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The Pokemon 20th Anniversary Continues with a Darkrai Event and More

The celebration of the 20th anniversary of Pokemon continues.  This month’s legendary Pokemon is Darkrai, the nightmarish legendary Pokemon that first showed up as a special download during the Pokemon Diamond & Pearl era.

Darkrai brings nightmares

Darkrai brings nightmares

This month though the Pokemon 20th Anniversary event requires another visit to GameStop to pick up a card with a code to claim Darkrai.  I went by GameStop already with my daughter and a friend in tow to grab a couple cards.

Darkrai GameStop Card

Darkrai GameStop Card

While there were three of us standing there when I asked about the cards, the clerk only handed me two.  I suspect he thought I was asking for the kids rather than for myself primarily.

As before, the code is only good for Pokemon X & Y or Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire on the Nintendo 3DS or 3DS XL.  Other Darkrai related items are also available in May.

That is the main event for May, but it is not the only Pokemon available.

There will also be three, one week only direct download events this month featuring Pokemon from Pokemon X & Y.  The Pokemon available are:

  • May 2–8: Zygarde
May 2-8 level 100 download

May 2-8 Level 100 Download

  • May 11–17: Shiny Xerneas
May 11-17 Level 100 Download

May 11-17 Level 100 Download

  • May 20–26: Shiny Yveltal
May 20-26 Level 100 Download

May 20-26 Level 100 Download

Xerneas and Yveltal are the X and Y styled Pokemon from which the Pokemon X & Y entries in the franchise derive their name.  Zydarde is the Z, who might have gotten his own follow up title if Nintendo and GameFreak had been on their old plan of putting out an interim title between (e.g. Pokemon Emerald or Pokemon Platinum) major releases in the series.

And, to wrap up the month, if you signed up for the Pokemon Trainer Club newsletter, as I mentioned in last month’s update, you would have three codes in your email inbox by now to download the legendary trio of Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres.

May is for rare flying Pokemon

May is for “Many” Pokemon

So if you are on the ball and serious about this sort of thing, you could be adding up to seven legendary Pokemon to your collection this month.  And the events will carry on through the remainder of 2016:

  • June – Manaphy (Nintendo Network)
  • July – Shaymin (Nintendo Network)
  • August – Arceus (GameStop)
  • September – Victini (Nintendo Network)
  • October – Keldeo (Nintendo Network)
  • November – Genesect (GameStop)
  • December – Meloetta (Nintendo Network)

The events will culminate in the release of the next entry in the Pokemon RPG series, Pokemon Sun & Moon.


Darkrai Member Card Event

Pokemon.com has announced that you can get Darkrai in Pokemon Platinum between August 3rd and September 13th by obtaining the member card in game.


You need to have Nintendo WiFi Connection configured on your Nintendo DS in order to get the member card.

This is the only way you can get Darkrai directly in Pokemon Platinum.  Of course, if you picked Darkrai up in Pokemon Diamond or Pearl at the Toys R Us event a little over a year back, you can always trade him to your copy of Platinum… with a little help.

In Search of Darkrai

As I mentioned in Friday’s post, this past weekend there was a special Pokemon event at Toys R Us. The following ad (click on it to see full size) was in the paper, on the Toys R Us web site, and on the Pokemon.com site, the official center for all things Pokemon, where it was the main banner ad:

Reasonable coverage for a popular game like Pokemon. The news of it founds its way to me by a couple of routes, including my wife seeing it in the Toys R Us ad the week before.

Of course, my daughter and I wanted to get this rare Pokemon.

But when should we go to the store?

I had visions of some sort of Burning Crusade/iPhone mania happening outside of the store, people lining up early and a long wait.

Not being one for waiting in line… or getting out of the house before noon on a Saturday unless I have to… my daughter and I ended up leaving for Toys R Us at about 1:30pm.

And there was no line.

No crowd.

Just a typical Saturday afternoon at Toys R Us as far as I could tell.

Perhaps there was a line-up at noon when the event started, but by the time we got there the traffic was pretty light.

We walked right in and over to the electronics area of the store where there was a medium size sign with instructions on how to access the wireless distribution of Darkrai. You basically download it to your DS and then find a special delivery guy in game to retrieve it. Very easy, and we both quickly had Darkrai.

We did see a few other people show up with their DS for the event, but the most common comment I heard while we stood around the sign was, “I didn’t know about this,” usually followed up by a wish that they had their DS along with them.

While we were there I also picked up a copy of Pokemon Battle Revolution for the Wii, since I understood that most of its power as a game is only available to those who have Pokemon Diamond or Pearl. When we last tried it, we did not have that capability around the house.

I also picked up a copy of Pokemon Emerald for the GameBoy Advance.

I was actually a bit surprised to see that all of the Pokemon games for GameBoy Advance (GBA) were still on the shelf in quantity, though, in hindsight, I shouldn’t have been. Not only can you still play all of those games on the DS, but in order to fill out the National Pokedex in Diamond and Pearl, you pretty much need access to all of those games. Some Pokemon only spawn in Diamond and Pearl when you have one of the GBA Pokemon games inserted into the front slot of the DS, while other Pokemon you have to migrate from one of the old games.

My daughter, of course, liberated Emerald from me almost immediately and began playing it, getting through the second gym leader before the weekend was out.  She is already catching Pokemon I want to migrate to Diamond.

So we spent another weekend playing a lot of Pokemon.

And Darkrai? Well, for a Pokemon who supposedly can push around Dialga and Palkia combined, he is kind of wimpy. But at least we have him now. Only about 250 more Pokemon to go for National Pokedex.