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Previously only released for owners of Japanese copies of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, the Contrary Serperior event has been confirmed for its NA release.  This is the first of three releases of fully-evolved Unova starters with their newly released Hidden Abilities.  The event runs until November 30, 2015, and is a code received mystery gift containing a Hidden Ability Serperior. The other two fully-evolved Unova starters will be released with Hidden Ability for NA customers in the near future, but are already available to those with a Japanese copy of the game. The code used to obtain one of these special Serperiors is “POKEMON497”. Following this trend, it can be assumed that the codes for Reckless Emboar and Shell Armor Samurott may be “POKEMON500” and “POKEMON503” respectively, just as they were for the Japanese release, but this is unconfirmed and their official codes will be released on January 29, 2015 and February 5, 2015. This is the first time a code event Pokémon has been released for non-Japanese regions.

Contrary is an ability which causes all Stat Changes to a Pokémon to have a reverse effect; it is the Hidden Ability of Serperior and its pre-evolutions, Snivy (basic) and Servine (stage 2). Moves that would negatively impact a Pokémon’s stats such as Leaf Storm, which causes a two stage drop in Special Attack, will now have a mirroring positive effect: a two stage rise in Special Attack. Prior to this event, the ability was not available to the Snivy family, but with the event release of Contrary Serperior, it is possible to obtain its pre-evolutions with this ability by breeding or trading. Upon the release of the rest of the Unova starters, the Johto region is now the only region whose starters do not have officially released Hidden Abilities.

To receive your Serperior, select Mystery Gift on the starting menu of the game. Choose to get your Pokémon with a code and enter the serial code “POKEMON497” to download your Serperior. The code can be used once per game and will be unavailable after November 30, 2015. Pick up your level 50 Serperior from the mystery gift girl at the nearest Pokémon Center. It comes with the moves: Leaf Storm, Hold Back, Wring Out and Giga Drain. Remember that the codes for Samurott and Emboar will be releasing within the next few weeks.

If you don’t already have one, pick up a copy of Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire on Amazon.  Make sure to get these Pokémon while they’re still out on Mystery Gift!

What do you think of this event coming to the west? Do you think its part of a move for more Japanese exclusives coming west? Tell us in the comments below!


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  • chaoguy

    Plz come to UK, plz come to UK, plz come to UK…

    Great work guys, nice you also explained the gameplay side of things for those who are curious/don’t know about this. Will you be posting again when the event is live to “remind” people to do it?

  • Sil

    If my sources are correct, this code should already work in the UK as well. The code should be the same, POKEMON497.

    Yes, more articles will be sent out for the next two releases when they become available for NA (and presumably UK as well) to let people know that the codes are live.

    Thanks for taking the time to comment. 🙂

  • chaoguy

    Glad to help! Gonna try and grab my code now. Will let you know what happens.

  • Pablo Hernández

    I already got mine on both alpha and omega, I hope they just give the code for the other two and don’t come up with some streetpass bullshit like the eon ticket

  • TeLin特林

    Need to get this game…will be the first.pokemon game I’ve played since Yellow on the GBC. Lol

  • Pablo Hernández

    I highly recommend X or Y if you can afford them

  • TeLin特林

    Yeah, was reading up on them recently. Seems X/Y harkens back to the 1st gen a bit more?

  • Pablo Hernández

    Yeah the game is very very good, in my opinion the only low point is the art direction which seems to go for a minimalist style, so the enemy trainers and gym leaders don’t look very cool and the pokemon’s coloring looks dull and opaque (maybe you’ll like that though),
    I took it slow and aimed for completing the pokedex and it took me like 250 hundred hours between catching breeding evolving and trading. And then I spent another 600 hours hunting for shinies after obtaining the shiny charm.
    In between I spent a whole month looking for friends to add so I could complete the friend safari
    Also as a bonus, most of the gen 1 pokemon can be obtained in XY including legendaries, starters and fossils.
    My favorite generation is 1 and I think gen 6 is the second best, apart from XY which is impressive ORAS has some really cool stuff going on including dex nav and the lifting of shiny lock for the legendaries,

    Whether you buy ORAS or XY (oras has some new content not compatible with XY) I think you’ll love it.

  • chaoguy

    Yup. Works fine!
    Gonna test the other ones soon as well to see if they are out early.