Friday - September 18th, 2009 @ 2 PM PST -  By: Kevin Garrett

    Registration for the tournament is now closed.

    We are now hosting a server on Shoddy Battle, a free program that allows you to play Pokémon video game battles against other people online. Our server is currently programmed with all Platinum moves and Pokémon and currently has a ladder for the OU and Uber tiers. For information on how to download and operate Shoddy Battle, check out our new Shoddy Battle page.

    On that note, registration for the fifth PokéBeach video game tournament is now open! There are still a few spaces left for people to join, so don’t miss out on PokéBeach’s largest video game tournament to date! Want to see where your team stands in a field of 96 competitive players? Then post here to sign up! If you don’t already have a PokéBeach forum account, you can register here. This time around, the tournament will be held solely on Shoddy Battle, so download it and show off your best team to be named PokéBeach’s new champion!

    5th Official PokeBeach Video Game Tournament
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    Friday - September 18th, 2009 @ 12 AM PST -  By: Bangiras

    WPM Note: Thank you Bangiras for translating and posting this story and Jason for helping to put together the HTML lists! I’m so glad I can move in to my new dorm / apartment without having to worry about updating. :D Also, the answer to the quiz will be posted within the next few days once I’m all settled in.

    Double Colorless Energy from Base Set (#96)

    The official Pokemon Card site has updated with complete card lists for the upcoming Pokemon Card Game LEGEND: HeartGold and SoulSilver Collection sets. You can view the lists on our set page linked to in the previous sentence.

    Each mini-set consists of 70 cards, including four super rares (Great Pokemon) and two ultra rares (the top and bottom halves of one Legendary Pokemon). In HeartGold Collection, the Great Pokemon are Feraligatr, Ampharos, Donphan, and Blissey while the Legendary Pokemon is Ho-Oh LEGEND. In SoulSilver Collection, the Great Pokemon are Meganium, Typhlosion, Crobat, and Ursaring, and the Legendary Pokemon is Lugia LEGEND. The sets also include the eight basic Energy cards and are rumored to have one secret card apiece, which should make the combined set 150 cards (151 including the promotional shiny Gyarados card).

    Between the two sets, there are eight classic reprints: Full Heal (Base Set), Moo-Moo Milk (Neo Genesis), Fisherman (Skyridge), Copycat (Expedition), Rainbow Energy (Team Rocket), Professor Elm’s Training Method (Expedition), Bill (Base Set), and, most surprisingly, Double Colorless Energy (Base Set). Bill was reprinted as a promo card for the Japanese Web set as a Supporter card, so he will in all likelihood be treated as a Supporter in LEGEND as well. Double Colorless Energy has a slightly different name than the original Japanese card (ダブル無色エネルギー lit. “Double Colorless Energy” instead of 無色2個エネルギー “2 Colorless Energy”), but it’s almost certainly the same card.

    Looking at the HPs and rarities in this set, something noticeable jumps out: All of the “Baby” Pokemon have 30 HP, just like they did during the Neo sets. They are also mostly rares and holos, again similar to the Neo sets. Could this mean the return of true Baby Pokemon and the Baby Rule? We won’t know for sure until early October, but with Rain Dance and Double Colorless Energy making a comeback with this set, anything is possible!

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    Tuesday - September 15th, 2009 @ 10 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Be sure to check out all the news stories since last Wednesday for our coverage of HeartGold and SoulSilver.

    The official Go-Pokemon website has revealed the first three cards from Platinum: Arceus, as you can see below. Click the thumbnails for larger images. To view the product images for this set, check out this news story from over a week ago.

    Based on the card numbers below, it appears that the nine elemental Arceus cards will be in their own sub-set like the Unown in EX Unseen Forces. Remember, this set will draw from the Japanese Advent of Arceus set, so check out its spoilers if you want to know about the cards in our English set.

    Heatran from Platinum: Arceus (#3) Pikachu from Platinum: Arceus (#71) Arceus LV.X from Platinum: Arceus (#94)
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    Monday - September 14th, 2009 @ 2 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Welp, our coverage of HeartGold and SoulSilver is beginning to come to a close as almost everything is known about the games now. We’re still playing them of course, so here are some more details. The facts below are arranged from newest to oldest, so if you haven’t been here, read the post from the bottom to the top.

    • The Rock / Lock capsule has a relationship to Wi-Fi. In the game data, there is text that says, “The Rock Capsule is being looked after carefully. The Rock Capsule arrived safely!” It’s probably a pre-programmed Mystery Gift. The data for the text above is in the same location as the Manaphy egg from Pokemon Ranger. Could there be a special Pokemon inside, a special item like the Mystery Crystal, or could it unlock something in a future game?
    • Another hidden item in the game is the Rock / Lock Capsule (could be either name). Its description says, “A sturdy capsule that is opened with a special key.” It is a key item, though we don’t know what it does yet. Maybe a Spiritomb is inside? :p
    • Mystery Crystal / Soul Dew Event: A hidden item in the game data exists called the “Mystery Crystal.” Its item description reads, “A crystal orb that was buried in the ground. It is covered in rocks and dirt but it is still beautiful.” Once you obtain it (perhaps through a Nintendo event, or somewhere in the game), you go to the Pewter City Museum. You will overhear Steven Stone muttering to himself, “People devoted their lives to researching this path… and that’s profound. But since I’m devoted, I won’t lose to them.” He sees you. “Oh? What’s that you have? It’s… A mysterious rock. Something is sparkling inside. Its refinement conceals a wonderful secret! I think you should have this rock examined by a specialist.” You hand the rock over to a Pewter Museum scientist, “You gave the Mystery Crystal to the staff member!” “Please wait while I examine it.” As you are leaving, “Hey! Hey! Wait up! I had a bit of a delay, but I examined it fully! It is a Soul Dew, a crystal orb with a mysterious power! The Soul Dew is hardly ever seen, so I want to examine it as carefully as possible.” Steven: “The Soul Dew is an item said to be formed from a Latias or Latios’ soul. It has the ability to draw out their latent strength. It’s said that Latias, Latios, and the Soul Dew call out to each other’s souls. I don’t know why the Soul Dew is in Kanto, but Latias and Latios were probably drawn to it.” Following this, a [email protected] appears, seemingly summoned by the Soul Dew. Steven: “I feel a powerful belligerence coming from this [email protected]! I want to battle it, but I’ll hand it over to you!” If you catch it, Steven says, “Well done! I owe you one! You put your full power on display, and I never imagined it could be so fearsome! Well done! I’m greatful.” If you lose to it, when you do beat it, he says, “The injured [email protected] probably returned here to get revenge on you.” (He is explaining why [email protected] is still available to fight, since pre-DPPt if you lost to a Legendary Pokemon, it disappeared permanently.) If you choose not to fight it, he says, “What’s the matter? Did you lose your nerve?”
    • Reminder: [email protected]’ roaming: As reported earlier, when you first arrive in Kanto, Steven Stone from Hoenn tells you about a roaming [email protected] “I’m Steven, the Hoenn League Champion. Have I met you somewhere..? Nevermind, it’s probably my imagination. It’s just that all of the Trainers I’ve battled look at me the same way — like they want to beat me. In any case, has the rumor about the Pokemon [email protected] reached your ears? For some reason, [email protected], who resides in Hoenn, has left that place and come to Kanto. I’m here investigating the reason. [email protected] is a Pokemon with a deep connection to the jewel-like orb called the Soul Dew. I wonder if this [email protected] appearing in Kanto has a connection to the Soul Dew? [email protected] roams a wide path. There’s no instrument that can track it, and it appears very rarely, but since you’re a Trainer, I bet you’re interested. Later. I’m sure we’ll meet again.”
    • The Day of the Week Siblings are still in the games, but with two changes. Monica of Monday found on Route 40 still gives out Sharp Beak, Tuscany of Tuesday found on Route 29 gives out TwistedSpoon (originally Pink Bow), Wesley of Wednesday found at Lake of Rage gives out Blackbelt, Arthur of Thursday found on Route 36 gives out Hard Stone, Frienda of Friday found on Route 32 still gives Poison Barb, Santos of Saturday found in Blackthorn City gives out Soft Sand (originally Spell Tag), and lastly, Sunny of Sunday found at Route 37 gives you a Magnet.
    • Steven trades you a Beldum for a Forretress. Its only attack is Take Down. It is holding a Dawn Stone. It will be the same level as the Forretress you trade him. To trade him for the Beldum, you must first get Treecko, Torchic, or Mudkip from him in Silph Co. Once you do, go to the museum in Pewter City and talk to him. “All the light in the night sky is compressed inside my unidentified stone.” Then go back to Silph Co. where you can initiate the trade. “You again? Have you ever been to the Hoenn region? It’s a beautiful place where the clear ocean stretches wide. You should see it. That’s right! Wouldn’t you like to trade? I’m looking for Forretress, so if it sounds like a fair deal, I’ll trade you my Beldum.” You trade him. “Forretress doesn’t appear in the Hoenn region. This is the first time I’ve seen one. Thank you!”
    • Brock gives you a Rhyhorn that knows Thunder Fang if you trade him a Bonsly. Brock: “Hey, (Trainer)! Have you ever seen a Pokemon called Bonsly? It appears you have to hatch it from an egg, so it isn’t seen very often. If you have a Bonsly, will you trade it for my Rhyhorn? Yeah! Let’s trade! Thank you! I really wanted a Bonsly! About the Rhyhorn I gave you. I raised it from an egg, and it knows Thunder Fang. It can even defeat Water-type Pokemon. Take good care of it!”
    • To change Rotom‘s form, take it to Silph Co. and have it out with you. It will power the elevator and take you to a room with the appliances used to change its form.
    • Thus, you stop Giovanni from returning to Team Rocket and we learn from this event that Rival is Giovanni’s son, as has been speculated by fans for years and years.
    • The cave Giovanni is in is present during normal gameplay even before the event. Before the event, hitting A on the radio says, “The radio is broken.” If you visit the cave after the event, it says, “The radio is broken. Giovanni must have left it here.”
    • After defeating Giovanni, he says, “Wh-why! Have the past 3 years been for nothing? Once again, my ambitions are shattered by a child like him! The last dream of Team Rocket vanishes like an illusion!” He leaves the cave. Radio: “Heeeey! Where could Giovanni be? Wherever he is, will he hear this message and come to us?” H/K: “Even if they keep calling, their boss won’t come. How pathetic. And soon, you will take care of them. Oh! But you’re here? I wonder who will take care of Team Rocket at the Radio Tower? If we don’t heal Celebi, we can’t get back to our original time.” Apparently, time traveling causes Celebi to grow weak. Hibiki / Kotone uses a Revive on Celebi. The screen flashes white again. H/K: “Time travel? Let’s return to our original time now.” You return to Ilex Forest where Marill is waiting. H/K: “Time slipping doesn’t feel good.” H/K sees Marill. “Oh! My Marill! Good to see you! It looks like we’ve returned to our original time. It was a mysterious experience, but we’ve returned to our original time and stopped Team Rocket’s plan. Everything turned out okay! It was fun getting caught up in an adventure with you, (Trainer). Today was really exhausting. I’m going home. Bye bye!”
    • Celebi glows again. “Oh! That was just like before! It was Celebi’s time travel!” The screen spins, and you’re in a cave with Giovanni and a radio. G: “I don’t know why you came here, but this isn’t a place for kids like you.” K/H: “Ahh! This is the old man who was arguing with that mean boy before!” Giovanni: “Those look in your eyes… brings back memories of the child who obstructed me 3 years ago. He looked at me with the same eyes. I must go to Goldenrod City to answer my teammates’ summons. Are you going to get in my way?” K/H: “3 years ago…? Goldenrod City… Don’t tell me, this person is the boss, Giovanni, who was being summoned over the radio!! Listen, (Trainer), the radio broadcast is strange! Team Rocket invaded the Radio Tower! Even though you resolved that…” Radio: “This is the Goldenrod Radio Tower. This is the Goldenrod Radio Tower. After 3 years of effort, Team Rocket announces its resurrection! Giovanni! Can you hear us? We finally did it!” G: “My old friends need me. The failure of 3 years ago will not be repeated. Team Rocket will be reborn, and we will make the world our own!” You then battle “Team Rocket Boss Giovanni.” He uses a level 42 Nidoking, level 46 Nidoqueen, level 40 Kangaskhan, and level 43 Honchkrow. As he is about to be defeated, he says, “What’s happening? Could a child who’s less experienced than me be this strong?”
    • The camera pans up to Giovanni and your Rival. R: “You’re saying…you’re saying you’re not the strongest! You’re quitting!? What will you do now!?” G: “…If you won’t admit defeat, you can’t progress forward. In order to build an even stronger organization, I must go alone for now.” R: “What do you mean, strong! You gathered many members, and eventually lost to a single child!” G: “By uniting the strength of many people, a large power is born. That’s the meaning of an organization. The strength of an organization! I didn’t make the most of my men’s strength. One day, I will definitely revive Team Rocket.” R: “I don’t understand! I don’t understand what you’re saying at all, Dad!” G: “The day will come when you will understand as well.” He leaves. R: “I don’t want to understand! I won’t become like my dad! Swaggering about alone as I gather up weaklings! I’ll never be like that! I’m going to become a strong man! I’ll become strong all by myself! BY MYSELF!” He’s yelling after Giovanni. Then he turns and runs into you. R: “What are you staring at?” He leaves. Kotone/Hibiki: “What’s with that guy? He’s mean! But the conversation between those two… what was that about? The revival of Team Rocket? If I remember right, a child from Kanto destroyed Team Roclet three years ago. That means, we must be three years in the past!”
    • You’re on an unknown route with Kotone/Hibiki and your Celebi (Marill was left behind). “This is? The Ilex Forest vanished!? …That’s not it. Were we moved to a new place? This is weird, (Trainer)! If you turn on the radio on your Pokegear, the date is three years ago! Could it be… the work of the Pokemon, Celebi? That’s exactly it! Celebi is the cause! My grandpa said that Celebi is a time traveler and can use its mysterious power to freely jump across time! Clearly, Celebi has brought us to the past. Someone’s here, (Trainer)! Let’s go look!” You’re in the past following the events of Red defeating Giovanni and bringing down Team Rocket.
    • You go to Ilex Forest with your special Celebi and walk toward the shrine. Celebi hops away from behind you and sits a few tiles away. Kotone/Hibiki approaches you, trailed by his/her Marill, “Ah, (Trainer)! Do you know the rumors about this shrine? This shrine is troublesome. People get spirited away from it.” The screen goes white for a second. “???? What was that?” Celebi glows, rises into the air, and the screen swirls.
    • There is a Celebi event in the game involving Giovanni and Rival. The event is activated by a special Celebi that will probably be downloadable in the future – you take it to the Ilex Forest shrine. Jason went into the game’s data and activated the event, and Bangiras has translated the dialogue as follows.
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    Friday - September 11th, 2009 @ 8 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    This is a continuation of the two HeartGold and SoulSilver news stories below. We had to post a new one because of the TCG story below. The information is arranged from newest to oldest.

    • The PokeWalker seems to be able to detect abuse. I have done a few tests with shaking the PokeWalker in a one minute time span. Each time I shook it very fast for one minute, it would only add six steps. When I shake it at a slower rate for the same one minute, it goes up nearly 150 to 200 steps. These results appeared in multiple tests. Each time the PokeWalker was shaken at an extremely fast rate over the one minute, exactly 6 steps were added.
    • If you have all Pokemon recorded in your PokeDex, Professor Oak will ask you to take a picture with him.
    • If you present Togepi or Togetic to Professor Elm, he will give you an Everstone for having hatched it.
    • PokeRadar Pokemon
      • Edge of the Night Sky: Clefairy, Hoothoot
      • Residential Area: Magnemite
      • Pretty Oceanside: Wooper, Staryu
      • Rugged Path: Onix, Machop
      • Noisy Forest: Spearow, Bellsprout
      • Refreshing Field: Sentret, Nidoran (M), Kangaskhan
    • Sometimes as you are using the PokeWalker, your Pokemon will find Watts and give them to you. It seems that this mainly only happens when the PokeWalker comes out of sleep mode after a long walk (though that needs to be confirmed). Another interesting feature of the PokeWalker is that it seems that random Pokemon can also jump into your PokeWalker. If no Pokemon is present inside of the PokeWalker sometimes a wild Pokemon will appear out of nowhere and join you. You do not need to catch these wild Pokemon, they are yours once they join you.
    • Residential Area is unlocked at 500W. The next course is unlocked at 1,000W.
    • Pretty Oceanside is unlocked at 200W. The next course to be unlocked is at 500W.
    • Item Finder items for Edge of the Night Sky: Star Piece, Moon Stone
    • Jirachi is now in HeartGold, about to be checked for anything in the PokeWalker. The second that Jirachi is in your game Edge of the Night Sky will be unlocked. There is no need to transfer Jirachi to the PokeWalker to unlock the course.
    • At 50W you can unlock Rugged Path. You get to unlock the next course once you save up 200W.
    • If you lose a battle against a wild Pokemon when using the PokeRadar on the PokeWalker, you will be penalized additional Watts.
    • After reading the manual for the PokeWalker, there are a few more things that should be known. When the PokeWalker is not in sleep mode it counts the number of steps correctly, however, it does not update the display all the time (It updates very rarely). This is not the case for when the PokeWalker is in sleep mode. The PokeWalker goes into sleep mode if you have not touched any buttons for 60 to 90 seconds. To take it out of sleep mode you have to hold the center button for more than 0.5 seconds. When in sleep mode it counts continuously, and then displays the number walked total once taken out of sleep mode.
    • To bring a Pokemon back from the PokeWalker you have to go back to the Connect to PokeWalker screen. Once there select the first option. It will then start searching for the PokeWalker’s signal. Now, on the PokeWalker itself, you have to go to the third option to the left on the main menu. Put the PokeWalker right next to the cartridge again and hold down the middle button until your Pokemon successfully makes it back to the game. All remaining Watts will be transferred to the games and added to the total.
    • The third option from the right on the PokeWalker menu (Information) will remind you of a few things if you have forgotten. Once you click on Information you are brought to a screen that displays: Trainer Name, Current Course, and Time of Day. If you click on the right button on the PokeWalker it will display how many steps you took the day before at the top, and then total steps at the bottom. Pressing right again will tell you the same information for two days ago. You can keep pressing right until you get to seven days ago, which is the max amount it will save at one time.
    • The default settings for the PokeWalker is so that it makes sounds. This can be changed by going to the last option on the PokeWalker main menu; Settings. Sound settings are the first option and contrast settings are the second. If you choose sound settings, you will get the choice of either Mute, Medium Volume, or Full Volume.
    • You receive Watts as you walk on the course. These Watts can be used in one of apparently three ways. The first way is the PokeRadar, a mini game that costs 10W. A second way is the Item Finder, which is another mini game costing 3W. Finally, the last use of Watts is bringing them back to your DS. These Watts that you bring back will build up to satisfy requirements for unlocking new courses. In order to unlock the third course you must have walked over 50 steps and have at least 50W total.
    • Now that your Pokemon is inside of the PokeWalker, it is important to know what is what. The main screen for the PokeWalker consists of 6 options. These six options are: PokeRadar, Item Finder, Connect, Information, Held, and Settings.
    • To connect to the PokeWalker for the first time, go to the Connect to PokeWalker option as described on the list below. Once there it will give you a small little introduction and then let you pick your Pokemon. After you have picked the Pokemon you would like to bring, you can pick one of the two default courses. The first default course is Refreshing Field and the second is Noisy Forest. After you have chosen which course to go to (and confirm it) your DS will tell you to hold down the middle button on the PokeWalker for five seconds. You must have the PokeWalker lined up with the cartridge for them to communicate. Be careful because it is very sensitive. As you hold the button an animation will proceed as your Pokemon is transferred.
    • Once you have written your first save file, there will be six options that you can select from on the start up screen. These six options (from first to last) are Continue, Start New Game, Connect to PokeWalker, Mystery Gift, Wi-Fi Settings, and E-mail Settings. This means that unlike previous games, the Mystery Gift feature is already enabled.
    • You can only take Pokemon out of your PC box to put into the PokeWalker. Because of this, you have to wait until you own more than one Pokemon to use the PokeWalker.
    • The PokeWalker has a tab in it when you get it out of the box, you need to remove the tab for it to start up. When it starts up you will notice a little face. This face is only displayed before you have set up the PokeWalker for the first time. If the face is frowning, then the PokeWalker is sending a signal but not getting a response. If the face is indifferent, then the PokeWalker is not sending out a signal at all. If the face is happy, then it is sending a signal and getting a response from the game cartridge. Whenever the PokeWalker’s screen turns off, press down the middle button for more than 0.5 seconds to turn it back on. (This goes for any time when using the PokeWalker, not just for setup)
    • Before going over setup and use of the PokeWalker, there are some notes that should be mentioned. Unlike previously thought, the PokeWalker does not give 1 experience point per step. It appears to be more or less somewhere around 1 experience for every three steps. Another point to keep in mind is that the PokeWalker does not constantly update your steps as you walk them, instead it updates the number of steps every once in a while.
    • The PokeWalker comes with two back plates that you can interchange. One of the back plates is plain and the other has a hook on it. You will need a screwdriver to change the back plate. This is also how you change the battery.
    • Mewtwo is in Cerulean Cave. It’s at level 70 and knows Power Swap, Guard Swap, Amnesia and Psycho Cut.
    • PokeWalker details will begin to be posted here in an hour or so.
    • Crasher Wake from Sinnoh gives you Turtwig, Chimchar, and Piplup masks when you talk to him in the Celadon City Department Store. They go into your Accessory Case and you can presumably use them when you take a photo with your Pokemon team. He calls you “(Trainer) Mask.” If your name is Ash, he would call you “Ash Mask.”
    • Backtracking: So, the below ritual the Kimono Girls perform is the same one referenced by Cynthia during the Arceus event (which is translated by Bangiras at the bottom of this post). It seems that Johto and Sinnoh have a deep connection with their Legendary Pokemon, people, and rituals, though we will probably never fully understand or know what exactly the connection means.
    • Backtracking: The Kimono Girls dance. You ring the bell. Ho-oh appears on top of the tower. Tamao says, “That is Ho-oh… Since the ancient days, this town has called it the guardian deity of the sky. To this day, how many people have failed its challenge? Because of (Trainer)’s heart and the Clear Bell’s chime, it finally appeared… (Trainer), see if you can do it! If I’m not mistaken, Ho-oh has been waiting for a person like you to appear…” After you defeat Ho-oh, Tamao says, “Not only did you summon Ho-oh to this place, but you skillfully made it your own. You’ve truly done well. We have no advice for you beyond this: Continue to work hard in your future travels.” The other Kimono Girls say, “Thank you for everything you’ve done. If you see Elm, give him our regards.” This is the last of the Kimono Girls in the story.
    • Backtracking: A little girl runs into the Dance Theater. “Big sis! A big Pokemon’s shadow is covering the Tin Tower! Could it be…” Tamao says, “(Trainer)! Let us go to the Tin Tower before it attracts a crowd!” The Kimono Girls leave the Dance Theater. You’re supposed to follow them, but you can go to the Pokemon Center and make other preparations first. When you get to the roof of the Tin Tower, the Kimono Girls are already there. Tamao says, “That’s right, this spot is Ho-oh’s destination. We will perform the dance we’ve practiced every day, and entrust the rest to you. When the Clear Bell rings, Ho-Oh will swoop down from the sky once again!” (In SoulSilver, they say all of this about Lugia in the Whirl Islands.)
    • Backtracking: When you’ve defeated all of the Kimono Girls, Tamao says, “We were not mistaken about you. It is only appropriate that we give you this. Please accept it.” She gives you the Clear Bell.
    • Backtracking: The second Kimono Girl from the right comes up to you. “Ah, I am last. I glimpsed you in the Goldenrod Underground. You were quite reliable. I am Komomo, the Kimono Girl who dances spinning dances even in the Underground. You did a splendid job of holding back the Team Rocket members who invaded the Radio Tower. Truly, your exploits are grand enough to charm me. This time, display your power for me! Now, a Pokemon battle will commence!” She has a level 38 Vaporeon with Quick Attack and Surf.
    • Backtracking: The second Kimono Girl from the left comes up to you. “What a splendid battle style. On the ice, you gave my back a push, enabling me to skate across the ice. I am Kimono Girl Sakura. In the Dragon’s Den, you passed the elder’s test splendidly. I heard everything from outside the shrine. Well, let’s battle our Pokemon! “ She has a level 38 Jolteon with Thunderbolt and Double Team.
    • Backtracking: The Kimono Girl on the far right comes up to you. “It was an incredible feat. You drove Team Rocket away from this Dance Theatre. I am grateful for what you did then, but truthfully, I am strong. I am Kimono Girl Satsuki. Now, let us have a Pokemon battle! She has a level 38 Flareon with Quick Attack and Fire Blast.
    • Backtracking: The Kimono girl on the far left comes up to you. “You are quite strong. I was saved by you in the Ilex Forest. I am Koume, the Kimono Girl with no sense of direction. I saw with my own eyes how you handled Team Rocket at the Slowpoke Well, and assisted the worried Kurt. Next, we shall battle with Pokemon!” She has a level 38 Espeon with the moves Swift and Psychic.
    • Backtracking: Once your Rival leaves, you go inside. The Kimono Girls are all on the stage. The one in the middle talks to you. “Welcome. I am the Kimono Girl, Tamao. I met you in the city of Violet. In order to call forth Ho-oh, a person who can touch Pokemon with a righteous heart is necessary. We beseeched Mr. Pokemon, that if that person was to appear, he was to grant them the Mystery Egg as a symbol. And so, the Mystery Egg was transferred from Mr. Pokemon to Professor Elm, then given to you. However…the purity of your heart alone will succumb to the strength of that Pokemon. Can you handle your Pokemon properly? We shall test that now. Are you prepared? Show me the strength of the bonds between you and your Pokemon!” She has a level 38 Umbreon with the moves Confuse Ray, Dark Pulse, Shadow Ball, and Last Resort.
    • Backtracking: Hibiki: “(Trainer), I heard a rumor! Did you help the Kimono Girls? Wow, you’ve been working hard for everybody’s sake! I’m so happy to be your friend!” Elm: “The Kimono Girls are waiting at the Dance Theatre in Ecruteak.” When you arrive at the Dance Theatre, your Rivals runs into you on his way out. Rival: “Why, why…why can’t I win? Those weren’t ordinary dancers… ! Did you see? That’s right, I couldn’t beat all 5 Kimono Girls in a row. Even though I thought it would be easy… they tore me apart. …At any rate, are you thinking of challenging the Kimono Girls? Riding that wave of confidence after beating Team Rocket. The Kimono Girls here are stupidly strong. Well, I’m going. See if you can beat them. I’m not going back in there, since I don’t want to see you in case you win.”
    • Backtracking: After you receive the 8th badge from Claire, you get a call from Elm who wants you to come see him. When you arrive, Hibiki / Kotone says, “(Trainer), you already got 8 badges? You really did it! Come on, the professor is waiting!” Elm: “(Trainer)! I was really surprised by you. And my research has progressed thanks to you! This is from me, use it as you wish!” You then receive the Master Ball from him. “That Master Ball! It is the ultimate Poke Ball, and will capture any Pokemon without fail. I think it was awarded to me in recognition of my research, but… I think you’ll put it to better use than I would. I’m giving it to you, (Trainer)! Incidentally…earlier, these pretty Kimono Girls came into the lab one after another. They said they were looking for you.
    • Defeated Red a second time. The rematch team he uses is the one we posted yesterday. When you beat him he disappears, the game saves, and the credits roll again. Let’s see if anything’s changed this time…
    • — Going after Red for a second battle. Maybe that will activate something?
    • TM47 Steel Wing is in a house on Route 28.
    • Defeated the Elite Four a second time! It only took four tries, a ton of Max Revives, and soft resets. They were using the improved teams we reported about earlier. Let’s see what changes in the game now…
    • — Currently working on defeating the Elite Four a second time. It’s very hard.
    • Here is what we’ve found in the Safari Zone so far:
      • Map 1: Abra, Rattata, Girafarig, Smeargle
      • Map 2: Sunkern, Jigglypuff, Hoppip, Skiploom (Water: Poliwag, Wooper, Marill, Magikarp)
      • Map 3: Nidoran F, Tauros, Nidoran M, Rhyhorn
      • Map 4: Geodude, Graveler, Magnemite, Magneton, Magmar
      • Map 5: Krabby, Slowpoke, Slowbro, Doduo (Water: Poliwag, Magikarp, Lapras, Poliwhirl)
      • Map 6: Farfetch’d, Sentret, Ditto, Spearow
      • Map 7: Bellsprout, Pidgey, Mr. Mime, Misdreavus
      • Map 8: Paras, Sentret, Jigglypuff, Murkrow (Water: Goldeen, Magikarp)
      • Map 9: Koffing, Weezing, Ekans, Arbok, Grimer (Water: Wooper, Poliwag, Grimer)
      • Map 10: Onix, Kangaskhan, Machop, Magnemite
      • Map 11: Lickitung, Magneton, Raticate
      • Map 12: Cubone, Marowak, Sandshrew, Sandslash
    • There are 12 unique, default maps in the Johto Safari Zone to switch around and explore for Pokemon. Each map has six zones. You switch around the maps on the computer outside the Safari Zone and can even make your own, though we haven’t explored this yet. In HeartGold, we can confirm Lapras, Geodude, Graveler, Magnemite, Magneton, Misdreavus, Murkrow, Magmar, and Kangaskan are capturable. Some of the Pokemon are encountered more often on specific maps. For example, you can find Koffing, Weezing, Grimer, Arbok, and Ekans far more often on the swamp map. On the planes map, you encounter Girafarig, Rattata, Abra, and Smeargle more commonly than anywhere else (perhaps exclusively for some of them). This information is subject to change as we play through it. Remember, the Kanto Safari Zone has been replaced by the Pal Park.
    • In terms of layout, the new Battle Frontier located west of Olivine City is exactly the same. The only difference are the Trainer overworld sprites, which have been switched up. The entire Frontier may be a copy / paste job from Platinum, but we cannot confirm this yet. We already discovered earlier that all of the Frontier Brains are exactly the same. Perhaps the Frontier is portable?
    • Backtracking: You can battle the Kimono Girls in their dance studio. Kimono Girl #1 has a Lv.38 Umbreon with Shadow Ball, Dark Pulse, Confuse Ray, and Last Resort.
    • — We’re making a list of things we need to go check out.
    • The Dragon Lair’s elder gives you a Lv.15 Extremespeed Dratini if you answer his quiz questions correctly. Its attacks are Thunderwave, Dragon Rage, Twister, and of course the aforementioned attack that it cannot normally learn. This was done in Crystal too.
    • Yes! Caught Entei at level 40! It comes with Roar, Fire Spin, Stomp, and Flamethrower.
    • Caught Raikou! It’s at level 40 and knows Roar, Quick Attack, Spark, and Reflect.
    • Latios knows Dragonbreath, Protect, Refresh, and Luster Purge. As mentioned earlier, it’s at level 35. It is NOT holding a Soul Dew. Earlier, Steven Stone said that Latios was roaming because of the Soul Dew. Maybe someone stole it and fled to Kanto and we will find it later? It is only roaming in Kanto too.
    • The cut-scenes for most locations change based on the time of day. For example, when you enter National Park at night, its cut-scene shows the lamp posts on and a dark sky.
    • The Magnet Train has its lights on at night.
    • Forgot to mention Suicune‘s stats even though we caught it a long time ago. It’s level 40 and knows Rain Dance, Aurora Beam, Gust, and Mist.
    • Reposting for completeness. Zapdos is in the Power Plant at level 50. Its attacks are Discharge, Ancient Power, Charge, and Agility.
    • Moltres is in Mt. Silver. You have to use Waterfall to get to it. It’s at level 50 and knows Flamethrower, Safeguard, Air Slash, and Ancient Power.
    • Ellen Degeneres replaces Paula Abdul on American Idol. Yeah, these games keep you in a box. Today is also 9-11. :(
    • When trading from these games to DPPt, your Pokemon’s Apricorn Poke Balls are changed to regular Poke Balls.
    • Caught a shiny Magnemite. Its field sprite is shiny.
    • Articuno resides at Seafoam Island and knows Ice Beam, Reflect, Ancient Power, and Agility. It’s level 50.
    • Encountered Latios! As the encounter battle music plays, the camera moves all around you and gets blurry and then you see it like usual. Normal Pokemon battle music is playing. Latios is at level 35. We’ll try to catch it to find out its attacks since it runs away as soon as you fight it or attempt to capture it.
    • Bill’s grandfather is in Bill’s house north of Cerulean City. As in previous games, if you show him a specific Pokemon, he will give you an evolutionary stone. Staryu grants a Water Stone, Pichu a Thunder Stone, Oddish a Leaf Stone, Lickitung an Ever Stone, and either Vulpix or Growlithe grant a Fire Stone.
    • You of course receive a level 1 Dialga, Palkia, or Giratina – whichever you chose. The Pokemon will be holding its special Orb.
    • The Shinto Ruins are not in Kanto, Johto, or Sinnoh. They are north of Johto and south of Sinnoh in an unidentified region with snow.
    • You reappear inside the Ruins of Alph. The original man you spoke to is still there. “! A-a-are are you okay? You suddenly vanished before my eyes! I was surprised! … I see. You’re saying, as an effect of Arceus and the Unown’s power an immense energy came into being, and you were hurled to the Shinto Ruins? The Unown, the Ruins of Alph, and Arceus… The mysteries just keep getting deeper! My curiosity burns all the more! I swear to it, one day, I will unravel these mysteries!”
    • Cynthia: “That glowing orb just now… Could it have been… An egg…? Did we witness the instant at which an egg is born…the thing that nobody’s ever seen..? All life is originally cultivated inside an egg. Our world is also like an egg. The life that is born from an egg eventually burns out. That’s why new life is considered sacred… Perhaps that’s what Arceus was showing us.” The lights dim. “What was that..? It was as if another strong power swirled around us..!”
    • You walk on the stage with Arceus. The stage has a purple circle, an orange circle, and a blue circle, arranged in a triangular formation. In the center of the three circles there is a fourth circle. “On the Triad Stage, the circle in the center of the drawings of the Pokemon that created the world, is the origin of everything, Arceus…” She goes to the purple circle. “This is the pattern of Palkia, ruler of space…” She goes to the blue circle. “This one is the pattern of Dialga, the ruler of time… And…” She goes to the orange circle. “Here is Giratina… Ruler of the Reverse World, which sits opposite this world in defiance of time and space.” She walks back to you. “You’ve been acknowledged by Arceus. It’s said that when Arceus, the creator of Earth, displays even a fraction of its power, new life is born from nothingness.” Cynthia leaves the platform. “When you choose 1 of these three circles, something will definitely happen… Prepare yourself fully for when it does.” Now you can choose one of the circles. Just walk to the one you want. “You’re choosing the ruler of (space/time/Reverse World), (Palkia/Dialga/Giratina).” Arceus then walks to the center of the stage (its own circle). It glows. Unown swarm around it. We see the world being born and about 30 photos of space, our planet, cities, cells, etc. An orb appears above Arceus’ head, and flies into your hands. The game then says, “The mysterious orb became a Pokemon! (Trainer) received a (Palkia/Dialga/Giratina)!”
    • Cynthia: “This is the Triad Stage… A sacred stage that was built to worship Arceus. It’s said that Arceus’ incredible power was expressed through music and dance. There are people in Johto, as well, who’ve inherited this tradition [again, the Kimono Girls]. In old books, it is written: When Arceus stands on the Triad Stage, Time, Space, and the Reverse World are born. The Triad Stage’s key player has finally appeared. The one from Sinnoh’s ruins and myths, which I’ve investigated for so long. Perhaps you can go on the stage in order to guide it…”
    • The hiker talking seems to be the same one from Pokemon Platinum who tells the legend of Arceus if you bring the movie Arceus to him. “It is said that Arceus’s body appeared from inside an egg. In Johto, there is a Pokemon Egg that is the vessel from which life is born. It is thought of as an extremely sacred object. In completely separated areas, there are similar myths and legends… Isn’t it interesting?
    • She leaves the cabin. You follow her into the shrine. “This is the ‘Triad Stage’… A sacred stage that was built to worship Arceus. It’s said that Arceus’ incredible power was expressed through music and dancing. There are people in Johto, as well, who’ve inherited this tradition [The Kimono Girls, who earlier in the games do a dance to awaken Lugia or Ho-Oh depending on your version.]. Only 1 Arceus can get on the Triad Stage. Please deposit your other Pokemon in the PC inside the cabin.”
    • Cynthia, who is sitting at the table inside the cabin, introduces herself. “I’m Cynthia. I’m a Pokemon Trainer. As I came to these Shinto Ruins, I was reminded of my birthplace, the Sinnoh Region. I thought I felt that way because this is the first place I’ve been to that has as much snow as Sinnoh. But that isn’t it. Long ago… The people who moved to this place from Sinnoh thought of their birthplace and built a temple here. That is the Shinto Ruins…. ! Are you a Pokemon Trainer? I feel a strong energy emanating from your Poke Balls… This feeling of power… It feels similar to Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina’s, yet it’s different… Do you have a moment? Let’s go to the Shinto Ruins. If my hunch is right, when you and your Pokemon get on that stage, something will happen.”
    • A hiker is waiting for you. “Welcome! It’s cold, isn’t it? You’re shivering, aren’t you? Even though you’re young, you have an interest in the Shinto Ruins. Fantastic! The Shinto Ruins are a fusion of Sinnoh and Johto artistry, down to the design of the pillars. ! Oh dear, I’m going on and on! If we’re going to stand around talking, we should do it in the cabin ahead. Follow me!” He walks, you follow behind with your Pokemon. “That’s right! There’s a remarkable person in the cabin. A famous person from Sinnoh who’s known by every trainer! Apparently, she travels to different places while investigating myths and ancient ruins. She’s incredible.” He goes into his house and keeps talking, “It’s thought that ancient people took the lives of Pokemon, and also granted them life… People and Pokemon were connected that strongly, even more so than they are today. As people migrated to new areas, the myths and legends concerning Pokemon powers also moved and became intertwined. The ancient ruins that are on these grounds inherited the legends of both Johto’s Ruins of Alph and Sinnoh’s Spear Pillar… This proves that long ago, the people of Johto and the people of Sinnoh crossed paths in this place.”
    • He takes you into the Ruins of Alph. “Hmm..! I’ve been researching the ruins for many years, but this time… Something feels different…! Woah! The Unown that are drawn on the wall..! It’s like they’re watching me..! Wh-wh-WHAAATTTT!? There’s an ominous presence. My legs won’t stop shaking!” The scene changes. You’re in the Shinto Ruins. You start out in a room with a weird stage in it, but then you go outside, where it is snowing.
    • As you start to enter the house at the ruins, a man runs out and bumps into you. “Ah, Sorry! I just burst out, and..! Good gracious, I do apologize. You aren’t hurt, are you? Wh-WHAAATTTTT! That Pokemon..! Is that the Pokemon called Arceus, from the Sinnoh region? Whaaa, is that what happened..? You’re training Arceus..? I don’t understand why, I can’t even begin to comprehend it…! Perhaps Arceus could be the key to explaining the mysteries of the Unown and the Ruins of Alph..? Won’t you come with me to the Ruins of Alph!? I won’t let you say no! Something big is going to happen–I can feel it in my bones!”
    • We’re backtracking to do the Arceus event. You bring the movie Arceus with you to the Ruins of Alph.
    • As posted earlier, there are non-Kanto Pokemon used by Trainers in Kanto. Some Trainers use Pokemon from as recently as the 4th generation, like Buizel.
    • Latios / Latias appear on your PokeNav after you activate their event by talking to Steven Stone in Vermilion. Latios is in SoulSilver while Latias is in HeartGold, apparently. Like other roaming Pokemon, if you use Fly, they move to a completely different location. On our eighth time flying though, it appeared right next to us. They appear in Kanto.
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    Friday - September 11th, 2009 @ 4 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    As announced on the official Go-Pokemon site two weeks ago, Pokemon Leagues will now be giving out two cards per season that are reprints of existing cards, but as special holos. One of the two each season will be cards competitive players use in archetype decks all the time, essentially making it much easier for players to get powerful and necessary cards. The official site has just released the list of cards that the Pokemon Leagues will be awarding to players who win enough points.

    Claydol from Great Encounters (#15)
    Season 1: Rival

    • Snorlax (Platinum—Rising Rivals, 33/117)
    • Uxie (Diamond & Pearl—Legends Awakened, 43/146)

    Season 2: Cyrus

    • Arcanine [G] (Platinum—Supreme Victors, 15/147)
    • Dialga [G] (Platinum, 7/127)

    Season 3: Cynthia

    • Milotic C (Platinum—Supreme Victors, 35/147)
    • Claydol (Diamond & Pearl—Great Encounters, 15/106)

    Season 4: Palmer

    • Dragonite FB (Platinum—Supreme Victors, 56/147)
    • Roseanne’s Research (Diamond & Pearl—Secret Wonders, 125/132)

    Season 5: Thorton

    • Skarmory FB (Platinum—Supreme Victors, 83/147)
    • Felicity’s Drawing (Diamond & Pearl—Great Encounters, 98/106)

    Season 6: Dahlia

    • Dusknoir FB (Platinum—Supreme Victors, 26/147)
    • Bebe’s Search (Diamond & Pearl—Stormfront, 85/100)

    Season 7: Darach

    • Empoleon FB (Platinum—Supreme Victors, 27/147)
    • Underground Expedition (Platinum—Rising Rivals, 97/117)

    Season 8: Argenta

    • Butterfree FB (Platinum—Supreme Victors, 17/147)
    • Warp Point (Diamond & Pearl—Majestic Dawn, 88/100)
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    Friday - September 11th, 2009 @ 2 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    This post is a continuation of our previous news story covering HeartGold and SoulSilver‘s Johto region. We have now arrived in Kanto and will post any important notes here. To see the full Gym Leader rosters for the Kanto Gym Leaders, including the rosters for when you re-battle them, please refer to the previous HG/SS news story. The information below is arranged from newest to oldest.

    • — We’ve been backtracking. We’re doing the Arceus event now. Translations are coming soon.
    • Zapdos is in the Power Plant at level 50. Its attacks are Discharge, Ancient Power, Charge, and Agility.
    • Mewtwo is in Cerulean Cave at level 70. It knows Guard Swap, Power Swap, Psycho Cut, and Amnesia. The cave still has the same general feel as FireRed and LeafGreen.
    • After collecting all of the badges, go to the 3rd floor of the mansion in Celadon City. This is where Gamefreak resides. The man standing next to the spinning globe will give you the GB Player, a key item, which switches all of the new music in the games to the old Gold and Silver music. The icon for it is a Gameboy with headphones. Nostalgia!!
    • Ho-Oh is in the Tin Tower at level 70 (if you have SoulSilver, that is). It knows Sacred Fire, Ancient Power, Safeguard, and Punishment.
    • Exiting the Gym, you receive a call from Professor Oak. He wants you to go see him. When you do, he gives you HM08 Rock Climb. He also says you can go to Mt. Silver now.
    • In order to challenge Green at the Viridian Gym, you need to have defeated all other Gym Leaders. Once you have, you can talk to him on Cinnabar Island and he will go back to his Gym. If you don’t have the necessary badges, he’ll tell you that you aren’t strong enough yet. When you enter his Gym you are told that you have to put your Pokemon away because of the floors; his Gym features many hard puzzles involving propelling panels, which shoot you to certain spots within the Gym. He awards you with TM92 Trick Room, since his Gym is tricky, and you can now use Rock Climb outside of battle.
    • In surfing from Pallet Town to Cinnabar Island, we meet Green for the first time. He introduces himself and talks about how he was champion of the Kanto Elite Four until Red got in his way. He says that Cinnabar Island was destroyed by a volcanic eruption.
    • Backtracking: Lugia’s attacks are Extrasensory, Hydro Pump, Rain dance, and Aero Blast. It’s at level 45.
    • There is an old man on the eastern side of Pewter City who is on a ledge. Go talk to him and he will hand you a feather he found in Johto. In SoulSilver he will hand you the Rainbow Wing and in HeartGold it will be the Silver Wing.
    • He gives you TM80 Rock Slide
    • Moving up through the fully redone Viridian Forest and into Pewter City and Brock’s Gym. It is a very simple layout and very easy to avoid the trainers.
    • When you come out of Diglett’s Cave (which seems to have been expanded a bit) go down into the house and one of Professor Oak’s assistants is inside. Talk to him and he tells you that Professor Oak told him to give you something. He gives you Sacred Ash.
    • Off to Diglett’s Cave, as was in the originals, Snorlax is blocking the entrance to the cave. To wake it up, turn on your PokeGear radio, and manually move the dot on the screen to the upper-middle. When you do that it will change to a PokeFlute station. Exit out like that and then talk to the Snorlax. It will wake up and fight you.
    • In order to listen to channels coming from the Kanto Radio Tower you have to upgrade the Radio Card in your PokeGear. This can be done after you have solved the Magnet Train incident. Go to the Kanto Radio Tower, and inside there will be a man with a brown coat and hat on. He thanks you for solving the Magnet Train incident and as a reward gives you the upgrade.
    • Now, if we go back to where we got Misty earlier at the farthest East of Route 25, Suicune is waiting for you. This is where you can finally battle and catch it.
    • Once you have the doll and you exit the Pokemon Fan Club, Steven Stone will be there waiting for you. He tells you about a Pokemon from the Hoenn Region (In this case we had Latios). He tells you it has left its home in the Hoenn Region and that it could possibly have something to do with the Soul Dew. He makes it clearly sound like the Pokemon will roam.
    • To get the ticket for the Magnet Train, you need to go to Saffron City and talk to the Copycat Girl. She is upset because she lost her doll. To get the doll, go to Vermilion City and talk to the guy at the table in the Pokemon Fan Club. Bring this doll back to her and she will give you the ticket as promised.
    • Now we can head back to the Power Plant to return the stolen part. Talk to the chief of the Power Plant, and in gratitude he will give you TM57 Charge Beam. This will open up the Magnet Train at Saffron City, however in order to actually ride the Magnet Train we need to get receive the ticket.
    • She gives you TM03 Water Pulse
    • This whole time Misty has been out of the Gym. To get her to come back you have to go to the east most side of Route 25.
    • Once you go into the Cerulean Gym a Team Rocket Member will be leaving. He tells you to forget you ever saw him and goes out the door. You spot him again as you head up north of Cerulean City on Route 24. This time he tells you if you battle him, he’ll tell you a secret. Once you’ve beaten him, his secret is that he hid the part from the Power Plant near some swim rings in the Cerulean City Gym. The part is indeed by a pair of swim rings on the side of the pool, all the way towards the back left.
    • As you go to leave the Power Plant, the guard closest to the door will run over to someone on the computer and tell him there is breaking news. He says that someone suspicious was spotted near Cerulean City Gym, and asks you to cooperate by going to check it out.
    • In the Kanto Power Plant people inside talk about how one of the parts has been stolen.
    • She gives you TM84 Poison Jab
    • Janine’s Gym seems a bit different from before. The walls to the maze she’s in are invisible until you touch them.
    • Fuchsia City’s Safari Zone has been turned into Pal Park.
    • She awards you with TM19 Giga Drain.
    • Erika’s Gym is a little bit different from her old one. It is a small maze that you have to work your way through.
    • She awards you with TM48 Skill Swap.
    • Sabrina’s Gym also uses a similar design to that of the original games.
    • There is a person on Route 6 between Vermilion City and Saffron City that tells you there has been an incident at the Power Plant. Additionally, a Snorlax is blocking the way east of Vermilion City as was the case in the original games.
    • Lt. Surge gives out TM34 Shock Wave.
    • Lt. Surge’s Gym features the same layout as in Red and Blue.
    • Some Trainers are using Pokemon that are not found in Johto or Kanto, such as a Trainer with a Bronzor on the S.S. Aqua and an Electrike being used in Vermilion Gym.
    • Double battles still occur if you are in the path of two single Trainers.
    • Upon arrival at Vermilion Harbor, a Suicune is seen in the ocean. Eusine approaches you and says he is going to chase it.
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    Friday - September 11th, 2009 @ 2 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Three new LEGEND: HeartGold and SoulSilver Collection cards have been revealed by the official Pokemon Card website and have been translated below thanks to Bangiras.

    In addition to these cards, it is confirmed that Copycat and Professor Elm’s Training Method will be reprinted in the TCG. However, Elm will have slightly different wording – it can only search for Stage 1 and 2 Pokemon cards, not just “Evolutions.” Perhaps there will be a higher stage of evolution in the future?

    These cards in addition to the Pokemon revealed last week seem to confirm that x2 weakness returns to the TCG. For the Diamond and Pearl and Platinum eras, each weakness was customized to add between 10 and 40 damage from super-effective Pokemon.

    Shuckle from LEGEND: HeartGold SoulSilver Collection Ampharos from LEGEND: HeartGold SoulSilver Collection Donphan from LEGEND: HeartGold SoulSilver Collection

    Shuckle – Grass – HP60
    Basic Pokemon

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

    [F][F] Poison Jab: 30. The opponent’s Active Pokemon is now Poisoned.

    Weakness: Fire x2
    Resistance: none
    Retreat: 1

    Ampharos – Lightning – HP140
    Stage 2 Pokemon – Evolves from Flaafy
    Great Pokemon

    Poke-Body: Electrocution
    When your opponent attaches 1 Energy card from his or her hand to a Pokemon, place 1 damage counter on that Pokemon.

    [L][C][C] Lightning Crush: 40 damage. Flip a coin, if heads this attack does an additional 40 damage. If tails, discard 1 Energy attached to your opponent’s Active Pokemon.

    Weakness: Fighting x2
    Resistance: Metal -20
    Retreat: 2

    Donphan – Fighting – HP120
    Stage 1 Pokemon – Evolves from Phanpy
    Great Pokemon

    Poke-Body: Hard Body
    Damage done to this Pokemon by attacks is reduced by 20.

    [F] Earthquake: 60 damage. Does 10 damage to each of your Benched Pokemon. Don’t apply Weakness or Resistance for Benched Pokemon.
    [F][F][F] Heavy Impact: 90 damage.

    Weakness: Water x2
    Resistance: Lighting -20
    Retreat: 2

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    Thursday - September 10th, 2009 @ 5 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    We have just acquired the HeartGold and SoulSilver games. We’ll post every piece of information we encounter in playing the games and will also verify the information from yesterday. We’ll probably repeat known information from the original games that some people may already remember, but that’s so people playing the Japanese game can use this list as a sort of walkthrough. The bullet points are arranged from newest to oldest, so you don’t have to scroll down every time you refresh the page.

    • The method of getting to Kanto is the same as in the original games. (Defeat the Elite Four, ride the S.S. Aqua.)
    • In order to access Route 26, which leads to the Pokemon League, you must first defeat the Kimono Girls and capture either Lugia or Ho-oh.
    • In the original games, using Whirlpool caused whirlpools to fill with water and disappear. This time, whirlpool simply lets you cross the whirlpools.
    • You get the Silver Wing for beating Apollo (in Silver) or the Rainbow Wing (in Gold).
    • Rival team: level 30 Golbat, level 32 Starter, level 30 Haunter, level 28 Magnemite, level 32 Sneasel
    • Rocket Executive teams from the Radio Tower:
    • Lance: level 28 Golbat, level 33 Weezing
    • Athena: level 32 Arbok, level 32 Murkrow, level 32 Vileplume
    • Apollo: level 35 Houndour, level 35 Koffing, level 37 Houndoom
    • A Kimono Girl is in the basement area. She comments on how strong your character is. “And that’s why legendary Poke–” She cuts herself off.
    • Lambda (fake director): level 30 Koffing x5, level 32 Weezing. Beat him to get the Basement Key, go to the Underground to search for the real director.
    • When you approach the stairs for a second time, the grunt lets you through, but then your rival appears. “Hey! Team Rocket! When you weaklings gather together, you annoy people! Did you know that?” He notices you. “What? (Player)? What are you doing here? Don’t tell me, even you think that uniform makes you strong? Stupid! Take it off!” Your character protests. “I see. You were planning to sneak in under disguise. Hmph! That’s the sort of plan a weakling would think up. Whatever. I’ll leave this to you. I’m going to go beat that cloaked Dragon user…that Lance guy. And you’re next. Be ready for it!”
    • When your character tries to go up the stairs to the Radio Tower, a grunt says, “What do you want? We’re in the middle of something. If I let a non-Rocket pass, there’ll be harsh words! Understand? Only guys wearing these awesome black Team Rocket uniforms can pass!” So, go into the Underground, and talk to the photographer. “Hm, another new recruit? Since Team Rocket’s been expanding its ranks for the Radio Tower operation, they’ve been running out of uniforms. Why does a photographer have one? Well, I stole it. Here, it’s a perfect fit!”
    • Team Rocket is broadcasting a message through the Radio Tower: “We are the long-silenced Team Rocket. The fruits of 3 years of effort toward rebuilding our organization– Here and now, Team Rocket announces its resurrection! Giovanni! Can you hear us? We finally did it! Where could our boss be? Is he listening to this broadcast?”
    • Once you exit the Gym, you get a call from Professor Elm. He informs you that Team Rocket has invaded the Radio Tower.
    • Pryce owns a level 30 Seel that knows Hail and Rest, a level 32 Dewgong with Aurora Beam, Ice Shard, Rest, and Sleep Talk, and a level 34 Piloswine. Each are three levels higher than the original games. Piloswine is holding a Sitrus Berry. Pryce also can use one Full Restore. He grants the player the Hail TM and the ability to use Whirlpool outside of battle.
    • Mahogany Gym now has three rooms of ice sliding puzzles instead of the original one.
    • The transmitter is disguised as a tree. After you defeat Team Rocket, it’s bent-up and does not look like a tree anymore.
    • Lance has a level 40 Dragonite. After you defeat Athena, you and Lance each need to defeat three level 23 Electrodes that are powering the transmitter to shut it down.
    • You follow Lambda’s Murkrow through the base, until it finally nears the door to the transmitter, and the door opens. Before you can go inside, Athena and a grunt stop you. Athena is very hotheaded compared to Lambda and complains about children endlessly hurting Team Rocket’s pride. As she starts to attack, Lance appears on the scene. You and Lance have a team battle against Athena and the grunt. Athena’s Pokemon are a level 25 Arbok, a level 25 Gloom, and a level 27 Murkrow. The grunt has a level 18 Drowzee and a level 20 Grimer.
    • TM46 Thief is up at the top of a staircase, near the boss’ room.
    • Lambda has a level 22 Zubat, a level 22 Koffing, and a level 24 Raticate. When you defeat him, he runs away. His pet Murkrow follows him, repeating the keyword in imitation of Lambda’s voice.
    • Lambda: “Fufufu, good job getting this far. You’re (Trainer), eh?
      Hm? You don’t know who I am? I’m Giovanni! The great Giovanni! Gwahaha!
      …What’s that? There’s no resemblance? Giovanni isn’t here? Psh, even
      though I practiced my impression! I’m Team Rocket Executive Lambda! So
      you were planning on sneaking into the transmission room? That’s not gonna
      happen! The reason is, you need a special keyword to unlock that room!
      The keyword is “Hail Giovanni!” Fufufu, are you surprised that I gave
      it away so easily? But knowing the keyword isn’t enough. That’s because
      the door won’t open unless the keyword is said in my voice!”
    • Your rival appears as you approach the boss’ office. “And now you’re hanging around a place like this? Hmph! As if you like Team
      Rocket that much! More importantly, that cloaked dragon user! What is he? My Pokemon couldn’t stand up to him at all. Not that I care about today’s loss–as long as I get my hands on some stronger Pokemon, I won’t lose to him. What really got to me was that speech…Saying I don’t have enough love
      or faith in my Pokemon, when I think that I lost to a bleeding heart like him, I can’t help getting angry! Hmph! Do you think I’m your ally or something?!” He shoves your character and storms off.
    • TM49 Snatch is in the middle of B3F. You’ll pass it on your way to the boss’ office.
    • Lambda is hiding in the boss’ office. You need to obtain two passwords to open the door. On far the left side of B3F is a female grunt who gives the password “Raticate Tail”, and in a small room on the right side of the same basement there is another female grunt, who gives the password “Slowpoke Tail”.
    • The Elite Four also get upgraded teams. Here they are:
    • Will’s second team is: Lv.58 BRONZONG, Lv.60 JYNX, Lv.59 GRUMPIG, Lv.60 SLOWBRO, Lv.61 GARDEVOIR, Lv.62 XATU.
    • Koga’s second team is: Lv.61 SKUNTANK, Lv.63 VENOMOTH, Lv.60 TOXICROAK, Lv.62 MUK, Lv.64 CROBAT, Lv.62 SWALOT.
    • Bruno’s second team is: Lv.62 HITMONTOP, Lv.61 HITMONCHAN, Lv.61 HITMONLEE, Lv.62 HARIYAMA, Lv.64 MACHAMP, Lv.64 LUCARIO.
    • Karen’s second team is: Lv.62 WEAVILE, Lv.62 SPIRITOMB, Lv.62 ABSOL, Lv.64 HONCHKROW, Lv.63 HOUNDOOM, Lv.64 UMBREON.
    • Lance’s second team is: Lv.72 SALAMENCE, Lv.68 GYARADOS, Lv.72 GARCHOMP, Lv.73 ALTARIA, Lv.68 CHARIZARD, Lv.75 DRAGONITE.
    • Back in Mahongany Town, Lance is all business, having his Dragonite Hyper Beam the Pokemart “shopkeepers”. He leads you down a staircase to the Team Rocket base beneath the store. The base is lined with Persian statues. When you pass in front of one, it emits an alarm and two Grunts come to battle you (not a double battle, just one after another). You only have to trigger one of these alarms, and then you can make your way to a computer in the middle of the room and shut them off. Next, you have to walk over some checkered tiles. If you step on the wrong tile, a Koffing or a Geodude will attack you. There’s a staircase at the end of the checkered tiles; when you go downstairs Lance heals your Pokemon.
    • It appears that all of the Gym Leaders (Kanto and Johto) can be re-battled.
    • Falkner’s second team is: Lv.50 STARAPTOR, Lv.52 NOCTOWL, Lv.52 SWELLOW, Lv.54 HONCHKROW, Lv.48 PELIPPER, Lv.56 PIDGEOT.
    • Bugsy’s second team is: Lv.56 SCIZOR, Lv.48 SHEDINJA, Lv.52 YANMEGA, Lv.55 PINSIR, Lv.54 HERACROSS, Lv.52 VESPIQUEN.
    • Whitney’s second team is: Lv.52 GIRAFARIG, Lv.50 LICKILICKY, Lv.54 BIBERAL, Lv.54 DELCATTY, Lv.52 CLEFABLE, Lv.58 MILTANK.
    • Morty’s second team is: Lv.52 DRIFBLIM, Lv.52 DUSKNOIR, Lv.52 SABLEYE, Lv.54 MISMAGIUS, Lv.57 GENGAR, Lv.57 GENGAR.
    • Pryce’s second team is: Lv.56 ABOMASNOW, Lv.58 DEWGONG, Lv.52 GLALIE, Lv.52 FROSLASS, Lv.54 WALREIN, Lv.60 MAMOSWINE.
    • Jasmine’s second team is: Lv.52 METAGROSS, Lv.56 MAGNEZONE, Lv.52 SKARMORY, Lv.50 BRONZONG, Lv.52 EMPOLEON, Lv.62 STEELIX.
    • Chuck’s second team is: Lv.54 MEDICHAM, Lv.52 HITMONCHAN, Lv.55 HITMONLEE, Lv.54 BRELOOM, Lv.56 PRIMEAPE, Lv.60 POLIWRATH.
    • Clair’s second team is: Lv.56 GYARADOS, Lv.52 DRAGONAIR, Lv.52 AERODACTYL, Lv.56 KINGDRA, Lv.52 CHARIZARD, Lv.60 DRAGONITE.
    • Brock’s second team is: Lv.55 GOLEM, Lv.54 RELICANTH, Lv.56 OMASTAR, Lv.61 ONIX, Lv.55 KABUTOPS, Lv.57 RAMPARDOS.
    • Misty’s second team is: Lv.60 STARMIE, Lv.56 QUAGSIRE, Lv.56 LAPRAS, Lv.54 LANTURN, Lv.54 FLOATZEL, Lv.60 MILOTIC.
    • Lt. Surge’s second team is: Lv.60 RAICHU, Lv.52 MANECTRIC, Lv.52 MAGNEZONE, Lv.52 ELECTRODE, Lv.58 PACHIRISU, Lv.56 ELECTIVIRE.
    • Erika’s second team is: -Lv.54 SHIFTRY, Lv.53 JUMPLUFF, Lv.56 VICTREEBEL, Lv.56 BELLOSSOM, Lv.60 TANGROWTH, Lv.55 ROSERADE.
    • Janine’s second team is: Lv.52 CROBAT, Lv.56 WEEZING, Lv.52 TOXICROAK, Lv.58 ARIADOS, Lv.59 VENOMOTH, Lv.55 DRAPION.
    • Sabina’s second team is: Lv.60 ALAKAZAM, Lv.58 ESPEON, Lv.56 MR MIME, Lv.54 JYNX, Lv.53 WOBBUFFET, Lv.53 GALLADE.
    • Blaine’s second team is: Lv.54 TORKOAL, Lv.57 CAMERUPT, Lv.60 RAPIDASH, Lv.58 MAGCARGO, Lv.54 HOUNDOOM, Lv.62 MAGMORTAR.
    • Gary’s second team is: Lv.67 EXEGGUTOR, Lv.69 MACHAMP, Lv.70 RHYPHERIOR, Lv.68 ARCANINE, Lv.70 TYRANITAR, Lv.72 PIDGEOT.
    • After you obtain the Red Scale, Lance appears at the Lake of Rage. He commends you for defeating the Red Gyarados and asks you to help him save the Magikarp (who are being forced to evolve). If you say yes, he flies back to Mahogany Town, telling you to meet him there.
    • The Red Gyarados can be found in the Lake of Rage north of Mahogany Town. It is at level 30 with the attacks Dragon Rage, Bite, Leer, and Twister. There is rain during the battle, but since Gyarados doesn’t know any Water-type moves, it doesn’t make the battle any more difficult. Gyarados drops a Red Scale after it’s captured or defeated.
    • Suicune can be found in the middle of Route 42. You need to use Cut to reach it. After it runs away, Eusine appears. “Suicune…So brave! So fresh! So beautiful! So cunning! (Trainer), it seems Suicune always appears before you! But that’s fine, my drive to pursue Suicune is greater. My grandfather was well-versed in legends. I heard Suicune’s legend in particular, many times as a child. Suicune…I will determine where you’re headed! I will continue to chase you!” (He doesn’t challenge you this time.)
    • TM65 Shadow Claw is lying near the entrance to Mt. Mortar. As you get closer to Mt. Mortar, a Hiker comes our of the cave. He gives you HM04, Strength. Originally, Strength was obtained in Olivine, and was needed to get through the Cianwood Gym, so this is a change.
    • The Olivine Gym is basically unchanged, it’s a straight path from the door to Jasmine. (Two Trainers do ambush you, but they just thank you for helping Amphy and cheer you on–they don’t challenge you.) Jasmine has two level 30 Magnemite and a level 35 Steelix. These are the same Pokemon and levels she had in the original games. She awards the Mineral Badge, Pokemon up to level 70 obey, and you receive a TM23 Iron Tail.
    • Baoba periodically comes up with challenges for you, such as catching a specific Pokemon in the Safari Zone. He calls you whenever he has a new challenge.
    • The Safari Zone seems to function like every other Safari Zone: 500 poke to enter, 30 balls. We’ll be looking into the customizable aspect of the Safari Zone later, after we finish the main game…but for now, the Safari Zone is pretty straightforward. We encountered Arbok, Koffing, Weezing, Bellsprout, Geodude, Graveler, Magmar, Onix, Magnemite, Magneton, and Kangaskhan on our trip.
    • After leaving the Lighthouse, you get a call from Baoba, informing you that the Safari Zone is open. The Safari Zone entrance in Cianwood leads to Route 47. This is a cliff with waterfalls running over it…presumably one part of this cliff was used to make the Cianwood Gym. The path is somewhat mazelike, and there are a few Trainers to challenge along the way. At the end of the route is the Safari Zone Gate. There is a wide open area that has some tents with people selling items, and there is also a Pokemon Center. The Safari Zone itself is at the back of this area.
    • When you return to Olivine with Amphy’s medicine, you can take an elevator right to the top of the Lighthouse. Once Amphy is healed, its tail begins to shine, and the top floor of the Lighthouse is illuminated.
    • The Safari Zone is in Cianwood, north of the Gym, but it isn’t open yet.
    • A man in Cianwood gives you a Shuckle. It is holding Berry Juice.
    • When you leave the Cianwood Gym after defeating Chuck, a woman stops you and gives you HM02, Fly.
    • Chuck has a level 29 Primeape; and a level 31 Poliwrath with Hypnosis, Focus Punch, Surf, and Body Slam, holding a Sitrus Berry. Chuck uses two Hyper Potions during the battle. He awards the Storm Badge, you can use Fly outside of battle, and you receive a TM01 Focus Punch.
    • There is a waterfall in the middle of the Cianwood Gym. Chuck is standing right near the entry, but since he’s beneath the waterfall, he does not notice you when you speak to him. You must scale a rock facing to reach the top of the waterfall, battling trainers along the way, and cut off the flow of water. Once you interrupt Chuck’s meditation, he will battle you.
    • After defeating Eusine, Hibiki/Kotone calls to say that something’s happening to the Magikarp at the Lake of Rage.
    • Suicune is at the northern edge of Cianwood City. When you approach it, it flees. Eusine appears immediately afterward. “Yo, (trainer). Wasn’t that Suicune just now? I only caught a glimpse, but it looked like Suicune was running over the water. Suicune is awe-inspiringly beautiful. But to swiftly corner it in towns and on roads is also amazing! I want to become closer to Suicune…Okay! If I battle you, a Trainer, Suicune will be forced to acknowledge me! We’ll battle at once. Let’s go!” Eusine has a level 25 Drowzee with Disable, a level 25 Haunter with Mean Look, and a level 27 Electrode with Thunder. After you defeat Eusine, he says he understands what Suicune sees in you, that he will continue searching for Suicune, and the two of you will probably meet again.
    • The Whirl Islands are still surrounded by giant whirlpools. It remains to be seen how Whirlpool, which was an HM in the original Gold and Silver, will be handled in this game.
    • The Battle Frontier is west of Olivine, where the Battle Tower was in Crystal. It isn’t open at this point. A man is waiting at the entrance in hopes of being the first one in.
    • The Lighthouse has been redesigned. Instead of simply taking ladders from one floor to another, you must now venture through windows, climb on the roof, and shimmy around the building to reach the top. The outdoor sections are rendered in 3D, and look very cool.
    • TM87, Swagger, can be found in the Olivine Lighthouse.
    • When you enter Olivine City, your Rival walks out of the Gym. “Oh, it’s you again! A weakling like you isn’t my rival! Speaking of weak, the Gym Leader isn’t in. She’s taking care of a weak Pokemon. Weak Pokemon don’t even matter.”
    • You meet a man named Baoba on Route 38. He is from Kanto. He tells you he liked the Safari Zone there so much that he decided to make his own in Johto. He gives you his phone number.
    • If you entrust your money to your mom, she buys you Berries and Repels.
    • Morty has a level 21 Gastly; a level 21 Haunter with Hypnosis, Dream Eater, and Curse; a level 23 Haunter with Mean Look; and a level 25 Gengar with Sucker Punch and Shadow Ball holding a Sitrus Berry. All are the same levels as his original team. Morty also can use TWO Hyper Potions during the battle. He awards the Fog Badge, all Pokemon up to level 50 obey, you can use Surf outside of battle, and you receive a TM30 Shadow Ball.
    • The interior of the Gym is completely dark. It’s freaky looking. There are candles to guide you as you walk across a narrow, zig-zag pathway to reach Morty. You can fall off the path, and when you do, you get warped back to the beginning of the level. You have to be careful as you walk because you can only see bits and pieces of the path. The Trainers that you fight in the Gym are holding candles. When you defeat them, their candles go out, making it even darker. If you leave the Gym or fall down, the candles go back on.
    • Once you exit the tower, Eusine tells you the legend of Ho-Oh and the Legendary Beasts. “Long ago when this tower caught fire, three nameless Pokemon were trapped in the flames and perished. To resurrect them, the Rainbow Pokemon came down from the sky… The people of this town were terrified by that Pokemon’s power and tried to fight it. Instead of striking back at the people, the Pokemon left this place with a deep sadness for the deeds of the humans. This is a story that has been handed down to the Ecruteak City Gym Leaders. Me? I also used to be a Gym Leader. Mwohoho.”
    • When you go downstairs, all three Pokemon roar, Entei and Raikou instantly jump away, and Suicune jumps around in a circle, stops in front of you, and roars before disappearing. Eusine comes downstairs after they leave and says, “Did you see it? Suicune’s incredible life force? I’ve been chasing Suicune for 10 years but this is the first time I’ve seen it so close. I’m deeply moved! Suicune took notice you, and according to the Ecruteak City legends, the Legendary Pokemon only align themselves with powerful Trainers. I am your rival now because I want Suicune too.”
    • If you chose Cyndaquil, you Rival has a level 20 Gastly with Curse; a level 22 Croconaw with Scary Face, Bite, and Water Gun; a level 18 Magnemite with Supersonic, Thunder Wave, Thundershock, and Sonic Boom; and a level 20 Zubat. After he loses he says it’s okay, since you’re not going to capture the Legendaries.
    • As you walk toward the back of the tower, your Rival approaches. “What are you doing here? Did you think you would catch the Legendary Pokemon to make yourself more powerful? That’s impossible! Because the Legendary Pokemon are going to be caught by me and I will become the strongest Trainer! At best, you’re suited to play with the Rocket grunts.”
    • Morty introduces himself as well and says he heard his old friend Eusine was looking for Suicune, so the two of them went to the Burnt Tower to investigate it. “Ecruteak City has been associated with the Legendary Pokemon Suicune, Entei, and Raikou since long ago. As the Ecruteak Gym Leader, I know about this sort of thing.”
    • As you approach Eusine, he notices you and introduces himself. He states he is looking for the Legendary Pokemon Suicune. He heard Suicune was in the Burnt Tower and came to investigate. He saw through the hole in the floor of the tower that Suicune was there. He asks if you see Suicune and the others (Entei and Raikou). Even if you go down there, he says, they will just run away.
    • There are wild Koffing in the tower.
    • Morty and Eusine are both in the Burnt Tower. You can see Entei, Suicune, and Raikou in a hole in its base.
    • When you enter the Ecruteak City Gym, a Trainer from inside the Gym stops you and says that Morty is in the Burnt Tower.
    • The old man walks up to you, congratulates you, and then gives you HM03, Surf.
    • The geisha comes up to you and says, “You think you’ve seen me before? You have a powerful imagination! You seem to be raising your Pokemon well. You will definitely see that person.” Who’s that person?
    • You battle the Grunt. He has a level 12 Koffing.
    • In the Kimono Girls’ Dance Studio, a Team Rocket grunt complains that he doesn’t like the sentimental way a Kimono Girl dances. There is only one in the studio. The Kimono Girl speak in a classical, polite Japanese form while Team Rocket uses slang. He wants to see a spinning dance, but the Kimono Girl gets angry and tells him not to talk to her that way. He says he is a customer and she has to listen to his request. “Do you want me to show you how to do it? I’ll give you a good example!” He starts to spin around on the stage. An old man sitting there watching the geisha tells the player to stop him from harassing her. When you talk to the Grunt, he asks if you are planning to get in his way and attacks you.
    • You receive the Itemfinder from a man in the house next to the Ecruteak Pokemon Center.
    • Bangiras wants me to note that we’ll cover the Pokethlon events later. Yaminokame will also be covering the PokeWalker later too. Right now we’re in Ecruteak City. We’re not going to finish playing until the main story is finished. It’s only 2:00 PM here too so we still have 12-15 hours of stay-awake time. We can push ourselves much longer though. :p
    • Backtracking: You can access Wi-Fi to find out your friend code, to trade, and to battle as soon as you receive your PokeDex.
    • You can get Eevee at Bill’s house in Goldenrod City. It’s at level 5. He states that he used Eevee to prepare the Wi-Fi network.
    • When you enter the Ecruteak City Pokemon Center, Bill comes down from the top floor and greets you. He asks you if you have ever heard of the Hoenn region. He states that he worked with Lanette there and she made the current storage system easier to use. He then departs for Goldenrod, his home.
    • Sudowoodo is at level 20. After removing it, a woman gives you the Berry Planter, three Oran Berries, and three Pecha Berries. She’s from the Flower Shop in Goldenrod and returns there.
    • Outside the Pokethlon stadium a woman gives you the Apricorn Shaker. It is added to your Apricorn Case.
    • A man outside of the stadium can also take a picture of you and your Pokemon team, which is later viewable in a photo album on your PC.
    • (Update) Inside the Pokethlon building it’s loud and there are videos on the walls of Pokemon competing. Whitney comes in and asks you if you are going to compete. She tells you that you have to prepare to compete in a Pokethlon. She asks, “Are you M or S?” (Medium or small) She then gives you a Jersey.
    • Outside the building is a man named Kobushi with a Poliwrath. He refers to Pokemon competing in the Pokethlon events as “Pokethletes,” which is Pokemon + athlete.
    • When you go to the Flower Shop and the lady sees your Plain Badge, she will give you the Squirtbottle, which you can then use to get rid of the Sudowoodo blocking Route 36 (and thus Ecruteak City).
    • You get a free Bike in the Bike Shop like the old games. Once you make it a set item, you can use it from button Y or a touch screen button.
    • You can also get Abra for 200, Ekans for 700, and Dratini for 2100.
    • The prizes in the Game Corner are Substitute for 2000, Rest for 6000, Ice Beam for 10000, Swords Dance for 4000, and Flamethrower and Thunderbolt for 10000. For a 1000 are a Silk Scarf, Zoom Lens, and Metronome.
    • A Coin Case is on the ground in the Underground; you use it for the Game Corner.
    • When you enter the Underground, Kotone / Hibiki sees you and gives you an Accessory Case. He tells you that there is a shop where you can dress-up your Pokemon and take a photo.
    • For sale at the Department Store are TMs 70, 17, 54, 83, 16, 33, 22, 38, 14, 52, 25, and 15.
    • The Togepi that hatched knows Extrasensory.
    • After Whitney finishes crying from losing, she tells you the Pokethlon building is now open next to National Park.
    • Repeating some of the info from yesterday, Whitney is using a level 17 Clefairy and level 19 Miltank. Originally, both Pokemon were a level higher. Clefairy knows Mimic. Miltank knows Attract, Stomp, Milk Drink, and Rollout and is holding a Lum Berry. She can use TWO Super Potion during the battle. Whitney grants the player TM45 Attract for defeating her and the Plain Badge, which allows you to use Strength outside of battle. During the battle, she calls you a “fool” when she is losing.
    • The Goldenrod Gym is shaped like a Clefairy. You navigate your way through the Gym by going above and below walls.
    • The first question is: Can you view the Town Map from the PokeGear? Yes. Second question: Is the Pokemon Nidorina female? Yes. Third question: Does the Poke Ball maker Kurt use Apercerns? No. Fourth question: Is it true that Magikarp can’t use any TMs? Yes. Fifth question: Is the host on Professor Oak’s Pokemon radio show named Ramy? No. You then receive the Radio Card and Whitney says she is going back to her Gym.
    • Whitney is inside the Radio Tower. “Hi, I’m Whitney! Right now, you can take a quiz to receive a Radio Card! I want one, but the quiz is really hard!
    • In Goldenrod’s Game Corner, TM78, Captivate, is on the floor.
    • As you approach the Daycare Center to the south of Goldenrod City, Kotone / Hibiki comes out of nowhere and yells to the old man standing outside. He thanks the man for raising his Pokemon so well. Kotone / Hibiki then takes you inside and introduces you to the old daycare woman, who he/she calls “granny.” Kotono / Hibiki are literally the grandchild of the daycare couple. The granny jokes about you being the boy/girlfriend of her grandchild. Your friend then gives you his phone number as does the daycare man.
    • The Kimono Girl approaches you again. “It’s a horrible thing to be lost in the woods. You say you saw me back in Violet City? That must be your imagination! Do you know where the exit is?” The Pokemon you have out walks away from you and indicates the direction of the exit, and then returns to you. “You have a smart Pokemon! Farewell!”
    • The Mysterious Egg hatches into Togepi, in case there was any doubt.
    • Notched-Ear Pichu joins your party when you have Pikachu-Colored Pichu out next to you. It is holding a Zap Plate.
    • When you enter Ilex Forest, you still chase Farfetch’d like in the original games. A man then gives you HM01, Cut.
    • You battle the Rival as you are walking toward the Guard Station that leads to Ilex Forest. If you chose Cyndaquil as your starter, he has a level 14 Gastly, level 18 Croconaw, and level 16 Zubat. All of them are two levels higher than they were in the original games. After you defeat him, he says that he hates weaklings, and that goes for Team Rocket too.
    • To repeat the info from yesterday, Bugsy has a level 15 Metapod, level 15 Kakuna, and level 17 Scyther. Each of them are one level higher than the original games. Scyther knows at least Focus Energy and Quick Attack and is holding a Sitrus Berry. He gives out a TM89 containing U-Turn. The Hive Badge allows Pokemon up to level 30 to obey and you can use Cut outside of battle.
    • In the Gym you participate in a double battle against twins. Obviously, the original games did not have this battle, though the twins did battle you together with one Pokemon at a time.
    • In the Azalea Gym you’re crossing a spider web over a chasm. You ride on top of Spinarak robots. Of the three robots, only one leads you to Bugsy. The others lead you to Trainers or dead ends. After this puzzle, the second one is the same thing, but you have to flip switches to control where the robots go.
    • Kurt gives you a Speed Ball and then his granddaughter gives you his phone number. He also tells you, “Team Rocket was disbanded three years ago by a guy named Red, but they’re back again.”
    • Rocket Executive Lance has a level 8 Zubat and a level 12 Koffing. You face him in the Slowpoke Well after you battle three Rocket Grunts.
    • — The Battle Frontier Brains are the same ones from DPPt.
    • When organizing your Pokemon in the PC Boxes, you can tap a Pokemon and it will show its basic information. If you hold down the stylus, you can move the Pokemon around and see its moves. It shows the moves in a little pop-up window.
    • Kurt says, “The guy standing guard up-top (the Team Rocket member) made a big racket and fell down here. I fell down too and hurt my back and can’t move. If I was healthier, my Pokemon would take care of you in no time! [Name], show them the soul of a Trainer!”
    • Upon entering Slowpoke Well, the cut-shot shows a view of the well looking down with a Slowpoke looking back up at you.
    • When you meet Kurt, he says, “Oh, who are you? You’re [name]? You want me to make you a Poke Ball? Sorry, but I can’t right now. Do you know about Team Rocket? Well, it’s better you don’t. That Team Rocket uses Pokemon for evil! They broke up three years ago, but right now they’re down at the well chopping off Slowpoke’s tails to sell them. So, I’m going there to teach them a lesson! Okay, just hang in there Slowpoke! The man, Kurt, is coming to save you!”
    • On the bottom screen you can rearrange your team very easily by using the stylus.
    • Fixed a big mistake about Kotone and Hibiki’s names in the second-to-last point below. Those are their official names. Sorry for the confusion.
    • Team Rocket is yelling at an old man: “What’s the matter? Don’t you know who we are? We’re the great Team Rocket!” “What? You thought we broke up? Don’t even joke about that.” “Well yeah, we did break up, but we’ve revived to achieve Giovanni’s ambitions!”
    • It is raining on Route 33.
    • You get an Old Rod at the Pokemon Center on Route 32.
    • The Unown Note shows you what Unown you’ve caught. Next to each Unown, there is a word. For Unown G, it’s “Give.”
    • Inside the Ruins of Alph, the puzzles are now moved by the stylus. Solving the first puzzle causes you to fall into the first basement. A scientist gives you something called an “Unown Note.” It probably records information about the Unown.
    • Inside the caves you can hear running water. It’s a real pleasure to play these games.
    • The Pokemon encounter rate is very high. You can’t walk 5 steps!!
    • Route 32 has Hoppip, Bellsprout, Mareep, and Ekans (SoulSilver).
    • On Route 32 a man gives you Miracle Seed.
    • (Fixing something with the games. Will resume in a few minutes.)
    • — Elite Four Champion Lance‘s team: Lv.46 Gyarados, Lv.49 Dragonite, Lv.49 Dragonite, Lv.48 Aerodactyl, Lv.48 Charizard, Lv.50 Dragonite.
    • The Wi-Fi games return in HeartGold and SoulSilver.
    • — Elite Four Koga‘s team: Lv.40 Ariados, Lv.41 Venomoth, Lv.43 Forretress, Lv.42 Muk, Lv.44 Crobat.
    • On Route 36, Sudowoodo is blocking an exit. A chubby man gives you HM06, Rock Smash. You can now use it too because you just defeated Falkner.
    • — Elite Four Bruno‘s team: Lv.42 Hitmontop, Lv.42 Hitmonlee, Lv.42 Hitmonchan, Lv.43 Onix,
      Lv.46 Machamp.
    • As soon as you walk out of the Mart, one of the Kimono Girls comes up to you. She speaks in old style Japanese. She tells you to treat the egg kindly.
    • When you enter the PokeMart, a red delivery man hands you a Super Potion that your mom bought for you. Elm’s assistant is also in the Mart and gives you the egg.
    • When you leave the Gym, Professor Elm gives you a call on your PokeGear. He wants you to go to the PokeMart to pick up the Mysterious Egg, which originally contained a Togepi.
    • Defeated Falkner. He has a level 9 Pidgey and level 13 Pidgeotto, as the girl revealed yesterday (reposting just to be complete). The Zephyr Badge allows you to use Rock Smash. He gives TM51, Roost.
    • — Elite Four Karen has a Lv.42 Umbreon, Lv.42 Vileplume, Lv.45 Gengar, Lv.44 Murkrow, and Lv.46 Houndoom.
    • As soon as you enter Violet City Gym, a huge platform bursts out of the ground and lifts you up to a top floor. This is where you will battle Falkner and two of his Gym members. You can also walk around the members, so it’s optional to battle them.
    • — Give credit to where you got the team info from ya foos. :p Will, the first Elite Four member, has a Lv.40 Xatu, Lv.41 Jynx, Lv.41 Exeggutor, Lv.41 Slowbro, and a Lv.42 Xatu.
    • When you use an Escape Rope, both you and your Pokemon spin around and leave.
    • Of note: The Rival does not have a Pokemon out with him. This is probably because he is not close to his Pokemon.
    • Brock’s team: Lv.51 Rhyhorn, Lv.53 Omastar, Lv.54 Onix, Lv.52 Kabutops. Elite Four teams coming soon.
    • Misty‘s team: Lv.49 Golduck, Lv.49 Quagsire, Lv.52 Lapras, Lv.54 Starmie.
    • The elder gives you TM50, Flash, for defeating him. He has two Bellsprout and a Hoothoot.
    • Lt. Surge‘s team: Lv.51 Raichu, Lv.47 Electrode, Lv.47 Magneton, Lv.47 Electrode, Lv.53 ELectabuzz.
    • When you get to the top of Sprout Tower, your Rival is finishing a battle with the elder. The elder tells him he doesn’t like the way he treats his Pokemon and that they are not tools of war. The Rival then approaches you and tells you he only wants strong Pokemon, not weak ones (like Paul in the show). He leaves by using an Escape Rope.
    • Your Rival is in the Sprout Tower.
    • Erika has Lv.51 Jumpluff, Lv.52 Tangela, Lv.56 Victreebell, and Lv.56 Bellossom.
    • While Bangiras was playing HeartGold, she encountered Caterpie, Metapod, and Pidgey. As I’m playing SoulSilver, I’m seeing Weedle, Kakuna, and Ledyba.
    • There are lilypads (not Lotad) in the ponds.
    • Janine, Koga’s replacement, has a Lv.47 Crobat, Lv.44 Weezing, Lv.47 Ariados, another Lv.47 Ariados, and Lv.50 Venomoth.
    • Inside the Sprout Tower, you can see its central beam swinging slowly to the left and right. You can also hear it swaying.
    • Sabrina has a Lv.53 Espeon, Lv.53 Mr. Mime, and Lv.55 Alazakam.
    • Going from Route 31 to Violet City, your friend gives you the Battle Recorder.
    • All of the old places where you found Berries in the original games are now Apricorns. For example, the Black Apricorn used to be a BitterBerry. Thus, the old Berries have now been replaced by Apricorns.
    • Route 31 has Bellsprout and Metapod. There is also a Black Apricorn.
    • — Jason is still looking through the game data: Green has a Lv.55 Exeggutor, Lv.58 Arcanine, Lv.58 Rhydon, Lv.52 Gyarados, Lv.56 Machamp, and Lv.60 Pidgeot.
    • When you get close to the ocean you can hear the waves.
    • The Poke Mart now has a rotating sign next to it.
    • — The game data has revealed to us that Blaine has a Lv.54 Magcargo, a Lv.54 Magmar, and a Lv.59 Rapidash.
    • When you go to heal your Pokemon at the Pokemon Center, the Pokemon following you will hop into its PokeBall, which you will then hand over to Nurse Joy.
    • — Jason, our rom hacker, has discovered Red’s team in the game data: Lv.88 Pikachu, Lv.80 Lapras, Lv.82 Snorlax, Lv.84 Charizard, Lv.84 Venusaur, Lv.84 Blastoise.
    • You still get one Premiere Ball for every 10 Poke Balls you purchase from the Mart. The original Gold and Silver did not have Premiere Balls.
    • Route 29 also has Rattata.
    • You run into your friend as you are leaving Newbark Town and he shows you how to capture a Pokemon. After, he gives you five Poke Balls.
    • Your Mom says she’ll hold your money for you. “Leave it to me!”
    • You show Elm the egg and he exclaims in excitement that he has never seen it before. He then says you can keep your starter (we’re using Cyndaquil, btw) and that you should challenge Gym Leaders to one day become the Champion. He tells you that you should go see your Mom then go to Violet City.
    • When you go back to Elm’s lab, one of the police says, “Rule #1: The criminal always returns to the scene of the crime. You aren’t the criminal, are you?” (Sounds just like Officer Jenny in the Cerulean City episode.) But then your friend (the opposite-gender character) comes in and defends you. “You’re saying you battled with that kid? Do you remember his name?” Now you get to name him. Your friend then literally says, “I’m so glad you were cleared! Cya later!”
    • The Rival starts to walk away, but then comes back and accuses you of having his Trainer card (he dropped it). He says, “Oh, you saw my name.” When you go back to Elm’s lab you’ll name him.
    • Your Rival: “You got a Pokemon from the laboratory before! It looks like a weak Pokemon. You don’t understand what I’m saying? I have a good Pokemon so I’ll show you!” After defeat: “Are you happy that you won? You want to know who I am? I’m the man who will become the strongest Pokemon Trainer in the world!”
    • Hitting the X-button allows you to use the D-pad on the bottom screen rather than the stylus.
    • Like previous games, you go to see Mr. Pokemon, Professor Oak is in the house, and you receive the Mystery Egg, which must be delivered to Elm. Oak gives you your PokeDex and it appears on the menu on the bottom screen. He also gives you his phone number.
    • When you pick an Apricorn, it pops out of the ground, jumps into the air, and then you catch it and put it into your Apricorn Case.
    • There is a single Pink Apricorn and a single Green Apricorn on Route 30.
    • On Route 30, there are two kids battling, which prevents you from getting to Route 31 (and thus Violet City). You can actually see their Pokemon bouncing off each other, so it looks like a real battle.
    • — Jason, our master rom hacker, is currently dumping the Trainer data for the game. We should have all the Gym leader rosters soon.
    • In the first house you pass on Route 30, a man gives you the Apricorn Case. He tells you there is an old man (Kurt) who makes Poke Ball Apricorns for Trainers once a day.
    • Route 30 has Caterpie, Metapod, Pidgey. It’s hard to go through the route because Metapod keeps using Harden and all you have is Tackle. The encounter rate seems to be the same as DPPt.
    • As you leave the city to go to Route 30, the “Energetic High-Speed Old Man” gives you a Town Map. The map appears on the PokeGear, which is located on the bottom screen.
    • There are two ways to use the Running Shoes. You can do it by holding down B like traditionally, or you can hit a little button with shoes on it on the touch screen and you will run automatically without having to hit B.
    • When you get to Cherrygrove City a man nicknamed “Energetic High-Speed Old Man” gives you a tour. He is running fast and you cannot keep up with him. After you take the tour, he gives you your Running Shoes.
    • Pidgey and Sentret are in the wild between Newbark Town and Cherrygrove City (Route 29).
    • You run into the opposite character and they say you should show your Pokemon to your mom. When you go see her she gives you the PokeGear and her phone number. As you are leaving town, Elm gives you his phone number as well.
    • When you go to Elm he says they are researching how Pokemon walking with their Trainers affects them. As soon as you get the starter Pokemon it appears behind you and you can’t turn off the option of it walking with you. A lab assistant then gives you a Potion.
    • She gives you your Bag, your Trainer Card, your Save function, and your Options. They appear on the bottom screen. You won’t get the PokeGear until after you get your Pokemon from Elm.
    • Mom says she saw your friend (either Kotone or Hibiki) with a Marill following them. She says that Elm wants to you to go to his lab.
    • The girl is named Kotone and the boy is named Hibiki.
    • Check the previous story for Gym Leader rosters. Claire’s was just posted.
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    Wednesday - September 9th, 2009 @ 2 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Game Leakage Proof - A Real Copy of SoulSilver from a Female Player on 2ch

    An anonymous girl on Japanese message board 2ch has acquired an early copy of SoulSilver and has posted several photos of gameplay. Since 2ch is difficult to sort through, they are reposted below for your convenience; click the thumbnails to enlarge them. More pictures will be added as more are posted, so refresh this page every once in a while. Preliminary information based on the images is below, courtesy of Bangiras, Heerosferret, and Yaminokame (translators unite!!).

    As soon as we receive our copies of the games we will be playing non-stop. We’ll also post videos and screenshots. Check back here soon! The coverage could begin in a few hours, later today, or possibly even tomorrow. It’s all a waiting game!


    SoulSilver Cartridge in the Packaging Gym Leaders Badge Case - Whitney is Wearing New Lipstick Kotone with Mom Hibiki Says Hi to Kotone Battling Sentret Talking to Mr. Pokemon Battling Rival's Stolen Chikorita Caught Weedle! Poisoned Kakuna Hibiki Gives Kotone the Battle Recorder Sprout Tower Falkner's Gym Monk Battle in Sprout Tower A Monk Congratulating Player for Fighting to the Top Battle with Falkner and Pidgeotto Falkner Gives Kotone TM51, Roost - Her Zubat is Behind Her Under the Magnet Train? Vulpix's Location in the PokeDex Team Rocket Battle - Executive Staff Lance! Challenging Gym Leader Bugsy! Bugsy's Metapod Bugsy's Kakuna Bugsy's Scyther Mareep's Location in the PokeDex Kotone Entering Ilex Forest with Beedrill The Daycare Center with Kotone and Hibiki.  The caption says, 'You're pretty good at raising your Pokemon.' Gym Leader Whitney! Whitney's Miltank Following Whitney's Defeat - Kotone's Beedrill Still Follows Her Ecruteak City Entrance to Burnt Tower in Ecruteak City - 'You have to beat Morty to pass.' Burnt Tower - Entei, Suicune, Raikou, Eusine Gym Leader Morty! Morty's Gastly Morty's Haunter Morty's Haunter #2 Morty's Gengar Kimono Girls Studio Eevee's Trainer Memo Trainer Gym Leader Chuck! Chuck's Primeape Chuck's Poliwrath Following Chuck's Defeat Approaching Gym Leader Jasmine Versus Jasmine! Battling Gym Leader Jasmine! One of Two Magnemite She Owns Jasmine's Steelix Jasmine's Defeat - Iron Tail TM Headbutting Trees Mahogany Mart with Lance and His Dragonite Lake of Rage Red Gyarados Red Gyarados' Attacks Red Gyarados' Capture Information Red Gyarados, a Water-type Pokemon, following Kotone on land. Kotone in a Team Rocket base next to a Persian statue. Inside the Team Rocket base with booby-trapped tiles - the traps are marked. Team Rocket Staff Executive Lambda Kotone and Lance vs. Grunt and Executive Athena Team Rocket Battle with Gloom Defeating Executive Athena Murkrow's Location in the PokeDex - Nowhere! Approaching Pryce VS Gym Leader Pryce! Gym Leader Pryce! Pryce's Seel Pryce's Dewgong Pryce's Piloswine Kotone Disgused as a Team Rocket Grunt Another Battle with Executive Lambda VS! Executive Lance Lance's Golbat Executive Lance's Weezing Executive Athena's Arbok Executive Athena's Vileplume Executive Athena's Murkrow VS! Executive Apollo Executive Apollo's Houndour Executive Apollo's Koffing Executive Apollo's Houndoom Executive Apollo Houndour's Location in the PokeDex
    • The male character is named Hibiki. Previously, Pokemon Sunday revealed that the girl was named Kotone.
    • The opposite gender character meets you along the way in the game in the same manner as in Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum.
    • Early in your journey the opposite gender character gives you the Battle Recorder.
    • Before you battle Falkner, you have to defeat the monks in Sprout Tower; otherwise you can’t proceed all the way into the Gym. In the original games you could battle Falkner right away and either go to Sprout Tower before or after the Gym battle. Defeating the top mage would then grant you Flash, though that is probably still the same.
    • Falkner has a level 13 Pidgeotto, originally level 9, and a level 9 Pidgey, originally level 7. He gives you TM51, Roost.
    • The first major Team Rocket member to be encountered is Executive Staff Lance (no relation to Elite Four Champion Lance). He has two Pokemon.
    • Bugsy has a level 15 Metapod, level 15 Kakuna, and level 17 Scyther. Each of them are one level higher than the original games. Scyther is holding a Sitrus Berry. He gives out a TM containing U-Turn. There are no Johto Pokemon on the Gym Leader teams so far, just like the original games. Note: Bugsy is a guy, even though he looks like a girl. It doesn’t help that 4Kids gave him a girlish voice too. Are they purposefully trying to confuse us?
    • Whitney is using a level 17 Clefairy and level 19 Miltank. Originally, both Pokemon were a level higher. Miltank knows Attract, Stomp, Milk Drink, and Rollout and is holding a Lum Berry. These are the same attacks Miltank originally knew, which may indicate that even the attacks haven’t changed for the Gym Leader rosters. Whitney grants the player an Attract TM for defeating her.
    • (Unconfirmed) You cannot trade with non-HG/SS games up to at least Ecruteak City.
    • Like in the original Gold and Silver, you can just walk in to the Burnt Tower and find the three Legendary Beasts. Unlike the originals though, Eusine is there as well. Thus, the storylines for Crystal and Gold and Silver apparently merge at this point.
    • Morty has a level 21 Gastly, level 21 Haunter, level 23 Haunter, and level 25 Gengar. All are the same levels as his original team. Gengar is holding a Sitrus Berry. Morty also can use one Hyper Potion during the battle. He gives out a TM containing Shadow Ball.
    • The anonymous girl posting the pictures has apparently gone to sleep now.
    • She’s awake again! Chuck has a level 29 Primeape, originally level 27, and a level 31 Poliwrath, originally level 30. Primeape knows Double Team, Leer, Rock Slide, and Focus Punch while Poliwrath has Hypnosis, Body Slam, Focus Punch, and Surf. Both Pokemon have a few different attacks, meaning the Gym moves may not be exactly the same as the original games. Poliwrath is also holding a Sitrus Berry. Chuck gives out TM01 containing Focus Punch.
    • Jasmine is using a level 30 Magnemite, another level 30 Magnemite, and a level 35 Steelix. They are the same levels as her original team. The first Magnemite knows Thunderbolt, Supersonic, and Thunder Wave, while the second one is only confirmed to know Thunderbolt. Steelix knows Iron Tail and Sandstorm and is holding a Sitrus Berry; it did not originally know Sandstorm. Jasmine awards the player a TM containing Iron Tail for defeating her.
    • Red Gyarados is at Level 30 and knows Bite, Dragon Rage, Leer, and Twister.
    • As we speculated last month, Pokemon status screens now show how natures are affecting a Pokemon’s stats. On Red Gyarados’ stats above, its Special Attack stat is blue while its Special Defense is red. The Gyarados has a Careful nature, meaning in battle its Special Defense will be boosted at the expense of its Special Attack. Thus, a red stat indicates a stat boost from the nature while blue means the stat is lowered.
    • There are apparantly shiny versions of each of the Pokemon field sprites, as shown above with the Red Gyarados following Kotone. However, it may only be for special Pokemon.
    • The second Team Rocket staff executive is named Lambda. He has three Pokemon and is encountered in Team Rocket’s underground base in Mahogany Town.
    • You team-up with Elite Four Champion Lance in a double-battle against a grunt and a third Team Rocket executive named Athena. She has a Gloom.
    • Apparently, Murkrow is only in HeartGold, whereas Vulpix is only in SoulSilver. However, the photos giving us this evidence may have been of specific times of the day, so we’ll have to confirm this later.
    • Lance, Lambda, and Athena are each rockets or types of real-life rockets. Obviously, the rockets are the inspirations for their names.
    • Pryce owns a level 30 Seel, a level 32 Dewgong, and a level 34 Piloswine. Each are three levels higher than the original games. Dewgong knows Aurora Beam, Ice Shard, Rest, and Sleep Talk. Piloswine is holding a Sitrus Berry. Pryce also can use one Full Restore. He grants the player the Hail TM.
    • You will disguise yourself as a Team Rocket grunt to infiltrate the Goldenrod Radio Tower.
    • You re-battle Executive Lambda in the Radio Tower. He has 5 Koffing at Level 30 and 1 Weezing.
    • You re-battle Executive Lance in the Radio Tower. He has a a level 28 Golbat and a level 33 Weezing.
    • In the rematch with Executive Athena she has a level 32 Arbok, Vileplume, and Murkrow.
    • The fourth and final Team Rocket executive is named Apollo. He has a level 35 Houndour, a level 35 Koffing, and a level 38 Houndoom.
    • Someone has posted music from the games on YouTube:
    • Claire has two level 38 Dragonair, one level 38 Gyarados, and one level 41 Kingdra.
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    Tuesday - September 8th, 2009 @ 8 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Ye day of gold and silver is either tomorrow or the day after! Stay tuned!

    Arceus and the Jewel of Life Movie Poster

    As the Locarno Film Festival revealed a month ago, the English title of the 12th movie is Arceus and the Jewel of Life. has just revealed the movie poster confirming the title, which you can see below, along with their own teaser summary of the movie. If you would like to read the full summary of the movie, you can check out the detailed summary we wrote in July.

    A Tale Untold. A Legend Unleashed.

    Get ready for the latest Pokémon movie, Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life! This final installment in the three story arc reveals that the Legendary Arceus is at the center of the recent disruptions in the Pokémon World. First the epic battle that threatened to tear a hole in the space-time continuum took place between Dialga and Palkia. Then Giratina, the sole defender of the Reverse World, had to take action to protect the precarious balance of its home and the Pokémon World. Now, Michina Town is at the heart of the action. The town has a long history and checkered past in relation to the mighty Arceus – after Arceus granted the townspeople some of its power as the Jewel of Life, they betrayed the Pokémon!

    Ash and his friends, accompanied by their new companion Sheena, travel in time with Dialga’s help to right the mistakes of the town’s ancestors before the world crumbles under the power of Arceus’s rage. Will they be able to fix the mistakes of the past? What really happened in the past – did Sheena’s ancestors truly betray Arceus? What the stunning finale to the trilogy when all of the secrets of the previous two movies will be revealed!

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    Monday - September 7th, 2009 @ 12 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Our HeartGold and SoulSilver coverage will start within the next few days! Could be tomorrow (yeah right), Wednesday (maybeeee), or Thursday (definitely!).

    Whoops, forgot to post this yesterday with the other Platinum: Arceus product images – I left it in the corner of my Desktop when uploading the others. There will only be one tin released concurrently with the set and it will of course feature an Arceus LV.X with never-before-seen artwork. Click the thumbnail below for a larger image.

    On an unrelated note, our site artist Xous pointed out some egregious errors on the Arceus booster pack images (check four news stories down). On the Grass Arceus pack, the jewels on Arceus’ mandala should not be visible from behind. Arceus’ jewels are only visible from the front. For both Arceus, their mandalas are lacking jagged edges and are rather smooth. It’s almost like the pack artists went off the low-resolution sprites when creating the artwork.

    Arceus LV.X Tin - Platinum: Arceus
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    Sunday - September 6th, 2009 @ 11 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    This new quiz only took Bangiras and myself three hours to make. -_-

    “Which of the following Pokemon does not fit?” was this past week’s quiz question. A hint was included that stated “It’s not obvious just by knowing the names.” Basically, the answer wasn’t something as elementary as “all of them are Stage 1’s except Uxie” or “only Uxie is a Legendary Pokemon.” We don’t do simple quizzes (at least we try not to), which is what the hint was alluding to.

    Uxie Dragonair Weavile Persian Slowking Espeon Golduck

    Do you see what most of these Pokemon share? Noooo? *smacks on the head!* Look harder. Now do you see? Still no? *pokes in the eye!* They all have a jewel on their heads, spare Dragonair! Dragonair is the Pokemon that does not fit. A lot of people probably got this quiz wrong because they thought the answer was the obvious Uxie, but you had to look at the actual Pokemon to discover the answer as the hint was suggesting.

    • Uxie (44.0%, 2,805 Votes)
    • Dragonair (21.0%, 1,357 Votes)
    • Weavile (12.0%, 744 Votes)
    • Persian (10.0%, 612 Votes)
    • Slowking (6.0%, 386 Votes)
    • Espeon (4.0%, 245 Votes)
    • Golduck (3.0%, 222 Votes)
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    Saturday - September 5th, 2009 @ 6 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    As we reported in the beginning of June, three new tins would be released in the fall featuring reprints of Charizard G LV.X, Garchomp C LV.X, and Rayquaza C LV.X from Supreme Victors, but with new artwork. The tins are now available at stores like Target for $14.99 and come with two Supreme Victors booster packs, one Rising Rivals pack, and one Diamond and Pearl series pack. Click the thumbnails below for larger scans, courtesy of Omahanime.

    There are several reports in my inbox that some of the tins have German versions of the LV.X cards. The American distribution center handles foreign prints of the cards, which means there was probably some sort of distribution error or mix-up when the LV.X cards were packaged into the tins. Before you buy them, make sure to check their plastic windows to insure the LV.X cards are in English. For reference, Charizard’s German name is Glurak, Garchomp’s is Knakrack, and Rayquaza’s is… Rayquaza. The latter’s language may be harder to discern, so look closely at the card’s words to see if they are in English.

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    Saturday - September 5th, 2009 @ 4 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Update #2 (5:30 PM): Added two additional factoids to the bottom of the list thanks to Yaminokame. Update #1 (5:00 PM): Someone on YouTube has uploaded a video of part of the episode. At 4:20 it shows a battle against the rival and you can hear the remixed music accompanying it. The video can be watched below.

    It is Sunday in Japan right now and Pokemon Sunday is currently airing a HeartGold and SoulSilver demonstration with Junichi Masuda, the director of the Pokemon games. Heerosferret is translating the broadcast below and new information will be added as the show airs. Remember, we will be fully covering the games when they come out, so be sure to check back here during the week!

    • The female character is named Kotone. Thus, she is not Kris, the original Pokemon Crystal girl.
    • You can hear water when you get close to it with your character.
    • There is now an option to make the Running Shoes permanent. As in, you do not have to hit B to run faster – your character will just walk faster by default.
    • Your Starter Pokemon begins to follow you the instant Professor Elm gives it to you.
    • The staff strongly suggested that some of the Pikachu on the PokeWalker’s Yellow Course know Fly… not that there was any doubt about that. They showed the months-old promotional artwork of Pikachu on the course, pointing out that one of them in the background is flying with balloons. They blatantly stated that this was a hint as to what the special move would be.
    • A new Pokethlon event is “Steal Flag,” which is essentially capture-the-flag. Your Pokemon basically gather up flags and bring them back to a goal. This event deals with the speed and technique stats.
    • Another new Pokethlon event is “Catch Saucer,” where you control three Pokemon together and must capture as many flying saucer discs as possible. It deals with the jump and power stats.
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