How To Complete Your Vivillon Collection

UPDATE: The Fancy pattern Vivillon will be available as a mystery gift until July 31st to anyone who signs in online and gets it. So get it while you can!

1395168_914315447631_1714837781_nI have miraculously completed my Vivillon collection. Sometimes I still can’t believe it. Despite the odds I managed to track down all eighteen international patterns. It took a grueling effort on my part and over 110 hours of game play – an ungodly amount of which was spent stalking the Vivillon section of the GTS. But eventually it all paid off. My obsession – which has consumed my life for basically the last two weeks entirely – can now taper away. Though I am only like four or five patterns away from having a second full set so…. No, Sam. Stop. Anyway. Having accomplished the impossible, I know how hard the process can be so I decided that I wanted to do what I could to help. I know that a lot of people are still having some problems completing their own collections. To give you all a better idea of how you can complete your collection, I’ve written up a few tips on how you, too, can accomplish incredible feat. Some of them are common sense some of them you may have thought of before but by following the first four tips you can definitely get all the patterns you need. It’s how I did it! 1. Don’t Spend Too Much Time on GTS and Wonder Trade – But Don’t Discount Them Either!

The first place most people are inclined to check for their missing Vivillon patterns is the online GTS or Global Trading Station. There people with spare Vivillons can post their Pokemon in exchange for others. Unfortunately, the Vivillon trade on the GTS has become a very inaccessible place. There is no way for anyone to differentiate between the patterns when posting a Pokemon for trade so people with one rare pattern looking for another rare pattern can’t post an Ocean Vivillon and get only trades for a Savanna Pokemon. According to the Pokedex they are all the same. So someone who puts up a rare Sandstorm asking for Monsoon pattern in return will probably just wind up with an Elegant Vivillon in return. Which is kind of sad because they kind of get shafted.

Really, the only way to get those rare ones is to snipe one – and be the person sending them that Elegant Vivillon – or to give into the requests that people post asking for legendaries or other equally difficult to attain Pokemon. Scatterbugs are even worse because at least with Vivillon trades you know the pattern you are going to get. Several times I have traded Scatterbugs with people who put up Scatterbugs from regions other than their own and been duped out of a Lvl. 1 starter I’ve had for trade only to get an Elegant or High Plains pattern from someone from Hokkaido (which should be Tundra) or Okinawa (which should be Monsoon)!


There are some benefits to using the GTS. You can pick up a lot of the more common patterns for straight Vivillon for Vivillon trades. If you need High Plains, Elegant, Modern, or Polar Vivillons those will be easy to get. Even Garden, Ocean, and Continental patterns show up fairly often.

Wonder Trade is a terrible way to get Vivillons (I rarely ever see them on there) but a fantastic way to get Scatterbugs. You never know what pattern your Scatterbug will evolve into and with the new Exp. Share it’s super easy to level them up and find out. I think it’s a pretty fun game. And with people on Tumblr trying to initiate ‘Scatterbug Saturdays’ where people flood the WT with their local Scatterbugs there’s the opportunity to pick up a large number of patterns you may not have or some extras for trade very easily.

Vivillons Aquired This Way: Continental, Marine, Garden, Modern, Polar, Elegant, Meadow (GTS)

2. Trade With Random Passersby

One of my favorite ways to collect Vivillons has been to intiate random trades with the ‘Passersby’ on my online feed. These are random players from random countries that just happen across your game. I get a lot of people from all over the place – including Aruba, Taiwan, Brazil, Mexico, and Saudi Arabia. If those places aren’t somewhat significant to you then you  haven’t been in the Vivillon game for very long. Basically, they are some of the places you can get some of the rarer Vivillon patterns. So what do you do when these people show up?

Ask them to trade!

I got THREE of my rare patterns this way – Sun, Savanna, and Sandstorm. Now, it’s sometimes hard to let people know what you want from there. I usually start off by offering a Vivillon (a rarer one than my Native High Plains) and then if they make a non-Vivillon offer I’ll switch to another Vivillon to show that I have several patterns. Some people get the hint. Some people don’t. It just depends on the person. I randomly traded a girl in Saudi Arabia named Johara for a Sandstorm pattern and it took us two goes to really understand one another. I traded her a Vivillon for a starter she had (because I wanted to give her one of my local ones anyway) and ended the trade. But then she immediately asked me for a trade and gave me an awesome Lvl. 30 Sandstorm. The guy in Brazil who gave me his local pattern also took a couple tries to get across that I was interested in a Vivillon.

It’s a much easier way to get rare patterns than spending hours trying to snipe them from the GTS! (Which, let’s just all agree, is pretty bad form when people are specifically asking for one pattern or another.)

Vivillons Acquired This Way: Sun, Savanna, my second Sandstorm, my Lvl. 67 Icy Snow

3. Check Websites and Pokemon Forums Regularly

It may seem super nerdy but you really should join different Pokemon Fansite Forums or just Video Game site forms in general. People post trades up all the time and they are really receptive to trading Friend Codes and working out deals. Reddit is also another great source with their /r/PokemonTrades or the much more specific /r/Vivillon and /r/VivillonExchange subreddits. I’ve had a lot of success setting up trades on Bulbapedia and Serebii as well as NeoSeeker. There are a lot of people out there who are also trying to complete their collections and some people with super rare patterns are missing the simplest of Vivillon. I saw someone with native Monsoon Vivillons trading for River and Marine which – while not super common – aren’t nearly as rare. Occasionally I even find people willing to just give away rarer patterns like Icy Snow, Sandstorm, and Monsoon!

Honestly, this will be the easiest way to bulk up your collection. The vast majority of my Vivillon trades were arranged this way. There’s no guess work, no surprises, and no random chance like there is on the GTS. You know what you are getting and you see it before you trade. And people are often willing to work out other trades, too!

Sometimes you’ll even find some really awesome people out there who are just willing to give away rare patterns. There have been people on Tumblr catching or breeding Archipelago and Ocean pattern Scatterbugs to give away en masse and I’ve see people giving away Icy Snow, Jungle, and Monsoon patterns as well. It’s all about finding the right forum post and getting in on it while the going is good!

Vivillons Acquired This Way: Icy Snow, Tundra, Jungle, Ocean (fansites); Monsoon (Reddit)

4. Make Friends With Other Vivillon Collectors

When it comes to collecting Vivillon everyone is in more or less the same boat. Everyone has only one native pattern and while their pattern may be rarer than some they still have to go through the effort of setting up trades. It takes time. It takes patience. It also requires that you reach out to people in some way or another. Whether it’s anonymously via GTS/Wonder Trade or directly on forums, Reddit, Tumblr, Twitter, etc. you have to have some sort of contact with other people to make sure you get the Vivillons you need.

So why not take the opportunity to make friends?

Sure, you can post up offers on the various Pokemon websites or you can make posts on Tumblr or Twitter and just sort of get what you need and go but why? Take a chance to get to know people. Start up conversations. Fangirl/Fanboy the shit out of things. Not just Pokemon, either! Get all excited about the things you like. You’ll meet people with similar interests and maybe make some new friends. And it’s a lot easier to go it together, you know? If you find someone willing to trade for a rare pattern from their native locale you can always ask them for a second for a friend. Then if your new found friend manages to find another rare pattern they can do the same. Even if you can’t get a second pattern you can always point others in the right direction.

Basically, you can divide and conquer the Internet! But you have to make those connections first! I’ve met some pretty great people on different Pokemon boards and on Tumblr who have been more than willing to help me out with things. Not only Vivillon trades but other trades as well. There are really great people out there. You just need to take the time to get to know them.

Vivillons Acquired This Way: My first Sandstorm, Archipelago, River, some spare Oceans for friends

5. Cheat

If all else fails, I guess you could cheat. In theory you can restart your game or – if you bought both X and Y – use one of the games to get other patterns. In theory you can reset the location on your 3DS and have your native location change as you do so. Scatterbugs are available in basically the very first area you can catch Pokemon so it wouldn’t take too long to get to that point. Plus afterward – especially if you decide to keep playing on that particular cartridge – you could use them as trading fodder.

But cheating is lame. It’s perfectly possible to get all the patterns on your own without needing to try to cheat the system. Just follow the other tips and you can do it!

So what are you waiting for? You have the tools you need to complete your own epic quest to collect all the Vivillon. Get out there, get trading, and make friends! And if you feel like setting up trades in the comments go for it. Anything I can do to help you all reach the same sense of accomplishment I have in collecting all these pretty, pretty butterfly Pokemon!

259 responses to “How To Complete Your Vivillon Collection

  1. Ah, k. I will, just let me start up another trade ^^;
    Didn’t see that there was a second page of comments now.

  2. Not a problem! Good luck with the rest of the set. I’ll still keep an eye out for those other ones, though. They gave me a lot of trouble, too!

  3. Hi Sonelle,
    I´d really like to get 2 Oceans and 2 Monsoon, if you still want to trade 🙂 I have all starters and lots of bank pokemon, just have to breed them first. Hope you don´t mind German names, cause my game is set in German. I´m available this Weekend and the whole next week (CET). Thanks 🙂

  4. @Sonelle

    If you are still able to trade Oceans and Monsoons i’d be interested in trading for a couple of each (for mine and my fiance’s collections). I have HA Eevee’s, Head Smash Aron’s, all starters, Feebas, HA Goomy, Rotom, etc that I could offer up for trade. (My friend code is 1048-9743-4538) Thanks!

  5. I know you might get this a lot, but is there any way you can get me a Icy Snow Vivilion? I’m trying to get it for my friend for his birthday, please I’d really appreciate it. Also i have every legendary, so i could trade one of those 🙂

    • Try Tumblr or the different websites. There used to be someone on Serebii who was giving out Icy Snow patterns. Or maybe it was Tundra. You can also post on Twitter with an offer and just tag it #vivillon, #pokemonxy, etc.

      • I tried that already, unfortunately, they don’t want legendaries, they only want vivillion, it’s like they’re consumed by it lol, plus it’s for my friend, he’s the collector and I’m trying to help him finish. If you can’t give me an icy snow, can you give me links to where i can? I tried twitter and it’s not working

    • Icy snow vivillion here 🙂 also some other patterns, i need a sandstorm one but any pokemon i don’t have is fair game 🙂

  6. I have them all, but i have a lot of copies of victini, arceus, and deoxys, perennially i can get any legendary you want, except for meloetta, keldeo, and genesect, i currently have only one copy of them, and for me to get more, if have to clone them, but everything else, i can give you.

  7. What sucks is I moved to Hawaii after I started and completed my game -.-

    Oh that Ocean Vivillon would be something else. Especially shiny 😥

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  9. I am kind of amused at how you describe this as being so impossible. I just picked up my 18th form, and I have gotten ALL of them over the GTS. And I did not spend 100 hours on the GTS doing it. I started my game with nothing; no Pokemon transported from previous generations, somehow ended up with some starters with Hidden Abilities through wonder trade, bred them for females, converted them to legendaries over the GTS, and just kept casually checking the Vivi postings in GTS while I was doing my normal trading. Eventually I converted those legendaries to the rare Vivi forms. 🙂 So essentially, I converted extra Pokemon that I did not need into rare Vivillon through the natural course of trading. Yes, it took a while, but I was doing everything else in the game concurrently. One of my favorite things to do is to casually turn nothing into something through incremental ‘upgrades’ in the GTS. :]

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  11. Hey,does anyone have a monsoon or savanna vivillon?My friend code is 1435-4109-0566.I have all the starters, some with hidden abilities like protean and magician, and a sceptile with giga drain.I also have volcarona and phione. I’ll be availaible around June 14-17. Thanks!

      • Thanks!If anyone can spare the last five i need,that would be great.I need Jungle,Tundra,Icy Snow,River,and Sandstorm.Pokeball pattern doesn’t count,right?

      • I don’t need Icy Snow or Tundra Anymore.Also I won’t be available for a while.Maybe around august 4?

    • I’m not picky about what I get for it, but I have a Monsoon I can trade (I have a copy of Y from Japan with a Japanese 3DS set to the appropriate region to get Monsoon). I also have a Jungle, but I won’t trade it for anything less than 5-IV, good-natured Dratini (HA), Larvitar (no HA), Feebas (either regular ability, but not HA), Bagon (HA), Beldum (no HA), Gible (no HA preferred, but I’ll consider a Jolly or Adamant 6-IV HA), Deino, or Larvesta (no HA), since I don’t have an easy way to get more of that pattern. I’ll leave another reply in about half an hour with my FC (I don’t have my 3DS with me at the moment).

      • Sorry for not posting my FC yesterday. I couldn’t find my 3DS (found now, though!). My FC is:


        Looking forward to trading! I have a mild preference for any of the Fire- or Water-type starters from 2nd, 4th, or 5th Gen, if that’s possible, but any 2nd-5th Gen starter will do (I have more 1st and 6th Gen starters than I know what to do with… ^^; ).

  12. I need the following: icy snow, Sandstorm, river, sun and ocean… Please Help!!
    My Friend code: 1005-9579-9650 (Joe)
    my native vivillon its the polar pattern but i have others to trade….

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