American games retailer Gamestop has announced a special character distribution which will run from August 27th to October 6th (the day before Black 2 and White 2 are released) at selected stores in the United States. The legendary Pokémon Keldeo will be downloadable to your Pokémon Black or Pokémon White version game card. While this is a promotion for pre-orders of Pokémon Black 2 and Pokémon White 2 version, you do not need to pre-order the games to access this event.
This Pokémon, already distributed in Japan, arrives in a Cherish Ball at level 15 holding the PP Max item with the moves Aqua Jet, Bubblebeam, Leer, and Low Kick. The American version will be the same. Keldeo's signature move, Secret Sword, can be learned by taking it the Moor of Iccirus with Cobalion, Terrakion, and Virizion. When traded to Black 2 or White 2, Keldeo can learn Secret Sword under the same conditions in Oath Woods instead. Knowing this move in Black 2 or White 2 will allow Keldeo to transform into its Resolute Forme.
Update! United Kingdom Release
For the United Kingdom, GAME and Gamestation stores will run this event from September 1st to October 11th, the day before Pokémon Black 2 & White 2 are released in Europe. The timing of the event is the same in other European countries, but specific stores have yet to be announced.
Update! Italy Release
Thanks to @Frost_4ce we know that GameStop will be handling the Keldeo distribution in Italy betwen September 1st and October 11th!
Update! Australia Release
Australian trainers will get the chance to download Keldeo to their carts from both EB Games and Target stores, reports Bulbanews. This event will run from September 15th to October 11th, 2012, the day before Pokémon Black 2 & White 2 are released in Australia.
Update! Canada Release
According to the official site, Canadians will be able to download Keldeo by going to EB Games between August 27th and October 6th, same as the US!
Update! Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Finland Release
We've just found out how those in the Nordic regions can get their own Keldeo via PocketMonsters.net! Those in Sweden and Norway can receive their Pokémon at GameStop and Toys R Us stores. Additionally, players in Denmark also have the option of getting it at Spaceworld stores. If you're in Finland, GameStop will be your only choice.
Update! South Korea Release
If you're in Korea, you'll need to wait a little longer as the Keldeo promotion will be tied to the release of the 15th movie in December. No other information is known at this time.
If you have any information about the distribution in a region we don't have listed, drop us a line in the thread!
Update! Netherlands Release
Those in the Netherlands will have three different days at three different locations to grab their Keldeo. Eiganjo tells us the following:
- September 16th: Speeldag Hoorn
- September 29th: Some Makro shops throughout the Country
- October 6th: Toys XL outlets and some Media Markt and Saturn outlets
Update! Mexico Release
Thanks to Sagitario on NeoGAF for letting us know the dates and locations that Keldeo will be available for those who pre-ordered Black 2 or White 2 at GamePlanet. This poster has the full details.