Saturday - February 13th, 2010 @ 12 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The HeartGold & SoulSilver set Redshark release is now available for download! If you are using Windows, you can download the latest installer by clicking here; if you are using Macintosh, download this link instead. Redshark allows you to practice the Pokemon TCG on your computer and against friends online. It is the only fan-made program created specifically for the Pokemon TCG.

If you are a Windows Vista or Windows 7 user, you must input “c:\redshark” when it asks you what folder you want to install the program to. For all Windows users, be sure to uninstall any previous versions before attempting to launch the installation program. For Macintosh users, drag the redshark_350.app application to your Applications folder to replace the previous one.

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Sunday - January 17th, 2010 @ 1 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

I know I always post personal, crazy stories but there’s no news and this one is just so entertaining! :p You don’t have to read it of course… maybe if you’re bored you’ll want to?

So as some of you may remember, my laptop was stolen on Christmas Eve at Fry’s Electronics. The cops went through the security tapes to see who stole it, but the cameras conveniently shut off right where it was probably taken. I started to use my ancient, in-multiple-pieces laptop as a substitute, but it was a real hassle to take to class and extremely slow. Luckily, my youngest brother is now letting me use the brand new laptop he got for Christmas, and so I’ve been updating the site with it for the past week. Thank goodness he’s letting me keep it for now since I wouldn’t be able to make all those large news stories or do any homework in a reasonable amount of time.

My aunt, who is blind, broke her hearing aids last week so I went to her house today to help her with the new ones. While I was there, I knew Pokemon Sunday would be revealing the mysterious question mark from last week, so I walked around the neighborhood looking for a free Wi-Fi signal to update the site. I found one at the local high school, and though I knew PokeSun was probably just revealing Pokemon Ranger: Tracks of Light (which is what it turned out to be… they showed the main characters and Ukulele Pichu), I still wanted to make sure there weren’t any surprises. So I sat on the street corner for a half-hour, waiting for news to come. My brother repeatedly ran down the street to get the laptop from me (“someone’s going to steal my laptop!”), but I kept pushing him away and telling him nothing’s going to happen. He kept grabbing it from me and we fought for a few minutes (he was being a brat all day long – even my mom was mad at him – honest! :p), but I eventually figured out how to hold it down without breaking it. He finally gave up and walked back to my aunt’s house.

Less than three minutes after he was out of sight, an adult pulled up next to me on his bike and asked if I was able to get an Internet signal. I told him yes, thinking he was looking for a signal too (he must want to update his site too, naive me thought :p). While still on his bike, he leaned down toward me and asked if he could use the laptop, reaching for it simultaneously. That’s when I knew something was up, so I pretended like I didn’t see him do it and remained calm, telling him I was busy with something and could not accommodate him. Since I was calm and staring at the screen, he figured I hadn’t seen him, so he told me he wanted to show me something funny on the Internet in a second attempt to get me to hand it over. “It really is funny, you should see it!” Again, I said I’m busy and not interested, but he continued to hunch his body toward it.

He took the plunge and grabbed the laptop with both hands! Still remaining calm, I asked in an annoyed but polite voice, as if this was no big deal, “Do you mind?!!” He was actually grabbing it rather violently and pushing me, but I was able to keep it down as I had done so a few minutes earlier with my brother. I kept thinking to myself, “I’m not losing two laptops in one month, dang it!” I still acted like this was no big deal even though I was clearly being mugged. In a flash, his face turned completely furious. His entire demeanor changed. This is when I got a little scared. He turned his head to look around… as if he was about to do something. Just as quickly, he unzipped his jacket and reached for something in one of the pockets. He held his fingers in a way that I thought it might be a knife. Before he could get his fingers in the pocket, I jumped up and screamed at the top of my lungs, “Would you please leave me alone!!” He obviously wasn’t expecting me to yell that loud (I’ve had a lifetime of practice with my brothers), and just like that, he took off like a Zubat out of the Reverse World – so fast that I barely remember him leaving.

I walked up the street slowly and kept looking over my shoulder to make sure he didn’t see where I was going even though he had gone down another street. I walked in to my aunt’s house and said I was almost mugged, but my brother and dad just laughed, thinking I was kidding since I was acting too calm and because my brother had just warned me that would happen (that little brat – how dare he be right about something!). They realized I wasn’t faking it when I walked straight to the phone and dialed 9-1-1. After a few cops came to the house, we learned that a man on a bike has been robbing people with a knife for the past few weeks, though they wouldn’t tell us if anyone had actually been stabbed (this was on the outskirts of L.A., by the way). If this was a Pokemon episode, my Pidgeotto would find him, Pikachu would shock him, Officer Jenny would arrest him, and we’d find out he is part of the same evil syndicate that stole my laptop a month earlier! But alas, to this moment, they still have not found him. I was also a bad witness and could not remember what he looked like since I was looking at my laptop most of the time and because it happened so fast, so he probably won’t be found. :(

Lesson #1! If you’re getting mugged, yell loud to draw attention to yourself and the bad guy! Lesson #2: Remain calm! Lesson #3: Don’t act stupid like me and put yourself into a situation like this in the first place! I was an idiot to advertise the laptop on the street. Lesson #4: Probably give them what they want in the first place? In this case, I didn’t have to since the guy was kind of chubby and he put his bike wheel right next to me, so even if he had pulled out a knife or gun, all I had to do was kick him and his bike over… but that’s probably not always the case.

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Friday - January 8th, 2010 @ 3 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The following article was written by Galefail on our forums. If you would like to submit an article for our many forum users to read (which may eventually be posted here), please do so through this section on our forum. The section is a great resource for reading articles as well, obviously. Thanks Gale for your hard work in writing this one!

Intro

Expert Belt from Arceus (#87)

As many of you know, City Championships are upon us once again and breathing down our necks! There are so many different decks and variants that it’s difficult to decide what to play. This comprehensive article is here to help you, the indecisive player, deduce what to play for City Championships as well as to learn what big decks are in the format. Enjoy!

It’s quite obvious that certain decks such as SPs have been doing surprisingly well, although not so surprisingly once you take a look at how people have been using them. Gengar is taking a backseat along with Gyarados to many other decks dominating the “first tier,” which is mostly comprised of SP decks. Flygon is doing well as always, although it isn’t shocking considering how a fair chunk of the format has a problem with it. After long enough, hyped-up decks such as Gliscor/Spiritomb have not been performing as expected, and Salamence is not even considered a “tier-worthy” deck at this point. Tangrowth has seen little to no play, and Charizard, although not horrible, is not seeing much action right now. Gardevoir/Gallade decks have been doing surprisingly well, as have many other slower stage 2 decks thanks to two cards that have been changing the format: Expert Belt and Spiritomb. These two cards allow for more survivability late game, fast set up, and early game locking. It’s pretty obvious that SPs are the dominant decks in the format with there being so many variants, and in my opinion, there are six “top decks” out there, with four of them being SP decks. That’s saying something, especially considering many players (including myself) believed SPs wouldn’t be seeing much play during City Championships. I’d also say it’s pretty evident that the new Arceus set has changed the game a LOT – much more than expected. Is this a good or bad thing? I think the usage of cards from the set in popular decks speak for themselves.

For this article, I’ll just be going over what are considered the six “big” decks in today’s metagame. After doing so, I’ll provide you with a short analysis of the deck and a list that I myself have created.

Dialga G / Garchomp C

Dialga G from Platinum (#7)

Dialga G is a name that should not sound unfamiliar if you have been playing since States 2009. After having a great run back then up until Worlds, Dialga G took a small break during Battle Roads. Once Arceus came out, however, Dialga G was given a second chance, and players decided to pair him with Garchomp C LV.X. Garchomp C LV.X was like a Poké Turn but better. It still allows you to heal your Dialga G, but you can keep all of your Special Metals on it as well. So after you start with a Dialga G early game, you can use Deafen for a few turns to lock your opponent and pile on maybe one or two Special Metals if you have the field advantage. If you ever think your Dialga G is in trouble, keep the Special Metals in your hand and wait until you can bring up another one to revenge kill. If Dialga G ever gets weak, instead of Poké Turning and doing all of that work again, just bring up Garchomp C LV.X and take that damage right off. Dialga G LV.X is obviously still used in this deck and it works quite well. Being able to lock your opponent’s bodies (Spiritomb’s, for example) can put you at a real advantage early game. Remove Lost also helps with disruption and does more damage than Second Strike anyway. Garchomp C LV.X’s attack one shots Claydols and Uxies and is very useful, even if you have to discard. It’s a fairly simple deck to play normally, and really doesn’t have big problems that it can’t get around.

Being an SP deck, it has many techs to utilize. Some of the most popular are Toxicroak G for Machamp or Quagsire GL for Fire-types such as Blaziken FB LV.X. Play around with techs and see what works best in light of your metagame.

Pokémon: 18

Trainers: 31

Energy: 11

Blaziken FB / Luxray GL

Blaziken FB from Supreme Victors (#2)

I would say that currently, out of every deck in this format, BlazeRay is the most consistent. The deck itself uses Blaziken FB LV.X and Luxray GL LV.X to hit hard and hit fast. Every turn you’re almost guaranteed to do at least 60 damage, or disrupt your opponent by forcing them to switch with Blaziken FB’s Luring Flame or Luxray GL LV.X’s Bright Look. Although some decks do have a way of getting around this disruption, for the most part, it can really mess up a lot of early game setups. Also, because you’re doing so much damage usually pretty early in the game for such little Energy, your opponent will always be in a tight spot. It is very easy, however, for them to one shot your Blaziken FB LV.X after a Jet Shoot, but it’s just as easy for you to either get another one up or revenge kill with something. It is an EXTREMELY simple deck to play that counters a lot of the metagame. It can have problems with Water-types due to them being able to one shot Blaziken FB LV.X, and sometimes power locking can hurt too, but for the most part, this is a fast, powerful, and consistent deck that has a nice and steady flow throughout the entire game.

This deck shouldn’t use too many techs. You want to be hitting fast and hard, not clunking up your hand with a bunch of useless cards. Ninetales is nice in case your opponent for some reason decides to play Mewtwo, the Toxicroak G promo (DP #40) is still a favorite, Infernape 4 LV.X is nice for Dialga G, and really, anything with a low Energy cost that isn’t too difficult to get out is great in BlazeRay.

Pokémon: 19

Trainers: 29

Energy: 12

  • 7x Fire Energy
  • 3x Lightning Energy
  • 1x Psychic Energy
  • 1x Multi Energy

Palkia G Lock

Palkia G from Platinum (#12)

Palkia G is another card that you might remember if you have played since States. It got just as much recognition as Dialga G did and was arguably just as good as well. After sitting on the sidelines for most of Worlds, Palkia G returned once again in Battle Roads to show what it can do, and during Cities, it’s even more dangerous. The deck’s basic strategy is to fill up your Bench early with one-time effect cards such as Mesprit or Uxie, and then use Palkia G LV.X to “throw away” what you don’t need anymore. Mesprit is just great because it can lock the opponent, and Uxie allows you to draw whatever you need to get Palkia G going early. If you want, you can also use Super Scoop Up to reuse your Mesprits and Uxies if you feel that it’s necessary to do so. As you’re completely locking them, Palkia G spreads damage and does 50 damage to the Active for 3 Energy (2 with Energy Gain), or can do an 80 snipe for 4 Energy (3 with Energy Gain) and discard 2 of those Energy. Really not bad considering you’ll have a few techs to back you up, early game disruption, and spread.

Palkia can play quite a few techs, due to its ability to just get rid of them when it doesn’t need them anymore. Azelf is one of the most preferred techs for Palkia because you’re already playing the other two Pixies required to activate his Body, which can be a saving grace against other SP decks. There are several others, and it just depends on what you’re willing to sacrifice when needed.

Pokémon: 20

Trainers: 27

Energy: 13

Luxray / Garchomp

Luxray GL from Rising Rivals (#9)

This is a newer SP deck that has caused a big uproar already. It utilizes two cards that you would not think would quite work together perfectly in a hit-and-run style deck. Your main strategy should be to have a Luxray GL as your Active and a Garchomp C and Bronzong G on your Bench. After leveling up into Luxray GL LV.X, using Bright Look, and killing something, if Luxray GL LV.X doesn’t die, you should move the Energy off of Luxray GL LV.X with Bronzong G to Garchomp C, retreat Luxray LV.X for Garchomp C, and level up to Garchomp C LV.X, thus healing your Luxray GL LV.X. After that, just attach an Energy to Garchomp C LV.X, attach an Energy Gain, and hopefully score a Knock Out with Dragon Rush. Then just go back to Luxray GL LV.X (preferably by Poké Turning Garchomp C LV.X), and keep the process going. You’re healing yourself every turn, and if they don’t K.O. you, you’re in pretty good shape. Its ability to easily one-shot Flygon and Palkia G makes this deck a big contender in today’s format. Disruption, survivability, damage, and above all, speed. This deck has it all.

There aren’t very many popular techs for this deck as you have two obvious main attackers. The Toxicroak G promo is still the best thing here because, like BlazeRay, this deck’s job is to hit fast (while praying that they don’t kill you).

Pokémon: 18

Trainers: 29

Energy: 13

Flygon

Flygon from Rising Rivals (#5)

I’m sure seeing Flygon here is a welcomed change in light of all the SP decks. Flygon has been a threat to the format for quite some time now and still continues to do so very well. There are several versions of Flygon, and each of them are useful in their own way, but currently, due to the inflation of SP decks and Shuppet decks, Flygon/Machamp is literally the BEST way to play Flygon. Flygon can sort of handle SPs on its own for a while, but eventually they begin to overwhelm the deck and take it down. Machamp gives Flygon not only some breathing room, but also a way out in case SPs surprise it. FlyTrap is still a viable version of Flygon, but for right now, there aren’t enough decks for Flygon to stall out against to win. Flygon needs speed, and that’s exactly what Machamp brings to the table. FlyTrap does have the advantage of playing Mewtwo LV.X, which does help it a considerable amount, but nothing beats killing an SP for only one Energy. Although there are many ways to get around Machamp, it can still frighten SPs when they see Machop hit the field. Even if they attach Unown G to their Active Pokémon, it can buy you enough time to get ready to send Flygon in and activate Upper Energy.

The best techs for FlyChamp are really just Nidoqueen and Chatot, and even then I wouldn’t necessarily consider Nidoqueen a tech, but more of a staple. Chatot helps against Spiritomb and it’s your only way of locking them while you set up, so it’s a helpful tech. It really depends how much room you have in your deck, though.

Pokémon: 26

Trainers: 22

Energy: 12

Gengar

Gengar from Stormfront (#18)

Gengar is yet another returning deck. Many of you might remember this card from the 2008-2009 City Championships LAST year. Well, it’s back, and the newly released sets since then have given it some new things to work with. It’s faster, more consistent, and spreads more than ever before. I could sit here and tell you about all of the Gengar variants, but there’s really only two good ones: Gengar/Machamp and Gengar/Nidoqueen. Out of those two, Gengar/Machamp comes in second place to Gengar/Nidoqueen because of the latter’s ability to spread, stay alive, and not get as many bad starts as Gengar/Machamp. The basic strategy behind Gengar/Nidoqueen is very simple. After starting with preferably a Spiritomb, you should get one or two Claydols on your Bench, and proceed to go for Gengar. Once you have one or two Curse Gengar on your Bench and have the Shadow Room one Active, proceed to level up to Gengar LV.X and Compound Pain away. The healing from Nidoqueen will allow you to stay alive long enough to get the Energy on and get the damage spread around before you start taking two or more prizes at once. The boosted HP from the LV.X also helps greatly against many threats to Gengar and allows you to not have to kill Gengar in order to possibly kill the threat with Fainting Spell. Gengar is just one of the best decks around because of its ability to lock, spread, heal, and disrupt. The Curse Gengar is helpful to move the damage around and can be an effective attacker early game if needed.

Techs for Gengar are few, but it’s important that you pick the right one. Dusknoir DP is one of the best techs because it puts SPs in a tight spot and can really help against Flygon as well. Chatot is something to consider but you really don’t need it because you play Spiritomb.

Pokémon: 28

Trainers: 22

Energy: 10

Conclusion

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this article! Its main purpose was to inform you about the popular decks players are using this year. Even though we’re almost finished with Cities, there’s still some time left to switch things up. Remember that the decks I’ve listed here are obviously not the only choices you can make! There are plenty of other decks I have not talked about; the ones here are just the ones that have won the most tournaments so far. If you are unsure what to play, make your choice based on what is being played in your area – what you know will do well in your metagame. Just remember that sometimes it is also good to play the deck you know the best! Good luck!

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Tuesday - January 5th, 2010 @ 1 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Sorry for the lack of updates! I can’t help it – the laptop I’m using is ultra slow, can barely run Firefox without crashing, and moving it will cause the power to cut off. There isn’t any Pokemon news anyway. As it turns out, the laptop that was stolen is officially gone. Fry’s and the police department checked the security cameras, but they conveniently cut off just as I walked up to the cash register because it was after the store closed. So there is no way of knowing who stole my laptop, unfortunately. On the plus side, I will be buying a new laptop sometime this month or next month once the new one I want is released.

This quarter at school, I have Mondays and Wednesdays off – my schedule conveniently worked out that way. While this laptop is slow and handicapped, I can still get work done if I have hours to waste. Which I do. On Mondays and Wednesdays. While I’m settling in to school this week, I will start posting again just as often as before.

What does January hold for us? Well, we might be getting new 13th Pokemon movie details in CoroCoro magazine and maybe even a silhouette of “Z” if it is in fact a new Pokemon (if not now then within the next few months). All legendary Pokemon have been used up now, so it only makes sense the next movie will have a 5th generation Pokemon. As Pokemon movies have never had a human character’s name in the title, it only makes sense that “Z” is the codename for a Pokemon. Before the second movie came out, Lugia, after all, was referred to as “X.” It’s almost like using “Z” in this Gold and Silver movie is a homage to using “X” for Lugia all those years ago. So we’ll see what happens – no guarantees for anything, though, as this is just speculation! We should also be getting some card images for Revived Legends, the next Japanese TCG set.

In terms of this website, we’re going to start posting TCG articles again as we did years and years ago. We have an Article Submissions section on our forum where people have been writing articles, and if an article receives enough positive reviews, it’ll be posted here for thousands upon thousands of people to read. If everything works out, the first article will be posted Wednesday. I only stopped posting articles here because I did not have time to play the TCG anymore and could not assess how good an article was, but luckily now, the forum members can tell me! Speaking of the forums, they’re also going to get a redesigned layout soon, so all you forum members can definitely look forward to that!

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Wednesday - November 18th, 2009 @ 11 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Oopser dazers, I forgot to post the high-quality scans for the Supreme Victors and Arceus sets to replace the temporary prerelease ones. Shakespeare of course scanned the new images, so thank-you’s go to him. Unfortunately, the system to display the scans is still broken, so we’re going to have to use the thumbnail pages for now. Expect the system to be fixed in 2014 or 2015 at the rate we’re going. :)

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Friday - November 6th, 2009 @ 3 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The Arceus set Redshark release is now available for download! If you are using Windows, you can download the latest installer by clicking here; if you are using Macintosh, download this link instead. Redshark allows you to practice the Pokemon TCG on your computer and against friends online. It is the only fan-made program created specifically for the Pokemon TCG.

If you are a Windows Vista or Windows 7 user, you must input “c:\redshark” when it asks you what folder you want to install the program to. For all Windows users, be sure to uninstall any previous versions before attempting to launch the installation program.

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Thursday - November 5th, 2009 @ 4 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Part 1 of 3 of the Team Galactic episodes aired in Japan today. If you want to see episode pictures, check out Filb.de’s screenshots. The final two Team Galactic episodes will air in a one-hour special next week.

Last night (more like 2 AM in the morning), Heerosferret, viper.fox, Holy Star, and myself recorded a podcast mainly discussing Arceus and the Arceus movie. We talk about our trips to Japan, seeing the Arceus movie in Japanese theaters, Arceus itself, the pronunciation of its name, Arceus as Pokemon god, religion, Mr. Mime’s fingers (say wha?), changes to Pokemon, tolerance, and other random stuff. The podcast doesn’t have much of a structure – it’s one very long discussion where one topic leads to another. Next time we’ll work on breaking it down into smaller topics. Also, the podcast contains movie plot spoilers, though a lot of it (not all) was already revealed by the Pokemon movie site before the movie was released in theaters.

The podcast is about an hour and ten minutes long. If you want to throw it on your iPod, you can download the original MP3 by right-clicking and saving this link (68.2 MBs). Otherwise, you can listen to it by hitting the play button below. Also, please excuse our intro – we actually had to record it after the podcast ended because I overwrote the original file, but one of our members had left by then, so I had to sort of “interpret” their voice. XD

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Monday - October 5th, 2009 @ 12 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Last time’s quiz asked, “Which of the following shows/movies or their characters have NOT been made into or parodied by a Pokemon character or story?” The correct answer was Tokyo Story. Most people voted for Star Trek: The Next Generation, but Pokemon has parodied it before.

  • Star Trek: The Next Generation (42.0%, 4,077 Votes) – In the Electric Tale of Pikachu manga, Pikachu is nicknamed “Jean-Luc Pikachu,” a reference to Jean-Luc Picard, the captain of the Enterprise in The Next Generation. (Played by Patrick Stewart, the bald guy – you know, Xavier from X-Men, the voice of Lord Yupa in Nausicaa, the voice of the head of the CIA in American Dad?) Pikachu is also shown wearing the iconic Star Trek communicator.
  • Batman (14.0%, 1,399 Votes) – In the episode “The Superhero Secret,” one of the characters is secretly a superhero named “Gligarman.” He rides a motorcycle and tells Ash and friends to blow a whistle if they ever need help (Superman). His real last name is Parker, a reference to Peter Parker from Spiderman. The episode also features a secret laboratory (the Bat Cave) and Gligirl (Bat Girl). Gligarman’s Gligar seems to be a reference to young Robin.
  • Titanic (9.0%, 884 Votes) – The S.S. Anne episodes where the ship sinks. Not necessarily a reference to the 1997 movie, but more of the actual event, which the movie (creatively) portrays. The dub narrator also says a few Titanic references, like “Holy Titanic!” In “Lights, Camerupt, Action!”, a Natu and Xatu appear as lovers on a spaceship torn by an ice asteroid, which is more of a reference to the story.
  • Frankenstein (9.0%, 870 Votes) – The whole premise of Mewtwo Strikes Back. Scientist creates monster, monster kills scientist. Except it is with Pokemanz and cloning rather than corpses and electricity. The monster also wishes to fit-in, but can’t, like Mewtwo. (Note: The monster isn’t actually named Frankenstein, the scientist is. It’s just called “the monster.”)
  • Tarzan (7.0%, 643 Votes) – “The Kangaskan Kid.” Tommy was accidentally dropped into the wild when he was young and raised by wild Kangaskhan. He screams like Tarzan and swings from trees, though doesn’t crash into them like in George of the Jungle.
  • Princess Mononoke (6.0%, 549 Votes) – Pokemon 4Ever copies the basic plot of the latter part of this movie. The “spirit of the forest” in Mononoke (“voice of the forest” in Celebi) is attacked by humans (Vicious), changes into something monstrous (giant badly-rendered 3D Frosted Mini Wheat Celebi monster), goes crazy and destroys the forest, then dies. In the Pokemon movie, though, Celebi is revived. Pokemon has copied many Studio Ghibli plots before, both in episodes and movies. It is also interesting to note that Regigigas has the same sort of striping on its body as the forest spirit. If you watch the Shaymin movie, the way Regigigas walks is similar to the way the spirit walks after its head is cut off as well.
  • Yojimbo (5.0%, 508 Votes) – Parodied in “Showdown in Dark City.” A wandering samurai (Ash) happens upon a town where two rival families (the two Gyms) are fighting for dominance (the status of official Pokemon Gym) and terrorizing the townspeople to the point where everyone’s in hiding (identical to Dark City’s residents). After the samurai defeats the bodyguards from one of the households (Team Rocket), both families begin to court his services. The samurai makes up a name (based on a nearby object, similar to Ash’s “Tom Ato”) and questions both families to decide if either one is noble, but ultimately finds that they aren’t. He sets up camp in a restaurant (Ash also does this) and engineers a battle that results in the destruction of both families (Ash spilling paint on Electabuzz and Scyther to make them go berserk). In the Pokemon episode, this results in everyone learning a lesson and living happily ever after, which is the ONLY point that differs from Yojimbo.
  • Tokyo Story (4.0%, 429 Votes) – Pokemon hasn’t really copied this movie in any way despite its fame. It probably couldn’t, anyway. The movie is about a modern family that doesn’t pay any attention to their grandparents. The family finds the grandparents a hassle to host when they come to visit because of their busy lives. The movie ends rather tragically. You should watch it!
  • Castle of Cagliostro (4.0%, 427 Votes) – Looker is basically a nod to Inspector Zenigata from the Lupin series; Castle of Cagliostro is a Lupin movie. Both are detectives, from the International Police, and look similar in appearance.
  • Total Voters: 9,786
Jean Luc Pikachu Jean Luc Pikachu Inspector Zenigata The Forest Spirit from Princess Mononoke at night
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Sunday - September 27th, 2009 @ 9 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

PokeBeach is currently looking for a volunteer who has strong experience in PHP, databases, and other web programming languages. If you are a Pokemon fan who knows this type of programming, have a lot of time on your hands, and would be willing to volunteer your time and effort to helping this website, please drop us an e-mail at [email protected] with your credentials, your IM address, and examples of your work. We want this website to progress further than before, and we need your help doing it! Thank you!

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Friday - September 18th, 2009 @ 2 PM PST -  By: Kevin Garrett

Registration for the tournament is now closed.

We are now hosting a server on Shoddy Battle, a free program that allows you to play Pokémon video game battles against other people online. Our server is currently programmed with all Platinum moves and Pokémon and currently has a ladder for the OU and Uber tiers. For information on how to download and operate Shoddy Battle, check out our new Shoddy Battle page.

On that note, registration for the fifth PokéBeach video game tournament is now open! There are still a few spaces left for people to join, so don’t miss out on PokéBeach’s largest video game tournament to date! Want to see where your team stands in a field of 96 competitive players? Then post here to sign up! If you don’t already have a PokéBeach forum account, you can register here. This time around, the tournament will be held solely on Shoddy Battle, so download it and show off your best team to be named PokéBeach’s new champion!

5th Official PokeBeach Video Game Tournament
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Sunday - September 6th, 2009 @ 11 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

This new quiz only took Bangiras and myself three hours to make. -_-

“Which of the following Pokemon does not fit?” was this past week’s quiz question. A hint was included that stated “It’s not obvious just by knowing the names.” Basically, the answer wasn’t something as elementary as “all of them are Stage 1’s except Uxie” or “only Uxie is a Legendary Pokemon.” We don’t do simple quizzes (at least we try not to), which is what the hint was alluding to.

Uxie Dragonair Weavile Persian Slowking Espeon Golduck

Do you see what most of these Pokemon share? Noooo? *smacks on the head!* Look harder. Now do you see? Still no? *pokes in the eye!* They all have a jewel on their heads, spare Dragonair! Dragonair is the Pokemon that does not fit. A lot of people probably got this quiz wrong because they thought the answer was the obvious Uxie, but you had to look at the actual Pokemon to discover the answer as the hint was suggesting.

  • Uxie (44.0%, 2,805 Votes)
  • Dragonair (21.0%, 1,357 Votes)
  • Weavile (12.0%, 744 Votes)
  • Persian (10.0%, 612 Votes)
  • Slowking (6.0%, 386 Votes)
  • Espeon (4.0%, 245 Votes)
  • Golduck (3.0%, 222 Votes)
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Wednesday - September 2nd, 2009 @ 8 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

HGSS Girl Beta

Our HeartGold and SoulSilver coverage begins next week! Last time when we covered Platinum, we provided the quickest and most thorough coverage you could find anywhere on the internet, playing through the game nonstop. This time there will be four of us playing the two new games – Bangiras, Yaminokame, Jason, and myself, so you can bet we will have all the news, all the changes, and all the excitement covered for all you fans as we have in the past. Be sure to check back here next week and make sure to tell your friends!

The artwork in the new banner above has been drawn by Xous, our favorite site artist! We hope you like it! Xous had to go through a lot of trouble translating my terrible artwork into a recognizable image, as you can see to the right. Lugia is a reference to a certain monster Lapras is based off, Ho-Oh’s pose comes from the first episode of the show, and HGSS girl is under attack because we miss Kris’ old design (I added the blood at the last minute; hope no one is offended). Think you can draw better than Xous? Well, you may be able to show off your skills soon…

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Sunday - August 30th, 2009 @ 9 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The past week’s quiz question was, “Which of the following popular ‘animals’ has NOT been made into a Pokemon?” The correct answer was Buckbeak from Harry Potter. All of the other “animals” were absorbed into the Pokemon franchise in some shape or form.

  • Buckbeak (41.0%, 2,064 Votes) – There is no Pokemon that looks or is designed in spirit of Buckbeak.
  • Uri Geller (15.0%, 754 Votes) – His “ability” to bend spoons using psychic powers (trickery) was used to make the Pokemon Kadabra, whose Japanese name is Yungerer as a nod to his inspiration. Unfortunately, Geller discovered a Dark Kadabra card and took insult: “Nintendo turned me into an evil, occult Pokemon character. Nintendo stole my identity by using my name and my signature image.” He took Nintendo to court and sued for millions, but the case was apparently thrown out. However, Kadabra was never made into a Pokemon card again after Skyridge. At Worlds 2006, I asked Pokemon Card Laboratory why Kadabra was absent from the card game and got a “my-lips-are-sealed” motion, despite them telling me other things about the TCG that I asked. In 2008, I interviewed Masamitsu Hidaka, the old director of the show, and he stated that the case was not in fact settled and that Kadabra was put aside for now. Either way, we still don’t have a Kadabra card! To top all of it off, Geller can’t even bend spoons with his mind or detect water like he claims.

  • Godzilla (13.0%, 642 Votes) – Uh, hello? Tyranitar? Rawrrrrr.
  • Totoro (11.0%, 546 Votes) – Totoro is the mascot of Studio Ghibli and the creation of Hayao Miyazaki, the same guy who made Nausicaa, Castle in the Sky, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Porco Rosso, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo, etc. Totoro sleeps a lot like Snorlax, and chibi Totoro is obviously the inspiration for Munchlax. Compounding this is the fact that both companies (Ghibli and Pokemon) know each other on a personal level, as seen in this radio show that aired before the Shaymin and Ponyo movies came out in Japan last year. By the way, if you’ve never seen a Ghibli movie (whether you are a child, adult, teen, or old person), you are seriously missing out!
  • Yeti (8.0%, 377 Votes) – Yeti, or the abominable snowman, is the obvious inspiration for Abomasnow.
  • Kappa (7.0%, 355 Votes) – Kappa is a Japanese monster that lives in lakes – it likes to eat children and sometimes adults. When I went to Japan and stayed at Lake Biwa for a few days with my school, which is in a rural area, some of the locals actually believed it exists. I asked what to do if you come across it and they said it has a dish on its head that you have to break, which will drown it. Golduck’s PokeDex entries state it is often mistaken for Kappa, but the Ludicolo line seems to more physically resemble what a Kappa would be.
  • Nessie (6.0%, 288 Votes) – Nessie, or the Loch Ness monster, is the inspiration for Lapras (it is a sort of Plesiosaurus). Its original English name was even going to be Ness, as seen on that promotional sticker given out before Pokemon was released in America.
  • Total Voters: 5,026
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