Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009 @ 1 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

These quizzes required hours and hours of discussion to get right. Many of us wanted to rip our hair out. Never again will I ask someone else to write one of these!

It turns out that the quiz posted on Sunday that was replaced with the current quiz wasn't actually wrong. It asked, "Excluding a Kecleon's involvement, which of the following is impossible in single matches? (Hint: Think of unusual moves.)" The options were a paralyzed Rhydon, a frozen Glalie, a sleeping Darkrai, a burned Infernape, a confused Smeargle, a poisoned Victreebel, and a poisoned Steelix.

Even though that quiz only lasted a day, over 1,000 people voted for a poisoned Steelix. Steelix can be poisoned because it can learn Mimic, copy Porygon's Conversion or Conversion2, change to type other than Metal, and then get poisoned by an attack. In the second generation, TwinNeedle could also poison Metal types. Infernape and all Fire-type Pokemon can never be burned as long as they remain Fire-types. But Infernape cannot learn Mimic, so unless a Kecleon forces Infernape to change its type, Infernape cannot do that itself and cannot be burned. Victreebel and Glalie can also learn Mimic. As for the other Pokemon, Rhydon can get hit by Stun Spore, Darkrai can be affected by Spore, and Smeargle can be confused if it has Technician as its power.

The last quiz asked, "Which of the following is impossible in single battles?" Because Kecleon was not excluded from the question, it means just about any Pokemon can be affected by a Special Condition. Kecleon just uses Skill Swap on them, they receive Color Change, and then they change to a type that can be affected by one.

Of course if you play the Trading Card Game, any Pokemon can be affected by any Special Condition. There are no rules and exceptions to remember either!

  • Not one of the above is impossible. (34.0%, 2,347 Votes)
  • A poisoned Skarmory. (28.0%, 1,936 Votes)
  • A paralyzed Rhyperior. (10.0%, 664 Votes)
  • A poisoned Vileplume. (8.0%, 539 Votes)
  • A sleeping Darkrai. (6.0%, 417 Votes)
  • A frozen Articuno. (6.0%, 394 Votes)
  • A burned Infernape. (5.0%, 376 Votes)
  • A confused Smeargle. (4.0%, 297 Votes)
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Sunday, May 31st, 2009 @ 10 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

I'll let you all know the answer to the quiz once I find it out. :> I'll post this now instead.

Time for a life lesson post! For those of you that have a problem with bloggy posts like this, get over it or I will kick you where it hurts. :D Wait until I go to Japan in July and post everything that happens! Then we'll get real bloggy. DON'T LIKE IT?! TOO BAD! I want to teach people about Pokemon AND life, and since I know that more than five people are reading my posts, I know I can help make a difference in some people's lives!

Want to know how fast your life can change for the worse?

On Friday, my dad went to visit his mom and brother. As they were eating dinner he started to complain he was dizzy and became extremely weak (out of nowhere), so they called the ambulance. About 10 minutes later he passed out at the table. He was completely unresponsive, was not breathing, and had no pulse at all. He was essentially dead. The ambulance arrived a few minutes after he went unconscious and without even doing anything, his heart restarted on its own and he vomited all over the floor. He barfed his way back to life!

Today and Saturday, the doctors performed brain scans, heart scans, chemical tests, and every other test under the sun to find out what was wrong with him, but could not find anything. In fact, they said he was extremely healthy in almost every way possible. They called it a fluke, but said that going unconscious the way he did (they had some medical name for it) always instantly lead to death and that only one other man they know survived it. His heart restarting on its own after a few minutes was essentially a mini-miracle (including the fact that he suffered no brain damage, which happens when your brain is cut off for that long). The doctors acknowledged it as a mini-miracle themselves.

Want to know the worst part of this whole ordeal, and the lesson? When I left home last weekend to go back to my dorm I got into a huge fight with my whole family and did not talk to them at all for the whole week. This was the only time in recent memory I left a fight unresolved. Wouldn't it have been nice if my dad dropped dead that night with our entire family being mad at each other like that? My grandma died a year ago today and we missed saying goodbye to her by just a few minutes. Almost every day it's torture... "if only we had just been a few minutes earlier." This would have been an even worse note to end on.

You should never, ever, ever leave your house without resolving fights because you can never know what will happen. Sometimes my friends are mad at their parents or siblings over the stupidest things. You don't want any regrets no matter how mad you are because you will be tortured every day you live afterward. Resolve any fights you have right now and appreciate the time you have with your family because you never know when it will be taken away from you unexpectedly. I got lucky this time (in fact it sort of sounds like someone upstairs wanted this to be a lesson for my family), but it doesn't always work out this way!

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Thursday, May 28th, 2009 @ 3 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

There is just no news this week. They're giving us a break after that HeartGold and SoulSilver news rush.

A new 12th movie poster has been revealed. Click the thumbnail below for a larger image. Sheena looks like she is going to be a very important movie character considering her position in the poster.

12th Movie Poster
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Monday, May 25th, 2009 @ 1 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

There were several oversights regarding the quiz posted last night so it has been recreated. This was the first time I did not write the quiz question myself; everyone in the chat room contributed to it since I couldn't think of one for this week, and yet we all still managed to let some errors slip through despite working on it as a group for about two to three hours. I guess even entire groups can get things wrong!

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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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