Friday - October 2nd, 2009 @ 3 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    The prerelease promo for Platinum: Arceus will be Raichu, while the prerelease sleeve will feature a silhouette of Arceus on what appears to be a greenish background. Prereleases will take place the last two weekends of the month. The set will mainly use cards from the Japanese Advent of Arceus.

    Platinum: Arceus Raichu Prerelease Promo Platinum: Arceus Prerelease Sleeve
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    Friday - October 2nd, 2009 @ 2 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    A trailer following yesterday’s one-hour special revealed a preview of upcoming Team Galactic episodes that will air in Japan in November, which you can watch below. The episodes will conclude the main Team Galactic plot, as the trailer states, “The battle with Team Galactic finally reaches its last chapter!” Recaps of Team Galactic events thus far will also begin playing at the end of new episodes starting next week.

    The trailer reveals that Team Galactic’s final plot will involve Dialga, Palkia, Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf; Pokemon Hunter J, Looker, Cynthia, Gary, and Professor Rowan will also take part in the episodes. Cyrus summons Dialga and Palkia with some sort of hand device, which seems to be powered by one of the jewels from the Pixies. Two minutes into the video you can see that he then uses the Red Chain to form mandalas around Dialga and Palkia to control them; both mandalas are similar to the one wrapped around Arceus’ body, so perhaps Arceus will be referenced in the episodes. At one point, Cyrus says, “The three from the lake and the two orbs will call forth god!” God is singular, so we’re not sure if he is referring to Arceus, Arceus’ power (which he may be using to control Dialga and Palkia to create his new world), and/or himself.

    The trailer is absolutely amazing! It looks like the anime is actually going to go all-out with their Team Galactic plot, unlike the underdeveloped Team Magma and Aqua plots. You can tell the writers carefully planned and injected Galactic into the Sinnoh episodes and that a payoff was going to eventually come. Hopefully the show pulls it off well!

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    Thursday - October 1st, 2009 @ 10 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Champ Path

    The official Japanese Pokemon website has announced that a new PokeWalker course, Champ Path, will soon be unlockable through a special download. Players who attend Japanese Pokemon Battle Challenges between October 17th and December 27th will be able to download it first, and the official Wi-Fi event to unlock it will take place sometime in January. Champ Path features Pokemon with moves that they do not learn by leveling up:

    • Beldum – Zen Headbutt
    • Bronzor – Trick Room
    • Duskull – Imprison
    • Horsea – Muddy Water
    • Magikarp – Bounce
    • Munchlax – Selfdestruct
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    Wednesday - September 30th, 2009 @ 2 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    We’ve known about this story since our HGSS coverage, but wanted to find out more about the CD before posting it.

    A new “Leafeon vs. Metagross” Gift Box is going to be released in Japan on November 20th for 3,150 yen (over 30 bucks). It comes with two 60-card theme decks and two holos per deck for a total of four holos. On a slightly random note, both decks will contain Dual Ball and Rare Candy, meaning the two cards are not being phased out of the LEGEND series.

    Perhaps the most interesting feature of the above gift package is that it will feature a CD that allows Pokemon TCG players to battle each other over the internet, similar to Redshark. Each gift package will come with an access card that allows buyers to use the program online. It will also rank players on an online leader board based on how many battles they win.

    It is unknown if you will be able to build customized decks, if new versions of the program will be released on later CD’s, if you can download new cards as they are released, or if the program will include older expansions. Unless Pokemon Card Laboratory wants to make the program a new way of playing the TCG, it may not see updates or be released outside of Japan like other programs from the past. But who knows? They may finally try to support their game online because of the success of programs like Redshark and the demand for fans to be able to play over the internet. It wouldn’t be the first time PCL / TPCi has taken some sort of action because of the online fandom (though for legal reasons, they would probably never acknowledge they learn from us).

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    Monday - September 28th, 2009 @ 5 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Sceptile from Arceus, the next English set, has been revealed. Click the thumbnail below for a larger image. Like all cards from Arceus, Sceptile originates from the Japanese Advent of Arceus set.

    Sceptile from Arceus (#31)
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    Sunday - September 27th, 2009 @ 9 PM 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 [email protected] with your credentials, your IM address, and examples of your work. We want this website to progress further than before, and we need your help doing it! Thank you!

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    Friday - September 25th, 2009 @ 2 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    A new Pokemon Wii game is in the works and is apparently going to be announced soon. The September issue of Famitsu magazine contains an interview with the president of The Pokemon Company, Tsunekazu Ishihara, in which he discusses HeartGold and SoulSilver. Towards the end of it, he says this:

    I can’t go into details about it, but we’re also working on a Wii game. It should be announced soon.

    The game could either be new WiiWare like an updated Pokemon Ranch or, more likely, an actual commercial Wii game like Pokemon Battle Revolution. We’ll find out soon! Thanks go to Dogasu and Pokeani for discovering this news story earlier in the month!

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    Friday - September 25th, 2009 @ 1 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Japanese Domino’s Pizzas are now holding a new Pokemon TCG promotion where players can earn new LEGEND-series promo cards. Last year, Domino’s held a promotion where you could receive holographic Munchlax, Snorlax, and Snorlax LV.X promos.

    If you buy a kids’ meal from October 26th to December 10th, you will receive holographic Slowpoke and Slowbro promos in addition to a Pokemon TCG guidebook. The first image below shows what people can receive. Part two of the promotion takes place at an unknown time later in the year. Buying a kids’ meal during that time period will grant you another holo Slowpoke promo, a new holo Slowking promo (a Great Pokemon), and Ho-Oh and Lugia card sleeves. Partial translations of the card images are below, courtesy of Bangiras.

    It is interesting to note that in Slowpoke’s first attack, there is a new, black rectangular symbol. This will apparently be a new symbol to represent “Basic Pokemon.” The new LEGEND series cards feature updated wording that makes it easier for newer players to understand the effects of cards; it seems image labels for certain game mechanics will now also be used to help with clarity.

    Slowpoke and Slowbro Domino Pizza Holos Slowpoke and Slowking Domino Pizza Holos

    Slowpoke – Water – HP60
    Basic Pokemon

    [C] Raucous Party: Look at the top 5 cards of your deck. Choose any number of Basic Pokemon cards you find there and play them on your Bench. Return the remaining cards to your deck and shuffle.
    [W][C] Water Kick: 20 damage.

    Weakness: Lightning x2
    Resistance: none
    Retreat: 2

    Slowbro – Water – HP90
    Stage 1 Pokemon – Evolves from Slowpoke

    [C] Complete Refresh: Remove 30 damage and all Special Conditions from this Pokemon.
    [P][C][C] Surprise Trip: 50 damage. Flip a coin, if heads the opponent’s Active Pokemon is now Confused. If tails, this Pokemon is now Confused.

    Weakness: Lightning x2
    Resistance: none
    Retreat: 2

    Slowking – Psychic – HP100
    Stage 1 Great Pokemon – Evolves from Slowpoke

    PokePower: Your Choice – Unknown effect (too small to read).

    [P][C][C] Super Psy: 60 damage.

    Weakness: Psychic x2
    Resistance: none
    Retreat: 2

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    Wednesday - September 23rd, 2009 @ 3 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Arceus and the Jewel of Life Movie Poster

    The mailbag has revealed that Arceus and the Jewel of Life will air sometime this year. The movie will most likely air on Cartoon Network in November or December and then be released on DVD early next year. Thanks go to Bee101 for alerting us to this!

    Q: I noticed that the movie Pokemon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life is coming out! But, when exactly do you think it will air?

    A: We think it will air this year. Actually, we don’t just think, we know – stay tuned for more details!

    This will be the first time two Pokemon movies have aired in the same year (Shaymin and Arceus). Many thought the movie would air this year considering Arceus was revealed on in early August, the movie’s dub title was revealed a week later, the Platinum: Arceus set was revealed to be the next set to be released in November, and now Spiky-Eared Pichu (as it will now be called in the dub) is being shown on in an ad. All of the above was obviously hinting at what was coming!

    If you would like to read a full summary of the movie, you can check out our detailed movie guide from July when the movie first aired in Japan. Arceus and the Jewel of Life is the last movie in the trilogy that began with The Rise of Darkrai and continued with Giratina and the Sky Warrior.

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    Tuesday - September 22nd, 2009 @ 6 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Over the next five weeks at Pokemon League you can earn up to four Uxie and four Snorlax cards if you play and win enough TCG and video game battles. As announced earlier this month, this year’s Pokemon League will feature two promo card prizes per season (or about every five weeks – there are eight different seasons). Both cards are reprints from existing sets, but with a special holofoil pattern. One promo is a staple that many competitive players need in their decks while the other is merely a collectible card with little to no deck value. Special DS skins will also be awarded every other season.

    You can see scans of this season’s promo cards below thanks to Shakespeare and Trevor from Plymouth, Indiana’s Pokemon League. Each card features a special reverse holofoil “stitch” pattern with an underlying Pokemon Organized Play Poke Ball watermark. The cards do not feature special promo numbering – they retain their original set numbers. This is probably so they can easily be rotated out of the format when their sets expire.

    Uxie from Legends Awakened (#43, Pokemon League Promo) Snorlax from Rising Rivals (#33, Pokemon League Promo)
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    Tuesday - September 22nd, 2009 @ 5 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Pokemon 151” is a brand of t-shirts specifically targeted to older Pokemon fans. Its official website announced last December in a brief statement that after only six months of business, the website would be shutting down, leading many to believe that the t-shirts had been discontinued. However, new designs continued to be released at Pokemon Centers immediately following the announcement and continued to be even months after. Obviously, the brand is still alive and the original announcement only applied to the website selling them, not the actual product.

    This month, not only were two new designs released, but they actually feature Pokemon outside the original 151 – Ho-Oh and Lugia, obviously in celebration of HeartGold and SoulSilver. The designs are below. The shirts can only be purchased at Pokemon Centers in Japan and retail for about $50.

    Ho-Oh and Lugia Pokemon 151 T-Shirts
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    Tuesday - September 22nd, 2009 @ 5 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    A short video clip has been circulating around the internet lately showing Ernie Hudson, the actor who portrays Winston Zeddemore in the Ghostbusters films, talking about the Pokemon TCG. Apparently he plays it… who wants to bet he uses Gengar?

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    Tuesday - September 22nd, 2009 @ 4 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Stores like Target and Wal-Mart are now carrying Supreme Victors blister packs that feature either a holo POP 9 Manaphy or Regigigas. Each blister pack costs $10.98 and comes with two Supreme Victors packs, one (ancient) EX Holon Phantoms pack, a Cranidos coin, and one of the aforementioned holos. Click the thumbnails below for larger scans, courtesy of Omahanime.

    Manaphy from POP 9 (#2, Holo) Regigigas from POP 9 (#4, Holo)
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    Monday - September 21st, 2009 @ 8 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    I’m going to post all the news stories I have missed either tomorrow or the day after; I’ve been moving into a new dorm / apartment.

    Oak's Letter has announced that Oak’s Letter will be available for download to Pokemon Platinum players starting September 28th. It can be downloaded through Wi-Fi via Mystery Gift. The key item allows you to eventually encounter a Shaymin.

    Once obtained, go to the northern end of Route 224. Professor Oak will be standing there, and after talking to him, you will be prompted to inscribe into a white rock what you are most grateful for. Following this, Shaymin appears and walks down a newly opened Seabreak Path, which leads directly to the Pokemon’s Flower Paradise. It will be waiting for you there at level 30.

    Once Shaymin is captured, you can induce its Sky Forme by taking it to Floaroma Town and obtaining the Gracidea Flower. Shaymin cannot be in its Sky Forme at night, when in a P.C. box, or when frozen, so make sure to use the Gracidea during the day!

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    Saturday - September 19th, 2009 @ 10 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    The dates for Worlds 2010 were announced at Worlds 2009, but in case you missed it, the official Go-Pokemon website has now announced them online. The main event will occur on Saturday and Sunday, August 14th and 15th, while the Last Chance Qualifier (the Grinder) will take place on Friday the 13th (oh noz!). As we have known since August, Worlds 2010 takes place in Hawaii this upcoming year. It was previously held on the big island in 2007.

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