Pokémon for Nintendo Switch may be on the way, but Generation VII on 3DS isn’t done yet. In a new Pokémon Bank event, evolved forms of the Alola starters with hidden abilities are being made available!
An active Pokémon Bank account (for £4.49 a year, it’s pretty good value) is needed for this event, as well as a Generation VII Pokémon game (Sun/Moon/Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon). Once you’ve got one of these games inserted into your 3DS, simply go into Pokémon Bank and see the message informing you of the distribution.
After that, load up your 3DS Pokémon game and that trusty delivery man will be waiting in a Pokémon Center to give you your Pokémon. Each one has a special ability differentiating it:
- Decidueye (evolved from Rowlet): Long Reach, which causes attacks to not make physical contact. This is handy for avoiding contact-based abilities like Static.
- Icineroar (evolved from Litten): Intimidate, a well-regarded ability that lowers the Attack stat of the enemy upon entering battle. This is a great competitive option for Incineroar.
- Primarina (evolved from Popplio): Liquid Voice, an ability that causes audio-focused moves like Echoed Voice to gain a Water-type attribute.
This event finishes on October 31st, so you have a good while to add these unique starters to your game. Of the three new abilities, the biggest improvement is probably Incineroar and Intimidate – however, we all know that Decidueye is the best starter. You know it.