While the Nintendo 3DS is seen as past its end of days, Nintendo is still doing some little things to keep some interest in the system – through Pokémon. For a limited time you can get a couple of free Pokémon from the Pokémon Bank app on the Nintendo 3DS.
Pokémon Bank is the paid service for the Nintendo 3DS that allows you to store and transfer your Pokémon online. For a limited time, if you sign up or are already registered for Pokémon Bank, you’ll receive a Passimian and an Oranguru for your Pokémon Ultra Sun, Pokémon Ultra Moon, Pokémon Sun, or Pokémon Moon game. The two Pokémon will each arrive with a Hidden Ability that is difficult to acquire through normal gameplay.
Passimian is found in the wilds of Alola only in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Sun, so this is a good way to get the Pokémon if you haven’t played these games. In battle, if Passimian is hit with a stat-lowering effect, its Hidden Ability, Defiant, will cause Passimian’s Attack to increase by two levels!
Conversely, Trainers will find Oranguru in the wild only in Pokémon Ultra Moon and Pokémon Moon. Its Hidden Ability, Symbiosis, is useful but a little tricky—in Double Battles, if Oranguru’s teammate uses its held item, Oranguru will hand its own held item over to the teammate.
To receive these Pokémon, become an active Pokémon Bank subscriber by October 31st, 2019. The cost for Pokémon Bank is $4.99 for a one-year subscription. You can download Pokémon Bank via Nintendo eShop.
To receive Passimian and Oranguru:
- Start Pokémon Bank and select the game in which you would like to receive them.
- After receiving your gift in Pokémon Bank, start up the game you previously selected.
- Speak to the delivery person in any Pokémon Center to receive your Pokémon as a Mystery Gift.
- Remember to save your game!
Note: You will receive only one pair of Pokémon per Pokémon Bank account.