Pokémon trainers trying to catch and battle with ’em all in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire now have the chance to unlock three Pokémon for free using secret codes from Nintendo. This marks the first distribution event for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire players since the Shiny Beldum distribution at launch. The codes first appeared in the monthly “Pokémon Trainer Club Newsletter” and on Pokemon.com, but we have all the details for you here.
The codes unlock Emboar, Samurott, and Serperior in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire (affectionately abbreviated ORAS by fans). Each of the three event Pokémon arrive inside a Cherish Ball with a Classic Ribbon attached. They are also named after their hidden abilities.
To get these free Pokémon, you’ll need your own ORAS game and a Nintendo 3DS or 2DS. At the Main Menu screen, select the “Mystery Gift” option. Then, choose “Receive Gift” and “Get With Code.” Enter the code POKEMON500 to snag a Reckless Emboar. Next, Shell Armor Samurott can be unlocked with the code POKEMON503. Finally, Contrary Serperior unlocks with POKEMON497. All three event codes will not expire until November 30, 2015.
Outside of the free codes, The Pokémon Company is offering a few choice pocket monsters as a type of gift with purchase for those who elect to buy into the yearly Pokémon Box service that allows players to manage their monsters in the cloud for $4.99 a year. Feraligatr, Meganium, and Typhlosion are being given out to any trainers who access their Pokémon Bank account anytime between February 27 and November 30, 2015.
Regarding which Pokémon will be distributed next, there has been quite a bit of hoopla in the fan communities over the newest mythical Pokémon, Hoopa. As reported by Kotaku, Hoopa is “the legendary Pokémon that only hackers own.” Despite an official announcement from Game Freak, the game’s developer, a legitimate way to acquire Hoopa has yet to be revealed. Some speculate that a Hoopa distribution event will be timed to coincide with the theatrical release of Pokémon the Movie XY 2015 in Japan.
The trailer prominently showcases rings that act like portals, and those rings look very much like the ones Hoopa carries around. In 2014, the mythical Pokémon Diancie received a similar event distribution to coincide with the Japanese theatrical release of Pokémon XY: Cocoon of Destruction. However, Diancie did not make it stateside until several months later via a limited number of codes at participating GameStop locations. It’s possible Hoopa may not become available until fall or winter of 2015 in the USA.
Will Hoopa be worth the wait? Are there other Pokémon from past generations that you would like to see get the special event distribution treatment in the meantime? Sound off in the comments below.