The Year of Legendary Pokemon Concludes with Lugia and Ho-Oh

November marks the conclusion of the festivities, and with it come two final Legendary Pokemon: Lugia for fans with copies of Sun or Ultra Sun and Ho-Oh for those with Moon or Ultra Moon.

«It’s going to be a huge year for Pokemon,» The Pokemon Company wrote in January, «and there’s no better way to celebrate it than with Legendary Pokemon!»

And thus, the Year of Legendary Pokemon began, a yearlong celebration that has given owners of Pokemon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon access to an array of downloadable, Legendary Pocket Monsters.

Trainers can pickup the download codes required to activate these Legendaries exclusively at GameStop from November 2 to November 25.

With a code in-hand, these flying Pokemon can be accessed by selecting Mystery Gift on your game’s main menu, then Receive Gift, and finally Get with Code/Password, where you will enter your download code.

Then, simply speak with a delivery person in any Pokemon Center and voila, your Legendary Pokemon has arrived.

As has been done with the Pokemon previously distributed for the Year of Legendary Pokemon, the versions of Lugia and Ho-Oh for Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon will be Level 100 while those for Sun and Moon will be only Level 60.

Additionally, the Ultra versions come with a Gold Bottle Cap for Hyper Training and a different move-set than their non-Ultra counterparts.

Here is a full look at these last celebratory Legendaries from the press release:


Lugia’s wings pack devastating power-even a light fluttering of its wings can blow apart regular houses. As a result, this Pokémon chooses to live out of sight deep under the sea.

Lugia will be distributed with the following characteristics:

Pokémon Ultra Sun
Lv. 100
Ability: Pressure
Held Item: Gold Bottle Cap
Moves: Aeroblast, Earth Power, Psychic, Tailwind

Pokémon Sun
Lv. 60
Ability: Pressure
Moves: Skill Swap, Aeroblast, Extrasensory, Ancient Power


Ho-Oh’s feathers glow in seven colors depending on the angle at which they are struck by light. This Pokémon is said to live at the foot of a rainbow.

Ho-Oh will be distributed with the following characteristics:

Pokémon Ultra Moon
Lv. 100
Ability: Pressure
Held Item: Gold Bottle Cap
Moves: Sacred Fire, Brave Bird, Earthquake, Tailwind

Pokémon Moon
Lv. 60
Ability: Pressure
Moves: Burn Up, Sacred Fire, Extrasensory, Ancient Power

With the looming November 16 release of Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee!, as well as a core entry scheduled to come to Switch in 2019, Pokemon fans have plenty to be excited about.

In the mean time, why not dive into these wonderful, handheld entries one last time with a new Lugia or Ho-Oh?

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