Pokémon: Ash’s Pikachu Event Kicks Off 20th Movie Ticket Sales

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Pokémon Sun and Moon players will soon get a chance to obtain Ash’s Pikachu in their games. As of today, tickets for the 20th Pokémon movie that coincides with the event are available to pre-order in the United States through Fathom Events. Starting September 19th, Pokémon.com will host a unique QR code that rotates every week with a Pikachu wearing a hat from Ash Ketchum’s adventures. Once you scan that QR code corresponding to a given week, you won’t be able to scan it again in the same save file, so choose your Pikachu carefully.

  • 9/19/17 – 9/25/17: Original hat (Kanto and Johto regions)
  • 9/26/17 – 10/2/17: Hoenn region hat
  • 10/3/17 – 10/9/17: Sinnoh region hat
  • 10/10/17 – 10/16/17: Unova region hat
  • 10/17/17 – 10/23/17: Kalos region hat
  • 10/24/17 – 10/30/17: Alola region hat

When you attend a screening of Pokémon: I Choose You!, you’ll also get a QR code for Ash’s Pikachu wearing the movie’s unique hat wear, as well as a trading card with the same Pikachu (promo card SM108, to be exact).

The first English dub trailer for the 20th movie was also released in light of ticket pre-orders, confirming that, for old-school fans of the anime series, original voices from the dub such as Veronica Taylor (Ash) will not be returning. The music score has also been replaced in the dub, removing the original version’s nostalgia-fueled musical recreations from the show.

Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! will make its US premier in select theaters for two nights only, November 5th and 6th. The film was released in Japan this past July and has grossed over 3 billion yen in eight weeks.

About Alex Irish

When he's not writing about games, Alex Irish is an illustrator and animation expert. His favorite gaming franchise is Pokémon, full-stop, but his favorite game of all time is Resident Evil 4. He attended the first-ever IGN House Party and is a five-time attendee of the Ottowa International Animation Festival.