I often get it after hard fights like gyms and bosses.

Its in the bottom left corner, and is simply a pikachu wagging a joycon from side to side.

I'm guessing it is a reminder that the 2 player mode exists? I'm using the red joycon and he has the blue one.

But I never got a tutorial or an in game explanation of what is that icon.

EDIT: Also, there's the constant reminder of the 2 player mode with the green icon, that is usually bottom right.

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That icon indicates that there's a special message relevant to your latest accomplishment if you play with your partner Pokemon. I'm not sure if this makes them like you more or not, but you can shake the controller when the icon is onscreen to automatically bring up the play screen.

  • Yep, if you shake the joycon it goes straight to the play with pikachu screen, and with a reaction by Pikachu.
    – Fredy31
    Nov 21, 2018 at 19:03
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    Is there any way to do this when in handheld mode? Do I shake the whole Switch?
    – Ian
    Nov 22, 2018 at 11:26
  • Based on my testing (Don't normally play in handheld mode,) I don't think you can use the shortcut. You have to open the menu and play with your partner that way.
    – Paul O.
    Nov 26, 2018 at 14:00

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