Sunday, May 24th, 2009 @ 11 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Last week's quiz question asked, "Which of the following statements just ain't true?" The only false option was "There have only been 3 cards printed in the TCG with 200 or more HP," since there have actually been four such cards. Every other option was completely true. "Thunder in the rain can break through Protect" is actually true, but was overwhelmingly picked as the correct (and thus false) option. Doesn't anyone play with Rain Dance teams? Don't forget to try out this week's quiz!

  • Thunder in the rain can break through Protect. (28.0%, 1,453 Votes) - When raining, Thunder actually has a 30% chance to break through Protect. So does Blizzard when it is hailing. This was a random mechanic the programmers included.
  • Breeding with a foreign Pokemon gives the babies a higher chance of being shiny. (21.0%, 1,071 Votes) - This is dubbed the "Masuda Method" by the fandom, since Junichi Masuda, the director of the games, was the first to reveal it. If you breed your Pokemon with a Pokemon from a foreign language game, the babies have a 25% higher chance of being shiny than if the parents were normal (this doesn't mean 1/4 of the Pokemon will be shiny, it means 1/2048 of the babies can be shiny instead of the normal 1/8192).
  • Spoink can die from heart attacks. (13.0%, 678 Votes) - Spoink's Ruby PokeDex entry says that if it stops bouncing, its heart will stop.
  • There have only been three cards printed in the TCG with 200 or more HP. (10.0%, 512 Votes) - This was the correct answer, being that it is an incorrect fact; there are four cards with 200+ HP. Wailord EX from EX Sandstorm has 200 HP, Wailord from Great Encounters has 200 HP, the jumbo promo card Shadow Lugia has 300 HP, and a Japanese promo card, Dancing Imakuni?, has 2000 HP.
  • You can have as many Arceus cards in your deck as you want. (8.0%, 416 Votes) - The next Japanese set, The Advent of Arceus, will have an "Arceus Rule" on all Arceus cards that says you can play as many Arceus cards in your deck as you want.
  • Suicune is the only G/S legendary to appear in the D/P anime so far. (5.0%, 269 Votes) - Suicune was in a Sinnoh episode with Drifloon and Drifblim, titled "Drifloon on the Wind."
  • The Thunderstone is useless beyond Generation I's Pokemon. (5.0%, 263 Votes) - Only Pikachu and Eevee can evolve with the Thunderstone. No other Pokemon can.
  • Swinub, Gloom, Torkoal, Uxie, Abra, Skitty, and Nosepass have something notable in common. (4.0%, 224 Votes) - All of them have closed eyes (-_-).
  • Shedinja's Wonder Guard cannot be Skill Swapped. (3.0%, 155 Votes) - This is for obvious reasons. If you Skill Swapped it on to a Pokemon like Spiritomb or Sableye, they would be immune to all attacks, since they have no weaknesses and Wonder Guard only allows super effective attacks to hit the Pokemon that has the ability. Like Shedinja, they would still be able to take damage from moves like Toxic or Sandstorm though.
  • Eevee, Girafarig, and Ho-Oh's names have something notable in common. (2.0%, 109 Votes) - All of these Pokemon's names are palindromes. If you spell them backwards, it still spells the name.
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Thursday, May 21st, 2009 @ 10 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Because of an issue regarding Windows Vista, Vista users who installed the latest version of Redshark today may not be able to view or save their decks. To fix this, follow the steps below. ONLY Vista users need to do this. New installers will hopefully be released within the next week or so to fix other minor bugs that have been reported since the release of the current version (such as Luxray GL LV.X's text missing), but the installers may not resolve this Vista issue. A separate Vista installer may be created to solve this problem, but it is still under investigation.

  1. Uninstall Redshark.
  2. Reinstall Redshark. BUT, when it asks you where you want to install it to, it is imperative that you input "c:\redshark." This will install it to a different folder than normal.

Follow the steps below if you want to recover your old deck files and use them in the current version of Redshark. You will only need to do this once, as the two steps above will allow Redshark to save your deck files safely in the future.

  1. Go to "C:/users/(username)/AppData/Local/VirtualStore/Program Files/redshark," replacing "(username)" with your Windows username. If this is too complicated for you, you can also go to "My Computer," click the C: Drive, your username, and then go to AppData -> Local -> VirtualStore -> Program Files -> Redshark.
  2. Some of the folders are hidden, so you will need to have your computer show them to you. To do this, click on the "Organize" drop down at the top of the folder, select "Folder and Search Options," click on the "View" tab, and click "Show all files" under "Hidden files and folders." Hit OK. You should now see faded files and folders (you may want to undo this after you are done with the below steps - select "do not show hidden files and folders" to reverse this action).
  3. Open the folder with your username and find the "AppData" folder.
  4. Go to: Local -> VirtualStore -> Program Files -> redshark. You will see your old decks there. Copy them to your "c:\redshark" installation folder. Now you're ready to play Redshark with your old decks!
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Thursday, May 21st, 2009 @ 2 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

As reported back in April, a Pokemon TCG Strategy Guide would be released on May 20th featuring card images and strategies for every card in Platinum and Rising Rivals. The book is now available at stores like Target and comes inside a package with a holographic Toxicroak G promo card (DP41). Click the thumbnails below for larger images of the front and back packaging. Thanks go to Skitty for providing the scans and information!

The book's content consists of the following: A Platinum and Rising Rivals checklist, a guide on the anatomy of a Pokemon card (describing its different aspects), images and strategies for each card in each set (the majority of the book's content), guides on how to improve the two sets' theme decks, ads for the sets, a rules section that is a condensed version of the rulebook (it begins with telling you to shake your opponent's hand, showing a picture of how to do it), and a sub-par Team Galactic deck list.

Pokemon TCG Player's Strategy Guide - Front, Inside of Package Pokemon TCG Player's Strategy Guide - Back, Inside of Package

The player's book is obviously intended for brand new players. Most of the strategies are extremely general and do not provide much useful information. They mainly state what is already on the card or what is obvious. Luxray GL LV.X's strategy is below as an example. This is as good as they get.

It's always a charge when you get to make decisions about your opponent's Pokemon. Pick your moment, play your Luxray GL LV.X and its Bright Look Poke-Power, and you get to bounce the Defending Pokemon off to the Bench and replace it with your choice of the opponent's Benched Pokemon. This can be a great play because even though its Flash Impact attack is more low impact, Luxray GL LV.X has no Retreat Cost, so make your play, make your pick, and bring a heavy hitter off your Bench to bat cleanup!

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Wednesday, May 20th, 2009 @ 11 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Redshark, which allows you to practice the Pokemon TCG on your computer and against others over the internet, has now been updated with Rising Rivals and recent promos. Some minor bugs have also been fixed.

If you are using Windows, you can download the latest installer by clicking here; if you are using Macintosh, download this link instead. Be sure to uninstall any previous versions before attempting to launch the installation program!

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Sunday, May 17th, 2009 @ 10 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Last week's question asked, "Which of the following Pokemon was not revealed before its generation was released?" The correct answer was Skarmory, which came in 1st place - it was not revealed before its generation was released. All of the other Pokemon were "new Pokemon" shown before their respective generations. For example, Duskull was in the second generation Camp Pikachu mini-movie, Bellossom was one of the first Gold and Silver Pokemon shown in CoroCoro and across the internet before the two games were released, Starly and Electivire were shown in previews before Diamond and Pearl came out, etc.

  • Skarmory (16.0%, 929 Votes)
  • Suicune (13.0%, 798 Votes)
  • Kricketot (11.0%, 645 Votes)
  • Starly (11.0%, 639 Votes)
  • Electivire (9.0%, 550 Votes)
  • Volbeat (8.0%, 467 Votes)
  • Blaziken (7.0%, 413 Votes)
  • Wailmer (6.0%, 342 Votes)
  • Duskull (6.0%, 336 Votes)
  • Kecleon (5.0%, 321 Votes)
  • Bellossom (4.0%, 263 Votes)
  • Elekid (4.0%, 225 Votes)
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Friday, May 15th, 2009 @ 2 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Major, major 12th movie spoilers have been exposed in CoroCoro's manga adaptation of the 12th movie. The May issue of the magazine featured part one of the movie's story while the June issue, described below, features part two. Dogasu of Dogasu's Backpack was able to translate all of the key information, and boy is there a lot of interesting details! Some of them don't seem typical of a Pokemon movie.

  • Giratina steps in and saves everyone from the attack Arceus had launched at the end of the first chapter.
  • Dialga sends everyone except Kevin back in time to protect them from Arceus. Sucks to be him, I guess.
  • Ash witness Damos' betrayal of Arceus. Gishin also appears and pulls a lever that causes the ceiling to come crashing down on Arceus.
  • For some reason, Damos has the Jewel of Life on a scepter. Arceus knocks it from his hand and it goes falling into the lake. Back in the present, Team Rocket, of all people, stumble across the scepter.
  • After a prayer from Sheena, Dialga takes everyone back even further in time. There, they're captured by Gishin, who has both a Bronzong and a Heatran. Nobody is shocked that he has a Heatran or anything.
  • Sheena is invited to dinner with Gishin while Ash and his friends are locked in the dungeon with Damos.
  • Damos doesn't seem to be as crazy as he was when he double-crossed Arceus, and Brock guesses that Gishin's Bronzong used Hypnosis to control him.
  • Damos has no idea what "Pokemon" are, and instead refers to the creatures as "Monsters" (kaijuu).
  • Ash's Monferno appears. So does Dawn's Pachirisu.
  • We get a flashback to when Damos helped save Arceus' life.
  • The Notched-Ear Pichu appears and, after Damos talks to it, finds the key to their jail cell and lets them free.
  • The chapter ends with Gishin attacking Arceus, only this time Sheena is in Damos' place.

So Gishin owns Heatran, Sheena takes Damos' place in the past thus altering the timeline, and there is a lot of time traveling and flashbacks. Can this movie get any better? It seriously sounds like they are actually going to do a good job with this one.

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Friday, May 15th, 2009 @ 1 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Porygon-Z G (bling bling chingling!) and one random holo energy will be given out to players who attend Japan's Gym Challenge tournaments in June. The card is a sort of prerelease promo for the next Japanese set, The Advent of Arceus. Click the thumbnails below for larger images. Part of the Porygon-Z is obstructed by text purposefully by the official Pokemon Card website because they do not want players to know what it does yet. It will probably be released in America next year in our equivalent of the Arceus set.

Japan Gym Challenge Porygon-Z G Promo Japan Gym Challenge Holo Energies

Porygon-Z G - Colorless - HP80
Basic Pokemon (SP)

[Hidden Text]
[CCC] Jump On: 20+ damage. Flip a coin. If heads, this attack does 20 damage plus 40 more damage.

Weakness: Fighting x2
Resistance: None
Retreat: 1

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Friday, May 15th, 2009 @ 1 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

As usual, thanks goes to the amazing Xous for drawing the Entei, Suicune, Raikou, and Ho-Oh in the banner! If you can't see Ho-Oh it's because you have a lower screen resolution.

The official Pokemon movie website has posted the third part of the Arceus: Toward a Conquered Time and Space summary. Bangiras has translated it below. If you haven't read the previous summaries, you can check them out here: Time-Traveling to the Past Tid-Bit, Part 2 Summary, Part 1 Summary.

Remember, Heerosferret and I will be seeing this movie on its opening day in Japan and will post a summary right after the first showing! This definitely sounds like it's going to be an exciting movie!

Arceus came to take the Life Jewel. However, Damos used his Pokemon to attack Arceus. Damos did not return the Life Jewel, but in fact betrayed Arceus. After that, much later, Arceus awoke from its sleep. "The time for judgment is here!" Arceus shot orbs of Judgment across the town.

Fierce explosions and and smoke engulfed the town of Michiina. "I'm returning this to you," Damos' descendant Sheena said while holding out the Life Jewel before Arceus. However, Arceus shouted "This is fake!" and stomped on it, crushing it.

"I shall not be deceived by you humans again!" said Arceus, firing shock waves at Sheena. However, in the next instant, space split open and Dialga and Palkia appeared, blocking the shock waves. Sheena and Ash were knocked over by the blast...

What will be the outcome of this battle between "God" Pokemon? It's the first Pokemon movie time skip adventure! Come see the surprise finale of the trilogy!

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Wednesday, May 13th, 2009 @ 1 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

New magazine scans for HeartGold and SoulSilver have surfaced. The pages might be an insert from Famitsu magazine, since they call themselves "Famichudan," but we are not sure about this yet. Credit goes to True Gaming for the scans and to Bangiras for translating the information below. Click the thumbnails for larger images, which will open in new windows.

In regards to the shiny Pichu that you can download for preordering a 12th movie ticket, "Pikachu-Colored Pichu," it is now confirmed that it will activate an event when transferred from Platinum to the games. The magazine says, "It looks like having Pikachu-Colored Pichu in your party triggers an event with Notched-Ear Pichu." So the Pichu will definitely be a special one like the movie Regigigas last year, which unlocked the caverns of the other Regis in Platinum. This information also confirms that the Notched-Ear Pichu will be in the games and is not just a movie-exclusive character. Considering that the event takes place in Ilex Forest, and this is just speculation, one of the Pichu might have something to do with the GS Ball.

The Arceus section in the scans is just showing its different PokeDex entries in Diamond and Pearl. It also says that in Platinum, you can hear the legend of Arceus from a hiker in the Oreburgh Mine and then later in the Canalave Library when you have the Arceus from the movie event in your party. The legend just summarizes what we already know about the legendaries of Sinnoh in that Arceus is the creator and Dialga, Palkia, and the lake trio were born from it.

Other scenes from the magazine show Team Rocket confronting Gold, the 3D scene where you pick your starter, the Slowpoke Well, and the outside of Kurt's house, most of which were in the CoroCoro scans.

Famitsu? Magazine Scans of HeartGold and SoulSilver Famitsu? Magazine Scans of HeartGold and SoulSilve
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Wednesday, May 13th, 2009 @ 4 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Be sure to check out the previous news story.

Clearer scans of certain parts of the CoroCoro pages posted yesterday have been released on Japanese image boards. Click the thumbnails below for larger images. The only new information revealed pertains to the first scan (the other four scans are included for completeness and contain nothing new).

The first close-up scan shows Gold in front of Elm's Lab, but also shows the bottom screen of the DS. The bottom screen now displays the in-game menu: "Pokemon," "Bag," "[Your Name]," "Save," and "Options." Instead of having to hit the X-button to pull up the menu, you will now be able to interact with it using your stylus. The page also mentions that when you choose the male or female character, the one you do not choose will support you throughout the game. This is similar to Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum where you encounter your rival and Dawn or Lucas throughout the game. The storyline will probably be changed to accommodate this.

The second close-up shows a clearer picture of Sprout Tower's cut-scene. As mentioned yesterday, when entering a new area like in FireRed and LeafGreen, a graphic of that area will display. This feature will also be in HeartGold and SoulSilver.

CoroCoro June Issue HeartGold and SoulSilver CoroCoro June Issue HeartGold and SoulSilver CoroCoro June Issue HeartGold and SoulSilver CoroCoro June Issue HeartGold and SoulSilver CoroCoro June Issue HeartGold and SoulSilver
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