Pokémon Day 2018 introduces a festive Pikachu, Snapchat lenses, and more


It’s officially Pokémon Day 2018, and The Pokémon Company has plenty of festive surprises for fans.

Pokémon faithful can choose from a selection of cool ways to interact with the franchise in their favorite ways today, from Snapchat lenses to talking to Pikachu, and catching a special celebratory Pikachu in Pokémon Go

First off, you can now chat with Pikachu via Amazon Alexa and Google Home with the new skill Pikachu Talk. You can ask Pikachu a question or offer a comment and the adorable yellow mouse will respond to you with variations of its popular “Pika-pi!” or “Pika!” vocalizations. Cute? Obviously. 

If you’re interested in taking some selfies today, you can start out with Bulbasaur lenses in Snapchat, like we saw rolling out yesterday. All three starter Pokémon from the Kanto region will be included, with Charmander the next on the list and then Squirtle to round things out. Make sure you snap a picture with all three so you can call yourself a real Pokémon master. 

Pokémon Go fans will have a good reason to head out into the world today to celebrate Pokémon Day 2018, too. There’s a wild Pikachu in a striped purple party hat out to discover, complete with the move Present. You’ll get triple the amount of normal Stardust for bagging this cutie, but you’ve only got until tomorrow, Feb. 28 at 1pm PT to capture one. 

Additionally, if you’re around a Pokémon Center or can head out to one, there’s a new set of Pokémon Gallery Figures as well as Legendary Pokémon Pins in the form of Dialga and Palkia to start things off, with a new pair of pins each month that follows through November. Staying at home? You can check out Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!, which is available to view on the Pokémon TV app on iOS or Android for the first time. 

Pokémon Day 2018 is underway, so get out there and get celebrating.