Monday - December 5th, 2011 @ 10 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Walgreens currently has a buy one, get one free booster pack sale – we can confirm Call of Legends, Emerging Powers, and Noble Victories are eligible, though the sets may vary by store. Normally the packs cost $4.29 (yikes!), but with the sale, they are now $2.15 each. The sale will only last until Sunday, so be sure to go stock up for Christmas! Thanks goes to Trekiev for the news!

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    Friday - December 2nd, 2011 @ 1 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    For those of you who attend the Victini and Zekrom screenings this weekend, you will receive a jumbo Victini card (a reprint of NV #15), a sample Pokemon Black and White Manga, stickers, a Pokedex 3D code to unlock Victini, and a few other leaflets. The list of theaters hosting the movie has now been updated along with links to preorder the tickets – each theater’s website should now have the times the movie is playing.

    Cinedigm Prize Pack

    As posted previously, Cinedigm has partnered with us to give out a couple of prize packs! The prize pack, pictured right, features a Zoroark: Master of Illusions DVD, a Pokemon Black and White Manga (volume 1), a Black and White drawstring bag, an Emerging Powers booster pack, and a Pokemon the Movie: White poster.

    To enter the contest, you simply need to post your opinion of the movie in this forum thread along with the location you attended. If you cannot attend the screenings, you can instead post a link to the ticket website (http://pokemon.cinedigm.com/get-tickets) on your Facebook or Twitter to advertise that Pokemon will be playing in theaters again – as proof of this, you must post a screenshot in the forum thread.

    On Monday, I will randomly select three winners to take home the prize pack and will notify them via PM. Cinedigm will then send the winners their prize packs in the mail. Also, Cinedigm is also going to holding their own contest where if you take a picture of yourself standing in front of the Victini poster at your movie theater, you can also win a prize pack, so don’t forget to do so when you attend the screening this weekend!

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    Friday - December 2nd, 2011 @ 8 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Will post more updates later today, including how to enter the PokeBeach + Cinedigm contest and other info about this weekend’s Victini movie.

    Bangiras has translated the nine new Dark Rush cards that were revealed in the new TCG commercial during Thursday’s episode of Best Wishes in Japan. As predicted, Volcarona is a reprint of the promo you can get when you buy a booster box of the set. Other cards shown in the commercial, like Darkrai EX, Krookodile, and Zoroark, were already revealed previously, and the Mandibuzz in the set was already released in our Emerging Powers set.

    Entei-EX from Dark Rush Entei-EX from Dark Rush

    Carnivine – Grass – HP90
    Basic Pokemon

    [G] Luring Poison: Choose 1 of your opponent’s Benched Pokemon and switch it with his or her Active Pokemon. The new Active Pokemon is now Poisoned.
    [G][G][C] Speed Blow: Return the opponent’s Active Pokemon and all cards attached to it to your opponent’s hand.

    Weakness: Fire (x2)
    Resistance: Water (-20)
    Retreat: 2


    Entei-EX – Fire – HP180
    Basic Pokemon

    [R][C] Fire Fang: 30 damage. The opponent’s Active Pokemon is now Burned.
    [R][R][C] Grand Flame: 90 damage. Choose 1 Fire Energy card from your discard pile and attach it to one of your Benched Pokemon.

    Pokemon EX Rule: When Pokemon EX is Knocked Out, your opponent takes 2 Prize cards.

    Weakness: Water (x2)
    Resistance: none
    Retreat: 3


    Volcarona – Fire – HP110
    Stage 1 – Evolves from Larvesta

    Ability: Burning Scales
    As long as this Pokemon is in play, the number of damage counters placed on your opponent’s Burned Pokemon between turns for Burn damage is now 4.

    [R][C][C] Heat Wind: 70 damage. You may choose 1 Energy attached to this Pokemon and discard it. If you do, the opponent’s Active Pokemon is now Burned.

    Weakness: Water (x2)
    Resistance: none
    Retreat: 3


    Vaporeon – Water – HP110
    Stage 1 – Evolves from Eevee

    [C] Muddy Water: 20 damage. Choose 1 of your opponent’s Benched Pokemon, and this attack also does 20 damage to that Pokemon. (Don’t apply Weakness and Resistance when damaging the Bench.)
    [W][C][C] Spiral Drain: 60 damage. Restore this Pokemon’s HP by 20.

    Weakness: Lightning (x2)
    Resistance: none
    Retreat: 2


    Plusle – Lightning – HP60
    Basic Pokemon

    [C] Tag Draw: Return your entire hand to your deck and shuffle your deck. Then, draw 4? Cards. If you have any Minun on your Bench, draw an additional 4? Cards. (?)
    [L] Plus Ion: 20 damage. Flip a coin, if heads this attack does an additional 10 damage.

    Weakness: Fighting (x2)
    Resistance: none
    Retreat: 1


    Slowking – Psychic – HP90
    Stage 1 – Evolves from Slowpoke

    [P] Psy Shock: 20 damage. Flip a coin, if heads the opponent’s Active Pokemon is now Paralyzed.
    [?][?][C] Hand Press: 50 damage. If you have more cards in your hand than your opponent has in his or her hand, this attack does an additional 30 damage. (?)

    Weakness: ?
    Resistance: ?
    Retreat: ?


    Sableye – Darkness – HP70
    Basic Pokemon

    [C] Confuse Ray: 10 damage. Flip coin, if heads your opponent’s Active Pokemon is now Confused.
    [D] Junk Hunt: Choose 2 Items cards from your discard pile, show them to your opponent, and put them in your hand.

    Weakness: none
    Resistance: none
    Retreat: 1


    Sandile – Darkness – HP70
    Basic Pokemon

    [C] Sand Burrow: Flip a coin, if heads prevent all damage done to this Pokemon during your opponent’s next turn.
    [D][C][C] Jab: 40 damage.

    Weakness: ?
    Resistance: ?
    Retreat: ?


    Vullaby – Darkness – HP60
    Basic Pokemon

    [D] Whirlwind: 10 damage. Switch the opponent’s Active Pokemon with one of his or her Benched Pokemon. (Your opponent chooses the Pokemon to bring Active.)

    Weakness: ?
    Resistance: ?
    Retreat: ?


    Klink – Metal – HP60
    Basic Pokemon

    [C][C] Smash Turn: 20 damage. Switch this Pokemon with one of your Benched Pokemon.

    Weakness: Fire (x2)
    Resistance: Psychic (-20)
    Retreat: 3

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    Thursday - December 1st, 2011 @ 9 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Update (4:00 PM) – Added high-quality screenshots of the commercial below.

    A new Dark Rush commercial aired during last night’s episode of Best Wishes in Japan, revealing Entei-EX, Carnivine, Klink, Vullaby, Sableye, Vaporeon, Slowking, and Plusle for the first time (the other cards in the commercial have already been released here in Emerging Powers). High-quality screenshots of the new cards are below courtesy of our friend nYoo from Filb.de. Translations are forthcoming.

    Entei-EX from Dark Rush Entei-EX from Dark Rush

    Entei-EX – Fire – HP180
    Basic Pokemon

    [R][C] Fire Fang: 30 damage. The Defending Pokemon is now Burned.
    [R][R][C] Grand Flame: 90 damage. Attach a Fire Energy from your discard pile to one of your Benched Pokemon.

    Weakness: Water (x2)
    Resistance: none
    Retreat: 3

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    Tuesday - November 29th, 2011 @ 9 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Movie 15 DS Styluses with Terrakion, Cobalion, Virizion, and Kyurem

    A new ad for a set of “Movie 2012 DS Touch Styluses” has officially confirmed that the Musketeer Trio, Kyurem, and a “new Pokemon” (Keldeo?) will be in the 15th Pokemon movie! The text in the middle of the ad says “Movie Pokemon in this lineup,” officially acknowledging their starring roles in the movie.

    In the video games, all of the aforementioned Pokemon are from the past. Terrakion, Cobalion, and Virizion protected Pokemon during an ancient human war. An old man in the video games explains their legend, as you can read below. Kyurem, on the other hand, arrived in the Unova region a long time ago on a meteor; an old legend in Lacunosa Town says that it would take away people and Pokemon to eat them. Will their video game backgrounds somehow make it into the movie? Could we have a sort of Lucario and the Mystery of Mew type of plot where we see the past? Thanks goes to Gin for giving us the heads up on this exciting news story!

    Could Kyurem’s role in the movie be the first real hint of a “Pokemon Gray?” Also, could we have a Giratina situation on our hands where Kyurem has an alternate form and it premieres in the movie? Could that be the “new Pokemon,” or will it be Keldeo, or will it be both? Giratina and the Sky Warrior, after all, showcased Shaymin for the first time, its alternate form, and Giratina’s alternate form. Let the theories start to roll!

    It was long ago, when people and Pokémon lived in their own separate worlds… Through a war humans started, a forest in which Pokémon lived was engulfed in flames.

    The Pokémon could not escape through the fire and smoke… There then appeared the legendary Cobalion, Terrakion, and Virizion! Terrakion used its characteristic strength to destroy the boulders blocking escape. Virizion made use of its swiftness to protect Pokémon from the sparks. And Cobalion guided the frightened Pokémon out of the forest.

    Cobalion, Terrakion, and Virizion fought away the warring parties with overwhelming strength. The parties, frightful of the power the three showed, at last put an end to their war…

    If people do not cease fighting, Pokémon can have no peace. The trio knew that people’s deeds could cause the loss of many lives… To avoid contact with people, they went away to places unknown… Since then, the three have almost never been seen, and they thus turned to legend…

    I have been searching for them for countless years on end… And at last, I have ascertained there to be one deep in this cave. But the legendary trio has no trust in humans. If a person draws near, they will bare their fangs and attack. They only know the world as it was so long ago, so it cannot be helped… They remain ignorant of the fact that our world has become one of people and Pokémon understanding and helping each other.

    Perhaps if you could make them realize that people and Pokémon can live together in trust… Even they could choose to live with people if given a reason to reconsider them…

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    Tuesday - November 29th, 2011 @ 8 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Yesterday’s episode of Fox’s House referenced Pokemon, specifically Arceus! The episode is called “Perils of Paranoia” and was apparently written by a Thomas L. Moran. The reference is so random you know only a fan could have come up with it (or perhaps his children suggested it to him). I’m glad they pronounced it Ar-see-iss instead of Ar-kee-iss like the 12th movie does since it’s more correct to the original Japanese pronunciation. Now I’m worried, though – if Pokemon fans are already in Hollywood, they’ll try to beat me to my live-action Pokemon movie! Get lost suckas, you ain’t got nothin’ over me!

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    Tuesday - November 29th, 2011 @ 9 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Victini and Zekrom will be airing in over 375 movie theaters on Saturday and Sunday: you can check the official list of participating theaters here. According to Cinedigm, the company distributing the movie, the tickets will be available for sale on their website either today or tomorrow. EVERYONE SHOULD GO!!! If a lot of people attend, it will only show Hollywood that WPM’s live action Pokemon movie must be made! I already told TPCi at Worlds to let me do it and they said I would have to talk to their lawyers down the line. :D Just give me a decade to master film craft and I’ll deliver it!

    I asked Cinedigm if they will be exhibiting future Pokemon movies, but their contact stated that TPCi only made a deal with them for this one movie and that they are not aware of any future plans with TPCi. An earlier press release for the movie quoted J.C. Smith, director of marketing at TPCi, stating, “we’re thrilled to be able to present this one-time-only memorable event.” I wouldn’t doubt that Cartoon Network has a contract with TPCi to show a Pokemon movie every year since they are the channel that shows their anime. Since there were two Pokemon movies this year, this may be why TPCi was able to get away with exhibiting one of them. Just ma’ theories – nothing is confirmed.

    Oh, right, the contest! Cinedigm has offered us a limited number of prize packs to distribute to PokeBeach readers! Once I make this post, Cinedigm is going to tell me how the contest will be held, so I will post the details in an update to this news story so you can enter! Each prize pack includes a…

    • Zoroark: Master of Illusions DVD
    • Pokemon Black and White Manga, volume 1
    • Black and White Limited Edition Drawstring Bag
    • Emerging Powers booster pack
    • Pokemon the Movie Black and White movie poster
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    Monday - November 28th, 2011 @ 4 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Update (7:00 PM) – Added a bit to the end of the second paragraph.

    Australia’s official Pokemon TCG distributor has just released a preliminary product sheet for Next Destinies! It reveals that the set will feature over 100 cards, that Mewtwo-EX, Reshiram-EX, and Zekrom-EX will each be included, that six Pokemon-EX will be featured as full art cards, and that the theme decks will feature either Reshiram or Zekrom! You can see the logo above, which emphasizes the “X” in “Next” to symbolize the return of Pokemon-EX.

    In Japan, there are only eight Pokemon-EX that have been released, all via Hail Blizzard / Psycho Drive and the Reshiram EX / Zekrom EX Battle Strength Decks: Shaymin-EX, Kyogre-EX, Mewtwo-EX, Kyurem-EX, Groudon-EX, Regigigas-EX, Reshiram-EX, and Zekrom-EX. Except for the last two, the other six Pokemon-EX all have full art cards, meaning we will have to get those Pokemon-EX in our set! And since we know Reshiram-EX and Zekrom-EX are confirmed in the set, we know we’re getting them too, meaning that all eight currently released Pokemon-EX in Japan will be included in Next Destinies! (All of this assuming we don’t get any future Pokemon-EX to replace the ones above, such as Darkrai EX from Dark Rush, which will probably have its own full art version. If there is to be a RSE remake next year, TPCi will probably hold back Kyogre-EX and Groudon-EX, especially since Rayquaza-EX will be coming out in Dragon Selection. If this does happen, we would get two “future” Pokemon-EX from either Dark Rush or Dragon Selection instead.)

    As you have seen in this article, the new Pokemon-EX will have a hyphen between the Pokemon’s name and “EX” and “EX” will now be capitalized (e.g. Shaymin-EX, Regigigas-EX, Kyogre-EX, etc.). Pokemon-ex from the EX sets of Generation III simply had a lowercase “ex” after their names without any hyphen (e.g. Kyogre ex). In Japan, the new Pokemon-EX are distinguished from the older Pokemon-ex simply by uppercase “EX” instead of lowercase “ex.”

    BW Next Destinies
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    Monday - November 28th, 2011 @ 11 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    I’m so excited for the movie this weekend!!! Throwing a party and seeing it multiple times like a true (or perhaps obsessed) fan! :D

    As posted previously, to celebrate the screening of the 14th Pokemon movie in movie theaters this weekend, a Level 50 Victini will be distributed over Wi-Fi to Pokemon Black and White players from this Saturday to December 31st. A new press release has now confirmed that it will know Fusion Flare, Fusion Bolt, V-create, and Searing Shot and will come holding a Fire Gem. You can read the full press below for all the details.

    Victini Wi-Fi Download

    SPECIAL VICTINI CHARACTER DISTRIBUTION AND POKÉMON MOVIE THEATRICAL EVENT KICK OFF THIS WEEKEND!

    Obtain the Victory Pokémon Victini and See Pokémon the Movie: White-Victini and Zekrom

    BELLEVUE, WA – November 28th, 2011 – Pokémon™ fans can enjoy a special Victini “double feature” this weekend. Starting Saturday, December 3rd, Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version video game players can receive the Victory Pokémon Victini in their game via a special distribution, and discover it’s ready for battle with a set of very powerful moves! Coinciding with the Victini distribution’s launch is the U.S. theatrical debut of Pokémon the Movie: White-Victini and Zekrom, in theaters for only two days, Saturday and Sunday, December 3rd and 4th. To ensure you’re a part of the historic Pokémon the Movie: White-Victini and Zekrom theatrical event at more than 375 theaters nationwide, go to www.pokemon.com/moviewhite for a link to show times and locations.

    From December 3rd through Saturday, December 31st, a Level 50 Victini will be available for Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version players via Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection service. This Victini has an unbelievable move set, including signature moves of Reshiram and Zekrom: Fusion Flare and Fusion Bolt! Victini also knows V-create, an immensely powerful Fire-type move, and Searing Shot, another Fire-type attack that hits all other Pokémon in most battles. To cap it off, this Victini holds a Fire Gem, which provides a one-time power boost to one of Victini’s Fire-type moves. Obtaining this special Victini will add star power to your Pokémon team!

    To participate in the Victini character distribution event, you will need:

    • A Nintendo DS™, Nintendo DSi™, Nintendo DSi XL™, or Nintendo 3DS™ system
    • A copy of the Pokémon Black Version or Pokémon White Version game
    • No more than 11 Wonder Cards in your possession

    For instructions on how to receive Victini in your copy of Pokémon Black Version or Pokémon White Version via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service, go to www.pokemon.com. Wireless broadband access is required for this distribution. For more information on accessing Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, go to www.support.nintendo.com.

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    Saturday - November 26th, 2011 @ 1 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    One important part of getting into the Pokemon Trading Card Game is understanding the terminology players use. If you’re a new player and unable to understand terms such as rogue, Ross.dek, or staple, then it will be much harder for you to get into the game. This guide was created to cover deck names, abbreviations, and words that a new player wouldn’t know to help him or her get into the game and be able to understand what other players are saying.

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    Saturday - November 26th, 2011 @ 1 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    The Cities promo for this year is Karrablast from Noble Victories stamped with the Championship Series logo and printed on the P!P “stitched” holofoil paper. Click the thumbnail below to enlarge the image; thanks goes to PotionHorderAU for the scan. As reported previously, Shelmet is the Regionals promo and Escavalier is the States promo. Will Accelgor be the Nationals promo?

    Cities Promo 2011 Karrablast
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    Saturday - November 26th, 2011 @ 1 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Information regarding Next Destinies products has already begun to surface. The one-pack blister will feature one evolutionary chain (either Zorua and Zoroark or Cubchoo and Beartic), one booster pack of the set, a “Sampling Pack” with three random common cards from the set, and a TCGO code card to unlock the two featured cards. Whether or not the evolutionary chains are promos or reprints from the set remains to be seen. The release date for the blister is listed as February 8th, which may be the release date of the set itself; as with all dates listed on prerelease product information, though, note that the products may take much longer to appear in stores than what is actually stated to be the release date.

    Following the release of Next Destinies in March, three “EX Collector’s Tins” will hit store shelves featuring either Reshiram EX, Zekrom EX, or Kyurem EX. Each tin will come with four Black & White series booster packs as well as a TCGO code card to unlock the EX Pokemon within the program. The tentative release date is listed as March 21st. This news confirms the presence of the three EX Pokemon in Next Destinies, which are from Hail Blizzard / Psycho Drive and the Reshiram EX / Zekrom EX Battle Strength Decks. As with most tin promos, they will more than likely feature English-exclusive artwork.

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    Thursday - November 24th, 2011 @ 7 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Happy Thanksgiving! Are you reading this before eating turkey, after eating turkey, or while in line at Best Buy, Target, or Walmart?

    Forum supermod Gale has written a guide about “different” decks that aren’t quite top tier but have the potential to be competitive at Cities this weekend. In case you do not know by now, the front page of PokeBeach Forums features many TCG articles and community activities which you should check out!

    Cities are upon us. For so many months, our metagame has been structured in a way that has forced only a handful of decks to be considered “good.” A lot of players are looking for a change. The newest set, Noble Victories, brings that welcomed change. The purpose of this article is to inform you of the decks that may not be top-tier, but can still perform at a top-tier level in an appropriate metagame. I know you’re going to say, “Why would I want to read this article if the best decks aren’t included?” Because you’re looking for something different. Because you’re looking for something surprising. Because you’re bored of using Reshiram, Zekrom, Yanmega, Magnezone, or any of the popular decks. Because it is still very possible that the decks listed in this article have a chance to do well at tournaments. If you want to see the decks that are universally considered to be top tier, check out Celebi23’s great article, “Cities – What’s the Play?“. If you want to open your mind to play something different because you’re tired of playing the same old decks, or you’re a new player and you can’t get a hold of some of the more expensive cards or just want something new, then keep reading!

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    Thursday - November 24th, 2011 @ 7 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Some shipments of Karrablast promos for Regionals accidentally had Escavalier promos mixed in, which we assume will be the States promo. Batches of promos are often printed and packaged at the same time, so the promo is definitely meant for a future tournament; this isn’t the first time “unreleased” promos or even deck sleeves have been mixed with current product. The Escavalier is from Noble Victories, but stamped with the Championship Series logo and printed on the P!P “stitched” holofoil paper. Thanks goes to Kirbypopstarhero for the scan below; click it to enlarge it!

    States Promo 2012 Escavalier
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    Tuesday - November 22nd, 2011 @ 1 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Sorry for the lack of updates – there hasn’t been too much news until now.

    Forum mod Celebi23 has written a very informative guide for what you can expect at Cities tournaments this weekend.

    Our metagame has been a triangle for awhile. Magnezone loses to fast decks, but those decks lose to Damage Swap lock decks, but those decks lose to Magnezone. A lot of people got fed up with that format, and are eager for a change. The latest set – Noble Victories – has the potential to bring that change, and make the format for Cities much more fair and interesting.

    However, the title is somewhat deceiving, because there really isn’t one specific deck that is the best play for Cities. The format, while it’s no longer a perfect triangle, is still a mess. Nothing in Noble Victories is broken enough to redefine the format, but some stuff is good enough to modify it.

    I’ll start off by doing a mini set analysis, only covering the cards that will make it into tier one or 1.5. Then, we can get into how the HS-EP decks are either helped or hurt by this set.

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