Arceus, the God of All Pokemon, is Now Being Distributed to Fans

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A new Pokémon Distribution event has begun as of today, August 1st, giving away the legendary Arceus for Pokémon X, Y, Alpha Sapphire, and Omega Ruby.

The event runs from today until August 24th, and is taking place at a wide variety of retailers across North America and Europe including GameStop, EB Games, Game Mania and more. Players who visit the participating stores will get a code that can be used in one of the four games’ Mystery Gift option from the main menu.

The Arceus players will receive comes at level 100, and is a Normal type with the Multitype ability. Arceus will arrive with Hyperbeam, Judgment, Perish Song, and Recover.

Pokémon X, Y, Omega Ruby, and Alpha Sapphire are all already available on the 3DS. If you missed the newest Pokémon Sun and Moon details, check out our article detailing the new Z-Moves and the new Pokémon and those that are newly adapted to the Alolan region here.

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  1. Wodge
    August 1, 2016 at 11:53 am

    Take it that Europe is left out again. Bravo Nintendo, you arses.

  2. Nonscpo
    August 1, 2016 at 11:58 am

    The text says across North America and Europe, it just doesn’t specify which retailers in that region.

  3. Annie T. Mood
    Annie T. Mood
    August 1, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    I wish they’d go back to the idea of letting you catch your own legendaries through super exclusive in-game events, like the Deoxys/BirthIsland deal in classic RSE or AzureFlute/Arceus in DPPt that never actually became a thing outside of Japan. It’s FAR more rewarding to go through these secret-y like stuff.

    They kind of did it internationally for HGSS which were pretty cool but they were all Poke giveaways that just UNLOCKED events.

  4. MusouTensei
    August 1, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    Why don’t they just distribute them all online? What is Nintendo gaining from limiting these to people who have participating stores in their area?

  5. Annie T. Mood
    Annie T. Mood
    August 1, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    I kind of want to say it encourages people to go out or something of that nature but it’d be super pointless to only show up to put a Pokemon in your game and then leave when you’ve acquired it.

  6. Leandro Teixeira
    Leandro Teixeira
    August 1, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    No store here in Portugal is doing this, so the term “Europe” for Nintendo is like 4/5 major countries

  7. scemar
    August 1, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    Most likely? Money from the stores.

    diehard nintendo loyalists will cringe at the notion, but it’s not unheard of
    nintendo partnered with hasbro, nickelodeon and other companies with splatoon for the splatfests and it was kind of cool how they integrated brand marketing into the whole team vs team game, but in this cases it might just be something similar but more boring

    store partnerships

  8. scemar
    August 1, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    what an epic way to catch god Kappa

  9. No_Good_Names_Ever
    August 1, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    When’d Niche Gamer decide to cover Pokemon download events?

  10. Guin
    August 1, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    It’s likely they’re getting these so they can transfer them to Sun and Moon.

  11. Guin
    August 1, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    As someone who used to live in a country that never gets these events, I give a massive NOPE to that.

  12. Guin
    August 1, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    Road trip to Spain!

  13. Silhouette
    August 1, 2016 at 3:56 pm


    Although, maybe we can split the difference?

    Distribute the neat key items that enabled participation (Fateful Encounter Pokemon, Arceus Flute, etc.) via online distribution, and have an update to the game that adds in the event section for unlocking?

    That way, everyone can play, and distributions can still be neat!

  14. Melsatix
    August 1, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    What use do I have to this when I can’t transfer it to Sun or Moon?

  15. Leandro Teixeira
    Leandro Teixeira
    August 1, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    oh hell no XD, I live near Lisbon and with the money I would spend going to Spain I can import other games. Fortunately my friend had an R4 back when Pearl/Diamond was popular so I was able to get Arceus using the Azure Flute (as well as Darkrai with the Ticket and such)

  16. TsukuyomiMagi99
    August 1, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    If you have XY or ORAS just transfer it to the bank and then transfer it to your game.

  17. evilmajikman
    August 1, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    Unfortunately I missed Mew. I wanted to get the Arceus plush, but they only had 2 at each Gamestop like wtf.

  18. Annie T. Mood
    Annie T. Mood
    August 1, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    Yeah folks didn’t have online at the time these things existed obviously so going to these things would feel all the more special (though I’ve never actually gone myself but the fact that it just made it all the more exclusive entices me).

    But I’m still all for the opportunity of catching legendaries through your own party’s efforts.

  19. Annie T. Mood
    Annie T. Mood
    August 1, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    Why not wait do the giveaway for Sun and Moon then when that comes out?

  20. Jack
    August 1, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    Level 100? holy shit
    that’d just break early level shit, but you’d need to be lucky to be able to even handle the fucker

  21. Annie T. Mood
    Annie T. Mood
    August 2, 2016 at 12:27 am

    You wouldn’t even need luck; the fucker’s 100 so nearly anything the game throws at it would just be chip damage.
    The only real challenge would be the test of patience on when the Arceus will eventually do an attack if you somehow don’t have all the badges yet.

  22. Guy Dudebro
    Guy Dudebro
    August 2, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    “God! Do my bidding!”

  23. Guy Dudebro
    Guy Dudebro
    August 2, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    Gamestop are a bunch of shitlords, they misrepresent a bunch of shit to Nintendo who don’t know any better, and convince them to keep working with them commercially.

    For example, Xenoblade fiasco

  24. Guy Dudebro
    Guy Dudebro
    August 2, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    Hell, I’m still playing Pokemon Black… I am very behind

  25. Guy Dudebro
    Guy Dudebro
    August 2, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    What about those of us who still play Pokemon on DS, huh Nintendo?!

  26. Melsatix
    August 2, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    So that is possible then. At least I can use my own starter for Sun, because the starters for Sun and Moon really suck.

  27. Nonscpo
    August 3, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    No excuse! It’s been around 4-5 years since the 3DS/PSVITA handheld generation started, besides were already moving on from 6th gen pokemon to 7th gen in a couple of months. I’d argue nows the best time to catch up since you’ll have six main Pokemon games to play, on top of all the other titles the 3DS offers!

  28. Melodious Blitz
    Melodious Blitz
    August 4, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    I agree 100%!

  29. Melodious Blitz
    Melodious Blitz
    August 4, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    Kids these days will never know the awesomeness that was catching Mystery Gift Pokemon. Events like Deoxys at Birth Island, Darkrai on New Moon Island, Arceus at The Hall of Origin, all these events added depth to their games and we’re so rewarding to achieve! Plus you were the envy of your friends when you caught them. Kids gotta learn to work hard for things, too. Not trying to sound like an old geezer, but going through difficult steps to catch super rare Pokemon taught me so much patience (I literally had to get an encyclopedia and teach myself Braille in order to catch the Regis in Emerald)!
    But at any rate, it’s great to see this event finally come around. I guess I’ll have another Arceus next to my original Arceus (how do you explain that!?).

  30. Bernfried Jablonski
    Bernfried Jablonski
    August 31, 2016 at 5:36 am

    Ask them personally and you will receive an answer.