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How The Pokemon Games Will Tie Into The New Movie


You know by now Pokemon: I Choose You is a remake celebrating the anime’s 20th anniversary, but did you know they’re celebrating it in the games too? And that the Pikachu that appears in the film can be yours in Pokemon Sun and Moon?

Anyone who goes to see the 20th anniversary feature when it’s released this November will be handed a special trading card that contains a QR code. Scan the code into any mainline Pokemon game for the 3DS, and you’ll be gifted a Pikachu wearing Ash’s hat from the first season of the cartoon. Cool beans! The code will also unlock a special in-game event within Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, two games yet to be released.

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If you can’t make it to the screening, there will be a second way to get the movie Pikachu. Between Sept. 19 and Oct. 30, six different Pikachu will be given away for free in Pokemon Sun and Moon. One new Pika will appear each week, wearing a different hat from the anime’s history. You can get the I Choose You Pikachu this way, but be warned that this will be it. Players can only download one Pikachu out of the six that will be offered. Any others you’ll just have to hope for in a trade.

  • Sept. 19–25: Ash’s Pikachu (Original Cap)
  • Sept. 26 – Oct. 2: Ash’s Pikachu (Hoenn Cap)
  • Oct. 3–9: Ash’s Pikachu (Sinnoh Cap)
  • Oct. 10–16: Ash’s Pikachu (Unova Cap)
  • Oct. 17–23: Ash’s Pikachu (Kalos Cap)
  • Oct. 24–30: Ash’s Pikachu (Alola Cap)

Pokemon: I Choose You is a Fathom Events screening and only runs for two days — November 5th and 6th. Tickets are being presold now.