June 29, 2017
Hurry To Catch Manaphy In 'Pokémon Omega Ruby' And 'Alpha Sapphire'

As part of the Pokémon 20th anniversary celebration going on all year long, the Mythical Pokémon Manaphy is available to download in Pokémon X, Pokémon Y, Pokemon Omega Ruby, and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire. The limited-time download distribution event continues for almost the entire month of June and ends June 24.

To catch Manaphy, simply go through these easy 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 Manaphy and exit the gift menu.

5. Visit a Pokémon Center and speak with the Delivery Girl.

Important Notes:

  • You need at least one space free in your party to accept Manaphy.
  • Once you've got Manaphy in your party, be 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 it to lose power during the transfer.
Plus, with a little help from a Ditto, the Manaphy event this month could give you two Mythical Pokémon instead of just one. Take Manaphy to the Pokémon Day Care Center with Ditto and the breeding result should give you an egg containing the smaller, baby-like Phione. Just remember that Phione itself does not evolve.

Manaphy arrives at Level 100 in a Cherish Ball with two Water-type moves: Bubble and Water Sport. It also comes with a handy Hydration ability that will heal any status conditions in battle if it is raining. Unlock Rain Dance to take control of Manaphy's special ability in battle.

Manaphy appears holding King's Rock, which increases the likelihood that your attack causes the opponent to flinch in battle. Outside of battle, if King's Rock is held by specific Pokémon during a trade, it causes the Pokémon to evolve. Manaphy itself does not evolve; but, for example, King's Rock is needed to evolve Slowpoke into Slowking and Poliwhirl into Politoed.

Upon its debut, Manaphy was not the easiest Pokémon to catch back in the day. According to the official Pokémon website, "Manaphy could originally be obtained in Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl, but its egg first had to be obtained in the Nintendo DS game Pokémon Ranger. Now you can get this extremely rare Pokémon via a Nintendo Network event!"

Fans of the Pokémon trading card game can also catch a special Manaphy this month. The "Pokémon TCG: Mythical Collection -- Manaphy" collector's box comes with a "never-before-seen" foil Manaphy trading card, plus a digital code that can be redeemed in the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online game. The set also includes a Manaphy collector's pin and two booster packs of the special, limited edition Pokémon Generations card game expansion collection. Unlike the free digital distribution event for the video game, though, these nifty collector's boxes are not free. They cost anywhere from $12 to $15 depending on the retailer.

As far as other tangible Manaphy merchandise is concerned, there's also a collectible eight-inch metallic plush available exclusively at Toys "R" Us, in addition to a two-inch Manaphy figure that comes inside a clip-on Poké Ball. The plush is sold for $16.99. As of this writing, it has already sold out online; however, the collectible Pikachu plush has been restocked. It's possible more Manaphy plush may be on the way as well, or you can try the "pick up in store" option. The figure sold with the Poké Ball is still available online for $14.99.

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire (ORAS) players can look forward to the Grass-type Shaymin in July. The Pokémon 20th anniversary celebration is half over this June. How have you been celebrating? How many mythical Pokémon have you captured so far this year? Share your Manaphy capture tales and Pokémon adventure stories in the comments below.

[Image via Nintendo/The Pokémon Company]