How to Get Pikachu in a Hat on Sun and Moon

Pikachu in a Hat event

Let’s face it, Pikachu is damn adorable, but he’s even more cute wearing an iconic hat. Available right now for free is a special Pikachu that is attainable in Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon on the Nintendo 3DS. This is to celebrate the new film, Pokémon The Movie: I Choose You!, which is a retelling of Ash’s and Pikachu’s origins as friends and their adventures in the Indigo League.

Interestingly enough, players can choose which Pikachu (as there are several with different style hats from Ash’s various travels) by inputting a special code during a particular time frame. To get Pikachu in Ash’s original hat, simply put in the code between now and 11:59pm UTC on September 25th. After that the code will spit out a different Pikachu.

Here are those different types of Pikachu:

  • Original Cap: September 19 to September 25
  • Hoenn Cap: September 26 to October 2
  • Sinnoh Cap: October 3 to October 9
  • Unova Cap: October 10 to October 16
  • Kalos Cap: October 17 to October 23
  • Alola Cap: October 24 to October 30

As far has how to unlock the iconic Pokémon on the game, simply follow these instructions that were listed on the official Pokemon website:

Open your Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon game.

  • Select Mystery Gift on the main menu.
  • Select Receive Gift.
  • Select Get with Code/Password, then Yes, then Yes again to connect to the internet.
  • Enter the code PIKACHU20.
  • Watch as you receive your Pokémon.
  • Speak to the delivery person in any Pokémon Center to receive your Pokémon.
  • Be sure to save your game.

Easy as that! Personally, I never finished Pokémon Sun, but since I’m using the 3DS to play Samus Returns anyways, I may as well dive back in to grab one of the most recognizable characters in the world.

Note that this Pikachu will come in as level 1 and will be a hardy natured Pokémon, which is a nature with no bonuses or disadvantages. It’s a shame I can’t get one of these as a more competitive nature, but that’s not what this Pikachu symbolizes. I mean, Ash never really took competing seriously, otherwise he wouldn’t put his Pokémon in such poor odds. He just never learns. . .

Either way, this is an awesome way to celebrate a legacy. Here’s to twenty more years of Pokémon!

Most people bleed red. Alex bleeds pixels. Hailing from the deep mountains of WV, land of beautiful landscapes and internet scarceness, Alex can be found writing about games in every sense. Retro games are his life, spending more time with his GBA than his PS4. Drop by one of the social doodads for deep discussions about gaming!

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