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Pokémon Art Academy

Learn to Draw Your Favorite Pokémon in Pokémon Art Academy for Nintendo 3DS! This Pokémon-themed installment of the Art Academy series offers Pokémon fans and budding illustrators alike 40 unique lessons to learn how to paint, sketch, and draw beloved Pokémon characters in 2D. Then, students may save their digital masterpieces to the Nintendo 3DS Camera to share with the world. Along the way, students of Pokémon Art Academy can pick up actual illustration skills that they can use for real-world applications on canvas or for their own comic strips.

Wield the stylus with precision on the Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo 2DS Touch Screen to use a plethora of paint, pencils, and pastels. Pokémon Art Academyhas easy-to-follow lessons with step-by-step guides that teach painting and drawing techniques. A friendly tutor takes students of all ages through these lessons, each of which breaks down complex-looking images into simple steps. Gradually, they’ll pick up more new techniques that allow anyone to create artwork they can be proud of. Pokémon Art Academy boasts 40 lessons in which players can encounter favorite Pokémon, including Pikachu, Oshawott, Charizard, Torchic, Fletchling, Fennekin, and many more!

Celebrate the Season with a Spooky Pumpkaboo!

Get in the Halloween spirit with Pumpkaboo! You can get this special Ghost- and Grass-type Pokémon via Nintendo Network distribution during the month of October. This Super Size Pumpkaboo comes with moves perfect for Halloween, including Trick-or-Treat and Scary Face. Plus, it’s holding a Rocky Helmet, which can cause damage to its attacker!

When traded, this Pokémon evolves into Super Size Gourgeist, which is the Pokémon you need to compete in the Trick-or-Treat Friendly. Trade Pumpkaboo with a friend so you’re both ready to compete!

Pumpkaboo is available via Nintendo Network for your Pokémon X or Pokémon Y game from October 1 through October 31. Don’t miss this opportunity to get a special Pumpkaboo and have a happy Halloween!

To get Pumpkaboo:

  1. Connect your Nintendo 3DS system to the Internet.
  2. Select Mystery Gift on the main menu.
  3. Select Receive Gift, then Yes.
  4. Select Get via Internet, then Yes.
  5. Watch as you receive Pumpkaboo!
  6. Speak to the delivery girl in any Pokémon Center to receive Pumpkaboo.
  7. Be sure to save your game!

Get Your Hands on Secret Cards!

Discover some incredible secrets within XY—Furious Fists expansion booster packs! There are two secret cards in the expansion that you can find and collect. You can recognize these special cards because the art features unusual coloring, and because their numberings will be higher than the number of cards in the expansion.

Keep searching in XY—Furious Fists booster packs to find both of these awesome secret cards. Or, if you’d like to see the secret cards right away, check them out in the Pokémon TCG card database now!

Get Ready for the Trick-or-Treat Friendly!

Have frightfully good fun in the latest Pokémon Online Competition!

The next Online Competition is just in time for the Halloween season! In the Trick-or-Treat Friendly, you’ll play in a Single Battle competition using Ghost-type Pokémon only. But beware! Every player’s Battle Box must include a Super Size Gourgeist. The easiest way to find this Gourgeist is to get a Super Size Pumpkaboo via the Nintendo Network right now for your Pokémon X orPokémon Y game. Then trade it to have it evolve into the battle-ready Gourgeist you’ll need to compete!

Registration for the Trick-or-Treat Friendly begins at 00:00 UTC on Thursday, October 16, 2014, and goes until 23:59 UTC on Thursday, October 23, 2014, unless the player cap is reached before then. Space is limited, so register for the Trick-or-Treat Friendly soon! The tournament will begin at 00:00 on Friday, October 24, 2014.

Take a look at the rules and regulations for the Trick-or-Treat Friendly.

Good luck, Trainers!

Pokémon TCG: Mega Lucario Collection

Take a step beyond Evolution with the awesome power of Mega Lucario in the Pokémon TCG: Mega Lucario Collection! Unleash the fighting fury of the Aura Pokémon with a fantastically detailed figure of Mega Lucario, plus a special foil promo card. And, of course, Mega Lucario brings an aura of power to your entire collection with 4 Pokémon TCG booster packs! Get ready to enter the arena with the Mega Lucario Collection!

The Pokémon TCG: Mega Lucario Collection includes:

  • A special figure of Mega Lucario
  • 4 Pokémon TCG booster packs
  • A special foil promo card featuring Lucario

Begin Your Hoenn Episode Collection!

A huge trove of episodes from Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire has just arrived on the iTunes Store! Now you can purchase episodes from the sixth season, Pokémon: Advanced, following Ash as he and his friends take their first steps in the Hoenn region. Episodes can be purchased individually or in multi-episode volumes.

Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire consists of the sixth through ninth seasons of Pokémon animation: Pokémon: Advanced, Pokémon: Advanced Challenge, Pokémon: Advanced Battle, and Pokémon: Battle Frontier. More episodes will arrive at the iTunes Store over the next few months: Season 7,Pokémon: Advanced Challenge, will arrive October 13; Season 8, Pokémon: Advanced Battle, will arrive October 27; and Season 9, Pokémon: Battle Frontier, will arrive November 10.

Visit iTunes.com/Pokemon to check out these awesome Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire episodes. While you’re there, be sure to check out the other available Pokémon apps, soundtracks, and episodes!

The 2015 Play! Pokémon Championship Series Season Begins

Join your friends and start playing in fun competitions in the latest Play! Pokémon Championship Series season. The Play! Pokémon Championship Series features tournaments for players of all ages and levels. Most tournaments are free to enter. It’s a great opportunity to play with other Pokémon fans just like you!

The tournament schedule is made up of small tournaments throughout the year, as well as major competitions such as State and Regional Championships. Players who do well in Play! Pokémon competitions can earn Championship Points, which are used to determine invitations to the Pokémon World Championships!

2015 Pokémon Video Game Championship Series

Pokémon video game players will be able to compete in more events than ever as the series expands to new cities and countries around the world. Championship Series events will use Pokémon X and Pokémon Y for the rest of the year and will change to Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphireon January 1, 2015.

As in previous years, players will be competing year-round for Championship Points that build toward coveted World Championships invitations. The full breakdown of the season Championship Point structure can be found here. In the 2015 season, Premier Challenge tournaments will take place around the world for the first time. See the Premier Challenge FAQ for details.

With these new Premier Challenge tournaments and more Online Competitions in 2015, players will have more chances than ever to compete! Check out thecomplete schedule of Pokémon Video Game Championship Series events.

Additional information about National Championships and World Championships will be available at a later date.

2015 Pokémon TCG Championship Series

For Pokémon TCG competitors, this year features an expansion of the League Challenge series to many new locations, giving more Trainers a local stop on their quest to become World Champion. Selected tournaments will include the new Expanded format, which offers new challenges and greater opportunities to show off your deck-building skills.

The 2015 Pokémon TCG Championship Series will start using the new Expanded format in its tournaments, where deck builders can use cards all the way back through the Black & White expansion. You can use the Play! Pokémon tournament event locator to find local Expanded format tournaments throughout the year.

The Expanded format will also be used during the second day of Regional Championship events. Players will use the Standard format on the first day of these competitions, and then switch to the Expanded format on the second day. Players will be able to change their decks on the second day, but they don’t have to since, by rule, Standard format decks are already compliant as Expanded format decks.

Check out complete information on the Play! Pokémon Championship Series. We look forward to seeing all of you at Pokémon Championship Series events.

Good luck, Trainers!

The Pokémon TCG Online Comes to iPad!

Download the Pokémon TCG Online app for your iPad today! The Pokémon TCG Online app gives you all the fun of the desktop game, including online play, deck building, and card trading. And thanks to your Pokémon Trainer Club account, your card collection and game progress will be the same wherever you play the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online.

Head to the iTunes Store and start using the Pokémon TCG Online app today!

A Pokémon Autumn to Remember!

Exciting Pokémon distribution events and a new Pokémon TCG expansion are right around the corner.

There’s a lot of excitement in the world of Pokémon this autumn. In addition to the launch of the Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire video games in November, the season is chock-full of big moments.

Shiny Gengar

First, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y players can snag a Shiny Gengar holding a Gengarite Mega Stone when they pick up a special code card from participating GameStop stores between October 13 and October 26. This Shiny Gengar can Mega Evolve into Shiny Mega Gengar during battles! Also available at participating GameStop locations starting October 13 is a Pokémon TCG:Gengar Spirit Link 2-pack. It includes two booster packs from the Pokémon TCG:XY—Furious Fists expansion, as well as the Gengar Spirit Link Pokémon Trainer card that debuts in the next Pokémon TCG expansion, XY—Phantom Forces.

Mythical Pokémon Diancie

Return to GameStop between October 27 and November 16 for a code card to receive the Mythical Pokémon Diancie in Pokémon X or Pokémon Y! After receiving Diancie, it can be transferred into Pokémon Omega Ruby or Pokémon Alpha Sapphire when those games launch on November 21 for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. Once the Diancite Mega Stone has been obtained in the new games, players can Mega Evolve Diancie during battles!

XY—Phantom Forces

Also coming this autumn is the Pokémon TCG: XY—Phantom Forces expansion, featuring a host of new and powerful Pokémon cards, including Diancie! The XY—Phantom Forces expansion includes well over 100 awesome cards with which to build your new winning deck. It launches on November 5.

Key features of Pokémon TCG: XY – Phantom Forces include:

  • Two new Mega Pokémon-EX cards—The expansion features the incredibly powerful Mega Gengar-EX and Mega Manectric-EX.
  • Seven new Pokémon-EX cards and four new full-art Pokémon-EX Rare Ultra cards—New Pokémon-EX cards include Gengar-EX, Manectric-EX, Malamar-EX, Florges-EX, Dialga-EX, and Aegislash-EX.
  • New “Full Metal” Dialga-EX—Special card features etched artwork and solid “metal” color.
  • Diancie’s Pokémon TCG debut—The Mythical Pokémon Diancie appears in the Pokémon TCG for the very first time.
  • Seven “Team Flare” Trainer cards and two special “Team Flare Hyper Gear” Pokémon Tool cards—Seven Trainer cards feature Team Flare members like Lysandre and Xerosic. The two Team Flare Hyper Gear Pokémon Tool cards can be used to hinder opponent’s Pokémon, the first such cards in the Pokémon TCG.

These are just some of the exciting events happening in the Pokémon world this autumn. Keep checking Pokemon.com for much more information on these events and other Pokémon news.

Pokémon TCG: Ancient Power Box

Launch: September 2014

Draw strength from the ancient world with the amazing secrets of fossil Pokémon in the Pokémon TCG: Ancient Power Box! This exciting collection brings new Pokémon discoveries to light, featuring the crushing power of Tyrunt and Tyrantrum, plus the icy chill of Amaura and Aurorus! Get all 4 Pokémon as special foil cards, plus a foil Fossil Researcher card to get them into play quickly and easily. Plus, the Ancient Power Box digs deep to expand your collection with 3 Pokémon TCG booster packs—because it’s time for long-buried secrets to see the light!

The Pokémon TCG: Ancient Power Box includes:

  • 3 Pokémon TCG booster packs!
  • 4 special foil cards featuring fossil Pokémon!
  • 1 special foil Trainer card!
  • A quick guide to get you started!