The Pokémon Company International announced today that 2018 is going to be a Legendary year for the Pokémon franchise. This is all because of a suite of announcements that include video game distributions of legendary Pokémon , TCG products, mobile game updates, and animation features that will launch throughout the rest of the year.
Pokémon Video Game Distributions
Players will be able to receive a different Legendary Pokémon each month this year from February until November. The distributions will be made through as of yet unannounced Pokémon brand partners, but we can assume that there will be download cards from places like GameStop, Toys ‘R” Us, and more.
Owners of Pokémon Sun, Pokémon Moon, Pokémon Ultra Sun, and Pokémon Ultra Moon for the 3DS family of systems will be able take advantage of the free promotions. Unfortunately, this means that players who are still hanging on to previous generation Pokémon games will be left out in the cold this time.
The Pokémon Company was very vague with the details so far, but the following Legendary Pokemon will be available:
February: Dialga, the Steel- and Dragon-type Legendary Pokémon, or Palkia, the Water- and Dragon-type Legendary Pokémon, from the Sinnoh region
March: Regigigas, the Normal-type Legendary Pokémon, or Heatran, the Fire- and Steel-type Legendary Pokémon, from the Sinnoh region
April: Raikou, the Electric-type Legendary Pokémon, or Entei, the Fire-type Legendary Pokémon, from the Johto region
May: Xerneas, the Fairy-type Legendary Pokémon, or Yveltal, the Dark- and Flying-type Legendary Pokémon, from the Kalos region
June: Zygarde, the Dragon- and Ground-type Legendary Pokémon with three distinct Formes, from the Kalos and Alola regions
July: Tornadus, the Flying-type Legendary Pokémon, or Thundurus, the Electric- and Flying-type Legendary Pokémon, from the Unova region
August: Groudon, the Ground-type Legendary Pokémon, or Kyogre, the Water-type Legendary Pokémon, from the Hoenn region
September: Latios or Latias, the Dragon- and Psychic-type Legendary Pokémon, from the Hoenn region
October: Reshiram, the Dragon- and Fire-type Legendary Pokémon, or Zekrom, the Dragon- and Electric-type Legendary Pokémon, from the Unova region
November: Ho-Oh, the Fire- and Flying-type Legendary Pokémon, or Lugia, the Psychic- and Flying-type Legendary Pokémon, from the Johto region
Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG)
The Pokémon TCG will have a number of Legendary-themed products released during 2018. The details are non-existent now, but the press release did indicate that more details would be forthcoming closer to the actual product launches.
Pokémon Mobile Games
Pokémon Shuffle for Android and iOS will be a part of the action as well. Players will have two new event stages featuring Legendary Pokémon Dialga and Palkia available for play between February 6th and 13th.
The smash hit Pokemon Go would never be left out when it comes to these types of promotions. There will be special Legendary themed events spread throughout the celebration. Details will be revealed soon.
The Pokémon TV app for Android and iOS will feature Pokémon movies that feature Pokémon movies each month that feature the Legendary Pokémon currently being distributed. For example, Augusts Pokémon Movie will feature Groudon and Kyogre.
Pokémon The Movie: The Rise of Darkrai, which features the Legendary Pokemon Dialga and Palkia, will be on the app during the month of February.
Fans can also expect to see these movies appear on broadcast partners like Disney XD.
A Legendary celebration indeed. Will your family be partaking in any of the Pokémon fun? Let us know in the comments!