Wednesday - December 24th, 2008 @ 1 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Pokemon.com has revealed the names of Giratina’s two Formes for the U.S. release of Pokemon Platinum. The Giratina we know from Diamond and Pearl will be called Giratina “Altered Forme” (known as “Another Forme” in Japanese), while the newly designed Giratina is named Giratina Origin Forme (as in the Japanese version of Platinum). The Giratina we have known for a few years is called “Another Forme” because the new Giratina is considered Giratina’s true Forme.

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    Friday - December 19th, 2008 @ 11 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Mai_Kingdra, the creator of Redshark, is now looking for people who wish to test the prototype Mac OS X version of Redshark! If you would like to test it, please send an e-mail to redsharksupport at gmail.com and briefly state why you would be a good candidate.

    A screenshot of the prototype version can be seen below. Click the thumbnail for a larger image. If all works well, the Mac version should roll out to PokeBeach in early 2009. When that happens, Mac users will be able to practice the Pokemon TCG for the first time on the computer, plus against fellow Windows players through the internet!

    Mac OS X Version of Redshark, Pokemon TCG simulator
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    Friday - December 19th, 2008 @ 4 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    The Speed Gamers are an organization that raises money for various noble causes. This year, they are attempting to capture all Pokemon except for Shaymin and Arceus in order to raise money for ACT Today (Autism Care and Treatment). The gamers will be playing Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire, FireRed, LeafGreen, Diamond, Pearl, XD: Gale of Darkness, Colosseum, Ranger: Shadows of Almia, and Pokemon Ranch to obtain all the Pokemon. If you would like to donate to ACT Today, you can do so through the Speed Gamers’ main website.

    You can watch a live feed of the “Pokemon-catchathon” below!

    [Video No Longer Available]

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    Friday - December 19th, 2008 @ 1 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    The official Pokemon Card website updated early this morning with all Bonds to the End of Time card images, which was rather surprising considering no official Pokemon TCG website has ever purposefully revealed entire sets before their release dates (maybe they’re learning from PokeBeach?!).

    We now have a complete page for Bonds to the End of Time, which contains all of the set’s translations, card images, and set information. A huge, huge thanks go to Bangiras for translating all of the cards so quickly and Jason for helping to HTMLize the translations while I was suffering from tooth and headache pain. :p

    Here are quick links for different sections on the set page: General Info | Key Cards | Set Themes | Main Set Translations | Gallade Theme Deck Translations | Infernape Theme Deck Translations | Set Blister Pack Promos | Set Card Images | Gallade Deck Images | Infernape Deck Images

    The Level X’s of the set and theme decks are previewed below, as are the reprinted Pikachu cards. To see the card images for the rest of the set and its theme decks, scroll all the way down to the bottom of the set page.

    Floatzel GL LV.X from Bonds to the End of Time Luxray GL LV.X from Bonds to the End of Time Alakazam 4 LV.X from Bonds to the End of Time Hippowdon LV.X from Bonds to the End of Time Flygon LV.X from Bonds to the End of Time Gallade 4 LV.X from Bonds to the End of Time Infernape 4 LV.X from Bonds to the End of Time Pikachu from Bonds to the End of Time Surfing Pikachu from Bonds to the End of Time Flying Pikachu from Bonds to the End of Time
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    Thursday - December 18th, 2008 @ 11 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Pokemon TCG: Platinum logo

    As we reported earlier this month, the next English TCG set will be named Platinum. The booster pack images and set symbol of the set have been released, which you can view below (click the thumbnails for larger images). The set description is further down as well.

    I’m willing to bet the fourth Platinum booster pack will feature Shaymin. Also, all subsequent sets released will probably use “Platinum” as a prefix to the set name, similar to “Diamond and Pearl: Mysterious Treasures” but with “Platinum: INVALID SET SHORTCODE” instead.

    This set will most likely comprise of cards from Galactic’s Conquest and the movie-related cards we did not receive from Intense Fight in the Destroyed Sky. The set description mentions this set will have 130 cards, which is quite large, in addition to the SP-Pokemon of Galactic’s Conquest.

    Platinum TCG Palkia Booster Pack Platinum TCG Dialga Booster Pack Platinum TCG Giratina Booster Pack

    Platinum TCG Set Symbol

    NEW WORLDS… NEW POKEMON… NEW POKEMON TRADING CARD GAME: PLATINUM! The Pokémon TCG: Platinum expansion puts you in the middle of the action when you face challenges no Trainer has ever encountered before! From incredible Pokémon LV.X like Giratina to the mysterious new Lost Zone, from the newly discovered Pokémon Shaymin to the villainous Team Galactic, you’ll discover worlds you never knew existed and fight battles you never knew were possible. The Pokémon TCG: Platinum is your first step into the next great Pokémon TCG adventure!

    Features of the new Pokémon Trading Card Game: Platinum:

    • All-new Pokémon Trading Card Game: Platinum release!
    • Never-before-seen Pokémon: Shaymin
    • New Forme of the Renegade Pokémon Giratina: Origin Forme
    • More LV.X cards, including Giratina and Shaymin
    • Includes all-new Trainer-specific Pokémon SP!
    • New game play area, the Lost Zone, adds lots of new strategies!
    • Features two theme decks built around the new Pokémon Shaymin and the Renegade Pokémon Giratina!
    • 130 cards in all!
    • Coming February 11th, 2009
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    Thursday - December 18th, 2008 @ 2 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    In the episode of Pokemon that just aired in Japan, DP107: Rampardos vs. Bastiodon, two new commercials for Bonds to the End of Time aired revealing new cards in the set! New Pokemon shown were Mismagius GL, Bastiodon GL, Lucario GL, Rampardos GL, Mamoswine GL, Gengar GL, Machamp GL, and Floatzel GL LV.X. Since all of the cards are GL-Pokemon, all of them are also SP-Pokemon, making them Basic Pokemon.

    Low-quality screenshots of the commercials can be seen below. Expect the official Pokemon Card website to update with the new cards later today or tomorrow. When it does, we will have translations!

    Mismagius GL from Bonds to the End of Time Bastiodon GL from Bonds to the End of Time Lucario GL from Bonds to the End of Time Rampardos GL from Bonds to the End of Time Floatzel GL LV.X from Bonds to the End of Time Bonds to the End of Time Cards
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    Wednesday - December 17th, 2008 @ 7 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Would’ve posted this earlier, but I was getting all four of my wisdom teeth yanked. Blood tastes good. :D

    Pokemon Platinum English Box Art

    Pokemon.com has officially announced Pokemon Platinum, confirming the game’s release date as March 22nd and some renamed English names. You can read what they have to say below!

    Another world has emerged in the Sinnoh region… a world where Time and Space are altered! (Oh noooo!) Coming to the DS on March 22, 2009 Pokemon Platinum introduces players to a new world to explore in the Sinnoh region: The Distortion World. With new adventures, never-before-seen Formes of powerful Pokemon, and expanded online options, Pokemon Platinum is packed with fun for Pokemon fans.

    New Discoveries, New Challenges!

    • In Pokemon Platinum, Giratina appears in its Origin Forme, the Pokemon’s true Forme. Why does this Forme Change take place? Stay tuned to Pokemon.com for more information!
    • Explore the Distortion World, where the normal rules of Time and Space don’t apply.
    • Enter a new Battle Frontier, where the toughest Trainers can test their skills in new ways.
    • Explore the new Wi-Fi Plaza, where up to 20 players can connect through fun games and activities.
    • Enjoy new upgrades in the Global Trade Station (now the Global Terminal), such as posting battle videos using the new “Vs. Recorder.”
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    Monday - December 15th, 2008 @ 9 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Hiro was called “Pikachu” again on tonight’s episode of Heroes. :p Also, I seemed to miss this news story last month… better late than never!

    Mewtwo - 151 Brand T-Shirt

    The Pokemon 151 t-shirt brand will officially close down at the end of this month, according to an announcement made on its official website last month. The brand was catered to adult Pokemon fans but barely lasted six months, perhaps due to overpriced t-shirts (50 bucks?!) and resulting lack of interest or just general lack of interest. No official reason for the closure is stated.

    As of 12/31 this website will shut down. It was a short time we had together, but thanks for your love and support.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

    Snorlax LV.X

    Snorlax LV.37 – Colorless – HP100
    Basic Pokemon

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

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


    Snorlax LV.X – Colorless – HP130
    Level Up

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

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

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

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

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

    12th Pokemon movie Pikachu, Pichu, Piplup

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

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

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

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

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

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