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Catch all the legends with the Pokémon 2016 distribution event

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Pokémon of the legendary variety are awesome. You take a regular Pokémon, put it side by side next to a mythical Pokémon and you’ll see that it’s like comparing a 1960s Volkswagen Beetle to a modern-day Ferrari Enzo. Better stats, better skills, better abilities and the most important stuff of all: Bragging rights. Sure, you may have the effort values tuned to the max on your Rhyperior, but that pales in comparison to saying that you have an Arceus or a Darkrai in your collection.

Or even a shiny Articuno, like one lucky bugger that I know. Getting your hands on a legendary Pokémon however, is equal parts time-consuming and difficult. They’re rare for a reason, with only a select few available in each generation. 2014’s Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire was your best chance at filling in gaps, but there were still quite a few elusive monsters missing.

Fortunately, Nintendo is planning on celebrating the 20th year of Pokémon with a year-long distribution event for Pokémon X/Y and Pokémon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire owners. Here’s when and where you can get your hands on some new ‘mon yo:

  • 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

Now a few caveats to take note of. The dates above are for North American players, with a similar page on the European website with the exact same Pokémon listed saying that you’ll need to “check back for details.” Also, if you’re local, then you’re Shaymin out of luck for the events occurring at GameStop. Hopefully we’ll see an equivalent happen here at BT Games with Nintendo, as they have done so with previous events since 2013.

I’m pretty much sorted however. I’ve got a full collection of legendary Pokémon, a valid Pokémon Bank account and a ton of eggs waiting to be hatched when the next game is announced. C’MON NINTENDO, I NEED THIS IN MY LIFE ALREADY!

Last Updated: January 13, 2016

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  1. Love it ! Please keep us “common folk” on the down low should BT be participating, or when we can pull them from the Nintendo interwebz via EU. Stay Black D man. WORD


  2. RinceThis

    January 13, 2016 at 14:20

    It’s 2016, how is this still a thing!?


    • Khul

      January 13, 2016 at 14:26

      because ……. POKEMON !! I wanna be the very best…..to catch them is my real test. POOOOOKEmon. Gotta catch em all


    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      January 13, 2016 at 14:37

      Because it’s only Jan 2016. That’s like a 2015 remake.


    • Dark_Lugia

      January 13, 2016 at 20:06

      Actually 2016 is pokemon’s 20th anniversary so normally it’s still a thing plus it’s the second best selling video game franchise


  3. Ghost In The Rift

    January 13, 2016 at 14:25

    Here i am all happy about the new Digimon series, i lost interest in Pokemon since i collected all those damn tazzos in the chips packets, oh those were the days when you had to use manual labor for your collections.


    • Khul

      January 13, 2016 at 14:31

      DUDE ! remeber the dbz tazzos, how cool was that


      • Ghost In The Rift

        January 13, 2016 at 15:05

        LOL the cubes and those wheels for DB:GT, was epic, unfortunately now i cant stare a Simba packet in the face anymore.


    • VampyreSquirrel

      January 13, 2016 at 15:09

      *shudder* tazzos… the reason why I can’t really face chips anymore. I used to easily go through 6-10 packs a day… during school hours.


      • Ghost In The Rift

        January 13, 2016 at 15:50

        Lol know that feeling dude, i use to cut over to Nik Naks cause it was cheaper for a packet which meant i could buy more and the feeling when you got 4 packets and find a double, nee ek raak nou naar 0_o


        • VampyreSquirrel

          January 13, 2016 at 15:55

          Hahahaha! Your hands were constantly orange too?


  4. Zell Reid Strife

    February 9, 2016 at 10:22


    South Africa: Go to BT Games to redeem your code

    So BT will be distributing


    • DiegoZicoB

      February 19, 2016 at 20:36

      I’m new to these events : / Do you just go to BT games and ask them for a code or how does it work?


      • Zell Reid Strife

        February 20, 2016 at 22:33

        I found out from BT games Rosebank.

        They said that, they were supposed to be distributing the cards but they did not have enough so you ask them and give them your email address. They then send your email with a request to Nintendo South Africa and then Nintendo South Africa is supposed to send you the codes.

        However this did not seem to work for me as I still have not gotten my codes. I will be following up with them again in regards to this.

        I suggest that you ask BT games and give them your email address, and I also suggest that you try contacting Nintendo South Africa directly through email “support@nintendo.co.za” & “nintendo@core.co.za” and enquire about it.

        I will be doing the same and will do my best to get back to all those who have contacted me about this. hopefully I might just be able to obtain a few codes and will do a giveaway.


        • DiegoZicoB

          February 21, 2016 at 16:35

          Thanks a lot for the reply. I will email Nintendo about it as well. Emailed BT Games a few days ago but haven’t received a response yet. Not sure why this process has been made so difficult.


          • Zell Reid Strife

            February 24, 2016 at 11:34

            Just thought I’d let you know the outcome.

            Nintendo got back to me and advised that the official distributors is BT Games and the only way to obtain the codes would be through BT Games.

            The email address they provided me with was btgames.queries@btonline.co.za

            I emailed BT Games using the above email address and not long after received my Mew code.

            Hope this helps.

          • DiegoZicoB

            February 24, 2016 at 11:45

            Thanks a lot for the effort. I finally got a response fro BT as well with the code. At least we know where to get them now.

            Happy collecting!

  5. Zell Reid Strife

    February 24, 2016 at 11:59

    Hi All. just to keep everyone informed. The way to obtain the codes in South Africa is to email BT Games on btgames.queries@btonline.co.za 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


  6. Ruan

    April 14, 2016 at 13:25

    Hoopa is available on the Nintendo Network at the moment. Simply go to mystery gift, get via code and type HOOPA2016. Works if you’re in Europe, Australia and South Africa only until End April 2016.


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