No matter your age, there’s a good chance you’ve caught a Pokémon or two over the years, maybe even all 893. From Pokémon Red and Blue in 1996 to Pokémon Sword and Shield in 2019, there’s been over 120 different games that allow you to make a trip to the Pokémon universe and catch, battle and adventure with ‘em all!
Pokémon has come a long way from 151 monsters, link cables and rumors of secret Pokémon that hide under trucks or live on an islands shore. Now, you can catch Pokémon inside your house and swing by PokeStop when you’re going to the grocery store. If you’re looking for some competition, battle for control of the Pokémon Gym at your local park!
Pokémon Go has changed quite a lot from when it released in 2016. At first, you could only catch the original 150 Pokémon, stop by PokeStops and Gyms to get items, and prove your skills as a Pokémon Trainer. These days, you can trade with friends, send gifts around the world, catch legendary Pokémon, and even join raid battles at home so you don’t have to go outside.
Pokémon Go isn’t the only step forward into the future. On top of a brand-new adventure, Pokémon Sword and Shield add a whole host of great features to play and trade with other Trainers around the world. Even better, you can transfer Pokémon to a Pokémon Home account, making it easy to keep your favorite Pokémon close and free to follow you to your next Pokémon adventure. You can even trade your Pokémon right from your cell phone, no link cables needed here!
There’s plenty of ways to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Pokémon. In Pokémon Sword and Shield you can get a special Pikachu that can lull your opponents to sleep. Pokémon Go is reliving the glory days of Pokémon Red and Blue and making it easier to track down the original 151 Pokémon and catch them. You can also catch a concert featuring Post Malone and an original Katy Perry song later this year.
What are your favorite Pokémon memories? Is there a close battle you've won? Lucky enough to track down a shiny legendary Pokémon or get the trading card you need to make the perfect deck? Let us know!