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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Wednesday - May 20th, 2009 @ 11 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Redshark, which allows you to practice the Pokemon TCG on your computer and against others over the internet, has now been updated with Rising Rivals and recent promos. Some minor bugs have also been fixed.

If you are using Windows, you can download the latest installer by clicking here; if you are using Macintosh, download this link instead. Be sure to uninstall any previous versions before attempting to launch the installation program!

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Sunday - May 17th, 2009 @ 10 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Last week’s question asked, “Which of the following Pokemon was not revealed before its generation was released?” The correct answer was Skarmory, which came in 1st place – it was not revealed before its generation was released. All of the other Pokemon were “new Pokemon” shown before their respective generations. For example, Duskull was in the second generation Camp Pikachu mini-movie, Bellossom was one of the first Gold and Silver Pokemon shown in CoroCoro and across the internet before the two games were released, Starly and Electivire were shown in previews before Diamond and Pearl came out, etc.

  • Skarmory (16.0%, 929 Votes)
  • Suicune (13.0%, 798 Votes)
  • Kricketot (11.0%, 645 Votes)
  • Starly (11.0%, 639 Votes)
  • Electivire (9.0%, 550 Votes)
  • Volbeat (8.0%, 467 Votes)
  • Blaziken (7.0%, 413 Votes)
  • Wailmer (6.0%, 342 Votes)
  • Duskull (6.0%, 336 Votes)
  • Kecleon (5.0%, 321 Votes)
  • Bellossom (4.0%, 263 Votes)
  • Elekid (4.0%, 225 Votes)
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Monday - May 11th, 2009 @ 11 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The next issue of CoroCoro magazine comes out this week. As usual, we will provide speedy translations and information of all new Pokemon information, which this time will most likely concern HeartGold and SoulSilver.

Last week’s quiz asked, “Which of the following is not true about the English versions of Gold, Silver, and Crystal?” The correct answer was “The Unown are disturbed by radio waves generated by Team Rocket.” It’s not the Unown that Team Rocket disturbs, but the Water Pokemon of the Lake of Rage.

  • The Unown are disturbed by radio waves generated by Team Rocket. (33.0%, 1,703 Votes)
  • Slowpoke ended a drought 400 years prior and its tails are chopped off. (13.0%, 673 Votes)
  • Three legendary Pokemon died in a fire and were revived. (12.0%, 605 Votes)
  • Red’s Pikachu is over Level 80. (11.0%, 548 Votes)
  • Your rival is evil and steals his starter. (8.0%, 431 Votes)
  • The Tin and Brass Towers are 700 years old. (8.0%, 412 Votes)
  • You get Surf from the director of the Kimono Girls with the 5 Eeveelutions. (7.0%, 342 Votes)
  • Team Rocket is revived and then disbanded. (5.0%, 275 Votes)
  • Olivine City has a lighthouse that Jasmine makes reference to in DPPt. (4.0%, 208 Votes)
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Sunday - May 3rd, 2009 @ 11 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Swinub Flu

Last time’s quiz asked, “Which of the following can spread the flu?” The options were Pokerus, Swinub, Brock, Poison Barb, Deoxys, Deoxys, and Ludicolo, with “Pokerus” coming in first place.

The correct answer was: it was a joke quiz! All of the above are fictional and cannot spread the flu, which means you shouldn’t have voted!! Therefore, those of you that did not vote won, while those of you that did vote lost! Fufufufufufufu.

Actually, the quiz was originally started to relate to the swine flu, since last week was when it was the top story on the news. Hence SWINUB. Everything else was just random. There were even two Deoxys choices to alert people that it was a joke quiz.

The whole swine flu “epidemic” is one of the most blown-out-of-proportion news stories of the year. There’s nothing else major going on in the world this week, so the media has to find something to shove down our throats. More people die from drunk driving, smoking, the “regular” flu, and probably the most random ways to die than the swine flu (yet you don’t see people emptying out their alcohol or trashing their cigarettes, you see them needlessly slaughtering pigs instead). Want to be safer from the swine flu, and pretty much any other sickness? Wash your hands several times a day with soap and don’t shake your opponent’s hand before a TCG battle like the rules mandate. Use your shirt to open doors. Stay away from sick people. Wipe the public toilet before you sit on it to unload. Don’t kiss that strange boy, girl, or animal you have the hots for. Just use the common-sense advice yo momma taught you!

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Monday - April 27th, 2009 @ 7 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Last week’s question asked, “How many Pokemon video games have been released in English on a gaming console?” This one was a little hard, since if you missed even one game, you would choose an incorrect answer. The answer was 37, which came in third place. 26 came in first place even though it was off by 11 games.

  • Gameboy: Red, Blue, Yellow, Gold, Silver, Crystal, Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, FireRed, LeafGreen, Pinball, Pinball Ruby and Sapphire, Mystery Dungeon Red, Puzzle Challenge, TCG
  • N64: Snap, Hey You Pikachu, Stadium, Stadium 2, Puzzle League
  • Gamecube: Pokemon Channel, Pokemon Box, Colosseum, XD
  • DS: Dash, Mystery Dungeon Blue, Trozei, Ranger, Ranger 2, Mystery Dungeon Darkness, Mystery Dungeon Time, Diamond, Pearl, Platinum
  • Wii: Battle Revolution, My Pokemon Ranch

Do you have all 37 games? I know I don’t! Try this week’s question! Just make sure you wash your hands with soap and for at least 20 seconds after you take the quiz.

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Sunday - April 19th, 2009 @ 9 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Thanks goes to our Xous for drawing Arceus and its Judgment for the banner! We have a future professional artist on our hands!

Last week’s quiz asked, “Which of the following groups of Pokémon do NOT have something famously notable in common with each other?” The answer was “Diglett, Caterpie, Shaymin, and Poliwag,” which came in first place by the voters.

  • Diglett, Caterpie, Shaymin, Poliwag (20.0%, 863 Votes) – You are supposed to think these are the world’s smallest Pokemon, but Caterpie and Poliwag do not fit into this category. The smallest Pokemon are Diglett, Natu, Azurill, Budew, Burmy, Chingling, and Shaymin, all 8 inches tall.
  • Latios, Lucario, Marowak (17.0%, 754 Votes) – All of these Pokemon have “died.” Latios and Lucario died at the end of their respective movies, while Marowak died in Red and Blue in Lavender Town at the hands of Team Rocket.
  • Lugia, Blastoise, Steelix (17.0%, 746 Votes) – These three Pokemon made up the famous “LBS” TCG deck, which could deliver 200 damage a turn.
  • The Pixies, Cresselia, Raikou, Ho-Oh, Entei, Phione, Groudon (14.0%, 626 Votes) – For one, all of these Pokemon are legendary. For two, they are all Pokemon that have not technically appeared in a movie. Entei, Groudon, and Ho-Oh weren’t real, and the rest have not appeared in a movie yet.
  • Smeargle, Beldum, Unown, Ditto (14.0%, 609 Votes) – All can only learn one move in the games.
  • Jynx, Porygon, Kadabra (8.0%, 346 Votes) – “Controversial” Pokemon. Jynx was recolored purple because someone complained that it was a Black caricature, the Porygon episode caused seizures in Japan, and Kadabra was banned from becoming a TCG card in the future because Uri Geller saw a Dark Kadabra card and took Nintendo to court over it since Kadabra was based off him. Jynx is now allowed to appear in the show, Porygon has only been in a two-second cameo since its episode aired (and its evolutions have never appeared), and Kadabra is officially “put away” for now and probably will never become a card again.
  • Scyther, Electabuzz, Hitmonchan (6.0%, 262 Votes) – They made up the famous TCG deck, Haymaker, and are secret rares in Platinum.
  • Caterpie, Pidgeotto, Pikachu, R/B Starters (5.0%, 214 Votes) – Pokemon belonging to the Twerp.
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