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Sunday, April 19th, 2015 @ 10 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master
Bandit Ring Gardevoir

Distributors have uploaded images of Bandit Ring's booster box image as well as a higher resolution image of the booster pack image I posted yesterday. The booster box shows Cottonee on the side, meaning Whimsicott will be in the set. Gardevoir is also shown on the side, so we'll get the first Stage 2 one of the XY era (even though Gardevoir just had an EX and Mega Evolution in the set before last - the TCG has always loved Gardevoir and its pre-evolutions!). The set will be released on June 20th, with Legendary Holo Collection coming out July 18th.

Bandit Ring Booster Box Bandit Ring Booster Pack
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Saturday, April 18th, 2015 @ 4 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

As expected, Bandit Ring's booster pack features Hoopa Unbound, as revealed on Pokemon Get TV a few moments ago. This is the first official reveal of the set. As such, we may get a Bandit Ring update on the official Pokemon Card website this Thursday, so be sure to check back here! As with recent Japanese sets, we'll probably get the same booster pack artwork for our August set (if it isn't considered too demonic :p).

Bandit Ring
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Saturday, April 18th, 2015 @ 7 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The latest issue of Pokemon Fan magazine has revealed that Jirachi will also be joining Tyrantrum-EX, Dragonair, and (probably) Sceptile-EX in May to July's Gym Challenge promo packs. The magazine also revealed clear card text for Tyrantrum-EX. Thanks goes to Sean T. for the translations and Chari_LVX for the Japanese card spoilers and Jirachi photo!

Tyrantrum-EX Promo

Tyrantrum-EX - Dragon - HP180
Basic Pokemon

Ability: Tyrant Fang
Damage from this Pokemon's attacks isn't affected by any effects on your opponent's Active Pokemon.

[F][M][M][C] Dragon Impact: 190 damage. Discard 3 Energy attached to this Pokemon.

When a Pokemon-EX has been Knocked Out, your opponent takes 2 Prize cards.

Weakness: Fairy (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 3


Jirachi Promo

Jirachi - Metal - HP60
Basic Pokemon

[C] Stardust: Choose 1 Special Energy attached to your opponent's Active Pokemon and discard it. If you discarded an Energy in this way, prevent all effects of attacks, including damage, done to this Pokemon by attacks during your opponent’s next turn.
[M][C] Dream Dance: 30? damage. Both Active Pokemon are now Asleep.

Weakness: Fire (x2)
Resistance: Psychic (-20)
Retreat: 1


Dragonair Promo

Dragonair – Dragon – HP80
Stage 1 – Evolves from Dratini

[G] Shed: Heal 30 damage from this Pokemon.
[G][L][C] Slam: 60x damage. Flip 2 coins. This attack does 60 damage times the number of heads.

Weakness: Fairy (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 2

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Thursday, April 16th, 2015 @ 10 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master
Pokemon Center Hiroshima

The ninth Pokemon Center will be opening in Japan this summer, this time in Hiroshima! It will be located in Sogo Hiroshima Shop's Main Building on the sixth floor. The store's mascots will be Pikachu and shiny Gyarados.

There are currently eight open Pokemon Centers in Japan: in Tokyo (opened in 1998, moved in 2007, and then moved again in 2014 and renamed "Pokemon Center Mega Tokyo"), in Nagoya (2002), in Fukuoka (2003), in Sapporo (2005), in Yokohama (2005), in Osaka (2010), in Tohoku (2011), and in Tokyo Bay (2013).

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Thursday, April 16th, 2015 @ 9 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Update (10:40 PM) - Added Tyrantrum-EX, which was also previewed on the official Pokemon-Card site!

As with Japan's Gym Challenge tournaments every few months, a new promo pack containing five cards will be given out to participating players between May and July. There will be a total of 12 promo cards, with Tyrantrum-EX and Dragonair being the first previewed on the official Pokemon-Card site.

Tyrantrum-EX is too small to read, but Dragonair is a reprint of the one from Emerald Break with new artwork. Japan will likely get Sceptile-EX through this promo pack as well since America is getting the card in our summer tin.

Tyrantrum-EX Promo Dragonair Promo

Dragonair – Dragon – HP80
Stage 1 – Evolves from Dratini

[G] Shed: Heal 30 damage from this Pokemon.
[G][L][C] Slam: 60x damage. Flip 2 coins. This attack does 60 damage times the number of heads.

Weakness: Fairy (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 2

Japan will also be hosting illustrator autograph sessions during some of its Rayquaza Mega Battle tournaments next month. Those who attend will have the opportunity to purchase a limited edition deck box and pin featuring Mega Rayquaza for 950 yen and 500 yen, respectively. The deck box is exactly like our Elite Trainer Deck Shield tins, including the compartment on top for holding dice and damage counters. Perhaps the Japanese asked our American TCG manufactures for a favor? :p

Rayquaza Mega Battle Deck Box Rayquaza Mega Battle Pin

Players will also be able to exchange some of their Emerald Break points cards (included in the set's booster packs) for the shiny Rayquaza-EX promo that they could have originally received if they shipped in their points cards through a mail-in campaign. So we'll probably see more hit eBay.

Rayquaza Mega Battle Deck Box
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Wednesday, April 15th, 2015 @ 5 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Update (5:30 PM) - A series of shorts starring Hoopa will air on Oha Suta before the film plays in theaters. The second video below shows a few clips.

The second movie trailer for The Archdjinn of Rings: Hoopa just aired on Japanese TV show Oha Suta, and we have the first footage for you right here! The trailer shows all of the Legendary Pokemon fighting in the city, Ash riding Lugia, Hoopa transforming into Hoopa Unbound, and Ash touching Hoopa's Prison Bottle and becoming possessed. To discuss this trailer, check out this forum thread!

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Wednesday, April 15th, 2015 @ 11 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

As with every set, Roaring Skies will see the release of two Ultra PRO portfolios to store your cards. There will be a 9-pocket version and a 4-pocket version, each with 10 pages that can hold 90 cards and 40 cards respectively (or double that if you double-load each pocket). The 9-pocket version features the booster pack artwork of Mega Rayquaza and Mega Gallade while the 4-pocket version features Mega Latios and Deoxys.

Roaring Skies Ultra Pro Portfolio Roaring Skies Ultra Pro Portfolio
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Wednesday, April 15th, 2015 @ 11 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

As of today Double Crisis is tournament-legal, so I've completely updated SteveP's deck list program with every recent set as well as the latest XY promos. For those of you who don't know, the program allows you to create and print official deck lists for tournaments so that you don't have to write them out, saving you and the tournament tons of time. Be sure to use it the next time you go to a tournament! (You can access the program from the left menu, and then later from under the bleeding adventurer.)

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Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 @ 9 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Hoopa Unbound has officially been revealed in English, though of course fan sites have posted about it for months. Hoopa changes into Hoopa Unbound with the use of the Prison Bottle, and Hoopa Unbound will revert back to Hoopa after three days or if deposited into the PC.

Hoopa Unbound

Hoopa is a Mythical Pokémon that you cannot meet through ordinary gameplay in the world of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire. It is the 720th Pokémon to be added to the Pokédex, and it would appear that it can change form.

Hoopa Unbound is the new and truest form of Hoopa, which until now has had its power sealed away. The rings it carries have the power to bend dimensions and are said to allow it to seize anything in the world.

After its transformation, Hoopa Unbound is far larger than it was in its previous appearance. It is easy to recognize by its six huge arms, and it is carrying a greater number of its signature dimension-bending rings.

Hoopa Unbound stats:

  • Category: Djinn Pokémon
  • Type: Psychic/Dark
  • Height: 21′ 04″ [6.5 m]
  • Weight: 1,080.3 lbs. [490.0 kg]
  • Ability: Magician

How does Hoopa regain its true form? As with the secret of meeting Hoopa itself, this mystery has yet to be solved...

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Monday, April 13th, 2015 @ 12 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Pokemon's YouTube channel has posted the first English teaser trailer for The Archdjinn of Rings - Hoopa, which will be titled Hoopa and the Clash of Ages in English. The trailer is an exact dub of the one that aired in Japan on March 5th. The English film will debut on Cartoon Network later this year and will run for 70 minutes. Last year, the first English trailer for the Diancie movie was also revealed in April, so this will probably become a trend.

The Mythical Pokémon Hoopa is the star of Pokémon the Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages! When Ash, Pikachu, and their friends visit a desert city by the sea, they meet the Mythical Pokémon Hoopa, who has the ability to summon things—including people and Pokémon—through its magic ring. After a scary incident, they learn a story about a brave hero who stopped the rampage of a terrifying Pokémon long ago. Now, the threat that has been bottled up for years is in danger of breaking loose again! Can Ash help his new friend overcome the darkness within...or will a dangerous secret erupt into a clash of legends?


Hoopa and the Clash of Ages
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