Saturday - August 10th, 2013 @ 9 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The Worlds 2013 opening ceremony has revealed Mega Kangaskhan. In its mega form, Kangaskhan has a new ability called Parental Bond that allows both it and its child to attack. This allows Kangaskhan to use the same attack twice in one turn! Thanks goes to our good friend JWittz for the photo!

It was also announced that the Pokemon X and Y soundtrack will eventually be available on iTunes for download. It will be comprised of 220 tracks.

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Friday - August 9th, 2013 @ 6 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The official Pokemon X and Y website has updated with CoroCoro‘s contents. All new information revealed is below. A new trailer was also uploaded.

  • In the Pokemon series up until now, there has been a limit on how many times each Pokemon could evolve. However, Mega Evolution is a different kind of Evolution, one that surpasses that limit. Mega Evolution is described as an Evolution beyond all Evolution, a transformation found only in the Kalos region. It has also been called the greatest mystery of Pokemon.
  • A Mega-Evolved Pokemon will be able to tap into a strength far greater than it could before. When a Pokemon becomes a Mega Pokemon in battle, Trainers will have a great opportunity to turn a battle around and snag a win!
  • Only certain Pokemon, under certain conditions, can achieve Mega Evolution. One of those conditions is a special item called a Mega Stone. These special stones exist for every Pokemon that can Mega Evolve, and each is named for the Pokemon to which it grants power. To use a Mega Stone, give it to your Pokemon to hold. Pokemon capable of Mega Evolution will gain access to their potential only if they first carry a Mega Stone into battle. Other things are needed for Mega Evolution to succeed, and those secrets will be explained later! Some of the many Mega Stones seem to be hidden in secret places in the Kalos region. Finding every one of them will be one of the challenges awaiting you in Pokemon X and Pokemon Y!
  • Blazikenite is the Mega Stone needed to Mega Evolve Blaziken. Its item description reads, “One variety of the mysterious Mega Stones. Have Blaziken hold it, and this stone will enable it to Mega Evolve during battle.” Lucario needs Lucarionite to Mega-Evolve.
  • Mega Mewtwo is specialized in Sp. Atk while Mega Blaziken is specialized in Attack.
  • Korrina seeks to draw out her Pokemon’s strength to reach still greater heights. In addition to being a Gym Leader, she’s great on Roller Skates! Korrina’s Gym is in Shalour City, a seaside location known for its amazing views.
  • The Tower of Mastery is located in Shalour City and is related to Mega Evolution.
  • With Super Training, it’s not your Pokemon’s level that goes up but its base stats, the underlying values that define your Pokemon’s skills in battle. As these base stats increase, your Pokemon can increase its HP, Attack, or other stats beyond those of another Pokemon of the same species at the same level. These base stats could be increased using items and other methods in previous Pokemon titles, but in Pokemon X and Pokemon Y, you’ll be able to raise them far more easily than ever before, thanks to Super Training. This will lay the groundwork for more Pokemon Trainers to aim for the very top!
  • Super Training can be played on the touch screen whenever you are not in battle or viewing an event. Your Pokemon will face huge Pokemon-shaped balloons, with each side trying to shoot balls into the other’s goal.
  • For a more casual way to help your Pokemon grow, use training bags for an easy boost to your Pokemon’s growth with Core Training! You’ll earn training bags when you complete Super-Training Regimens.
  • EVs (base stats) can now be seen through a meter.
  • The round shape of Dedenne makes this Fairy-type Pokemon instantly recognizable. Dedenne has the Cheek Pouch Ability, new to Pokemon X and Pokemon Y. If a Pokemon with this Ability eats a Berry during battle, it will not only reap the usual benefits of that Berry, but will also be able to regain HP. Dedenne can also plug in to power outlets and drain electricity from them. It can learn Nuzzle, a new Electric-type move.
  • It is said that the Normal-type Pokemon Bunnelby creates its den by digging in the ground with its large, shovel-shaped ears. Its ears are strong enough to chop through thick tree roots. Its Abilities are Pickup or Cheek Pouch.
  • The gentle-natured Skiddo is said to have been the first Pokemon to live alongside humans. Thanks to living with humans so long, it doesn’t seem to mind carrying people or loads on its back. Skiddo evolves into Gogoat, another Pokemon you’ll be able to ride! It can learn Leaf Blade.
  • The Torchic you’ll get via the Nintendo Network has the Hidden Ability Speed Boost. You can’t find a Torchic with this Ability through regular gameplay. This Level 10 Pokemon knows the moves Scratch, Growl, Focus Energy, and Ember.

Excited about all this? Hate it? In the middle? Feel free to discuss your thoughts in this thread on our forums!

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Thursday - August 8th, 2013 @ 9 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Clearer scans of today’s CoroCoro have leaked, revealing additional pieces of information. Thanks goes to Puddizzle for the translations once again!

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  • Not all Pokemon have Mega Evolutions.
  • In order to Mega Evolve the eligible Pokemon needs to be holding the Mega Stone.
  • As predicted the Mega Pokemon appear in battles only.
  • Mega Evolutions have increased stats, with CoroCoro citing two examples: Mega Lucario has higher Attack and Mega Absol has higher Attack and Speed. Mega Mewtwo obviously has higher Speed as we saw in the Genesect film.
  • The Blazikenite item cannot be found through normal gameplay.
  • The Super Training area allows you to increase your Pokemon’s “Kiso Points.” These are probably what we fans have termed EVs all these years going by what our source said about the facility increasing EVs.
  • A new area called the Master Tower is related to Mega Evolutions.
  • The next CoroCoro will feature the new type chart reflecting the Fairy-type, new Pokemon, and new Mega Evolutions.

What do you think of the new Mega Evolution mechanic? Feel free to discuss your thoughts in this thread on our forums!

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Thursday - August 8th, 2013 @ 11 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Saw this when it first broke earlier this morning but was unable to update because I’m directing a whole production on a film set! Lunch break now!

CoroCoro magazine has revealed a new Pokemon mechanic called “Mega Evolution” as well as three new Kalos Pokemon. More information and clearer scans should be coming in the coming days. Thanks goes to Puddizzle for translating.

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  • Some Pokemon will now have “Mega” forms which they achieve through a new mechanic called “Mega Evolution.” CoroCoro shows Mega Blaziken, Mega Lucario, Mega Absol, Mega Mawile, Mega Ampharos, and the previously-revealed Mega Mewtwo. They are each of slightly different heights and weights than their normal forms, feature new Abilties, and can be different types.
  • A Torchic will be distributed over Wi-Fi from October 12th to January 15th, which can eventually evolve into Mega Blaziken. It comes with a new hold item called “Blazikenite” and will need to use a “Mega Stone.” These are perhaps the item mechanics that allow a Pokemon to eventually achieve its mega form (our source had originally stated that Mewtwo needs items to achieve its new “formes”).
  • Each of the revealed Mega Pokemon have different Abilities than usual: Mega Blaziken has Speed Boost, Mega Lucario has Adaptability, Mega Absol has Magic Bounce, Mega Mawile has Huge Power, Mega Ampharos has Mold Breaker, and Mega Mewtwo has Insomnia.
  • Mega Ampharos is Electric/Dragon. Mawile has been retyped to Steel/Fairy. Its Mega form is the same.
  • The term “Mega Evolution” was first trademarked back in February.
  • A new female Gym Leader named Koruni knows all about Mega Evolutions.
  • Gogoat has a pre-evolution named Meikuru, who is 0.9m and 31.0kg.
  • Dedenne, the Antenna Pokemon, is an Electric/Fairy type. Its abilities are Pick Up or a new ability called Cheek Pouches. It is 0.2m and 2.2kg.
  • Horubii, the Digging Pokemon, is a Normal-type. Like Dedenne it also has the abilities Pick Up or Cheek Pouches. It is 0.4m and 5.0kg.
  • The Super Training area is seen in the scan of the new Kalos Pokemon.

If the Mewtwo in Extremespeed Genesect: Mewtwo’s Awakening is any indication, these Mega forms are only temporary forms and can be turned on or off (perhaps during battles while holding the “-ite” item). The forms probably reconfigure the Pokemon’s stats as well, as it was obvious in the film that Mewtwo was extremely fast when in its new form. If true, this will add a whole new dimension to battles since you’ll need to know the Mega Pokemon’s stats, new typings, new Abilities, etc.

Could these new Awakened Forms be some sort of DNA mechanic introduced by Team Flare? In the Genesect film, Mewtwo was being operated on by a couple of evil-looking scientists, and Mewtwo was able to change to the new form, so maybe the scientists had something to do with it (they obviously created that Mewtwo after all, and it is their Mewtwo which is able to change to this forme). The only evil characters in X and Y are Team Flare, so maybe the scientists in the film were them. This is all total speculation of course.

What do you think of the new Mega Evolution mechanic? Feel free to discuss your thoughts in this thread on our forums!

Torchic in CoroCoro Gym Leader Koruni in CoroCoro
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Wednesday - August 7th, 2013 @ 1 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

A new “Legendary Dragons of Unova Collection” will be released this November. It will include a Reshiram, Zekrom, and Kyurem figure, holo promos of each of them (perhaps not the ones pictured below), and four Black and White series packs. All three figures have been released before.

Legendary Dragons of Unova Collection
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Tuesday - August 6th, 2013 @ 2 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Like last year, Pokemon will be streaming the World Championship top cut matches for both the TCG and video games. The matches will be streamed live through their new channel on Twitch. Worlds takes place this Friday through Sunday; the streaming schedule is below (times are approximate).

August 10

  • 5:00PM – 7:30PM PT: Video Game Top Cut
  • 7:30PM – 12:00AM PT: Trading Card Game Top Cut

August 11

  • 9:00AM – 12:00PM PT: Video Game Finals
  • 12:30PM – 5:00PM PT: Trading Card Game Finals
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