As Pokémon fever sweeps across the country thanks to the new mobile game Pokémon GO, don’t forget that the Pokémon 20th anniversary celebration is still happening all year long. July’s Mythical Pokémon is the Legendary Shaymin. You can download a special anniversary Shaymin in Pokémon X, Pokémon Y, Pokemon Omega Ruby, and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire during the limited-time download distribution event going on until July 24.
— Pokémon (@Pokemon) July 1, 2016
To catch Shaymin, simply follow these simple steps:
1. On the Main Menu screen, choose the “Mystery Gift” option.
2. Press the “Receive Gift” button.
3. Choose the “Via Internet” option.
4. Receive Shaymin and exit the gift menu.
5. Visit a Pokémon Center and speak with the Delivery Girl.
- You’ll need at least one space free in your party to accept Shaymin.
- Once you’ve added Shaymin to your party, make sure to save your game.
- Always double check that your Nintendo 3DS is charged or plugged in using the A/C adapter. You don’t want your 3DS to lose power during the transfer.
Shaymin comes in a Cherish Ball at Level 100 with three Grass-type moves: Aromatherapy, Energy Ball, and Seed Flare. Aromatherapy can be used to heal all status conditions inflicted upon the player’s party. Energy Ball and Seed Flare both deal serious damage, and they also have a chance to lower the target Pokémon’s Special Defense stat during battle.
Plus, this special Shaymin also has Substitute, which creates a cute-looking decoy using some of its HP. It also comes with the convenient Natural Cure ability that will heal any status conditions inflicted upon Shaymin when you withdraw.
This distribution event pays homage to the Pokémon past by releasing Shaymin with the same move list as it had during its original debut years ago. According to the official Pokémon website, “For a limited time, you can get the Mythical Pokémon Shaymin via Nintendo Network with the same moves as when it debuted in Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl.”
Shaymin is a special Mythical Pokémon that can transform into two distinct forms: Sky Forme and Land Forme. Players will need to go on a small Pokémon journey in the game to unlock this transformation. The official site details the steps necessary.
“Shaymin will arrive in its Land Forme. Take the Pokémon to a family on Route 123 in your Pokémon Omega Ruby or Pokémon Alpha Sapphire game to receive the Gracidea flower, capable of changing Shaymin into Sky Forme.”
— Pokémon (@Pokemon) July 10, 2016
Fans who also play the Pokémon trading card game can snag a special Shaymin card this month. The “Pokémon TCG: Mythical Collection — Shaymin” collectible box comes with a foil promo Shaymin trading card, plus a code card for the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online game. The set also includes a Shaymin collector’s pin and two booster packs of the limited edition Pokémon Generations card game expansion set. But trainers should know that these nifty collectible boxes are not free. They can be found at retailers like Target and GameStop for anywhere from $12 to $15.
There is some other physical Shaymin merchandise, too. Toys “R” Us has an exclusive, collectible 8-inch metallic plush and a 2-inch Shaymin figurine that comes packaged in a clip-on Ultra Ball. The plush is sold for $17.99. As of this writing, it has already sold out on the online store, but you may still find it at your local store. The collectible Pikachu and Manaphy plushies have both been restocked online, though, and it’s possible more Shaymin plush may be added to the online shop in the future. The figure sold with the Ultra Ball is still available on the ToysRUs website for $14.99, but the “pick up in store” option is not currently available.
Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire (ORAS) players can look forward to the Normal-type Arceus in August. The Arceus Pokémon distribution will be via code cards obtained at GameStop (or EB Games in Canada), so plan to make a trip to get this Legendary.
There are only a few months left as the Pokémon 20th anniversary celebration continues throughout 2016. Are you still celebrating? Has Pokémon GO taken over as your Pokémon fix? Share your Shaymin stories and memories in the comments section below.
[Image via Nintendo/The Pokémon Company]