Pokemon News

Prepare for the Showdown of a Lifetime!

Start training for the Generation Showdown Online Competition, where you will duel in epic battles using virtually every known Pokémon! In this Double Battle event, any Pokémon in your party higher than Lv. 50 will be set to Lv. 50 for the duration of the match. Each team will be able to have up to two special Pokémon, such as Legendary or Mythical Pokémon. Consult the rules to see which Pokémon qualify.

Registration for the Generation Showdown Online Competition begins Thursday, February 5, 2015, at 00:00 UTC. You’ll need a Pokémon Trainer Club account and your own copy of the Pokémon Omega Ruby or Pokémon Alpha Sapphire video game with a party of eligible Pokémon. And you’ll need to read and accept the regulations on the Pokémon Global Link before the battle period begins.

For more information on the Generation Showdown Online Competition, keep checking Pokemon.com and the Pokémon Global Link!

Three Stars of Unova!

Add three more awesome Pokémon to the incredible list of Pokémon you can already get in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire! The trio of Serperior, Emboar, and Samurott will all be available via secret codes you can get from either Pokemon.com or the February Pokémon Trainer Club newsletter. All of these Pokémon will have their Hidden Ability, so you’ll definitely want to get all three.

This special distribution event begins with the Grass-type Pokémon Serperior. Enter the following code into your Pokémon Omega Ruby or Pokémon Alpha Sapphire game to get the Pokémon:

POKEMON497

Then, check back next week for Emboar, whose code will be available on Pokemon.com starting January 29, 2015. Later, be sure to check your email for the February Pokémon Trainer Club newsletter, which will include the code for Samurott. If you don’t have a Pokémon Trainer Club account, create one and sign up to receive the newsletter by January 31, 2015 to make sure you receive the final code. You can use the codes to get your Pokémon any time until November 30, 2015.

Get the first of three Unova-region Pokémon stars and look forward to adding two more to your collection over the next few weeks!

The Battle of Hoenn Is Underway!

The registration period for the Battle of Hoenn is over and the competition is now underway. Remember that competitors are limited in the number of battles they can compete in per day. Consult the tournament regulations for details. The competition ends on Sunday, January 25, 2015, at 23:59 UTC. Look forward to the results being posted shortly after the competition has completed.

Check out the Battle of Hoenn regulations page for complete details on this fun event. If you missed the opportunity to play in the Battle of Hoenn, check back at Pokemon.com and the Pokémon Global Link for future competitions.

Good luck, Trainers!

The Mythical Pokémon Hoopa Appears!

Hoopa is a Mythical Pokémon in the world of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire that cannot be encountered through regular gameplay! The Pokémon is recognizable by its two horns and the golden ring that adorns its trunk. Hoopa’s rings are said to have the power to bend dimensions and move objects across great distances.

Category Mischief Pokémon
Type Psychic/Ghost
Ability Magician
Height 1’08”
Weight 19.8 lbs.

‘Hands off Pikachu!’ China under fire over mass poisoning of Pokemon ‘prototype’

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China has for five decades carried out a mass poisoning campaign against a tiny rodent believed to be the inspiration for a much-loved Pokemon anime character. But now scientists say the animal is not a pest, and its extermination harms nature.

Researchers from Arizona State University have come to the defense of the pika, a mouse-like creature that many believe inspired the “Pikachu” character from the famous Japanese Pokemon anime series.

The first attempts by Chinese authorities to get rid of the pika population date back to 1958. The animal was labeled a pest, as officials assumed it was harming grasslands in the areas it was inhabiting.

The mass poisoning “has not improved rangeland health,” Arizona State’s Maxwell Wilson and Andrew Smith claim in their study, cited by The Independent newspaper.

The extermination of the rodent is on the contrary harmful, as it makes the areas the animals used to inhabit prone to flooding, the study says.

For their research, the scientists visited areas where pikas were exterminated, as well as to those where their population remained intact.

They found out that “the infiltration rate of water was consistently higher in areas occupied by pikas,” as the multiple burrows built by the animals made the land porous.

The scientists claim the pika is actually “an ecosystem engineer,” rather than a pest.

The study also speaks of the knock-on effects of poisoning the pika.

“For example, with pikas making up as much as 60 percent to 78 percent of the diet of brown bears on the QTP, bear attacks on property (primarily homes of local nomads) have increased where pikas have been eliminated,” the study says.

The burrows pikas build are also used by plateau birds and lizards, whose population also decreases when pikas are exterminated.

“We argue that the policy of poisoning plateau pikas should be reconsidered,” the study says.

If China ended the practice, it would be following in the footsteps of Mongolia, where the government has stopped the extermination of pikas, taking into account earlier scientific reports on the issue.

Yet Beijing has plowed ahead with the poisoning, despite the advice. In 2014 alone, over 31,000 square kilometers were targeted for pikas’ extermination.

New Kyogre and Groudon Themed Attire Now Available!

Look like a legend with new Kyogre and Groudon attire in the Pokémon Trainer Club Trainer Store! The new items include shirts, pants, hats, and shoes that match the iconic colors and designs of these awesome Legendary Pokémon of Hoenn region lore. You can redeem each item individually to come up with a look for your Pokémon Trainer that’s all your own.

The Kyogre and Groudon attire is available now in the Pokémon Trainer Club Trainer Store. Check out these cool items today!

Pokémon TCG: Mega Diancie-EX Premium Collection

Release date: January 05, 2015

Behold the one Pokémon that has the dazzle, the glitter, and the pure blinding brilliance of a superstar Mega Evolution Pokémon: Mega Diancie-EX! Admire every facet of this glamorous Pokémon with the new Pokémon TCG: Mega Diancie-EX Premium Collection—never-before-seen foil cards, a special collector’s pin, 6 booster packs, and much more!

The Pokémon TCG: Mega Diancie-EX Premium Collection includes:

  • A never-before-seen foil card featuring Mega Diancie-EX!
  • A never-before-seen foil card featuring Diancie-EX!
  • A brilliant and shining Mega Diancie collector’s pin
  • 6 Pokémon TCG boosters to expand your collection
  • A foil oversize card featuring Mega Diancie-EX
  • A cool Pokémon coin featuring Mega Diancie
  • A bonus code card for the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online

Through February 3, 2015, the Mega Diancie-EX Premium Collection is available only at Target stores.

Fun Pokémon Apps for Your New Digital Device!

If you recently got a device such as an iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, or Android system, check out a trio of awesome Pokémon apps! These apps let you have fun with different aspects of the Pokémon universe, including watching exciting animation and playing the Pokémon Trading Card Game on the go. Download them today and dive into the fun of Pokémon!

Pokémon TV

You can watch your favorite Pokémon TV episodes on the go with the free Pokémon TV app for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and Android devices. Dozens of episodes spanning years of exciting Pokémon animated adventures are there for you to stream whenever you want. Plus, don’t miss special features and trailers!

Look for the Pokémon TV app on the App Store and on Google Play.

Camp Pokémon

For younger folks just getting into the world of Pokémon, the free Camp Pokémon app is the best place to get started. Available for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, the Camp Pokémon app is filled with fun activities to learn the basics of Pokémon, such as identifying different Pokémon and understanding Pokémon type matchups. Explore the entire camp to earn virtual pins of the Pokémon featured in Camp Pokémon!

Pokémon Trading Card Game Online

Put the fun of the Pokémon Trading Card Game onto your iPad with Pokémon TCG Online! The free-to-play app lets you compete against virtual competitors or against your real friends. Start right away with preconstructed theme decks, and then build your card library by using code cards found in other Pokémon TCG products (such as booster packs) to create your own deck. It’s great for casual fans who just want to keep playing when they’re away from their decks, or competitive players looking for extra practice before their next big tournament!

Download Pokémon TCG Online from the App Store!

Totally Metal Tactics

After being scarce in the previous two expansions, Metal-type Pokémon make a huge comeback in the Pokémon TCG: XY—Phantom Forces expansion. Individually, these Pokémon have the potential to contribute to a variety of decks. But when you put several of these Metal-type Pokémon together (along with a key Trainer card or two), you have the makings of a deck that can win alot of games. Here’s a strategic overview of some of these cards from XY—Phantom Forces!

There are two strong ways to go on the offensive with a Metal-type deck, both of them Pokémon-EXcards. The first is the 180 HP Dialga-EX (62/119), whose two attacks are excellent in different ways. Its first attack, Chrono Wind, is great at shutting down opposing Pokémon-EX—the attack does only 60 damage, but if it hits a Pokémon-EX, that Pokémon can’t attack on the next turn. That attack paves the way for Full Metal Impact, which slams your opponent’s Active Pokémon for 150 damage. The attack cost is pretty high for Full Metal Impact, and you have to discard a couple of Metal Energy to use it, but it’s not a huge price to pay for the amount of damage it can cause.

Aegislash-EX (65/119) is your second option, with an attack that has enough damage potential to Knock Out any Pokémon it faces. Slash Blast does a base 40 damage, plus 20 more damage for every Metal Energy attached to it. At a cost of three Colorless Energy, it’s not a cheap attack—but with 3 Metal Energy attached, you’re doing 100 damage right off the bat, with the capacity to do much more.

Aegislash-EX and Dialga-EX have one more advantage: they’re both Basic Pokémon, so you can use Klefki’s (66/119) Call for Family attack to get them quickly from your deck onto your Bench. You’ll find Klefki to be super helpful early in your match, letting you get up and running before your opponent.

You’ve probably noticed that both Dialga-EX’s Full Metal Impact and Aegislash-EX’s Slash Blast attacks require quite a bit of Energy to use. Fortunately, XY—Phantom Forceshas you covered there, too. Get the Energy onto your Pokémon with the help of Bronzong (61/119), whose Metal Links Ability lets you get a Metal Energy out of your discard pile every turn and attach it directly to one of your Benched Pokémon. Since Dialga-EX’s Full Metal Impact attack forces you to discard two Metal Energy, there should be plenty there for Bronzong to pull from. And if you need more, just include a couple of Battle Compressor (92/119) Item cards in your deck to keep the discard pile stocked.

Switching over to the defensive side, you have a few options depending on your opposition. In fact, your choice of whether you play Dialga-EX or Aegislash-EXdepends as much on defense as it does offense. Dialga-EX is great for shutting down Pokémon-EX with its Chrono Wind attack, while Aegislash-EX’s Mighty Shield Ability is good against Pokémon that have Special Energy attached. Especially in high-level tournaments, you’re likely to find both Pokémon-EX and Special Energy frequently in play, and this deck can stop them both in their tracks.

You can add one more layer of protection with theSteel Shelter (105/119) Stadium card. It protects all Metal-type Pokémon from being affected by Special Conditions. Among other benefits, Steel Shelter will take the sting out of the very popular Hypnotoxic Laser (Black & White—Plasma Storm, 123/135). Just remember…it grants the same benefit to your opponent’s Metal types, too!

The combinations of Metal-type Pokémon found inXY—Phantom Forces explained here are just the beginning of a great deck. You can take a deck built around these cards in a lot of good directions—experiment and find out what works for you!

All the Hits from the Hoenn Region!

Immerse yourself in the music of the latest Pokémon video games with thePokémon Omega Ruby & Pokémon Alpha Sapphire: Super Music Collection, now in the iTunes Store! The expansive soundtrack includes 160 songs so you can continue to experience the sounds of the Hoenn region even when you’re not playing. The Pokémon Omega Ruby & Pokémon Alpha Sapphire: Super Music Collection is available now for $9.99, and many of the tracks are available individually for 99 cents.

Visit the iTunes Store now for more details on the Pokémon Omega Ruby & Pokémon Alpha Sapphire: Super Music Collection today!