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Birthday

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The birthday of the player can be used to trigger certain in-game events. Birthdays are also prevalent in other Pokémon media and, like in the real world, are of great importance to people.

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

The journals found in the Pokémon Mansion on Cinnabar Island reveal that Mewtwo was born on February 6.

In Generation IV

The description of Gracidea states that it is sometimes given out in bouquets for birthdays.

In Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum:

In Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia:

  • 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 Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky:

  • One of the personality questions that can be presented at the beginning of the game asks, The people at the next table are singing for someone's birthday. What do you do?

In My Pokémon Ranch:

  • Hayley's birthday is November 18.
  • In the Platinum update, a new toy was added for when it is the player's birthday, the Birthday Cake, when activated, confetti falls from the sky around it.

In Generation V

In Black and White and Black 2 and White 2:

On Pokémon Global Link:

  • From December 1, 2010 onwards, Japanese players could obtain Togekiss on the day registered as their birthday on the Pokémon Daisuki Club.
  • From September 1, 2011 onwards, international players could obtain Togekiss on the day registered as their birthday on their Pokémon Trainer Club account.

In Generation VI

In X and Y:

  • Upon entering a Pokémon Center, the lights will be dimmed, a party popper goes off and confetti falls from the ceiling. In all Centers, the nurse will tell the player happy birthday, a birthday cake will be shown on the screen above the counter and a special version of the Pokémon Center theme will play.
  • Other players will see a birthday cake marker beside the player's icon in the PSS. He or she can tap their icon, then give birthday wishes by pressing a button on the touch screen that replaces the "Nice!" button. A Medal can be awarded for being wished a happy birthday on the PSS.
  • Diamond dust falls on the area near the entrance of Frost Cavern.
  • Visitors to the player's Pokémon-Amie space will leave Supreme Wish Poké Puffs.

Events

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In an event ongoing since Generation IV, players who visit a Pokémon Center store in Japan with an eligible Pokémon game can download a gift Pokémon on or near their birthday. Since Generation V, there is a special Birthday Ribbon which is exclusively for Pokémon received as birthday presents from Pokémon Center stores. In Generation VI, they all know the move Celebrate, which congratulates the player.

Pokémon Start date End date Generation
Charmander Birthday Charmander July 20, 2007 July 19, 2008 Generation IV
Charmander Birthday Charmander July 20, 2008 July 19, 2009 Generation IV
Pikachu Birthday Pikachu December 26, 2008 December 25, 2009 Generation IV
Charmander Birthday Charmander July 20, 2009 July 19, 2010 Generation IV
Chimchar Birthday Chimchar September 12, 2009 September 11, 2010 Generation IV
Pikachu Birthday Pikachu December 26, 2009 November 3, 2010 Generation IV
Charmander Birthday Charmander July 20, 2010 November 3, 2010 Generation IV
Chimchar Birthday Chimchar September 12, 2010 November 3, 2010 Generation IV
Audino Birthday Audino November 4, 2010 November 3, 2011 Generation V
Audino Birthday Audino November 4 and December 4, 2011 November 3, 2012 Generation V
Audino Birthday Audino November 4, 2012 October 11, 2013 Generation V
Pikachu Birthday Pikachu October 12, 2013  ??? Generation VI
Eevee Birthday Eevee October 12, 2013  ??? Generation VI
Vaporeon Birthday Vaporeon October 12, 2013  ??? Generation VI
Jolteon Birthday Jolteon October 12, 2013  ??? Generation VI
Flareon Birthday Flareon October 12, 2013  ??? Generation VI
Espeon Birthday Espeon October 12, 2013  ??? Generation VI
Umbreon Birthday Umbreon October 12, 2013  ??? Generation VI
Leafeon Birthday Leafeon October 12, 2013  ??? Generation VI
Glaceon Birthday Glaceon October 12, 2013  ??? Generation VI
Sylveon Birthday Sylveon October 12, 2013  ??? Generation VI

In the anime

Brock receiving Onix on his tenth birthday

On a youth's tenth birthday or at any point after, they can register for a Pokédex and pick up a starter Pokémon from their local Pokémon professor or Pokémon Center free of charge.

In the dub, Jessie's Arbok was revealed to be a birthday gift in Island of the Giant Pokémon. In the Japanese version, it was a chūgen gift.

The Japanese ending theme for Mewtwo Strikes Back, Together With the Wind makes a reference to birthday candles.

Brock tells Max in Having a Wailord of a Time that he received his Onix for his tenth birthday, from his father Flint.

In the dub of Where No Togepi Has Gone Before!, James reveals he received a rocket for his tenth birthday.

During the Boss fantasy in An Elite Coverup!, Meowth says that they would steal Magby to light the boss's birthday candles, among other things.

In the Pikachu short PK20, Bellossom's birthday present is missing, and Pikachu and Piplup help Smoochum and the Spiky-eared Pichu find it, whilst at the same time Meowth and Wobbuffet try to find it first.

Layla mentions in Giratina and the Sky Warrior that her great-grandmother recently celebrated her hundredth birthday.

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

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.

Hugh gives a Purrloin to his sister for her birthday.

The main characters all have their birthdays revealed throughout the series in their biographies.


Character Birthday
Red August 8
Blue November 22
Green June 1
Yellow March 3
Gold July 21
Silver December 24
Crystal April 30
Ruby July 2
Sapphire September 20
Emerald May 31
Diamond April 4
Pearl June 6
Platinum October 27
Bill December 31
Giovanni August 1
Lorelei March 15
Celio November 12
Ultima February 2


In the Magical Pokémon Journey manga

In Even an Arbok Falls in Love!, Arbok and his friends build a statue of Wigglytuff and cover it in roses for her birthday. During the third bonus chapter, just before Almond's birthday party, Hazel and Almond have a fight, and the Pokémon have to get them back together.

The main characters birthdays are revealed throughout the series in their biographies.


Character Birthday
Hazel July 3
Almond September 1
Coconut August 7
Peanut February 14
Pistachio June 4
Kiaraway December 3
Plum March 14
Apricot April 12


In the How I Became a Pokémon Card manga

In Akari and Pikachu's Birthday, 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.

In the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Ginji's Rescue Team manga

In the first chapter Ginji is transported to the Pokémon world when he falls asleep whilst searching for his birthday presents.

In the W Mission Story: Pokémon Ranger - the Comic manga

The main characters of this manga had their birthdays listed in their profile.


Character Birthday
Solana September 16
Lunick May 18


In the Darkrai Mission Story: Pokémon Ranger Vatonage - the Comic manga

The main characters of this manga had their birthdays listed in their profile.


Character Birthday
Kate January 1
Kellyn May 11


In the TCG

The Wizards Promo version of _____'s Pikachu

Three cards exist, two of them jumbo sized, called _____'s Pikachu, first released in 1999 in Japan. The nature of their attacks are mostly related to birthdays, and they can deal more damage if it is the user's birthday. Due to this, they are commonly referred to as "Birthday Pikachu" cards. These cards are not tournament legal, likely due to the fact a player can claim any given day is their birthday.

Related cards
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in the current Standard format.
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
_____'s Pikachu Lightning Wizards Black Star Promos   24 Unnumbered Promotional cards    
_____'s Pikachu Lightning       Unnumbered Promotional cards    
_____'s Pikachu Lightning       Unnumbered Promotional cards    
 

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.

The Nintendo DS on the player's birthday will have a different start up chime, instead of a piano with an echo effect it is a glockenspiel with an echo effect.

There is a book in the Pokémon Tales picture book series titled Diglett's Birthday Party. The story is about a Diglett and his family celebrating his birthday in their underground home.

During the Pokémon Live! stage show, a large part of the plot revolves around Ash missing Misty's birthday.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Pokémon Red and Green, a musical CD was brought out named 10th Anniversary Pokémon Happy Birthday Concert.

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.

The Pokémon Project Studio Red and Blue lets people create Pokémon themed mini-projects, such as calendars and cards, one of the templates for a project is called Birthday Kits and has templates for birthday invitations.

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