The Event Pokemon are very rare Pokemon given out over the Nintendo Network, at select locations, or with codes, during a usually limited time frame for in Pokemon Sun and Moon.
To get these creatures, you must choose “Mystery Gift” at the main menu of your Pokemon Sun or Moon game. Next, choose “Get Via Internet” if obtaining a Pokemon through the Nintendo Network, or choose “Get Via Local Wireless” if obtaining a Pokemon at select event locations like game stores. You can also choose “Get Via Serial Code/Password” if you have a code, usually received by visiting select retailers.
Once received, the Event Pokemon can be obtained from a Delivery Man at any Pokemon Center in the game. Make sure you have an open spot in your party. If you wish to get a specific Nature or Individual Values, save before talking to the Delivery Man.
In addition to the Pokemon, you will receive a Wonder Card. All Wonder Cards are viewable from the Card Album in the Mystery Gift Menu. Only 48 Wonder Cards can be held on a game cartridge. If you can’t receive the Event Pokemon, you may need to delete some Wonder Cards.
Jump to each event’s section.
|Event Date||Sep. 22, 2017 – Sep. 21, 2018|
This special Celebi is being distributed alongside the purchase of the classics Pokemon Gold and Pokemon Silver on the Virtual Console on the 3DS. Upon purchasing or prepurchasing one of these games, you’ll be able to view a Serial Code that can be redeemed like other Mystery Gift Codes. Only one Celebi can be redeemed per code, and it can be redeemed in either Pokemon Sun, Pokemon Moon, or Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.
Here’s how to get the code:
- Purchase Pokemon Gold or Pokemon Silver
- On the 3DS Nintendo eShop, select the top left Menu.
- Select Settings/Other
- Select Account Activity
- From here, you can view your Pokemon Gold or Silver receipt
- The serial code is displayed in the purchase details
You must redeem this code by October 31, 2018.
|Event Date||Sep. 19 – Oct. 30|
These Pikachu are a special tie-in to the Pokemon the Movie: I Choose You!, but you don’t have to see the move to get one! Each of these Pikachu are available for week-long periods with a special Serial Code.
The code is: PIKACHU20
Each Pikachu not only has a different hat, but a different move set that ties into Ash’s Pikachu in the anime.
Be aware, you can only get one of these Pikachu in your Pokemon Sun or Moon game. Once you use the Serial Code for one Pikachu, it will not work for others.
All of these Pikachu come with Pikashunium Z.
This Charizard is being distributed at participating Target stores in conjunction with the release of the Pokemon TCG: Charizard-GX Premium Collection.
Ask a Target associate for a code, available while supplies last. We suggest you call ahead of visiting to ensure your local Target is participating. These codes expire February 4, 2018.
|Held Item||Red Card|
If you do attend the Pokemon the Movie: I Choose You! movie, you will receive a QR Code that grants a Pikachu wearing the hat Ash wears in the movie, along with a card featuring the same.
|Event Date||Oct 9 – Oct 23 14, 2017|
Marshadow is an extremely rare Mythical Pokemon that can only be obtained through events. It comes ready with its signature Ghost-type move, Spectral Thief, which allows it to steal its opponents stat boosts before attacking. Marshadium Z works with Spectral Thief, letting Marshadow unleash Soul-Stealing 7-Star Strike, a physical Ghost-type attack with 195 base power. Unlike Spectral Thief, the exclusive Z-Move has no secondary effects.
Marshadow’s Speed and Attack stats are best, but its defenses aren’t too bad either. We recommend a Jolly or Adamant Nature.
|United States||Oct 9 – Oct 23||GameStop|
To attain the special Marshadow code, you must visit a participating retailer during the specific time period and ask for one. Keep in mind, these codes are limited and will be handed out only while supplies last, and will not work forever. Use the code as soon as you get it to guarantee it will still work!
|Event Date||Nov. 17, 2017 – January 10, 2018|
|Held Item||Focus Band|
To get this Rockruff, simply purchase a copy of Ultra Sun or Ultra Moon and access the Nintendo Network via Internet during the event dates to receive this Mystery Gift.
Dusk Form Lycanroc is only be available by evolving this special event Rockruff, which is based off Ash’s Rockruff in the anime. Rockruff will evolve into Dusk Form Lycanroc between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. when it reaches level 25 and beyond.
This Lycanroc reflects features from both Lycanroc (Midday Form) and Lycanroc (Midnight Form). It learns both form’s signature moves, and its eyes glow red like the Midnight Form’s when it attacks. Its Ability, Tough Claws, increases the damage of attacks that make direct contact with its opponent. Additionally, Dusk Form Lycanroc has a different ability from its counterparts, Tough Claws, which makes attacks that connect deal more damage.
To celebrate the release of a new Pokemon TCG set, Burning Shadows, participating retailers are giving out a battle-ready Salazzle for Pokemon Sun and Moon. This Pokemon has its signature Corrosion Ability, which enables it to make even usually resistant Steel- and Poison-type Pokémon badly poised using its potent Toxic move.
|United States||August 14 – September 4||GameStop|
To attain the special Salazzle code, you must visit a participating retailer during a specific time period and ask for one. Keep in mind, these codes are limited and will be handed out only while supplies last.
|Event Date||July 14 – Aug 14, 2017|
This Shiny Tapu Koko is not only an awesome super-rare color, but comes with a battle-ready level and the perfect nature for competitive battles! The only downside to having a Shiny Tapu Koko is that your opponents will know it is Timid, rather than Modest.
Here’s how to get Shiny Tapu Koko:
- Select the “Mystery Gift” option from the main menu.
- Select “Recieve Gift”
- Select “Get via Internet” and “Yes” to connect!
- Load your game and speak to the NPC in any Pokemon Center to receive Tapu Koko!
Before saving, make sure to check the IVs of the Tapu Koko.
If you want to play competitively, you want a Tapu Koko with “Best” for Special Attack, Speed, and the last stat you will invest Effort Values into. The remaining stats should be at least “Fantastic,” except Attack, which Tapu Koko generally doesn’t use.
If Effort Values aren’t invested into a Stat, a “Best” and “Fantastic” IV rating will result in the same value when at Lv. 50.
Because Shiny Tapu Koko is an Event Pokemon, it will automatically have three perfect IVs, with the remaining three chosen randomly. You can soft-reset the 3DS by pressing the L and R shoulder buttons and Start simultaneously. Rinse and repeat until you have a Tapu Koko you’re happy with. If you grow tired of soft resetting, remember you can always use Super Training to artificially perfect a stat, though it requires incredibly rare Bottle Caps.
DO NOT SAVE unless you want to keep that Tapu Koko. You will be able to try again infinitely.
Once you have your Shiny Tapu Koko, see How to EV Train in Pokemon Sun and Moon to learn how to max its Speed and Sp. Attack stats!
To celebrate the release of a new Pokemon TCG set, Guardians Rising, participating retailers are giving out a battle-ready Lycanroc for Pokemon Sun and Moon. This Pokemon has its Hidden Ability, No Guard, which makes it so it cannot miss. However, No Guard also leaves it with, well, no guard, allowing enemies to hit it without fault in retaliation.
|United States||May 15 – June 5||GameStop|
|UK; Spain||May 5 – May 31||GAME|
|France||May 13 – June 12||Micromania|
|Italy, Germany||May 5 – May 31||GameStop|
To attain the special Lycanroc code, you must visit a participating retailer during a specific time period and ask for one. Keep in mind, these codes are limited and will be handed out only while supplies last.
Images from Japanese magazine CoroCoro leaked in March to reveal the next event for Pokemon Sun and Moon.
Those who pre-order a ticket in Japan to I Choose You, the 20th Pokemon movie, will receive a Serial Code that will redeem a Pikachu wearing one of six different hats Ash has worn over the past seven generations of the Pokemon anime series. Each of these Pikachu will also be holding a special Z-Crystal, Pikashumium Z, which allows Pikachu to use 10,000,000 Volt Thunderbolt.
As translated by Serebii, the Pikachu granted will be determined by when the Serial Code is redeemed, not when it’s received, and multiple Serial Codes can be redeemed in the same copy of Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon. Each hat will be obtainable during two periods of time throughout the year, too.
|Original Cap|| April 15 – May 1
July 19 – July 31
|Hoenn Cap|| May 3 – May 15
August 2 – August 14
|Sinnoh Cap|| May 17 – May 29
August 16 – August 28th
|Unova Cap|| May 31 – June 12
August 30 – September 11
|Kalos Cap|| June 14 – June 26
September 13 – September 25
|Alola Cap|| June 28 – July 17
September 27 – October 9
This special Steel– and Fairy-type Pokemon is caught by a different method than any other Event Pokemon, the first of its kind with others to most likely follow suit. To get Magearna, you’ll have to scan a QR Code released on Pokemon.com! You can find it below:
|Worldwide||December 5th, 2016 – Never ends|
Simply open the QR Scanner from the menu in Pokemon Sun and Moon (after already starting your game!) and point the camera at the QR Code you want to scan. Hold the R trigger to capture the code. Then, you’ll be able to add Magearna to your team by visiting the antique shop at the Hau’oli City shopping mall, accessible after you defeat your first Grand Trial!
This Pokemon’s Ability increases its Sp. Attack by one stage every time a Pokemon on the battlefield faints, making Magearna an incredibly powerful Pokemon in Double Battles. Unfortunately, the Legendary can’t be used in the 2017 VGC World Championship Series challenges or online competitions. However, Magearna does come with a very rare gift: A Bottle Cap, which is used for Hyper Training! With this Bottle Cap, you can max one of your Pokemon’s stats as long as it’s Level 100.
|Worldwide||Purchase Game Before January 11th, 2017|
As a special bonus for purchasing Pokemon Sun or Moon early, players will be able to receive a free special Munchlax as well as a special Item: a Snorlian Z Crystal, that lets its evolved form Snorlax perform the Z Move: Pulverizing Pancake.
To receive Munchlax, select the “Mystery Gift” option from the main menu before loading your save file. Next, select “Get via Internet” in the following menu. Finally, load your save and speak to the NPC at a Pokemon Center to receive the gift.