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 code card from 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: Paul Ruiz's Gastrodon
Games: Pokémon Ultra Sun, Pokémon Ultra Moon, Pokémon Sun, and Pokémon Moon
Distribution Method: Local wireless at the North America International Championships
Event Period: June 21–23, 2019

Poké Ball: Cherish Ball
Held Item: None
Level: 50
Nature: Modest
Ability: Storm Drain
Moves: Earth Power, Ice Beam, Recover, Protect


Pokémon: Shiny Pikachu
Game: Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee!
Distribution Method: At Target via Pokémon Pass app
Distribution Period: May 11 – June 23, 2019
Level: 10
Moves: Thunderbolt, Double Kick, Double Team, Thunder


Pokémon: Shiny Eevee
Game: Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu!
Distribution Method: At Target via Pokémon Pass app
Distribution Period: May 11 – June 23, 2019
Level: 10
Moves: Double-Edge, Iron Tail, Helping Hand, Facade


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: Shiny Tapu Bulu
Game: Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon
Distribution Method: International Challenge February Online Competition
Sign-Up Period: February 14–21, 2019
Code Redemption End Date: TBC
Note: Learn more about this distribution.

Poké Ball: Cherish Ball
Held Item: Grassy Seed
Level: 60
Nature: Random
Ability: Grassy Surge
Moves: Nature's Madness, Zen Headbutt, Megahorn, Skull Bash


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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