Tuesday - April 8th, 2008 @ 4 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    The promo for Majestic Dawn prereleases is Mothim. It originates from the Japanese 2008 New Years blister packs, which were two sets of packages that came with three Diamond and Pearl series booster packs and either a promo Mothim and Empoleon LV.X or a promo Torterra LV.X and Bronzong. Since Mothim will be in this set, it is reasonable to assume that Bronzong will be too (perhaps other promos as well, since there are 20 cards unaccounted for).

    Mothim DP5 Prerelease Promo

    Mothim Lv.41 – Grass – HP80
    Stage 1 – Evolves from Burmy

    Poke-Body: Disturbance Scales
    Ignore Resistance on your opponent’s Active Pokemon whenever any of your Pokemon attack.

    [G] Get Help: Does 30 damage times the number of different types of Wormadam on your Bench.
    [G][C] Quick Touch: 40 damage. You may switch Mothim with one of your Benched Pokemon. If you do, choose any number of Energy attached to Mothim and attach it to the new Active Pokemon.

    Weakness: Fire (+20)
    Resistance: Fighting (-20)
    Retreat: 0

    Bronzong DP5

    Bronzong LV. 44 – Psychic – HP90
    Stage 1 – Evolves from Bronzor

    Poke-Body: Cursed Alloy
    As long as this Pokemon is your Active Pokemon, in between turns, place 1 damage counter on each of your opponent’s Pokemon that has any Poke-Powers.

    [.] Damage Amplifier: Place 1 damage counter on each of your opponent’s Pokemon that already has damage counters on it.
    [P][C][C] Coating: 60 damage. During your opponent’s next turn, any damage done to Bronzong by attacks is reduced by 20.

    Weakness: Psychic (+20)
    Resistance: Fire (-20)
    Retreat: 3

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    Tuesday - April 8th, 2008 @ 3 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    The translation / scan page for DP5: Temple of Anger, Cry from the Mysterious is now up! The next page I’ll put up is cards from DP4 that did not make it to America yet, but that will probably be in Majestic Dawn.

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    Tuesday - April 8th, 2008 @ 1 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    I have HTMLized the Entry Pack 2008 DX translations and placed them on a single page, which also includes the Pokemon’s card images. Since it is likely that all of these cards will be included in our Majestic Dawn set, you should probably become familiar with them as soon as possible.

    Later today, I will try to post translation pages for DP5 and missing cards from DP4 that will most likely be placed into Majestic Dawn.

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    Monday - April 7th, 2008 @ 7 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Wallace and his Milotic as shown in DP75: Enter Contest Master Wallace!

    Bangiras has translated the preview summary for DP75: Enter Contest Master Wallace!, which will air on April 17th in Japan. This episode features Wallace’s first animé appearance, since the animé followed Pokemon Emerald’s storyline rather than Ruby and Sapphire’s when it came time to battling the 8th Gym Leader. (In Ruby and Sapphire, Wallace was the 8th Gym Leader, but was promoted to Elite Four Champion in Emerald, with Juan taking his place as the 8th Gym Leader).

    When Ash and friends take a break at a Pokemon Center, they see information about the Valor Lakefront Pokemon Contest: Wallace Cup on a monitor in the lobby. Wallace, who has been working fixedly to establish himself as a Contest Master, is rumored to be holding Pokemon Contests in the Sinnoh Region. Dawn, having lost her self confidence, decides to enter the Wallace Cup as a comeback battle.

    Following this episode is DP76: Seven Stars Restaurant! A Full Course in Tag Battles!, which will feature the return of May (most likely only for a few episodes, not permanently). We posted the summary for that episode a week or two ago, but it was lost with the data that was deleted.

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    Monday - April 7th, 2008 @ 6 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    According to Pokemon.com, the 11th season of Pokemon in America is titled “Pokemon Diamond and Pearl: Battle Dimension.” It will begin this Saturday on Cartoon Network with the premiere of Tears for Fears at 9:30 AM.

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    Monday - April 7th, 2008 @ 6 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    The days of massive faking operations seem to be over, as Pokemon USA and Nintendo officials begin to take action to stop the creation and distribution of fake cards around the world.


    More than 47 million counterfeit products seized worldwide in past 16 months

    BELLEVUE, Wash. – April 7, 2008 – Pokémon USA, Inc., a worldwide leader in trading card games, today announced the results of recent anti-piracy actions taken in cooperation with Nintendo of America Inc. to combat the production and distribution of counterfeit Pokémon Trading Card Game products.

    On March 26, law enforcement officials in New York raided seven stores known to be selling fraudulent Pokémon Trading Card Game merchandise. Thousands of products were seized and several arrests were made. In early April, one action at a production facility in China secured nearly 1.2 million counterfeit cards and investigations continue.

    During the past 16 months, more than 47 million counterfeit products have been seized at production facilities in Thailand, Singapore, Poland, Italy, the Czech Republic, Australia, and China. One seizure in China in 2007 netted more than 26 million illegally produced cards. Nintendo and Pokémon will continue to target the retailers and manufacturers trafficking in counterfeit Pokémon product.

    “Pokémon wants to send a message to importers and producers that we will not stand for the distribution of fraudulent Pokémon product,” says Pokémon spokesperson, J.C. Smith. “Pokémon is committed to ensuring our fans receive the quality product they’ve come to expect.”

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    Monday - April 7th, 2008 @ 1 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Majestic Dawn Infernape (#22)

    The official Pokemon Norwegian site has posted an image of Infernape from Majestic Dawn. Click the thumbnail to the right for a larger image. More card pictures should be released in the upcoming days.

    Majestic Dawn will feature cards from the Japanese Entry Pack 08 package, which is where this Infernape originates from.

    Like usual, we will have early scans of the newest set before it is released, so be sure to check back here during the week before the first prereleases for a major look at Majestic Dawn!

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    Sunday - April 6th, 2008 @ 8 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    UPDATE on April 8th: We have received confirmation that the Darkrai jumbo card will itself be holo (at a size of 8 x 5 3/4 inches), and that the entire package will retail for around $18.00 (possibly even lower).

    The server has been acting like a yo-yo all day (preventing me from posting at all), but it should be back to normal by tomorrow. It is undergoing software upgrades.

    Darkrai Premium Box

    A new “Darkrai Premium Box” is set for release on May 12th in stores and will cost around $19.00. Inside the box is a random Diamond and Pearl series theme deck, two booster packs, a holo Darkrai promo card, and a Darkrai jumbo card. Click the thumbnail to the right for a larger image of the package (ain’t dat effect cool?!).

    The Darkrai jumbo is the exact same card as the regular promo, but is not deck-playable, obviously. The last English jumbo card released was “Shadow Lugia,” which was only given out at Nintendo World’s Pokemon XD event for a couple of hours. Thus, this will be the first jumbo card available to the general public in a long time (others released were the 12 jumbo cards in E-Card booster boxes, Base Set Pikachu, and “Articuno, Moltres, and Zapdos,” all of which were available in the Wizards of the Coast days).

    Darkrai 10th Movie Promo

    Darkrai LV.50 – HP 80
    Basic Pokemon

    Enigma Berry: If Darkrai is damaged by a Fighting Pokemon, remove 4 damage counters from Darkrai.

    [W] Spacial Rend: 10 damage. Search your deck for a Stadium card, show it to your opponent, and put it into your hand. Shuffle your deck afterward. If there is any Stadium card in play, discard it.

    [M][M][M] Roar of Time: 80 damage. Search your discard pile for 3 Pokemon, show them to your opponent, and shuffle them into your deck. (If you do not have 3 Pokemon in your discard pile, this attack does nothing.)

    Weakness: Fighting +20
    Resistance: Psychic -20
    Retreat Cost: 2

    Darkrai was originally given out during Dialga vs. Palkia vs. Darkrai‘s theatrical run in Japan (as a holo card), and is part of the 10th movie promo set collection. Pokemon fans were supposed to buy the collection first, then complete it by getting the card at the movie.

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    Saturday - April 5th, 2008 @ 1 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

    Darkrai Returns

    Like I would ever let this site die. If you read the very first news story ever posted here, which was written on July 15th, 2003 (the summer between 8th grade and freshman year of high school):

    Just so you all know, I will never abandon this site like many Pokémon webmasters have done in the past, and have major plans for it in the future.

    And it’s as simple as that. I am too obsessed with Pokemon to give up on it now or ever. I started this site when I was 14 (and now I am 19), and it will continue through college and whatever future frontiers there are. It dies when Pokemon dies.

    So what was that April 1st post really all about? For one, I was really going through “moving Hell” in trying to move to my new host. I was on the phone, in chat rooms, on AIM, and writing e-mails for over six hours each day to both hosts so that I could get everything moved and running, and both were giving me major trouble in some shape or form. Even though the situation was terrible enough, I did embellish it a little (in regards to myself, not any of the facts I actually posted).

    What was “embellished” was the fact that I was depicting myself as depressed and not wanting to continue. I would not care if the whole site is deleted – I would still work it back up to normal. In fact, about a year into this website’s original creation, it was completely deleted by our free host. I still continued with it, obviously. I also lied in the story about my grades falling to add legitimacy to what I said about me considering to quit. I actually received straight A’s this past quarter, and even the quarter before, with the exception of one B+. While Pokemon may affect my school work sometimes and how late I go to bed, it doesn’t affect me overall, and I keep a good balance going between everything (including family and the few close friends I have). Again, I would never give up this site or abandon it. I said it five years ago, and I will continue to say it in the future.

    In terms of the backup failure, I did backup the entire site before moving to the new host, but my laptop crashed (like always :/) and needed to be wiped clean. Once I got it back, I backed up all of my files again, but for whatever reason (perhaps because of exhaustion with this whole move), I did not realize the backup was incomplete and did not even include the databases that hold all of the forum and “new website” information. In thinking I had a complete backup and that the new host would move my files over from the old host safely (being two insurances that the data was safe), I could not have anticipated that BOTH would fail. They obviously did.

    In the end (details aside), I lost all of the pages I made under the new layout (by the way, you’re on it). As I had been saying for over a year, I was making a new layout and new content. That is why many of the old pages were not being updated (like the theme deck section, card scans, and menus), since new versions of all of them would be up eventually.

    Unfortunately, because I lost all of the pages I created, I have to re-write everything from scratch, and basically, there is no content on the site currently. I will have to gradually add pages as time goes, and hopefully people who I know will help me so the process goes much faster. Early next week, I will re-post all of the card scans again, and hopefully a few pages.

    As for the forum database, my old host did send it to me after a few phone calls, begging, and yelling, but swore they had nothing else saved (which would be the “new website” content). So, the forums were saved. For the new layout, I had shown it to so many people for their opinions during this entire ordeal that it was saved in their cache, so I was able to salvage that as well. It’s just too bad I could not get any of the pages back that I originally wrote, but I suppose that once I start rewriting them and adding them to the site, people will be introduced to the content we have and can offer feedback. At least it will give people something to look forward to when visiting here, since in the past, all we offered was news and did not really ever add content (most of the content was stored in the news stories). Now, that will change – we will have pages for everything!

    The new layout was not ready to go up yet, and neither was the new system I am using, but I suppose the circumstances have pushed me to put them up early. I will still be working on the layout over the next few days, so please bear with me (especially if you are using Internet Explorer 6). Right now, no links work except for the main page and forums.

    Because I thought people would not believe the part about me wanting to quit (since I thought I came across to everyone as an obsessed and dedicated webmaster), I was not really expecting any “sympathy” e-mails from anyone, but was I surprised or what?! I mean, I was probably going to get a couple, which is why I lied about my grades (to see if people would be unselfish and understanding in me wanting to quit for my own life), but I received over 150 e-mails, and truly appreciated every single one of them. Almost no one was selfish about my “apparent decision” in quitting – everyone understood that because of all of this trouble, I should take a break and that I am indeed a human who should put his life before Pokemon. I truly, truly appreciated people placing my own well-being over their pleasure in visiting this site, which is what I was trying to gauge in saying my grades were falling (and I sure am glad I did this – I also hope no one was offended by my lying). I know now that I am spending all of this time on this website for people who are actually compassionate, and if I ever actually am going through hard times with my life and this site (which actually has happened before), I will always think of those e-mails. Many of them really touched my heart (how cheesy, haha, but it’s true), and many make me want to do this even more!

    Thank you everyone! Although this place is a mess right now, please give me some more time!

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    .::   Sunday - June 25th, 2017  [Link to this News Story]

    Two finals tomorrow and then I’m DONE! :D

    Meiji Chocolate Promo Set 2008 Translations – Thanks to Kirbypopstarhero, we have translations for all of the cards in the Japanese [Meiji Chocolate Promo 2008 set]. Each card is available at random in a package of Meiji Chocolates in Japan. These types of promos are usually POP set material (or maybe even American DP5 filler material), so we should see them over here soon.

    The Rise of Darkrai DVD Box ArtThe Rise of Darkrai DVD Box Art – I just noticed the English DVD box art for “The Rise of Darkrai” even though it was revealed a week or so ago, but I figured I’d post it anyway since many people probably have not seen it. Click the image to the right for a larger picture.

    The DVD hits shelves May 27th and will retail for $19.98. It will be published through VIZ media, which has been involved with the Pokemon movie DVDs since “Lucario and the Mystery of Mew.”

    Ash may think he’s seen everything when it comes to Pokemon, but is he ready to face the mysterious Darkrai in his latest awesome adventure? While touring Alamos Town – home of the Space-Time Tower – with the beautiful Alice, Ash and his friends discover that the town’s special garden has been decimated! Baron Alberto, a dashing but arrogant fellow, immediately blames the destruction on Darkrai. As if it just overheard the accusation, Darkrai appears and confronts our heroes!

    Who is Darkrai? Is it an enemy… or a friend in disguise? And as a battle between Legendary Pokemon Dialga and Palkia rages directly above Alamos Town and threatens to tear a hole in the space-time continuum, will Ash and his friends survive this showdown and learn Darkrai’s true nature?

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    .::   Sunday - June 25th, 2017  [Link to this News Story]

    I am in the process of switching hosts, so we may have downtime sometime between now and Saturday.

    SSBB Poke Ball Item Descriptions – The official Super Smash Bros. Brawl website has posted a convenient page with information on what each Poke Ball item Pokemon does in the game, along with pictures. Most people who own Brawl probably know the effects of each Pokemon, but if you do not, there you go!

    EX Dragon Frontiers BoxEX Dragon Frontiers Deck Box – Someone on eBay has placed up a very rare EX Dragon Frontiers deck box for auction. These deck boxes were originally set to be given out at EX Dragon Frontiers prereleases, but because they would have arrived late to America from the manufacturer (based in China), POP refused to receive them and the product was apparently destroyed. A couple have been spotted in the past, and some people that I even know own one, so obviously, some did make it to America. Thanks go to DukeFireBird for the heads up on this story!

    Apprentice Downloads – Many people have e-mailed me saying the Apprentice downloads are not working, so after some investigation, the problem is now fixed! Go to the Apprentice page to re-download the program or patch if you were having problems previously.

    Alternatively, you can also download Redshark.

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    .::   Sunday - June 25th, 2017  [Link to this News Story]

    WPM’s problems of the week: 1) Finals! 2) Our stupid host, Dreamhost, is giving me unnecessary trouble about our “CPU usage,” so the forums are down for now. 3) My laptop is inches from death… I’m lucky if it starts and doesn’t freeze up. 4) I am going to switch webhosts over the weekend because Dreamhost is, so we may experience downtime for a while. 5) That new layout / system I started a year ago is on hiatus until the hosting problems are resolved.

    If I just dropped the internet, life would be so much better. :p

    English D/P Set Confusion – I received many questions last week about what America’s DP sets will consist of, so hopefully I can clear up some confusion.

    Majestic Dawn, America’s “hodge-podge” set, will consist of unreleased cards from [Japan’s DP4] and all of [Japan’s Entry Pack 2008] cards. We have most of the card’s from Japan’s DP4 in our DP4, but a good chunk of them was not released (Fossils, Eeveelutions, Kanto legendary birds, Garchomp LV.X, Phione, etc.), so we can assume they will be in our DP5. Since America’s DP5 is too small with just these “left out” Japanese DP4 cards, we can quickly come to the assumption that Japan’s Entry Pack 2008 will help fill it up (perhaps with some random promos and several cards from Japan’s DP5 thrown in).

    [Cry from the Mysterious, Temple of Anger] (Japan’s DP5 set) is America’s DP6 set, and will have its prereleases in August. Thus, we probably will not see a majority of cards from this set for half a year.

    Disclaimer: Nothing above is known for sure to happen, but based on history and what we know of Pokemon USA’s practices, everything described above is probably the case.

    And now for the news I missed in the past few days because of finals studying…

    Pokemon TFG Now Supported at League – Mike Liesik, the head of Pokemon Organized Play, announced on the POP forums a few days ago that the Pokemon TFG will now count for points at Pokemon League:

    I just got the go ahead from the brass to officially allow TFG games to count for League points. It’s likely that some of you are already doing this, but I just wanted to make it clear that it is now officially approved. Officially.

    Organized play for the TFG is still under development from what we know, but this is a good step in the right direction in making the TFG one of the main mediums of Pokemon!

    You can view our image gallery of Next Quest, the first TFG set, by clicking here.

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    .::   Sunday - June 25th, 2017  [Link to this News Story]

    Essay is over! Now I just have to live through finals week (one final on Monday, two finals back-to-back on Friday). :(

    Updated DP5 Translations, New Rulings – A few minor errors have been corrected on the [DP5 translations] page (nothing too important). I also forgot to include the “Bubble Coat” translation yesterday, so it is there now.

    According to a recent update in the Japanese TCG ruling database, you can run up to 4 of each Deoxys / Castform, you can attach multiple TMs to a single Pokemon, and the TMs remain in play for as long as the Pokemon does. You do NOT need to discard a TM after you use its attack. This does not apply outside of Japan yet, but when DP5 comes out over here in some capacity, there will probably be announcements regarding these new rulings.

    The scan and translation page for DP5 have also been added under “Card Scans” in the left menu for now. The Entry Pack ’08 translations, which will most likely make up part of America’s DP5 set, have been added to the same place as well (America’s DP6 will be Japan’s DP5 most likely).

    Heatran LV.X – Heatran LV.X is available in the DP5 Visual Book, which was released today in Japan and costs 750 yen. The translation and scan for the card is below. When will we see Heatran in America? Expect two birthdays to pass at the rate these visual book promos are released.

    Heatran LV.X from DP5 visual bookHeatran LV.X – Fire – 120 HP
    Level Up

    Poke-Body: Heat Metal
    Even if your opponent’s Burned Pokemon Evolve, De-Evolve, or Level Up, the Burn condition remains. In between turns, whenever your opponent flips a coin for the Burned condition, all of those coin flips are treated as tails.

    Poke-Power: Heat Wave
    This Power can be used once at the end of your turn, if this Pokemon is on your Bench. If, during your turn, your Active Fire-type or Steel-type Pokemon discarded Basic Energy as a result of its attack, choose up to 2 of those Basic Energy cards and attach them to that Pokemon.

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

    Mystery Dungeon 2 Pre-Order Offer – Starting Sunday, if you pre-order Mystery Dungeon 2 from stores, you will receive a free “Explorer’s Guide” based on the version on the game you buy (either “Explorers of Time” or “Explorers of Darkness”). The guides contain brief information about the game and a Mystery Dungeon comic (manga) in the back.

    Thanks to Tor-Chic, a Toys R Us employee, we have a few preview photos of the guide. Click the thumbnails below for larger images.

    Mystery Dungeon 2 Explorers Guide comicMystery Dungeon 2 Explorers Guide comicMystery Dungeon 2 Explorers Guide tips

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    .::   Sunday - June 25th, 2017  [Link to this News Story]

    Complete DP5 Translations – We now have [complete DP5 translations], all on one convenient page and with scans next to each translation! You can even link to a specific card by copying its name’s link, allowing people to see both the card’s translation and scan. Thanks go to Bangiras for spending several hours going through each card scan and translating them!

    I have an essay due tomorrow, so I do not have time to write other news stories that I was planning on posting today. Tomorrow night, I will post the DP5 visual book Heatran LV.X promo and translation, as well as some Mystery Dungeon 2 news.

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    .::   Sunday - June 25th, 2017  [Link to this News Story]

    EDIT #4: The “[interesting card]” translations are done for now. I would like to thank the biggest Torchic fan in the world (Kirbypopstarhero) for helping with the second batch of translations, since Vincent had to sign off a while ago (thanks go to him as well). We should have the complete set translations later tonight or tomorrow morning depending on how Bangiras feels, since she was ill today in bed.

    EDIT #3: All new translations are being posted on [this page] for now (so that this news post doesn’t get clogged up). Refresh the page every few minutes for new translations as we add them – all new translations will be posted on the TOP of the page rather than the bottom (as I was doing with this news post earlier).

    You can also check out our theme deck translations, as well as some older main set translations, on our [DP5: Temple of Anger, Cry from the Mysterious] page.

    EDIT #2: Starting to add translations for “cards of interest” below the DP5 news story, thanks to Vincent. Be sure to refresh the page about every 10 minutes as more cards are translated!

    EDIT #1: Added all of the DP5 theme deck scans to the bottom of its scan page, bringing DP5 to a grand total of 146 cards!

    130 DP5 Scans – With special thanks to Toho, our usual Japanese set scan source, we now have 130 [DP5: Temple of Anger, Cry from the Mysterious card scans], two days before the set is released! The page is organized in alphabetical order by Pokemon, and then by Trainers. If you want to look at all of the card scans at once, click the first image, then hover over the right side, clicking “Next,” to scroll through the rest of the cards like a slideshow.

    Bangiras will probably translate all of the cards by later today. If there are any cards of interest during the translation process, they will be posted earlier than the rest.

    As for Mesprit LV.X, don’t let its 200-damage attack fool you into thinking it is awesome right off the bat! It needs Uxie LV.X and Azelf LV.X in play and has to discard all energy attached to itself for the attack to work. Depending on what the other two pixies do, the attack may or may not be worth building a deck around… we’ll have to see!

    For more information regarding this set, check out our [DP5: Temple of Anger, Cry from the Mysterious] page.

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