Pokémon Go Party Hat Pikachu event - What you need to know about the special birthday Pikachu for Pokémon Day

Everything you need to know about the return of Pikachu's and his party hat.

As if February hasn't already been a busy couple of weeks for Pokémon Go, we have the return of Party Hat Pikachu to celebrate 'Pokémon Day' on February 27.

Much like the surfing Pikachu and Santa Hat Pikachu previously, this is a time-limited appearance that 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 Pokémon Day 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.

The Pokémon Day event lasts between February 26th at 9pm UK time (4pm EST / 1pm PST) until February 28th at 9pm UK time (4pm EST / 1pm PST) - just two days.


Last year, the event lasted until March 6th, so this is a considerably less amount of time to find one for your collection.

What is special about Party Hat Pikachu on Pokémon Day?

Pokémon Day sees the following happening for the duration of the event:

  • There are increased Pikachu spawns, each wearing a Party Hat.
  • Each Party Hat Pikachu catch gives three times Stardust (300 Stardust compared to 100)
  • Each Party Hat Pikachu knows the move Present
  • There is a chance Party Hat Pikachu is a shiny
  • The chance of a Party Hat Pichu hatching from Eggs

It's these last two elements that make it different from last year's Party Hat Pikachu, making it a valuable catch for completionists.

How to get a golden Pikachu on Pokémon Day

Pikachu is one of the few creatures available as a shiny Pokémon, changing its yellow colour to a gold, and this event allows you to catch something even more elusive - a shiny Pikachu wearing a party hat.

Our shiny Pokémon article explains some of the nuance of these very elusive creature types, and though early signs suggest it's just as rare as other shiny creatures in the game. Though with the increased Pikachu spawns for the event, it should be a little easier to find than a wild Pikachu shiny.

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Looking for more Pokémon go tips and tricks? The latest events are Legendary Week and the return of Party Hat Pikachu for Pokémon Day, with the next Community Day to come in March. There are also even more Raid bosses out in circulation now, and these follow the final wave of Gen 3 Pokémon arriving in February, which introduced Castform and Swablu, as well as changes to 2km, 5km and 10km Egg charts, region exclusives, Buddy distances and Shinies. Ever-expanding Pokédex completionists, meanwhile, might want to read about the various Special Items available as well as the various methods for determining Eevee evolutions, too.

What else you need to know about Party Hat Pikachu in Pokémon Go

  • Not only is there a small chance of getting a shiny Pikachu, or a Party Hat Pichu, but it's possible to get a shiny Party Hat Pichu during the event, making it one of the rarest finds around. Good luck finding one!
  • You can use a Fast TM on an existing Pikachu to teach it Present during the event, if you want a Pikachu in your collection to learn both Present and Surf.
  • 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. Same applies for the shiny versions.
  • In previous events, Pikachu nests will spawn Hat Pikachu, as previously confirmed by users on Reddit, if you need to farm Candy for that Raichu or increase your chances of a Shiny.
  • 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!

Even if you fail to catch a shiny Party Hat Pikachu, the event sets a precedent that future Pikachu events will have shiny versions too, so there's a chance you'll get a hatted shiny eventually!

Additional reporting by Chris Tapsell.

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