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The Year of Legendary Pokémon continues as April introduces the legendary tiger-like Pokémon Entei and Raikou, originally from Pokémon Gold and Silver.
Beginning April 4, Nintendo 3DS owners can download the Pokémon for free via the Nintendo Network for Pokémon Sun and Moon and Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. The promotion for this pair will end April 25.
Redeeming through Sun or Ultra Sun will net Entei, while Raikou will join owners of Moon and Ultra Moon. The Ultra versions will be level 100 and have much more powerful moves, while the Sun and Moon versions will be level 60.
Here are the instructions:
- Open your Pokémon Sun, Pokémon Moon, Pokémon Ultra Sun or Pokémon Ultra Moon game.
- Select Mystery Gift on the main menu.
- Select Receive Gift.
- Select Get via Internet, then Yes to connect to the internet.
- Watch as you receive your Pokémon!
- Resume the game, make sure you have an empty space in your party, and speak to the delivery person in any Pokémon Center to receive your Pokémon!
- Be sure to save your game!
Both Legendary Pokémon hail from the Johto region featured in 2000’s Pokémon Gold and Silver, otherwise known as Gen 2. Gold, Silver, and Crystal were recently ported to Nintendo 3DS.
Entie is a Fire type known as the Volcano Pokémon. Raikou is the Electric type Thunder Pokémon. Both Legendaries, along with the Water type Suicine, could be found as random events throughout Pokémon Gold and Silver. The three of them are called the Legendary Beast Trio, but the monthly giveaways this year have only allowed for up to two Pokémon. See the full schedule of monthly Legendary giveaways.
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