North American Pokémon fans need not wait much longer to finally get the special Pikachu toting Ash’s hat into their Pokémon Sun or Moon games, as distribution will begin later this month.
Although the special Pikachu variants were released to Japan earlier this year, state-side trainers can at last nab one of the lovable creatures as part of cross-promotion with the upcoming western release of Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!. However, the keyword here is “one” as that is exactly the tough choice players will be faced with when distribution begins on September 19, as each individual is only granted one download code to correspond with the date they request it. The official Pokémon website explains:
Starting September 19, check back here on Pokemon.com to discover a code that allows you to receive a Pikachu wearing one of six different hats in your game. Each hat is based on the hat Ash wore in the various regions he and Pikachu explored. Not only will each Pikachu sport a different hat, but they will also come equipped with a unique set of moves that reflect those that Pikachu would often use in the region that corresponds with the hat it wears.
PLEASE NOTE: You will only be able to use this code once! The date you choose to enter the code will determine which hat and move set your special Pikachu will have. This means you’re going to have to be very careful when deciding on which Pikachu you wish to add to your party. Study the schedule below, and get ready to choose your Pikachu!
9/19/17 – 9/25/17: Original hat (Kanto and Johto regions)
9/26/17 – 10/2/17: Hoenn region hat
10/3/17 – 10/9/17: Sinnoh region hat
10/10/17 – 10/16/17: Unova region hat
10/17/17 – 10/23/17: Kalos region hat
10/24/17 – 10/30/17: Alola region hat
In addition, it was also revealed that fans who attend any of the theatrical showings of the new movie will receive a QR code for the download of a seventh Pikachu variation in the upcoming Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon games set to launch on Nintendo 3DS on November 17. This version of Pikachu will wear the newest form of Ash’s hat worn by the character himself in the film.
Tickets, showtimes, and locations for the screenings of Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! can be found through visiting Fathom Events.