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.

Learn more about how you can Be Legendary by teaming up with some amazing Legendary Pokémon throughout 2018.

You can also check out past Pokémon distributions.

Current Distributions


Pokémon: Shiny Mimikyu
Game: Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon
Distribution Method: Ultra Spooky Cup Online Competition
Sign-Up Period: October 19–25, 2018
Code Redemption End Date: Sunday, December 30, 2018
Note: Learn more about this distribution.

Poké Ball: Cherish Ball
Held Item: Rare Candy
Level: 50
Nature: Random
Ability: Disguise
Moves: Mimic, Snatch, Trick, Destiny Bond


Pokémon: Decidueye
Game: Pokémon Ultra Sun, Pokémon Ultra Moon, Pokémon Sun, and Pokémon Moon
Distribution Method: Pokémon Bank subscriber gift
Distribution Period: March 8–October 31, 2018
Note: Learn more about this distribution.

Poké Ball: Poké Ball
Held Item: None
Level: 50
Nature: Random
Ability: Long Reach
Moves: Leaf Blade, Phantom Force, Shadow Sneak, Brave Bird


Pokémon: Incineroar
Game: Pokémon Ultra Sun, Pokémon Ultra Moon, Pokémon Sun, and Pokémon Moon
Distribution Method: Pokémon Bank subscriber gift
Distribution Period: March 8–October 31, 2018
Note: Learn more about this distribution.

Poké Ball: Poké Ball
Held Item: None
Level: 50
Nature: Random
Ability: Intimidate
Moves: Fake Out, U-turn, Darkest Lariat, Flare Blitz


Pokémon: Primarina
Game: Pokémon Ultra Sun, Pokémon Ultra Moon, Pokémon Sun, and Pokémon Moon
Distribution Method: Pokémon Bank subscriber gift
Distribution Period: March 8–October 31, 2018
Note: Learn more about this distribution.

Poké Ball: Poké Ball
Held Item: None
Level: 50
Nature: Random
Ability: Liquid Voice
Moves: Hyper Voice, Moonblast, Icy Wind, Perish Song



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 Poipole
Game: Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon
Distribution Method: GameStop code card
Distribution Period: September 17–October 7, 2018
Code Redemption End Date: Thursday, December 20, 2018
Note: Learn more about this distribution.

Poké Ball: Cherish Ball
Held Item: None
Level: 40
Nature: Modest
Ability: Beast Boost
Moves: Venom Drench, Nasty Plot, Poison Jab, Dragon Pulse


Pokémon: Latias
Game: Pokémon Ultra Moon
Distribution Method: Best Buy code card
Distribution Period: September 2–29, 2018
Code Redemption End Date: Friday, December 21, 2018
Note: Learn more about this distribution.

Poké Ball: Cherish Ball
Held Item: Gold Bottle Cap
Level: 100
Nature: Random
Ability: Levitate
Moves: Mist Ball, Psychic, Draco Meteor, Tailwind


Pokémon: Latias
Game: Pokémon Moon
Distribution Method: Best Buy code card
Distribution Period: September 2–29, 2018
Code Redemption End Date: Friday, December 21, 2018
Note: Learn more about this distribution.

Poké Ball: Cherish Ball
Held Item: None
Level: 60
Nature: Random
Ability: Levitate
Moves: Mist Ball, Dragon Pulse, Psycho Shift, Wish


Pokémon: Latios
Game: Pokémon Ultra Sun
Distribution Method: Best Buy code card
Distribution Period: September 2–29, 2018
Code Redemption End Date: Friday, December 21, 2018
Note: Learn more about this distribution.

Poké Ball: Cherish Ball
Held Item: Gold Bottle Cap
Level: 100
Nature: Random
Ability: Levitate
Moves: Luster Purge, Psychic, Draco Meteor, Tailwind


Pokémon: Latios
Game: Pokémon Sun
Distribution Method: Best Buy code card
Distribution Period: September 2–29, 2018
Code Redemption End Date: Friday, December 21, 2018
Note: Learn more about this distribution.

Poké Ball: Cherish Ball
Held Item: None
Level: 60
Nature: Random
Ability: Levitate
Moves: Luster Purge, Dragon Pulse, Psycho Shift, Dragon Breath


Pokémon: Groudon
Game: Pokémon Ultra Moon
Distribution Method: GameStop code card
Distribution Period: August 3–26, 2018
Code Redemption End Date: November 28, 2018
Note: Learn more about this distribution.

Poké Ball: Cherish Ball
Held Item: Gold Bottle Cap
Level: 100
Nature: Random
Ability: Drought
Moves: Precipice Blades, Earth Power, Fire Punch, Swords Dance


Pokémon: Groudon
Game: Pokémon Moon
Distribution Method: GameStop code card
Distribution Period: August 3–26, 2018
Code Redemption End Date: November 28, 2018
Note: Learn more about this distribution.

Poké Ball: Cherish Ball
Held Item: None
Level: 60
Nature: Random
Ability: Drought
Moves: Earthquake, Precipice Blades, Bulk Up, Solar Beam


Pokémon: Kyogre
Game: Pokémon Ultra Sun
Distribution Method: GameStop code card
Distribution Period: August 3–26, 2018
Code Redemption End Date: November 28, 2018
Note: Learn more about this distribution.

Poké Ball: Cherish Ball
Held Item: Gold Bottle Cap
Level: 100
Nature: Random
Ability: Drizzle
Moves: Origin Pulse, Ice Beam, Water Spout, Calm Mind


Pokémon: Kyogre
Game: Pokémon Sun
Distribution Method: GameStop code card
Distribution Period: August 3–26, 2018
Code Redemption End Date: November 28, 2018
Note: Learn more about this distribution.

Poké Ball: Cherish Ball
Held Item: None
Level: 60
Nature: Random
Ability: Drizzle
Moves: Ice Beam, Origin Pulse, Calm Mind, Muddy Water


Pokémon: Tornadus
Game: Pokémon Ultra Moon
Distribution Method: Target code card
Distribution Period: July 13–28, 2018
Code Redemption End Date: October 29, 2018
Note: Learn more about this distribution.

Poké Ball: Cherish Ball
Held Item: Gold Bottle Cap
Level: 100
Nature: Random
Ability: Prankster
Moves: Hurricane, Heat Wave, Grass Knot, Tailwind


Pokémon: Tornadus
Game: Pokémon Moon
Distribution Method: Target code card
Distribution Period: July 13–28, 2018
Code Redemption End Date: October 29, 2018
Note: Learn more about this distribution.

Poké Ball: Cherish Ball
Held Item: None
Level: 60
Nature: Random
Ability: Prankster
Moves: Air Slash, Crunch, Tailwind, Rain Dance


Pokémon: Thundurus
Game: Pokémon Ultra Sun
Distribution Method: Target code card
Distribution Period: July 13–28, 2018
Code Redemption End Date: October 29, 2018
Note: Learn more about this distribution.

Poké Ball: Cherish Ball
Held Item: Gold Bottle Cap
Level: 100
Nature: Random
Ability: Prankster
Moves: Thunderbolt, Focus Blast, Grass Knot, Nasty Plot


Pokémon: Thundurus
Game: Pokémon Sun
Distribution Method: Target code card
Distribution Period: July 13–28, 2018
Code Redemption End Date: October 29, 2018
Note: Learn more about this distribution.

Poké Ball: Cherish Ball
Held Item: None
Level: 60
Nature: Random
Ability: Prankster
Moves: Discharge, Crunch, Charge, Nasty Plot


Pokémon: Ash's Pikachu
Games: Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon
Distribution Method: Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! QR Code card
Distribution Period: November 5 and 6, 2017

Poké Ball: Poké Ball
Held Item: Pretty Wing
Level: 21
Nature: Hardy
Ability: Static
Moves: Thunderbolt, Quick Attack, Thunder, Iron Tail


Pokémon: Celebi
Games: Pokémon Ultra Sun, Pokémon Ultra Moon, Pokémon Sun, and Pokémon Moon
Distribution Method: Special Gift with Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver
Distribution Period: September 22, 2017–September 21, 2018
Code Redemption End Date: October 31, 2018

Poké Ball: Cherish Ball
Held Item: None
Level: 30
Nature: Random
Ability: Natural Cure
Moves: Heal Bell, Safeguard, Ancient Power, Future Sight


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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