Pokémon Celebrates its Legacy with a Legendary Plan for 2018

On Thursday, January 18th, The Pokémon Company announced several events for 2018 that will celebrate some of the most popular Legendary Pokémon from all over the franchise’s history. The press release announced plans for the Pokémon video games, trading card game, mobile games, and the animated universe as well. Here are the highlights:

Pokémon Video Games

Fans who are owners of Pokémon Sun, Pokémon Moon, Pokémon Ultra Sun, and Pokémon Ultra Moon will have the opportunity to freely obtain different Legendary Pokémon each month, from February to November. The following is the list of Legendary Pokémon, provided by The Pokémon Company, that will become available throughout 2018:

    •  February: Dialga or Palkia (Generation IV)
    • March: Regigas or Heatran (Generation IV)
    • April: Raikou or Entei (Generation II)
    • May: Xerneas or Yveltal (Generation VI)
    • June: Shiny Zygarde (Generation VI)
    • July: Tornadus or Thundurus (Generation V)
    • August: Groudon or Kyogre (Generation III)
    • September: Latios or Latias (Generation III)
    • October: Reshiram or Zekrom (Generation V)
    • November: Ho-Oh or Lugia (Generation II)

It’s worth noting that no Kanto region, Legendary Pokémon, like Mewtwo or Zapdos, were listed, although no reason was given as to why.

Pokémon Trading Card Game

The Pokémon Company said that throughout 2018 they will announce “new collections, Pokémon-GX cards, and more.” Fans of the Pokémon TCG will have to wait throughout the year for more details on what these announcements will entail.

Pokémon Mobile Games

Pokémon GO players will continue to see the game grow with “special promotions featuring Legendary Pokémon,” while players of Pokémon Shuffle will see two new events in February for a chance to get their hands on Dialga and Palkia.

Pokémon Animation

Fans of the franchise will also be able to get their fill of Pokémon movies every month on the Pokémon TV app and on partner networks like Disney XD in the US.

So why did The Pokémon Company choose to do all this in 2018? J.C. Smith of The Pokémon Company International said in the press release that the company is releasing these Legendary Pokémon “as a thank-you to all the Trainers out there who have been so committed and passionate about Pokémon over the years.” He also stated that these events provide fans the opportunity to dig into the lore of the franchise. Fans can also visit the Legendary Pokémon website to learn more about Legendary Pokémon and the upcoming events. Younger fans can take the time to learn about the older Pokémon that captured the imagination of an entire generation, while older fans can look back and appreciate how Pokémon have changed over time.

What are your thoughts about all these Legendary Pokémon events in 2018, and which event are you most excited about? Which Legendary is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to stick around GameSkinny for all your Pokémon news.

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