Pokémon Distributions

If you're on the lookout for rare Pokémon, you should stay up to date on special Pokémon distributions. The Pokémon you get from them are usually quite different from any you can obtain in normal gameplay. Some may be Shiny Pokémon, while others may know moves that Pokémon of their species can't normally learn. They are also often found in a Cherish Ball, a special Poké Ball that can't be obtained by other means.

Check out the list of ongoing events in North America below to find out how you can add some of these rare Pokémon to your collection. These Pokémon may be available via the Nintendo Network, a Pokémon Pass event at a participating retailer, a QR Code, or by visiting a specific real world event. The events that began most recently are listed first.

You can also check out past Pokémon distributions.


Current Distributions

Pokémon: Gigantamax Meowth
Games: Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield
Distribution Method: Mystery Gift
Distribution Period: November 15, 2019–January 15, 2020

Poké Ball: Cherish Ball
Held Item: None
Level: 5
Nature: Random
Ability: Pickup or Technician
Moves: Fake Out, Growl, Slash, Pay Day


Recent Distributions

The code cards necessary to invite the Pokémon below to join your team aren't currently available in stores. But if you have one of these code cards, you can still redeem it until the code redemption end date listed below.



Pokémon: Magearna
Games: Pokémon Ultra Sun, Pokémon Ultra Moon, Pokémon Sun, and Pokémon Moon
Distribution Method: QR Code
Distribution Period: Starting December 5, 2016
Note: You must complete the main story to use this code.

Poké Ball: Cherish Ball
Held Item: Bottle Cap
Level: 50
Nature: Random
Ability: Soul-Heart
Moves: Fleur Cannon, Flash Cannon, Lucky Chant, Helping Hand

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