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Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 @ 11 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Although we saw this image earlier this week and chose not to post it (as to not spoil prereleases), it's now propagated on to social media and is no longer a secret. As such, the set list for Phantom Forces has been leaked! The listing supposedly came from the Phantom Forces Collector's Album, which some international stores are selling early, but we cannot confirm this for sure.

As usual I will post 100+ card scans from the set tomorrow night as the first international prereleases are taking place. Be sure to check back then!

Phantom Forces Set List
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Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 @ 10 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

I'll be posting Phantom Forces scans late tomorrow night, so be sure to check back!

Releasing on December 13th in Japan is a first-of-its-kind "Pokemon TCG Illustration Collection" book which will feature artwork from the TCG's 18-year history. The book is 192 pages, costs 2,160 yen (about $21), and will come packaged with a Rayquaza and Cosplay Pikachu promo. Franco T. has translated the two promos below. You can order the book directly off Amazon and they will ship it internationally.

Pokemon TCG Illustration Collection
Rayquaza XY-P Promo

Rayquaza - Dragon - HP120
Basic Pokemon

Ability: Ozone Wall
As long as this Pokemon is on your Bench, prevent all damage done to this Pokemon.

[R][R][L][C] Dragon Pulse: 130 damage. Discard the top 3 cards of your deck.

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


Cosplay Pikachu XY-P Promo

Cosplay Pikachu - Lightning - HP70
Basic Pokemon

[L] Quick Attack: 10+ damage. Flip a coin. If heads, this attack does 10 more damage.
[L][C] Syncro Appeal: Flip a coin for each of your Benched Pokemon. Draw a card for each heads.

Weakness: Fighting (x2)
Resistance: Metal (-20)
Retreat: 1

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Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 @ 8 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The set description for Primal Clash has revealed the presence of M Gardevoir-EX and M Aggron-EX! M Gardevoir-EX's card template was used in the prototype image for the M Diancie-EX Pack, so if the template was accurate, it will be a Fairy-type and come with 210 HP. The set will also feature new Spirit Link cards and Special Energy.

As with Phantom Forces, a "Hoenn's Region Collector Album" will also be released alongside Primal Clash for $4.99. It can store 60 cards, comes with one booster pack, and features Pokemon from the Hoenn region on the cover.

After centuries asleep, the deep power of Primal Groudon-EX erupts from the land as Primal Kyogre-EX crashes in from the sea, riding titanic waves into battle! With colossal new arrivals like Mega Gardevoir-EX and Mega Aggron-EX, the Pokémon TCG: XY - Primal Clash expansion is alive with the primordial power of Ancient Traits - plus all-new Spirit Link and Special Energy cards! Let the earth shake and the oceans thunder, and get ready for a primal clash like no other!

  • Over 150 cards
  • 12 new Pokémon-EX, including 2 Mega Evolution Pokémon and 2 Primal Reversion Pokémon
Primal Groudon vs Primal Kyogre
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Monday, October 20th, 2014 @ 11 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master
Pokemon Trading Card Game for Gameboy

A new Nintendo press release has announced that the Gameboy Color games Pokemon Puzzle Challenge and Pokemon Trading Card Game will be available on the 3DS Virtual Console starting November 6th and 13th for $4.99 and $5.99, respectively. The TCG was first available to European and Australian fans in July, but now it's coming stateside!

Tomorrow Pokemon.com will be releasing OR/AS demo codes to all who have signed up for its Pokemon Trainer Club. However, Nintendo has also announced additional ways through which the codes will be distributed in the United States:

  • Codes will be distributed at select cinema locations nationwide from Nov. 7–Nov. 13 (while supplies last).
  • Check with your local retailer during the holidays to find out about special demo code giveaways (while supplies last).
  • Get a code with your purchase of the new Pokémon Art Academy game (out Oct. 24) when you buy from Nintendo eShop on your Nintendo 3DS or 2DS system.
  • You’ll also get a code with your purchase of one of two classic Pokémon games coming to the Virtual Console service on Nintendo eShop: the Pokémon Puzzle Challenge game (out Nov. 6) or the Pokémon Trading Card Game (out Nov. 13). You'll find your free demo code on your eShop receipt (download codes available while supplies last).
  • Codes will be emailed the week of Oct. 31 to select Nintendo customers with Nintendo Network IDs who have signed up to receive promotional emails from Nintendo.
  • Codes will also be distributed during the holiday mall tour from Nov. 24‒Dec. 21 at 16 different locations throughout the nation. Talk to a staff member to try out Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire or any of the featured Nintendo 3DS games to receive two codes—one for you, and one for a friend (while supplies last).
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Saturday, October 18th, 2014 @ 2 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

As we thought, "Mega" Hoopa seems to actually be a form change for Hoopa, which was evidenced by its smaller 80 BST increase and its radical design change. Discovered today in the demo of Omega Ruby and Alpha Sappire is an item that can be used to change Hoopa into its devilish new form. Although much of the data was ripped out of the demo, including the name and description of the item, the pathways to allow the item to change Hoopa still remain. This is why in the video below you will see placeholders for everything. You can also hear the cry for Hoopa's new "form" too.

To discuss this news, be sure to comment on this thread on our forums!

Mega Hoopa
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Friday, October 17th, 2014 @ 7 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The prerelease promo for Phantom Forces will be XY21 Bronzong from Japan's "Hyper Metal Chain Deck." However, the card will feature English-exclusive artwork. Prereleases for the set will take place starting next weekend, so be sure to go to Pokemon.com to find one near you!

Bronzong XY21 Phantom Forces Prerelease Promo
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Thursday, October 16th, 2014 @ 10 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

As we reported on Monday, "Pokemon Scrap" code cards will be included in booster packs of Gaia Volcano and Tidal Storm that will allow you to redeem Pokemon and items for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. The official Japanese Pokemon site has now confirmed that Shaymin, Victini, and Keldeo will be some of the Pokemon distributed through this method. Other items like Rare Candy and Master Ball will also be available. The code cards will be included in other TCG products as well and you can redeem the codes up until April 30th, 2015.

Shaymin Victini Keldeo

There are 50 different Pokemon Scrap cards and each feature a different image on the front, such as Pokemon and Trainers. As you can see on the chart below, when you enter in the serial code for one card, you'll automatically receive a Shaymin. When you enter 3, you'll get a Nugget. When you enter 5 codes, you'll get 10 Super Potions. When you enter 7, you'll get a Keldeo. Etc. etc. Upon entering 20, you'll receive a Master Ball!

Pokemon Scrap Gifts Pokemon Scrap Card Pokemon Scrap Card Pokemon Scrap Card Pokemon Scrap Card Back
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Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 @ 5 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Update #3 (7:30 PM) - The level-up moves for all of the Pokemon are also in the demo. | Update #2 (7:00 PM) - Added the models / shiny models for all the new Mega Evolutions to the bottom of the story. | Update (6:15 PM) - Updated with information from the fans who uncovered it!

Mega Hoopa

"Mega" Hoopa has been discovered in the coding for the Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire demo thanks to our friend at Project Pokemon, who personally supplied us with the images in this story. To discuss this news, check out this thread on our forums!

I spoke to Kaphotics, one of the programmers who found the Pokemon, and it appears the demo is a stripped-down version of the game from a programming perspective. The regular Pokemon models were ripped out of the demo along with descriptions for several new moves, but some scraps of data were still left behind. As such, Mega Hoopa's full-blown model isn't actually in the demo's coding - the model you see to the right is from a set of smaller, resized Pokemon models that will be used in the games for something else. Gamefreak may have forgotten to remove this set of smaller models due to an oversight or in thinking that fans would not be able to go into the demo's coding. Alas, anyone who has the demo has data for Mega Hoopa sitting in their 3DS right now!

While it's easy to assume the above model is of Mega Hoopa, there's a chance it could be something else related to Hoopa instead (such as a form). The Pokemon has an 80 BST increase, which goes against the grain for Mega Evolutions. But for convenience, we'll just refer to it as Mega Hoopa for now until we have confirmation from the games what it is.

"Mega" Hoopa will know the move "Hyperspace Fury," a special Dark-type attack that always hits, does 100 damage, and has 5 PP. It still has Magician for its Ability. We previously revealed that regular Hoopa's signature attack is Hyperspace Hole.

The stats for Primal Groudon, Kyogre, and Rayquaza's attacks were also revealed:

  • 618 Origin Pulse - Water Special, 85%, 110 BP, 10 PP
  • 619 Precipice Blades - Ground Physical, 85%, 120 BP, 10 PP
  • 620 Dragon Ascent - Flying Physical, 100%, 120 BP, 5 PP (effect code present, but removed)

As were the stats of the Mega Evolutions programmed into the demo:

  • Swampert-M Stats: 100/150/110/95/110/70 Type: Water/Ground Catchrate: 45 Stage: 3
  • Sceptile-M Stats: 70/110/75/145/85/145 Type: Grass/Dragon Catchrate: 45 Stage: 3
  • Sableye-M Stats: 50/85/125/85/115/20 Type: Dark/Ghost Catchrate: 45 Stage: 2
  • Altaria-M Stats: 75/110/110/110/105/80 Type: Dragon/Fairy Catchrate: 45 Stage: 2
  • Gallade-M Stats: 68/165/95/65/115/110 Type: Psychic/Fighting Catchrate: 45 Stage: 3
  • Audino-M Stats: 103/60/126/80/126/50 Type: Normal/Fairy Catchrate: 255 Stage: 2
  • Sharpedo-M Stats: 70/140/70/110/65/105 Type: Water/Dark Catchrate: 60 Stage: 2
  • Slowbro-M Stats: 95/75/180/130/80/30 Type: Water/Psychic Catchrate: 75 Stage: 2
  • Steelix-M Stats: 75/125/230/55/95/30 Type: Steel/Ground Catchrate: 25 Stage: 2
  • Pidgeot-M Stats: 83/80/80/135/80/121 Type: Normal/Flying Catchrate: 45 Stage: 3
  • Glalie-M Stats: 80/120/80/120/80/100 Type: Ice/Ice Catchrate: 75 Stage: 2
  • Diancie-M Stats: 50/160/110/160/110/110 Type: Rock/Fairy Catchrate: 3 Stage: 3
  • Metagross-M Stats: 80/145/150/105/110/110 Type: Steel/Psychic Catchrate: 3 Stage: 3
  • Kyogre-P Stats: 100/150/90/180/160/90 Type: Water/Water Catchrate: 3 Stage: 3
  • Groudon-P Stats: 100/180/160/150/90/90 Type: Ground/Fire Catchrate: 3 Stage: 3
  • Rayquaza-M Stats: 105/180/100/180/100/115 Type: Dragon/Flying Catchrate: 45 Stage: 3
  • Hoopa-"M" Stats: 80/160/60/170/130/80 Type: Psychic/Dark Catchrate: 3 Stage: 3
  • Camerupt-M Stats: 70/120/100/145/105/20 Type: Fire/Ground Catchrate: 150 Stage: 2
  • Lopunny-M Stats: 65/136/94/54/96/135 Type: Normal/Fighting Catchrate: 60 Stage: 2
  • Salamence-M Stats: 95/145/130/120/90/120 Type: Dragon/Flying Catchrate: 45 Stage: 3
  • Beedrill-M Stats: 65/150/40/15/80/145 Type: Bug/Poison Catchrate: 45 Stage: 3

The level-up moves for all of the Pokemon are also in the demo.

Here's images of the models for each of the new Mega Evolution / Primal Reversion Pokemon, including their shiny forms:

Mega Altaria in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Mega Altaria (Shiny) in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Mega Audino in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Mega Audino (Shiny) in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Mega Beedrill in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Mega Beedrill (Shiny) in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Mega Camerupt in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Mega Camperupt (Shiny) in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Mega Diancie in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Mega Diancie (Shiny) in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Mega Gallade in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Mega Gallade (Shiny) in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Mega Glalie in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Mega Glalie (Shiny) in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Mega Hoopa in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Mega Hoopa (Shiny) in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Mega Latias in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Mega Latias (Shiny) in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Mega Latios in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Mega Latios (Shiny) in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Mega Lopunny in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Mega Lopunny (Shiny) in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Mega Metagross in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Mega Metagross (Shiny) in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Mega Pidgeot in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Mega Pidgeot (Shiny) in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Mega Rayquaza in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Mega Rayquaza (Shiny) in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Mega Sableye in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Mega Sableye (Shiny) in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Mega Salamence in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Mega Salamence (Shiny) in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Mega Sceptile in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Mega Sceptile (Shiny) in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Mega Sharpedo in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Mega Sharpedo (Shiny) in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Mega Slowbro in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Mega Slowbro (Shiny) in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Mega Steelix in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Mega Steelix (Shiny) in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Mega Swampert in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Mega Swampert (Shiny) in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Primal Groudon in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Primal Groudon (Shiny) in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Primal Kyogre in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Primal Kyogre (Shiny) in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
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Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 @ 9 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

No more ABCDEFGHIJKL attack! The official Japanese TCG website has also just updated with the images for the promo Diancie-EX and M Diancie-EX cards that will be released in the Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Special Pack – M Diancie-EX package next month. As we just posted a little earlier, the M Diancie-EX will also be released in our Mega Diancie Box this January. Thanks goes to DorianBlack and Franco T. for the translations!

Promos Diancie-EX and M Diancie-EX Revealed

Diancie-EX - Fairy - HP140
Basic Pokemon

[C][C] Moonblast: 20 damage. During your opponent's next turn, any damage done to this Pokemon by attacks is reduced by 20 (after applying Weakness and Resistance).
[Y][Y][C] Light Vortex: 80+ damage. Flip 2 coins. This attack does 40 more damage for each heads.

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

Weakness: Metal (x2)
Resistance: Darkness (-20)
Retreat: 2


M Diancie-EX - Fairy - HP190
Mega Evolution - Evolves from Diancie-EX

When 1 of your Pokemon becomes a Mega Evolution, your turn ends.

[Y][Y][C] Diamond Force: 100 damage. During your opponent's next turn, your Pokemon take no damage from the attacks of your opponent's Pokemon-EX (including this Pokemon). This effect ends if this Pokemon is no longer your Active Pokemon.

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

Weakness: Metal (x2)
Resistance: Darkness (-20)
Retreat: 2

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Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 @ 9 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The official Japanese Pokemon TCG website has updated with CoroCoro's contents in addition to a couple of new cards we haven't seen yet!

Gaia Volcano will feature Honedge and Meditite while Tidal Storm will feature Marill and Crawdaunt! Treecko, Grovyle, Torchic, Combusken, Mudkip, and Marshtomp were also revealed for the first time. While our first translation of Sceptile was based on the teeny-tiny print in CoroCoro, we can now read that Sceptile's Ability also gives you a free [G] Energy attachment: "Once during your turn (before your attack), you may attach a [G] Energy from your hand to 1 of your Pokemon and heal 30 damage from that Pokemon."

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