Friday, November 30th, 2012 @ 4 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The first set information about Plasma Storm has been released along with its booster pack designs, as you can see below. As posted previously, Plasma Storm will hit store shelves on February 6th. It is our equivalent of Japan's Plasma Gale set and will include cards from the Kyurem Battle Strength Decks as well (the 4 EX cards and full arts from Plasma Gale + the 4 EX's from the decks).

Plasma Storm Booster Packs

Clouds gather, Energy crackles, and when you play the Pokémon TCG: Black & White—Plasma Storm expansion, a new force will be felt as the tempestuous Team Plasma makes its debut! All must make ready for a new battlefield, featuring electrifying Team Plasma Pokémon, game-changing Trainer cards, and Team Plasma Pokémon-EX such as Articuno-EX, Zapdos-EX, and Lugia-EX. And, as all-new, powerful ACE SPEC cards blast the balance of power and even more amazing Pokémon-EX race into battle, a question must be asked: Trainers, are you ready?

Prepare for the Plasma Storm!

  • 3 powerful brand-new ACE SPEC Trainer cards!
  • 8 new Pokémon-EX including 4 full-card art Pokémon!
  • Awesome all-new Team Plasma cards!
  • Over 130 cards in all!
Plasma Storm
Spring 2013 Tins

The spring 2013 tins have also been revealed and will feature either Keldeo-EX, Black Kyurem-EX, or White Kyurem-EX. They will be released on March 6th. The tins will also come packaged with one of two Meloetta cards (perhaps we'll see its mini-movie debut around the release of these tins?).

Their achievements are legendary, their strengths mythical…and now three amazing Pokémon-EX will push your game to the limit in the Pokémon Trading Card Game: EX Power Tins! Each of these excellent tins contains 1 of 3 powerful Pokémon-EX as a special foil card, 1 of 2 special Pokémon TCG cards featuring the Mythical Pokémon Meloetta, 4 Black & White Series booster packs, AND a BONUS code card for the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online.

In this tin, you’ll find:

  • 1 of 3 powerful foil Pokémon-EX cards: Black Kyurem-EX, White Kyurem-EX, or Keldeo!
  • 1 of 2 special Pokémon TCG cards featuring the Mythical Pokémon Meloetta
  • 4 Pokémon TCG booster packs
  • A BONUS online code card for unlocking an item in the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online!
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Thursday, November 29th, 2012 @ 7 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

During last night's episode of Pokemon in Japan, a small teaser popped up showing Team Plasma's N walking down a set of stairs (you can watch it from our friends at Filb.de here). A title card then popped up with the Best Wishes Season 2 logo and "Episode N," as you can see below. It seems like N and Team Plasma are finally going to get the attention they deserve!

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Monday, November 26th, 2012 @ 12 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

This story doesn't contain any groundbreaking news and honestly could have been written in July. But since December is coming up, I though I'd put it together now.

Every December, we always find out something new about the next Pokemon movie. And as we found out in July and August, Genesect will be featured in the 16th movie. But Pokemon's marketing team didn't bother taunting us with silhouettes, clues, or cryptic messages this time despite Genesect being the last fifth generation Pokemon - they simply came out and told us about the Paleozoic Pokemon. Everyone can already download Genesect too! So why was Genesect revealed so early when there would be a whole year until its movie debut?

For the 14th movie, we found out at the end of the Zoroark movie in July that a little orange Pokemon would be starring in the 14th film next year (later revealed to be the Victory Pokemon, Victini). This was the film's first "wow" factor at the time since Victini was a new Pokemon. In December, it was revealed that Zekrom would star with Victini in the film. In February, we found out there would actually be two movies starring either Reshiram or Zekrom with Victini (the major "wow factor").

For the 15th movie, we found out in December that Kyurem and the Musketeers would be the stars (with a hint that Kyurem would have a new forme). In February, it was officially revealed that Keldeo would also be a star (a "wow factor" for those who did not know of Keldeo's existence [little kids]). In the same month, the real "wow factor" was revealed when Kyurem's two new formes were unveiled (along with BW2 later in the month). Then in June, the final "wow" factor was Keldeo's Resolute Forme.

But for the Genesect movie, all of the known "cards" have been played. Genesect has been revealed and there are no other new Pokemon to be revealed with it - no other predictable "wow" factors. Since Pokemon's marketing decided to reveal it super early (in July), what are they going to do to keep the momentum of the film going until next July? What are they going to advertise in CoroCoro this December, in February, and then in the months right before the film? The marketing for every Pokemon film has always revolved around revealing new Pokemon/formes up until the film's theatrical debut, but this film doesn't have any remaining Pokemon to be advertised with Genesect. So what could the film's "wow" factor be?

Unless the Genesect film is an anomaly and they'll be doing something unrelated to new Pokemon for its marketing (like, as a wild example, Ghetsis and N are in the film and that's a huge selling point, or even a new Genesect forme), the obvious answer seems to be that a sixth generation Pokemon will star with Genesect. Other things seem to be leading to the sixth generation coming in 2013 as well. The fact that Meloetta was stuffed into a mini-movie with the Keldeo film this year and then used in the TV show instead of getting its own movie seems to indicate that this generation is purposefully being rushed (Why not pair Meloetta with Genesect for this next film if they're not moving on to the sixth generation?). Thundurus, Landorus, and Tornadus have already been featured in the TV show in both their forms as well.

The 3DS has been out since February 2011, or about 21 months now, and we've known since before Black and White's release that Gamefreak itself was one of the first to receive a 3DS development kit. We've also just seen the first true 3D Pokemon game released on the 3DS (Mystery Dungeon: Magnagate and the Infinite Labyrinth). Black and White were being developed when the 3DS was first released, so it's understandable as to why the fifth generation did not debut on the 3DS. The core of the Pokemon franchise are these video games, so it's not something Gamefreak would have wanted to rush - they would have wanted to experiment with the hardware and find out how to best use it for the franchise.

But now we're going almost two years into the 3DS's release and there is still no main series Pokemon 3DS game. 3D would definitely be one of the major appeals of a main series Pokemon game, and this is perhaps why BW2 were not released on the 3DS so as to not rob the next generation of a major "wow" factor (the 3D visuals). This is also why I don't think we'll see a Ruby and Sapphire remake before the release of the next main series Pokemon game (if at all, especially since their 10th anniversary just passed a few days ago and Japan is giving out Kyogre and Groudon via downloads between November and January, which they probably wouldn't do if remakes were coming out since said Pokemon are the games' version mascots). The sixth generation has to debut on the 3DS to give it that "wow" factor, and releasing yet another main series Pokemon game on the old DS system is simply going to look bad with the 3DS having been out for so long. The clock started ticking a while ago, which is why Pokemon may have decided to hurry with this generation by knocking out Meloetta, moving on to Genesect as quickly as possible, and, as I'm predicting, beginning the marketing for the sixth generation right away.

December's CoroCoro issue comes out in less than three weeks, and as I said before, we always learn more about next year's Pokemon movie in December. With Genesect revealed, and going off the pattern of this franchise's marketing, there isn't anything else they can do to shock us about the Genesect movie. So will we see the first hints of the sixth generation within CoroCoro's pages? There are no other Pokemon to reveal, no formes to reveal (and no future games to hold them), no nothing. Unless Pokemon is going to completely change things up somehow, a sixth generation marketing campaign seems to be the most logical path they're going to take based on past trends.

Back in December 2009, we first learned about a mysterious "Z" in the title of the 13th Pokemon movie. In early February, its silhouette was revealed, and then CoroCoro revealed Zoroark and Zorua in full later that month. In April the fifth generation games Black and White were announced and then the rest of the year was all about new Pokemon. Are we going to see the same December-February-April pattern coming up?

So what do you think, PokeBeach fans? Is a sixth generation storm coming? Poke holes in my editorial and discuss the above in this forum thread!

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Tuesday, November 20th, 2012 @ 10 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Several new cards from BW8 Spiral Force / Thunder Knuckle have been revealed in Pokemon Fan magazine, which Puddizzle has translated below! The Eeveelutions were revealed last week, but Pokemon Fan has unobscured images of them that we could finally translate.

High resolution images of BW8's booster boxes have revealed that Voltorb, Electrode, Pawniard, and Bisharp will be in Thunder Knuckle while Litwick, Lampent, Chandelure, Tympole, Palpitoad, and Seismitoad will be in Spiral Force.

Chandelure from BW8

Chandelure - Fire - HP130
Stage 2 (Team Plasma) - Evolves from Lampent

Ability: Flare Navigation
Once during your turn (before your attack), you may search you deck for a Fire Energy and attach it to one of your Pokemon. Place 1 damage counter on that Pokemon. Shuffle your deck afterwards.

[R][R][C] Absorb Life: 70 damage. Heal 30 damage from this Pokemon.

Weakness: Water (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 2


Shadow Triad - Trainer
Supporter (Team Plasma)

Search your discard pile for a Team Plasma card, reveal it to your opponent, and put it into your hand.

You may play only 1 Supporter card during your turn (before your attack).


BW8 Eeveelutions

Jolteon - Lightning - HP90
Stage 1 (Team Plasma) - Evolves from Eevee

[C] Pin Missile: 20x damage. Flip 4 coins. This attack does 20 damage times the number of heads.
[L][C] Elec Difuse: 40 damage. If the Defending Pokemon is a Pokemon-EX, during your opponent's next turn, that Pokemon can't attack.

Weakness: Fighting (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 1


Flareon - Fire - HP100
Stage 1 (Team Plasma) - Evolves from Eevee

[C][C] Vengeance: 20+ damage. Does 10 more damage for each Pokemon in your discard pile.
[R][C][C] Flare Blitz: 90 damage. This Pokemon does 10 damage to itself.

Weakness: Water (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 2


Vaporeon - Water - HP110
Stage 1 (Team Plasma) - Evolves from Eevee

[C] Cure Rain: Heal 30 damage from each of your Pokemon.
[W][C] Cold Break: 30+ damage. If the Defending Pokemon is a Pokemon-EX, this attack does 50 more damage.

Weakness: Grass (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 2


Espeon - Psychic - HP90
Stage 1 (Team Plasma) - Evolves from Eevee

[C] Psycho Alert: 20 damage. Draw cards until you have 6 cards in your hand.
[P] Shadow Ball: Does 40 damage to one of your opponent's Pokemon (don't apply Weakness or Resistance.)

Weakness: Psychic (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 1


Umbreon - Darkness - HP100
Stage 1 (Team Plasma) - Evolves from Eevee

Ability: Dark Zone
All of your Team Plasma Pokemon have +20 HP.

[D][C][C] Darkness Fang: 70 damage.

Weakness: Fighting (x2)
Resistance: Psychic (-20)
Retreat: 1


Glaceon - Water - HP90
Stage 1 (Team Plasma) - Evolves from Eevee

Ability: Freeze Zone
All of your Team Plasma Pokemon require two less Energy to retreat.

[W][C][C] Icy Wind: 60 damage. The Defending Pokemon is now Asleep.

Weakness: Metal (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 2


Leafeon - Grass - HP100
Stage 1 (Team Plasma) - Evolves from Eevee

[C] Energy Flush (?): 20x damage. This attack does 20 damage for each Energy attached to the Defending Pokemon.
[G][C][C]: Leaf Blade: 60+ damage. Flip a coin. If heads, this attack does 20 more damage.

Weakness: Fire (x2)
Resistance: Water (-20)
Retreat: 2

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Tuesday, November 20th, 2012 @ 10 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The Salamence promo we posted about last month has now been released in V-Jump magazine. As you can see below, it is a reverse holo card. Thanks goes to Puddizzle for translating it!

V-Jump Salamence Promo

Salamence - Dragon - HP150
Stage 2 - Evolves from Shelgon

Ability: Breaking Wing
Once during your turn (before your attack), when you play this Pokemon from your hand to evolve 1 of your Pokemon, you may discard all Pokemon Tool cards attached to your opponent's Pokemon.

[R][W][C][C] Gaia Crash: 100 damage. If there is a Stadium card in play, discard it.

Weakness: Dragon (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 4

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Monday, November 19th, 2012 @ 10 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

We again have the exclusive privilege of revealing that the next English TCG set will be named Plasma Storm. As is obvious by the name, it will be our equivalent of Japan's BW7 Plasma Gale, which was released in Japan this past September. It will hit store shelves February 6th.

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Thursday, November 15th, 2012 @ 11 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master
BW8 Rock Guard

A new ACE SPEC card, Rock Guard, will be in BW8 Spiral Force / Thunder Knuckle. Its translation is below thanks to Puddizzle. Its effect is exactly the same as Rocky Helmet except that it places 6 damage counters on the Attacking Pokemon instead of 2.

Also, now that a clearer image of Deoxys-EX has been released, we must note that its Ability only works against the Defending Pokemon. Thus, Power Connect should read "All of your Team Plasma Pokemon (excluding Deoxys-EX) do 10 more damage to the Defending Pokemon."

Rock Guard – Trainer
Item

If the Pokemon this card is attached to is your Active Pokemon and is damaged by an opponent's attack (even if that Pokemon is Knocked Out), put 6 damage counters on the Attacking Pokemon.

ACE SPEC: You can’t have more than 1 ACE SPEC card in your deck.

You can use any number of Item cards during your turn.

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Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 @ 11 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Deoxys-EX has been revealed below. Thanks goes to Puddizzle for the translation!

Jolteon, Espeon, and Glaceon will be in Spiral Force, Vaporeon, Flareon, Umbreon, and Leafeon will be in Thunder Knuckle, and a unique Eevee will be in both sets. All of the Eeveelutions are Team Plasma Pokemon. Translations of the two Eevee are below thanks to Rogan.

It seems Pokemon is pushing for an Eeveelution promotion this year with an Eeveelution tournament in Japan and Play! Pokemon giving out Eeveelution cards for this tournament season. There will also be an upcoming episode of the TV show featuring them.

BW8 Eeveelutions

Eevee - Colorless - HP60
Basic Pokemon

[C] Growl: During your opponent's next turn, any damage done by attacks from the Defending Pokemon is reduced by 20 (before applying Weakness and Resistance).
[C][C] Quick Attack: 10+ damage. Flip a coin. If heads, this attack does 10 more damage.

Weakness: Fighting (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 1


Eevee - Colorless - HP60
Basic Pokemon

[C] Signs of Evolution: Search your deck for up to 3 cards that evolve from Eevee, show them to your opponent, and put them into your hand. Shuffle your deck afterward.
[C][C][C] Bite: 30 damage.

Weakness: Fighting (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 1


BW8 Deoxys-EX

Deoxys-EX - Psychic - HP170
Basic Pokemon (Team Plasma)

Ability: Power Connect
All of your Team Plasma Pokemon (excluding Deoxys-EX) do 10 more damage to Defending Pokemon.

[P][C] Spiral Force: 30+ damage. If this Pokemon has a Plasma Energy attached to it, this attack does 30 more damage for each Energy attached to the Defending Pokemon.

Weakness: Psychic (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 2


BW8 Thundurus-EX

Thundurus-EX - Lightning - HP170
Basic Pokemon (Team Plasma)

[L] Thunder Knuckle: 30 damage. Attach an Energy card from your discard pile to one of your Benched Team Plasma Pokemon.
[L][L][C][C] Thunder Out: 90 damage. If this Pokemon has a Plasma Energy attached to it, discard an Energy card attached to the Defending Pokemon.

Weakness: Fighting (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 1

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Saturday, November 10th, 2012 @ 8 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Pokemon has released a new Kyurem vs. the Sword of Justice clip, this time revealing Virizion's voice. It seems TPCi is going to go with the pronunciations they established for the Musketeer trio in Pokedex 3D Pro, which pronounces them as Vur-eye-zee-in, Co-bail-ee-in, and Tur-ack-ee-in (rather than the more obvious pronunciations of Vur-ihh-zee-on, Co-ball-ee-on, and Tur-ack-ee-on, which is how the Japanese pronounce them).

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Tuesday, November 6th, 2012 @ 11 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The Worlds 2012 decks are beginning to appear in retail stores like Target and Walmart for $12.98. The four decks featured are Igor Costa's "Pesadelo Prism Deck," Zachary Bokhari's "CMT Deck," Shuto Itagaki's "Terrakion-Mewtwo Deck," and Chase Moloney's "Eeltwo Deck."

Each package comes with a deck box, pin, and booklet. As usual, the cards cannot be used in official tournaments and feature a special back (though the package only says this in a small blurb on the back - marketing!). Scans of the front and back of the packages are below thanks to Pokedan23 and Setojim.

Igor Costa's Pesadelo Prism Deck Igor Costa's Pesadelo Prism Deck Zachary Bokhari's CMT Deck Shuto Itagaki's Terrakion-Mewtwo Deck Shuto Itagaki's Terrakion-Mewtwo Deck Zachary Bokhari's CMT Deck Chase Moloney's Eeltwo Deck Chase Moloney's Eeltwo Deck
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