Thursday - October 20th, 2011 @ 10 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Today is the 15th anniversary of the Pokemon TCG in Japan! To celebrate, the official TCG blog updated by revealing Venusaur (#003/069) from BW4 Dark Rush, as Venusaur was in the original Base Set. They also posted one of the first advertisements for Base Set, as you can see below. What retro CG!

    Venusaur from Dark Rush Base Set Japanese Ad

    Venusaur – Grass – HP140
    Stage 2 – Evolves from Ivysaur

    Ability: Floral Fragrance
    Once during your turn, you may search your deck for a Pokémon, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Shuffle your deck afterward. You can use this Ability 1 time during your turn.

    [G][G][C][C] PoisonPowder: 70 damage. The Defending Pokemon is now Poisoned.

    Weakness: Fire (x2)
    Resistance: Water (-20)
    Retreat: 4

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    Wednesday - October 19th, 2011 @ 5 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    A new online Pokemon ad has revealed that the Psychic-type Victini from Noble Victories will be given out to players who attend the set’s prereleases; it is originally from Battle Theme Deck Victini. Remember, Noble Victories prereleases will take place the last weekend of October and the first weekend of November, the theme decks will be released in stores November 2nd, and the booster packs will follow suit on November 16th.

    Victini Noble Victories Prerelease Promo

    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

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    Wednesday - October 19th, 2011 @ 5 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    An ad on Pokemon.com has revealed that Shelmet from Noble Victories will be the stamped promo given out at fall Regionals; the card originates from Red Collection. This season, the first batch of Regionals will take place November 12th and 13th while the second batch will take place in April – all of them will be two-day events. As Regionals will now host TCG and video game challenges, the TCG portion of the tournaments will take place on Saturday while the video game challenges will take place on Sunday (along with the final matches of the TCG tournament). Players can play in both events too!

    Shelmet Regionals Promo
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    Wednesday - October 19th, 2011 @ 5 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    When the Trio Badge season started in September, the badge pins had not yet arrived at Pokemon Leagues due to a delay in shipping. This has since been remedied and many Pokemon Leagues should be getting them in now. Thanks to PJ, we have a photo of the badge, as you can see below.

    Trio Badge Pin
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    Friday - October 14th, 2011 @ 10 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    N

    Junichi Masuda must want Internet attention this week – he just updated the Gamefreak blog with some surprising background information about N. He finally revealed that N’s full name is “Natural Harmonia Gropius.” Yes, N’s first name is actually Natural. And yes, laughably, his last name is Gropius (I see two similarities there, one Pokemon-related [Tropius], and one not XD.) On a serious note, and Masuda did not say this, but “Natural” is English, “Harmonia” is Latin, and “Gropius” is German, meaning N’s name comes from three different languages (and he’s German?). Masuda stated that the abbreviation “N” actually comes from “natural number” since N is highly intelligent in math – he is even called a “magician of mathematics,” which isn’t surprising considering his character design shows him wearing a Menger sponge.

    As for his personality, Masuda says he is bright, emotional, has a high IQ, stands aloof from the world, keeps people at a distance, loves Pokemon, and thinks of himself as a perfect person, much of which is already explored in the games. He is apparently able to see the pasts and futures of people as well. And most surprisingly, people in the Pokemon world say that he was born from Pokemon (his parents are unknown). Could that be explored in the third version, or is it yet another cool Pokemon plot point that will be dropped and forgotten? Thanks goes to Nanimonoka for the translations!

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    Thursday - October 13th, 2011 @ 6 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Three more Noble Victories cards have been revealed: Cofagrigus (#47), Landorus (#74), and N (#101). Cofagrigus originates from Battle Theme Deck Victini whereas the other two are from Red Collection. Remember, Noble Victories prereleases will take place the last weekend of October and the first weekend of November, the theme decks will be released in stores November 2nd, and the booster packs will follow suit on November 16th.

    Cofagrigus (#47) from Noble Victories Landorus (#74) from Noble Victories N (#101) from Noble Victories
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    Thursday - October 13th, 2011 @ 1 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Was going to post this yesterday but wanted to wait for an accurate translation before jumping the gun.

    Junichi Masuda, director of Gamefreak, opened a Twitter account last week and has been posting on it every since. A few days ago, one user posted on Mr. Masuda’s account that he wants Ruby and Sapphire remakes, to which Mr. Masuda responded, “Thanks! We’ve heard you loud and clear. R/S is very near and dear to me. I want to make good products. Thanks!”

    Naturally, many websites interpreted his comment as meaning Gamefreak may consider creating Ruby and Sapphire remakes. Unfortunately, this interpretation is simply not the case (and thankfully some of these websites have since edited their news stories, though the rumor is now all over the Internet). Bangiras, who translated Mr. Masuda’s comment above, feels his response was just out of courtesy and that nothing is being implied in his statement (she put it into her own words as, “Thanks for the comment! I worked really hard on R/S and I strive to make good products, so your feedback means a lot to me! Thank you!”). In other words, his Tweet meant nothing and said nothing other than “thank you, random person, for your comments.”

    Nevertheless, going by previous years, it is probable Gamefreak is working on Ruby and Sapphire remakes right now. Of course, they’re not going to tell you that – they have a business plan to stick to and they would not be hinting at the possibility of the remakes through a Twitter account. They have official means of getting that sort of news out, partnerships with magazines like CoroCoro who probably have deals with Pokemon to break that sort of news first, a business plan to create hype, etc. So, for now, we have no official confirmation – or even a hint – that Ruby and Sapphire remakes are in the works. That doesn’t mean they’re not in the works, it just means there is no proof of their existence yet.

    However, Mr. Masuda did write one interesting comment: one user asked, “Will Pokemon Gray really be released?” His response was, “I can’t answer that yet.” That comment, if you ask me, is what should have gotten all of the attention! Though like the R/S comment, it means nothing.

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    Wednesday - October 12th, 2011 @ 8 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    We now have an image of the “Thundurus vs. Tornadus Gift Set,” which we first reported about back in July. The featured cards in the set are all reprints of existing cards but with new artwork; Landorus, the leader of the Cloud Trio, finally gets his full art card. Looking at the product image below, it appears that these featured cards will use the starry reverse holofoil like the holos in Battle Theme Deck Victini, spare Landorus of course.

    To reiterate, the set comes with two 30-card decks and the usual TCG accessories, though at this time we’re not sure if the decks will also contain reprints of existing cards. The gift set will be released in Japan on November 18th for 2,970 yen. Click the thumbnail below to enlarge the image.

    Thundurus vs. Tornadus Gift Set
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    Saturday - October 8th, 2011 @ 9 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Base Set was first released in Japan on October 20th, 1996, and to celebrate the TCG’s fifteenth anniversary this year, a special anniversary set is being released on the same day! It features the full art Reshiram and Zekrom cards from the first Black & White set with a golden “Fifteenth Anniversary” stamp, two packages of 65 card sleeves (one set is gold, the other silver), a double-sided rubber playmat, a golden coin, and acrylic damage counters and status markers. It will be sold at Pokemon Centers for 3,990 yen. (Around $52, due to the high quality materials? Yikes. It probably cost them >$5 to make it. I think I’ll pass!) Photos of the product have been compiled below from the official Pokemon-Card website; click it for a larger picture.

    Pokemon TCG 15th Anniversary Set

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    Saturday - October 8th, 2011 @ 9 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    We now have scans of the promos from the “Terrific Tepig” and “Outstanding Oshawott” boxes thanks to forum mod Omahanime (we posted “Super Snivy’s” a month ago). It seems that in the United States, the Snivy box is only available at Toys R Us, Tepig’s is only available at Target, and Oshawott’s is only available at Wal-Mart. Refer to the “Super Snivy” news story for what comes in the boxes. Click the thumbnails below for larger images.

    Owner's Tepig Jumbo Black and White Set Tepig Holo Owner's Oshawott Jumbo Black and White Set Oshawott Holo
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    Saturday - October 8th, 2011 @ 9 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    From this Wednesday to next Wednesday, registration for the first official Pokemon Wi-Fi tournament will take place via the Global Link website – up to 10,000 players can register. The tournament will use double battles, four Unova Pokemon per match (out of six you bring), and Pokemon Level 51 and above will be leveled-down to Level 50. Victini, Reshiram, Zekrom, and Kyurem cannot be used in the tournament, but all other Unova Pokemon are allowed. While there are no prizes, the top finishers will be shown at the top of a leaderboard posted on the Global Battle Union website, meaning you can win fame and recognition! The actual battles will take place from October 20th to the 24th. You can read the full details from Pokemon.com below.

    2011 Autumn Friendly Wi-Fi Tournament

    Registration for the Global Battle Union Autumn Friendly Tournament begins October 12th.

    Looking for a way to tune up your battling skills? Try a Wi-Fi Battle Competition! The 2011 Autumn Friendly Tournament is an easy way to play against other Trainers around the world. This competition is part of the Global Battle Union, one of the awesome features of the Pokémon Global Link. The tournament is completely free, so don’t miss your chance to show off your Trainer talent!

    During the tournament, you’ll play against other Trainers online, using your Nintendo DS system and your Pokémon Black Version or Pokémon White Version game. The better you do, the higher you’ll rank. Then, at the end of the tournament, all the results will be posted to the leaderboards on the Global Battle Union website!

    Here are some things you should know when preparing for the 2011 Autumn Friendly Tournament: All battles are Double Battles, meaning two Pokémon from each Trainer’s party will be battling at the same time. You need at least four Pokémon in your Battle Box before each battle, and you can have up to six. All of the Pokémon must be from the Unova Pokédex. Victini, Reshiram, Zekrom, and Kyurem cannot be used. When you battle, any Pokémon at Level 51 or higher will automatically become Level 50 for the duration of the battle. Pokémon at Level 49 or lower will not change level.

    Registration for the 2011 Autumn Friendly Tournament will be October 12th to 19th via the Global Battle Union. Battles begin October 20th and run through the 24th. Be sure to register early—only the first 10,000 people will be given a place in tournament! To register, you need a Pokémon Trainer Club account and the ability to log in to the Pokémon Global Link. To battle, you need to have access to a wireless Internet connection.

    Good luck and have fun in the Global Battle Union 2011 Autumn Friendly Tournament!

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    Friday - October 7th, 2011 @ 12 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Update (8:30 AM, Saturday) – Clarified the Ability text on Volcarona a bit.

    Dark Rush, the fourth Black & White set, has officially been announced on Pokemon-Card.com. We already knew about the set last month, but to reiterate, it will feature 69 cards (excluding secret rares), will focus on Dark-type Pokemon, and will have Trainers that benefit Dark-types. Tonight, it was revealed that a holo promo Volcarona will be given out to people who purchase a booster box of the set, meaning we can safely assume the same Volcarona will appear in the set with different artwork (as with all booster box promos recently). The set’s booster box design has also revealed that Galvantula and Piplup will appear in the set, meaning their evolutionary relatives will as well. Dark Rush will be released in Japan on December 16th.

    BW4 Volcarona Promo

    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

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    Wednesday - October 5th, 2011 @ 8 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Rest in peace Mr. Jobs.

    Druddigon (#89) and Eviolite (#91) from Noble Victories have been revealed! As with the majority of the cards in the set, the two originate from Red Collection, which was released in Japan this past July. Remember, Noble Victories prereleases will take place the last weekend of October and the first weekend of November, the theme decks will be released in stores November 2nd, and the booster packs will follow suit on November 16th.

    Druddigon from Red Collection (#89) Druddigon from Red Collection (#91)
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    Monday - October 3rd, 2011 @ 10 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Pokemon.com has announced another prize sweepstakes: each week, 25 winners will win a Reshiram or Zekrom TCG Box. You simply need to enter your e-mail address on the Pokemon Sweepstakes website for a chance to win; entering your e-mail address every day will increase your chances of winning. Then on November 7th, one lucky winner will take home the grand prize: a Reshiram TCG Box, a Zekrom TCG Box, Pokemon Black, Pokemon White, Emerging Powers booster packs, a large Reshiram plush doll, a Zekrom plush doll, and a red Nintendo 3DS! The grand prize package is pictured below.

    Pokemon Legendary Sweepstakes
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    Monday - October 3rd, 2011 @ 10 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Banette

    In the spirit of Halloween, a special Level 37 female Banette with the hidden Cursed Body ability is now available through the Pokemon Global Link website. Simply login to your account, click “Promotions,” select the Banette promotion, and enter the password “NPCHARACTER.” Then you just need to follow the instructions to transfer it to your Black or White game. The Banette also knows Cotton Guard, a move it cannot normally learn (maybe because you stuff dolls with cotton?); the rest of its moves are Faint Attack, Shadow Ball, and Hex. The promotion ends March 1st, so you have plenty of time to download it!

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