Pokémon Sun and Moon’s first multiplayer online event has gone live. Between now and December 13th, players worldwide are challenged to collect a total of 100 million Pokémon in order to win a prize of 1,000 Festival Coins per participant.
These tokens can then be used to buy items and facilities in the Festival Plaza, which is Sun and Moon’s online multiplayer hub.
Players must catch 100 million monsters in total, not individually, meaning that anyone with a copy of the games can participate. To register their contributions and take part in this Global Mission, players must have connected their game to the Global Link and speak to the woman at the desk in Festival Plaza’s castle.
If Pokémon Sun and Moon’s millions-wide fanbase fails to meet the 100 million mark, there’s still a consolation prize where every trainer is guaranteed 100 Festival Coins just for showing up.
This event is the first of what The Pokémon Company has promised will be many large-scale online competitions. Although they’re available to all trainers, no matter how far along they are, Global Missions and other Festival Plaza content are especially meant for players who’ve already beat the game and may need some incentives to keep them going.
Pokémon Sun and Moon released two weeks ago for the Nintendo 3DS. The games broke records before release, becoming Nintendo’s most pre-ordered titles in history. Though no specific numbers were given, the success of Pokemon GO and the marketing push behind Pokemon‘s 20th anniversary celebrations likely drove the sales push for Sun & Moon.