EDIT: I have been busy with school, and will not be able to update until later tonight (on Friday). By then, I will have some Loo-car-e-o stuff up. Random news: In Diamond and Pearl, the female Pikachu sprite has a sort of "cut / split" at the tip of its tail, while the male will obviously look like previous Pikachu. Check back later tonight for an update!
Mi mama kindly went out to Best Buy today and bought me Lucario and the Mystery of Mew, which was bundled with the new Mastermind of Mirage Pokemon special. Tomorrow, if I do not have a lot of homework, I may post some "stuff" from the movie. ;)
EX Dragon Frontiers Set Specs - We have new information on EX Dragon Frontiers! First off, there will be 67 Delta Species Pokemon and four regular Pokemon in the set. There will also be ten EX cards and two Pokemon-stars (Charizard, Mew). As for Trainer cards, there will be twelve of them, along with six special energy cards (Dark, Metal, Scramble, Boost, Double Rainbow, Delta Rainbow Energy?)! So for those of you who like to make set lists before the sets actually come out, there you go!
2006 Collector Tins - Gracias a Benlugia, we now have scans of the three EXs you can receive in the 2006 Collector Tins (the ones we reported about over two months ago). Click the thumbnails below for larger images.
PokeBeach Strategist Positions Open - Several of our Strategists are now busy with school and can no longer fulfill their duties, so we now have two positions open (and possibly more by the end of this week, although doubtful). If you feel that you have the mad skillz required to fill the positions, which means you will be writing one extensive card review each week, please private message DocRobot on our forums with your qualifications (and make a good impression). You MUST have good ranking in the TCG (as in, win stuff and place high a lot), use correct spelling and grammar (not grammer) usage, and be able to give out good advice to readers about cards (put all of your qualifications in your application). You must also be committed to writing every single week (you will know five weeks in advance what you will have to write, so you will have plenty of time), so if you miss one week, we will drop you. So, if you really think you can do it, PM Doc!
The games come out next Thursday in Japan! Only a little while longer until we see most of the new Pokemon! Then everyone can take a break from reporting on them all the time and just... play the games, maybe, or even take a nap!
New Diamond and Pearl Video - Nothing special, other than added effects to the 3D starter scenes and some more game footage revealed (elevators...).
New D/P Anime and Game Scans - Several new images have popped up on the internet pertaining to Diamond and Pearl, once again showing that new red-head character we saw several days ago. There are also several new game pictures, showing the Gym Leaders and what appears to be the Shinou map as well. We will have translations and information later today. Click the thumbnails below for larger images.
Sorry for not updating this weekend. I was busy with schoolwork and family time.
Sweet Baby James - I forgot to set my recorder on Saturday, so I missed the two new episodes. However, I managed to catch the re-run of "Sweet Baby James" today (at 5:30), and since I did not post it last week, I figured I would now. [Click here to view]. Cartoon Network will be showing re-runs every Sunday at 5:00 and 5:30 PM, so if you miss an episode, you can catch them there!
Site Suggestions - We will have several surprises within the next few weeks, mostly related to site content, and I am sure most of you will be happy with what we will be doing. However, in the mean time, we need some site suggestions and feedback from you guys! Sometimes I feel like I have to guess what you guys want, and it's so annoying to figure it out, especially since NO ONE TELLS ME (except those few of you that e-mail me). So, if you have any site suggestions or feedback, you can post them in this thread. As soon as next month starts, I am going to be extremely busy with school, more than I have ever been in my entire life (with college admissions and all), so I have to get to work now if I want to get anything done. Post away!
New Shinou Map - This map is highly detailed and shows how large the region of Shinou truly is! It seems like it will be a diverse region, as usual, and pretty packed. Click the thumbnail below for a larger image.
Pikachu on MSN - First Pokemon was on Wikipedia's front page a month or so ago, and now it made it to MSN.com's front page! This was on Saturday, by the way. Power to Pokemon! Click the thumbnail for a larger picture.
Please read the previous update if you have not been here today. Tomorrow, we will have the you-know-whats-up.
Diamond and Pearl TCG - Diamond and Pearl this, Diamond and Pearl that! Bah I say! Anyways, we have new information on the next Diamond and Pearl TCG set. It will be released on October 27th, Friday, in Japan and will be titled "Pokemon Card Game DP." The very first set image, as far as we know, will be released at the latest on September 28th, and we will post it as soon as we have it! Further information will follow, and you can be sure we will be your #1 source on the set, as always.
DP Pokemon, Attack, and Abilities Descriptions - Bangiras has translated several PokeDex descriptions for many of the Diamond and Pearl Pokemon, as well as information on attacks and abilities. You can read all of them below. Thanks Bangiras for all your hard work!
Naetle: Naetle, who is classified as the Young Leaf Pokemon, has a leaf like object on its head. The carapace on its back appears to grow harder when it drinks water. Also, its Overgrowth ability raises the power of its Grass type attacks in a pinch. Its name means "sapling turtle."
Hikozaru: The mountain dwelling Hikozaru can easily scale any cliff or precipice without breaking a sweat. It has the Blaze ability, which raises the power of its Fire type attacks in a pinch. Incidentally, its tail flame seems to go out while it's asleep. Its name means "little fire monkey."
Pocchama: Pocchama's body is covered with a fine down that protects it from the cold. It has a cute appearance, but is surprisingly prideful, and doesn' t like to be receive food from its trainer. It has the Torrent ability, which raises the power of its Water type attacks in a pinch. Its name means "plump fisher."
Mukkuru: Mukkuru is a small bird that flaps its wings with incredible power. It travels in large flocks, making it are easy to spot in grassy areas. It has the ability Keen Eye, which makes it impossible to lower its attack's accuracy. Its name stems from "starling."
Beappa: It has a brash and adamant nature. It is called the Round Mouse Pokemon because its round cheeks and tail give it cute appeal. It has a gentle expression, but contrary to its appearance it is quick to move.
Corobohshi: Its two large feelers also work like a musical instrument. It swings its head around, and when the feelers collide, they make a sound like a xylophone. It possesses the Shed Skin ability, which gives it a 1 in 3 chance of healing a Special Condition during its turn. It's name means "cowled cricket".
Korinku: Upon sensing danger, it shoots out a dazzling light from every hair on its body. While the opponent is blinded, it takes the opportunity to quickly escape. The yellow pattern on its ears and tail is reminiscent of flashes of light.
Subomii: In the cold of winter the bud closes tightly, and when spring comes it opens and disperses pollen. It is a Poison type, so those who are enchanted by its appearance are punished painfully. It evolves into Roselia, who is also a Grass/Poison type. Its name means "bud."
Minomucchi: The green portion of its body is a straw raincoat. To protect itself from frigid winds, it attaches various things around the circumference of its body to make the coat. Its name means "bagworm."
Masukippa: It is called the Fly Trap Pokemon because it is skilled at seizing prey. After luring something near with the delicious smelling liquid that it secretes, it chomps down on the prey with its massive jaw. Then, it slowly eats the prey over the course of 1 day.
Pinpuku: The cute looking Pinpuku loves round, white things. It mimics Chansey by carrying an egg-like item in its arms. In actuality, the item is not an egg, but a stone that looks like an egg. Its name means "pink child."
Zugaidos: A Pokemon that lived in dense forests roughly 100,000,000 years ago, its outstanding characteristic is its iron-hard skull. It only appears in the Diamond version. Its name stems from the word "skull."
Tatetops: Like Zugaidos, it lived in dense forests roughly 100,000,000 years ago. It is characterized by the extremely tough hide on its face. It is only accessible in the Pearl version. Its name means "shield face."
- Both fossil Pokemon are resurrected from fossils found in the Shinou underground.
- Brave Bird: A Flying-type physical attack. The attacker folds its wings and dives low to assault the opponent. An incredibly strong attack, but the attacker receives damage as well. Mukkuru's attack.
- Metal Burst: A Steel-type physical attack. If the attacker received a lot of damage from the opponent's last attack, that damage is returned to the opponent. An attack that can turn the odds when battling a strong opponent! Tatetops' attack.
- Double-Edged Headbutt: A Rock-type physical attack. The attacker lunges headfirst into the opponent at full power, but the attacker also takes massive damage. A recoiling one-hit KO move. Zugaidos' ability.
- Fantastic: Attacks bypass the opponents' abilities.
- Fighting Spirit: Korinku's ability. If Korinku and the opponent are of the same gender, Korinku's Attack is raised.
- Simplify: In battle, the chances of receiving a boost from a hold item or attack are increased. Beappa's ability.
- Natural: In battle, even when the opponent raises its Attack, Defense, Special Attack, or Special Defense stats, they will battle without the boost. Beappa' s ability.
EDIT #1: Added "Diamond and Pearl Cast" news story.
Advanced Generation / Ruby and Sapphire is coming to a close now, incase you didn't notice. We are going to be heading to Shinou / Shino / Shinoh (however you romanize it) now.
Trading Figure Game Pictures - Thanks to Oddish196, we now have a poster depicting each of the figurines you can buy for the Pokemon Trading Figure Game. Currently, the game has not been released in America, but it should be making its way here early next year. Click the thumbnail for a larger image.
Last Episode of AG Aired in Japan (spoilers) - The last episode of Advanced Generation aired in Japan today, concluding the four-year series. In the episode, May and Max decide to go to Johto to compete in Pokemon Contests, while Brock decides to go back to Pewter City. While Ash is trying to go back to Pallet Town, Team Rocket tries to steal an Elikible (Electabuzz evo), but Gary pops out of nowhere and orders it to rock'em-shock'em (which means he owns it). Ash then heads back home where there is a surprise party waiting for him, with Oak, Tracey, Mr. Mime, and Gary being there. Afterwards, Gary and Ash have a battle, with Gary sending out his Elekible and Ash using his old rat. Pikachu loses. Gary then decides to head off to Shinou, and Ash watches him leave (he'll always be better than you, buddy). It seems as if Ash wants to go to Shinou now too, and Delia seems extremely saddened that her little 10-year-old boy (who should be like 20 now) is leaving her again. At night, she works at her desk compiling what seem to be Ash's new clothes for Shinou that he was shown wearing in that image we posted the other day. The next day, as Ash leaves for Shinou (with Oak giving him a new PokeDex), Aipom looks sad, but Ash leaves him and everyone else anyways. When he gets on the boat for Shinou, his hat flies off (note that at this point he does not have his new clothes yet), and he discovers that Aipom has snuck aboard (now why would Ash have caught Aipom so late in AG and it come with him to Shinou if it wasn't going to evolve?). Team Rocket is also seen in the water holding on to the ship, which means they are going to Shinou too! And thus, Ash, Pikachu, Aipom, Team Rocket, and Gary (who is not seen, but went) head off to Shinou.
Diamond and Pearl Cast (spoilers) - But after Brock leaves, he comes back? Like in Advanced Generation? And Hikari is the newbie trainer, like May? And she rides a bike like May, too? Oh my, it looks as if we have a rehashed Advanced Generation on our hands! Check out what I am talking about by clicking here. When I have told people I hate the writers, I really mean I hate the writers. If the cast does not go back to that CoroCoro magazine page from a few days back with it only being Ash, Hikari, and the purple/red-head guy with Hikorazu (the fire starter), there are going to be a lot of angry fans, since most people (including me) wanted a fresh start. Go away, Brock!
The Beginning of the D/P Games - Will you attempt to walk into the wild and a professor stop you? Will your rival break into the professor's lab and steal a Pokemon? Will the professor be attacked in the wild by Pokemon and you have to save him? Well, close to the Ruby and Sapphire version, except that YOU and your rival get attacked in the wild! Thanks to Bangiras, we now know the specifics of what will happen!
In the story, the main character starts out in Futaba Town. Before long, the main character sets out with his young rival to Lake Shinji, to look for the rare Pokemon from a TV report.
When the pair arrives at Lake Shinji, unable to suppress curiosity, they step into the grass. When they do, a wild Pokemon suddenly appears! Without Pokemon of their own, how will the main character and his childhood friend survive this attack?
In a dropped trunk nearby, there are 3 Pokeballs! In a split-second decision, the Pokemon inside the Pokeball is used, and it's able to defeat the wild Mukkuru...but who do the trunk and Pokemon belong to?
The lost trunk belongs to Professor Nanakamado, an expert on Pokemon evolution. In order to return the Pokemon, the main character and his childhood friend hurry to the Professor's research lab in Masago Town. However, when he sees the attachment the Pokemon has with the main character, the Professor says he'll give it to him (or her)! So, to see and capture every Pokemon in Shinou, and with the request to complete the PokeDex... the true adventure begins!
Diamond and Pearl Interview - In an interview with Tsunekazu Ishihara, one of the original creators who worked on Red and Green with Satoshi Taijiri, we get to hear some interesting information on the Diamond and Pearl games. For one, Ishihara hints that this game will have more Pokemon than any previous game (which would explain why they have released so many new Pokemon, more than usual, prior to the game's release). To read the interview, click here.
Two Diamond and Pearl Videos - Nothing new, other than 3D starters and some game footage we have not yet seen (windmills, trains). The first video will play when you open the link, and the second will play when you click the second link under the video window. Check them out by clicking here.
You all have homework today. You must read two articles (three if you count this news story as one), and explain what the author is trying to get across to the reader.
Nintendo Wii's Price and Other Info [Discuss] - Gamers have been wondering for months how much the Wii would cost, and now we have the answer! The price of the Nintendo Wii will be $250.00, and most of the games will go around $50.00. So when Pokemon Battle Revolution comes out, it will cost $300 for both the game and the system for us Pokemon fans. To read about other features of the Wii, you can read this extensive article from the New York Times.
Pokemon Battle Revolution Video [Discuss] - And speaking of Pokemon Battle Revolution, it is going to be released in Japan in December. Check out the video below, showing Kyogre, Groudon, Dialga, and Palkia (who is floating in a scene or two). Pretttty awesome!
[Video No Longer Available]
Mew Giveaway Information [Discuss] - Finally we have some info! I thought the giveaway was going to turn into another Wal-Mart situation. On September 30th from noon to 3:00 PM, you will be able to receive Mew (while supplies last - I hope that does not mean they only have six) at any Toys R Us. It would be for the best if you called your Toys R Us in advance (probably the day of, since many workers never know anything about what is going on in advance) so that you can confirm whether they are doing it or not. Also, please note that you will have to TRADE for the Mew, which means you are giving up one of your Pokemon for it. To read more about the giveaway, you can read this article from Toys R Us.
New Card Review - Today's [card review] features a Pokemon that is able to fly 4,600 feet into the air. What is this Pokemon? Why it's [Charizard (Delta)] from EX Crystal Guardians! To comment on this card and its reviews, you may post in this thread.
Sad day in history... However, we have an extremely large update today, probably one of the largest in a long time. We have Diamond and Pearl games / Anime news, TCG news and updates, and English Anime news.
So Many New Pokemon and So Much Info! - You saw this here first (and if you did not you are late)! Click the scans below to see the new Pokemon. Bangiras has translated every piece of information from the scans below, which you can view below the pictures. Enjoy, and thanks Bangiras for all her hard work in translating all of this information!
To identify the Pokemon listed below, look at the first two scans, and look at the Pokemon from left to right, from up to down.
- Corobohshi (the bug guy) - the Cricket Pokemon. Type: Bug. Ability: Shed Skin. It can learn Growl.
- Korinku (the blue, yellow, and black cat-thing) - the Flash Pokemon. Type: Electric. It has two abilities, Intimidate and Fighting Spirit. Fighting Spirit increases its Attack power when something (not sure what - perhaps Ability?) is shared with the opponent. It can learn Spark.
- Subomi (green and yellow guy): the Bud Pokemon. Types: Grass/Poison. Abilities: Natural Cure or Poison Point. Evolves into: Roselia. It can learn Mega Drain.
- Mukkuru (the brown bird): the Starling Pokemon. Types: Normal/Flying. Ability: Keen Eyes. It can learn an attack called Brave Bird, which is a strong Flying type attack. It is a 1HKO move.
- Beappa (the beaver): the Round Mouse Pokemon. Type: Normal. Ability: Unknown, but it is new. It can learn Tackle.
- Pinpuku (Chansey pre-evo): the Pretending Pokemon. Type: Normal. Abilities: Natural Cure and Serene Grace. It likes to "play house." o_O It can learn Charm.
- Zugaidos (the pachycephalosaur): the Headbutt Pokemon. Type: Rock. Ability: Fantastic, which apparently blocks the opponent's ability. He learns Take Down and a new attack called Double Edged Headbutt, which is a rock-type version of Double Edge.
- Tatetops (the yellow dinosaur): the Shield Pokemon. Types: Rock / Metal. Ability: Sturdy. It can learn Ancient Power and Metal Buster, which is a massively damaging Steel attack.
- Masukippa: the Flytrap Pokemon. Type: Grass. Ability: Levitate. It can learn Vine Whip.
- Minomucchi (the pineco-looking thing): the Bagworm Pokemon. Type: Bug. Ability: Shed Skin. He is most likely the pre-evolution to Pineco. He can learn Protect.
- Dialga (the blue Diamond legendary) is Steel / Dragon.
- Palkia (the pink Pearl legendary) is Water / Dragon.
- The new Poke Balls in the scans are Heal Ball, which heals a Pokemon when it's caught, and Dark Ball, which has a high catch rate in darker areas.
- One of the members of Team Galaxy (which could possibly be "Astro" when the name is adapted in America) is named Mars (the woman in the fourth picture).
- The Kurogane City Gym Leader is named Hyouta, and he gives out the Coal Badge (the guy in the fourth picture).
- In the Union Room, you can trade, swap records, chat, have a quick battle with two level 30 Pokemon, or draw a picture on the oekaki (image) board with four other people.
- Over a DS-DS wireless connection, you can use the Union Room, play minigames together, compete in Super Contests, battle in a Battle Tower multi battle.
- Over Wi-Fi, you can use the Pokemon Wi-Fi Club (Wi-Fi version of Union Room), use the Global Trade Station, use the Battle Tower, trade, voice chat, or do a level 30 battle.
Diamond and Pearl Anime Clues - Looking at the below image (click for a larger scan), it would appear as if Ash will be choosing Naetle for his journey through Shinou. It also looks as if there will be a new rival, who has chosen Hikorazu. And it's also important to note that May, Max, Brock, and Misty are no where to be found on the image. Perhaps Ash will travel with two new characters?
POP 4 Scans - Thanks to Benlugia, we now have most of the POP 4 scans! Click the links below to view them. Each link opens in a new window.
- [2/17 Deoxys d]
- [6/17 Combusken]
- [8/10 Heal Energy]
- [9/10 Pokemon Fan Club]
- [10/17 Scramble Energy]
- [11/17 Mudkip]
- [12/17 Pidgey]
- [13/17 Pikachu]
- [14/17 Squirtle]
- [15/17 Treecko d]
- [16/17 Wobbuffet]
- [17/17 Deoxys ex]
Promo #34 - Typhlosion - Benlugia has also scanned promo #34, Typhlosion, which is a reprint of the EX Unseen Forces card, but with different art. It is available in the Value Pack 2, which sadly comes with an EX Team Magma vs. Team Aqua, EX Hidden Legends, and EX Team Rocket Returns booster pack (all of which have been rotated out of the modified format). The kits go for around $9.00.
Preview of "Chip Off the Old Brock" - Click the link to the preview below to play the video clip. Is it just me or does Brock sound almost exactly like the old Brock? He is getting so close to the original voice actor that it's weird. This episode airs on Saturday at 9:30.
[Preview of "Chip Off the Old Brock"]
New Card Review - Today's [card review] features a Trainer card that stops a Pokemon from attacking. What is this card? Why it's [Holon Circle from EX Crystal Guardians]! To comment on this card and its reviews, you may post in this thread.
Wow, the voices were actually pretty good. At some points when I was not looking at the television, I could have sworn Ash and especially Brock sounded exactly the same as their original voice actors. May and Max were different, of course, but they still fit their characters. Team Rocket was also pretty good. As for the Mystery Dungeon special, they called Ekans, Arbok, which was the only goof in the episode. Hopefully we will not have those anymore, as we do not want a Mewtwo Strikes Back situation on our hands...
Removed! Tune in next time!
Sorry for not updating yesterday. I fell asleep when I came home from school and then woke up way too late to update the site - I had to do my homework. Also, I had an unusual craving to watch The Empire Strikes Back, so I wasted all my time. :p
Season 9 and Mysterious Dungeon TODAY - And all this time I thought they were Saturday, but they are actually today! Mystery Dungeon airs at 8:00 PM, while the first Battle Frontier episode, Fear Factor Phony, airs at 8:30 PM. They air on Cartoon Network, of course. Don't have Cartoon Network? Well guess what?! We'll put up the episodes here at least 30 mins after they air, since I will be at home, will be recording them, and will have the ability to upload them immediately. How will I put them up? Using a torrent file! Basically, you need to download a Bittorent program, such as BitTornado, and then you download the torrent file when the file is ready, which will link you to other people's computers to download the videos. Don't understand what I am talking about? Then just follow the instructions below!
So that you are ready for later today, here is your homework.
1. Download Bittorando.
2. Install Bittorando by opening up the downloaded file. Once installation is done, wait for me to put up the first torrent file, which will be of the Mystery Dungeon special. It should be up around 8:40 - 8:55 PM (PST).
No late work accepted.
When the torrent file is made available here today, there will be additional instructions on how to download the videos. For now, just install the Bittornado program so that you can get the episodes when they become available.
Diamond / Pearl Anime News - The final preview of the last Advanced Generation episode aired recently in Japan. As with all episodes in Japan, at the end there is a preview of the next episode, to which we have taken screenshots of. The first set of screenshots are a preview of the final AG episode, while the second set is a preview of the Diamond and Pearl season's first episode. From the previews, it seems as if Gary will have an Elekible in the last AG episode, while in the first D/P episode, Hikari will choose Pocchama as her starter. To view the screenshots, click here (the monkey is a super saiyan). During the last AG episode preview, Ash also gave a narration, to which Bangiras has translated below.
We've been traveling together for so long, but now it's finally time for us to separate. May, Max, Brock, even though our paths are different, we'll always be friends--and rivals! Pokemon battles never end! Next time on Pocket Monsters Advance Generation: "The End of a Journey and The Beginning of a Journey!" Everyone GET Pokemon!
Furthermore, three new titles were revealed for Diamond and Pearl's season, which gives us the name of one Pokemon, Subomi. In Japanese, "subomu" means "folded up," so perhaps this name refers to the cat Pokemon revealed the other day, which seemed to be a spring-like-folded-up-cat-thing. Just a theory, and nothing more.
Ep 2: Find Pikachu! Route 202!
Ep 3: Rival Battle! Three vs. Three!
Ep 4: Pocchama vs. Subomi! Hikari's First Battle!
New Card Review - Today's [card review] features a Pokemon that uses boulders as protection when a storm is coming. What is this Pokemon? Why it's [Swampert ex from EX Crystal Guardians]! To comment on this card and its reviews, you may post in this thread.