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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Tuesday - August 25th, 2009 @ 1 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The last quiz asked, “Which of the following is least likely to happen in Pokemon movies?” The correct answer was “Characters using their fists to defeat the villain rather than their Pokemon.” While it has happened before, it is the least likely to occur. I realize that “Characters experiencing amnesia regarding movie events when in the TV show” does not actually take place within the movies, but the spirit of the question was obvious. Try this week’s quiz! If you know exactly who each of those popular names are, consider yourself a pop culture expert!

Wild Pokemon running out of their habitat following a crash or explosion.
Celebi movie, Darkrai movie, Shaymin movie (and all of the time in the show). If something crashes in the wild, expect the next shot to show Pokemon running out with high-pitched voices.

A revival or death.
Being in a Pokemon movie is hazardous. Ash dies and is revived in Mewtwo, Lugia is “revived” or healed in 2000, Celebi dies and is revived in 4Ever, Latios “dies” in Heroes, Lucario dies, Darkrai “dies” (sort of), Giratina 99% “dies,” and *SPOILER* Pikachu “dies” in Arceus. When I talked to a Pokemon official at Worlds in 2005, they stated that Pokemon never die. Lucario would disagree, though the movie came out just a month before Worlds that year.

Ash running into a barrier to break it.
First movie punches Mewtwo’s barrier, second movie runs into Moltres’ cage barrier, third movie runs into the Unown’s barrier, fifth movie runs into Latios’ cage barrier. Note that he has never broken any of the barriers. Maybe that’s why he stopped after the fifth movie.

A misunderstanding or communication error.
Do I really have to list them all?

A plot focusing on traveling to somewhere.
Beginning of Mewtwo movie, all of the Lugia movie, on a smaller scale in the Entei movie, on a smaller scale in the Celebi movie, all of the Jirachi movie, half of the Lucario movie, most of the Manaphy movie, all of the Shaymin movie, *SPOILER* through time in the Arceus movie.

Legendaries beating the tar out of each other.
Self-explanatory. Mewtwo vs. Mew; Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres vs. Lugia and each other; Deoxys vs. Rayquaza; Dialga vs. Palkia vs. Darkrai (the name of the movie!); Shaymin vs. Giratina (sort of); Dialga, Palkia, Giratina vs. Arceus.

Everything resetting to how it was before the problems started.
Mewtwo stopping the storm and erasing Ash and crew’s memories, the world’s natural balance being restored in Lugia, the crystallization disappearing in Entei, Altomare’s defense mechanisms shutting down and the Fossil Pokemon returning to their bones, Groudon returning to the earth and Jirachi going back to sleep, the Tree of Origin in Lucario returning to normal, Alamos Town restored in Darkrai, *SPOILER* Arceus restoring Miichina. It’s like the stories unwind a thread of yarn, bad stuff happens, and then the thread is woven back to normal as if nothing ever happened.

Characters experiencing amnesia regarding movie events when in the TV show.
A recent example would be Officer Jenny explaining to Ash and crew about Darkrai in “Sleepless in Pre-Battle” (the Darkrai vs. Cresselia episode). Other times they either don’t acknowledge that they have seen the Legendary Pokemon before or pull out their PokeDex as if they have never heard of it.

Telepathy used as an excuse to forego animating mouth movements.
Every movie involving Pokemon who talk. Mewtwo, Lugia, Entei, Jirachi, Lucario, Darkrai, Shaymin, and Arceus all conveniently use telepathy. No Legendary Pokemon that speaks has ever used its mouth to predominantly talk.

Bad guys except for Team Rocket getting arrested.
Lawrence III, Annie and Oakley, The Phantom, Zero. Avoiding arrest is about the only thing Team Rocket is successful at. Of course if they were arrested, there would be no more show, as almost every single episode revolves around them giving our “heroes” some action or trouble.

Characters using their fists to defeat the villain rather than their Pokemon.
Practically never. The closest we get is Ash trying to punch Mewtwo in the first movie and *SPOILER* him struggling with Giishin in Arceus.

  • Characters using their fists to defeat the villain rather than their Pokemon. (61.0%, 7,563 Votes)
  • A revival or death. (10.0%, 1,262 Votes)
  • Bad guys except for Team Rocket getting arrested. (5.0%, 619 Votes)
  • Characters experiencing amnesia regarding movie events when in the TV show. (5.0%, 569 Votes)
  • Legendaries beating the tar out of each other. (4.0%, 528 Votes)
  • Wild Pokemon running out of their habitat following a crash or explosion. (3.0%, 425 Votes)
  • A misunderstanding or communication error. (3.0%, 364 Votes)
  • Ash running into a barrier to break it. (2.0%, 308 Votes)
  • Telepathy used as an excuse to forego animating mouth movements. (2.0%, 254 Votes)
  • A plot focusing on traveling to somewhere. (2.0%, 249 Votes)
  • Everything resetting to how it was before the problems started. (2.0%, 224 Votes)
  • Total Voters: 12,365
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Sunday - August 23rd, 2009 @ 8 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Last… time’s quiz question asked, “Which of the following Gym Leaders did Ash most legitimately defeat to earn his badge?” This question was essentially asking which Gym Leader Ash defeated using his skills rather than some reason unrelated to defeating Pokemon to win. There are several ways to argue which badge Ash most legitimately earned. A Trainer should defeat the Gym Leader the first time around and by only defeating their Pokemon. That means the more interruptions, rematches, etc. that occur, the less legitimate winning the badge is.

After heavy discussion in our chat room, we have concluded Ash is a loser and that he did not defeat a single Gym Leader 100% legitimately. If we had to pick, he probably defeated Lt. Surge and Blaine using the most skill. Want to debate which badge he won most fairly? Discuss it on our forums!

  • Brock – Lost to Brock in the first match. Used an electric machine to power-up Pikachu rather than battle Pokemon to make it stronger. Caused sprinklers to weaken Onix. Chose not to finish the second match. Was handed the Boulder Badge despite not having defeated Brock.
  • Misty – Battled Misty instead of the technical Gym Leaders. Match interrupted by Team Rocket. Handed the Cascade Badge for defeating Team Rocket and because he “would have” won if he used Pikachu against Misty.
  • Lt. Surge – Lost the first match badly. Won the second match using speed and given the Thunder Badge.
  • Sabrina – Lost the first match badly. Went to Lavender Town and “borrowed” Haunter. Ran out of the second match when Haunter disappeared. Did not finish the third match. Handed the Marsh Badge for immobilizing Kadabra in Haunter making Sabrina laugh herself silly.
  • Erika – Tangela paralyzed Bulbasaur and Ash recalled it, she switched to Weepinbell and Charmander defeated it, Ash recalled Charmander for Pikachu after Gloom stunk up the place. Team Rocket burned the gym down and Ash saved Erika’s Gloom. She handed him the Rainbow Badge not for defeating her, but for his bravery.
  • Koga – Pidgeotto lost to Venemoth and Ash sent out Charmander, but the battle was interrupted by Team Rocket. The match continued after Psyduck sent Team Rocket blasting off and Charmander defeated Koga’s Golbat, granting Ash the Soul Badge. However, that would make them tied, meaning that either Koga cannot count or the continuation was actually considered an entirely new match.
  • Blaine – Lost to Blaine the first time. Ninetales defeated Squirtle, Pikachu zapped Rhydon’s horn (“Aim for the horn!”) and knocked it out, Magmar defeated Pikachu. Charizard defeated Magmar in the rematch.
  • Giovanni – Did not even battle Giovanni. Battled Team Rocket using Giovanni’s Pokemon but defeated them.
  • Lt. Surge (35.0%, 8,008 Votes)
  • Brock (15.0%, 3,368 Votes)
  • Blaine (15.0%, 3,360 Votes)
  • Giovanni (11.0%, 2,414 Votes)
  • Koga (7.0%, 1,682 Votes)
  • Misty (7.0%, 1,668 Votes)
  • Sabrina (5.0%, 1,214 Votes)
  • Erika (4.0%, 885 Votes)
  • Total Voters: 22,598
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Tuesday - August 18th, 2009 @ 12 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Over the past year, Shakespeare has been rescanning his entire collection of over 4,500 cards using his high-quality scanner and the scans have finally arrived on the site! It took almost a year to individually rotate, crop, edit, and enhance each scan one-by-one, but the painstaking job is finally done! We actually finished editing the scans a month before summer started, but various things (Japan, Worlds, life, etc.) kept getting in the way of me uploading them and adding them to the website. Thank you Shakespeare for all of your dedication and hard work in collecting and scanning all the cards!

The new scans are clearer than ever before and are larger than previous batches of scans. The old batch of scans was posted here when dial-up was still commonplace, but now that most people are using a high-speed connection, we felt we could make the scans a little larger with less compression. The previous scans were already the best quality you could ever find, but these just blow anything and everything completely out of the water. Yes, we are literally crazy when it comes to scan quality! Just compare a few random samples below. You can open the scans simultaneously when clicking them and can drag them next to each other to compare the old quality versus the new quality.

Old Blastoise Scan :( New Blastoise Scan! :D Old Erika's Dragonair Scan :( New Erika's Dragonair Scan! :D Old Feraligatr Scan :( New Feraligatr Scan! :D Old Milotic Scan :( New Milotic Scan! :D Old Pidgeot Scan :( New Pidgeot Scan! :D
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Monday - August 17th, 2009 @ 1 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

I was watching TV the other day and the Channel 4 news weather man said Facebook and Twitter are hip and fresh. The newscasters were even shoving their Twitter URLs down everyone’s throats. So I thought wynaut – why don’t I do the same for this site? Become a fan of on Facebook! You’re not web 2.0 if you don’t! The Facebook page will be updated whenever there is a major update here and will also be used to provide progress on whatever is being worked on for the site.

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Monday - August 10th, 2009 @ 5 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Bangiras has been playing the three new Mystery Dungeon WiiWare games for the past few days and has written up a guide on all of them: Onward! Flame Rescue Team, Go! Storm Rescue Team, Dream! Light Rescue Team. The guide covers pretty much every aspect of the games, but will be updated over the next few days as she finishes playing them. Gracias, Bangiras!

Additionally, forum supermod PMJ has given us his walkthroughs dating back to Ruby and Sapphire. The walkthroughs are extremely thorough and comprehensive, so if you ever get stuck in your Generation III and IV games, you know where to look! The guides are posted under the “Games” section in the left menu. Check them out!

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Tuesday - June 23rd, 2009 @ 12 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Sorry for not posting any updates as of late. Within the next month or so we’re going to finally be posting our new Card-Dex (that I’ve been promising will return for… fourish years). We have been working hard on revamping the entire site since last September, and it’s been a huge but exciting secret among all the people helping out. I’m excited to finally announce it now since we found a committed programmer who has been doing an excellent job over the past several months, and especially this past month, putting all of our work together. We will have a large card search engine, set information pages, even higher-quality scans than now, theme deck pages, Pokemon species pages, a Modified Card-Dex, Japanese information and translations, and much more stuff. So while we’re finishing putting all the information together, please be patient as updates may become a little scarce this upcoming month unless news is extremely important.

In the meantime, I leave for Japan in a week for an entire month! We will have a movie summary the day Arceus: Space-Time Conquered comes out, so you can look forward to that as well! I’ll also post about any other Pokemon experiences that occur while I’m there since I know many people are curious about Pokemon life in Japan.

Good luck to everyone going to Nationals this week! By Worlds we should have all of the aforementioned sections up, which will help you all out with your deck building and collecting!

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Thursday - June 18th, 2009 @ 5 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Update (6/23): Bangiras has finished most of the Scramble section below, so if you haven’t looked at it in a few days, check it out now!

Bangiras has been playing Melee! Pokemon Scramble all day and has compiled all the information she has learned on to a page. The page talks about how the game works, the different dungeons, battle royales, what Pokemon you can encounter, etc. It will constantly be updated throughout the day as she continues to play the game, so you might want to refresh it every few hours if you are interested! Additional pictures will be added later as well.

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Tuesday - June 2nd, 2009 @ 1 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

These quizzes required hours and hours of discussion to get right. Many of us wanted to rip our hair out. Never again will I ask someone else to write one of these!

It turns out that the quiz posted on Sunday that was replaced with the current quiz wasn’t actually wrong. It asked, “Excluding a Kecleon’s involvement, which of the following is impossible in single matches? (Hint: Think of unusual moves.)” The options were a paralyzed Rhydon, a frozen Glalie, a sleeping Darkrai, a burned Infernape, a confused Smeargle, a poisoned Victreebel, and a poisoned Steelix.

Even though that quiz only lasted a day, over 1,000 people voted for a poisoned Steelix. Steelix can be poisoned because it can learn Mimic, copy Porygon’s Conversion or Conversion2, change to type other than Metal, and then get poisoned by an attack. In the second generation, TwinNeedle could also poison Metal types. Infernape and all Fire-type Pokemon can never be burned as long as they remain Fire-types. But Infernape cannot learn Mimic, so unless a Kecleon forces Infernape to change its type, Infernape cannot do that itself and cannot be burned. Victreebel and Glalie can also learn Mimic. As for the other Pokemon, Rhydon can get hit by Stun Spore, Darkrai can be affected by Spore, and Smeargle can be confused if it has Technician as its power.

The last quiz asked, “Which of the following is impossible in single battles?” Because Kecleon was not excluded from the question, it means just about any Pokemon can be affected by a Special Condition. Kecleon just uses Skill Swap on them, they receive Color Change, and then they change to a type that can be affected by one.

Of course if you play the Trading Card Game, any Pokemon can be affected by any Special Condition. There are no rules and exceptions to remember either!

  • Not one of the above is impossible. (34.0%, 2,347 Votes)
  • A poisoned Skarmory. (28.0%, 1,936 Votes)
  • A paralyzed Rhyperior. (10.0%, 664 Votes)
  • A poisoned Vileplume. (8.0%, 539 Votes)
  • A sleeping Darkrai. (6.0%, 417 Votes)
  • A frozen Articuno. (6.0%, 394 Votes)
  • A burned Infernape. (5.0%, 376 Votes)
  • A confused Smeargle. (4.0%, 297 Votes)
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Monday - May 25th, 2009 @ 1 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

There were several oversights regarding the quiz posted last night so it has been recreated. This was the first time I did not write the quiz question myself; everyone in the chat room contributed to it since I couldn’t think of one for this week, and yet we all still managed to let some errors slip through despite working on it as a group for about two to three hours. I guess even entire groups can get things wrong!

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Sunday - May 24th, 2009 @ 11 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Last week’s quiz question asked, “Which of the following statements just ain’t true?” The only false option was “There have only been 3 cards printed in the TCG with 200 or more HP,” since there have actually been four such cards. Every other option was completely true. “Thunder in the rain can break through Protect” is actually true, but was overwhelmingly picked as the correct (and thus false) option. Doesn’t anyone play with Rain Dance teams? Don’t forget to try out this week’s quiz!

  • Thunder in the rain can break through Protect. (28.0%, 1,453 Votes) – When raining, Thunder actually has a 30% chance to break through Protect. So does Blizzard when it is hailing. This was a random mechanic the programmers included.
  • Breeding with a foreign Pokemon gives the babies a higher chance of being shiny. (21.0%, 1,071 Votes) – This is dubbed the “Masuda Method” by the fandom, since Junichi Masuda, the director of the games, was the first to reveal it. If you breed your Pokemon with a Pokemon from a foreign language game, the babies have a 25% higher chance of being shiny than if the parents were normal (this doesn’t mean 1/4 of the Pokemon will be shiny, it means 1/2048 of the babies can be shiny instead of the normal 1/8192).
  • Spoink can die from heart attacks. (13.0%, 678 Votes) – Spoink’s Ruby PokeDex entry says that if it stops bouncing, its heart will stop.
  • There have only been three cards printed in the TCG with 200 or more HP. (10.0%, 512 Votes) – This was the correct answer, being that it is an incorrect fact; there are four cards with 200+ HP. Wailord EX from EX Sandstorm has 200 HP, Wailord from Great Encounters has 200 HP, the jumbo promo card Shadow Lugia has 300 HP, and a Japanese promo card, Dancing Imakuni?, has 2000 HP.
  • You can have as many Arceus cards in your deck as you want. (8.0%, 416 Votes) – The next Japanese set, The Advent of Arceus, will have an “Arceus Rule” on all Arceus cards that says you can play as many Arceus cards in your deck as you want.
  • Suicune is the only G/S legendary to appear in the D/P anime so far. (5.0%, 269 Votes) – Suicune was in a Sinnoh episode with Drifloon and Drifblim, titled “Drifloon on the Wind.”
  • The Thunderstone is useless beyond Generation I’s Pokemon. (5.0%, 263 Votes) – Only Pikachu and Eevee can evolve with the Thunderstone. No other Pokemon can.
  • Swinub, Gloom, Torkoal, Uxie, Abra, Skitty, and Nosepass have something notable in common. (4.0%, 224 Votes) – All of them have closed eyes (-_-).
  • Shedinja’s Wonder Guard cannot be Skill Swapped. (3.0%, 155 Votes) – This is for obvious reasons. If you Skill Swapped it on to a Pokemon like Spiritomb or Sableye, they would be immune to all attacks, since they have no weaknesses and Wonder Guard only allows super effective attacks to hit the Pokemon that has the ability. Like Shedinja, they would still be able to take damage from moves like Toxic or Sandstorm though.
  • Eevee, Girafarig, and Ho-Oh’s names have something notable in common. (2.0%, 109 Votes) – All of these Pokemon’s names are palindromes. If you spell them backwards, it still spells the name.
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Thursday - May 21st, 2009 @ 10 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Because of an issue regarding Windows Vista, Vista users who installed the latest version of Redshark today may not be able to view or save their decks. To fix this, follow the steps below. ONLY Vista users need to do this. New installers will hopefully be released within the next week or so to fix other minor bugs that have been reported since the release of the current version (such as Luxray GL LV.X’s text missing), but the installers may not resolve this Vista issue. A separate Vista installer may be created to solve this problem, but it is still under investigation.

  1. Uninstall Redshark.
  2. Reinstall Redshark. BUT, when it asks you where you want to install it to, it is imperative that you input “c:\redshark.” This will install it to a different folder than normal.

Follow the steps below if you want to recover your old deck files and use them in the current version of Redshark. You will only need to do this once, as the two steps above will allow Redshark to save your deck files safely in the future.

  1. Go to “C:/users/(username)/AppData/Local/VirtualStore/Program Files/redshark,” replacing “(username)” with your Windows username. If this is too complicated for you, you can also go to “My Computer,” click the C: Drive, your username, and then go to AppData -> Local -> VirtualStore -> Program Files -> Redshark.
  2. Some of the folders are hidden, so you will need to have your computer show them to you. To do this, click on the “Organize” drop down at the top of the folder, select “Folder and Search Options,” click on the “View” tab, and click “Show all files” under “Hidden files and folders.” Hit OK. You should now see faded files and folders (you may want to undo this after you are done with the below steps – select “do not show hidden files and folders” to reverse this action).
  3. Open the folder with your username and find the “AppData” folder.
  4. Go to: Local -> VirtualStore -> Program Files -> redshark. You will see your old decks there. Copy them to your “c:\redshark” installation folder. Now you’re ready to play Redshark with your old decks!
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