Nintendo Announces Free Gift for Pokémon Bank Subscribers

By Adnan Riaz – 5th February 2015
Nintendo Announces Free Gift for Pokémon Bank Subscribers

Pokémon Bank, an online service used for depositing and withdrawing Pokémon, will be offering bonus content for users that are subscribed to the scheme, The Pokémon Company and Nintendo have confirmed.

Running from February 27th to November 30th, 2015, Pokémon Bank users that access their accounts will receive the three final evolutions of the Johto region starters: Meganium, Typhlosion and Feraligatr.

These Pokémon, however, are all set at level 50 and possess “a Hidden Ability that has not been accessible through normal gameplay before.”

The Pokémon Company and Nintendo’s press release detailed the special abilities that each Pokémon can utilise: 

  • Meganium will come with the Hidden Ability Leaf Guard. Leaf Guard protects the Pokémon from status conditions when the sunlight is harsh or extremely harsh, and this Meganium knows Sunny Day—so it can change the weather to take advantage of its own Hidden Ability.
  • Typhlosion will have the Hidden Ability Flash Fire, which boosts the power of Fire-type moves by 50% and prevents this Pokémon from taking damage if hit with a Fire-type move. This Typhlosion knows Overheat, Flamethrower, and Flame Charge, maximising the advantage Flash Fire provides.
  • Feraligatr possesses the Hidden Ability Sheer Force, which eliminates the additional effects of moves used by the Pokémon, while increasing the move’s power by 30%. This Feraligatr already knows three moves that have additional effects. Thanks to Sheer Force, it can deal major damage with these moves.

In order to acquire all three Pokémon, players must visit the Pokémon Bank using one of the main 3DS titles—Pokémon X, Pokémon Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby or Pokémon Alpha Sapphire—and once that step is complete, they need to simply head into the Pokémon Link and download them.

According to The Pokémon Company, the three Pokémon can only be obtained once on a single Pokémon Bank account.

Gamer Headlines’ review for Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire highlighted the “addicting” and “nostalgia-heavy” experience delivered in the two titles.