Reminder: You can grab Celebi for free in Pokémon this month

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Legendary Pokémon! There sure are a lot of them, but you still can’t have ‘em! As part of the twentieth anniversary celebrations this year, Nintendo is handing out a few of the more elusive critters that you may have missed when they first appeared a decade or two ago. February saw the original extra-legendary Mew distributed at various stores.

March sees the next Legendary cryptid Pokémon given away: Celebi. Originally released after Pokémon Gold and Silver launched, Celebi is the 251st Pokémon and former head of Scotland Yard who was jailed for corruption. Celebi is a hybrid Psychic and Grass-type pocket monster, serves as the guardian of Ilex Forest and is only able to be caught from the wild in Pokémon Crystal with an event activated by the GS Ball according to Bulbapedia.

So how do you get him? Very, very easily. I’m talking like Team Rocket managing to somehow capture Pikachu in every episode of the anime easy yet they somehow always lose him. All you have to do is flick your internet connection switch on with your 3DS, and head on over to the Mystery Gift option of your Pokémon game (X/Y.Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire). Connect over the internet, and you’re sorted.

From there, go to a Pokecenter and the delivery lady will be there, waiting to hand Celebi over. Easy! I did it this morning, and got a level 100 Celebi that knew the Confusion, Recover, Safeguard and Heal Bell moves. And my Celebi has a Mischievous nature, the best kind of nature. Remember, next month will see Jirachi released. Here’s the full schedule again:

  • Mew: February 1 – 24, 2016 at GameStop
  • Celebi: March 1 – 24, 2016 at Nintendo Network
  • Jirachi: April 1 – 24, 2016 at Nintendo Network
  • Darkrai: May 1 – 24, 2016 at GameStop
  • Manaphy: June 1 – 24, 2016 at Nintendo Network
  • Shaymin: July 1 – 24, 2016 at Nintendo Network
  • Arceus: August 1 – 24, 2016 at GameStop
  • Victini: September 1 – 24, 2016 at Nintendo Network
  • Keldeo: October 1 – 24, 2016 at Nintendo Network
  • Genesect: November 1 – 24, 2016 at GameStop
  • Meloetta: December 1 – 24, 2016 at Nintendo Network
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Time to catch ‘em all in preparation for Pokémon Sun and Moon. For store-exclusive Pokémon, it seems our local BT Games is on the ball. In fact, your nearest shop might still have some Mew codes laying around.

Last Updated: March 3, 2016

Darryn Bonthuys

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  • Pariah


    • Commander Admiral Chief


  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    But doesn’t Xur arrive on Fridays?

    • Pariah


  • Pariah

  • DiegoZicoB

    While I appreciate that they’re making it easy for gamers to ‘catch ’em all’, receiving these Pokemon at level 100 serves no purpose as you can’t use them if you haven’t finished the game and you can’t train them up. So they sit there looking pretty until end game at which point most players stop playing the game anyway, if they aren’t trying to get every single Pokemon.

    FYI – for the Pokemon listed for release by Gamestop, you can email BT Games and ask for a download code. No need to bashfully walk into your local BT Games as a 20,30,40-something year old and ask for a code to download a Pokemon : /

    • There’s nothing shameful about loving Pokemon. EMBRACE THE POKERMANZ!

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Otherwise known as the Walk of Poke-shame.

    • bashfully? BAH! Had I a 3DS I’d march in with my cap on my head. Turn it around dramatically and shout “I am here for my Pokemon code!” Pose dramatically while the wind blows through my hair.

      Then when I get the code I’ll spin around, punch my fist forward holding my 3DS and shout “I caught [insert pokemon name here]!!!!!!!”

      Then I’d leave dramatically leaving everyone in stunned silence.

      • DiegoZicoB

        That would certainly brighten up the day of some fella behind a BT Games counter. Lord knows they need it. Between annoying kids and their parents who know nothing and those older gamers who think they know everything.

      • Commander Admiral Chief

        SO, pretty much the same thing you do every weekend then?

        • Yes! wait… no.. I don’t own a 3DS. Just a a standard DS

          • Commander Admiral Chief


  • Zell Reid Strife

    Hi All.
    As posted previously in Catch all the legends with the Pokémon 2016 distribution event
    Just to keep everyone informed. The way to obtain the codes in South Africa is to email BT Games on [email protected] and request the latest Mythical Pokémon Code.

    Not sure if they will then make a mailing list or if this will need to be requested every month, but just incase I have made a quick standard mailing template included in the mail link.

    Hope this helps

    • Much appreciated bud, I’ve stickied this comment to the top.

      • Zell Reid Strife


    • Thanks for the info!, a bit sad that I did not know about this when Mew was distributed last month 😛

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    And it was Interpol, not Scotland Yard. This hack is obviously an FBI-fanboy. 🙁

  • Thanks for the reminder D

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