pokémon Red, Green, Blue, and Yellow. In Europe, Australia, and Japan, special edition Nintendo 2DS bundles were released, pre-installed with one of the Virtual Console titles; the systems are transparent, matching the color of the installed version. The Japanese bundles included a map of the Kanto region, a set of stickers based on the VC game's mascot, and a serial code for a Mew for the Generation VI games. The European and Australian bundles included a download code for a HOME Menu theme and a different sticker set. In North America, New Nintendo 3DS bundles were released, with pre-installed copies of both Red and Blue, two cover plates themed on Red and Blue, and a HOME Menu download code.

A New Nintendo 3DS cover plate was also released in Europe, Australia, and Japan, featuring in-battle sprites from Red and Blue.

In Japan, the BREAK Starter Pack was released. The set only features Generation I Pokémon and emulates the Original Era Starter Deck in design and semi-random card inclusion.

At 12 a.m. JST, Pokémon Sun and Moon were announced in a worldwide Nintendo Direct.

Online events

The Pokémon Trading Card Game Online gave a set of commemorative card sleeves to players who logged in on Pokémon Day.

On the official Pokémon Twitch channel from 1 to 9 p.m. EST, Pokémon gameplay, interviews, and discussions were shown. A 24-hour anime marathon began on the officially-endorsed channel Twitch Watches Pokémon at 9 p.m. The channel streamed several movies and Pokémon Chronicles episodes, as well as the Pokémon Origins series on the following schedule:

On-site events

Several on-site events were held in various countries.

In Brazil, the local TCG distributor Copag sponsored tournaments held at select stores. The stores each received a kit with 55 prints of the exclusive XY Promo Pikachu card, three Badge cases, three bags with the Play! Pokémon logo, and 12 Mewtwo deckboxes. Exclusive merchandise was also available at these tournaments. The promotional Pikachu card could also be obtained at RiHappy, PB Kids, BMart, and Planeta Brinquedos from February 27 to 28, when customers bought two TCG products (barring booster packs).

In South Korea, a week-long event was held at Pangyo Hyundai Department Store in Seongnam. Stamps were hidden across four areas of the department store that, when collected, rewarded customers with a Pokémon Day notebook. On the 27th and 28th, players could receive a Mew between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Video game and TCG tournaments were also held for the two days. A Generation I Pokémon-only "Kanto Champion" tournament was held on the 27th, while an "All Star" tournament took place the next day; only Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire games were permitted to be used. The "3 vs 3 Winners League" TCG tournament ran for both days and competitors received the promotional All-Night Party card. A Pokémon Mini Museum and a Pokémon Mini Attraction were also held over these two days.

In the United States, select GameStops hosted Early Access Tournaments for Pokkén Tournament, with a grand prize of a trip to the 2016 US National Championships. All stores had exclusive Mew plushes and gave customers buying any Pokémon products a Mythical Pokémon poster. Holofoil Pikachu and Magikarp cards, activity books, and a poster featuring the original 151 Pokémon were given away at Toys "R" Us stores for the day. Binders themed on the Generations TCG expansion were available for sale as well. In New York City, New York, an event was held at Nintendo New York from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. In Los Angeles, California, the JapanLA Pop Culture Shop had a Pokémon-based pop-up shop run from Pokémon Day until March 27.

2017

For the 2017 Pokémon Day, Mewtwo Strikes Back, Celebi: The Voice of the Forest, and Zoroark: Master of Illusions were made available on Pokémon TV for a limited time. Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel was also released on Prime Video, Google Play, and the iTunes Store, as well as a bundle of episodes of the Gold & Silver arc of the anime. On the official Pokémon Twitch channel, championship matches of the TCG, video games, and Pokkén Tournament were shown all day.

From 1 p.m. PST February 26 to 1 p.m. PST March 6, Pikachu found in Pokémon GO wore a party hat (which lasted beyond the event time). In the week leading up to Pokémon Day, the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online made extra Trainer Tokens available on the Bonus Wheel. A special Daily Bonus was also given out on the 27th.

The first set of the Pokémon Gallery Figures was released on February 27. The set of Pokémon figures was made exclusively for the US Pokémon Center Online.

2018

Logo used for Pokémon Day in 2018

Pikachu Talk was released internationally on February 26 to celebrate Pokémon Day in 2018. Snapchat lenses featuring the Kanto starter Pokémon were also made available. Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! was also made available for streaming on Pokémon TV for the first time. A Pikachu with the move Present wearing a party hat was also made available in Pokémon GO. Merchandise released on the Pokémon Center website include a Charizard Pokémon Gallery Figure DX, and to commemorate the year of Legendary Pokémon, Dialga and Palkia pins.

In Brazil, the episode Alola, Kanto!, which features the return of Misty and Brock after a long absence, premiered on Cartoon Network Brazil at 4 p.m. BRT. Later that day, starting at 6 p.m. BRT, the channel aired a special marathon with the episodes The Guardian's Challenge!, Big Sky, Small Fry!, A Crowning Moment of Truth!, a rerun of Alola, Kanto!, and the premiere of When Regions Collide!, followed by Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!. On their social media, the channel also posted several Pokémon-related images and wallpapers. Additionally, the local TCG distributor and event organizer Copag used its Facebook account to share many code cards for the Trading Card Game Online.

2019

At 10 p.m. JST, Pokémon Sword and Shield were announced in a worldwide Nintendo Direct.

Pokémon Shirts went on sale in Japan.

2020

Logo used for Pokémon Day in 2020

A new Mythical Pokémon, Zarude, was revealed. Its inclusion in M23 was also announced, alongside a new poster.

Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution was released on Netflix worldwide, excluding Japan and Korea.

In Brazil and Latin America, The Power of Us aired at 8:00 p.m. local time on Cartoon Network.

Disney XD played the first three Pokémon movies starting at 3:30 p.m. EST.

In Pokémon Sword and Shield, from 4:00 p.m. PST February 26 to 3:59 p.m. March 1, 2020, special Max Raid Battles featuring Dynamax Mewtwo were available. The Mewtwo was uncatchable but did reward rare items to players who defeated it such as Ability Capsules, Bottle Caps, and PP Maxes. Max Raid Battles featuring Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, Charmander, Charmeleon, Squirtle, and Wartortle were also available.

Pokémon Masters celebrated its six-month anniversary, adding the sync pair of Red and Charizard, new story chapters and events, the Battle Villa, and a 3,000 gem log-in bonus available until March 15, 2020.

Starting February 25, 2020 and running until March 2, 2020, Pokémon GO held a Pokémon Day Celebration. To coincide with the release of Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution, Armored Mewtwo with Psystrike was available in five star raids, along with clone Venusaur, Charizard, and Blastoise in four star raids. Clone Pikachu also had a chance of spawning within the GO Snapshot mode. Additionally, party hat-wearing Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Pikachu, and Eevee were available, the former three via 7 km eggs and one star raids, and the latter two in the wild. On the Raid Day on March 1, 2020, Nidorino and Gengar wearing party hats (in reference to the opening cinematic of Red and Blue) were available in two star and four star raids, respectively. The party hats have a polka dot on a solid red design to differentiate themselves from the 2017 hats. They were cancelled in Japan, Italy, and Korea due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Shiny variants of all party hat Pokémon were also available.

The Pikachu Classics Collection was released on the US Pokémon Center Online. Additionally, all orders had free shipping for the day.

New fabric pattern designs were announced based on Johto Pokémon for Pokémon Shirts, as well as the launch of shirts in children's sizes[1].

Pokémon of the Year

Logo for Pokémon of the Year

From February 5 until 5:59 a.m. PST on February 14, 2020, the first Pokémon of the Year vote was run in collaboration with Google. Searching Pokémon vote on Google between those dates would allow a person to choose one favorite Pokémon per category. The 890 Pokémon were split into eight categories based on the region they were first discovered (Galar was labeled "Galar, etc" to include Meltan and Melmetal). The voting results were revealed on Pokémon Day 2020:

Overall
# Pokémon Votes
1 Greninja Greninja 140,559
2 Lucario Lucario 102,259
3 Mimikyu Mimikyu 99,077
4 Charizard Charizard 93,968
5 Umbreon Umbreon 67,062
6 Sylveon Sylveon 66,029
7 Garchomp Garchomp 61,877
8 Rayquaza Rayquaza 60,939
9 Gardevoir Gardevoir 60,596
10 Gengar Gengar 60,214
11 Dragapult Dragapult 57,973
12 Tyranitar Tyranitar 56,834
13 Bulbasaur Bulbasaur 56,015
14 Toxtricity Toxtricity 55,032
15 Lugia Lugia 53,268
16 Rowlet Rowlet 52,367
17 Aegislash Aegislash 51,517
18 Chandelure Chandelure 50,943
19 Pikachu Pikachu 48,060
20 Eevee Eevee 47,762
21 Luxray Luxray 46,032
22 Decidueye Decidueye 44,011
23 Zoroark Zoroark 43,782
24 Lycanroc Lycanroc 42,792
25 Corviknight Corviknight 41,711
26 Flygon Flygon 41,420
27 Hydreigon Hydreigon 40,054
28 Sceptile Sceptile 38,724
29 Blaziken Blaziken 38,307
30 Snom Snom 38,034
Kanto
# Pokémon Votes
1 Charizard Charizard 93,968
2 Gengar Gengar 60,214
3 Bulbasaur Bulbasaur 56,015
4 Pikachu Pikachu 48,060
5 Eevee Eevee 47,762
6 Dragonite Dragonite 36,873
7 Mew Mew 36,266
8 Mewtwo Mewtwo 34,585
9 Arcanine Arcanine 29,795
10 Lapras Lapras 23,411
11 Snorlax Snorlax 19,768
12 Ninetales Ninetales 19,044
13 Squirtle Squirtle 18,476
14 Blastoise Blastoise 16,795
15 Vaporeon Vaporeon 14,887
16 Muk Muk 14,358
17 Charmander Charmander 14,049
18 Ditto Ditto 13,843
19 Slowpoke Slowpoke 12,369
20 Nidoking Nidoking 11,586
21 Porygon Porygon 11,311
22 Vulpix Vulpix 11,224
23 Psyduck Psyduck 11,212
24 Raichu Raichu 11,196
25 Pinsir Pinsir 11,162
26 Jolteon Jolteon 11,064
27 Dragonair Dragonair 11,051
28 Venusaur Venusaur 10,454
29 Articuno Articuno 10,450
30 Magnemite Magnemite 9,955
Johto
# Pokémon Votes
1 Umbreon Umbreon 67,062
2 Tyranitar Tyranitar 56,834
3 Lugia Lugia 53,268
4 Typhlosion Typhlosion 35,184
5 Scizor Scizor 34,691
6 Ampharos Ampharos 32,009
7 Espeon Espeon 30,052
8 Cyndaquil Cyndaquil 28,332
9 Suicune Suicune 26,227
10 Totodile Totodile 22,526
11 Crobat Crobat 21,548
12 Furret Furret 21,447
13 Celebi Celebi 20,492
14 Chikorita Chikorita 18,521
15 Ho-Oh Ho-Oh 18,278
16 Feraligatr Feraligatr 18,245
17 Heracross Heracross 16,577
18 Natu Natu 15,699
19 Pichu Pichu 15,695
20 Houndoom Houndoom 14,742
21 Togepi Togepi 14,288
22 Quagsire Quagsire 13,308
23 Entei Entei 10,404
24 Quilava Quilava 10,032
25 Porygon2 Porygon2 9,902
26 Wooper Wooper 9,323
27 Misdreavus Misdreavus 8,156
28 Shuckle Shuckle 8,129
29 Wobbuffet Wobbuffet 7,745
30 Kingdra Kingdra 7,418


Hoenn
# Pokémon Votes
1 Rayquaza Rayquaza 60,939
2 Gardevoir Gardevoir 60,596
3 Flygon Flygon 41,420
4 Sceptile Sceptile 38,724
5 Blaziken Blaziken 38,307
6 Mudkip Mudkip 36,920
7 Metagross Metagross 35,631
8 Jirachi Jirachi 29,611
9 Milotic Milotic 28,295
10 Absol Absol 27,781
11 Swampert Swampert 26,540
12 Salamence Salamence 24,920
13 Aron Aron 24,389
14 Aggron Aggron 18,120
15 Latias Latias 17,478
16 Altaria Altaria 16,814
17 Kyogre Kyogre 15,585
18 Mawile Mawile 15,523
19 Breloom Breloom 12,801
20 Torchic Torchic 12,568
21 Latios Latios 12,487
22 Groudon Groudon 11,982
23 Deoxys Deoxys 10,842
24 Grovyle Grovyle 10,746
25 Banette Banette 10,579
26 Treecko Treecko 9,339
27 Sableye Sableye 9,012
28 Ludicolo Ludicolo 8,708
29 Shedinja Shedinja 6,703
30 Mightyena Mightyena 6,459
Sinnoh
# Pokémon Votes
1 Lucario Lucario 102,259
2 Garchomp Garchomp 61,877
3 Luxray Luxray 46,032
4 Piplup Piplup 34,680
5 Infernape Infernape 33,267
6 Darkrai Darkrai 30,544
7 Glaceon Glaceon 26,161
8 Arceus Arceus 24,502
9 Empoleon Empoleon 21,773
10 Giratina Giratina 21,366
11 Leafeon Leafeon 20,859
12 Torterra Torterra 20,632
13 Shaymin Shaymin 17,465
14 Dialga Dialga 14,292
15 Gallade Gallade 14,144
16 Staraptor Staraptor 14,054
17 Togekiss Togekiss 13,426
18 Gliscor Gliscor 12,676
19 Lopunny Lopunny 11,411
20 Bidoof Bidoof 10,924
21 Turtwig Turtwig 10,865
22 Weavile Weavile 10,854
23 Froslass Froslass 10,408
24 Pachirisu Pachirisu 9,694
25 Rotom Rotom 9,417
26 Roserade Roserade 9,092
27 Mismagius Mismagius 8,833
28 Shinx Shinx 8,373
29 Munchlax Munchlax 7,289
30 Porygon-Z Porygon-Z 7,040
Unova
# Pokémon Votes
1 Chandelure Chandelure 50,943
2 Zoroark Zoroark 43,782
3 Hydreigon Hydreigon 40,054
4 Volcarona Volcarona 24,389
5 Haxorus Haxorus 22,937
6 Serperior Serperior 22,269
7 Oshawott Oshawott 21,990
8 Zekrom Zekrom 21,477
9 Victini Victini 20,957
10 Reshiram Reshiram 20,123
11 Krookodile Krookodile 19,628
12 Whimsicott Whimsicott 17,855
13 Snivy Snivy 17,020
14 Zorua Zorua 14,910
15 Scolipede Scolipede 14,536
16 Reuniclus Reuniclus 14,129
17 Meloetta Meloetta 13,915
18 Samurott Samurott 11,444
19 Excadrill Excadrill 11,376
20 Lilligant Lilligant 11,292
21 Litwick Litwick 11,140
22 Bisharp Bisharp 10,975
23 Kyurem Kyurem 10,338
24 Cinccino Cinccino 9,892
25 Emolga Emolga 9,798
26 Keldeo Keldeo 8,915
27 Joltik Joltik 8,796
28 Minccino Minccino 8,739
29 Golurk Golurk 8,035
30 Genesect Genesect 7,905


Kalos
# Pokémon Votes
1 Greninja Greninja 140,559
2 Sylveon Sylveon 66,029
3 Aegislash Aegislash 51,517
4 Noivern Noivern 34,795
5 Goodra Goodra 30,209
6 Talonflame Talonflame 22,328
7 Dedenne Dedenne 21,691
8 Yveltal Yveltal 20,852
9 Goomy Goomy 20,299
10 Tyrantrum Tyrantrum 18,778
11 Xerneas Xerneas 17,415
12 Hawlucha Hawlucha 14,607
13 Meowstic Meowstic 13,661
14 Fennekin Fennekin 13,508
15 Zygarde Zygarde 11,943
16 Diancie Diancie 10,918
17 Delphox Delphox 10,889
18 Braixen Braixen 10,807
19 Espurr Espurr 10,402
20 Hoopa Hoopa 10,327
21 Aurorus Aurorus 10,321
22 Pancham Pancham 10,187
23 Dragalge Dragalge 9,882
24 Pumpkaboo Pumpkaboo 9,162
25 Trevenant Trevenant 9,019
26 Pangoro Pangoro 8,859
27 Phantump Phantump 8,231
28 Malamar Malamar 6,503
29 Heliolisk Heliolisk 6,386
30 Froakie Froakie 6,293
Alola
# Pokémon Votes
1 Mimikyu Mimikyu 99,077
2 Rowlet Rowlet 52,367
3 Decidueye Decidueye 44,011
4 Lycanroc Lycanroc 42,792
5 Zeraora Zeraora 31,691
6 Incineroar Incineroar 29,925
7 Golisopod Golisopod 26,975
8 Primarina Primarina 25,953
9 Bewear Bewear 17,181
10 Solgaleo Solgaleo 16,274
11 Buzzwole Buzzwole 14,747
12 Pyukumuku Pyukumuku 14,358
13 Litten Litten 14,005
14 Silvally Silvally 13,897
15 Vikavolt Vikavolt 13,375
16 Salazzle Salazzle 12,863
17 Kommo-o Kommo-o 12,790
18 Marshadow Marshadow 12,107
19 Rockruff Rockruff 10,986
20 Tsareena Tsareena 10,900
21 Lunala Lunala 9,887
22 Lurantis Lurantis 8,889
23 Togedemaru Togedemaru 8,531
24 Toxapex Toxapex 8,221
25 Tapu Koko Tapu Koko 8,090
26 Mudsdale Mudsdale 7,787
27 Necrozma Necrozma 7,739
28 Popplio Popplio 7,542
29 Cosmog Cosmog 7,515
30 Ribombee Ribombee 7,126
Galar
# Pokémon Votes
1 Dragapult Dragapult 57,973
2 Toxtricity Toxtricity 55,032
3 Corviknight Corviknight 41,711
4 Snom Snom 38,034
5 Alcremie Alcremie 30,612
6 Cinderace Cinderace 26,892
7 Zacian Zacian 26,158
8 Yamper Yamper 25,695
9 Wooloo Wooloo 21,266
10 Inteleon Inteleon 20,697
11 Sirfetch'd Sirfetch'd 20,217
12 Scorbunny Scorbunny 20,058
13 Hatterene Hatterene 18,581
14 Sobble Sobble 17,155
15 Meltan Meltan 16,077
16 Falinks Falinks 16,009
17 Appletun Appletun 15,989
18 Eternatus Eternatus 15,699
19 Morpeko Morpeko 13,945
20 Grookey Grookey 13,478
21 Grimmsnarl Grimmsnarl 12,923
22 Zamazenta Zamazenta 12,641
23 Melmetal Melmetal 12,356
24 Centiskorch Centiskorch 11,619
25 Dracovish Dracovish 11,436
26 Frosmoth Frosmoth 10,988
27 Eiscue Eiscue 10,392
28 Obstagoon Obstagoon 8,705
29 Rillaboom Rillaboom 8,625
30 Cramorant Cramorant 8,436


Other events

"Pokémon Day" was also the name for a series of yearly events held in various European countries such as Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands since 2004. These events were usually to promote recently released Pokémon games or movies, often with event Pokémon distributions. These events have either ceased or been replaced by Pokémon Kids Tours.

In Singapore on November 24, 2014, an event also called "Pokémon Day" was held after a soccer game between Albirex Niigata and Home United FC. The event was sponsored by Nintendo and local distributor Maxsoft, and a Shiny Gengar was given away to visitors.

References

In other languages

Language Title
France Flag.png French Journée Pokémon
Germany Flag.png German Pokémon Day
Italy Flag.png Italian Pokémon Day
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Dia de Pokémon
Russia Flag.png Russian День Покемонов Den' Pokémonov
Spain Flag.png Spanish Día de Pokémon