Tuesday - May 17th, 2011 @ 1 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    The six “BW Battle Theme Deck Victini” holo cards have been revealed in full; as mentioned before, the deck can be split into two thirty card decks named “Victini Coin Toss Deck” and “Victini Formation Deck.” The package will come with 10 Energy, 10 Trainers, and 20 Pokemon for a total of 40 cards. To make each 30 card deck, you use 10 of the Pokemon with the 10 Trainers and 10 Energy, meaning you cannot have both 30 card decks built at the same time. CoroCoro magazine has also revealed a Tynamo and Blitzle card that will be included in the decks as well, seen below.

    Known “Victini Coin Toss” Pokemon are Psychic-type Victini (holo), Cofagrigus (holo), Simisear (holo), Blitzle, Yamask, and Pansear. The “Victini Formation” deck will feature Fire-type Victini (holo), Emolga (holo), Audino (holo), Elgyem, Tynamo, and Litwick. Cheren and Revive are two of the known Trainers and the typical staples of Poke Ball, Energy Search, etc. will probably be included as well. All current translations are below thanks to Bangiras and you can click the images to enlarge them, which come from the official TCG website, CoroCoro magazine, and the Daisuki club website (via Viper.Fox).

    Victini Coin Toss Deck Victini Formation Deck Tynamo and Blitzle in CoroCoro Magazine

    Victini Coin Toss Deck

    Victini from BW Battle Theme Deck Victini

    Victini – Psychic – HP60
    Basic Pokemon

    [P] V-Blast: 120 damage. Flip 2 coins, if even 1 is tails, this attack fails.

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


    Cofagrigus from BW Battle Theme Deck Victini

    Cofagrigus – Psychic – HP90
    Stage 1 – Evolves from Yamask

    Ability: Preserved Corpse
    When this Pokemon would be Knocked Out by damage from an attack, flip a coin. If heads, this Pokemon isn’t Knocked Out, and it remains in play with 10 HP.

    [P][C] Leap Out: 40 damage. Flip a coin, if heads this attack does an additional 20 damage.

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


    Simisear – Fire – HP90
    Stage 1 – Evolves from Pansear

    [C] Scratch: 20 damage.
    [R][R][C] Double Fire: Flip 2 coins, this attack does 80 damage times the number of heads.

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


    Blitzle – Lightning – HP60
    Basic Pokemon

    [L] Agility: 10 damage. Flip a coin, if heads prevent all effects of attacks, including damage, done to this Pokemon during your opponent’s next turn.

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


    Victini Formation Deck

    Victini from BW Battle Theme Deck Victini

    Victini – Fire – HP70
    Basic Pokemon

    [R][C] V-Generate: 100 damage. If you don’t have 5 Pokemon on your Bench, this attack fails.

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


    Emolga – Lightning – HP70
    Basic Pokemon

    [L] Elec-Chain: 10 damage. If you have a Lightning-type Pokemon on your Bench, this attack does an additional 20 damage.

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


    Audino – Colorless – HP90
    Basic Pokemon

    [C][C] Do the Wave: Does 10 damage times the number of Pokemon on your Bench.

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


    Tynamo – Lightning – HP30
    Basic Pokemon

    [L] Tackle: 10 damage.

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


    Elgyem from BW Battle Theme Deck Victini

    Elgyem – Psychic – HP60
    Basic Pokemon

    [C] Contact: Choose 2 Basic Pokemon cards from your deck and play them on your Bench. Shuffle your deck afterward.
    [P][C] Headbutt: 20 damage.

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

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    Tuesday - May 17th, 2011 @ 1 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Thanks to Jason, we now have a scan of the Spring 2011 Victory Medal promo card. While the card still features Typhlosion, the posture is different than the Fall Battle Road card (though similar) and the medal is colored gold rather than silver. The card was originally released in Japan in 2009 as promo #027/L-P, meaning it’s a bit old! (Oddly, its English release is copyrighted 2010 instead of 2011.) Click the thumbnail below to enlarge the scan.

    Spring 2011 Victory Medal Promo
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    Tuesday - May 17th, 2011 @ 1 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    If you won an Eeveelution through the Play to Befriend a Pokemon game on Pokemon.com last month, you will be able to download it to your game starting this Thursday, May 19th. The full press release is below.

    Befriend Eevee’s Evolution on May 19th! If you visited the Pokémon Fun Zone on Pokemon.com and played the game to earn one of Eevee’s evolutions, you can befriend the Pokémon starting on May 19th. Sign into the Pokémon Global Link using your Pokémon Trainer Club account information, then visit the promotions page to befriend the Pokémon. Then, you can transfer that Pokémon into your copy of Pokémon Black Version or Pokémon White Version when you wake your Pokémon in the Pokémon Dream World!

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    Tuesday - May 17th, 2011 @ 1 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Lenora, the second Gym Leader in Black and White – and the first major Black character in the Pokemon franchise – was shown with her updated design in the dub episodes that aired in America these past two Saturdays (A Night in the Nacrene City Museum! and The Battle According to Lenora). In the original episodes, she was wearing an apron, whereas in the updated versions that have likely been given to all countries outside Japan, the Japanese animators completely redrew her to remove the apron altogether. Comparison screenshots are below, which you can click for larger images.

    Lenora's Original Design Lenora's Updated Design Lenora's Original Design Lenora's Updated Design

    Lenora’s original Ken Sugimori artwork depicted her wearing an apron, but shortly after the Japanese release of Black and White, her design was changed to have the apron slung over her shoulder instead. The change was probably made because her original design could be misconstrued as an allusion to Black slavery, and as to not relive the Jynx controversy, the Japanese decided to change her design before anyone publicly complained.

    Lenora's Original Design Lenora's Updated Design
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    Tuesday - May 17th, 2011 @ 1 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    This past Sunday’s episode of Pokemon Smash (Pokemon Sunday‘s successor) revealed some interesting information about the Reshiram and Zekrom that moviegoers will be able to download to their games when they go to see the Victini movies: both Pokemon’s OT is Satoshi! Does this mean Ash will capture one of the two Pokemon in each Victini movie? Or will he just befriend them as with every other movie? If he does capture them, it’s not likely he’ll keep them since, in general, movies do not effect the plots of the television shows they are based on.

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    Thursday - May 12th, 2011 @ 1 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    The latest issue of CoroCoro magazine has announced that next month’s issue will reveal a new Pokemon game. Since CoroCoro is always the first to bring new Pokemon news to light, it’s possible that last month’s announcement from Dengeki Nintendo will also turn out to be the same sort of statement (an announcement about an upcoming announcement). However, the latter did say they would be revealing actual game information, so we’ll see within the next week or so whether that promise will hold true or not.

    Aside from the disappointing announcement, CoroCoro also revealed that players will be able to download Reshiram or Zekrom when they go to see the Victini movies in theaters this July. If you own Pokemon Black, you will be able to download Zekrom, whereas if you own Pokemon White, you’ll be able to download Reshiram. As posted over the past few months, you will also be able to download another Victini if you preorder a ticket to one of the movies. Thus, Keldeo will not be part of the Victini movies as originally anticipated (they’ll either save the hidden Legendary for a future movie promotion or perhaps even for a future Pokemon game, as they originally did with Victini for Black and White).

    CoroCoro - New Pokemon Game Next Month CoroCoro - Reshiram and Zekrom Movie Downloads
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    Thursday - May 5th, 2011 @ 3 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Redshark 4.00 for the Black & White set is now available! Redshark allows you to practice the Pokemon TCG on your computer and against friends online. Unlike the official Pokemon TCG program, you can use every single English card right away. You can download the installer for your operating system by clicking one of the links below; make sure to uninstall any previous versions of Redshark before attempting to install the new version!

    [Windows | Macintosh]

    Updates in 4.00

    • Trainer Menu – Added Great Ball, Legend Box, Prof. Juniper, and Research Record
    • Deck Builder – Added “HGSS On” to the series filter
    • Tweaked layout of Trainer cards on playmat
    • TempStack listbox auto-expands/contracts so cards can be easily viewed without scrolling
    • Incorporated “Item” and “Ability” terminology
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    Thursday - May 5th, 2011 @ 3 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    SteveP’s deck list program has been updated with the cards from Black & White. The program allows you to fill out your tournament deck lists on the computer and print them out for use in tournaments. In the future, the program can be accessed from the left menu under the TCG section.

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    Sunday - May 1st, 2011 @ 10 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    No major Pokemon news this week, though that certainly isn’t the case for the world today.

    As we reported earlier, a promo Landorus will be given out to people who buy booster boxes of Red Collection in Japan. Like Zoroark from the first Black & White Collections sets, it is a (future) reprint of the Landorus from the main set, but with alternate artwork. Bangiras has translated Landorus below. Additionally, when you buy four booster packs of Red Collection from stores in Japan, you will receive one of four secret promo cards which feature Pokemon from the two Victini movies; we probably won’t know what the Pokemon are until July.

    Red Collection Landorus Promo Red Collection Landorus Promo

    Landorus – Fighting – HP110
    Basic Pokemon

    [F] Abundant Harvest: Choose 1 Basic Energy card from your discard pile and attach it to this Pokemon.
    [F][F][C] Gaia Hammer: 80 damage. This attack also does 10 damage to all of both players’ Benched Pokemon (don’t apply Weakness and Resistance when damaging the Bench).

    Weakness: Water (x2)
    Resistance: Lightning (-20)
    Retreat: 1


    In other promo news, a new CD single with the second Best Wishes ending, Pokemon Ierukana, will be released on June 22nd packaged with promo cards Simisage, Simisear, and Simipour. Each of the promos are stamped with “Pokemon Ierukana? BW.” The CD will cost 1,160 yen and will first be available as a limited edition, meaning that when more CDs are produced, they likely won’t have the promo cards.

    Simisage, Simisear, Simipour Promos

    Simisage – Grass – HP90
    Stage 1 – Evolves from Pansage

    [C][C] Fire Power: 30 damage. If this Pokemon has any Fire Energy attached to it, the opponent’s Active Pokemon is now Burned.
    [G][C][C] Seed Bomb: 60 damage.

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


    Simisear – Fire – HP90
    Stage 1 – Evolves from Pansear

    [C][C] Water Power: 30? damage. If this Pokemon has any Water Energy attached to it, the opponent’s Active Pokemon is now Asleep.
    [R][C][C] Flamethrower: ? damage. Discard 1 Energy attached to this Pokemon.

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


    Simipour – Water – HP90
    Stage 1 – Evolves from Panpour

    [C][C] Grass Power: 30? damage. If this Pokemon has any Grass Energy attached to it, this Pokemon recovers 20 HP.
    [W][C][C] Wild Current: ? damage. Choose 1 Energy attached to the opponent’s Active Pokemon and move it to one of his or her Benched Pokemon.

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


    Pizza-La, the largest pizza chain in Japan, will be running a promo campaign starting April 29th. For 1,980 yen as well as the purchase of a pizza, you can get promos Scraggy (a holo), Darumaka, and Axew, a deck box featuring artwork of the three, and one of the BW Boy and Girl Starter Kits.

    Scraggy, Darumaka, Axew Pizza-La Promos

    Scraggy – Darkness – HP50
    Basic Pokemon

    [C] Leer: Flip a coin, if heads the opponent’s Active Pokemon is now Paralyzed.
    [D][C][C] Hi Jump Kick: 30 damage.

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


    Axew – Colorless – HP50
    Basic Pokemon

    [C][C] Big Bite: 20 damage. The opponent’s Active Pokemon that was hit by this attack can’t retreat during your opponent’s next turn.

    Weakness: none
    Resistance: none
    Retreat: 1


    Darumaka – Fire – HP60
    Basic Pokemon

    [R][C] Singe: 20 damage. Flip a coin, if heads the opponent’s Active Pokemon is now Burned.

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

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    Sunday - May 1st, 2011 @ 10 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Every set has multiple print runs, and it seems that in the case of Black & White, secret rare Zekrom is available in two holo styles depending on which print run your booster pack is from. It seems that for the first print run, the background of the Zekrom card allows the reverse holo to show through, while for the second and later print runs, the background is opaque. Thanks gos to Omahanime for the comparison scans below; click them for larger images.

    Zekrom from Black & White (#114) Zekrom from Black & White (#114, opaque background)
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    Sunday - May 1st, 2011 @ 10 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Pokemon.com has announced that the Dream World Eeveelution game will end May 5th. Playing the game allows you to win one of Eevee’s seven evolutions with hidden Dream World abilities that they cannot have otherwise. Vaporeon has Hydration (normally Water Absorb), Jolteon has Quick Feet (normally Volt Absorb), Flareon has Guts (normally Flash Fire), Espeon has Bounce (normally Synchronize), Umbreon has Inner Focus (also normally Synchronize), Leafeon has Chlorophyll (normally Leaf Guard), and Glaceon has Ice Body (normally Snow Cloak). All of the evolutions are male, meaning their abilities cannot be passed on through breeding. Better beat the game now if you haven’t already (I haven’t…).

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    Monday - April 25th, 2011 @ 8 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    TPCi has announced that they may change the Modified format to HeartGold & SoulSilver-on starting July 1st due to the new Black & White rules. Currently, the format is Majestic Dawn and on, meaning seven sets would be rotated out before Nationals and Worlds if the early rotation was put into effect. TPCi will make their decision in early June; they are probably waiting until after the spring Battle Roads take place to gauge whether the early rotation is really needed. If the format is not changed to HGSS-on in July, the rotation will occur in September like usual. Their full announcement is below.

    This potentially early rotation comes following complaints from the general player base that the current format is stale and unbalanced (mainly due to Sableye from Stormfront). Compounding this, because of the new Black & White rules that were recently put into effect, some older cards that were never meant to work under the new rules are becoming even stronger. This is an inherent problem in the way TPCi brings cards overseas – many cards are removed from their original sets and “saved” for subsequent sets when they were originally supposed to be released together. This means that some cards enter the format anywhere from three to nine months after they were originally supposed to. This can sometimes cause power disparities in the format since TPCi is essentially introducing old cards into what is now a different game.

    Sableye is a perfect example of this. Because the player who goes first can now play Trainer cards under the new Black & White rules, they can more easily damage and Knock Out the opponent’s Pokemon using cards like Poke Turn, Crobat G, Super Scoop Up, Uxie, Junk Arm, Victory Medal, Poke Blower, Poke Drawer, and Seeker, all of which allow Sableye to potentially achieve a first turn donk before the opponent can even draw a card. Since Sableye was created at a time when the first player could not play Trainer cards on their first turn, Sableye gains an advantage in this new environment which was never intended by the game designers in Japan. (To use a bad metaphor, it’s like introducing a soldier with a semiautomatic into the Revolutionary War. :p)

    Pokémon Organized Play has developed a Modified format to encourage a diverse and vital competitive environment.

    With the release of the Pokémon Trading Card Game: Black & White expansion later this month, players will see some changes to the TCG rules. With so many different cards interacting with the new rules, Pokémon Organized Play will be taking extra care to ensure the competitive environment remains as fun and fair as it has always been for our players.

    To provide a fun, positive tournament experience for all Play! Pokémon members, we may rotate some older sets out of the Modified format earlier in the year than the typical September 1st rotation date.

    The next Modified format will include expansions from HeartGold & SoulSilver to the present. Under normal circumstances, this rotation would take effect September 1st, 2011. However, should we deem it necessary to maintain a healthy competitive environment, the rotation would take effect on July 1st instead. The final decision will be announced in early June.

    Please note that some Premier events in Europe may not incorporate rules and cards from the Pokémon TCG: Black & White expansion. Contact your local event organizers to confirm which expansions will be allowed.

    Thank you for your understanding throughout this process! Pokémon Organized Play strives to keep players as up-to-date as possible to help you be best prepared to perform at your peak at every Pokémon TCG event.

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    Sunday - April 24th, 2011 @ 8 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Some booster packs of Black & White contain an additional card with a unique code that grants early access to the full version of the Pokemon Trading Card Game Online program. The full version allows players to battle each other online rather than just computer opponents, so this is an awesome opportunity to try out the full version before its fall release. A scan of a code card’s front and back is below courtesy of Baby Mario.

    Not only will the cards activate the full program, but each code also “grants accounts access to pre-populated inventory on loan from TCG Online for the duration of the closed beta so that players can build decks and play. Each additional code redeemed will grant additional product for testing.” In other words, the more codes you enter, the more cards you will be able to use in your decks during the beta period (from now until fall).

    If you received booster packs with the code cards at your prereleases, you will be able to activate them starting Tuesday, April 26th. You can input the codes by manually typing them in or scanning the code cards with a webcam. Remember, not all booster packs have the code cards; there is a way to check if booster boxes do, however. The front bottom left of some booster boxes say “Each booster pack contains 1 code card. This card gives you preview access to the Pokemon TCG online.” All booster packs in boxes with this label will have the code cards while those without the label will not.

    Pokemon Trading Card Game Online code card - front Pokemon Trading Card Game Online code card - back
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    Sunday - April 24th, 2011 @ 8 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    And yet more Black & White promos have been revealed! You can get Snivy (BW06), Tepig (BW07), or Oshawott (BW08) in Black & White blister packs, which come in two varieties. One package comes with three booster packs of the set, a sampling pack with three random commons, a Starter Pokemon coin, and one of the promos, all for $11.99. A smaller blister pack contains just one booster pack, a sampling pack, and one of the promos for $3.99. Thanks goes to Shakespeare for the scans below; click them for larger images. The promos were originally part of a t-shirt promotion in Japan, though Zorua, Minccino, and Pokedex from the same promotion have yet to be released in America.

    Snivy Black and White Promo (#6) Tepig Black and White Promo (#7) Oshawott Black and White Promo (#8)

    Pansage (BW14), Pidove (BW15), and Axew (BW16) are also available via the Egg Promotion at Toys R Us. You can buy a blister pack which contains two of the set’s packs and one of the three promos for $9.99. However, you cannot see which card you are getting. The three promos were originally available in two varieties during the same Egg Promotion in Japan last December. One of the three below was blindly given out after buying two booster packs of Black and White Collection at 7-Eleven stores. At all other stores, however, the same promos with different art were given out; so far, only the Axew (BW10) has been released in America. Thanks goes to menoknow3 for the scans below.

    Pansage Black and White Promo (#14) Pidove Black and White Promo (#15) Axew Black and White Promo (#16)

    Also, I forgot to mention that the Black & White prerelease promo is a holo Darmanitan. The card is actually a regular rare in the set, so it is only available as a holo when you attend prereleases. Thanks goes to Pokepower22 for the scan!

    Darmanitan from Black and White (#25, holo)
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    Friday - April 22nd, 2011 @ 7 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    The current issue of Dengeki Nintendo magazine promises it will announce a new Pokemon game in its May 21st issue; it is stated in the blue sentence in the scan below. Since magazines other than CoroCoro usually announce new games far after other sources, it’s very likely we’ll have the news before then. Could the game be the next Pokemon Battle Revolution? The first Pokemon 3DS game? A stupid typing game no one cares about? We’ll find out soon! Thanks goes to Shell Spider for the news and Heerosferret, DorianBlack, and Bangiras for translating it!

    New Pokemon Game in May
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