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April 1, 2018 was an April Fools' Day that fell on a Sunday. In the Pokémon fandom, some websites pulled hoaxes on gullible fans.
The Pokémon Company
- The Pokémon Company International announced on social media that they had been taken over by Team Rocket.
- On Twitter and Facebook, they made several posts following the beginning and fall of their takeover. The hashtag #TeamRocketTakeover was launched with the first post and continued to be used on all posts.
- On their homepage, several articles were written about Team Rocket and promoted on the main page.
- The Featured Pokémon were all Team Rocket Pokémon and the first one was Meowth.
- It was announced that 8-bit graphics Pokémon would be released in Pokémon GO.
- The Bulbagarden Forums were changed into GardenGarden with accompanying Garden theme and names for rooms.
- Pokémon Central Wiki changed its main page to
Pokémon Central Rainbow Rocket Wiki and designed it to reflect this.
- New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) added an Eevee mascot as one of their new pro-wrestler signed to the company. He is scheduled to fight wrestler EVIL on April 1, 2018.
- During a press conference, the Udon-prefecture announced that they would change their name to Yadon-prefecture (Slowpoke) to boost tourism and that Slowpoke would become their newly appointed Prefecture Governor. They even displayed some Slowpoke merchandise to sell and showed a commercial.