Monday - April 21st, 2014 @ 11 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Play Pokemon Event

    Pokemon.com has officially announced the video game Premiere Challenge events we first reported about a month ago. The events will begin this weekend and last until the end of June.

    Announcing Premier Challenges, a new way for Pokémon video game players to compete!

    The Play! Pokémon program is excited to announce Premier Challenges, a new event series being hosted at various locations throughout North America, April 21 – June 23. Premier Challenges are a new way for you to battle in more fun, organized events—as well as earn Championship Points to bring you one step closer to an invitation to the Pokémon World Championships!

    The Premier Challenges will feature battles using Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, and follow the same format as the 2014 Pokémon Video Game World Championships. Read the Pokémon Tournament rules for complete details.

    Premier Challenges will take place primarily where Pokémon League events are currently held. However, only a portion of League sites will host Premier Challenges during this first event period. Use the Play! Pokémon event locator to find a Premier Challenge near you.

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    Sunday - April 20th, 2014 @ 4 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    The 3-pack Flashfire blister has been revealed to contain either a Plasma Blast Machamp or Haxorus. Both will be alternate holo reprints. Each blister will also come with a Reshiram/Zekrom coin. Previously, it was revealed that XY11 Skiddo and XY12 Honedge will come in Flashfire‘s single pack blisters.

    Flashfire 3-pack blister with Haxorus promo
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    Wednesday - April 16th, 2014 @ 10 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Two new “Xerneas and Yveltal Movie Commemoration” packs will be released in Japan on July 19th to celebrate the release of The Cocoon of Destruction and Diancie. Each package will come with a holo Xerneas or Yveltal promo card, two X/Y Collection booster packs, two Wild Blaze booster packs, two Rising Fist booster packs, and a postcard. Each package will cost 810 yen. Thanks goes to Franco T. for the translations!

    Xerneas and Yveltal Movie Commemoration Packs
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    Wednesday - April 16th, 2014 @ 7 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    An extended trailer for The Cocoon of Destruction and Diancie was just posted to Pokemon’s YouTube channel, as you can see below. It reveals several new scenes, though most of them are likely created just for the trailer. It also reveals that Xerneas can speak telepathically (with a female voice, I think).

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    Monday - April 14th, 2014 @ 12 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Volcanion in Pokemon X and Y

    Three new moves have been discovered through hacking X and Y. The first one appears to be an event-exclusive move in the vein of Celebrate, the second two may have something to do with Zygarde.

    It has also been discovered through hacking that Hoopa’s Ability is Magician and its stats are 80/110/60/150/130/70. Volcanion’s ability is Water Absorb and its stats are 80/110/120/130/90/70.

    Hold Hands, Normal-type, Special, Power: –, Accuracy –, PP: 40
    The user and an ally hold hands. This makes them very happy.

    Thousand Arrows, Ground-type, Physical, Power: 90, Accuracy: 100, PP: 10
    This move also hits opposing Pokemon that are in the air. Those Pokemon are knocked down to the ground.

    Thousand Waves, Ground-type, Physical, Power: 90, Accuracy: 100, PP: 10
    The user attacks with a wave that crawls along the ground. Those hit can’t flee from battle.

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    Friday - April 11th, 2014 @ 10 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Scans of this month’s CoroCoro have leaked, revealing that Diancie will be distributed from July 19th to September 30th at theatrical screenings of The Cocoon of Destruction and Diancie. It’s at Level 50, holding a Normal Gem, and knows Diamond Storm, Moonblast, Return, and Reflect.

    Diancie in CoroCoro Diancie in CoroCoro
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    Thursday - April 10th, 2014 @ 10 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Update (Saturday) – The Pyroar Box will come with holographic Blacksmith and Fiery Torch cards.

    A new “Pyroar Box” will be released in America on June 25th. It will come with a holo Pyroar promo, two holo Trainer cards (one of these?), three booster packs, a TCGO card, and a Fire-type deck building guide.

    These Roaring Flames Cannot Be Stopped!

    Let your voice be heard with the roaring might of the Pokemon TCG: Pyroar Box! The red-hot majesty of this fire-maned Pokemon is unleashed as a never-before-seen foil card, supported by two foil Trainer cards to turn up the heat even more!

    You’ll also find a Quick Guide to help you turn these cards into a hot fire-type deck, plus a BONUS code card for the Pokemon TCG Online!

    But that’s not all – because the Pyroar Box also expands your collection with the contents of 3 Pokemon TCG booster packs! Roar loud, roar proud, bring the heat of Pyroar to your collection!

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    Wednesday - April 9th, 2014 @ 11 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    YouTube channel GameXplain has created a fairly detailed analysis of Greninja’s capabilities in Super Smash Bros. based on yesterday’s reveals. The video includes a breakdown of the Pokemon’s attacks, abilities, and some rather interesting speculation.

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    Wednesday - April 9th, 2014 @ 12 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Dusknoir (#40) and Barbaracle (#49) from Flashfire have been revealed! The set is our equivalent of Japan’s Wild Blaze, which was released in Japan last month. Flashfire will hit store shelves May 7th and prereleases will take place the two weekends before then.

    Dusknoir from Flashfire Barbaracle from Flashfire
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    Tuesday - April 8th, 2014 @ 6 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    A new art book titled The Works of Ken Sugimori: A 25 Year Portfolio from Quinty to Jerry Boy and Pokemon will be released in Japan on May 27th. The book will contain collected artwork from Ken Sugimori’s 25 year long career, including concept art, illustrations, and an interview spanning 32 pages. The book is 360 pages, softcover, and will cost 1,998 yen. Perhaps we’ll see some old Pokemon concept art in it!

    Ken Sugimori Art Book
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    Tuesday - April 8th, 2014 @ 4 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Today’s “Super Smash Bros. Direct” has revealed that Lucario’s attacks are much stronger in this game than in Brawl. However, players will need to be careful since the increased power boost Lucario gains when it is damaged could cause Lucario to fall off the stage. Using the Smash Ball with Lucario will allow it to Mega Evolve into Mega Lucario. As Mega Lucario, all of Lucario’s aura attacks will do the maximum amount of damage.

    Greninja is a brand new playable character in the game. It can use Water Shuriken, Substitute, and its tongue to attack. Charizard will also be a playable character and can Mega Evolve into Mega Charizard X with the Smash Ball.

    The Master Ball will also make its debut as an item. It only releases rare or Legendary Pokemon. Confirmed Poke Ball Pokemon that will appear in the game include Meowth, Electrode, Entei, Arceus, Victini, Kyurem, Keldeo, Meloetta, Fennekin, Gogoat, and Xerneas.

    Mega Lucario in Smash Bros Greninja in Smash Bros Greninja in Smash Bros Charizard in Smash Bros Charizard in Smash Bros Arceus in Smash Bros Keldeo in Smash Bros
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    Tuesday - April 8th, 2014 @ 3 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Flashfire‘s prerelease promo is Dragalge, an alternate art version of the one in the set. The artwork is currently English-exclusive and has not been released in Japan yet. It has also been revealed that XY11 Skiddo and XY12 Honedge will be the promos included in the Flashfire blister packs.

    Flashfire Dragalge Promo Skiddo Promo Honedge Promo
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    Monday - April 7th, 2014 @ 9 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Pokemon has announced the English title of the 17th movie – Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction – and has also released an English dubbed version of the trailer that debuted in Japan a few weeks ago. It is currently unknown when or where the English film will premiere.

    Diancie is pronounced “Dee-an-see,” the diamond is called the “Heart Diamond,” and the Dialand is called the “Diamond Domain.”

    In the underground Diamond Domain, where many Carbink live, the Mythical Pokémon Diancie serves as ruler. The Heart Diamond that sustains the land is beginning to fall apart, and Diancie is not yet strong enough to create a new one. While seeking help from the Legendary Pokémon Xerneas, Diancie encounters a group of thieves who want to take control of its diamond-producing power—and who awaken the Legendary Pokémon Yveltal from its cocoon in the process! Can Ash and his friends help Diancie discover its true power, stop Yveltal’s rampage, and save the Diamond Domain?

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    Friday - April 4th, 2014 @ 10 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    TPCi has announced that it is looking for expert Pokemon fans to commentate at Nationals and Worlds for TCG and video game matches. Fans 18 and up can upload video auditions to YouTube demonstrating their Pokemon knowledge and charisma. Full details in the press release:

    Jigglypuff Singing

    The Pokémon Company International is looking for talented and knowledgeable Pokémon fans to lead live commentary at the 2014 Pokémon US National Championships and the Pokémon World Championships. Chosen commentators will be making an appearance on-screen at the events, which will be streamed live to thousands of Pokémon fans around the world, and will have their travel and hotel costs covered by The Pokémon Company International.

    Auditions are open to US residents who are at least 18 years old and who can attend both the US National Championships, July 4-6 in Indianapolis, Indiana, and the World Championships, August 15-17 in Washington, D.C.

    To be considered, entrants must submit an audition video where they commentate solo or with a partner on a Pokémon X, Pokémon Y, or Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) match. The recorded video must then be posted to YouTube with the title “Play! Pokémon Commentary Audition: [YOUR NAME]”. Once the video is posted, entrants need to email [email protected] with the following information:

    Email subject: Commentary Audition for [YOUR NAME]
    Name:
    TCG or Video Game:
    Audition YouTube Link:
    Pokémon event experience:
    Additional comments:

    All submissions must be posted online with information sent no later than April 21, 2014. As this is an audition and not a contest, The Pokémon Company International does not guarantee that any one person will be chosen from submitted entries.

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    Friday - April 4th, 2014 @ 7 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Starting April 19th, players who pre-order a ticket to The Cocoon of Destruction and Diancie or purchase over 800 yen in PTCG product will receive a broken glass holo Darkrai promo. Its translation is below thanks to Franco T.

    Two new Pikachu promos have also been revealed. Elementary school students who attend a J-League soccer game in the last week of April or first week of May will receive one of the two alternate artwork cards. (*coughagediscriminationcough*)

    Darkrai Movie Promo

    Darkrai – Darkness – HP120
    Basic Pokemon

    [D][C] Hypnotic Wave: 30 damage. The opponent’s Active Pokemon is now Asleep.
    [D][D][C] Deep Wind: 60+ damage. If the opponent’s Active Pokemon is Asleep, this attack does 60 more damage and heal 30 HP from this Pokemon.

    Weakness: Fighting (x2)
    Resistance: Psychic (-20)
    Retreat: 1


    Darkrai Movie PromoPitch’s Pikachu – Lightning – HP70
    Basic Pokemon

    [L][L][C] Pika Shoot: 100 damage. Discard all Energy attached to this Pokemon.

    Weakness: Fighting (x2)
    Resistance: Metal (-20)
    Retreat: 1

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