Monday - January 11th, 2010 @ 11 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    New Pokemon.com Website

    Pokemon.com, Go-Pokemon.com, and Pokemon-Games.com have all been combined into a new and completely redesigned Pokemon.com website. This probably explains why players could not login to their My Pokemon accounts for long periods during the past couple of months. You can read more about the new redesign below:

    Bellevue, WA- January 11, 2010 — The Pokémon Company International announces today the complete re-launch of the online Pokémon universe with the new and improved Pokémon.com. Providing fans with a comprehensive entertainment destination for all things Pokémon, the new site brings together Pokémon animation, video games and the Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG), like never before. The new site will introduce free online mini-games, episodes of the popular animated series, a fully interactive Pokédex, a “Pokémon Trainer Club”, all the latest news and more. The new Pokémon.com gives visitors a user-friendly layout, improved functionality and the first one-stop destination in Pokémon history.

    “Pokémon.com unifies the Pokémon experience under one roof, providing fans with a fun entertainment destination where they can play mini-games, watch Pokémon animation, and explore the Pokémon universe,” said J.C. Smith, director of marketing. “The re-launch of the site includes a number of exciting new features and functions with an emphasis on being a fun and parent-approved place to visit online.”

    To celebrate the new site’s launch and highlight one of its most important additions – the “Pokémon Episode Viewer” – Pokémon.com will showcase the very first season of the animated series, which is now in its 12th season. Each week, new episodes of the series will air allowing fans to see where it all began. This schedule will continue beyond the first season, giving younger fans a chance to follow the series in its entirety for the first time.

    The Pokémon Fun Zone, a new totally immersive and free casual games area of the site, allows kids to play mini-games and collect Trainer Tokens, rewarding fans for time spent on the site. These mini-games are quick to pick up and play, but are challenging enough to keep Pokémon fans entertained for hours. For example, in Pachirisu’s Click-Clack Attack, players must shoot pucks into corner pockets of the playing board. You can earn bonus points by deflecting the pucks into each other to sink more than one in a single shot. And there are already plans to add more fun titles to keep Pokémon fans coming back for more.

    Additional areas to access in the Pokémon Fun Zone include: a Trainer Builder, which allows users to completely customize their personal Trainers; a Trainer Store, where they can buy new gear for their Trainers; and a downloads page for wallpapers and screensavers.

    Additional highlights fans can expect on the site include:

    – The most current and up-to-date news announcements featuring information on video game character distributions, Pokémon promotions and partnerships

    – The ability to keep track of Pokémon Organized Play ratings and stay aware of upcoming local Pokémon TCG and Video Game events

    – New ways to search through the Pokédex containing all 493 current Pokémon including new artwork from the upcoming Pokémon HeartGold and Pokémon SoulSilver Versions

    – Updated search functionality in the Pokémon TCG card database that lets players search 2,500+ cards by sorting from more than a dozen different card elements

    – The first place to find information on the eagerly anticipated 2010 Pokémon Video Game and TCG World Championships and other Pokémon tournaments

    The news of the website re-launch comes in advance of some eagerly anticipated product launches for Pokémon in 2010, including the February 10 release of the Pokémon Trading Card Game: HeartGold & SoulSilver expansion, the March 14 release of the Pokémon HeartGold Version and Pokémon SoulSilver Version video games for the Nintendo DS™, and the DVD release of the brand-new, feature-length film, Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life.

    Pokémon is one of the top children’s franchises in history. The Pokémon video game series has sold more than 197 million units worldwide since its inception 13 years ago. Additionally, Pokémon is one of the top collectible trading card games of all time. Other extensions of the property include 12 seasons of the animated television series, which is currently broadcast in as many as 153 countries in more than 25 languages. Pokémon films and DVDs continue to reach fans in amazing numbers, ranking at the top of the box office in Japan.

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    Saturday - January 9th, 2010 @ 10 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    With thanks to Heerosferret for notifying us, Pokemon Sunday also revealed the six LEGEND cards that make the three Legendary Pokemon of Revived Legends, the upcoming Japanese set to be released on February 11th. As we revealed in November, the three Legendary Pokemon cards are comprised of two different Pokemon, being Entei, Suicune, or Raikou, and are named Entei & Raikou LEGEND, Suicune & Entei LEGEND, and Raikou & Suicune LEGEND.

    Previously, Lugia LEGEND and Ho-Oh LEGEND were created from two halves of themselves, but these Legendary Pokemon use two different Pokemon instead. When combined, each Legendary Pokemon card has two types, two attacks, and two weaknesses. With a huge thanks to my friend nYoo from Filb.de, we have a screenshot of the cards below, which you can click for a much larger version.

    Don’t forget to read the previous story about Pokemon Sunday‘s announcement for next week! They’re going to reveal something on a poster board, which they have covered up with a question mark for now.

    The Legendary Pokemon of Revived Legends - Entei & Raikou LEGEND, Suicune & Entei LEGEND, and Raikou & Suicune LEGEND

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    Saturday - January 9th, 2010 @ 5 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Pokemon Sunday aired in Japan today (where it is Sunday), and for the preview of their next episode, host Shokotan displayed a large card with a question mark covering it. This obviously validates the news posted in the “5th Generation Evidence and Speculation” post regarding Pokemon Sunday revealing something important on their January 17th episode during the game segment. What could this question mark be? Well, it could be a new Pokemon, a revealing of the hidden Celebi event in HeartGold and SoulSilver, or perhaps even something about the Lock / Rock Capsule. But you never know for sure – we’ll find out this time next week! The screenshots below are courtesy of Filb.de, which you can click for a larger picture.

    Pokemon Sunday to reveal something on next show

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    Saturday - January 9th, 2010 @ 12 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    It’s not Promo Tuesday! :o

    A new three-pack blister will be released alongside the HeartGold & SoulSilver set on February 10th. It will contain two booster packs of the set, a Stormfront pack, a Crandios coin, and a holographic Pikachu promo. Click the thumbnail below for a larger image.

    HGSS Three-Pack Blister with Pikachu Promo
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    Saturday - January 9th, 2010 @ 1 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    This is a long one but it’s definitely worth reading! I wonder if I should classify it as an article…

    It has been brought to our attention that there was a misconstrued translation in the sticker advertisement story we posted the other day. Instead of the advertisement reading “plus a Pokemon that’s introduced in the movie,” it should be interpreted as “plus a Pokemon that appears in the movie.” This change invalidates the entire story, obviously, since any Pokemon can appear in the movie. There was actually a lot of debate among our translators regarding the translation’s meaning after the story was posted, but it was ultimately decided that the translation was accurate because the specific word is often used in Japanese to mean “introduce” (in terms of a character that has not appeared before) and because the Japanese wording was odd in the way it was stating that other Pokemon would be in the product. Thanks to Umeko and Heerosferret, we have now determined that the advertisement was simply using ambiguous wording to generate hype (an old marketing strategy). Therefore, I deeply apologize for the misconstrued information.

    Despite the above, thanks to Yaminokame, we have recently learned that CoroCoro is going to have a “world-first” announcement in their next issue. In the current December 15th issue’s preview section of the upcoming January 15th issue, there is a little blurb that states: “Pocket Monsters Master of Illusion: Z Quick Report!! Because it’s CoroCoro there is a possibility for a world-first announcement!!” CoroCoro has revealed major news dozens of times before, including new Pokemon to be featured in upcoming movies, so the same may occur this time as well since the “world-first” announcement is concerning the 13th movie and they specifically reference their reputation. The issue will likely be leaked on the Internet between the 10th and 15th, and when it is, we will find out what they are talking about! (A silhouette of a Pokemon is usually what they show first, by the way.) However, there is a possibility the news will simply be something related to the movie’s plot or even some promotional images – there are no guarantees it will be a new Pokemon, as it’s still a bit early in the year. But we should definitely be seeing one in the next few months.

    But that’s not all! Pokemon Sunday, which will air two days after the magazine is officially released, has stated through their episode synopsis that they will be announcing something important on their January 17th show during the game segment. What could it be? Well, literally anything, so it may have nothing to do with any of this speculation or CoroCoro‘s announcement. But it may!

    It seems like Ash’s main journey in Sinnoh will end soon, as he [spoilers following] has one more badge to obtain and the new opening that aired in Japan yesterday shows off almost all Legendary Pokemon known so far – as if this is supposed to be the last epic opening to the show before something new, such as a 5th generation Pokemon, comes along. It’s also convenient that this new opening is beginning to air around the time all these alleged announcements are coming. Not to mention that Ash’s team will soon be very powerful (as evidenced by the evolutions he has), perhaps meaning he is going to face a big challenge soon (Battle Frontier? Elite Four?). Remember, Masamitsu Hidaka, the old director of the show, stated that the writers begin to evolve Ash’s Pokemon when something big is coming up, and Ash’s team is due for two evolutions soon as the opening shows.

    And that’s still not all! In a recent interview with a Japanese newspaper, the president of Nintendo commented that the DS’s successor “[will have] highly detailed graphics” and “a sensor with the ability to read the movements of people playing.” Recently, Gamefreak, the creators of the main Pokemon games, solicited to hire 3D artists. Perhaps they were seeking these employees to help with the 5th generation games since they will be on an apparently powerful 3D handheld. As Gamefreak currently only makes Pokemon games, where else would the 3D artists go? And since it would make sense for the new games to be in the works right now, some Pokemon designs are probably already finished and ready to be advertised. Again, these are just theories… what you would call “speculation.” Not all of the facts are known or can be known. In the past, though, connecting the dots has often lead the Pokemon fandom to discovering patterns and predicting what will happen in the future.

    In the article, Nintendo’s president also refused to state an estimated release date for the DS’s successor, instead citing that the DS is selling extremely well now. This implies that the successor will not be released anytime soon, though it is definitely in the horizon. We can probably guess it will be released in 2011, since 2010 is too early and 2012 is too far away for them to even begin dropping hints about their next handheld. If this theory is true, within the next few months we could begin seeing 5th generation Pokemon showcased (if our other news stories haven’t convinced you already, specifically the ones about “Z”). Kecleon, Wailmer, and Azurill were the first 3rd generation Pokemon to be seen, revealed in March 2001 for 2002’s Ruby and Sapphire, and Munchlax was the first 4th generation Pokemon, revealed in May 2004 for 2006’s Diamond and Pearl. We could begin to see silhouettes as soon as this month (though probably later than sooner), with the fully revealed Pokemon later on.

    Remember, most of this is just theory based on some facts and speculation. However, CoroCoro will probably reveal something major no matter what, and there will probably be 5th generation Pokemon coming soon no matter what. “Z” is probably a 5th generation Pokemon, and if not, we’ll get something else instead. We’ll see what happens regarding this speculation as the year unfolds!

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    Friday - January 8th, 2010 @ 3 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    The following article was written by Galefail on our forums. If you would like to submit an article for our many forum users to read (which may eventually be posted here), please do so through this section on our forum. The section is a great resource for reading articles as well, obviously. Thanks Gale for your hard work in writing this one!

    Intro

    Expert Belt from Arceus (#87)

    As many of you know, City Championships are upon us once again and breathing down our necks! There are so many different decks and variants that it’s difficult to decide what to play. This comprehensive article is here to help you, the indecisive player, deduce what to play for City Championships as well as to learn what big decks are in the format. Enjoy!

    It’s quite obvious that certain decks such as SPs have been doing surprisingly well, although not so surprisingly once you take a look at how people have been using them. Gengar is taking a backseat along with Gyarados to many other decks dominating the “first tier,” which is mostly comprised of SP decks. Flygon is doing well as always, although it isn’t shocking considering how a fair chunk of the format has a problem with it. After long enough, hyped-up decks such as Gliscor/Spiritomb have not been performing as expected, and Salamence is not even considered a “tier-worthy” deck at this point. Tangrowth has seen little to no play, and Charizard, although not horrible, is not seeing much action right now. Gardevoir/Gallade decks have been doing surprisingly well, as have many other slower stage 2 decks thanks to two cards that have been changing the format: Expert Belt and Spiritomb. These two cards allow for more survivability late game, fast set up, and early game locking. It’s pretty obvious that SPs are the dominant decks in the format with there being so many variants, and in my opinion, there are six “top decks” out there, with four of them being SP decks. That’s saying something, especially considering many players (including myself) believed SPs wouldn’t be seeing much play during City Championships. I’d also say it’s pretty evident that the new Arceus set has changed the game a LOT – much more than expected. Is this a good or bad thing? I think the usage of cards from the set in popular decks speak for themselves.

    For this article, I’ll just be going over what are considered the six “big” decks in today’s metagame. After doing so, I’ll provide you with a short analysis of the deck and a list that I myself have created.

    Dialga G / Garchomp C

    Dialga G from Platinum (#7)

    Dialga G is a name that should not sound unfamiliar if you have been playing since States 2009. After having a great run back then up until Worlds, Dialga G took a small break during Battle Roads. Once Arceus came out, however, Dialga G was given a second chance, and players decided to pair him with Garchomp C LV.X. Garchomp C LV.X was like a Poké Turn but better. It still allows you to heal your Dialga G, but you can keep all of your Special Metals on it as well. So after you start with a Dialga G early game, you can use Deafen for a few turns to lock your opponent and pile on maybe one or two Special Metals if you have the field advantage. If you ever think your Dialga G is in trouble, keep the Special Metals in your hand and wait until you can bring up another one to revenge kill. If Dialga G ever gets weak, instead of Poké Turning and doing all of that work again, just bring up Garchomp C LV.X and take that damage right off. Dialga G LV.X is obviously still used in this deck and it works quite well. Being able to lock your opponent’s bodies (Spiritomb’s, for example) can put you at a real advantage early game. Remove Lost also helps with disruption and does more damage than Second Strike anyway. Garchomp C LV.X’s attack one shots Claydols and Uxies and is very useful, even if you have to discard. It’s a fairly simple deck to play normally, and really doesn’t have big problems that it can’t get around.

    Being an SP deck, it has many techs to utilize. Some of the most popular are Toxicroak G for Machamp or Quagsire GL for Fire-types such as Blaziken FB LV.X. Play around with techs and see what works best in light of your metagame.

    Pokémon: 18

    Trainers: 31

    Energy: 11

    Blaziken FB / Luxray GL

    Blaziken FB from Supreme Victors (#2)

    I would say that currently, out of every deck in this format, BlazeRay is the most consistent. The deck itself uses Blaziken FB LV.X and Luxray GL LV.X to hit hard and hit fast. Every turn you’re almost guaranteed to do at least 60 damage, or disrupt your opponent by forcing them to switch with Blaziken FB’s Luring Flame or Luxray GL LV.X’s Bright Look. Although some decks do have a way of getting around this disruption, for the most part, it can really mess up a lot of early game setups. Also, because you’re doing so much damage usually pretty early in the game for such little Energy, your opponent will always be in a tight spot. It is very easy, however, for them to one shot your Blaziken FB LV.X after a Jet Shoot, but it’s just as easy for you to either get another one up or revenge kill with something. It is an EXTREMELY simple deck to play that counters a lot of the metagame. It can have problems with Water-types due to them being able to one shot Blaziken FB LV.X, and sometimes power locking can hurt too, but for the most part, this is a fast, powerful, and consistent deck that has a nice and steady flow throughout the entire game.

    This deck shouldn’t use too many techs. You want to be hitting fast and hard, not clunking up your hand with a bunch of useless cards. Ninetales is nice in case your opponent for some reason decides to play Mewtwo, the Toxicroak G promo (DP #40) is still a favorite, Infernape 4 LV.X is nice for Dialga G, and really, anything with a low Energy cost that isn’t too difficult to get out is great in BlazeRay.

    Pokémon: 19

    Trainers: 29

    Energy: 12

    • 7x Fire Energy
    • 3x Lightning Energy
    • 1x Psychic Energy
    • 1x Multi Energy

    Palkia G Lock

    Palkia G from Platinum (#12)

    Palkia G is another card that you might remember if you have played since States. It got just as much recognition as Dialga G did and was arguably just as good as well. After sitting on the sidelines for most of Worlds, Palkia G returned once again in Battle Roads to show what it can do, and during Cities, it’s even more dangerous. The deck’s basic strategy is to fill up your Bench early with one-time effect cards such as Mesprit or Uxie, and then use Palkia G LV.X to “throw away” what you don’t need anymore. Mesprit is just great because it can lock the opponent, and Uxie allows you to draw whatever you need to get Palkia G going early. If you want, you can also use Super Scoop Up to reuse your Mesprits and Uxies if you feel that it’s necessary to do so. As you’re completely locking them, Palkia G spreads damage and does 50 damage to the Active for 3 Energy (2 with Energy Gain), or can do an 80 snipe for 4 Energy (3 with Energy Gain) and discard 2 of those Energy. Really not bad considering you’ll have a few techs to back you up, early game disruption, and spread.

    Palkia can play quite a few techs, due to its ability to just get rid of them when it doesn’t need them anymore. Azelf is one of the most preferred techs for Palkia because you’re already playing the other two Pixies required to activate his Body, which can be a saving grace against other SP decks. There are several others, and it just depends on what you’re willing to sacrifice when needed.

    Pokémon: 20

    Trainers: 27

    Energy: 13

    Luxray / Garchomp

    Luxray GL from Rising Rivals (#9)

    This is a newer SP deck that has caused a big uproar already. It utilizes two cards that you would not think would quite work together perfectly in a hit-and-run style deck. Your main strategy should be to have a Luxray GL as your Active and a Garchomp C and Bronzong G on your Bench. After leveling up into Luxray GL LV.X, using Bright Look, and killing something, if Luxray GL LV.X doesn’t die, you should move the Energy off of Luxray GL LV.X with Bronzong G to Garchomp C, retreat Luxray LV.X for Garchomp C, and level up to Garchomp C LV.X, thus healing your Luxray GL LV.X. After that, just attach an Energy to Garchomp C LV.X, attach an Energy Gain, and hopefully score a Knock Out with Dragon Rush. Then just go back to Luxray GL LV.X (preferably by Poké Turning Garchomp C LV.X), and keep the process going. You’re healing yourself every turn, and if they don’t K.O. you, you’re in pretty good shape. Its ability to easily one-shot Flygon and Palkia G makes this deck a big contender in today’s format. Disruption, survivability, damage, and above all, speed. This deck has it all.

    There aren’t very many popular techs for this deck as you have two obvious main attackers. The Toxicroak G promo is still the best thing here because, like BlazeRay, this deck’s job is to hit fast (while praying that they don’t kill you).

    Pokémon: 18

    Trainers: 29

    Energy: 13

    Flygon

    Flygon from Rising Rivals (#5)

    I’m sure seeing Flygon here is a welcomed change in light of all the SP decks. Flygon has been a threat to the format for quite some time now and still continues to do so very well. There are several versions of Flygon, and each of them are useful in their own way, but currently, due to the inflation of SP decks and Shuppet decks, Flygon/Machamp is literally the BEST way to play Flygon. Flygon can sort of handle SPs on its own for a while, but eventually they begin to overwhelm the deck and take it down. Machamp gives Flygon not only some breathing room, but also a way out in case SPs surprise it. FlyTrap is still a viable version of Flygon, but for right now, there aren’t enough decks for Flygon to stall out against to win. Flygon needs speed, and that’s exactly what Machamp brings to the table. FlyTrap does have the advantage of playing Mewtwo LV.X, which does help it a considerable amount, but nothing beats killing an SP for only one Energy. Although there are many ways to get around Machamp, it can still frighten SPs when they see Machop hit the field. Even if they attach Unown G to their Active Pokémon, it can buy you enough time to get ready to send Flygon in and activate Upper Energy.

    The best techs for FlyChamp are really just Nidoqueen and Chatot, and even then I wouldn’t necessarily consider Nidoqueen a tech, but more of a staple. Chatot helps against Spiritomb and it’s your only way of locking them while you set up, so it’s a helpful tech. It really depends how much room you have in your deck, though.

    Pokémon: 26

    Trainers: 22

    Energy: 12

    Gengar

    Gengar from Stormfront (#18)

    Gengar is yet another returning deck. Many of you might remember this card from the 2008-2009 City Championships LAST year. Well, it’s back, and the newly released sets since then have given it some new things to work with. It’s faster, more consistent, and spreads more than ever before. I could sit here and tell you about all of the Gengar variants, but there’s really only two good ones: Gengar/Machamp and Gengar/Nidoqueen. Out of those two, Gengar/Machamp comes in second place to Gengar/Nidoqueen because of the latter’s ability to spread, stay alive, and not get as many bad starts as Gengar/Machamp. The basic strategy behind Gengar/Nidoqueen is very simple. After starting with preferably a Spiritomb, you should get one or two Claydols on your Bench, and proceed to go for Gengar. Once you have one or two Curse Gengar on your Bench and have the Shadow Room one Active, proceed to level up to Gengar LV.X and Compound Pain away. The healing from Nidoqueen will allow you to stay alive long enough to get the Energy on and get the damage spread around before you start taking two or more prizes at once. The boosted HP from the LV.X also helps greatly against many threats to Gengar and allows you to not have to kill Gengar in order to possibly kill the threat with Fainting Spell. Gengar is just one of the best decks around because of its ability to lock, spread, heal, and disrupt. The Curse Gengar is helpful to move the damage around and can be an effective attacker early game if needed.

    Techs for Gengar are few, but it’s important that you pick the right one. Dusknoir DP is one of the best techs because it puts SPs in a tight spot and can really help against Flygon as well. Chatot is something to consider but you really don’t need it because you play Spiritomb.

    Pokémon: 28

    Trainers: 22

    Energy: 10

    Conclusion

    I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this article! Its main purpose was to inform you about the popular decks players are using this year. Even though we’re almost finished with Cities, there’s still some time left to switch things up. Remember that the decks I’ve listed here are obviously not the only choices you can make! There are plenty of other decks I have not talked about; the ones here are just the ones that have won the most tournaments so far. If you are unsure what to play, make your choice based on what is being played in your area – what you know will do well in your metagame. Just remember that sometimes it is also good to play the deck you know the best! Good luck!

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    Friday - January 8th, 2010 @ 3 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    We have received higher-quality images of the HeartGold & SoulSilver booster packs and theme deck images; click the thumbnails below for larger pictures. Remember, the theme deck names are Mind Flood, Ember Spark, and Growth Clash.

    Yesterday, the official Go-Pokemon website also revealed card images for Totodile, Cyndaquil, and Chikorita. The new card layout reflects the Japanese cards’, especially with the larger Energy symbols and gold and silver borders. However, the English font has also been changed. The HP number is narrower and the fonts of the flavor bars, PokeDex info, and copyrights are different. Perhaps TPCi decided to update the fonts so fake card manufacturers would have more difficulty changing their templates, though in my own personal opinion, the new fonts and Energy symbols make the cards look fake themselves (and ugly)! Click the images below for larger images.

    HeartGold & SoulSilver Set Booster Packs HeartGold & SoulSilver Set Theme Decks - Mind Flood, Ember Spark, and Growth Clash HeartGold & SoulSilver - Totodile (#86), Cyndaquil (#61), Chikorita (#59)
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    Wednesday - January 6th, 2010 @ 3 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Update: Fixed some of the translations and clarified some of the information. Note that there will most likely not be five new Pokemon, but probably two or so represented in multiple sticker sets.

    New Pokemon Listed on Sticker Product

    In lieu of the previous news story posted here, a second 13th movie advertisement strongly implies that new Pokemon will be in The Master of Illusion: Z. The advertisement, which is for a “Pokemon Seal Battle Piece Collection DP 2010 set,” lists the names of Pokemon that will be released in sets of stickers (“seals”). The ad lists the names of the Pokemon to be included in each sticker set, and at the end of each bullet point, it says, “plus a Pokemon that’s introduced in the movie.”

    Additionally, under Piplup’s image above the list, the advertisement specially notes, “The Pokemon (plural) introduced in 2010’s Master of Illusion: Z are in the (sticker) lineup.” This of course implies that more than one new Pokemon or Pokemon Forme will be shown for the first time in the movie! The list below may make you think there are five new Pokemon, but some of them will probably be used in multiple sets.

    In past years, similar advertisements have surfaced around this time featuring mystery Pokemon, and these turned out to be new characters (Munchlax, Weavile), new Formes, (Giratina Origin Forme, Shaymin Sky Forme, Spiky Eared Pichu), or Pokemon that hadn’t been officially announced (Arceus). Since all of the 4th Generation Pokemon have been revealed at this point, the only options are new Pokemon or new Formes, and with the enigmatic “Z” in the 13th movie’s tile, a 5th generation Pokemon seems like the most probable option at this point. Thanks go to Frugrow for the image and Bangiras, Dogasu, and Umeko for translating and clarifying this story! All of the evidence now points to there being new Pokemon in the movie!

    • Capsule 1 Master Ball (Entei, Tangrowth, Ninjask, plus a Pokemon that’s introduced in the movie)
    • Capsule 2 Hyper Ball (Suicune, Piplup, Croagunk, Shuppet, plus a Pokemon that’s introduced in the movie)
    • Capsule 3 Super Ball (Pikachu, Raikou, Happiny, Bronzor, plus a Pokemon that’s introduced in the movie)
    • Capsule 4 Monster Ball (Celebi, Mismagius, Mightyena, Togekiss, plus a Pokemon that’s introduced in the movie)
    • Capsule 5 Monster Ball (Celebi, Torterra, Scizor, Infernape, plus a Pokemon that’s introduced in the movie)
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    Wednesday - January 6th, 2010 @ 2 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    I actually tried to post this last night but my laptop kept shutting down. I went out to buy a universal AC adapter today so I wouldn’t have power problems anymore and now it stays on. :)

    New Pokemon on Merchandise or Lugia and Ho-Oh?

    A 13th movie product advertisement for Poke Ball projectors may contain hints for new Pokemon. The ad, which displays Pokemon that are known to be in The Ruler of Illusion: Z such as Celebi, Entei, Suicune, and Raikou, purposefully hides two of the Poke Ball Pokemon with question marks. The text above each question marks says “A Pokemon that will be in the movie.”

    When discussing the advertisement last night, we thought the question mark Pokemon may be Lugia and Ho-Oh since they were shown in the first teaser trailer for the 13th movie and are in Master Balls like Celebi (with Ho-Oh’s creations in Ultra Balls, since they are of lesser status). However, it is not often that these types of products purposefully hide known Pokemon. In the past, these question marks turned out to be Pokemon like Shaymin Sky Forme, Giratina Origin Forme, and Spiky Ear Pichu, though on rare occasions they were in fact Pokemon that were already known. So, we can’t really tell either way what the question marks mean until the products are released.

    While the Pokemon may turn out to be just Lugia and Ho-Oh, as posted a few days ago, the “master of illusion” (“Z”) may be a new Pokemon or Pokemon Forme that could be revealed in CoroCoro magazine this month (or within the next few months). We have run out of known Legendary Pokemon to use in movies, so it’s probably time to reveal a new Pokemon or Pokemon forme anyway! Thanks go to Frugrow for sending this image to us and Heerosferret for translating!

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    Tuesday - January 5th, 2010 @ 10 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Update (11:30 AM): The prerelease promo, sleeve, and set symbol have been revealed on the official website and are pictured below.

    We have received the official booster pack and theme deck images for the upcoming HeartGold & SoulSilver set. The Pokemon Prime included in the set are Ampharos, Blissey, Donphan, Feraligatr, Meganium, and Typhlosion, meaning Ursaring and Crobat are cut from our English release and will likely be in our next HGSS set. The set will be released on February 10th in stores, with prereleases taking place the weekends of January 30th and February 6th. The prerelease promo card is Pichu while the sleeves feature Lugia and Ho-Oh.

    The set’s Ultra Pro binder, pictured below, will come with printed sheets that display what card from the set goes in each slot. You can vaguely make out some of the cards in the image, so it shouldn’t be too hard to create a set list for those of you who want to take the time to do so (hint hint).

    Remember, HeartGold & SoulSilver is based on the Japanese LEGEND: HeartGold & SoulSilver Collection set, so if you want to know what the cards do, check out the link above. Remember, however, that many cards will be cut from the English release and saved for the next set.

    HeartGold and SoulSilver Booster Packs - Ho-Oh, Lugia, Donphan, Ampharos
    HeartGold and SoulSilver Booster Theme Decks - Feraligatr, Typhlosion, Meganium
    HeartGold and SoulSilver Binder
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    Tuesday - January 5th, 2010 @ 1 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Sorry for the lack of updates! I can’t help it – the laptop I’m using is ultra slow, can barely run Firefox without crashing, and moving it will cause the power to cut off. There isn’t any Pokemon news anyway. As it turns out, the laptop that was stolen is officially gone. Fry’s and the police department checked the security cameras, but they conveniently cut off just as I walked up to the cash register because it was after the store closed. So there is no way of knowing who stole my laptop, unfortunately. On the plus side, I will be buying a new laptop sometime this month or next month once the new one I want is released.

    This quarter at school, I have Mondays and Wednesdays off – my schedule conveniently worked out that way. While this laptop is slow and handicapped, I can still get work done if I have hours to waste. Which I do. On Mondays and Wednesdays. While I’m settling in to school this week, I will start posting again just as often as before.

    What does January hold for us? Well, we might be getting new 13th Pokemon movie details in CoroCoro magazine and maybe even a silhouette of “Z” if it is in fact a new Pokemon (if not now then within the next few months). All legendary Pokemon have been used up now, so it only makes sense the next movie will have a 5th generation Pokemon. As Pokemon movies have never had a human character’s name in the title, it only makes sense that “Z” is the codename for a Pokemon. Before the second movie came out, Lugia, after all, was referred to as “X.” It’s almost like using “Z” in this Gold and Silver movie is a homage to using “X” for Lugia all those years ago. So we’ll see what happens – no guarantees for anything, though, as this is just speculation! We should also be getting some card images for Revived Legends, the next Japanese TCG set.

    In terms of this website, we’re going to start posting TCG articles again as we did years and years ago. We have an Article Submissions section on our forum where people have been writing articles, and if an article receives enough positive reviews, it’ll be posted here for thousands upon thousands of people to read. If everything works out, the first article will be posted Wednesday. I only stopped posting articles here because I did not have time to play the TCG anymore and could not assess how good an article was, but luckily now, the forum members can tell me! Speaking of the forums, they’re also going to get a redesigned layout soon, so all you forum members can definitely look forward to that!

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    Monday - December 28th, 2009 @ 1 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Went down to Fry’s yesterday but they said they would only look through the tapes if we call the police. We did, the police came, and they’ll be looking through the tapes today to see what happened to my laptop. This update took over two hours to make thanks to my first, ancient laptop!

    Two different poster packs featuring either a holographic Ho-Oh or Lugia promo will be released alongside the HeartGold & SoulSilver set on February 10th. Each pack will come with two booster packs of the set, two POP packs, a double-sided poster with cards from the set on one side and Pokemon art on the other, and of course one of the two promos. This will be the first time more than one poster pack has been released for a single set. Alongside the press release for the poster packs was also the set’s missing Lugia artwork, which you can see below. Click the thumbnails for larger images.

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    Tuesday - December 22nd, 2009 @ 10 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Promo Tuesday! Again! I don’t know why this always happens. Also, thanks go to Xous for drawing the Pokemon in the new Christmas banner!

    The new league season has started and is named after Cynthia, the Elite Four Champion of Sinnoh. For the next several weeks at Pokemon League, you can earn up to four copies of the much-coveted Great Encounters Claydol and Cynthia’s Milotic C from Supreme Victors if you play enough battles. Click the scans below for larger images; thanks go to Shakespeare for scanning the cards and Duane and Trevor from the Winamac and Plymouth Pokemon leagues for providing them! As a side note, if you ever find any promo cards we haven’t posted, scan and send them to us and you will be credited here!

    Claydol from Great Encounters (#15, League Promo) Milotic C from Supreme Victors (#35, League Promo)
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    Tuesday - December 22nd, 2009 @ 10 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Super Smash Bros.

    Super Smash Bros. has now been released on the Wii’s Virtual Console. You can download it from the Wii Shop Channel for 1,000 points, which is $10.00. It was first released for the Virtual Console in Japan this past January, so North America is getting it almost a year later.

    The game is the first incarnation of Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. series and was released on the N64 in North America in 1999, followed by Super Smash Bros. Melee for the Gamecube in 2001 and Brawl for the Wii in 2008. Pikachu and Jigglypuff are the only playable Pokemon characters in the game (Jigglypuff is hidden but later unlockable), though like all incarnations, the game also features Poke Ball Pokemon.

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    Tuesday - December 22nd, 2009 @ 10 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    The Speed Gamers held a monumental Pokemon marathon – they earned over $18,000 for Ally’s House, which will benefit Oklahoman cancer patients and their families. The group also reached their goal of obtaining all 493 Pokemon in 72 hours; the last Pokemon they needed was Meganium, which they obtained by evolving Bayleef just before the 72 hours was up. Congratulations to the Speed Gamers and of course all of the Pokemon fans who donated to Ally’s House! Donations can still be made up until Christmas Eve. As for their next Pokemon marathon, the group has stated that they will not hold another one until the fifth generation is released.

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