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Pokémon's 25th Anniversary: A Year of Events

Pokémon Happy Meal | IGN

Pokémon is celebrating its 25th anniversary throughout 2021. Nintendo is releasing special events, collaborations, and cards each month. Pokémon's biggest event featuring the certified diamond artist Post Malone. More about the concert and future concerts are found here.

Pokémon Aloha Series | Pokémon 25


Pokémon releases several events each month for its anniversary.

  • January 14th

    • Pokémon announced the release date of New Pokémon Snap. The game's premise is to travel around the Pokémon Universe and take pictures of different Pokémon and places inside the game.

  • February 19th

    • The Pokémon Day website launched. The website featured a poll for fans to vote on their favorite Pokémon. The site also contained trivia and information on each generation of Pokémon.

    • The poll results showed the top five Pokémon with Umbreon in 5th, Charizard in 4th, Mimikyu in 3rd, Lucario in 2nd, and Greninja in 1st with a total of 140559 votes.

  • February 25th

    • Surprising fans, Pokémon released a special version of Pikachu who learned the move Sing to the game Pokémon Sword and Shield. This move usually can not be learned by Pikachu.

  • February 27th

  • March

    • Pokémon released a majority of its shows free on Pokémon TV for a limited time. Pokémon also released the first episode of its new show Pokémon The Series: Sun and Moon which can be found on YouTube and Pokémon TV.

Amazon Pokémon Collaboration | Pokémon25


Pokémon has collaborated with several companies since its anniversary has begun.

  • February 9th

    • McDonald's and Pokémon collaborated with McDonald's Happy Meal. Every Happy Meal contained at least a pack of cards, a coloring page or puzzle, and another specialty item. The possible items included a deck box, 25 stickers for each starter, cardboard and plastic cardholder, or 4 large stickers. Shortly after the release of the Happy Meal, McDonald's announced a limit on the amount an individual could purchase. McDonald's enforced the limitation because fans were purchasing the meals and cards in bulk.

  • March 8th

    • Pokémon and General Mills cereal collaborated to include three cards inside each box of cereal. The four different cereal types included Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Lucky Charms, Cocoa Puffs, and Trix. Similar to McDonald's Happy Meals, Pokémon fans purchased the boxes in bulk.

  • April

    • Amazon and Pokémon collaborated to have exclusive items sold on Amazon's Website. The page contains limited plushies, backpacks, posters, lunch boxes, books, games, toys, figures, apparel, movies, and several different card sets.

The McDonald's collaboration ended, but the other two are still running.

Pokémon 25 Cards | Leonhart


Through their events and collaborations, Pokémon has released several different anniversary exclusive cards.

  • McDonald's

    • McDonald's collaboration had 25 cards based on their 25th anniversary. Each card has a Holo and a Non-holo version. Each pack contained 4 cards each with one being a Holo.

  • General Mills

    • General Mills cereal's collaboration had 14 unique Holo cards inside with several cards that were previously on the market.

  • Amazon

    • Amazon has not shown any exclusive cards yet, but you can purchase the McDonald's and General Mills cereal cards from buyers on the Amazon website.

  • Miscellaneous

    • Cards will also be released with the games and shows coming out. More will be released on Pokemon25.

What Pokémon cards have you been able to collect? Let me know in the comments.

I purchased 2 Happy Meals and opened a Holo Totodile and Holo Torchic.


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