Thursday, February 9th, 2012 @ 11 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master
The EX Factor

With the release of Hail Blizzard and Psycho Drive in Japan (and soon to be officially released in the USA), our game as we know it is about to change a great deal. With these sets, the mechanic of "EX" Pokemon has been brought back, bringing along with it new factors to our meta game. Now, we don't know exactly how these cards will impact our meta game in States, Regionals, and beyond, but they are already making big waves in Japan. We won't know for sure what happens when EXs hit our meta game, but we can look at these cards, as well as their pros and cons to see how they could potentially revolutionize our game.

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Thursday, February 9th, 2012 @ 11 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The Mewtwo Collection Box was officially released yesterday. It comes with a jumbo Mewtwo-EX card, a reverse holo Battle City promo (BW39), three Next Destinies booster packs, a Mewtwo figurine, and a TCGO card. The box costs $15.98 at Wal-Mart. As posted before, a regular-sized Mewtwo-EX is NOT included, which means its price is going to remain ridiculously high for the foreseeable future. Thanks goes to Omahanime for the scans below!

Mewtwo-EX Jumbo Card Battle City (BW39) Promo Card Mewtwo Collection Figurine
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Thursday, February 9th, 2012 @ 11 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The Bolt Badge season will be starting at many Pokemon Leagues soon: you can earn reverse holo Zebstrika and Lightning Energy reprints as well as a Bolt Badge pin, as you can see below. Thanks goes to PK6 for the scans; click them for larger images. To see a list of all the promos you can earn this League year, check out this news story.

Zebstrika Pokemon League Bolt Badge Season Promo Lightning Energy Pokemon League Bolt Badge Season Promo Bolt Badge Season Scorecard Pokemon League Bolt Badge
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Thursday, February 2nd, 2012 @ 9 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The first cards from BW5 Dragon Blade / Dragon Blast have been revealed! The card images below were collected by Viper.Fox from the official TCG site and translations are also below thanks to Dorian Black. The sets and their 30-card decks will be released in Japan on March 16th.

Garchomp (#040/050), Altaria (#036), Emolga, Slaking, and their pre-evolutions will be in Dragon Blade while Hydreigon (#040/050), Ambipom, Durant, and Devolution Spray will be in Dragon Blast. Yes, it looks like Devolution Spray from Base Set is returning, though the text is too small to read to see if it is exactly the same card as before. Cards from the set's two 30-card theme decks were also revealed: Hydreigon, Roserade, Devolution Spray, and Rare Candy will come in the Hydreigon deck while Garchomp, Gabite, and Rare Candy are confirmed in the Garchomp deck. If you buy a booster box of either set from stores, you can get a Ninetailes promo, which will also be in one of the sets but with different artwork.

As usual, the Dragon Pokemon have completely random Energy costs. We're supposed to get a new Energy in this set - if we get a Dragon Energy, who wants to bet it'll be a sort of Rainbow Energy for Dragon-types? How else are these going to be viable?

These cards reference the Dragon-type in their text for the first time. Since "D," "R," "G," are all taken for Energy-types, we have decided to use "N" for these card spoilers.

Garchomp from BW5 Dragon Blast and Dragon Blade Altaria from BW5 Dragon Blast and Dragon Blade Hydreigon from BW5 Dragon Blast and Dragon Blade Hydreigon from BW5 Dragon Blast and Dragon Blade Theme Decks Roserade from BW5 Dragon Blast and Dragon Blade Theme Decks Devolution Spray from BW5 Dragon Blast and Dragon Blade Theme Decks Rare Candy from BW5 Dragon Blast and Dragon Blade Theme Decks Garchomp from BW5 Dragon Blast and Dragon Blade Theme Decks Gabite from BW5 Dragon Blast and Dragon Blade Theme Decks Ninetales from BW5 Dragon Blast and Dragon Blade Theme Decks

Garchomp - Dragon - HP140
Stage 2 - Evolves from Gabite

[F] Sonic Cutter: 60 damage. Choose 1 Special Energy card attached to the Defending Pokemon and discard it.
[W][F] Dragon Blade: 100 damage. Discard 2 cards from the top of your deck.

Weakness: Dragon (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 1


Altaria - Dragon - HP70
Stage 1 - Evolves from Swablu

Ability: Battle Song
As long as this Pokemon is in play, your [N] Pokemon's attacks do 20 more damage.

[W][M][C] Glide: 40 damage.

Weakness: Dragon (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 1


Hydreigon - Dragon - HP150
Stage 2 - Evolves from Zweilous

Ability: Dark Trance
As often as you like during your turn, you may choose one [D] Energy card attached to one of your Pokemon and attach it to another of your Pokemon.

[P][D][D][C] Dragon Blast: Discard 2 [D] Energy cards attached to this Pokemon.

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


Hydreigon - Dragon - HP150
Stage 2 - Evolves from Zweilous

[D][C][C] Devour: 40 damage. Heal from this Pokemon the amount of damage done to the Defending Pokemon.
[P][D][C][C] Destroy Beam: 90 damage. Flip a coin, if heads, discard an Energy attached to the Defending Pokemon.

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


Roserade - Grass - HP90
Stage 1 - Evolve from Roselia

Ability: Le Parfum
You may use this Ability once during your turn, when you play Roserade from your hand to evolve one of your Pokemon. Search your deck for any one card and put it in your hand. Shuffle your deck afterwards.

[G][C] Tighten: 30+ damage. Flip 1 coin. If heads, this attack does 30 damage plus 20 more damage, and the Defending Pokemon is now Paralyzed.

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


Garchomp - Dragon - HP140
Stage 2 - Evolves from Gabite

[C] Jet Head: 40 damage.
[W][F][C] Sand Tomb: 80 damage. The Defending Pokemon can't retreat during your opponent's next turn.

Weakness: Dragon (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 0


Gabite - Dragon - HP80
Stage 1 - Evolves from Gible

Ability: Dragon Call
You may use this Ability once during your turn. Search your deck for a [N] Pokemon, show it to your opponent, and put it in your hand. Shuffle your deck afterwards.

[W][F] Dragon Slice: 20 damage.

Weakness: Dragon (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 1


Ninetales - Fire - HP90
Stage 1 - Evolves from Vulpix

Ability: Bright Look
Once during your turn (before you attack), when you play Ninetales from your hand to evolve one of your Pokemon, you may switch the Defending Pokemon with one of your opponent's Benched Pokemon.

[R] Cursed Flame: 20+ damage. This attack does 50 more damage for each Special Condition on the Defending Pokemon.

Weakness: Water (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 1

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Thursday, February 2nd, 2012 @ 3 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

A month of research has gone into this news story, and with the joint efforts of MeroMero and Jade, both ROM editors who visit our site, we can now post this: a placeholder for Kyurem's forme has been found deep in the game coding of Black and White. The games keeps a "chart" of all Pokemon who have formes, which we have compiled below. Notice anyone who shouldn't be on the list right now?

NoNobisSpriteFormes
201 (Unown)0028
351 (Castform)662274
386 (Deoxys)650304
412 (Burmy)0333
413 (Wormadam)653353
421 (Cherrim)0372
422 (Shellos)0382
423 (Gastrodon)0392
479 (Rotom)657406
487 (Giratina)656452
492 (Shaymin)655462
493 (Arceus)0017
550 (Basculin)665472
555 (Darmanitan)666482
585 (Deerling)0494
586 (Sawsbuck)0524
646 (Kyurem)0551
648 (Meloetta)0552
649 (Genesect)0565

The first column is the National PokeDex number of the Pokemon, which is how the game keeps track of each species (I have put the name of the Pokemon in parenthesis). The second column is the ID number of the alternate forme, used only when something besides the Pokemon's sprite changes (for example, in Deoxys' case, its stats change between its formes, while in Unown's case, only the sprites do). The third column refers to another chart in the coding which contains the sprites of the alternate formes to display. And the final column is the total amount of formes for the Pokemon, including its original design (so Shaymin has its regular forme and its Sky Forme, meaning "2" designs).

In Kyurem's case above, we see a "1" in the data. All Pokemon either have 0 for no additional formes (like Pikachu, Mewtwo, etc.) or a number for its original design plus the amount of its alternate formes (such as a "4" for Deoxys, Deoxys Attack, Deoxys Defense, and Deoxys Speed). So a Pokemon will either have a "0" for nothing or a number above one for something. Kyurem is the only Pokemon to have a "1," which is the placeholder - no other Pokemon has a "1," meaning it was intentionally put into the data. The sprite for Kyurem's alternate forme (in the other table, not listed here) refers to Meloetta's sprite. This just means that Meloetta's sprite is a placeholder. The third column for Kyurem, which would denote what stats to use for the forme, is set to 0. This does not mean its future forme will not have its own stats - it just means that in the coding of Black and White, the stats do not exist.

Going back to Diamond and Pearl's game data, we have also found the same forme chart. It shows that Rotom, Shaymin, and Giratina had placeholders for new formes (a "1"), meaning Gamefreak planned their formes long before the release of Pokemon Platinum. No one knew to look for the chart at the time because no one expected any other Pokemon to have new formes back then. Just as we know how to find "hidden" Pokemon in the game coding like Keldeo, Meloetta, and Genesect, we now also know how to find out if a Pokemon will have a planned future forme.

Kyurem in Pokemon Black and White

The reason for the delay in this news story is that we did not know exactly why Gamefreak would put this information into the game coding. And unfortunately, we still do not know why. After all, it would reveal that there is going to be a future game ("Pokemon Gray?") with Kyurem's forme in it. Perhaps they did it for compatibility purposes. Or perhaps Gamefreak creates a chart for all Pokemon and formes they plan in a generation, then remove the data they will not be including in the first set of games (in this case, the stats and sprite for Kyurem's forme). Once we were able to confirm Shaymin and Giratina also had the same placeholder treatment in Diamond and Pearl, we felt confident enough to post this story.

Kyurem's new forme will probably be revealed within the next few months when we learn more about the Kyurem VS. the Sacred Swordsmen movie, just like Giratina's new forme and the Shaymin movie, if that is indeed when it will be introduced in the anime.

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Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 @ 4 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

A Prerelease is a unique event because players build their decks as part of the event, not before the event. Decks consist of 40 cards instead of 60, and consequently, players start with four prizes instead of six. Players are not only restricted to using cards from one set, but also to using the cards they pull from only six packs (note that basic energy are provided). All of these factors combined make for a very unique and fun experience. Prereleases aren’t premier rated because there tends to be a lot of luck involved in both deck construction and actual playing. However, it still takes a decent amount of skill and understanding of the prerelease format to be able to do well.

Players get two extra packs and various other promotional items after the Prerelease is over regardless of how well they do. Generally, there is no physical benefit to winning a Prerelease. Regardless of what’s at stake, everybody knows it’s more fun to win. Those interested in doing well at Prereleases will want to read this article, as it contains some good tips for doing so.

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Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 @ 4 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Been meaning to post these for a while! Each theme deck, as usual, comes with a special holo version of its feature card and a non-holo version. Thanks goes to Deicario for these lists! The theme decks will be released in stores at the same time the set's booster packs are.

Explosive Edge, Next Destinies Theme DeckExplosive Edge

  • 2x Reshiram
  • 1x Chandelure
  • 2x Lampent
  • 4x Litwick
  • 2x Arcanine
  • 2x Growlithe
  • 2x Darumaka
  • 2x Pansear
  • 1x Beartic
  • 2x Cubchoo
  • 2x Vanillish
  • 2x Vanillite
  • 2x Basculin
  • 1x Persian
  • 2x Meowth
  • 2x Cheren
  • 2x Cilan
  • 2x Heavy Ball
  • 2x Energy Retrieval
  • 2x Energy Search
  • 2x Pokemon Communication
  • 1x Skyarrow Bridge
  • 12x Fire Energy
  • 6x Water Energy

Voltage Vortex, Next Destinies Theme DeckVoltage Vortex

  • 2x Zekrom
  • 2x Raichu
  • 2x Pikachu
  • 1x Luxray
  • 2x Luxio
  • 4x Shinx
  • 2x Emolga
  • 2x Blitzle
  • 1x Weavile
  • 2x Sneasel
  • 1x Scrafty
  • 2x Scraggy
  • 2x Nuzleaf
  • 4x Seedot
  • 2x Energy Search
  • 2x Potion
  • 1x Pokemon Center
  • 2x Pokemon Communication
  • 2x Professor Juniper
  • 2x Cilan
  • 2x Level Ball
  • 12x Lightning Energy
  • 6x Darkness Energy
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Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 @ 4 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Arceus won the "Vote to Befriend a Pokemon" contest last December and its distribution went live today: it comes at Level 100 with Recover, Hyper Beam, Perish Song, and Judgment. To download it, you must go to the Pokemon Global Link website, enter the password "ARCEUSVOTE," and then use Game Sync to download it to your Black or White game. The distribution will last until May 1st.

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Thursday, January 26th, 2012 @ 9 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Update #6 (2:45 PM, Sunday): All scans are now up!

We now have all Next Destinies scans thanks to website readers Torterra Chips, Deicario, GL Mo, CraZmatt, Patrick, ESP, Ginger C., Chuck C., Luis O., Creamyjeremy, Hailey, Mokoko, Artemis, Nigel, Fox, The Yoshi, Jason R., and Shadowshocker. Click the thumbnails below to enlarge the scans, and use your left and right arrow keys to scroll through them like a slideshow. Feel free to discuss this set on our forums or Facebook page.

Pinsir from Next Destinies (#1) Seedot from Next Destinies (#2) Kricketot from Next Destinies (#3) Kricketune from Next Destinies (#4) Shaymin-EX from Next Destinies (#5) Pansage from Next Destinies (#6) Simisage from Next Destinies (#7) Foongus from Next Destinies (#8) Amoonguss from Next Destinies (#9)  Growlithe from Next Destinies (#10)  Growlithe from Next Destinies (#11)  Arcanine from Next Destinies (#12)  Arcanine from Next Destinies (#13)  Moltres from Next Destinies (#14)  Pansear from Next Destinies (#15)  Simisear from Next Destinies (#16)  Darumaka from Next Destinies (#17)  Litwick from Next Destinies (#18)  Lampent from Next Destinies (#19)  Chandelure from Next Destinies (#20)  Reshiram from Next Destinies (#21)  Reshiram-EX from Next Destinies (#22)  Staryu from Next Destinies (#23)  Starmie from Next Destinies (#24)  Lapras from Next Destinies (#25)  Lapras from Next Destinies (#26)  Articuno from Next Destinies (#27)  Panpour from Next Destinies (#28)  Simipour from Next Destinies (#29)  Basculin from Next Destinies (#30)  Vanillite from Next Destinies (#31)  Vanillish from Next Destinies (#32)  Vanilluxe from Next Destinies (#33)  Frillish from Next Destinies (#34)  Jellicent from Next Destinies (#35)  Cubchoo from Next Destinies (#36)  Beartic from Next Destinies (#37)  Kyurem-EX from Next Destinies (#38)  Pikachu from Next Destinies (#39)  Raichu from Next Destinies (#40)  Zapdos from Next Destinies (#41)  Shinx from Next Destinies (#42)  Shinx from Next Destinies (#43)  Luxio from Next Destinies (#44)  Luxio from Next Destinies (#45)  Luxray from Next Destinies (#46)  Blitzle from Next Destinies (#47)  Zebstrika from Next Destinies (#48)  Emolga from Next Destinies (#49)  Zekrom from Next Destinies (#50)  Zekrom-EX from Next Destinies (#51)  Grimer from Next Destinies (#52)  Muk from Next Destinies (#53)  Mewtwo-EX from Next Destinies (#54)  Ralts from Next Destinies (#55)  Kirlia from Next Destinies (#56)  Gardevoir from Next Destinies (#57)  Munna from Next Destinies (#58)  Musharna from Next Destinies (#59)  Darmanitan from Next Destinies (#60)  Elgyem from Next Destinies (#61)  Beeheyem from Next Destinies (#62)  Riolu from Next Destinies (#63)  Lucario from Next Destinies (#64)  Hippopotas from Next Destinies (#65)  Hippowdon from Next Destinies (#66)  Mienfoo from Next Destinies (#67)  Mienshao from Next Destinies (#68)  Sneasel from Next Destinies (#69)  Weavile from Next Destinies (#70)  Nuzleaf from Next Destinies (#71)  Shiftry from Next Destinies (#72)  Scraggy from Next Destinies (#73)  Scrafty from Next Destinies (#74)  Bronzor from Next Destinies (#75)  Bronzong from Next Destinies (#76)  Ferroseed from Next Destinies (#77)  Jigglypuff from Next Destinies (#78)  Wigglytuff from Next Destinies (#79)  Meowth from Next Destinies (#80)  Persian from Next Destinies (#81)  Regigigas-EX from Next Destinies (#82)  Pidove from Next Destinies (#83)  Minccino from Next Destinies (#84)  Cinccino from Next Destinies (#85)  Cilan from Next Destinies (#86)  EXP. Share from Next Destinies (#87)  Heavy Ball from Next Destinies (#88)  Level Ball from Next Destinies (#89)  Pokemon Center from Next Destinies (#90)  Skyarrow Bridge from Next Destinies (#91)  Double Colorless Energy from Next Destinies (#92)  Prism Energy from Next Destinies (#93)  Shaymin-EX from Next Destinies (#94)  Reshiram-EX from Next Destinies (#95)  Kyurem-EX from Next Destinies (#96)  Zekrom-EX from Next Destinies (#97)  Mewtwo-EX from Next Destinies (#98)  Regigigas-EX from Next Destinies (#99) Emboar from Next Destinies (#100) Chandelure from Next Destinies (#101) Zoroark from Next Destinies (#102) Hydreigon from Next Destinies (#103)
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Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 @ 10 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master
Mewtwo

Starting February 12th, English copies of Black and White will be able to download Mewtwo via Wi-Fi! It will come with Electro Ball, a move it cannot normally learn. The Mewtwo will more than likely match the Mewtwo that was given out in Japan last September for Pokemon Smash, which came at Level 70, knew Electro Ball, Shadow Ball, Aura Sphere, and Psystrike, and was holding a King's Rock. The end date for this download event was not announced.

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