The celebration of Pokémon‘s first 20 years comes to an end with the Meloetta distribution event. The Melody Pokémon dances into players’ games via the Nintendo Network if they have Pokémon X, Pokémon Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby, and/or Pokémon Alpha Sapphire. Trainers are advised to hurry, as Meloetta is only available to download until December 24. Get the rest of the details on how to catch Meloetta, plus other year-end Pokémon anniversary news, in this handy guide.
If you have one of the four games mentioned above, the only other things you’ll need to catch Meloetta are a working Internet connection and a Nintendo 2DS or 3DS. Once you’re all set up, you’ll be ready to catch Meloetta by following these directions:
1. At the Main Menu, select the “Mystery Gift” option.
2. Tap the “Receive Gift” button.
3. Select the “Via Internet” option.
4. Receive Meloetta and close the menu.
5. Visit any Pokémon Center and speak with the Delivery Girl.
Some important notes to keep in mind:
- You must have at least one slot open in your party of six to get Meloetta from the Delivery Girl.
- After adding Meloetta to your party, remember to save your game.
- Be sure to check the battery of your Nintendo 3DS/2DS before you begin this process, or use your A/C adapter to stay charged as you go. You don’t want the system to lose power during the transfer, as it could lead to corrupted data and other issues.
Meloetta made its debut on the Pocket Monster stage in Pokémon Black and Pokémon White. Like the Mythical Shaymin, Meloetta has two distinctive forms and changes its appearance for each of them. According to the official Pokémon website, Meloetta changes from its Aria Forme to Pirouette Forme using a special move called “Relic Song.” Here’s how to get this move in the Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire games.
“We round out the Pokémon 20th celebration with a chance to get the elegant Meloetta via Nintendo Network! The Melody Pokémon first appeared in the Unova region, complete with the capability of changing from Aria Forme to Pirouette Forme in battle when it used the move Relic Song. Don’t miss your chance to have the graceful Meloetta perform in your Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire game! Visit the Move Tutor in Mauville City to teach it Relic Song to transform it into Pirouette Forme once again!”
Meloetta elegantly makes her entrance at Level 100 in a Cherish Ball. While in the Aria Forme, it is a Normal/Psychic-type Pokémon. The Pirouette Forme is also a dual-type, and changes Meloetta into a Normal/Fighting-type Pokémon. The Aria Forme is its default state, though, and it always changes back when switched out during battle or when the battle is over.
The Mythical Pokémon’s moves to start are Confusion, Quick Attack, and Round. It also comes with a special ability called Serene Grace that boosts the success rate of additional effects for moves used by Meloetta during battle. As an example, the Confusion attack deals damage and has a chance to inflict the Confusion status on the defending Pokémon. Meloetta’s Serene Grace increases the likelihood of the Pokémon becoming confused in battle.
Pokémon trading card game fans can also catch a limited edition Meloetta card this month. The “Pokémon TCG: Mythical Collection — Meloetta” box set comes an exclusive holo Meloetta trading card, in addition to a code that gives players access to Meloetta in the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online game. The set also comes with a collectible Meloetta pin and two booster packs from the Pokémon Generations card game expansion. While the distribution event gives away Meloetta for free, these special boxes are about $15 depending on the shop.
Collectors can also complete their 20th anniversary plush collection with the metallic Meloetta plush available only at Toys “R” Us. The toy retailer is also selling an exclusive two-inch Meloetta figure with a clip-on Poké Ball. Additionally, another new collection of Mythical Pokémon plush toys, shirts, hats, and other gear have also been added to the official Pokémon Center online store. The gear includes all 12 Pokémon featured in the year-long anniversary promotion.
Now that Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon have been released, the distribution events to come are expected to center around those games as the next generation of Pokémon begins.
[Featured Image by Nintendo/The Pokémon Company]