With just two months left in 2016, Nintendo and The Pokémon Company's giveaway has reached its twilight, but not before another ultra-rare pocket monster emerges from the tall grass, and this month it's the turn of ultra-rare weaponised insectoid, Genesect.
As of the 1 November, Pokémon X and Y and Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire players can celebrate the Pokémon franchise's 20th Anniversary by snagging the event-exclusive Bug/Steel-type on their Nintendo 3DS.
But that's not all. For the first time ever, the Fire/Water-type Volcanion is also up for grabs to coincide with the release of the anime movie Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel.
While last month's giveaway saw the regal Keldeo land via Mystery Gift, the "Paleozoic Pokémon" Genesect and the 721st Pokémon Volcanion are only available from participating video game retail stores which have unique serial codes under lock and key.
In the UK, Game stores will be giving out Genesect codes from 1 November until 24 November (note: usually you need a Game Rewards Card), while US trainers will need to visit to their local GameStop. Meanwhile, the Volcanion event started on 1 October, but runs until 23 November. You can find the full list of regional store partners at Serebii.
Once you have the codes, boot up your Nintendo 3DS and a "Gen 6" Pokémon game and follow these instructions:
- Select the Mystery Gift option from the main menu
- Make sure your Nintendo 3DS is connected to Wi-Fi and choose Get With Code
- Allow your 3DS to connect to the internet and then enter your unique serial code
- Once the download finishes start your game as normal
- Head to any Pokémon Centre and speak with the special delivery NPC to receive your Genesect or Volcanion.
Both beasts will be pre-leveled to level 100 upon collection. Any pro-trainers out there will want to save their game before speaking to the NPC so you can reset and refresh their stats to get a nature and IV spread that suits your chosen builds.
On the move front, the event Genesect will have Techno Blast, Magnet Bomb, Solar Beam and Signal Beam in its ferocious arsenal. Volcanion on the other hand will know Steam Eruption, Overheat, Hydro Pump and Explosion. Oof.
Next month marks the final act of the year-long celebration, with the Normal/Psychic-type 'Melody Pokémon' Meloetta singing its way into your Pokédex, but who knows if any other treats are also in store to bring in the new year – especially with Pokémon Sun and Moon releasing on 23 November.