Thursday, September 15th, 2005 @ 1 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Researching Tower of Horon Theme Deck Pics Plus New Info!
An auction on eBay shows "The Researching Tower of Horon" (EX Delta Species in America) theme decks, which include Jolteon ex, Vaporeon ex, and Flareon ex. You can see the auction by [clicking here]. The pictures of the three Eeveelutions shown on the theme deck boxes are the actual card art work for the three ex's. The auction also confirms that Bagon, Staryu, and Dratini will be in the set. If you remember that Dragonair picture I took from Worlds, that right there could be the artwork for the one that could be in the set (what's a Dratini without a Dragonair and Dragonite these days?).

I have now updated both [The Researching Tower of Horon] and [EX Delta Species] pages to include all of the information we currently know about both sets. Since they are the same set basically, the Horon page will have information that applies to the EX Delta Species set.

New Lucario / Mew Gift Box Info
As we posted the other day, Japan will be coming out with another Lucario / Mew gift box. Vincent has now discovered new info on the box. The box will contain a Pikachu ☆ (hehe, just learned how to make the star). We will have more info soon as it comes in!

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Saturday, September 10th, 2005 @ 3 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Vincent sent me some spoilers of the three Eeveelution ex's that will be in The Researching Tower of Horon and EX Delta Species, which I fixed up below. These spoilers may not be used anywhere without permission:

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Flareon ex - 110 HP
Poke-Power: Evolution Flame
When you play this card from your hand to evolve one of your Pokemon in play, you may choose one of your opponent's Active Pokemon. That Pokemon is now Confused and Burned. This Power can only be used once per turn.

[RC] Flame Barrier - 30: During your opponent's next turn, damage done to Flareon exis reduced by 20.
[RCC] Heat Tackle - 70: Flareon ex does 10 damage to itself.

Weakness: (W)
Retreat: (C)

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Vaporeon ex - 120 HP
Poke-Power: Evolution Whirlpool
When you play this card from your hand to evolve one of your Pokemon in play, your opponent shuffles his or her hand into his or her deck and draws4 cards. This Power can only be used once per turn.

[WC] Speed Warp - 40: This attack is not affected by Weakness, Resistance, Poke-Powers,Poke-Bodies, or any effects on the Defending Pokemon.
[WCC] Water Blast - 60

Weakness: (L)
Retreat (C)

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Jolteon ex - 100 HP
Poke-Power: Evolution Damage
When you play this card from your hand to evolve one of your Pokemon in play, put one damage counter on each of your opponent's Pokemon. This Power can only be used once per turn.

[LC] Hurting Bite - 20+: Does 20 damage plus 10 more damage for each damage counter on the Defending Pokemon.
[LCC] Thunder Blast - 70: Discard 1 (L) from Jolteon ex.

Weakness (F)
Resistance: (M)
Retreat: 0

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Friday, September 9th, 2005 @ 5 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Ideal808 has posted the following message on their EX Delta Species purchasing pages:

A new species of Pokemon! From research labs comes a revelation that will thrill anyone who trains and collects Pokemon: yup! Delta Species will be introducing an All-New Pokemon Species!

In EX Delta Species, players share in the discovery of these rare and unique Dual Energy Pokemon, new Holon Energy, exciting new Trainers Cards, and a box topper in every booster box! With more than 100 new cards, EX Delta Species puts you in the Delta breakthrough!


Horon = Holon.

Thus, throught the transitive property of Geometry, The Researching Tower of Horon = EX Delta Species!

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Wednesday, September 7th, 2005 @ 10 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

I am now in school, and they are giving me a TON (yes, 2000 pounds) of homework. My BRAND NEW Quicksilver backpack ripped wide open when I was walking to the car today, full of books, right smack in the middle of the street. XD That's just an idea of how busy I am right now. I was planning on doing some more of the older set scans, but it looks like that will have to be put off until Christmas vacation.

New Researching Tower of Horon Info
We have some new and exclusive info on the Japanese Researching Tower of Horon set! What a drought it has been for this set - finally some new news! The Researching Tower of Horon will include Metagross *, Kyogre *, and Groudon *. Thus, that Metagross * I posted earlier from Worlds (scroll down to Aug. 22) is in fact artwork for this set, and the other Pokemon could be as well. We will have the latest info for this set as it comes, and you can find all information we know about it on our [Researching Tower of Horon] page, which you can access in the future from the left menu under "Japanese TCG Sets."

New Gift Box in Japan
Vincent has informed me that Japan will be coming out with yet another Lucario / Mew themed gift box. This time, however, he tells me that the Pokemon might not have owners in their names, though this is not yet confirmed. [insert standard more info soon line]

Tomorrow, we will have up a new Ken Sugimori trainer art gallery!

My laptop is in four pieces. I am using my mom's computer right now, but won't be able to do any content updates until my laptop is fixed. So, yeah.

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Tuesday, August 30th, 2005 @ 11 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Last day of summer for me. Now I have to go to bed at 2 AM instead of 6 AM. :p

Lucario/Rukario's English Name
LucarioWe have some exclusive news today! An insider source, a very trustworthy one who has never been wrong before in telling me things, has informed me that the blue jackal looking thing to your right will be named Lucario when it comes to America. This is the second insider source to have told me this information, so it has to be true. Now you can all stop calling it "Rukario." As some people stated when we first learned Lucario's Japanese name (which people romanized to Rukario and Lucario), the name should be Lucario, since when spelling its name backwards, you get "Oiracul," which sounds like "oracle." Funny how that's the thing Lucario is trapped inside of in Mew and the Wave Guiding Hero. So, it just made sense to name it that, due to what it sounds like when spelled backwards. Also, a Japanese Pokemon Center t-shirt a while back officially romanized Lucario as Lucario, and since legendary Pokemon almost always keep the same Japanese names (if he is one, which is likely), it just makes even more sense to name it Lucario over here. So yep.

Also, while reading my summer reading book named "The Poisonwood Bible," I came across this passage that made me jump (yes, I got out of my chair and jumped!): "Manene is the word for path: Manene enenam, amen. On the Congo's one long manene Ada learns to walk, amen."

Okay, so the above passage probably makes absolutely no sense to you if you haven't read the book, but we get a clear definition of "manene," which is a word from the Congolese language that means path. Could Mime Jr. (Manene) have something to do with paths? I have no idea, but I am extremely bored right now as you can tell, so I just wanted to share my 550 page, read it in 2 days because you procrastinate too much, book experience with you, since it had the name of a D/P Japanese Pokemon name in it. :p

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Monday, August 29th, 2005 @ 2 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Been busy getting ready for school. There hasn't even been any significant news since I last updated, so no losses. :p

New Pages!
You may have noticed new pages being added to the left menu as you checked here thinking there would be new news. Well, I have been going content crazy in the past few days and added a few new sections:

1. Modified Format Carddex: Contains all cards currently in the Modified format (HL-on) on one single page, with links to the scans. POP 1 and 2 have not been added yet. This is an excellent resource for trying to figure out what pre-evolution you want to use, what Pokemon cards are out there in the format right now, etc. So many Baltoy and Magikarp to choose from, which one is right for your deck?!

2. Pocket Monsters List: A list of all Pokemon currently known, along with their types, GB mini sprites, Japanese names in the English language, and Japanese text. Have a Japanese website with card lists but can't figure out what the heck is being playing? Compare the Japanese text names of the deck list and compare them to this list to see which Pokemon is which! Thanks goes to [Animelee], who provided me with the original list to use!

3. Ken Sugimori Images / Ken Sugimori Shiny Images: Simply putting it - Ken Sugimori images of all 386 Pokemon, in both their regular versions and in shiny versions. Thanks to Meowth346 for creating these and allowing me to use them!

4. Apprentice Program: Sick of digging through website after website and forum after forum trying to find the latest Apprentice patch? Are you just plain confused on how to use and install Apprentice? This new section is for you! It contains a link to the latest Apprentice patch, as well as the Apprentice program with the latest patch pre-loaded, and will be updated as soon as the newest patches are released!

That's all the new pages for now. I go back to school on Wednesday as a high school Junior, so after that, who knows what else I will have in terms of site content, since they say Junior year is the hardest for some reason. Depending on how busy I am this year, I may be working on some new projects for this site (since there are multiple ones that I have been thinking about), or just one special one.

Right Menu Updated
I have updated the "Upcoming Dates and Events" section in the right menu with new TCG dates. The "TV Show" schedule for both the WB and Cartoon Network have also both been updated, as both networks changed the times for when they air Pokemon. The polls and "Next New Episodes" section were also updated as well. Yep, the whole right menu was updated, and I wouldn't be telling you this if there wasn't such a drought in updates, but I need some fillers here!

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Monday, August 22nd, 2005 @ 4 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

I couldn't get internet access at Worlds. In fact, I couldn't even get internet access at home. Apparently, me putting my wireless card into my laptop bag with my deck box and other Worlds items was not such a good idea. I must have bashed it up or something from carrying my laptop bag all around. So, my parents bought me a new one a few hours after I got home from Worlds, and now everything is fine and dandy. On with the news!

Researching Tower of Horon Pokemon Pics?
On Friday afternoon at Worlds, I walked over to the artist gallery section where I discovered five new card art pictures that I have never seen before. Since the next Japanese set (which will probably be the next American set, EX Delta Species), The Researching Tower of Horon, will be based off of laboratory Pokemon, I figured that the Pokemon shown are from the set. Click the links below for their images.

[Pikachu]
[Metagross *]
[Jolteon]
[Dragonair]
[Rayquaza]

I have created a page on EX Delta Species, since the Researching Tower of Horon will most likely be the same set. You can access it from the left menu under TCG Sets.

Worlds Winner
The Worlds winner for the 15+ age division is Jeremy Maron (USA), who used a Milotic (HL) and Nidoqueen (FRLG) deck combo to take the World Championships! Who would have guessed that a deck like that could take it all? Come to think of it, who would have guessed Magma would have taken last year's Worlds? It seems like the winners are always using a deck that is unique (or ummm, rarely, rarely played, as both Magma and that deck combo have been used before at tournies) and that takes advantage of the metagame. This is definitely something to take note of for next year when planning on what deck you should use!

Next Year's Worlds
.....will be in Anaheim, California, at the Disney Resort I believe (just a rumor, not sure if that's where it will be for sure, but it will definitely be in Anaheim). The location is only around 5 miles away from my house, which is kind of disappointing for me since I always like to travel far away! Maybe next year, it will be in Florida again. It doesn't look like POP will ever take Worlds outside of the USA, as most players are here and it would probably be too expensive to take all of the US players, since there are so many of them, to another country. I was hoping for Japan one day, but it doesn't look like that will ever happen...

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Thursday, August 18th, 2005 @ 8 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Sorry for the lack of updates this week. I have been busy with reading my summer books for school before I go back and taking notes for AP Psychology. Anyways, tomorrow I will be going to Worlds via Amtrak (first time on a train), so I am really excited about it. On Saturday, I will try to do live reports, since you can get internet there on your laptop for 10 bucks a day. I'll also take some video and pictures as well. I'll probably give my reports and pics via the message board, as it is much easier to post that way, so you might want to sign up on them. The location of Worlds 2006 will also be announced there, and when it is, I'll put it up here. A source has already told me the location and time to Worlds next year, but since I am going there where it will be announced, I think everyone might try to kill me if I were to spoil it early (especially the POP heads ^_^;). POP obviously wants it to be kept a surprise until then, so I guess I will honor that (oh look, the guy who likes to spoil sets for everyone is keeping future info a secret, what a surprise). All right, so until Saturday, ermmm... vote for what deck you think will win? :p ---------->

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Monday, August 15th, 2005 @ 10 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

More EX UFO Scans
We now are now only six scans away from finishing the EX Unseen Forces scans! Thanks goes to Mewsmom, Pokemon Steve, SilverChaos, and Holy Star for sending in more scans today to help complete the set! To view the scans and set list, you can [click here].

New Researching Tower of Horon Info
We have obtained some new information regarding the Researching Tower of Horon set, which will be the next set to be released in Japan (and probably America). The set will feature the three original Eeveelutions, but in ex-form! Vaporeon ex, Jolteon ex, and Flareon ex will be starring in the set as the main water, lightning, and fire Pokemon! They will be featured in the three 15-card theme decks, which are similar to the Quick Construction packs, along with other cards in the set that will be released in booster packs. As we get more information on the set, we will continue to post it! Remember, all known Researching Tower of Horon set information can be found in the left menu under "Japanese TCG Sets."

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Sunday, August 14th, 2005 @ 10 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

EX Unseen Forces125+ EX Unseen Forces Scans
The EX Unseen Forces scans are now done! As promised, we have 2,000 pounds of them. To see them, you can [click here]. Thanks goes to Blizzard for sending me most of the scans to edit, as well as ShadowSong for the Celebi ex and Raikou * scans. If you would like to discuss this set, you can visit our new forums and talk about the set in [this topic]. If you're not registered on our forums yet, now is the time! Tomorrow all of the scans will probably be uploaded, as I am getting more help, so be sure to check back here!

EX Unseen Forces Theme Deck Lists
PokeMasterFlabface has kindly provided us with both EX Unseen Forces theme deck lists - Golden Sky and Silver Ocean. To see the set lists, you can visit our [Theme Deck Lists] section.

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