Nintendo’s foray into the match three genre, Pokémon Shuffle, keeps the tradition of catching ’em all alive by making some pocket monsters exclusive to special stages that are available only for a limited time. Even for the most avid Pokémon trainer, keeping track of all the dates and deadlines can be a challenge. That is why all the passcodes and things you need to know this April are gathered here in a handy quick-reference guide.
Mega Start Item Passcode Expires April 30
Just like its Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire counterparts, Nintendo is bringing passcodes to Pokémon Shuffle. The first passcode is 20150007, and it gives the player two free Mega Start items. To Mega Evolve in Shuffle, players have to fill a Mega Gauge for the Pokémon by clearing lots of the corresponding monster on the game board. However, with a Mega Start item in hand, the player can choose to Mega Evolve a Pokémon right from the moment the game level starts. According to the details on the official Pokémon Shuffle website, the code must be entered on or before April 30, 2015.
The Daily Catch
Monday through Friday there are daily challenges that give players the chance to catch specific Pokémon. New critters appear each day at 6:00 a.m. UTC. Catch Pachirisu on Mondays, Sigilyph on Tuesdays, Tropius on Wednesdays, Farfetch’d on Thursdays and Druddigon on Fridays until April 20. In order for the Shuffle challenges and other special stages to appear, players must be connected to the Internet and tap the “check in” button. If you do not see the “check in” option, it should unlock only after beating Stage 11.
Meowth’s Coin Mania Ends April 20
One of the more generous stages through which players can potentially earn tons of coins is aptly Meowth’s Coin Mania. Unfortunately, it is a daily challenge that can only be played once per day from 6:00 a.m. on Saturdays through 6:00 a.m. on Mondays (UTC). The lucrative challenge stays in effect until April 20.
Also coming to an end on April 20 at 6:00 a.m., UTC is the opportunity to catch Rayquaza, since it can only be caught on the Rayquaza special stage. With Rayquaza on your team, you’ll be able to activate the Dragon Talon ability that increases attacks by 1.5 each time Rayquaza is cleared from the puzzle board.
Until April 27, the Groudon special stage is available for trainers to test their might against the ground-type behemoth. According to the official site, Groudon comes with the Quake ability, which “will sometimes do 1.2 times the regular damage when you clear Groudon from the puzzle area and may leave your opponent paralyzed.”
There’s quite a bit to collect in Pokémon Shuffle this month. Do you have what it takes to catch ’em all? Sound off in the comments below.