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The birthday of the player can be used to trigger certain in-game events. However, they are usually prevalent in most of the other media that the Pokémon world is based in, and, like the real world, are of great importance to people.
- 1 In the games
- 2 In the anime
- 3 In the manga
- 4 In the TCG
- 5 In other media
In the games
Beginning with the original Nintendo DS's birthday function, all Pokémon games have, so far, had something inclusive for just this function. The most well known of which, is the appearance of diamond dust, wherein on Junichi Masuda's birthday (January 12), it will appear in Snowpoint City, Mt. Silver and Icirrus City (in their respective versions).
In Generation I
In the Pokémon Project Studio computer design programs, there are various images and templates for birthday cards and invitations.
In Generation I and III
In Generation IV
- After defeating the Elite Four, Lucas/Dawn in Sandgem Town will ask the player if it is his or her birthday.
- Diamond dust also appears on October 30, which was the first airing of the 100th Diamond and Pearl episode in Japan.
- It is revealed over the course of the game that on Blake Hall's sixteenth birthday he drove his father, Brighton Hall from Altru.
- The Go-Rock Quads rehearse on the grandstand at Altru Park for a performance to celebrate the opening of Altru Tower on Altru's Birthday.
- After the ending, Melody asks the player to bring her musical Pokémon to help her perform a song to her brother Isaac for his birthday.
In My Pokémon Ranch:
- Hayley's birthday is November 18.
- In the Platinum update, a new toy was added for when it's the player's birthday, the Birthday Cake, when activated, confetti falls from the sky around it.
In Generation V
In Black and White:
- The owner of the Pokémon Musical Theater will give the player the prop Toy Cake.
- The nurse in the Pokémon Center will ask the player if it is his or her birthday every time she is spoken to.
Players who take their Nintendo DS console and a copy of a relevant generation of Pokémon game to Pokémon Center stores in Japan can receive a gift up to seven days before or after their birthday. In Generation V, there is a special Birthday Ribbon, which is exclusively for Pokémon received as birthday presents from Pokémon Center stores.
|Pokémon||Start date||End date||Generation|
|Birthday Charmander||July 20, 2007||July 19, 2008||Generation IV|
|Birthday Charmander||July 20, 2008||July 19, 2009||Generation IV|
|Birthday Pikachu||December 26, 2008||December 25, 2009||Generation IV|
|Birthday Charmander||July 20, 2009||July 19, 2010||Generation IV|
|Birthday Chimchar||September 12, 2009||September 11, 2010||Generation IV|
|Birthday Pikachu||December 26, 2009||November 3, 2010||Generation IV|
|Birthday Charmander||July 20, 2010||November 3, 2010||Generation IV|
|Birthday Chimchar||September 12, 2010||November 3, 2010||Generation IV|
|Birthday Audino||November 4, 2010||November 3, 2011||Generation V|
In the anime
The plot of Celebi and Joy revolves around the birthday of both a Nurse Joy and the opening of a Pokémon Center. The plots for both Hi Ho Silver... Away! and Rough, Tough Jigglypuff also revolve around the birthday of one of the characters of the day.
In the manga
In the Pokémon Adventures manga, on Ruby's birthday Norman moved his son over to Hoenn to allow him to take part in Pokémon Contests. Along with this gift, Norman also presented him with a pair of Running Shoes and a Pokéblock Case. This is also the first day of Ruby and Sapphire's 80-day challenge which is to last through to Sapphire's birthday, both birthdays are celebrated in The Final Battle VIII.
Magical Pokémon Journey
How I Became a Pokémon Card
In PW38, Akari received a Pikachu for his birthday from his mother. Deciding it wasn't cool enough, he stormed out of his house and into a forest where he stumbled across a herd of Ariados. They were consequently defeated by Pikachu who had followed him inside. Impressed, Akari decided Pikachu was cool after all.
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Ginji's Rescue Team
In the TCG
Three cards exist, two of them jumbo sized, called _____'s Pikachu, first released in 1999 in Japan. The nature of their attacks are all birthday related, and they can do more damage if the user does claim it is their birthday.
In other media
In the Pokémon Learning League, one of the science lessons deals with heredity, in the presentation, May and Max are heading home, where Norman is setting up a surprise birthday party for his wife Caroline.
The date of Ash's birth, according to Takeshi Shudo's anime novelizations, is 10 years, 10 months, and 10 days exactly prior to the day he began his Pokémon journey. Being that the same novelization declares that Pokémon Trainers obtain their first Pokémon in April of the year following their 10th birthday, and the anime itself began broadcast on the first of that month in 1997 in Japan, Ash's birthday, if April 1 was the first day of his journey, would be May 22.
Bakery Crafts released a set of birthday rings to be placed on the top of cakes as decorations, and given to guests to take home.