Monday - December 15th, 2008 @ 12 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    PokeBeach is currently looking for a volunteer who has strong experience in PHP, databases, and other web programming languages. If you are a Pokemon fan who knows this type of programming, have a lot of time on your hands, and would be willing to volunteer your time and effort to helping this website, please drop us an e-mail at wpm at pokebeach dot com with your credentials and examples of your work. We want this website to progress further than before, and we need your help doing it!

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    Saturday - December 13th, 2008 @ 5 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    A new “Pokemon Collector’s Box” is available at stores like K-Mart and Toys R Us, containing one holo POP 7 Ampharos and Kirlia, one EX Dragon Frontiers theme deck, and four Diamond and Pearl series booster packs. The entire package costs $22.00. Shakespeare has scanned both cards below; click them for larger scans.

    POP 7 Ampharos Holo POP 7 Kirlia Holo Pokemon TCG Collector's Box
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    Friday - December 12th, 2008 @ 5 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Shaymin has now officially been revealed on Pokemon.com. Nothing of importance is revealed regarding Shaymin in the United States, such as when it will be given out, but the site says to keep checking back for that information.

    Shaymin Officially Revealed on Pokemon.com
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    Friday - December 12th, 2008 @ 8 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    12th Pokemon Movie Poster - To the Conquering of Space-Time

    The official Pokemon movie website has updated with new information, confirming the title of the movie yesterday as “To the Conquering of Space-Time,” and giving us some new information about Pichu. The Pichu is a female and is specifically titled “Notched-Ear Pichu.” On the website, it is confirmed as the hidden Pokemon behind the question mark from the trailer, meaning the Pokemon is not from the fifth generation. So, it appears as if the only thing special about Pichu is its left ear…

    In case you missed this yesterday, we posted that a new Pokemon is going to be revealed at the World Hobby Fair next month. Thus, there is still a possibility a fifth generation Pokemon could be involved in this film. Or, the “new Pokemon” is going to be Arceus, and it will officially be revealed at the event. If that’s the case, then the chances of a fifth generation Pokemon being in the film will be even slimmer. Then again, this is the last movie of a trilogy involving Diamond and Pearl (though not the last D/P movie in general), so they may just stick to the fourth generation for now until the next film.

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    Friday - December 12th, 2008 @ 12 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    More Bonds to the End of Time card images have been released! Click the thumbnails below for larger images. Translations are below the thumbnails, courtesy of Bangiras. Check out this news story from last month for previously released cards and translations from the set. Bonds to the End of Time will be released on December 26th, though we’ll have scans and translations before then.

    Gardenia owns one tough Turtwig! Also, Leafeon’s a great addition to existing Leafeon decks! And the original Eeveelutions can de-evolve and re-evolve (neoteney). This set has awesome artwork and very interesting cards, that’s for sure!

    To discuss this set, check out this forum thread. If you’re not registered on our forums, you can do that by clicking here.

    Bonds to the End of Time Turtwig Bonds to the End of Time Leafeon Bonds to the End of Time Flareon Bonds to the End of Time Starmie Bonds to the End of Time Quagsire Bonds to the End of Time Sealeo Bonds to the End of Time Walrein Bonds to the End of Time Floatzel Bonds to the End of Time Jolteon Bonds to the End of Time Steelix

    Steelix GL LV.38 – Steel – HP110
    Basic Pokemon (SP)

    [C][C] Mend: Attach 1 Metal Energy card from your discard pile to Steelix GL. Then, remove 1 damage counter from Steelix GL.
    [M][M][C][C] Constrict: 30 damage. Flip a coin, if heads this attack does an additional 50 damage and the Defending Pokemon is now Paralyzed.

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


    Floatzel GL LV.37 – Water – HP80
    Basic Pokemon (SP)

    [.] Captain: Choose up to 2 Supporter cards from your discard pile, show them to your opponent, and put them in your hand.
    [W][W] Giant Wave: 50 damage. Floatsel GL can’t use Giant Wave during your next turn.

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


    Walrein LV.59 – Water – HP140
    Stage 2 – Evolves from Sealeo

    Poke-Power: Ice Up
    You can use this Power once during your turn, when you play this card from your hand to Evolve a Pokemon. Choose any number of Water Energy cards in your hand and attach them to this Pokemon.
    [W][W][C][C] Cold Crush: 70 damage. Discard 1 Energy attached to Walrein. Then, discard 1 Energy attached to the Defending Pokemon.

    Weakness: Steel (+30)
    Resistance: none
    Retreat: 4


    Sealeo LV.31 – Water – HP80
    Stage 1 – Evolves from Spheal

    [.] Ice Call: Search your deck for up to 2 Water Energy cards, show them to your opponent, and put them in your hand. Shuffle your deck afterward.
    [W][C] Sheer Cold: 20 damage. Flip a coin, if heads the Defending Pokemon can’t attack during your opponent’s next turn.

    Weakness: Steel (+20)
    Resistance: none
    Retreat: 2


    Quagsire GL LV.34 – Water – HP90
    Basic Pokemon (SP)

    Poke-Body: Submerge
    As long as this Pokemon is on your Bench, it can’t be damaged by attacks.

    [W][C][C] Punch and Run: 40 damage. You may switch Quagsire GL with one of your Benched Pokemon.

    Weakness: Grass (x2)
    Resistance: Lightning (-20)
    Retreat: 2


    Starmie LV.44 – Water – HP80
    Stage 1 – Evolves from Staryu

    Poke-Power: Aqua Recycle
    You can use this Power once during your turn. Choose 1 Water Energy card from your discard pile, show it to your opponent, and put it in your hand. This Power can’t be used if this Pokemon is affected by a Special Condition.

    [C] Synchronized Gain: 20 damage. If Starmie and the Defending Pokemon have the same number of Energy attached to them, remove 4 damage counters from Starmie.
    [W] Big Spin: 40 damage. Starmie can’t attack during your next turn.

    Weakness: Lightning (+20)
    Resistance: none
    Retreat: 0


    Turtwig GL LV.20 – Grass – HP90
    Basic Pokemon (SP)

    Poke-Body: Overgrow
    If this Pokemon’s remaining HP is 60 or less, this Pokemon’s attacks do an additional 30 damage to any Active Pokemon.

    [G][C][C] Giga Drain: 30 damage. Remove a number of damage counters from Turtwig equal to the number of damage counters placed on the opponent by damage from this attack.

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


    Leafeon LV.49 – Grass – HP90
    Stage 1 – Evolves from Eevee

    Poke-Body: Energy Refresh
    As long as this Pokemon is your Active Pokemon, whenever you attach Energy to your Pokemon from your hand, remove 2 damage counters from that Pokemon.

    [G][C] Energy Plus: 40 damage. Attach 1 Basic Energy card from your hand to one of your Pokemon.
    [G][C][C] Aroma Sleep: 60 damage. The Defending Pokemon is now Asleep.

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


    Flareon LV.38 – Fire – HP80
    Stage 1 – Evolves from Eevee

    Poke-Power: Neoteny
    You can use this Power once during your turn. Remove the Flareon card from this Pokemon to Devolve it. Return the removed card to your hand. This Power can’t be used if this Pokemon is affected by a Special Condition.

    [C] Tail Smack: 30 damage.
    [R][C] Evolve Flare: 40 damage. If Flareon Evolved from any Eevee during this turn, this attack does an additional 20 damage and the Defending Pokemon is now Burned.

    Weakness: Water (+20)
    Resistance: none
    Retreat: 1


    Jolteon LV.43 – Lightning – HP80
    Stage 1 – Evolves from Eevee

    Poke-Power: Neoteny
    You can use this Power once during your turn. Remove the Jolteon card from this Pokemon to Devolve it. Return the removed card to your hand. This Power can’t be used if this Pokemon is affected by a Special Condition.

    [C] Quick Attack: 10 damage. Flip a coin, if heads this attack does an additional 30 damage.
    [R][C] Evolve Thunder: 50 damage. If Jolteon Evolved from any Eevee during this turn, this attack also does 10 damage to each of your opponent’s Benched Pokemon.

    Weakness: Fighting (+20)
    Resistance: Steel (-20)
    Retreat: 1

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    Friday - December 12th, 2008 @ 12 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    The Snorlax LV.X we reported about last August has now been released in Japan! Bangiras has translated both it and the regular promo Snolax that was released last month below.

    Snorlax LV.X

    Snorlax LV.37 – Colorless – HP100
    Basic Pokemon

    [.] Wide Reach: Choose up to 4 Basic Energy cards from your discard pile, show them to your opponent, and put them in your hand.
    [C][C][C][C] Lie Down: 60 damage. Flip a coin, if heads Snorlax and the Defending Pokemon are now Asleep. If tails, Snorlax is now Asleep.

    Weakness: Fighting (+20)
    Resistance: none
    Retreat: 4


    Snorlax LV.X – Colorless – HP130
    Level Up

    Poke-Power: Pig Out
    You can use this Power once during your turn, if this Pokemon is your Active Pokemon. Draw cards from your deck until you have 6 cards in your hand. Afterward, this Pokemon is now Asleep. This Power can’t be used if this Pokemon is affected by a Special Condition.

    [C][C][C][C] Exercise: 80 damage. You may discard any number of Energy cards from your hand. If you do, remove a number of damage counters equal to the number of discarded Energy cards from Snorlax.

    Weakness: Fighting (x2)
    Resistance: none
    Retreat: 4

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    Thursday - December 11th, 2008 @ 9 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    EDIT: Heerosferret has looked at the Japanese title of the movie in detail and has determined it translates to “To the Conquering of Space-Time.” My Japanese professor confirmed this title as well. So, an event will take place in which Dialga and Palkia are suppressed. I wonder who can do that? Maybe Arceus? :p

    12th Pokemon movie Pikachu, Pichu, Piplup

    A new image supposedly from the January issue of CoroCoro magazine is floating around Japanese image board 2ch and shows a Pichu with the same type of spiked ear as the silhouetted Pokemon in the screenshot of this news story. Could this be the Pokemon that was hidden behind the question mark? Is it the small, yellow, Electric Pokemon that the director said would save the world? We’ll find out soon!

    Additionally, news from the magazine indicates that the 12th Pokemon movie will be tentatively named, “Toward Conquering the Emptiness of Space-Time” “To the Conquering of Space-Time” If Arceus is in the movie, its name may be added to the title at a later time.

    Apparently the new CoroCoro issue also reveals that a new Pokemon will be unveiled at Japan’s World Hobby Fair in late January, as well as additional 12th Pokemon movie information. If this is true, then a 5th generation Pokemon will probably be revealed then. This may turn out to be the more important piece of news!

    As a teaser, CoroCoro also states that a new Mystery Dungeon series will be revealed in its February issue next month.

    We’ll find out more when we have actual scans of CoroCoro, so stay tuned!

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    Thursday - December 11th, 2008 @ 2 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Posted 20 seconds after the episode aired! We’re like ninjas!

    Heerosferret has written a summary for DP106, “The Way to Befriend a Pokemon.” A couple of significant events take place in the episode. You can read the summary below!

    Lower-quality screenshots of the episode are available here to hold you all over until the episode is available on YouTube. :)

    Piloswine

    Dawn sees a commercial for the next contest and immediately wants to start training Piloswine for it! While Ash prepares for his battle with Byron, Dawn works on Piloswine, who…. won’t budge or listen to a word she says. It won’t move, or try an Ice Beam, or do anything. But then it digs a hole. Piplup goes down after it, and it beats him up, grinding him against the wall. Why won’t it listen? Brock suggests it must be hungry. When Dawn offers a poffin, it immediately rushes over and starts to eat it up! But when she says there’s no more, it charges angrily at her in a crazy rage! Then it chases everyone around the yard, shooting Ice Beams everywhere. Gliscor begs to help and Ash sends Grotle instead, but the poor thing gets half frozen instantly. Finally, Ash asks Glion to help, but it also gets frozen – only to unfreeze with Fire Fang, which it just learned to everyone’s surprise! Finally, Brock’s Happiny is able to stop the Piloswine by simply holding her hand out against it.

    Ash says a battle could maybe help calm it down, and they begin a battle with Piloswine vs. Grotle. Piloswine uses ANCIENT POWER, and rushes off! It comes across Team Rocket about to enjoy a special treat, and Ice Beams the heck out of them. Adding insult to injury, it blasts them off and eats their food.

    Dawn is crying because Swinub listened and Piloswine won’t. Ash and Brock try to cheer her up, but she continues to be upset. Team Rocket is spying and gets some amazing idea. After a while they appear in punk disguises raving about an amazing Pokemon Friendly School, and the dummies, er, Ash and company, fall for it and rush over to join it. Jessie greets them and goes on and on about how this school will teach them to be better friends with their Pokemon!

    Inside the building is an obstacle course that will obviously make you better friends with whatever Pokemon you go through it with. Ash goes through without an issue with Grotle, and Brock and Croagunk are fine, but Dawn has trouble with Piloswine, who will only follow if she has a poffin. Then it knocks her into the water. Oh well! Outside James has them send out all their Pokemon and claims this is a test to see how close you all are by having to imitate his poses. They all try to imitate James’ poses; naturally Piloswine won’t. Then he has all the trainers go into one circle and all Pokemon into another. Can you guess that the trainers fall into a hole and the Pokemon get caught?

    They try to fly off with the Pokemon but its too heavy, and they use rockets to take off in their balloon. As they try to escape, Pachirisu shocks Piloswine, who freaks out and starts to ram into the walls of the cage, eventually crashing the balloon. They all battle and Piloswine EVOLVES, busting everyone out of the cage due to its sheer fatness! Team Rocket tries to attack but it instantly freezes and shoots them away….. THEN CHARGES ASH AND COMPANY IN A RAGE! Piplup tries to hold it off, but gets blasted aside. Dawn manages to return it to its Poke Ball just in time.

    Dawn thanks Piplup for trying, and is sad over Mamoswine’s rage, but decides to try her best to train it. And at the Pokemon Center, Nurse Joy tells Ash that Byron has returned…!

    Significant Events / Notes: Glion learns Fire Fang, Piloswine learns Ancient Power, Piloswine evolves into Mamoswine

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    Wednesday - December 10th, 2008 @ 8 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Exciting news! I’m going to be the first to buy them! :D

    Pokemon Special Japanese Cover Volume 1

    Pokemon Adventures (called Pokemon Special in Japan) is going to be re-released in America by Viz this upcoming summer. For those of you who do not know, it is a manga (comic book) that follows the Pokemon RPG games much more closely than the anime does. For example, characters sometimes capture legendary Pokemon, actually train the dozens of Pokemon they have caught throughout their journey, fight real evil-doers (above Jessie and James-evil), etc. Satoshi Tajiri, the creator of Pokemon, is even on record saying, “This is the comic that most resembles the world I was trying to convey.” Most fans prefer Pokemon Special to all other Pokemon manga, as it is the most serious in terms of its story.

    Volume one and volume two will be released in America on June 2nd and August 4th, respectively. Each volume will cost $7.99, which is rather cheap. Both volumes follow the characters Red, Blue, and Green as they travel through the Kanto region fighting Team Rocket (the organization, not Jessie and James). Later on, they also encounter Mewtwo and three evil Kanto Gym Leaders. It’s quite an interesting story! Both volumes were originally written in 1997, so it’s definitely classic Pokemon. If you like the anime and the video games, you’re going to love the manga ten times more! If you hate the anime, you’ll still love the stories, as they are much more serious and creative!

    While the manga stopped being released in America after volume seven (in 2003), perhaps if sales for the first two volumes are high enough this time around, Viz will translate and release the later volumes as well! After volume seven, the manga focuses on the Johto region and its characters, followed by the Hoenn region, and later Sinnoh of course.

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    Wednesday - December 10th, 2008 @ 8 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Not sure how long ago I posted about these, but might as well remind everyone! Also, remember that you pronounce Dusknoir, “Dusk-no-are.” With a British accent is a plus!

    DP32 and DP33 promos Magnezone and Dusknoir are now beginning to trickle into stores like Target and Wal-Mart. Both were released in foreign countries before America, but now you can probably find them at the aforementioned stores if you check every once in a while. Each individually come in a blister pack with two Stormfront booster packs, one Secret Wonders pack, and either a Dialga or Palkia coin. After tax, the blister pack costs around $11.00. Click the thumbnails below for larger scans of the promos! Thanks go to Omahanime for the images!

    DP32 Magnezone promo DP33 Dusknoir promo
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    Tuesday - December 9th, 2008 @ 12 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Update: Circuit City has removed the listing from their website. Looks like someone somewhere is in twuuuuuuble for leaking the information early!

    …and speak of the devil! Right after I post the TCG news story! I was going to post the TCG story yesterday, but I had to wait for confirmation on the set name. :(

    Pokemon Platinum English Box Art

    Circuit City has revealed through an online ad that Pokemon Platinum will be released in North America on March 22nd.

    According to the game’s description, Team Galactic scientist “Pluto” will be re-named “Charon” for the English game. Charon is the name of Pluto’s largest moon. The character was probably renamed to avoid copyright trademarks or confusion with the Disney character Pluto (Mickey Mouse’s dog). The same was done when “Team Galaxy” was changed to “Team Galactic” in America, since there is a cartoon named Team Galaxy.

    Detective Handsome, as he is named in the Japanese game, is called “Looker” for the English release.

    The Ruined World is also now called the “Distortion World,” referencing the odd spacial phenomena that occur within it.

    Seeing as Platinum will be released this March, we can expect to see Giratina and the Sky Warrior released earlier and Shaymin downloads soon. The upcoming Video Game Showdowns may finally be officially announced as well, especially if only Pokemon Platinum can be used in the tournaments (as is the case in Japan).

    Credit goes to Bulbanews for spotting the Circuit City ad!

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    Tuesday - December 9th, 2008 @ 12 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    We have received word that the next TCG set will be named Diamond and Pearl: Platinum. Past sets that correspond with Pokemon video game releases share the exact name as the video games they are based on (EX Ruby and Sapphire, EX Emerald, EX FireRed and LeafGreen, Diamond and Pearl), so it would makes sense the set would be named after Pokemon Platinum.

    The set will be released on February 11th, meaning prereleases will take place the last weekend of January and the first weekend of February.

    Since TCG sets are usually released around the same time as the video games they are based on (except in the case of Ruby and Sapphire, though that was when the TCG was switching companies), Pokemon Platinum may be released in America around March. This is only the case IF the pattern of the last few game and TCG set releases stays the same.

    • EX FireRed & LeafGreen set: August 30th, 2004 / FireRed & LeafGreen game: September 9th, 2004
    • Emerald game: May 1st, 2005 / EX Emerald set: May 9th, 2005
    • Diamond & Pearl game: April 22nd, 2007 / Diamond & Pearl set: May 23rd, 2007
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    Sunday - December 7th, 2008 @ 7 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    This January, three new “Classic Trio” tins will be released in stores like Target and Wal-Mart. Each will come with a holo Turtwig, Chimchar, or Piplup Diamond and Pearl promo, two EX-series booster packs, and one Diamond and Pearl series booster pack. A prototype image of the tins can be seen below, though like with all prototype images, the cards shown may not be what the actual products will contain.

    The tins are probably branded “Classic” because they feature EX-series packs. Let’s just hope we get new artwork on those starter cards, and that it’s not also called “Classic” because it is re-releasing the same old holo Diamond and Pearl set cards.

    Pokemon Classic Trio Tins
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    Saturday - December 6th, 2008 @ 5 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Credit goes to forum member Xous for drawing the Pokemon in the Christmas banner! He does a great job, doesn’t he? :D Also, there is now less than a week until the new Pokemon and the 12th movie title are revealed!

    Heerosferret has translated summaries and titles for upcoming episodes in Japan. The title of the last episode below comes from Rica Matsumoto’s blog (the voice actress of Ash), and is subject to change.

    DP106: The Way to Befriend a Pokemon – 12/11
    While the kids wait for Byron to return, Dawn begins to train her Piloswine for contests, but… it won’t listen to a word she says! But then, they discover a school for befriending your Pokemon, and Dawn heads there immediately!

    DP107: Rampardos vs. Bastiodon – 12/18
    Byron, the leader of Canalave Gym, and his son, Roark, use revived fossil Pokemon. They both start to say they like fossils the best, and eventually argue until it becomes a battle. Ash finds out Byron has returned, and goes to ask for a Gym Battle…

    DP108: Canalave Gym Match! Steel Battle! – 12/25
    Ash challenges Byron to a Gym Battle! Byron sends out his Bronzor, and Ash’s Chimchar defeats it immediately with Fire-type attacks! But Ash soon learns Byron is prepared to protect his reputation and Ash will no longer be able to cause any damage to the Gym Leader’s Pokemon…

    DP109: The Lost Wailmer! – 1/8
    A Luxio appears and begins to steal food from Ash and co.! They chase it into the sewer to find it is giving the food to a Wailmer who is trapped and can’t get back to the ocean.

    DP110: Riley and Lucario – 1/15

    DP111: The Historic Ruins of Iron Island! – 1/22

    DP???: Froslass in a Blizzard! – ?/??

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    Friday - December 5th, 2008 @ 2 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Heerosferret is making me post this, so I am. :)

    Even though it is blatantly obvious Arceus will be in the 12th movie, it’s fun to “analyze” the evidence. The only evidence we have so far is from the 12th movie teaser trailer that we posted yesterday. The shot below is of the light that materializes next to the spacial phenomenon, which Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina subsequently fire attacks at. To any seasoned Pokemon fan, it’s probably obvious Arceus would be within this light if it were in the movie. So, let’s examine the light to find clues of Arceus’ existence!

    In the light are golden protrusions. Heerosferret has outlined them in a close-up of the light below. The protrusions seemingly resembles the mandala around Arceus, as identified in the third image below. You can see the top two “crosses” of Arceus’ mandala in the screenshot, as well as the four “jewels” that are wrapped in the “crosses.” Are the filmmakers showing us Arceus? What do you think? Post your opinion or analysis!

    Arceus in 12th Pokemon movie?

    We also have a better screenshot of the hidden Pokemon from the trailer. Looking at the footage from the trailer frame-by-frame, the shot below shows the most distinct feature of the Pokemon. You can see a dark “spiky” protrusion, which may be an ear, a wing, a body part, etc. As stated in the previous news story, this is most likely a 5th generation Pokemon since the filmmakers are going out of their way to hide it. A known Pokemon would not be hidden. Plus, we are way overdue for a future Pokemon based on the pattern in which new Pokemon have been released in the past. So, it’s probably a 5th generation Pokemon (or possibly a new Pokemon forme).

    New 5th Generation Pokemon in 12th Pokemon movie?
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