Fans of the Pokémon franchise know how difficult it is to come across a shiny, or alternatively colored, pocket monster in the wild. What is even more difficult is finding a legendary, one of a kind Pokémon that has a different color scheme than what is detailed in their original artwork.
Fortunately for trainers living in the United States, it was announced earlier today that GameStop will be teaming up with The Pokémon Company to distribute shiny legendary Pokémon to gamers for free.
Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina – the cover Pokémon for Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum respectively – will each be available for twenty days leading up to the release date of Pokémon X and Y. The availability for each Pokémon is as follows:
- Shiny Dialga: Monday, August 19th – Sunday, September 8th
- Shiny Palkia: Monday, September 9th – Sunday, September 29th
- Shiny Giratina: Monday, September 30th – Sunday, October 20th
To receive a free Pokémon, simply go to a GameStop with a Nintendo DS or 3DS and a copy of either Pokémon Black, Pokémon Black 2, Pokémon White, or Pokémon White 2. A GameStop employee will help you download your free monster.
It’s no secret that this promotion is an attempt to get fans excited for the release of the newest games in the series. The promotion ends on the same day that Pokémon X and Y will be hitting store shelves. These games will be the first Pokémon games for the 3DS and will include a whole new region to explore as well as an entirely new type of Pokémon to catch and battle: the fairy type.
2013 is shaping up to be a great year to be a Pokémon fan!