Friday, June 30th, 2006 @ 10 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Be sure to look at the previous update.


New Diamond and Pearl Pokemon - An upcoming issue of the Pokemon magazine, Pokemon Wonderland, contains two new (maybe even more) Pokemon on the front cover of its magazine. These Pokemon are too freaky-looking to be Pokemon you would find in the wild, so perhaps they are the Kyogre and Groudon of Diamond and Pearl. They have the same color schemes as the Diamond and Pearl logos, and they appear to have jewels on both of them (maybe a... diamond and pearl?) Pretty interesting! There also appears to be at least one new Pokemon on the top-center of the magazine that is purple, next to what looks like a mini-Plusle, next to what looks like a Minun, which is then next to a Buoysel.

New Diamond and Pearl Pokemon


Ash Catches a... - In the recent episode in Japan, Ash caught an Aipom. Why would he catch a Gold and Silver Pokemon so late in the series, when they are going to move on to the Diamond and Pearl region soon? Methinks Aipom is going to have an evolution in Diamond and Pearl, which would make sense considering it's a basic and could use an upgrade in the games.

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Thursday, June 29th, 2006 @ 10 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Furthest Ends of Offense and Defense Rayquaza exIf today gets any hotter, I will kill someone. Not really. :p But just so that you know, it has been proven that on hot days, there is more violence and murders than on regular days, which is why the summer is the time in which there are more murders than any other time of the year. Just don't get mad at someone on a hot day - the heat will get to you and you will do / say things you don't mean.


Furthest Ends Scans, Translations, Set List - We now have all of the scans for the Furthest Ends of Offense and Defense! For once, I am putting the Japanese scans on an actual page, instead of in a news update where you have to go looking for them all over the place when trying to find them. You can view them by clicking here. Also, Bangiras finished the theme deck spoilers for the set, which you can view towards the bottom of the set spoilers by clicking here.


New Card Reviews - Our Strategists have recently reviewed Flygon from EX Holon Phantoms and Vileplume from the same set. Click here to view the list of articles, and click the reviews you want to read.

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Tuesday, June 27th, 2006 @ 4 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

EDIT #3: The spoilers for the theme decks have been added to the spoiler page. I am now working on the scans and they should be up in a while.


EDIT #3: Make the scans tomorrow, again. I have to finish an essay for summer school and study for a test tomorrow. Too much work in one day! Grr!


EDIT #2: Scans tomorrow. Too busy trying to finish this layout.


EDIT: All translations have been finished by Bangiras. Click the link below to read all of them. Scans will be here in an hour or two.


Furthest Ends Translations and Scans - Bangiras has kindly translated some of the "Furthest Ends of Offense and Defense" set (not the commons and uncommons, yet). You can view the spoilers, as well as the set list, by clicking here. We may have more scans later on today, although since the set has not officially been released yet, it is doubtful. Click the thumbnails of Mew * and Charizard * to see larger scans.

Mew * Charizard *

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Monday, June 26th, 2006 @ 6 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

PichuSkip this if you don't want to read a long story. So last night, I couldn't sleep. I got on to my laptop around 2 AM, and decided that I wanted to backup the forums, site, and my computer. I backed up the site first, then moved on to the forums, and then started to burn everything off of my computer to a DVD disc. Mind you, I had never backed up the forums before, and did not know how, so I spend about 30 minutes reading on how to do it, then took another 20 minutes to back it up. Exactly three minutes after backing up the forum, I refresh the page, and some hacker message pops up from some dudes in Turkey. o_O First I thought it was a joke, then after typing the site into Google, I find out they have been targeting myBB forums all over the net (they discovered a security flaw and exploited it - they even hacked into Firefox's forum!). They had hacked into the Admin Control Panel and basically took control of the forum, made a mess of it, and then redirected the site to their own. At that point, I was extremely tired, so I went to bed, woke up to about forty e-mails from people telling me about it, then I went to summer school. Later on, NeoGreatFox and Arty2 tried to help me restore my forums, but nothing was working - none of the fixes the makers of the forum were telling me to do were working either! Luckily, I had that one backup, uploaded it, and everything worked again! Then I upgraded the forum so that people could never do it again. So yeah, that's my story for today! :p Funny how the ONE time that I backup the forums, and exactly THREE minutes after finishing backing it up, people hack into it and wreck it. If I didn't have that backup, we would had lost everything.


I was going to post this yesterday, but I did not got the chance to do so:


I won't be putting up new episodes anymore because of some scary articles I read about my webhost, Dreamhost, shutting down sites without warning for hosting episodes (and with my luck, when I renew the hosting in two weeks, I'll get shut down right after and not get a refund :p). Instead, I think I will put them on Bittorent - once I learn how to use it. Stay tuned!


EX Crystal GuardiansEX Crystal Guardians Description - I forgot to post this the other day. It is the official set description of EX Crystal Guardians. Click the thumbnail on the right for a larger picture.

* Unleash the power of favorite Pokémon as new Pokémon Delta Species!
* 10 new Pokémon-ex, including 1 Pokémon-ex Delta Species! (which we know is Sceptile)
* Discover mysterious crystals that will change how Pokémon Trainers do battle!
* Expand your strategy by collecting all 100 cards!
* Complete a collection of holographic parallel set!

So all we really learn from the above description is that there will be 10 EXs in the set. And with 10 EXs, as well as Alakazam* and Celebi *, I doubt we will get the Eeveelution *'s that we have been wanting for a while now. That would be seventeen ultra-rare cards (10 EXs, 7 *'s), and that's too much for one set. When will we ever get them? POP4?

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Friday, June 23rd, 2006 @ 7 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

I have internet again! Turns out the problem was a combination of a lot of factors - so many factors that the technician had thought someone sabotaged our DSL. (A) The phone jack that the DSL was plugged into was fried, (B) the last technician that was over screwed up our wiring and fried a connector, (C) Verizon had disabled something with our modem, (D) a splitter that was connected to our line in the attic was defective, and (E) the computer that it was hooked up to had a broken ethernet card. The technician said there was no way it all could had been an accident, so he called Verizon's main office to see who had been over last to fix our internet. Turns out that they had no record of someone coming down to our house a few weeks ago to fix our DSL when there was - no one knows who the guy was that came into our house! Maybe someone who wanted my site to die for a few weeks? :p Anyways, I'm back, and we have the most Furthest Ends info you'll ever see in one update!


Furthest Ends Scans and Translations! - We have translations of The Furthest Ends of Offense and Defense, thanks to Bangiras, as well as fourteen scans from the set! Be sure to discuss this set in this thread!

Latias ex d - Fire - HP100 Basic

Poke-Power: Fellow Boost
Once during your turn you may attach a Basic Energy Card to one of your Latias, Latios, Latias ex, or Latios ex in play. If you do, your turn immediately ends.

[R][R][C] Power Crush: 90 damage If the Defending Pokemon is Knocked Out by this attack, discard 2 Fire energy attached to Latias ex.

Weakness: Psychic
Resistance: none
Retreat: 2



Latios ex d - Water - HP100 Basic

Poke-Body: Fellow Wing
As long as Latios ex is in play, the Retreat cost for each of your Latias, Latios, Latias ex, and Latios ex is 0.

[W][C] Ice Barrier : 30 damage. During your next turn, prevent all effects of attacks, including damage, done to Latios ex by your opponent's Pokemon-ex.
[W][C][C] Hydro Splash: 60 damage.

Weakness: Psychic
Resistance: none
Retreat: 2



Feraligatr d - Lightning - HP120 Stage 2

Poke-Body: Battle Aura
As long as Feraligatr is in play, each of your Pokemon with "d" on its card does an additional 10 damage to the Defending Pokemon.

[C][C] Drag Off: 20 damage. Before doing damage you may switch the Defending Pokemon with 1 of your opponent's Benched Pokemon. If you do, the new Defending Pokemon takes 20 damage.
[L][L][C] Sharp Fangs: 60 damage.

Weakness: Lightning
Resistance: none
Retreat: 2



Milotic d - Fire - HP90

Poke-Power: Share
Once during your turn you may look at your opponent's hand. If he or she has any Supporter cards in his or her hand, choose 1 of them and use its effect. This Power can't be used if Milotic is affected by a Special Condition.

[R][R][C] Flare: 60 damage.

Weakness: Lightning
Resistance: none
Retreat: 2



Hermit - Trainer - Supporter
Choose up to 2 of your Prize Cards and turn them face up. Then, draw 2 cards.



Holon Shrine - Trainer - Stadium
Each player's Pokemon with "d" on its card has no Weakness. Each player's Pokemon with "d" on its card can't use any Poke-Powers.



Cyndaquil d - Psychic - HP40 Basic

[P][C] Swift: 30 damage. Don't apply Weakness, Resistance, or any other effects.

Weakness: Water
Resistance: none
Retreat: 0



Xatu d - Darkness - HP70 Stage 1

Poke-Body: Extra-Phaser: Unknown effect

[D][C] Confuse Ray: 20 damage. Flip a coin, if heads the Defending Pokemon is now Paralyzed.

Attack #2: Unknown EffectWeakness: ?
Resistance: ?
Retreat: ?



Dragonair d - Grass - HP70 Stage 1

[C] Wrap: Flip a coin, if heads the Defending Pokemon is now Paralyzed.
[G][C][C] Horn Attack: 40 damage.

Weakness: ?
Resistance: ?
Retreat: ?



Arbok d - Fire - HP80 Stage 1

[C] Acidic Poison: The Defending Pokemon is now Burned and Poisoned.
[R][R][C] Squeeze: 50 damage. If the Defending Pokemon haas "d" on its card, this attack does an additional 30 damage.

Weakness: Psychic
Resistance: none
Retreat: 1



Rayquaza ex d -Lightning - HP110

Poke-Body: Rage Aura Does Something to Point Shot when you're behind in prizes (?)
[L][C] Point Shot: Does 30 damage to 1 of your opponent's Pokemon. If that Pokemon has any Poke-Powers or Poke-Bodies, this attack does 60 damage.
Attack #2: Unknown

Weakness: ?
Resistance: ?
Retreat: ?



Ninetales - Psychic - 70 HP - Stage 2

Power: Unknown Effect
[C][C] Deceptive Tail - 30 damage and some effect.

Weakness: ?
Resistance: ?
Retreat: ?



Meganium (DS) (F) HP110
Power: ???
Once during your turn, when playing this card and evolve one of your Pokemon in play, choose 3 Pokemon from your deck to your hand (we don't know the restriction yet).

[FC] ??? 40
During your opponent's next turn, attack from the defending pokemon (not sure whether there is any restriction too) is reduced by 30.
[FFC] ??? 60

Weakness: ?
Resistance: ?
Retreat: ?



Tropius - HP70 - Unknown Type

Power: ???
Once during your turn, you may remove a "Seal Counter" from one of your Pokemon in play.

Attack ???

Translated by Vincent (the Meganium and Tropius)

And of course we have fourteen scans. They are not the best quality, but they show you what the art of the Pokemon and trainers will look like!

Rayquaza ex - Lightning
Milotic - Fire
Arbok - Fire
Dragonair - Grass
Xatu - Darkness
Tyranitar ex - Lightning
Ninetales - Psychic
Cynaquil - Psychic
Mantine - Lightning
Feraligatr - Lightning
Hermit - Trainer
Holon Shrine - Trainer
Latios ex - Water
Latias ex - Fire

We will also be getting: Magnemite (Darkness), Magneton, Trapinch (Psychic), Vibrava, Flygon, Porygon (Water), Mew *, Shellder (Colorless), Cloyster, Snorlax (Grass), Chikorita (Fighting), Bayleef, Meganium, Totodile (Lightning), Croconaw, Feraligatr, Mareep (Colorless), Flaafy, and Ampharos. We also MIGHT be getting a water-type Lugia, a Regirock, a Regice, and a Registeel, but it has not been confirmed, so don't take it to heart just yet.

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Thursday, June 22nd, 2006 @ 7 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

No news today, just an update on stuff. Tomorrow, Verizon (my DSL provider) will be sending a guy down to my house to fix our DSL, since the wires are, for some reason, messed up. I should have regular internet again tomorrow, and then I will be able to do things again. Also, the layout is just about done - I just need some people to test it for me. I think I will add it to the site when it is done, and then add the new content throughout the summer. I don't think I am going to finish R/S this week with all the layout stuff I have been doing - it will probably take the rest of the week to add the layout anyways (probably even some of next week). So, if all goes well (which it never does, but maybe it will for once), I can start hard-core, sitting down for six hours at a time, drinking lots of water, watching Miyazaki movies in the background, getting headaches from staring at the LCD for so long, acquiring cramps in my hands, SCAN editing by sometime mid next week (you have to be me to understand this sentence). When I finish editing the EX blocks, I'll go back in time to Base Set.

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Wednesday, June 21st, 2006 @ 12 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Extremely quick update. Lucario and the Mystery of Mew will be released in September in the United States.

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Monday, June 19th, 2006 @ 6 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

New layout is almostttttt done. I just need to work on the right menu and the drop-down menu's content. I'm not sure if I will implement it yet, though. We'll see soon. Also, I will update our Furthest Ends of Offense and Defense page tomorrow with all of the new info we have when I have time.


More Furthest End Info - Bangiras has translated new information regarding the set's contents. First off, there will be attacks in the set that distribute damage differently than past Pokemon attacks. These two attacks represent this idea, and there will be others just like them in the set:

80 damage. Before doing damage, you may choose 1 of your opponent's Benched Pokemon. If you do, this attack does 40 damage to that Pokemon and 40 damage to the Active Pokemon instead.

80 damage. If the Defending Pokemon has less than 80 HP remaining, select 1 of your opponent's Benched Pokemon. That Pokemon takes the remaining damage.

Also, two new spoilers, and a correction on Dragonite ex from yesterday. Remember, all Pokemon in the set are Delta Species.

Lickitung - (P)
[C] Collect: Draw 2 cards.
[P] Delta Mind: Does 10 damage to 1 of your opponent's Pokemon. If the Pokemon is Delta Species, this attack does 20 damage instead.

Feraligatr (ex? - hopefully not)
PokeBody: The attack damage of Delta Species Pokemon in play is increased by 10 (at this point, we are not sure if it is all Pokemon, or just yours).
(?)(?) Drag Off - 20 damage: Typical Drag Off attack text.
(?)(?)(?) Unknown Name - 60 damage.

Dragonite ex
It has two attacks, the first requiring two energy, and the second requiring three. It does not have three attacks.

Old Rod is being reprinted, not Super Rod.

The following Pokemon will also be in the set: Gligar, Pinsir, Milotic, Quagsire, Arbok, and Ninetales. Milotic is a fire-type.

And that's it for today! Remember to keep checking back here, as we are your #1 source for the Furthest Ends of Offense and Defense (in fact, I think we are the only source for it....).

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Sunday, June 18th, 2006 @ 6 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Still no modem...


New Furthest Ends of Offense and Defense Info - Vincent has translated the following information for us, which Toys R Us Kid notified us about. Gardevoir ex and Holon Wonder / Golduck (d) are now officially broken.

Dragonite ex - Grass - 150 HP
Attack #1: Unknown
Attack #2: Two energy for 30 damage.
Attack #3: Unknown
Weakness: None, Resistance: None, Retreat: 2

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Salamence ex - Water - 150 HP

Poke-Power: Type Change
Salamence ex may change its type to R for the rest of the turn.

Unknown attacks, possibly no weakness.

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Gardevoir ex (this is the Seal Power one)

RCC - 80 damage - You may move 1 Fire Energy attached to Gardevior to one of your Bench Pokemon.

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Trainers:

Lonely Ninja: Exchange two of your prize cards with the top two cards of your deck.

Holon Wonder (Stadium): All Delta Species Pokemon in play have no weakness.

Strength Charm is reprinted.

Super Rod (Neo G) is reprinted.

New Strategist Articles - We have three new articles this week, covering Holon's Castform, Mew ex, and Gyarados (d). Check them out!

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Sunday, June 18th, 2006 @ 12 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

It's one in the morning and I have almost finished the new layout! This update is probably one of my more informal ones - I am too tired to sound professional tonight. :p


Pokemon TCG Website - Attention official Pokemon TCG Website updaters! The "Worlds 2006" wallpaper link on your website does not link to any wallpaper at all, but to some red foreign website! Better fix it before people notice! (oooops...) This update was going to be about the new wallpaper on the official TCG site in celebration of Worlds, but the link unfortunately takes you to some website titled "dev taso." The link also contains the words "Michael" and "Jackson" on the page, and mentions a couple of times "18" and "$," so I think it would be wise for someone to fix that link ASAP. Not to mention the background image of vodka. Is this a new way to play the TCG or something? ::


New Layout Progress - Unlike a certain other website that is keeping their new layout a big secret, I am showing you the progress with ours! The picture below is a small, unrevealing preview of what the new layout will basically look like (it looks pretty basic from the screenshot, but it's not). I have purposely "messed up" the header and images in it because I don't want anyone seeing them until the layout is done. Anyways, from the picture below, you can see that the new layout will involve a "drop-down" menu and a right menu, with the left menu gone. With the drop-down menu, you won't have to scroll halfway down the page to get those Fake TCG blanks! You'll just access the menu at the very top and pick whatever you want. The right menu will basically be the same as before, just with the content in a different order and an absence of quizzes. Also, the new layout will allow me to change the themes of the site easier, such as the header and background-image that will now be in the layout, which makes my life easier and gives more variety to the site. Anyways, I probably am not making too much sense since I am so tired, so I am going to go to sleep! I did not spell check / grammar check this, so forgive me for any errors!

*drops dead in bed and has a dream where Manaphy takes him below the ocean*

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