As always, Nintendo is coming out of the gate swinging with today’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct. Announced as the final new challenger, Pokémon Sun and Moon‘s Incineroar is joining the battle. Featuring powerful throws and attacks based on the Pokémon moveset, Incineroar is strong but loves to showboat a bit. After successful attacks, Incineroar will pose for the audience (though you can cancel it at any time). With Incineroar’s reveal, the final roster count stands at 74, barring any potential future DLC.
If you thought Game Freak and The Pokémon Company would slow down on their Legendary giveaways, you’d be dead wrong. Just days after announcing that Zeraora is finally coming to Sun and Moon, another distribution event has already been announced. This time around it’s the flagship Pokémon of the fifth generation: Zekrom and Reshiram.
The Deep Black and Vast White Pokémon will be free to download for those with a copy of Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, or Ultra Moon later this month. Zekrom is exclusive to the Sun brand while Reshiram is tied to Moon. You can pick yours up by heading to your local Target anytime between October 19th and 28th. The stats and moves of your Legendary Pokémon will vary based on whether or not you have the Ultra version. Here’s the full breakdown of what you’ll get:
Much of the Pokémon community is looking ahead to Let’s Go, Pikachu and Let’s Go, Eevee, but Game Freak hasn’t forgotten about those of you who are still enjoying the Sun and Moon line of games. They’ve been distributing rare, Legendary, and Mythical Pokémon every month all year, and that trend will soon continue in October, with an all-new monster becoming available.
The long-rumored Zeroara was officially revealed back in April, and soon it can be yours. Game Freak is teaming up with GameStop to distribute it across the US. All you have to do to snag one for yourself is head to GameStop between October 19th and November 9th. The Thunderclap Pokémon joins your team at level 50 with the Volt Absorb ability. Its moves include Thunder Punch, Close Combat, Thunder, and its signature move, Plasma Fists.
The Pokémon giveaways just keep on rolling! Nintendo, Game Freak, and The Pokémon Company have been regularly distributing rare and legendary Pokémon to Sun and Moon players (Ultra, too!) every month, including September’s Latias and Latios distribution event at Best Buy. On top of that, they’ve just revealed an extra giveaway for September, but this one’s exclusive to GameStop.
Starting on September 17th and lasting through October 7th, you can head to GameStop to download a shiny version of the Poison Pokémon Poipole, also known as UB Adhesive. UK fans can take advantage of the same event at Smyths from the 17th through October 15th. It will also be available to other European gamers through the Trainer Club Newsletter sometime in September.
Instead of its usual purple look, the shiny version is white and gold. It comes at level 40 with the moves Venom Drench, Nasty Plot, Poison Jab, and Dragon Pulse.
Game Freak will soon be unleashing Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Eevee! upon the world, but plenty of fans are still enjoying some fun in the sun in the Alola Region. For those active Sun and Moon players, Game Freak has been regularly distributing Legendary Pokémon each month for free. September’s lineup has just been revealed, and like last month, the newcomers hail from Hoenn.
Latias and Latios, the Eon Pokémon, are on their way to Alola! Which one you’ll end up with depends on which game you own. Latias will be available in Sun and Ultra Sun while Latios can be acquired by Moon and Ultra Moon players. As with past distribution events, the stats and moves of your Legendary will vary based on which game you own as well, with the Ultra versions being superior. Here’s how it all breaks down:
If you’d like to get your hand on the Eon duo, you’ll need to head to Best Buy next month. You can download them for free at Best Buy stores between September 2nd and September 29th. If you’re in Europe, you can simply download them via the Nintendo Network anytime from September 1st through September 23rd.
Game Freak has been regularly distributing some of the most powerful Legendary Pokémon for free throughout the year, and August’s distribution event recently went live. This time around it’s the Hoenn region’s titans of sea and land: Kyogre and Groudon. If you own a copy of any variation of Pokémon Sun or Moon, you can download one of these monsters today.
In the US, you’ll need to head to GameStop anytime before August 26th, then download your Legendary Pokémon via the Mystery Gift function. The situation is largely the same in Europe, except that the retailer of choice is GAME, and the event ends on the 25th. The Pokémon you receive is dependent on which game you own, and stats will vary as well.
Millions of Pokémon fans are looking ahead with excitement to Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! (as well as the upcoming 2019 “core RPG” title), and Game Freak continues to support the past games in the meantime. They’ve been distributing Legendary Pokémon throughout the year, and soon two more powerful monsters will be available.
Thundurus and Tornadus, a pair of powerful storm Pokémon from the Unova region, are headed to seventh generation games. If you have a copy of Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, or Ultra Moon, you’ll be able to download one or both of them (depending on which games you own) for free. Thundurus will be available in Sun and Ultra Sun, while Tornadus will be available in the Moon games.
To take advantage of this distribution, you’ll just need to head to Target between July 13th and July 28th. European gamers can instead download them directly from the Nintendo Network, and they’ll be available between July 6th and 22nd. The stats and moves of your downloaded Legendary will vary depending on which version of the game you own.
Millions of Pokémon fans are eagerly looking ahead to the upcoming Pokémon project on Switch, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had on 3DS until it arrives. Game Freak has been regularly distributing rare and Legendary Pokémon in all of the Alola-based games since they launched, and the next event is just around the corner. Starting next month, all iterations of Sun and Moon will be receiving a shiny version of Zygarde.
The distribution kicks off in just over a week on June 1st. Gamers in the US can download Zygarde at GameStop, while Canadian gamers can do the same at EB Games. In Europe, Zygarde will be distributed via the Nintendo Network. Zygarde will be available in North America through June 24th, and the cut-off date is June 22nd in Europe.
Zygarde’s level, moves, and item will vary based on which version of the game you own. Here’s a full breakdown:
It’s been over 20 years since Ash first acquired his Pikachu and began his Pokémon journey, but the series is still going strong! With the launch of Pokémon Sun and Moon, Ash’s adventure took him to the Alola Region to meet new friends and foes. If you still haven’t checked out the latest iteration of the show, now’s your chance! Netflix just added a whopping 43 episodes for you to watch at your leisure.
In the Sun and Moon anime, Ash travels to the exotic island paradise of Alola with his mother. After years on the road as Pokémon trainer, Ash finally settles down and enrolls in school, but things heat up when he meets the nefarious Team Skull. Netflix’s 43 episodes cover the entirety of the normal Sun and Moon storyline, with the Ultra Adventures series picking up at episode 44.
If you’re still adventuring through the Alola Region in Pokémon Sun and Moon (or the Ultra versions of those games), Game Freak will soon be rewarding you with some Legendary beasts. Entei and Raikou, who made their debut in Pokémon Gold and Silver on Game Boy Color, are the latest Legendary Pokémon set to be distributed to eighth generation Pokémon players.
The two Johto natives will be available in all Sun and Moon games later this month. In North America, distribution is exclusive to Target, where they’ll be available from April 22nd through April 29th. Availability is a little more convenient for European players, as they’ll be able to download them in-game from the Nintendo Network from April 4th through April 25th.
The two Pokémon’s levels and moves will vary based on what version of the game you’re playing. Thankfully, the Pokémon Company has provided a handy graphic breaking down the level, moves, items, and abilities of each version. You can view the comparisons by clicking the image below.
Additionally, three Pokémon developers sat down to give their thoughts on Entei and Raikou in a new video. The clip features Pokémon Battle Director Shigeki Morimoto along with Kazumasa Iwao and Shigeru Ohmori, the Director and Producer of Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, respectively. You can view their commentary by clicking the video above.
Game Freak has not been shy about giving away Pokémon in 2018, with multiple free legendary Pokémon distributions throughout the year. However, they have recently added three new Pokémon to the list of (kind of) freebies for the year. From now until October 31st, Pokémon Bank subscribers can receive the final evolutions of the Alolan starters (Decidueye, Incineroar, and Primarina) in Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon, and each will have their Hidden Abilities.
Decidueye will come with the ability Long Reach, which has never been available on any Pokémon before now; this ability allows Decidueye to use physical moves without making contact with the opposing Pokémon, negating the effects of abilities like Rough Skin and items like the Rocky Helmet. Incineroar will come with the ability Intimidate, which drops the attack of the opposing Pokémon when Incineroar enters battle. Finally, Primarina will come with Liquid Voice, which also has not previously been available on any other Pokémon; it turns all of Primarina’s sound-based moves like Echoed Voice into Water-type attacks.
“Be Legendary” looks to be the modus operandi from The Pokémon Company for 2018. The company behind the worldwide gaming phenomenon is celebrating the mythical monsters that have often adorned mainline game box arts with a number of activities on the official website, a new line of Pokémon TCG products coming soon, and—for owners of seventh generation Pokémon titles—Legendary Pokémon distributions throughout the year.
Starting in February, select retailers will be giving out these powerful beasts to Gen VII trainers in pairs and rotating between sets every month, although the Legendary you will receive will depend on the game you are playing.
In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, players can already capture certain Legendaries through the Ultra Wormhole in the post-game, although the ones they can find are version-dependent and split between games. With the 2018 distributions, however, you will be able to pick up the complimentary Legendary pro gratis without needing to trade, and in certain cases, you’ll be able to capture the remaining monster of a particular set. For example, Ultra Sun players can capture Dialga in the Ultra Wormhole, pick up Palkia from the upcoming February distribution, and can later capture Giratina with both aforementioned monsters in their team.
Each Legendary will be handed out to Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon owners at Level 100 with a Gold Bottle Cap, an item players can use to artificially maximize all of a Pokémon’s IVs with Hyper Training. Those with either of the preceding Sun and Moon games can still get in on the fun, although the distributed Legendaries will be set at Level 60.
The schedule and lineup for the Legendary Pokémon distributions are as follows:
February: Palkia (US/S) and Dialga (UM/M) — both required for Giratina
March: Regigigas (US/S) and Heatran (UM/M)
April: Entei (US/S) and Raikou (UM/M) — both required for Suicune
May: Yveltal (US/S) and Xerneas (UM/M)
June: Shiny Zygarde
July: Thunderus (US/S) and Tornadus (UM/M) — both required for Landorus
August: Kyogre (US/S) and Groudon (UM/M) — both required for Rayquaza
September: Latias (US/S) and Latios (UM/M)
October: Zekrom (US/S) and Reshiram (UM/M) — both required for Kyurem
November: Lugia (US/S) and Ho-Oh (UM/M)
GameStop will be handling the Legendary Pokémon distribution in the US, Italy, and Germany, as well as GAME in the UK, Ireland, and Spain, and Micromania in France. More retailers will likely be confirmed for other countries as the time for these distributions approach, so keep an eye on the official Pokémon website for more details.
We’re only a few weeks away from the launch of Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, so new details for the titles will start to pop up more frequently. Most recently, producer Shigeru Ohmori and director Kazumasa Iwao shared a ton of details regarding the games’ story, saying “the addition of Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon should about double the current story volume for the Sun & Moon generation.”
The new games are confirmed to not be sequels, but rather an expansion of the original story. It’s said to have “a little divergence” from the previous titles. The new plot will focus primarily on the Ultra Expedition Team, who arrived in Alola through an Ultra Wormhole.
Speaking of Ultra Wormholes, the post-game of Ultra Sun and Moon will have players leaping between other worlds, including at least one that has now been revealed to allow players to catch legendary Pokémon, such as Mewtwo. Game Freak didn’t give away any more details about it, but they did compare it to the additions that Pokémon Platinum brought to the Diamond and Pearl universe.
What do you guys think? Are you excited to play Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon next month? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Just a few days ago, we let you know that GameStop is currently giving away codes to download the mythical Marshadow to Pokémon Sun and Moon. Even though this event ends on October 23rd, that won’t be the end of GameStop’s Pokémon fun.
From October 23rd to November 13th, the gaming retailer will be giving away download codes for a shiny Silvally. This Pokémon will have its signature RKS System ability, which allows it to change between types. If you grab a code, you’ll have to redeem it by February 13th.
Are you guys excited to get a shiny Silvally? Did you grab a code for Marshadow yet? Let us know in the comments below!
The Pokémon Company has been releasing videos detailing the new features for Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon for a while now. With the games’ releases about a month away, Z-Moves for the legendaries Solgaleo and Lunala have been revealed along with new functionality for the trainer’s Rotom Pokédex.
As seen in the trailer above, Solgaleo will obtain the Searing Sunraze Smash for its Z-Move, while Lunala will be granted the Menacing Moonraze Maelstrom attack. Both of these moves require new Z-Crystals—Solgalium Z and Lunalium Z—alongside each legendary’s signature move, Sunsteel Strike and Moongeist Beam, respectively. These new attacks draw the target into an Ultra Wormhole before unleashing powerful moves that ignore the target’s abilities, allowing them to, for example, take down Pokémon with Sturdy or Disguise in a single attack.
The new Necrozma forms, Dusk Mane Necrozma and Dawn Wings Necrozma, will also be able to use these Z-Moves. Each of these forms gets a spotlight in the trailer, revealing that they hold the Prism Armor ability and have a new move at their disposal: Photon Geyser. These Pokémon look like they will be devastating in battle.
Additionally, the Rotom Dex also gains its very own Z-Power in the form of “friendship support.” It looks like trainers will be able to interact with Rotom a lot more than they could in Sun and Moon, and building up that friendship will eventually unlock this support, which allows the trainer to use their Z-Power a second time during a given battle. As the friendship between Rotom and trainer grows, the Pokémon will also be able to initiate a “Roto Loto,” which can grant you the ability to boost experience points earned or increase the chances of running into wild Pokémon, to name a couple examples.
Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon launch on November 17th, 2017 for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.
Are these new moves getting you excited for Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon? What else do you think will be added? Let us know in the comments below!
Marshadow, a never-before-released mythical Pokémon is now available to Pokémon Sun and Moon players. Gamers who stop by GameStop by October 23rd can get a code card to unlock this small Fighting and Ghost-type Pokémon in their parties. This mythical Pokémon, who was first revealed in April, has never been officially released until this month.
Marshadow is the first-ever Fighting and Ghost-type Pokémon, which gives it a unique moveset as per Nintendo’s official website:
Level: 50 Ability: Technician Held Item: Marshadium Z Moves:
The Technician ability boosts the power of moves that have a power level of 60 or lower, while the Marshadium Z unlocks a special Z-move called Soul-Stealing 7-Star Strike (try to say that one three times fast).
Also, don’t forget to grab your limited-edition Pikachu for Pokémon Sun and Moon! Right now, you can get the Unova region hat.
Are you excited for Marshadow? How do you plan on using it in your team? Let us know in the comments below!
McDonald’s often promotes the Pokémon franchise by including toys and trading cards with their Happy Meals every time a new game in the franchise comes out. This year is no different, and you can expect some of your favorite Pokémon from Sun and Moon to be available at your local McDonald’s soon.
The lineup of toys this time consists of Pikachu, Litten, Popplio, Rowlet, Grubbin, Yungoos, Solgaleo, and Lunala. While the official McDonald’s website doesn’t indicate when these Pokémon will start appearing in Happy Meals, it does confirm they will be the next toys to appear. We can only assume this will coincide with the release of Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.
What do you guys think of these toys? Will you try to collect them all? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Since their reveal, Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon have had fans worried that these games were going to be mere remakes of the latest generation, slightly updated with a bit of new content but largely remaining the same experiences as Sun and Moon were. The Pokémon Company has been slowly doling out details on the changes to these new games, however, and now they’ve hit us with some major reveals that may just dispel your fears. It looks like these new games will feature massive changes after all, with tons of new storylines as well as whole new worlds you can discover via the Ultra Wormhole.
The main story trailer is only available in Japanese, but it certainly looks and sounds epic enough on its own, featuring hints of entire new locations and content. A second new trailer released this morning has expanded on these hints immensely, revealing tons of brand new content. Once players have their game’s legendary beast on their team—Solgaleo or Lunala—they’ll be able to ride them through the Ultra Wormhole itself, entering the worlds of the Ultra Beasts and battling them on their home turf. A new team, the Ultra Recon Squad, gets highlighted, as does the world from which they come. Yes, this team is from an entirely different reality known as the Ultra Megalopolis—a place described as “a world where Necrozma has stolen the light.”
Necrozma itself also plays quite the role in these trailers, especially the story one, where we see it doing battle with Lunala, possessing Solgaleo, and possibly (it’s kind of hard to tell) being encountered atop the massive tower in the Ultra Megalopolis. There’s plenty more in these trailers to get excited about—new Ultra Beasts, new characters, even more fascinating teases for the plot—so make sure to give them a watch below!
We’ll have to wait and see what more these games have in store for us, but one thing’s for certain: these are definitely not just minor remakes. What do you think of these new trailers? Have they finally gotten you excited for Ultra Sun and Moon? Why can’t they ever release the really epic Pokémon trailers in English? Give us your thoughts in the comments!
Update: The Pokémon Company has released a new trailer for this distribution. Check it out above!
Original: To commemorate the upcoming Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!, you can get a special Pikachu in Pokémon Sun and Moon starting today, September 19th. This promotion is different from Pokémon distribution promotions in the past, however, in that there are six different Pikachu available—but you’re only allowed to have one.
Each Pikachu features a different hat, each representing a region from the entire world of Pokémon; all of them are based on the hats that Ash Ketchum wore in the anime when journeying through these regions. Starting with the Kanto region today, and ending with the Alolan region on October 24th, players can redeem a special code available on the Pokémon website for the time period featuring the Pikachu they want.
Once a player redeems their code, however, they cannot redeem it again. This means that once you’ve chosen your Pikachu’s hat, you’re stuck with it. Choose wisely!
You can find the promotion schedule below:
9/19/17 – 9/25/17: Original hat (Kanto and Johto regions)
9/26/17 – 10/2/17: Hoenn region hat
10/3/17 – 10/9/17: Sinnoh region hat
10/10/17 – 10/16/17: Unova region hat
10/17/17 – 10/23/17: Kalos region hat
10/24/17 – 10/30/17: Alola region hat
The code you’ll need is PIKACHU20. If you choose to redeem it today, you’ll get a level 1 Pikachu wearing Ash’s original hat, which comes with a Hardy nature and the ability Static. It will also come with the moves Thunderbolt, Quick Attack, Thunder, and Agility.
During today’s Nintendo Direct, new details about Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon were shown off. The newest titles in the series will include several preorder bonuses, new Z-Moves, and new Ultra Beasts.
As seen before, the games will have a renewed focus on two different forms of Necrozma, born from a fusion with either Solgaleo or Lunala. These new forms are referred to in the English version as “Dusk Mane Necrozma” and “Dawn Wings Necrozma,” respectively. On top of this, two new Ultra Beasts were revealed: UB Burst, who is exclusive to Ultra Sun, and UB Assembly, who is exclusive to Ultra Moon. Also, if you purchase the games before January, you will have access to Lycanroc’s new Z-Move, which leaked earlier today.