Monday, April 20th, 2009 @ 10 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

As with previous sets, a blister pack containing three booster packs and one of two promos will be released with Rising Rivals. The pack will feature a holographic Carnivine G, as shown in the picture below; the other promo card is not known yet. Click the thumbnail below for a larger image.

Rising Rivals Blister Pack with Carnivine G

Carnivine G LV.43 - 80HP
Basic Pokemon (SP)

[C] Power Whip: Choose 1 of your opponent's Pokemon. This attack does 10 damage for each Energy attached to Carnivine G to that Pokemon. (Don't apply Weakness and Resistance for Benched Pokemon).
[G][C] Grass Knot: 20+ damage. Does 20 damage plus 10 more damage for each [C] Energy in the Defending Pokemon's Retreat Cost (after applying effects to the Retreat Cost).

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

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Sunday, April 19th, 2009 @ 9 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Thanks goes to our Xous for drawing Arceus and its Judgment for the banner! We have a future professional artist on our hands!

Last week's quiz asked, "Which of the following groups of Pokémon do NOT have something famously notable in common with each other?" The answer was "Diglett, Caterpie, Shaymin, and Poliwag," which came in first place by the voters.

  • Diglett, Caterpie, Shaymin, Poliwag (20.0%, 863 Votes) - You are supposed to think these are the world's smallest Pokemon, but Caterpie and Poliwag do not fit into this category. The smallest Pokemon are Diglett, Natu, Azurill, Budew, Burmy, Chingling, and Shaymin, all 8 inches tall.
  • Latios, Lucario, Marowak (17.0%, 754 Votes) - All of these Pokemon have "died." Latios and Lucario died at the end of their respective movies, while Marowak died in Red and Blue in Lavender Town at the hands of Team Rocket.
  • Lugia, Blastoise, Steelix (17.0%, 746 Votes) - These three Pokemon made up the famous "LBS" TCG deck, which could deliver 200 damage a turn.
  • The Pixies, Cresselia, Raikou, Ho-Oh, Entei, Phione, Groudon (14.0%, 626 Votes) - For one, all of these Pokemon are legendary. For two, they are all Pokemon that have not technically appeared in a movie. Entei, Groudon, and Ho-Oh weren't real, and the rest have not appeared in a movie yet.
  • Smeargle, Beldum, Unown, Ditto (14.0%, 609 Votes) - All can only learn one move in the games.
  • Jynx, Porygon, Kadabra (8.0%, 346 Votes) - "Controversial" Pokemon. Jynx was recolored purple because someone complained that it was a Black caricature, the Porygon episode caused seizures in Japan, and Kadabra was banned from becoming a TCG card in the future because Uri Geller saw a Dark Kadabra card and took Nintendo to court over it since Kadabra was based off him. Jynx is now allowed to appear in the show, Porygon has only been in a two-second cameo since its episode aired (and its evolutions have never appeared), and Kadabra is officially "put away" for now and probably will never become a card again.
  • Scyther, Electabuzz, Hitmonchan (6.0%, 262 Votes) - They made up the famous TCG deck, Haymaker, and are secret rares in Platinum.
  • Caterpie, Pidgeotto, Pikachu, R/B Starters (5.0%, 214 Votes) - Pokemon belonging to the Twerp.
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Friday, April 17th, 2009 @ 6 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master
Coooooool!!

Regionals are tomorrow! Even if you have to bring a theme deck, you should still attend! Since all Regionals are on the same day, POP is able to see how many Pokemon players are out there. The more players that show up, the more benefits we get in the future!

Make sure you fill out your deck list before attending the tournament to avoid any trouble. SteveP's program allows you to easily generate your deck list without making any errors.

For more information on Regionals events, click here. If you want to find one near you (there are 15 in the United States), click here. The Southern California one is on the Queen Mary! How cool is that?! Who wouldn't want to play Pokemon on a ship? Maybe an evil organization will board the ship, they'll try to steal all of our Pokemon cards, the ship will sink in the ensuing battle, we'll have to escape from underwater, and we'll end up on some island with robots! (Japan?)

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Wednesday, April 15th, 2009 @ 11 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Filb.de has uploaded a new 12th movie trailer that aired on the Japanese TV program Oha Suta. It depicts brand new footage, though some of it has already been seen. Bangiras has translated the dialogue below. Most likely, the official Pokemon movie website will update with the trailer and new information this coming Friday.

Keep in mind that most of, if not all the footage is made exclusively for the trailer and will likely not appear in the movie. What the footage specifically depicts will probably also not appear in the movie as well. The purpose of teaser trailers is to give you a sense of what will occur. Closer to July though, new trailers will undoubtedly contain real movie scenes.

  • Narrator: Conquer... Meaning "To surpass your limitations." The all-out war between the Pokemon called "gods" continues to escalate. Then, the form of the illusionary Pokemon Arceus appears.
  • Gishin: You've finally awakened?
  • Sheena: I must abate its fury!
  • Damos: Arceus has come to find this jewel.
  • Narrator: The secret behind Arceus' rage... Also, the fate of Ash and his friends...
  • Team Rocket: No way!
  • Gishin: You won't return this to anyone!
  • Damos: If this continues, the whole world--
  • Ash: Stop, Arceus!
  • Arceus: So, the time for judgment is here. Prepare yourselves, humans!
  • Damos & Sheena: Conquer it! The laws of time and space!
  • Narrator: This summer, all of these mysteries will be explained! The final part of the Pocket Monsters movie trilogy! Arceus: Toward a Conquered Time and Space
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Tuesday, April 14th, 2009 @ 11 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Be sure to read the previous news story about the next TCG set, featuring Arceus.

The official Pokemon movie website has updated with the second part of the movie 12 plot summary. Bangiras has translated it below. For the first part, read this news story from March.

Arceus fainted as a result of its collision with the meteorite. This is because the shock of the impact made it lose its 16 wells of life (the Plates from the games). A man named Damos found the missing 16 wells and delivered them to Arceus. Recovered thanks to Damos' help, Arceus made the "Life Jewel" to show its gratitude to Damos by taking the powers of Water, Grass, Ground, Lightning, and Dragon from the life wells in its own body. Thinking the soil of Michiina (which was nothing but a spreading wasteland) was something to be pitied, he lent the jewel to Damos. Damos made the ruined soil of Michiina rich by channeling Arceus' overflowing power from the Life Jewel.

However, since the Life Jewel was only being "lent," a pact was made between Damos and Arceus. "Until the day when the sun is extinguished," Damos would return the Life Jewel to Arceus on the date of the next solar eclipse. Then finally, the agreed-upon day came when the Life Jewel was to be returned to Arceus...

Additionally, a scan of several pages from an "Ultimate Preview Book" manga from CoroCoro has surfaced on 2ch. The manga is an adaptation of the 12th movie, so much of what occurs in it will probably occur in the movie. Bangiras has translated the plot below, which contains previously unknown facts about the movie. The pages in the scan are mixed-up, so plot information may be out of order or missing.

  • Ash and crew arrive in Michiina Town. Dawn says she's tired and Brock suggests they take a break. It's a typical intro.
  • They eventually make it to a lake at the base of a mountain. They all marvel at the mountain and lake. Ash thinks the air smells sweet and says the clean air instantly renewed his energy. Dawn says he's always energetic. He says he's SUPER ENERGETIC!
  • The female movie character, Sheena, is secretly watching them. She mutters to herself about the "thunder demon and its master." Suddenly, the sky distorts, and the fish in the lake begin flopping around while Pokemon outside the lake stampede away.
  • Ash says, "What the?!" and Dawn says, "The Pokemon are running away..." Brock says something and Pikachu screams. Ash says, "What's wrong Pikachu?" and a spatial distortion appears in the sky.
  • There's a skip to after Dialga saves Ash and crew from the wave that envelops them. Ash asks Sheena, "You can control Dialga?!" She girl says "I can communicate with the hearts of Pokemon" and Ash says that's awesome. She goes on to say that Dialga lent her its strength. She introduces herself as Sheena, the guardian of the lake temple. And the other guy's like, "Hi, I'm Kevin." Sheena asks them if they are unharmed as Ash and crew introduce themselves.
  • There's another skip. Giratina shows up ready to blast someone, but Ash stands in front of him. Dawn and Brock scream, "Look out Ash!" but Ash says Giratina's name. He asks, "Giratina, did you really forget me?!!" Giratina has to think, but finally remembers Ash (from the 11th movie) and gives him a ride. Then Ash is all smiles, "Giratina, you finally remembered." Sheena says, "Giratina's rage abated. Now... It will be conquered! The laws of time and space!"
  • Sheena is by a Time-Space model, which resembles a globe. She says, "Oh no, Arceus is appearing" and starts trembling. Ash asks her why she's scared. She says, "Arceus bears a grudge against humanity" and that he intends to judge them. Ash says, "Huh?" and Dawn says "Judge?" Sheena goes on to say that humans betrayed Arceus and (the rest is too blurry to read). Ash is shocked as she says that a Pokemon will destroy humanity. He says, "No way! Something like that could never happen. Kevin then (in a skipped page) tells the story of how Damos stole the Life Jewel from Arceus. Ash can barely believe him, crying, "That's heartless!"
  • Kevin continues, "With the promise broken, the betrayed Arceus destroyed the temple in a rage. Then, to heal its body, it went into a long sleep. Arceus said that when it next awakens it will pass down judgment on all of humanity." Ash says, "So he's that angry," while Dawn comments that "Even though it helped Miichina it was betrayed. Poor Arceus."
  • Kevin presumably gives more detail about Arceus and what happened in the past. Brock says, "The worst one is that Damos guy" and Ash says, "This is all Damos' fault!" Sheena says, "Damos was my ancestor," causing the kids to feel embarrassed. She walks over to a desk and shows them the Life Jewel. Ash and crew are surprised to see it.
  • Ash says, "That's the life jewel?" Sheena says, "I must return this to Arceus and calm his rage" but then the globe thing starts reacting because of Arceus. Sheena says, "Arceus... is coming!" as he tears through a hole in the sky.
  • Arceus attacks Sheena and Ash says, "What do you think you're doing?" Arceus says, "Did you say, 'This is the Life Jewel'?" Arceus says, "This is a fake." Sheena says, "A fake?" Ash says, "What's he talking about?" "I don't know... I honestly thought that was the real thing." Dawn says, "Well, where is the real one?" Arceus says, "I won't be deceived by humans again!" and fires an attack.
  • Ash screams, "Arceus, stop!" "Piplup, Bubble Beam!" "...It didn't hit Arceus." "Pikachu, Thunderbolt!" But it doesn't do anything, so Ash asks, "Did it hit him?" Kevin says, "Arceus is currently lacking 5 wells of life. As a result, it can't defend from Electric attacks." It seems Arceus just brushed off Pikachu's attack and didn't even feel Piplup's. When Arceus is attacked by Pikachu, it has a flashback to being attacked by Damos, and he screams in anger, "You!"
  • In the last panel, Arceus says, "Receive the judgment of justice!" and Sheena is screaming "Stop!"

Someone on the Pokeani forums has also posted plot information from the missing pages of the manga. The information is translated below, thanks again to Bangiras. It provides even more new information about the movie.

  • Thousands of years ago, an enormous meteor was headed toward this country (the movie's location). Arceus sacrificed itself to stop the meteor, which would have killed many Pokemon.
  • Arceus lost the plates which were the source of its life in the impact with the meteor, and it life force began to wane.
  • Damos rescued the dying Arceus by collecting the scattered plates and returning them to Arceus.
  • In gratitude Arceus took the powers of Water, Grass, Ground, Lightning, and Dragon from its own body and combined them to create the Life Jewel, which it loaned to Damos.
  • Damos did not return the jewel on the promised day and betrayed Arceus, using Pokemon to attack it in its weakened state.
  • Enraged that Damos betrayed its trust, Arceus destroyed the temple, and went into a long sleep to heal its injuries, saying "I'll descend to judge humanity."
  • Damos' one reason for betraying Arceus appears to be that he thought if the jewel was returned, Michiina would revert to its original ruined state.
  • Damos' line to Arceus: "I don't have any kind of Life Jewel to return to you!"
  • Arceus is a Pokemon who created everything.
  • Arceus refers to itself as "Watashi," which means a neutral "I" in Japanese.
  • Arceus' 16 wells of life can render an opponent's moves useless, but now while it lacks the Life Jewel it can't defend against Water, Grass, Ground, Electric, and Dragon attacks.
  • Arceus sees Damos in Sheena, since he is her ancestor.
  • When the Life Jewel that Sheena presents is revealed to be fake, Arceus anger towards humans grows even greater and it attacks.
  • Sheena is a protector of the ruins and a descendant of Damos. She has the ability to communicate with Pokemon and the hearts of other people. ("Conquer it! The laws of time and space!")
  • Kevin is also a protector of the ruins, like Sheena.
  • When Ash and co. are about to be sucked up by a sudden distortion in space, Sheena summons Dialga to save them.
  • When space distorts a second time and Pikachu and Dialga are about to be sucked in, she summons Palkia to save them. Then, Sheena resolves the dispute between Dialga and Palkia.
  • Sheena can't use her power to communicate with anyone whose rage is intense, including Giratina when it's initially summoned (Ash calms it though, as mentioned above).
  • Sheena is terrified that Arceus will appear, and tells Ash and co. that Arceus will pass down judgment on all of humanity, then possibly destroy it.
  • Sheena presents the Life Jewel to Arceus and apologizes, but since the Life Jewel is a fake, Arceus grows even more incensed. Sheena didn't know the jewel was fake.
  • Arceus is causing the spatial distortions as it awakens.
  • As for the meeting of Dialga and Palkia, who were "never supposed to meet," the energy swirling around the awakening Arceus created spatial distortions. This caused Dialga and Palkia's two dimensions to touch, and each thought the other was invading its territory (the 10th movie). Thus, Arceus was responsible for Dialga and Palkia's battle in the 10th movie.
  • Dialga and Palkia lend Sheena their power after Sheena communicates with their hearts.
  • Giratina, who was hunting Dialga, persistently attacks Dialga, but when it remembers Ash and their previous encounter in "The Sky Bouquet - Shaymin" its wrath is extinguished. Then, Sheena uses her power to clear up the misunderstanding with Dialga.
  • Dialga and Palkia stand up against the enraged Arceus, wanting to protect humanity.
  • Michiina's old legend: "Back then, the thunder demon and the demon's master changed this town's destiny."
  • Long ago, Michiina was a desolate place, the power of the Life Jewel that Arceus gave them made the earth rich.
  • The "Time-Space Model" is in the basement of the ruins in Michiina's mountains.
  • It is an item that shows the condition of the constantly changing time and space worldwide.
  • It displays "this world's space", "the reverse world", "Dialga's space", "Palkia's space", and "Arceus' space".

So, Arceus talks, it is responsible for the fight between Dialga and Palkia and indirectly Dialga and Giratina, the Life Jewel was replaced with a fake one, and there is a "thunder demon and its master." Who could this thunder demon and its master be? The master is said to be Damos above, since he attacked Arceus with Electric Pokemon. But couldn't it be Gishin and his Pokemon with their "magical devices?" Maybe Gishin tricked or controlled Damos and his Pokemon. But who is the Electric demon? A random Pokemon? Notched-Ear Pichu? Shiny Pichu? Zapdos? A brand new Pokemon? An actual demon? Who knows? This movie seems to have more plot than any previous Pokemon movie. I can't wait to see it when I go to Japan in July! :D

As mentioned months ago, an Electric-type Pokemon would save the day. Now that we know the shiny Pichu that will be available for download to people who pre-order their movie tickets has the moveset of Charge, Volt Tackle, Endeavor, and Endure, could it be possible it will take down Arceus or whoever the real bad guy turns out to be? It uses Endure, which, when attacked by Arceus, will reduce its HP to 1, then Endeavor, which reduces Arceus' HP to 1 as well. Then a Water, Grass, Ground, Lightning, and Dragon attack from another Pokemon like Pikachu, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, etc. would take it down. Sounds like it could work!

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Tuesday, April 14th, 2009 @ 9 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The fourth Japanese Platinum set will be named The Advent of Arceus. The name of the set in Japanese is "Arceus Kourin," with "kourin" meaning "the coming of someone who is worshiped." "Advent" means "an arrival that has been awaited (especially of something momentous)." The set goes on sale in Japan on July 8th.

As with every set, there will be two theme decks. However, instead of having two-30 card theme decks in one package, there will be two separate theme decks with 60 cards each. One of the theme decks will feature Grass and Fire Pokemon while the other will feature Lightning and Psychic Pokemon. One Arceus LV.X will be in each theme deck, each Colorless. Additionally, the Grass / Fire deck will come with a Fire-type Arceus card while the Lightning / Psychic deck will come with a Lightning-type Arceus.

A "Power Up Your Arceus Deck!" campaign will take place with the release of this set. If you buy two booster packs of the set from stores, you will receive an original promo card called "Ultimate Zone" as well as a comic book about the Arceus theme decks. The promo card is specifically made for the two theme decks and is apparently a necessity to have in them. Maybe it allows Arceus to change its type?

The solar eclipse that will take place in the movie is depicted on the booster pack. It looks like Croagunk, Luxio, Cherrim, Buneary, and their evolutionary families will be in the set. You can see images of the booster pack and two theme decks below. Thanks go to Bangiras for translating all of this information!

Advent of Arceus Booster Pack Advent of Arceus Grass and Fire Theme Deck Advent of Arceus Lightning and Psychic Theme Deck
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Monday, April 13th, 2009 @ 7 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

It looks like the Go-Pokemon website goofed up with the Rising Rivals prerelease sleeves image. The real sleeves actually feature Rotom and its different forms. The Garchomp sleeves will be for the next set, where Cynthia owns one.

Rising Rivals Rotom Sleeves
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Saturday, April 11th, 2009 @ 10 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The May issue of CoroCoro magazine has been leaked on the internet. The only important information it reveals are the movesets for Arceus and the Pikachu-Colored Pichu. Click the thumbnails below for larger images.

Arceus is at Level 100, inside a Cherish Ball, and holding a Rowap Berry, which deals damage to an attacking Pokemon when it uses a special attack that hits Arceus. It will know Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina's signature attacks as well as its own: Judgement, Roar of Time, Spacial Rend, and Shadow Force. It will be available for download to people who see the 12th movie.

The shiny Pichu, titled "Pikachu-Colored Pichu," is at Level 30 and comes with the moves Charge, Volt Tackle, and Endeavor (the fourth attack isn't visible). It is holding an Everstone, which prevents it from evolving. It will be downloadable in stores from April 18th to July 17th to people who preorder their movie tickets.

Notice that, once again, Dawn's Ambipom is missing from 12th movie material. Most of Ash and crew's Pokemon are on the artwork in the first scan, but not Ambipom. Coincidence? The upcoming Ping-Pong episode where "Ambipom's fate will be determined" will probably shed some light on what's going to happen to it.

May CoroCoro with Arceus and Pichu May CoroCoro with Arceus and Pichu May CoroCoro with Arceus and Pichu May CoroCoro with Arceus and Pichu
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Friday, April 10th, 2009 @ 2 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Tropius will be the Rising Rivals prerelease promo and Garchomp will be featured on the prerelease sleeves. Prerelease events will take place on May 9th, 10th, 16th, and 17th, whereas the set will officially hit store shelves on May 20th. Rising Rivals will consist of cards from Bonds to the End of Time. Oddly though, no Garchomp is in the original Japanese set.

Rising Rivals Prerelease Promo Tropius Rising Rivals Prerelease Garchomp Sleeve
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Thursday, April 9th, 2009 @ 10 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master
Rotom Secret Key

The official Pokemon Platinum website has announced today that the Secret Key download will take place over Wi-Fi from April 20th to May 12th. If you do not have access to a Wi-Fi connection, you can instead go to a participating Toys R Us retailer in the United States, Canada, or Puerto Rico from April 19th to the 26th to download it over local wireless.

The Secret Key grants you access to a special room in Eterna City's Galactic Headquarters. There you can expose Rotom to several household appliances, inducing its Mow, Heat, Wash, Frost, or Fan Forme.

Rotom's Five Formes: Mow, Heat, Wash, Frost, Fan

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