Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009 @ 12 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Sorry for not posting any updates as of late. Within the next month or so we're going to finally be posting our new Card-Dex (that I've been promising will return for... fourish years). We have been working hard on revamping the entire site since last September, and it's been a huge but exciting secret among all the people helping out. I'm excited to finally announce it now since we found a committed programmer who has been doing an excellent job over the past several months, and especially this past month, putting all of our work together. We will have a large card search engine, set information pages, even higher-quality scans than now, theme deck pages, Pokemon species pages, a Modified Card-Dex, Japanese information and translations, and much more stuff. So while we're finishing putting all the information together, please be patient as updates may become a little scarce this upcoming month unless news is extremely important.

In the meantime, I leave for Japan in a week for an entire month! We will have a movie summary the day Arceus: Space-Time Conquered comes out, so you can look forward to that as well! I'll also post about any other Pokemon experiences that occur while I'm there since I know many people are curious about Pokemon life in Japan.

Good luck to everyone going to Nationals this week! By Worlds we should have all of the aforementioned sections up, which will help you all out with your deck building and collecting!

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Thursday, June 18th, 2009 @ 5 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Update (6/23): Bangiras has finished most of the Scramble section below, so if you haven't looked at it in a few days, check it out now!

Bangiras has been playing Melee! Pokemon Scramble all day and has compiled all the information she has learned on to a page. The page talks about how the game works, the different dungeons, battle royales, what Pokemon you can encounter, etc. It will constantly be updated throughout the day as she continues to play the game, so you might want to refresh it every few hours if you are interested! Additional pictures will be added later as well.

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Thursday, June 18th, 2009 @ 2 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Filb.de has uploaded a video clip from Oha Suta, a Japanese TV show, which shows footage of the Notched-Ear Pichu event in Ilex Forest and the Arceus event involving Cynthia. Thanks go to Yaminokame and Bangiras for the translations!

For the Pichu event, Notched-Ear Pichu will join your team in Ilex Forest once you have traded over the movie "Pikachu-Colored Pichu." It is female and will know the attacks Helping Hand, Volt Tackle, Swagger, and Pain Split. The video shows a battle between Igglybuff, Marril, and both Pichu in a Union Room match to showcase what the Pokemon look like. The clip reveals updated Gold and Silver battle music and that the HP bars are white once again.

The Arceus event clip shows Gold walking with his Arceus into "Shinto Ruins," a hidden location. The exact whereabouts of the ruins within HeartGold and SoulSilver are unknown, but because snow is falling it could be on or near Mt. Silver or even back at Mt. Coronet. When you trade over the movie Arceus to the games and bring it to the Ruins of Alph, the location will unlock itself. Cynthia will already be at the ruins waiting for you, perhaps because she is still studying the legends of Sinnoh. Your Arceus will tell you that you can pick one of three Pokemon for it to create, being Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina. Once you pick the Pokemon you want, the Unown will swirl around you, an egg will hatch, and the Pokemon you picked will apparently appear in your party at Level 1.

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Tuesday, June 16th, 2009 @ 11 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Redshark's Mac installer has been updated to add and fix text that was missing on a few cards. You can download the updated installer by right clicking and saving this link.

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Tuesday, June 16th, 2009 @ 6 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Ugh! I don't know when it was the last time I wished there wasn't so much news coming in!

WiiWare Mystery Dungeon Games

A new magazine scan is floating around on Japanese image boards, stating that three new Mystery Dungeon games will be coming out soon for WiiWare. The titles of the three games are, Press On! Flame Adventure Squad!, Let's Go! Storm Adventure Squad, and Go For It! Light Adventure Squad. You can click the thumbnail to the right for a larger magazine scan. The official Pokemon website will also update with the new game titles soon, revealing their preliminary information. Thanks go to Yaminokame for translating!

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Monday, June 15th, 2009 @ 4 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The official Japanese Pokemon website has revealed better-quality images of HeartGold and SoulSilver's Johto map and box art in addition to a new image of Ecruteak City. No new information was revealed on the website, though we can now see that there is a new, fairly large chunk of land to the west of Cianwood City (Johto's Battle Frontier?), a new building west of Goldenrod City next to the Radio Tower, and a small new area west of National Park. All of the new locations are outlined in the second map image below. Thanks go to Jason for assisting me with this news story. Click the thumbnails below for much larger images.

HeartGold and SoulSilver - Johto Map HeartGold and SoulSilver - Johto Map, Outlining New Areas HeartGold and SoulSilver - Ecruteak City HeartGold and SoulSilver - Box Art

Yaminokame, our new Japanese translator, has also provided us with some new information after thoroughly looking over the older CoroCoro scans and the new website above.

For one, there are currently four known PokeWalker courses, each of which will have different Pokemon that you can encounter and then transfer to HeartGold and SoulSilver. They are called "Refreshing Field," "Noisy Forest," "Rugged Path," and "Edge of the Night Sky," the latter being the one that the McDonalds Jirachi unlocks once traded over to the two games (note: The Jirachi will also be downloadable via Wi-Fi to people who own the Japanese games). The default courses are the first two, and to unlock the Rugged Path field you need to take an unconfirmed 1,000 steps. Presumably, the more steps you take with the PokeWalker, the more fields you will unlock, and the more wild Pokemon you can encounter. To encounter a wild Pokemon, you use the PokeWalker's built-in PokeRadar, which will detect wild Pokemon and then allow your Pokemon to battle it. You can also use the PokeWalker's Item Finder to find hidden items, just like in the main games. To use both items requires a certain amount of watts, or steps taken.

As a side note, both Lugia and Ho-Oh are confirmed to be capturable in both games, just like in the original Gold and Silver.

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Monday, June 15th, 2009 @ 3 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Edit (Tuesday morning): Fixed the Fighting Arceus' attack translation and clarified Ultimate Zone's.

Four new The Advent of Arceus cards have been revealed - Grass, Psychic, and Fighting Arceus in addition to another Colorless Arceus LV.X. The "Ultimate Zone" Stadium promo has also been revealed, which is also below. The first two Arceus cards are from the set's theme decks whereas the following two are from the main set itself. The Advent of Arceus will be released on July 8th in Japan. A huge thanks goes to Dogasu for translating the cards! Two new commercials for the set have also been posted on the official Japanese TCG website, which you can watch by clicking here.

The Advent of Arceus - Arceus (Grass)

Arceus LV.100 - Grass - HP90
Basic Pokemon

Arceus Rule: Your deck may contain as many copies of this card as you'd like.

[G][C] Leaf Refresh: 30 damage. Remove up to 3 damage counters from each of your Benched Pokemon.

Weakness: Fire x2
Resistance: Water -20
Retreat: 2


The Advent of Arceus - Arceus (Psychic)

Arceus LV.100 - Psychic - HP80
Basic Pokemon

Arceus Rule: Your deck may contain as many copies of this card as you'd like.

[P][C][C] Psycho Trip: 40 damage. The Defending Pokemon is now Confused.

Weakness: Psychic x2
Resistance: none
Retreat: 1


The Advent of Arceus - Arceus (Fighting)

Arceus LV.100 - Fighting - HP80
Basic Pokemon

Arceus Rule: Your deck may contain as many copies of this card as you'd like.

[F][C][C] Ground Break: 60 damage. Does 10 damage to each of your Benched Pokemon.

Weakness: Water x2
Resistance: Lightning -20
Retreat: 2


The Advent of Arceus - Arceus LV.X

Arceus LV.100 - Colorless - HP120
Level-Up Pokemon

Arceus Rule: Your deck may contain as many copies of this card as you'd like.

Poke-Body: Multi-Type
This Pokemon's Type is the same as the Type of its previous level.

Poke-Body: Creation
Arceus LV.X can use the attacks of any other Arceus card in play as long as it has the necessary Energy to use that attack.

Weakness: none
Resistance: none
Retreat: 1


Ultimate Zone Promo

Ultimate Zone
Stadium

Each player may attach one Energy card from any of their Benched Pokemon to any Arceus card they have in play as many times as they like during their turn.

[Standard Stadium Text]

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Friday, June 12th, 2009 @ 7 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Sorry for the late update; I wasn't up at 2-3 in the morning like usual since school ended for me yesterday.

Clearer CoroCoro scans have surfaced on Japanese image board 2ch, revealing some new HeartGold and SoulSilver information while clarifying some rumors and previously known facts. Click the scans below for larger images, which will open in new windows. Thanks go to Heerosferret for some of the translations.

CoroCoro HeartGold SoulSilver Scans CoroCoro HeartGold SoulSilver Scans CoroCoro HeartGold SoulSilver Scans CoroCoro HeartGold SoulSilver Scans

The first scan above, which shows a map of Johto in the background, undoubtedly confirms that Kanto will be in the games. Route 27, which connects the Kanto and Johto regions together, is seen on the bottom right of the map heading off to the east where Kanto lies. Additionally, the map shows a new area west of National Park that was not in the original games.

Not just the Starter Pokemon will be able to follow you around, "Any Pokemon in your party, from your starter, to legendaries, to anyone" will be able to. Wobbuffet, Steelix, Larvitar (?), and another Pokemon (perhaps Sentret) are seen walking behind the player in a few of the first page's game screenshots. (I wonder how a Wailord will drag its carcass around?) Just as in Pokemon Yellow, you are able to turn around and hit A on the Pokemon, finding out how it feels, though there also appears to be a dialogue now between the Pokemon and the player.

The PokeDex has been redesigned to be much more compact, almost looking like a clamshell cell phone. It is now available in two models - a red one for male players and a pink one for female players.

The second scan clarifies information on the Jirachi distribution. It will be available at Level 5 and will know the moves Wish, Confusion, Rest, and Draco Meteor, the latter of which it cannot normally learn. It will also be holding a Leichi Berry. As previously known, it will be downloadable to Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum at McDonalds and other locations from June 19th to July 17th and will unlock something special when traded to HeartGold and SoulSilver. The scan confirms the rumor that it is a hidden area called "Edge of the Night Sky."

If a player preorders both games beginning July 4th, they will receive an Arceus, Ho-Oh, and Lugia figure. If they only preorder HeartGold, however, they will receive only a Ho-Oh figure, while SoulSilver will grant them only a Lugia figure.

The pages also show off the redesigned interfaces of the PokeDex, Bag, Pokemon summary screens, and PC boxes, which will now utilize the touch screen more heavily than before for easier navigation.

The third page talks about the Pichu event in Ilex Forest, which we already knew about. Trading over the Pikachu-Colored Pichu from the preorder movie download will activate an event in Ilex Forest involving Notched-Ear Pichu. The page also shows the interaction between Cynthia and Arceus, though nothing else is revealed beyond what we already know from Wednesday.

The last scan shows the PokeWalker. One of the screenshots involves an encounter with a wild Kangaskhan. Presumably, you will be able to transfer wild Pokemon you encounter on the PokeWalker to the two games, though if there is anything more to this method we do not know at this point. The scan also shows in-game cut shots of Ho-Oh above the Tin Tower and Lugia behind a wall of water. Perhaps when you encounter them you will see these shots.

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Thursday, June 11th, 2009 @ 4 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

A new CoroCoro magazine scan has revealed the box art for HeartGold and SoulSilver. HeartGold obviously features Ho-Oh, who is posed in front of the Tin Tower, while SoulSilver features Lugia, the Whirl Islands seen vaguely in the background behind it. Both boxes are quite larger than a typical Pokemon game because of the inclusion of the PokeWalker. Click the thumbnail below for a much larger scan. The specific release date for the games is still unknown at this point.

HeartGold and SoulSilver Box Art, as scene in CoroCoro
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Thursday, June 11th, 2009 @ 4 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master
Jirachi and Scramble Promotion at McDonalds

A McDonalds promotion will take place in Japan from June 19th to July 17th in which customers can download a special Jirachi through Mystery Gift. As we already found out in the previous news story, the Jirachi will unlock something special in HeartGold and SoulSilver, rumored to be a hidden area called "Edge of the Night Sky."

Additionally, McDonalds will allow players to download some of the Pokemon toys from Melee! Pokemon Scramble to their DS, including Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Turtwig, Piplup, Chimchar, Garchomp, Pikachu, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Mewtwo, Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres (all 1st and 4th generation Pokemon!). When they have collected all of the Pokemon, they can earn McDonalds coupons. Basically, the promotion is just a gimmicky advertisement for the game.

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