This Shiny Rayquaza was distributed via local wireless at Pokémon Centers and Pokémon Stores in Japan from July 6 to September 4, 2016. It was distributed to celebrate the opening of the Pokémon Center Skytree Town.
It was also distributed at the Pre-opening of the Pokémon Center Skytree Town (Japanese: ポケモンセンタースカイツリータウンのプレオープン) event on July 5, 2016. To attend the event players had to enter into a lottery by filling out a form and submitting it by June 20, 2016. A total of 300 people were chosen to attend the pre-open event.