Pokémon Day is a celebration of the huge Game Freak series on the day of the original release of Pokémon Red and Pokémon Green in Japan, which took the world by storm back in 1996.
The annual celebration usually features huge news about the series that takes place on Pokémon Day, and The Pokémon Company has outlined its plans in a neat calendar, in preparation for the announcements.
The calendar above denotes news plans for all the relevant Pokémon titles, and what news lands on which day, allowing fans to simply skip whichever titles they’re not interested in.
Senior Director of Consumer Marketing for The Pokémon Company International, J.C. Smith said, “The Pokémon fan community is one of the most passionate and dedicated in the world. We look forward to helping trainers celebrate their love of all things Pokémon, from the Pokémon Trading Card Game to the video games, mobile apps, animation, and more every year on Pokémon Day,” including “Following Pokémon’s landmark 25th anniversary in 2021, one day did not feel like enough for Pokémon Day 2022, so we invite fans to join us in a weeklong countdown to February 27 and enjoy the daily surprise reveals and activations along the way,” regarding the celebration.
Including the exciting game announcements, the path to Pokémon Day will be littered with official merchandise releases from the Pokémon Center, giving fans the ability to strut their stuff in Pokémon swag in preparation.
Besides the calendar and exciting official news, Pokémon is offering a giveaway to fans that have secured a copy of Pokémon Legends Arceus, through GameStop. A Hisuian Growlithe and 20 Feather Balls Mystery Gift code can be retrieved from a local GameStop between February 25th and March 13th, all trainers have to do is wander in and ask.
UPDATE: Feb 25 10:29 am ET
Throughout the week, there have been numerous announcements leading up to the anticipated Pokémon Day, including gigantamax Max Raid battles for original starter evolutions Venusaur, Blastoise and Charizard for Pokémon Sword & Shield, and the mythical Hoopa’s inclusion in Pokémon Unite. A brand new Pokémon Trading Card Game set has also been released in the 150-card set Brilliant Stars, which is available today!
The biggest news of the week so far has been the report of a brand new Pokémon Presents which airs on February 27th, Pokémon Day. Serebii confirmed this in a post detailing that the live event will be approximately 14 minutes long, and will be available to stream live on the official Pokémon YouTube channel.
Fans can flock to the channel at the start time which is Sunday, February 27th at 9 am EST, which is bound to bring some exciting news.
UPDATE: Feb 27 11:30 am EST
An exciting Pokémon Presents aired today and brought a wealth of Pokémon News, on Pokémon Day. Fans who have missed the Livestream can catch all the news below:
Along with the Pokémon Unite Hoopa announcement, a Shaymin event was announced for Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, where players would get to experience the original way to welcome Shaymin to your team, by way of the key item Oak’s Letter. The item goes live by the Mystery Gift function later today and runs until March 31st.
A free Pokémon Legends Arceus update 1.1 called Daybreak features more story elements throughout the Hisuian region. Mass outbreaks of Alpha Pokémon featured in the small gameplay trailer, and the ability to battle more trainers in Jubilife Village at the training grounds. This update is available today for trainers adventuring through Hisui. 30 Ultra Balls, Gigaton Balls, and Jet Balls are available to trainers that use the Mystery Gift password “ARCEUSADVENTURE” until March 31st, to help players along with the new update.
The biggest news of the day is the brand new announcement of two main entry Pokémon games, called Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet, in an exciting conclusion of the Pokémon Presents on Pokémon Day 2022, which seems to be set in a modern setting, but features a towering castle in the background.
The new adventure allows players to explore the entire region without borders, and all of the Pokémon can be caught seamlessly, whether in the air, a forest, the sea, and even the streets of towns! Game Freak also revealed the three new starter Pokémon for the title and their respective types, spoiler alert, its Grass, Fire, and Water.
The exciting conclusion of the Pokémon Presents revealed these new mainline entries will release in late 2022, and details will be revealed as the year wears on.