International Pokémon Day is fast approaching and it includes a Pokémon of the Year vote and the first mythical pokémon of Generation VIII.
Pokémon Day is 27 February, the date the original Pokémon Red and Green were first released in Japan in 1996.
A number of events are always planned for the anniversary and this year that include the premiere of a new animated movie, Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back – Evolution, on Netflix and updates for all the games, including Pokémon Masters.
There’s also a promotion on Google to vote for your Pokémon of the Year (we’re quite partial to Falinks), which lasts until 14 February, and, of course, some updates for Pokémon Go.
To help promote Mewtwo Strikes Back, an Armored Mewtwo will appear in Pokémon Go legendary raids from 25 February and there will be increased encounters for prominent pokémon from the film, including special clone versions of Venusaur, Charizard, and Blastoise. Clone Pikachu will also appear in random photos.
You’re also likely to come across Pikachu and Eevee wearing party hats, as well as Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle when you hatch them from 7km eggs.
Where is Gigantamax Toxtricity in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield?
As for Pokémon Sword and Shield, as already announced, the big news is that a new mythical pokémon is coming to the game on Pokémon Day (27 February, in case you forgot) but no one knows what it is yet other than it’s described as a ‘phantom pokémon’.
Mythical pokémon are the only ones even rarer than legendaries and include the likes of Mew, Celebi, Jirachi, and Arceus. Pokémon Sword and Shield are the only mainline games not to include mythical pokémon games at launch so it’s going to be particularly interesting to see what the new one looks like.
In the meantime, the Max Raid Battles for special Milcery, with rare items as extra rewards, are still ongoing and from today there’ll be a new gigantamax form for Toxtricity.
The stats are below but as fans will know, Toxtricity has two different forms depending on the nature of its juvenile form Toxel. But it seems as if the gigantamax form incorporates elements from both designs, in terms of both yellow and blue colourisation.
Weight: ??? lbs.
Ability: Punk Rock / Plus / Minus
Electric-type moves used by Gigantamax Toxtricity will change to G-Max Stun Shock. G-Max Stun Shock not only deals damage but also poisons or paralyzes all opponents.
Finally, online competitions have also just begun in Sword and Shield, where you can earn Championship Points (CP). You’ll have to link your Nintendo Account to your Pokémon Trainer Club to win CP, but you don’t have to if you just want to take part and don’t care about getting CP.