Saturday - June 7th, 2008 @ 12 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Bangiras has translated the seven new cards from Intense Fight in the Destroyed Sky. New game mechanics include combining Trainer cards for added effects, Giratina’s “Lost Zone,” and even being able to perform an attack twice. Pokemon Card Laboratory is definitely trying new things.

    Shaymin from Intense Fight in the Destroyed SkyShaymin LV.42 – Grass – HP70
    Basic Pokemon

    [G] Flower Aroma: 10 damage. Remove 2 damage counters from Shaymin, and the Defending Pokemon is now Asleep.
    [G][C] Damage Aid: 30 damage. If the Defending Pokemon is affected by a Special Condition, this attack does an additional 50 damage. Then, remove all Special Conditions from the Defending Pokemon.

    Weakness: Fire (+20)
    Resistance: Water (-20)
    Retreat: 1


    Giratina from Intense Fight in the Destroyed SkyGiratina LV.59 – Psychic – HP100
    Basic Pokemon

    [P][C] Reverse: 20 damage. You may switch Giratina with one of your Benched Pokemon.
    [P][C][C] Destroyed Sky Attack: 50 damage. If the Defending Pokemon is Knocked Out by this attack, move the Defending Pokemon and all cards attached to it to your opponent’s Lost Zone instead of discarding them.

    Weakness: Darkness (x2)
    Resistance: Colorless (-20)
    Retreat: 3


    Raichu LV.X from Intense Fight in the Destroyed SkyRaichu LV.X – Lightning – HP110
    Level Up

    Poke-Body: Chain Lightning
    On the turn that this Pokemon Levels Up, if it uses Voltage Shoot, afterwards it can attack 1 additional time (and only once). This Poke-Body stops working if this Pokemon is affected by a Special Condition.

    [L][L][C] Voltage Shoot: Discard 2 Lightning Energy cards from your hand, and do 80 damage to 1 of your opponent’s Pokemon (if you can’t discard, this attack fails).

    Weakness: Fighting (x2)
    Resistance: Steel (-20)
    Retreat: 0


    Dusknoir LV.X from Intense Fight in the Destroyed SkyDusknoir LV.X – Psychic – HP140
    Level Up

    Poke-Power: Ectoplasm
    This Power can be used once, when this Pokemon is your Active Pokemon and its HP is reduced to 0 by an opponent’s attack. Although this Pokemon is Knocked Out, this 1 card is not discarded, but is put into play as a Stadium card (any other Stadium in play is discarded).

    If this card is in play as a Stadium card, it has the following effect: “In between turns place 1 damage counter on each of your opponent’s Pokemon,” and when it would be discarded this card is returned to your hand instead.

    Weakness: Darkness (x2)
    Resistance: Colorless (-20)
    Retreat: 3


    PokeDrawer+ from Intense Fight in the Destroyed SkyPokeDrawer + – Trainer

    You can play 2 copies of this card at the same time.

    If you play 1 copy of this card, draw 1 card from your deck.

    If you play 2 copies of this card, search your deck for up to 2 cards and put them in your hand. Shuffle your deck afterward. (This counts as the effect of both cards.)


    PokeHealer + from Intense Fight in the Destroyed SkyPokeHealer + – Trainer

    You can play 2 copies of this card at the same time.

    If you play 1 copy of this card, remove 1 damage counter and 1 Special Condition from 1 of your Active Pokemon.

    If you play 2 copies of this card, remove 8 damage counters and all Special Conditions from 1 of your Active Pokemon. (This counts as the effect of both cards.)


    PokeBlower + from Intense Fight in the Destroyed SkyPokeBlower + – Trainer

    You can play 2 copies of this card at the same time.

    If you play 1 copy of this card, flip a coin, if heads place 1 damage counter on 1 of your opponent’s Pokemon.

    If you play 2 copies of this card, choose 1 of your opponent’s Benched Pokemon and switch it with the opponent’s Active Pokemon. (This counts as the effect of both cards.)

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    Friday - June 6th, 2008 @ 6 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Pokemon Organized Play (POP) has announced that the next tournament-legal format will be Diamond and Pearl-on (didn’t see that one coming). All regular Nintendo black star promos are now extinct, as are POP 4 and POP 5. This will go into effect starting September 1st, so it does not apply right now.

    For those of you who do not know, this means you can only use cards at tournaments from the Diamond and Pearl set and any subsequently released set (as of now, this includes Mysterious Treasures, Secret Wonders, Great Encounters, Majestic Dawn, and eventually Legends Awakened). You can also use any Diamond and Pearl black star promo card and any card from POP 6 and 7.

    Speaking of tournament-legal cards, our Modified Card-Dex has been outdated and destroyed for about a year or two now. This is because myself and Meowth346 have been working on a new one, but since our schedules are so different, the whole project has progressed very slowly. Hopefully it will be up again soon, especially since months and months of work have gone into its new and improved features. We’ll see…

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    Friday - June 6th, 2008 @ 12 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    The official Japanese Pokemon Card website has posted new images for Intense Fight in the Destroyed Sky, including card pictures, packaging for the set, and new wallpaper. We should have card translations later today when Bangiras or Vincent come online, and when we do, this story will be edited.

    As for the news story about major changes to the card game with the release of this set, some of it, like the “Lost Zone” area on the playmat, has now been confirmed. Will everything else turn out true, like reprinted cards with their old card templates?

    As we have reported before, there are six LV.X cards in this set. We now know that three of them are Heatran LV.X (a reprint of a promo card), Raichu LV.X, and Dusknoir LV.X. Expect Shaymin LV.X and Giratina LV.X to be two others as well.

    Shaymin from Intense Fight in the Destroyed Sky Giratina from Intense Fight in the Destroyed Sky Heatran LV.X from Intense Fight in the Destroyed Sky Raichu LV.X from Intense Fight in the Destroyed Sky Dusknoir LV.X from Intense Fight in the Destroyed Sky Trainer from Intense Fight in the Destroyed Sky Trainer from Intense Fight in the Destroyed Sky Trainer from Intense Fight in the Destroyed Sky

    The booster pack packaging features Shaymin and Giratina, as you can see below. We revealed the theme deck image the other day, but there is now a better-quality image of it.

    Intense Fight in the Destroyed Sky Booster Pack Giratina vs. Dialga theme deck from Intense Fight in the Destroyed Sky

    New wallpaper is also now available. Select your screen resolution below the wallpaper’s thumbnail to open it. Then, save it and make it your Desktop background if you wish.

    New promo blister packages will also be released at the same time as this set, one of which includes a reprinted Dialga LV.X and a new Gliscor, and the other which includes a reprinted Palkia LV.X and a new Porygon-Z. A new Regigigas will also be released with a binder themed after this set.

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    Friday - June 6th, 2008 @ 10 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Nana wouldn’t want me to roll over and be depressed for the rest of my life… she’d want me to live my life and be happy.

    Shaymin's Sky Forme revealed on a Pokemon beverage cup Shaymin’s Sky “Forme” was accidentally revealed this morning on the official Japanese Pokemon website through a Pokemon Festa page. As if the webmasters recognized they revealed something they should not have, the entire page was deleted. Luckily, the Pokemon blogs “All About Pokemon Figures” and “blue skY” were able to find a copy of the page to provide everyone with this news story and its information.

    Pokemon Festa is a large Pokemon convention in Japan and features many Pokemon-themed items and merchandise. In one of the photos presented on the deleted page, a plastic Pokemon-themed beverage cup was shown with several Pokemon, including one that appears to be the new flying forme of Shaymin (click the cropped photo to the right for a larger image; Shaymin is circled in the thumbnail). The Pokemon is similar to the description given by the printing company worker a few weeks ago; it looks like a “failed Eevee evolution” mixed in with the structure of a Delcatty. It is obviously the flying forme of Shaymin.

    It should be noted that this flying forme has white flowers instead of pink, red wings (apparently), and its color scheme resembles Abomasnow. What’s with the “icy” / Christmas look? I suppose we will find out when the Pokemon debuts in Giratina and the Icy Sky’s Bouquet, Shaymin on July 19th. Heerosferret, our new Japanese correspondent, will be attending the movie’s premiere to provide us with a summary and media from the event.

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    Monday - June 2nd, 2008 @ 7 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Redshark has been updated to version 2.11 because of a glitch that occurs when shuffling an attached card into a player’s deck. The program also now features a game timer, which updates itself every five seconds. Click here to download the latest version’s installer.

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    Monday - June 2nd, 2008 @ 7 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    At the Toys R Us Darkrai event, participants were given instructions to go to http://pokemon.com/drkgift for a special gift. Enter “orasion” as the password when you visit the website. Doing so grants you access to two different sets of wallpaper, both of which feature Ash, Darkrai, Dialga, and Palkia. They’re pretty cool!

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    Friday - May 30th, 2008 @ 11 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Thanks to Krucifier, we have images of the invitation package going out to people who qualify for the World Championship this year (which will be held in Florida). Click the thumbnails below for larger pictures. All of the paper materials are components of the invitation, while the black rubber Worlds logo is a luggage tag.

    Worlds 2008 Invitation Worlds 2008 Invitation Worlds 2008 Invitation Worlds 2008 Invitation Worlds 2008 Invitation Worlds 2008 Invitation Worlds 2008 Invitation Luggage Tag
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    Thursday - May 29th, 2008 @ 11 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    A new nine-card promo set will be released for Giratina and the Bouquet from the Icy Sky, Shaymin, similar to the 10th anniversary promo set sold last year for Dialga vs. Palkia vs. Darkrai. The cards come in a portfolio, and will feature Shaymin, Dialga, Regigigas, Giratina, Magnezone, Piplup, Pikachu, Mamoswine, and Shieldon.

    The entire set costs 850 yen, or about eight dollars, and will be for sale in Japanese theaters starting July 17th (two days before the movie is out). On August 1st, it will be available to the general public in stores.

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    Thursday - May 29th, 2008 @ 3 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Dry news time… throw us a bone, someone!

    Intense Fight in the Destroyed Sky: Giratina vs. Dialga theme deck

    We have received a low-quality image of the Giratina vs. Dialga theme deck from Intense Fight in the Destroyed Sky, which will be released on July 10th in Japan. Giratina is shown as a Psychic-type, and its 30-card theme deck features Dusknoir. Dialga is Metal (as usual), and its theme deck features Magnezone. The entire package comes with a Shaymin coin.

    I wonder what that circle in Giratina’s Poke-Power is… it’s too large to be an energy symbol, though it could just be a blob resulting from the image’s poor quality.

    Related stories: (1) New Game Changes in Next Japanese Set, (2) Next Japanese Set: Intense Fight in the Destroyed Sky

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    Tuesday - May 27th, 2008 @ 3 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Update: Added Target sale information.

    The Rise of Darkrai DVD Cover

    Both Target and Best Buy have The Rise of Darkrai at discounted prices of $13.99 and $12.99, respectively (Target.com has it for $12.99, but the in-store price is a dollar more; Best Buy’s price is only that low this week). The regular price, notwithstanding that the DVD has no special features at all, is $19.98. If you want to buy the DVD for a cheaper and fairer price, be sure to head to one of the two stores! The DVD was officially released today, though many stores had it earlier this month.

    Here is the summary of the movie from Best Buy’s website. I spy three errors:

    This 10th movie in the Pokemon franchise finds Ash and his friends traveling through a Spanish village called Alamos Town, where they come across a scene of unexpected and mysterious devastation. The dark and unknown Pokemon named Darkai rules time, while Palkia rules space, and now that the two of them are staged for battle, the balance of space-time stands on the brink. Now, Alamos Town has been sucked into the Pokemons’ universe, and if the town is destroyed, so is the world.

    … And from Target’s website. I spy no errors:

    The 10th Pokémon movie introduces Dialga and Palkia, two Legendary Pokémon from the “Diamond” and “Pearl” versions of the game. Ash, Brock, Dawn, and Pikachu visit the town of Alamos, which is dominated by two lofty towers that represent space and time. Alamos has been plagued by nightmares and supernatural events that the arrogant Baron Alberto blames on Darkrai, a powerful and elusive Pokémon. Alice, a gentle musician whose grandmother discovered Darkrai, disagrees. Her professor friend Tonio proves the escalating problems are caused by a clash between Dialga and Palkia. Unless the humans find a way to end this battle, the space-time fabric will tear and Alamos will be thrown into another dimension. Ash and Pikachu save the day, with some help from Dawn and Alice. The Rise of Darkrai (2007) is most the elaborate Pokémon feature to date: the CG effects range from the graceful towers to fireworks and energy storms. The drawn characters and computer-generated special effects are better integrated than in the previous features. The results are sure to delight Pokémon fans.

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    Monday - May 26th, 2008 @ 11 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Heerosferret has written the second article to her “Pokemon Life in Japan” series, titled “Pokemon Life in Japan: Around the Corner.” Her article shows the variety of Pokemon products one can find in only a five minute bike ride in Japan, and will make any fan jealous.

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    Saturday - May 24th, 2008 @ 10 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Update: Tor-Chic has sent us photos of an in-store Darkrai poster, the coupon, and the type chart (which has a hologram on the front of Dialga and Palkia; it seems quite handy). Click the thumbnails below for larger images. It should be noted that the $5.00-off-a-DS-game coupon can only be used the two days of the Darkrai event.

    Tor-Chic, a Toys R Us employee, has sent us information about the Darkrai event, which will occur next Saturday and Sunday from noon until 4:00 PM. There is almost no difference between the Toys R Us Darkrai and the Japanese one given away last year at the theatrical release of Dialga vs. Palkia vs. Darkrai, except that the Japanese one says it was obtained from “Pokemon Movie 07,” while the Toys R Us one says it came from a “Pokemon Event.”

    Darkrai DP Promo #24Darkrai (Lv. 50 in Cherish Ball) @ Enigma Berry
    OT: Alamos
    ~ Roar of Time
    ~ Spacial Rend
    ~ Nightmare
    ~ Hypnosis

    It’s just like the Darkrai promo (pictured right), which was also given out at the 10th movie in Japan. I am sure the Darkrai Premium Box, the 10th movie DVD, and other Darkrai / Pokemon merchandise will be set out for fans to beg their parents to buy. :D

    Darkrai is given away through Mystery Gift (named “The Rise of Darkrai”), like with Manaphy last September. Once you receive Darkrai, you can’t get another through the Toys R Us Mystery Gift. You will have to claim it at the Mart, so you can soft-reset your game until you get a Darkrai that is to your satisfaction. The instructions given out at Toys R Us for downloading it also state that Darkrai cannot be traded over the Global Trade Station.

    In addition to the Darkrai download, you will receive a coupon for $5.00 off any DS game. An elemental type chart will also be distributed, which shows how each Pokemon type performs against other types.

    Tor-Chic was also told that because the Manaphy event was extremely successful across Toys R Us stores (despite the fact that players had access to one in Pokemon Ranger), Toys R Us decided to hold another Pokemon event (this event). Pokemon’s popularity is still going, obviously!

    Darkrai poster at Toys R Us explaining Mystery Gift $5.00-off-DS-game coupon The type chart players will receive The front of the type chart: a hologram of Dialga and Palkia
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    Friday - May 23rd, 2008 @ 7 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    PurpleKecleon, a popular fan artist in the Pokemon community (and the fan artist for Meowth346’s old Pokemon Forever website), has admitted to creating the Shaymin image; she drew it using the description from the printing company’s blog the other day.

    Apparently, she posted it on a public Japanese image board, and then it made its way around the internet and eventually here. That was her finger in the photo, pointing to Shaymin. Her talent has lead many to believe her creations were of real Pokemon in the past, and her Ken Sugimori artwork is the best I have ever seen. I was so fooled by the quality of the image that I at first posted it was real, but then I made my post more cautionary after considering I did not know where it was from. I suppose I should be more cautious in the future from the get-go, especially with such talented fan artists in the Pokemon community. Props to her, though, for creating excitement among fans – most fakes aren’t very good, and it is not often one of such quality makes its way around the community and is the point of discussion among everyone. No offense to her design, but I personally was dreading that this would be a new Pokemon – it looked too much like one of those “My Little Pony” dolls. She still did an awesome job in emulating Sugimori’s style, though! Very impressive.

    Shaymin’s sky form will probably be revealed in the June or July issue of CoroCoro, and when it is, we will hopefully have a *real* scan here! Giratina and the Bouquet from the Icy Sky: Shaymin will be out in July after all, so Shaymin’s form should be revealed soon.

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    Thursday - May 22nd, 2008 @ 4 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    EDIT: Made the story a little more cautious since we still do not know what this is a photo of (CoroCoro? A poster? Fan art?).

    And all of those news stories may have finally proven themselves…

    Heerosferret, our Japanese contact, has found a photo of Shaymin’s sky form – the Japanese text next to it specifically labels it as “sky form,” and it appears to have wings comprised of leaves.

    We cannot confirm what this photo is of, such as the next issue of CoroCoro or a poster (since there is a finger in the bottom left pointing to Shaymin, making it seem like a poster), but what we do know is that Shaymin fits with the printing company worker’s description from the other day, possibly meaning it is from the same printed material the employee saw. Shaymin is also drawn in Ken Sugimori’s artwork style, and since his style is extremely hard to emulate to the degree of the below picture (in terms of shading, shadows, the colors of Shaymin, its overall style, and in making it in the first place without any references), it is probably safe to say that this is Shaymin’s real sky form. Still, fan artists have been getting more talented lately, so you never know – it could be an elaborate hoax. We’ll just have to wait and see.

    Shaymin's Sky Form Revealed

    My little pony, my little pony…

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    Thursday - May 22nd, 2008 @ 3 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Jessie's Yanmega

    Thanks to Heerosferret, our Japanese contact, we have spoilers for DP80, Yanma! The Capture Operation! Her opinion on the episode is that it is very original. She is sending me notes as the episode airs, and I am formalizing them below.

    At the beginning of the episode, a young boy knocks out a Yanma and begins to attempt a capture. Jessie, who is right above it, purposefully drops her Poke Ball and captures it, but then quickly sends it to Giovanni. Team Rocket begins to cry because they finally sent him a Pokemon (after… almost 550 episodes?). Giovanni has forgotten who Jessie and James are, remembers within a minute, and then sends the Poke Ball back to them. They think he is sending them a super rare Pokemon as a prize for making a capture, like a Lucario or a Cranidos, but it is just Yanma.

    Yanma sits on James’ head, and Jessie announces she will train it as her own Pokemon since the Boss rejected it. She sends it into battle against the boy who originally knocked it out, and it immediately begins to evolve into Yanmega (it knows AncientPower, a requirement for Yanma to evolve into Yanmega). Everyone is confused as to how it learned the move, but it turns out Giovanni taught it to Yanma before sending it back to Jessie. They begin to battle, and Team Rocket eventually blasts off. They hug their new Yanmega as they fly into the air, meaning Jessie now has a brand new Pokemon.

    The Trainer of the Day decides to capture a different Yanma, and the episode concludes.

    The next episode preview for The Scorching Chimchar! shows Chimchar going ballistic. Ash and crew are battling Paul, and suddenly Chimchar attacks everything and is screaming. It looks like a “demon,” according to Heerosferret – she comments, “This is a kid’s show? Its going crazy!” Chimchar is obviously upset with its previous trainer, to put it mildly.

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