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

The celebration of the 20th anniversary of Pokemon continues.  This month’s legendary Pokemon is Manaphy, a legendary Pokemon from the Pokemon Diamond & Pearl era.

Happy Manaphy

Happy Manaphy

I remember Manaphy well as, during the Pokemon HeartGold & SoulSilver era, getting a Manaphy was my key to collecting all 493 Pokemon then available.  I had to play Pokemon Ranger Guardian Signs to get it and then use another DS to transfer it into SoulSilver, but the deed was done.  Then I left it in the Pokemon Day Care with a Ditto to breed Phione and, for a brief moment in time, I had collected them all.

Instructions on how to download Manaphy to your copy of Pokemon X and Y or Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby are available on the Pokemon site.  You have until June 24th to make it happen.  There are other Manaphy themed items available as well.

Meanwhile the word is that the June Pokemon Trainer Club newsletter will contain a code that will allow players to download Mew.  (To get the newsletter you have to sign up for the Pokemon Trainer Club, detail for which are available on the site.)

The alleged reason for the Mew code is that the GameStop cards from February giveaway went very quickly and ended up on eBay selling for real cash money.

Mew GameStop Card

Mew GameStop Card

In order to make it up to fans who might have missed out on the GameStop card, this will be an opportunity to get the missing Mew.  The only catch is that you had to have signed up for the newsletter by June 1st, so I hope you are already on the list.

That is this month’s anniversary news.  The upcoming download events for the remainder of the year as we count down to the launch of Pokemon Sun & Moon are:

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

Still plenty of rare Pokemon to collect.  More information is available at the Pokemon 20th anniversary site.

All 493

493 is the total number of Pokemon that one can catch in the Pokemon games since Pokemon Diamond and Pearl came out.

As I mentioned before, to get the National Pokedex achievement in any of the games, you need to catch the 485 Pokemon that can be reliably found in these games.

The extra seven are special Pokemon and are only available through special events, usually only for a limited time.

So, for a true nut-case completionist, the National Pokedex achievement isn’t really done until you have all 493.

When I got the National Pokedex recognition in Pokemon SoulSilver from Professor Oak, I had 491 Pokemon.  Only two were missing.

So, despite the fact that I said that I was done, I started looking for a way to obtain the last two, Manaphy and Phione.

It turns out that the latest Pokemon Ranger game, Guardian Signs, has a downloadable mission that lets you obtain a Manaphy egg, which you can then transfer to Pokemon Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, SoulSilver, or HeartGold.

Once there, you can hatch the egg and breed the Manaphy to get a Phione.

My goal was in sight.

So I bought a copy of Pokemon Ranger Guardian Signs for my daughter who liked the previous Pokemon Ranger games (I did not) so that she could get me the Manaphy egg.

However, as she told me, she isn’t really into Pokemon right now.  She has been playing Nintendogs and a fashion designer game.

So I had to play the game.  The sacrifices we make…

Fortunately, you do not have to play too far into the game before you can start running the Nintendo WiFi downloadable missions.

Last night I was able to run the Manaphy egg mission, which was not all that tough.  Then I transferred the egg to SoulSilver, which took a few attempts, but which was ultimately successful.

The Manaphy egg was ready to hatch and it was only a minute or so after I obtained the egg in-game that Manaphy burst forth.

I named it Manuel

Then it was off to the Pokemon daycare center in-game where I already had a mate ready for Manaphy, a Ditto, the Pokemon upon which all breeders rely.

Then I ran around in-game until I got a call from the daycare center that an egg had been found.

I collected that, then ran up and down the streets of Goldenrod City until the moment came.

It is about to hatch

That was the sign.  Phione was about to arrive.

Phione, the last Pokemon... for now

So that was it.  My Pokemon trainer card now shows that I have captured all 493 Pokemon possible.

Wilhelm's final update

I don’t think I am going to get a cake for this one.  This was more a matter of back filling two minor players as opposed to having gotten the previous 491.

And while I had to put out some money for yet another Nintendo Pokemon game to get there, at least now I am set.

If you are interested, Pokemon Ranger – Guardian Signs also has missions that allow you to obtain and transfer Shaymin, Deoxys, and Heatran.

All just Nintendo’s way of boosting sales of a game that is clearly inferior to the main-line Pokemon RPGs.

Now I am done with Pokemon… until Pokemon Black and White come out next spring with 150 new Pokemon to add to the mix.