Friday, June 15th, 2012 @ 3 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

TPCi has just announced that the 2012-2013 season will be in the Black & White-on format. Also announced is that the 2013 season will start on July 9th rather in September so that players can start working toward earning points for the upcoming year. However, the typical set rotation won't take place until September 1st to avoid confusion.

Changes to the Play! Pokémon Modified format for the 2013 tournament season have been announced.

Effective: 9/1/2012

In the interest of maintaining a healthy tournament environment, Pokémon Organized Play removes older sets from the Modified format at the beginning of each new tournament season. Each rotation challenges existing players to create new strategies while enabling new players to get into Organized Play with a minimal investment.

The 2013 season will be starting on July 9th so that players can get an early start on working towards the 2013 Pokémon World Championships, but in order to avoid confusion we will rotate sets on the more familiar date of September 1st.

The 2012 Pokémon World Championships being held on August 10th–12th in Waikoloa, Hawaii, will use the 2012 format and rules as are currently listed.

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Friday, June 15th, 2012 @ 12 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The official Pokemon Black 2 and White 2 website has updated with clear images of the screenshots that were featured in CoroCoro magazine this week. As such, we now have new information!

Keldeo Resolution Form
  • There will be a Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, and Pikachu egg distribution for B2W2 at some point. All three of the Kanto Starters will come with False Swipe and Block as well as Frenzy Plant and Weather Ball for Bulbasaur, Blast Burn and Acrobatics for Charmander, and Hydro Cannon and Follow Me for Squirtle. Pikachu's moves are unknown at this time.
  • The Piplup you can download over Wi-Fi will be at Level 15 and will come with Sing, Peck, and FeatherDance. It will be holding the Metronome item.
  • The Fes Missions will differ by game version and can support up to 100 players. After completing Fes Missions, you can get rare items and Pass Powers.
  • Join Avenue, which is a shopping center you build with other players, will feature brand new items that you can purchase which boost stats, friendship, and speed up egg hatching. Join Avenue will connect you to other players over both Wi-Fi and local DS wireless.
  • The Live Caster will now feature mini-games, such as two games involving popping balloons called Balloon Catch and Balloon Smash.
  • The new medal system will award players for various achievements - over 200, in fact, such as catching certain Pokemon. Players can decorate their Trainer cards with their medals.
  • Currently unavailable Berries, such as the Salac Berry and Ganlon Berry, will be available in B2W2.
  • The Tornadus, Thundurus, and Landorus you catch in Pokemon Dream Radar will come with the Regenerator, Volt Absorb, and Intimidate abilities (respectively), but if you change them to their regular formes using the Reflecting Mirror item, they will have their hidden abilities: Defiant for Tornadus and Thundurus and Sheer Force for Landorus.
  • Pokemon caught in Pokemon Dream Radar will come with their Hidden Abilities.
  • Keldeo turns to its Resolution/Resolute Form when it knows Sacred Sword Secret Sword. If it doesn't know the move, it is in its Usual Form.
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Friday, June 15th, 2012 @ 12 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The official Pokemon Card website has fully revealed Crystal Wall and Crystal Edge from BW6 Cold Flare and Freeze Bolt; both cards feature a new game mechanic label called "ACE SPEC" which prevents you from putting more than one copy of any ACE SPEC card in your deck. New Virizion, Terrakion, and Cobalion promos were also revealed and will come in new movie commemoration packs for Kyurem vs. the Sacred Swordsman - Keldeo. Translations are below courtesy of Bangiras; click the thumbnails to enlarge the card images.

BW6 Freeze Bolt Cold Flare Crystal Wall

Crystal Wall - Trainer

Pokemon Tool: Attach a Pokemon Tool to your Pokemon to use it. Each Pokemon can only have 1 Tool attached, and the Tool stays attached.

The Black Kyurem-EX that this card is attached to has its maximum HP increased to 300.

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

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


BW6 Freeze Bolt Cold Flare Crystal Edge

Crystal Edge - Trainer

Pokemon Tool: Attach a Pokemon Tool to your Pokemon to use it. Each Pokemon can only have 1 Tool attached, and the Tool stays attached.

The White Kyurem-EX that this card is attached to does an additional 50 damage to any Active Pokemon with its attacks.

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

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


Virizion Movie Promo

Virizion - Grass - HP100
Basic Pokemon

Ability: Justified
This Pokemon's attacks do 50 more damage to the Active Darkness-type Pokemon.

[G][C][C] Leaf Blade: 50+ damage. Flip a coin, if heads this attack does 30 more damage.

Weakness: Fire (x2)
Resistance: Water (-20)
Retreat: 1


Terrakion Movie Promo

Terrakion - Fighting - HP130
Basic Pokemon

Ability: Justified
This Pokemon's attacks do 50 more damage to the Active Darkness-type Pokemon.

[F][F][C][C] Crushing Blow: 80 damage. Flip a coin, if heads choose 1 Energy attached to the Defending Pokemon and discard it.

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


Cobalion Movie Promo

Cobalion - Metal - HP120
Basic Pokemon

Ability: Justified
This Pokemon's attacks do 50 more damage to the Active Darkness-type Pokemon.

[M][M][C] Iron Head: 60+ damage. Flip a coin until you get tails. This attack does 20 more damage times the number of heads.

Weakness: Fire (x2)
Resistance: Psychic (-20)
Retreat: 3

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Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 @ 9 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Update (11:45 PM) - Added a seventh page below featuring new Trainer cards from BW6 with brand new game mechanics. | Thanks goes to our beyond-talented site artist, Xous, for another beautiful banner! :)

June's CoroCoro magazine has leaked on to the Internet a few days early, revealing the last promotional tidbits for Black 2 and White 2 before their release date next Saturday. Click the thumbnails below for larger scans.

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Page 1

  • Elesa has dyed her hair black and her gym resembles a fashion show, as seen in the animated B2W2 promotional trailer. She now has a Flaaffy on her team.
  • The old Team Plasma will run into the new Team Plasma (the Plasma members from the animated trailer).

Page 2

  • You earn medals when you connect with other players and complete Fez missions (Fes Missions are like the Entralink missions in BW).
  • Black 2 has a cave location with water while White 2 has a cave location with lava.
  • Black City and White Forest are back, though their designs look different.

Page 3

  • The Buneary and Magby lines will be exclusive to Black 2 while the Skitty and Elekid lines will be exclusive to White 2.
  • Black Kyurem has Zekrom's ability, Teravolt, while White Kyurem has Reshiram's ability, Turboblaze.
  • Poke Transfer returns so that you can import your Pokemon from Generation IV games.

Page 4

  • A new item, Reflecting Mirror, can change Tornadus, Thundurus, and Landorus between their formes.
  • Their new formes have different abilities: Tornadus' is Regenerator, Thundurus' is Volt Absorb, and Landorus' is Intimidate.
  • Porygon can be caught in Pokemon Dream Radar.
  • You can also obtain items in Pokemon Dream Radar, such as Thunderstone, and transfer them over to B2W2.

Page 5

  • Keldeo can change to its Resolution Forme when you take it to a forest outside Sangi Town, a new location in B2W2. You will need Virizion, Cobalion, and Terrakion present in order to change it. It is implied that Keldeo will need to know Secret Sword first.
  • A special Piplup will be given away over Wi-Fi to B2W2 players from July 20th to August 9th. It will know Sing.
  • There will be a Meloetta distribution from July 14th to September 30th, though it isn't stated if it will be over Wi-Fi.
  • If you take Meloetta to the cafe in Castelia City, you can get a special Fez Mission where you have to search Unova for Berries in 3 minutes.

Page 6

  • Just a new poster for the Kyurem vs the Sacred Swordsman - Keldeo movie featuring Keldeo's Resolution Forme. It highlights the new ribbons sprouting out of Keldeo's mane and the Musketeer Trio using their Sacred Sword attacks.

Page 7

Crystal Wall and Crystal Edge from BW6 Cold Flare and Freeze Bolt
  • Two new Trainers will debut in BW6 Cold Flare and Freeze Bolt named Crystal Wall and Crystal Edge; they are specially designed for use with either Black Kyurem-EX or White Kyurem-EX. The cards are too small to read, but judging by the magazine's description of them, Crystal Wall attaches to Black Kyurem-EX and boosts its HP to 300 while Crystal Edge attaches to White Kyurem-EX and allows its attacks to do 50 more damage. The cards seem to involve a new mechanic - they have different templates than regular Trainer cards and also appear to have special clauses on the right side of their borders. I wonder what their drawback will be, if any. We'll bring more once a clearer scan emerges, so stay tuned!

Also, earlier today, a product sheet leaked for an official Pokedex guidebook that will be released in Japan on August 11th. Its description states that it will feature information on all 649 Pokemon, specifically mentioning Keldeo, Meloetta, and Genesect. Genesect has not been revealed by Gamefreak or Nintendo yet, so this product sheet mentioning Genesect seems to mean that the Paleozoic Pokemon will be revealed before August 11th. Whether or not this is an oversight or error remains to be seen, but if it's true, we'll be getting Genesect a lot earlier than we expected!

Genesect Mentioned in Pokedex Guidebook Product Sheet
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Sunday, June 10th, 2012 @ 1 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The front page of CoroCoro magazine has leaked several days early, revealing Keldeo's Resolution Forme. The design doesn't appear to be radically different than regular Keldeo: its horn is now longer, blue, and resembles a drill and there are now three green, yellow, and blue extensions sprouting from its mane. We'll have to wait for the rest of CoroCoro to leak within the next few days before we can see the rest of the design, so stay tuned!

Keldeo Resolution Forme
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Friday, June 8th, 2012 @ 11 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

If you remember back to before Black and White came out, no one had a clue what typings Reshiram and Zekrom would be. Shokotan, the host of Pokemon Smash and a lover of Electric-type Pokemon, accidentally posted on her blog that she loved Electric types and for that reason, she loved Zekrom. Thus, she inadvertently spilled that Zekrom would be an Electric-type before it was revealed by anyone. After posting it, she realized her mistake and immediately removed the information.

Shokotan has done it once again, though if she keeps "accidentally" spilling things, we're going to start wondering if she's actually doing it on purpose! Shokotan will be voicing Keldeo in the upcoming Kyurem vs. the Sacred Swordsman movie. While reading her blog today, we were able to catch her stating the following (thanks goes to Gin for the translation). Of course, she has now deleted the sentences from her post.

Keldeo's Resolution Forme is a must-see. Keldeo doesn't cry out much but he will in the instant he becomes Resolution Forme!!! I ad-libbed my own kind of scream, which you can go see at the theater! Wow, already 6 years in a row... [voicing characters in Pokemon movies].

Keldeo's Resolution Forme will most likely be revealed in CoroCoro magazine next week. Judging by what she says about it crying out more in its Resolution Forme, it's probably more confident and powerful (like Shaymin Land Forme -> Shaymin Sky Forme in the 11th movie).

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Friday, June 8th, 2012 @ 10 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Update #2 (10:30 AM) - Added higher-quality version of the tins below; click the thumbnail for a larger image. | Update (5:00 AM) - Added Dragons Exalted theme deck images below.

We have received an exclusive image of the upcoming Fall 2012 tins, dubbed the "Legendary EX Tins," which will be released in America on September 30th. As reported previously, they will feature promo card versions of Mewtwo-EX, Darkrai-EX, and Rayquaza-EX, but with alternate artwork. Each tin will cost $15.99 and will include one of the promos, four Black and White series booster packs, and a TCGO code card.

Fall 2012 Tins: Legendary EX Tins Featuring Mewtwo-EX, Darkrai-EX, Rayquaza-EX

The theme decks for Dragons Exalted have also been revealed, featuring Garchomp and Hydreigon. Both cards come from Japan's BW5 Dragon Blade / Dragon Blast set and are Dragon-type Pokemon. Thanks goes to TPCi via PokeCollection for the below image!

Dragons Exalted Theme Decks Featuring
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Friday, June 8th, 2012 @ 10 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

To commemorate Kyurem vs the Sacred Swordsman - Keldeo, Bandai will be releasing a couple of figurines in July featuring Pokemon from the movie. Oddly, on their ad below, Keldeo is labeled as its "Usual Forme." Does this mean we're getting a new Keldeo forme? Several upcoming products have hinted that a new Pokemon is going to be revealed, so we may have it right here. Shaymin's Sky Forme wasn't revealed until the June preceding its July movie debut, so it's definitely not too late to unveil a new forme - we may see it revealed in CoroCoro magazine next week. Thanks goes to Gin for the news!

New Keldeo Forme Hinted?
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Friday, June 8th, 2012 @ 12 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The official Dragons Exalted set description has been released, revealing that the set will feature over 120 cards, six Pokemon-EX, six full art cards, and 15 Dragon-type Pokemon. The set's booster packs will hit store shelves August 15th.

Dragons Exalted

The Time of Dragons Is Now! Can You Command Them?

The might of dragons is yours to control in a way that can change your game forever - as a brand-new Energy type! Rayquaza. Giratina. Hydreigon. Few Pokémon inspire awe and wonder like Dragon-type Pokémon, and in the Dragons Exalted expansion, they come ready to rule the game! And with a grand mix of all-new Pokémon-EX and a horde of Dragon-type Pokémon to take to the skies and take the battlefield by storm, plus new Trainer cards and new Special Energy cards, you’ll be ready for the roar of dragons and the glory of battle!

  • Brand-new Energy type: Dragon!
  • 15 Dragon-type Pokémon!
  • A dozen Pokémon-EX, including 6 full-card-art Pokémon!
  • Over 120 cards in all!
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Wednesday, June 6th, 2012 @ 11 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Nintendo Channel has posted a new trailer for Pokemon Black 2 / White 2 and Pokemon Dream Radar, all of which will be released in Japan on June 23rd. Not much new footage is shown, so you can refer to the bullet points below to skip through the video.

  • 1:27 - World Tournament and Cynthia's battle animation
  • 2:04 - Getting some sort of new medal and storing it
  • 2:09 - New locations, new Black Kyurem footage and White Kyurem footage, Akuroma in a Team Plasma building
  • 2:49 - Trying to get Tornadus' new Sacred Beast forme in Pokemon AR Searcher, hearing its new cry, transferring it to Black 2 and White 2, and Thundurus and Landorus' new formes in battles
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