With the recent release of Pokémon Crystal on the 3DS eShop, a lot of people have been excited to encounter the mythical Grass and Psychic type Pokémon, Celebi. Normally, to obtain one, you must download it during a Mystery Gift distribution, be it online or via a code. However, in the Virtual Console release of Pokémon Crystal, Game Freak have graciously made Celebi permanently available through an in-game event, with no time limit, so you can do it every time you replay this classic. Here’s a quick guide on how to obtain your very own little onion fairy.

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The first thing that you need to do is to beat the game. The event will not happen until you have reached the so-called post-game. Do not worry, as this does not mean going all the way to Red, the final challenge of the entire game. Anything after the league counts as post-game, so you just need to beat the Elite 4 and Lance. Once you have rolled through the credits and realised that the catchy credits theme is now embedded in your memory, make your way over to Goldenrod City.

Once you reach Goldenrod, simply enter the Pokémon Center. Nothing seems out of the ordinary, until you leave that is. A lady with a blue sprite will come from the stairway, and talk to you. She has a gift! This gift is the GS Ball (aka the Greatest Smith’s Ball/the Gold/Silver Ball). It doesn’t currently do anything, but maybe someone who has some Poké Ball expertise may be of assistance…

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Our next stop is Kurt’s house in Azalea Town. Talk to him, and he will take the ball off of your hands. Here’s the awkward bit. He wants to spend some time looking at this ball. He won’t be ready to talk to you until after midnight. Doesn’t matter when you give him the ball, be it 3am or 11:59pm. Talk to him after midnight has passed, and he will run outside. Follow him outside and talk to him to get the ball back.

All that’s left to do now is to take the ball to the shrine in Ilex Forest, and give it as an offering (save first!). Once this is done, Celebi will majestically float towards you, and thus the battle will begin. If you successfully whittle Celebi’s health and resistance down and capture it, you will be rewarded with your very own Celebi at level 30 with the moves Recover, Safeguard, Ancient Power and Future Sight.

There is one last thing to note about this Celebi: it is not shiny locked. For those who don’t know, shiny Pokémon are rare variants of Pokémon (the chances of an encounter with which are 1/8192 up until generation six by default, 1/4096 from generation six onwards) which sparkle as they enter battle and are different colours than normal. In the original Pokémon Crystal, shiny Celebi could only ever be obtained without cheating through limited-time Japanese events. It has never been readily-available for shiny hunting before now, and even when obtained (legitimately or not), Game Boy Color games could not (and still cannot) link to generation 3 games or transfer Pokémon to them – thus any existing shiny Celebi are forever stuck in their original Crystal cartridge save data, forever in fear of internal battery failure.

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However, with this Virtual Console release, for the first time ever, shiny hunters everywhere can rejoice in the fact that a legitimate shiny Celebi can now be sent up to the 3DS games via Pokémon Bank, Nintendo’s very own online cloud storage service for Pokémon. I know that personally, I want my own little pink shallot to battle with, so I am extremely excited about this chance to finally obtain a legitimate shiny Celebi.

So, Pokémon players; will you be buying Crystal to play on your 3DS? Are you bothered about Celebi? Will you be hunting for a shiny one? Here’s one guy who answers yes to all of these questions. Be sure to follow us here at PixelTome over on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay up-to-date with all the latest Pokémon news.