Pokémon Ultra Sun, Ultra Moon, Sun, and Moon: a year of Legendary distributions

Pokemon Ultra Sun Ultra Moon Sun Moon Legendary Year

To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Pokémon series, The Pokémon Company had a series of Pokémon distributions over the course of 2016, allowing fans to get some (usually) hard to get Mythical Pokémon. And for 2018, a similar event will take place during the “Legendary Year”, this time with Legendary Pokémon. The distributions are for Pokémon Ultra Sun, Ultra Moon, Sun, and Moon, in Europe and North America.

Here’s the trailer introducing the Legendary Year promotion:

And here’s the planning for the Legendary Year distributions:

February: Palkia (Ultra Sun, Sun) or Dalgia (Ultra Moon, Moon)

  • When: February 2nd to February 28th (February 23rd in some countries, including Spain, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Netherlands, and France)
  • How: Serial Code (has to be redeemed before May 23rd)
  • Where: GAME (United Kingdom, Spain) / GameStop (US, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland), EB Games (Canada, Australia), Micromania (France), GameMania (Netherlands).

March: Heatran (Ultra Sun, Sun) or Regigigas (Ultra Moon, Moon)

  • When: Sometime in March (North America) / March 1st to March 24th (Europe)
  • How: [North America] Serial Code / [Europe] Distribution via Nintendo Network
  • Where: [North America] Serial Code sent via the Pokémon Trainer Club newsletter (you have to sign up before March 1st!) / [Europe] N/A (see instructions below on how to get a Pokémon from the Nintendo Network)

April: Raikou (Ultra Sun, Sun) or Entei (Ultra Moon, Moon)

  • When: [United States] April 22nd to April 29th / [Canada] Sometime in April / [Europe] April 4th to April 22nd / [South America] April 2nd to April 29th
  • How: [Americas] Serial Code / [Europe] Nintendo Network
  • Where: [United States] Participating Target stores / [Canada] Official Pokémon newsletter / [Europe] N/A (see instructions below on how to get a Pokémon from the Nintendo Network) / [South America] Microplay stores, Masgamer stores

May: Xerneas (Ultra Sun, Sun) or Yveltal (Ultra Moon, Moon)

  • When: [North America] May 4th to May 27th / [Europe] May 4th to May 26th
  • How: Serial Code
  • Where: [United States, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Finland] Participating GameStop stores / [Canada, Australia] Participating EB Games stores / [United Kingdom, Spain] Participating GAME stores / [France] Participating Micromania stores / [Belgium, Netherlands] Games Mania

June: Shiny Zygarde (Ultra Sun, Ultra Moon, Sun, Moon)

  • When: [North America] June 1st to June 24th / [Europe, Australia/New Zealand] June 1st to June 22nd
  • How: [North America] Serial Code / [Europe, Australia/New Zealand] Nintendo Network
  • Where: [United States] Participating GameStop stores / [Canada] Participating EB Games stores / [Europe / Australia/New Zealand] N/A (see instructions below on how to get a Pokémon from the Nintendo Network)

July: Tornadus (Ultra Sun, Sun) or Thundurus (Ultra Moon, Moon)

  • When: [United States] July 13th to July 28th / [Canada] July / [Europe, Australia/New Zealand] July 6th to July 22nd
  • How: [North America] Serial Code / [Europe, Australia/New Zealand] Nintendo Network
  • Where: [United States] Participating Target Stores / [Canada] Pokémon Trainer Club newsletter / [Europe / Australia/New Zealand] N/A (see instructions below on how to get a Pokémon from the Nintendo Network)

August: Groudon (Ultra Sun, Sun) or Kyogre (Ultra Moon, Moon)

  • When: [United States] August 3rd to August 26th / [Europe, Australia/New Zealand] August 3rd to August 25th
  • How: [Worldwide] Serial Code
  • Where:
    • Participating GameStop stores: United States, Germany, Ireland, Italy
    • Participating Game Maniastores: Belgium, Netherlands
    • Participating Smartoys store: Belgium
    • Participating GAME stores: United Kingdom, Spain
    • Participating Micromania stores: France
    • Participating EB Game stores: Australia
    • Participating Best Buy stores: Mexico
    • Participating weplay stores: Chile
    • Participating Alkosto Hiper Ahorro stores: Colombia
    • Participating Felix Estigames stores: Panama
    • Participating Vertigo stores: Costa Rica
    • Participating Phantom stores: Peru
    • Participating Game Station stores: Honduras

September: Latios (Ultra Sun, Sun) or Latias (Ultra Moon, Moon)

  • When: [North America] September 2nd to September 29th / [Europe, Australia/New Zealand] September 1st to September 23rd
  • How: [North America] Serial Code / [Europe, Australia/New Zealand] Nintendo Network
  • Where: [North America] Participating BestBuy Stores / [Europe / Australia/New Zealand] N/A (see instructions below on how to get a Pokémon from the Nintendo Network)

October: Reshiram (Ultra Sun, Sun) or Zekrom (Ultra Moon, Moon)

  • When: [United States] October 19th to October 28th / [Canada] October / [Europe, Australia/New Zealand] October 5th to October 21st
  • How: [North America] Serial Code / [Europe, Australia/New Zealand] Nintendo Network
  • Where: [United States] Participating Target Stores / [Canada] Pokémon Trainer Club newsletter / [Europe / Australia/New Zealand] N/A (see instructions below on how to get a Pokémon from the Nintendo Network)

November: Ho-Oh (Ultra Sun, Sun) or Lugia (Ultra Moon, Moon)

More details coming soon!

Here’s how to get the Legendary Pokémon distributed via Serial Codes:

  • Select Mystery Gift on the main menu.
  • Select Receive Gift.
  • Select Get with Code/Password, then Yes, and then Yes again to connect to the internet.
  • Enter your code.
  • Watch as you receive your Pokémon.
  • Speak to the delivery person in any Pokémon Center to pick up your Palkia or Dialga.
  • Be sure to save your game!

Here’s how to get the Legendary Pokémon distributed via Nintendo Network:

  1. Open your Pokémon Sun, Pokémon Moon, Pokémon Ultra Sun, or Pokémon Ultra Moon game.
  2. Select Mystery Gift on the main menu.
  3. Select Receive Gift.
  4. Select via Internet, then Yes to connect to the internet.
  5. Watch as you receive your Pokémon!
  6. Resume the game, make sure you have an empty space in your party, and speak to the delivery person in any Pokémon Center to receive your Pokémon!
  7. Be sure to save your game!

As usual, you can find more details about the various Serial Codes and Pokémon distributions for Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon on this page, and for Pokémon Sun and Moon on this page!

But it’s not just Pokémon Ultra Sun, Ultra Moon, Sun, and Moon that are part of this “Legendary Year” promotion:

  • Pokémon TCG: a range of Legendary-themed product tie-ins will be released, such as new collections, Pokémon-GX cards, and more. More details will be shared closer to launch;
  • Pokémon Shuffle: there will be various activities throughout the year. The usual expert and special stages featuring Legendary Pokémon will continue, but there will also be some new event stages (starting with Dialga and Palkia, from February 6th to February 13th);
  • Pokémon GO: there will be special promotions featuring Legendary Pokémon. More details coming soon;
  • Pokémon TV: monthly Pokémon movies tied to the Legendary Pokémon featured in that month’s distribution. The movies will also air on some Pokémon broadcast partners at select times during these months.

Source: The Pokémon Company PR


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