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The latest issue of Japanese magazine CoroCoro has leaked, and in it comes details of an Ash Hat Pikachu distribution slated for Japanese copies of Pokémon Sun and Moon.

The distribution involves special Pikachu wearing hats based on the hats worn by Pokémon anime series protagonist Ash Ketchum during his adventures across the franchise’s numerous regions. reports that Ash Hat Pikachu can be obtained by pre-booking tickets to the upcoming film Pocket Monsters the Movie: I Choose You!.

Those who pre-book their tickets will receive a one-time redemption serial code that will allow them to receive a Pikachushumium Z-Crystal within the games, as well as the ability to download the various Ash Hat Pikachu throughout the rest of the year:

  • Original Cap Pikachu: April 15th to May 1st, July 19th to July 31st
  • Hoenn Cap Pikachu: May 3rd to May 15th, August 2nd to August 14th
  • Sinnoh Cap Pikachu: May 17th to May 29th, August 16th to August 28th
  • Unova Cap Pikachu: May 31st to June 12th, August 30th to September 11th
  • Kalos Cap Pikachu: June 14th to June 26th, September 13th to September 25th
  • Alola Cap Pikachu: June 28th to July 17th, September 27th to October 9th

Pocket Monsters the Movie: I Choose You! will be released in Japan on July 17th.

There has been no announcement made regarding a release for the film in other regions, but stay connected to Nintendo Wire for more news as it drops!

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Written by Daniel Dell-Cornejo

Daniel is an editor at Nintendo Wire. Always with his head in the clouds, he is never apart from his creative thoughts – a blessing for an aspiring fiction writer. As a journalist and lifelong gamer, he aims to provide readers with the very best in Nintendo coverage.