Attendees of the 2012 Pokémon Video Game National Championships will be able to walk away with a rare Shiny Larvitar, a Rock- and Ground-type Pokémon with unusual colouring.

This Shiny Larvitar knows the powerful Fighting-type move Superpower, which can only be learned in Pokémon HeartGold or Pokémon SoulSilver from a special tutor. It also comes holding a useful Chople Berry, which is difficult to obtain in the games.

Larvitar can eventually evolve into Tyranitar, which, thanks to its strong stats and its ability to kick up a Sandstorm, has been a popular character since its introduction in Pokémon Gold Version and Pokémon Silver Version in 2000.

Players will need to bring along a copy of the Pokémon Black Version or Pokémon White Version game and their Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo DSi XL, or Nintendo 3DS to receive this unique distribution.

2012 Pokémon Video Game National Championships, European Dates and Locations

  • Saturday March 3 - UK, Birmingham, NEC, Hall 11
  • Saturday March 10 - Germany, Essen, Messe Essen, Halle 1A
  • Saturday March 17 - France, Paris, Espace Champerret, Hall C
  • Saturday March 24 - Spain, Madrid, IFEMA, Pabellón 5
  • Sunday April 1 - Italy, Milan, Centro Congressi Milanfiori, Strada 1

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