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Event Pokémon are Pokémon that are distributed at Nintendo promotional events, such as movie premieres, expositions, festivals, places like PokéPark, real-life Pokémon Center stores and sometimes found in bonus disks or specially transferred from another game. They typically have a special OT and ID number indicating their authenticity and usually a special promotional Ribbon from Generation III onward. In Generation IV, most event Pokémon are distributed in Cherish Balls, special Poké Balls that exist solely for event distribution. Event Pokémon are usually desired because they are hard or impossible to find in the games, holding a rare item, and/or know at least one special move that would otherwise be impossible to have via leveling up, TMs, HMs, move tutors, or even breeding.

Generation IV introduced the distribution of promotional events via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. At first, only key items were distributed. These items allowed players to enter areas normally inaccessible. Last June 2009, Pokémon began being distributed via Wi-Fi as well with the distribution of a Jirachi. Owners of the Japanese versions of the Sinnoh-based games, no matter where they are, may use Wi-Fi to receive the Pokémon. Later on, Japan began having distributions occurring simultaneously via events and over Wi-Fi. In March 2010, the Pikachu-colored Pichu became available for North American and PAL versions of Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum. This became the first event Pokémon to be available to non-Japanese games via Wi-Fi.

Outside of Japan, there are very few countries or areas of the world where events tend to be held:

  • United States
  • Canada
  • South Korea
  • Australia
  • Various countries of Western Europe

While it is not unheard of for event Pokémon to be distributed outside of these countries, for whatever logistical reason, it is incredibly rare. Indeed, some countries may see several years pass between promotional events, and most have never had one held in their country. The establishment of wireless internet has made the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection a much better distribution model to reach Pokémon players around the world.

Generation I

Pokémon Games Methods
Mew R G B Y Nintendo events, historically through a direct trade
R G B Y Mew glitch

Generation II

Pokémon Games Methods
Celebi G S C The Japanese Pokémon Mobile System GB to obtain a GS Ball, to be used in Ilex Forest
G S C Nintendo Power special promo
G S C Direct trade

Generation III

Pokémon Games Methods
Mew R S FR LG E Old Sea Map e-card from Nintendo events to access Faraway Island
R S FR LG E Other giveaways
Lugia R S FR LG E Mystic Ticket e-card from Nintendo events to access Navel Rock
R S FR LG E Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness after purifying Shadow Lugia
R S FR LG E Other giveaways
Ho-Oh R S FR LG E MysticTicket e-card from Nintendo events to access Navel Rock
R S FR LG E Pokémon Colosseum after purifying all Shadow Pokémon and finishing Mt. Battle
R S FR LG E Other giveaways
Celebi R S FR LG E Japanese Pokémon Colosseum Bonus Disc
R S FR LG E Other giveaways
Jirachi R S FR LG E Pokémon Colosseum Bonus Disc
R S FR LG E European and Australian Pokémon Channel after finishing the game
R S FR LG E Other giveaways
Deoxys R S FR LG E AuroraTicket e-card from Nintendo events to access Birth Island
R S FR LG E Other giveaways

Generation IV

Pokémon Games Methods
Phione D P Pt HG SS Breed from Manaphy
Manaphy D P Pt HG SS Transfer Egg from Pokémon Ranger after finishing a Special Mission
D P Pt HG SS Transfer Egg from Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia after finishing a Special Mission
D P Pt HG SS Transfer 250 Pokémon to My Pokémon Ranch
D P Pt HG SS Transfer Egg from Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs after finishing a Special Mission
D P Pt HG SS Other giveaways
Darkrai D P Pt HG SS Surf glitch
D P Pt HG SS Tweaking
D P Pt HG SS Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia after finishing a Special Mission
D P Pt HG SS Member Card from Nintendo events via Wi-Fi or wireless to access Newmoon Island
D P Pt HG SS Other giveaways
Shaymin D P Pt HG SS Surf glitch
D P Pt HG SS Tweaking
D P Pt HG SS Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs after finishing a Special Mission
D P Pt HG SS Oak's Letter from Nintendo events via Wi-Fi or wireless to access Flower Paradise and the Gracidea
D P Pt HG SS Other giveaways, which can access the Gracidea
Arceus D P Pt HG SS Azure Flute from Nintendo events to access the Hall of Origin
D P Pt HG SS Other giveaways

Generation V

Pokémon Games Methods
Victini B W Caught at Liberty Garden Island with the Liberty Pass from Nintendo events.
Zorua B W Event in Castelia City activated by a fateful encounter Celebi.
Zoroark B W Event in Lost Forest activated by any one fateful encounter Shiny legendary beast.
Keldeo B W Currently unknown.
Meloetta B W Currently unknown.
Genesect B W Currently unknown.

Nintendo promotional event Pokémon

Periodically, Nintendo hosts or sponsors parties and events for fans, often in connection to the premier of a new game or movie. They are especially notable in that certain rare Pokémon and items in the games, as well as cards and other things, are only available for a limited time from them. The methods used to transfer Pokémon and items to a game have varied over time, and include direct link trading and physical reception from an e-Card via Mystery Events. Wireless reception from a Wonder Spot and Nintendo Wi-FI Connection via Mystery Gift were also used. Other methods may occur in the future.

Note that all of the Pokémon with specific natures cannot have a different nature, gender, ability or shiny condition. For Pokémon obtained in Generation IV, the dates do not need to be the dates the events were held. This is because the date is based on the one set on the DS.

See also


Event distributions
Standard event Pokémon distributions
Generation I: JapaneseEuropean language
Generation II: JapaneseEuropean language
Generation III: JapaneseEnglishGermanSpanishFrenchItalian
Generation IV: Japanese (local | Wi-Fi) • English (local | Wi-Fi) • German (local | Wi-Fi)
Spanish (local | Wi-Fi) • French (local | Wi-Fi) • Italian (local | Wi-Fi) • Korean (local | Wi-Fi)
Trading (GTS)
Generation V: Japanese (local | Wi-Fi) • English (local | Wi-Fi) • German (local | Wi-Fi)
Spanish (local | Wi-Fi) • French (local | Wi-Fi) • Italian (local | Wi-Fi) • Korean (local | Wi-Fi)
Global Link promotions
Generation VI: Japanese region (Nintendo Network | serial code) • American region (Nintendo Network | serial code)
PAL region (Nintendo Network | serial code) • Korean region (Nintendo Network | serial code)
Taiwanese region (Nintendo Network | serial code)
LocalTrading
Specific events: Gather More Pokémon! Campaign
PCNY (Gen II | Gen III) • Trade and Battle DayJourney Across AmericaParty of the Decade
Special Pokémon from games
In-game: Gen IGen IIGen IIIGen IVGen VGen VIIn-game trades (Hayley's trades)
Game-based: Gen IGen IIGen IIIGen IVGen VI
Other: Undistributed
Non-Pokémon event distributions
Gen IIIGen IVGen VGen VI
Global Link
Gen VGen VI