As if February hasn't already been exciting enough for Pokémon Go, we can soon expect the arrival of Party Hat Pikachu to celebrate 'Pokémon Day' on February 27.
This new Pikachu variant comes a couple of months after Santa Hat Pikachu, and much like the Surfing Pikachu and promotional Pokémon in the main games previously, it won't be around forever. Here's details on when it'll start appearing and other things you can expect.
Party Hat Pikachu in Pokémon Go - when does the event end?
Party Hat Pikachu will be around to celebrate Pokémon Day on February 27th, but like any good birthday, the celebrations will go on longer than the day itself.
Expect to see Party Hat Pikachu from February 26th at 9pm UK time (4pm EST / 1pm PST) until March 6th at 9pm UK time (4pm EST / 1pm PST).
While Santa Hat Pikachu had a short extension beyond its original announced dates in December, we recommend catching this while you can.
What do we know about Party Hat Pikachu in Pokémon Go?
Beyond the above dates and the fact all wild Pikachu will be wearing the party hat, Niantic hasn't officially provided any more details. However, assuming the Party Hat will work the same as the Santa Hat in December, we can assume the following will also be true:
- While with Santa Hat event we saw Pikachu spawns increasing, our experience - as well as many of those in the game's community - have suggested this isn't the case with the Party Hat event. Unless Niantic changes the spawn frequency, expect this to be as rare as a regular Pikachu - so keep your eyes glued on the radar and your fingers crossed.
- Pikachu will keep the hat when it evolves into Raichu, so for completionists, we recommend having two Party Hat Pikachus - one to keep, and one to evolve.
- Pikachu nests will spawn Santa Hat Pikachu, as previously confirmed by users on Reddit, if you need to farm Candy for that Raichu.
- Ditto will not transform into Santa Hat Pikachu. Confirmed by a diligent Reddit user, this means that if you use a Ditto to attack a Gym held by a Santa Hat Pikachu, it will only transform into a standard Pikachu.
- The change to Pikachu will be cosmetic. All stats will remain the same, and it will require the same amount of Candy to evolve and Power Up. It's purely cosmetic!
Want more help with Pokémon Go? As well as our Pokémon Go tips, tricks and guides page, you can look up the Gen 2 Pokédex on how to catch the most recent creatures, using Special Items such as the Dragon Scale and other methods. The update also introduced changes to Eevee evolutions, Egg hatching distances, best Pokémon, moves and Buddy distances. Elsewhere, you can read about how Gyms, promo codes and the Pokémon Go Plus accessory works, and the many ways of earning experience with our XP chart.
That's everything we have on Party Hat Pikachu for now. The event comes days after (the now concluded) Valentine's Day and a huge Gen 2 Johto update, which should keep everyone busy for the weeks and months ahead.
Additional reporting by Matthew Reynolds