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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.

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

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 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
004Charmander Birthday Charmander 070720July 20, 2007 080719July 19, 2008 4Generation IV
004Charmander Birthday Charmander 080720July 20, 2008 090719July 19, 2009 4Generation IV
025Pikachu Birthday Pikachu 081226December 26, 2008 091225December 25, 2009 4Generation IV
004Charmander Birthday Charmander 090720July 20, 2009 100719July 19, 2010 4Generation IV
390Chimchar Birthday Chimchar 090912September 12, 2009 100911September 11, 2010 4Generation IV
025Pikachu Birthday Pikachu 091226December 26, 2009 101103November 3, 2010 4Generation IV
004Charmander Birthday Charmander 100720July 20, 2010 101103November 3, 2010 4Generation IV
390Chimchar Birthday Chimchar 100912September 12, 2010 101103November 3, 2010 4Generation IV
531Audino Birthday Audino 101104November 4, 2010 111103November 3, 2011 4Generation V

In the anime

Brock receiving Onix on his 10th birthday

On a youths 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.

Jessie's Arbok was a birthday gift (seasonal gift in the original) to her as revealed in Island of the Giant Pokémon.

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

In 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.

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

Pokémon Adventures

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

In Even an Arbok Falls in Love!, Arbok and his friends build a statue of Wigglytuff and cover it in roses for her birthday.

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.

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

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 all birthday related, and they can do more damage if the user does claim it is their birthday.


's Pikachu (Wizards Promo 24)
's Pikachu (Pokémon Center promo)
's Pikachu (BW-P Promo)

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.

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.