Thursday, February 12th, 2015 @ 9 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

We've received images of Roaring Skies' booster packs, theme decks, and promo blister packs! The booster packs feature Mega Rayquaza, Mega Latios, Deoxys, and Mega Gallade (seen in the blister pack images). The theme decks feature Articuno and Zapdos. The blister pack promos are Regirock, which was released in CoroCoro earlier this year, and Pangoro, which was the promo players received when purchasing a box of Rising Fist in Japan.

We can also confirm the quite obvious fact that Mega Rayquaza will be featured on Roaring Skies' Elite Trainer Box and its includes sleeves, though no images were provided yet.

Roaring Skies Pokemon TCG Booster Pack Mega Rayquaza Roaring Skies Pokemon TCG Booster Pack Mega Latios Roaring Skies Pokemon TCG Booster Pack Deoxys Roaring Skies Pokemon TCG Articuno Theme Deck Roaring Skies Pokemon TCG Zapdos Theme Deck Roaring Skies Pokemon TCG Regirock Blister Roaring Skies Pokemon TCG Pangoro Blister Roaring Skies Pokemon TCG Booster Box
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Thursday, February 12th, 2015 @ 9 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master
Pokemon Art Academy Competition

TPCi has announced a Pokémon Art Academy competition in which fans can draw either Cosplay Pikachu or their favorite Pokemon and get them printed on real Pokemon cards! A panel of Pokemon officials will pick six winners, who will each receive 100 prints of their card. The cards will not be sold in regular Pokemon TCG products, nor will they be tournament-legal.

The competition opens on February 18th and ends on March 29th; the winners will be announced in May. If you want to enter:

  • Create and save an image in Pokemon Art Academy using Free Paint mode.
  • Select the “Share” option from Pokemon Art Academy’s main menu and connect to Miiverse.
  • Select the “Post to Competition” option and select “I Agree” if you agree to the Official Rules.
  • Highlight the category you’d like to enter (Dress-Up Pikachu or Your Favorite Pokemon) and then choose “Select Competition”. Only the first post you make will be recognized as your entry.
  • Slide over the image and select it and then choose “Share Selected”.
  • Enter a title to accompany your artwork in the comment field and then select “Post”. The image will be posted to Miiverse and entered into the competition.
  • The only way to enter the competition directly is from the Pokemon Art Academy game, available exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.
  • Click here for a full list of rules.

We should all agree to draw Kadabra.

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Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 @ 10 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master
CoroCoro CoroCoro CoroCoro CoroCoro CoroCoro

Hoopa Film - Called it in October! :p CoroCoro has revealed that the Hoopa movie will feature several Legendary Pokemon from past generations, which we will obviously meet through Hoopa's portals. The magazine shows Lugia, Latios, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Kyurem, and the previously revealed Primal Kyogre, Primal Groudon, and Mega Rayquaza. Hoopa is also seen with a bunch of Pikachu, which could be Ash's Pikachu from different dimensions.

Arceus Download - This year's movie ticket preorder download is a Level 100 Arceus. It will be holding a Silk Scarf and knows Judgement ("Justice" :p), Blast Burn, Hydro Cannon, and Earth Power. Fans can preorder their movie tickets from March 7th to July 17th. The movie debuts on July 18th, and Hoopa will likely be the Pokemon fans can download in the actual theaters.

Legendaries Download - The Arceus download isn't the end of it! Fans can also take their preorder vouchers to select stores from June 20th to August 31st to download one of six Legendary Pokemon. The Pokemon have not been revealed yet, but they could be the six mentioned above. Typically Pokemon films sell more preorder tickets when a variety of Legendary Pokemon are made available to download, so expect this year's film to sell well!

Shiny Rayquaza Download - CoroCoro also announced that fans can download the shiny Rayquaza that was given out at Japan's World Hobby Fair. The code will be given out in a future issue of CoroCoro. Fans will be able to download it even if they have the older Rayquaza.

Emerald Break - And rounding off the anime and game news, a full art Steven and four Rayquaza cards were revealed! The first two below are from Emerald Break, the third one is a promo that will be included in a future issue of CoroCoro, and the fourth one, an M Rayquaza-EX, is the only Dragon-type of the bunch and will be released in the set's accompanying Battle Deck Mega Rayquaza-EX. Steven will be the bonus card players receive when they buy two boxes of the set. It has an "Emerald Break" stamp on it, but is otherwise too hard to read. Thanks goes to Franco T. for all the translations!

Rayquaza-EX M Rayquaza-EX Rayquaza-EX from CoroCoro Rayquaza-EX Stephan FA
Rayquaza-EX from CoroCoro

Rayquaza-EX - Colorless - HP170
Basic Pokemon

[C][C] Mega Awakening: Search your deck for a M Rayquaza card and put it into your hand. Shuffle your deck afterwards.
[C][C][C][C] Aero Scream: 130 damage. Flip a coin. If tails, discard 2 Energy attached to this Pokemon.

When a Pokemon-EX has been Knocked Out, your opponent takes 2 Prize cards.

Weakness: Lighting (x2)
Resistance: Fighting (-20)
Retreat: 2


Rayquaza-EX

Rayquaza-EX - Colorless - HP170
Basic Pokemon

[C] Rising Burn: 10+ damage. If your opponent's Active Pokemon is a Pokemon-EX, this attack does 50? more damage.
[C][C][C] Dragon Pulse: 100 damage. Discard 1 card from the top of your deck.

When a Pokemon-EX has been Knocked Out, your opponent takes 2 Prize cards.

Weakness: Lighting (x2)
Resistance: Fighting (-20)
Retreat: 2


M Rayquaza-EX

M Rayquaza-EX - Colorless - HP220
Mega Evolution - Evolves from Rayquaza-EX

When 1 of your Pokemon becomes a Mega Evolution, your turn ends.

Δ Evolution: Once during your turn (before your attack), you may play this card from your hand to evolve 1 of your Pokemon even if that Pokemon was put into play this turn or if it's your first turn.

[C][C][C] Emerald Break: 30x damage. Does 30 damage times the number of Pokemon on your Bench.

When a Pokemon-EX has been Knocked Out, your opponent takes 2 Prize cards.

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

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Tuesday, February 10th, 2015 @ 9 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master
Roaring Skies

We've received exclusive information that the next English set will be named Roaring Skies. It will hit store shelves on May 6th and will contain over 100 cards. The set will feature a horde of Dragon-type Pokemon and will be themed after the sky and "the edge of space," of course in reference to the Delta Episode.

We can confirm that the set will include M Rayquaza-EX, M Latios-EX, Thundurus-EX, Hydreigon-EX, Deoxys, Dragonite, and Zekrom. There will be 11 new Pokemon-EX, including 4 Mega Evolution Pokemon.

The set will also feature two brand new Energy, called Mega Turbo Energy and Double Dragon Energy. They are said to boost the power of certain Pokemon, with Double Dragon Energy's effect being most obvious.

Roaring Skies will be the English equivalent of Emerald Break, releasing in Japan on March 14th. We know very little about the set so far aside from this news story, but that will probably change in the next few weeks.

(日本の皆様!アメリカの新段ロァーリングスカイズにはメガレックウザEX、メガラティオスEX、ボルトロスEX、サザンドラEX、デオキシス、カイリュー、ゼクロムが収録されるらしいです! 更にメガターボエネルギーとダブルドラゴンエネルギーも判明!)

To discuss Roaring Skies, check out this forum thread!

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Monday, February 9th, 2015 @ 5 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Here at PokeBeach I always post new Pokemon TCG products as soon as I hear about them, which is usually months and months before they ever hit store shelves. As a result of the products being spread across long spans of news stories, I constantly get e-mails from fans asking if so-and-so product is out yet or if I've seen so-and-so product they just bought at Target (which I appreciate - I love when you guys send me photos, even if you're not sure if I posted about it yet). So this week I thought, "why not make a compilation post so everyone is on the same page and knows what's out there?"

The following is a list of all TCG products that have been released since November, including some Japanese merchandise I covered in previous stories. Not all stores carry each product, and many don't even put them out when they're supposed to, so I've also included links to eBay and Amazon if you want to buy them online (which is surprisingly a cheaper option for many of them, as I found out when compiling the links). Enjoy!

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Monday, February 9th, 2015 @ 5 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The box images for the "Kyogre Collection" and "Groudon Collection" we first announced in December have been revealed! The products will apparently be the counterparts to the Kyogre and Groudon Boxes, featuring the same promo cards (reprints of Kyogre and Groudon from Primal Clash with new artwork), but including figures instead of jumbo cards. Both sets of products will be released in March.

Kyogre Collection / Groudon Collection Images Revealed!
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Monday, February 9th, 2015 @ 12 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

After quite the delay, Samurott's distribution is now live for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire! Use the code "POKEMON503" in the Mystery Gift menu to download it. It comes at Level 50 with its Hidden Ability of Shell Armor and with the attacks Razor Shell, Hold Back, Confide, and Hydro Pump.

Samurott
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Thursday, February 5th, 2015 @ 10 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master
Pokemon Regionals

TPCi has announced that next weekend's St. Louis Regionals will be streamed live on Twitch, a first for a Regional! We'll post up a news story once that begins so you can watch it.

If you're not in the know, here's a list of all upcoming Regionals dates and locations. Visit Pokemon.com for their details:

  • St. Louis, Missouri: February 14–15, 2015, at the St. Charles Convention Center
  • Portland, Oregon: February 14–15, 2015, at the DoubleTree by Hilton
  • Doswell, Virginia: February 14–15, 2015, at the Exhibition Hall at the Meadow Event Park
  • Lancaster, California: February 14–15, 2015, at the Pioneer Event Center
  • Kissimmee, Florida: February 28–March 1, 2015, at the Park Inn by Radisson Resort & Conference Center (the only Regional where Primal Clash is legal)
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Thursday, February 5th, 2015 @ 10 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Pokemon Bank subscribers who access their accounts between February 27th and November 30th will receive Meganium, Typhlosion, AND Feraligatr with their Hidden Abilities. All three Pokemon will come to you at Level 50. To receive them, you need to use Pokemon Link in any Gen VI game after accessing Pokemon Bank with the game you want to download them to.

Pokemon Bank Meganium, Typhlosion, AND Feraligatr
  • Meganium will come with the Hidden Ability Leaf Guard. Leaf Guard protects the Pokemon from status conditions when the sunlight is harsh or extremely harsh, and this Meganium knows Sunny Day—so it can change the weather to take advantage of its own Hidden Ability.
  • Typhlosion will have the Hidden Ability Flash Fire, which boosts the power of Fire-type moves by 50% and prevents this Pokemon from taking damage if hit with a Fire-type move. This Typhlosion knows Overheat, Flamethrower, and Flame Charge, maximising the advantage Flash Fire provides.
  • Feraligatr possesses the Hidden Ability Sheer Force, which eliminates the additional effects of moves used by the Pokemon, while increasing the move’s power by 30%. This Feraligatr already knows three moves that have additional effects. Thanks to Sheer Force, it can deal major damage with these moves.
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Monday, February 2nd, 2015 @ 8 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

April 17th will see the release of a post-Emerald Break product called the "Rayquaza Mega Battle Jumbo Pack." The product will feature a holo Blaziken-EX promo and an Emerald Break poster. It will also come with two Emerald Break, two Gaia Volcano, and two Tidal Storm booster packs, all for 900 yen. This is following the release of Emerald Break and its accompanying products on March 14th. It seems the Rayquaza hype is on for the TCG!

Mega Rayquaza Mega Battle Jumbo Pack
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