February 27th is National Pokemon Day which marks the release date of Pokemon Red and Green back in 1996 in Japan on the Game Boy. Pokemon Red and Blue were later released in North America in 1998. This year (2020) is Pokemon’s 24th anniversary and the franchise is still going strong! So what’s going on today?
To celebrate this wondrous occasion, The Pokemon Company has revealed limited time events for Pokemon Sword/Shield, Pokemon Masters, and Pokemon Go! They’ve also released a new Pokemon movie on Netflix and some new Pokemon TCG cards!
Pokemon of the Year 2020
For the past couple of weeks, everyone around the world had a chance to vote for their favorite Pokemon of each region once every day via Google. The votes have now been tallied and it’s Greninja that takes first place (140,559 votes)! Check out the video bellow to see the top 10 contenders.
The Mythical Pokemon Zarude
Zarude, the Rogue Monkey Pokemon, is a Dark- and Grass-type Pokemon with the Leaf Guard Ability. It has been reported that Zarude lives in a pack deep in the heart of dense forests. It treats anyone that isn’t part of its pack with immediate hostility, attacking right away. Because of this, other Pokemon that live in the same forest are afraid of Zarude. It is not yet known how to acquire Zarude, but you can be sure it’s not through normal gameplay.
Pokemon: Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution on Netflix
The CGI animated film Pokemon: Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution is a re-imagining of Pokemon: The First Movie, which was originally released in North America in 1999. Join and Pikachu as they learn the secrets of Mew and confront the Legendary Pokemon Mewtwo today on Netflix!
New Dynamax Pokemon Available in Max Raid Battles
Starting Wednesday, February 26, at 4:00 p.m. PST and going until Sunday, March 1, at 3:59 p.m. PST, a Dynamax Mewtwo will appear in Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield Max Raid Battles. However, it is a very tough battle and you won’t be able to capture this Mewtwo. If you defeat it, you might receive some rare items, like Ability Capsules.
Furthermore, during this same time, you’ll be able to capture the following Dynamaxed Pokemon in Max Raid Battles: Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, Charmander, Charmeleon, Squirtle, and Wartortle.
Sygna Suit Red & Charizard, Sygna Suit Elesa & Rotom
To celebrate 6 months since the release of Pokemon Masters, one of the most highly anticipated Trainers is joining the action, along with a new story event to get Valerie & Sylveon (up to chapter 24), lots of gems from log-in bonuses, new Evolution sync pair stories, and the fun and challenging Battle Villa feature!
You can scout Sygna Suit Red & Charizard during the limited-time Poké Fair Scout, available until March 15, 2020, at 10:59 p.m. PDT. You can also scout Sygna Suit Elesa & Rotom in the Sygna Suit Elesa Spotlight Scout, during the same time.
Armored Mewtwo and Clone Pokemon in Pokemon Go
From Tuesday, February 25, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST to Monday, March 2, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST, you can take part in the Pokemon Day Celebration event, featuring Armored Mewtwo and Clone Pokemon (just like in the movie) in Raid Battles, and with party-hat Pokemon galore (and possibly their Shiny versions)!
Armored Mewtwo will return in five-star raids during the Pokemon Day Celebration event, and this time it’ll know the exclusive Charged Attack Psystrike! Furthermore, keep a lookout for Pikachu and Eevee wearing party hats appearing in the wild. Plus, Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle with party hats will be hatching from 7 km Eggs and appearing in one-star raids.
On Sunday, March 1, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in your local time zone, you can encounter Nidorino wearing party hats will be appearing in two-star raids, and party hat–wearing Gengar that know Lick and Psychic will be appearing in four-star raids. This is in commemoration of the iconic intro of Pokemon Red.
More Pokemon News
To learn more about what’s happening during Pokemon Day, including new Pokemon for your Pokemon Trading Card Game collection, go to The Official Pokemon Website. You can also check out my article for information on the upcoming Pokemon Sword/Shield Expansion Pass. How will you be celebrating Pokemon Day 2020?