Saturday, December 8th, 2012 @ 4 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Thanks to our new Japanese correspondent Amu, we now have card spoilers for several new BW8 Spiral Force / Thunder Knuckle cards. Puddizzle has kindly translated them below. Both sets will be released next week and we'll of course post scans and translations before then.

Lampent - Fire - HP80
Stage 1 - Evolves from Litwick

[C][C] Live Coal: 20 damage.
[R][C][C] Scorching Burn: 40 damage. The Defending Pokemon is now Burned.

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


Steelix - Metal - HP150
Stage 1 (Team Plasma) - Evolves from Onix

[M][C][C] Metal Defender: 50 damage. During your opponent's next turn, this Pokemon has no Weakness.
[M[C][C][C][C] Giga Impact: 100 damage.

Weakness: ?
Resistance: Psychic (-20)
Retreat: 4


Weavile - Darkness - HP90
Stage 1 (Team Plasma) - Evolves from Sneasel

[C] Hail: Does 10 damage to each of your opponent's Pokemon. (Don't apply Weakness and Resistance for Benched Pokemon.)
[D][C] Scapegoats: 30x damage. You may discard as many Pokemon from your hand as you like. This attack does 30 times the number of cards discarded this way.

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


Muk - Psychic - HP100
Stage 1 (Team Plasma) - Evolves from Grimer

[P][C][C] Poisuction: 60 damage. If the Defending Pokemon is Poisoned, heal 60 HP from this Pokemon.
[P][P][C][C] Gunk Crash: 80 damage. Flip a coin until you get tails. Discard 1 Energy attached to the Defending Pokemon for each heads.

Weakness: Psychic (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 3


Raticate - Colorless - HP70
Stage 1 (Team Plasma) - Evolves from Rattata

[C] Junk Transform: Select 1 "Team Plasma" Pokemon, "Team Plasma" Trainer, and "Team Plasma" Energy card from your discard pile, and add them to your hand.
[C][C] Bite: 30 damage.

Weakness: Fighting (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 0


Cryogonal - Water - HP80
Basic Pokemon (Team Plasma)

[C] Cold Sign: Search your deck for a Water Pokemon, show it to your opponent, and put it into your hand. Shuffle your deck afterwards.
[W] Hard Freezing: 10 damage. Discard one Energy attached to this Pokemon. During your opponent's next turn, the Defending Pokemon cannot attack.

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


Absol - Darkness - HP100
Basic Pokemon (Team Plasma)

[D][C] Mind Jack: 20+ damage. This attack does 20 more damage for each of your opponent's Benched Pokemon.
[D][C][C] Shadow Fear: 60 damage. Look at your opponent's hand.

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

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Saturday, December 8th, 2012 @ 9 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The 15th Pokemon movie will air on Cartoon Network tonight at 5:00 PM Mountain / 6:00 PM Central / 7:00 PM Eastern and Pacific. If you can't watch it tonight, it's also airing tomorrow a bit earlier in the afternoon.

It stars Keldeo, Kyurem, Virizion, Terrakion, and Cobalion, as you can see in the extended preview below. This movie is also the first to barely feature Team Rocket, which is probably a good thing since they're usually just wedged into the plot anyway.

If you want to be spoiled (I don't know why when you could just watch it tonight), our Japanese correspondent, Gin, wrote a summary of the film back in July the day it came out in Japanese theaters. She claimed it was the "best Pokemon film in years," and others who saw it in Japan have also echoed her sentiments, so I guess we can all be the judge of that tonight!

Make sure to comment on the film after you see it in this forum thread and let us know what you thought!

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Thursday, December 6th, 2012 @ 5 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Update (9:00 AM) - I didn't notice that the hologram next to Colress and Ghetsis is of Genesect. So now Genesect is going to be introduced in the TV show!

Pokemon Best Wishes Season 2 Episode N

During today's episode of Pokemon, a new trailer debuted for the N arc that will begin in Japan on January 17th. It reveals that the arc will not only feature N, but the BW2 Team Plasma Grunts, Colress, Ghetsis, Genesect, and even Ash's Charizard! Gin has translated the narration in the trailer:

Ash and co. head off to the White Ruins, a place associated with Reshiram, which Prof. Araragi's father has seen. Then they meet a strange boy who can hear the voices of Pokemon, N. Ash becomes involved in a suspicious experiment Team Plasma is doing using Pokemon. By the hand of the mysterious researcher Colress, Axew and Pikachu become vicious even towards Ash and co.! Team Plasma says they are searching for N, but what is the ambition of their leader, Ghetsis? And! The Team Rocket trio returns from the Kanto region to Unova and fights against Team Plasma! What will the outcome of THAT be?

An article on this anime industry website also reveals that N will become part of the regular cast during this arc. He is traveling the Unova region trying to pursue what the relationship between humans and Pokemon should be and calls Pokemon his friends. Ghetsis is the leader of Team Plasma, who is seeking control of the Unova region, and he is searching for N. Colress is a Plasma researcher who is experimenting on Pokemon using a machine. So, it would seem the anime counterparts of these characters are exactly the same as the source material.

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Wednesday, December 5th, 2012 @ 11 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master
Plasma Storm: Elite Trainer Box

A new type of Pokemon TCG product has been announced called the "Plasma Storm: Elite Trainer Box." The box is clearly intended to help new Pokemon TCG players enter the card game, supplying all of the essentials one would need to begin playing such as Energy cards and deck supplies.

The product name is prefixed with "Plasma Storm," so perhaps these will be regular releases with every new set like with theme decks (or it could just be a one-time thing). Each box costs $34.99 and comes with...

  • 7 Plasma Storm booster packs
  • 40 Pokemon TCG Energy cards
  • 2 acrylic condition markers
  • 6 damage-counter dice
  • A competition-legal coin-flip die
  • A player’s guide
  • A deckbox
  • A collector’s box to hold everything
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Wednesday, December 5th, 2012 @ 11 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

TPCi has announced a series of Play! Pokemon Wi-Fi tournaments that will allow video game players to earn byes at real-life Regional Championships as well as Championship Points. The full press release is below with all the details.

BELLEVUE, WASH.-December 5, 2012-The Pokémon Company International announced today it is adding Global Battle Union (GBU) Wi-Fi tournaments to its North American 2013 Video Game Championship Series season, making it easier than ever for video game players to step down the road to the Pokémon World Championships. Beginning with the 2012 VGCS Winter Battle, taking place December 13th through December 17th, top finishers of the Wi-Fi tournament will earn byes at live tournaments, including January's Pokémon Winter Regional Championships. Top participants will also receive Championship Points, bringing them one step closer to potentially earning invitations to the 2013 Pokémon World Championships in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The 2012 VGCS Winter Battle is the first time results from a GBU Wi-Fi Competition will count in a North American Pokémon Video Game Championships Series season, adding to an already exciting year that kicked off with the Autumn Regional Championships this October. Players can register for the event between Wednesday, December 5th at 4:00 p.m. PST and Thursday, December 13th at 3:59 p.m. PST at pokemon.com/pgl with gameplay beginning December 13th at 4:00 p.m. PST. Adding to the fun, players who maintain a low disconnect rate in the 2012 VGCS Winter Battle will be awarded a Custap Berry. The powerful Custap Berry gives the Pokémon holding it a better chance to strike first the turn after its HP gets low.

"Incorporating Wi-Fi tournaments into the North American Play! Pokémon Video Game Championships Series provides opportunities for players to battle more often," said J.C. Smith, director of Consumer Marketing for The Pokémon Company International. "The upcoming GBU Wi-Fi Competitions are an easy way to battle competitively and take a step down the road to the Pokémon World Championships."

The 2012 VGCS Winter Battle is one of five GBU tournaments scheduled for the Video Game Championship Series season, joining live events taking place throughout North America. Numerous casual GBU tournaments will be announced soon. Upcoming GBU Wi-Fi and live Video Game Championship Series tournaments include:

  • Wi-Fi Event: 2012 VGCS Winter Battle (December 13th-17th, 2012)
  • Live Event: 2013 Pokémon Winter Regional Championships, North America (January 20th, 2013)
  • Wi-Fi Event: 2013 Pokémon International Challenge January (January 24th-28th, 2013)
  • Wi-Fi Event: 2013 Pokémon International Challenge March (March 21st-25th, 2013)
  • Live Event: 2013 Pokémon Spring Regional Championships, North America (April 14th, 2013)
  • Wi-Fi Event: 2013 Pokémon International Challenge April (April 18th-21st, 2013)
  • Wi-Fi Event: 2013 Pokémon International Challenge June (June 20th-24th, 2013)
  • Live Event: 2013 Pokémon U.S. National Championships, Indianapolis, Indiana (July 5th-7th, 2013)

The 2012 VGCS Winter Battle runs Thursday, December 13th at 4:00 p.m. PST through Monday, December 17th at 3:59 p.m. PST (Start and end times listed in UTC-time on the Pokémon Global Link website). Players wishing to compete need a copy of the Pokémon Black 2 or Pokémon White 2 video game, a Pokémon Trainer Club account, a Nintendo DS or Nintendo 3DS system, and broadband Internet access. Registration and battles will take place in the Global Battle Union (www.pokemon.com/pgl).

For more information about the 2013 Video Game Championship Series season, including rules, regulations, and registration details, please visit pokemon.com/play. To create a Pokémon Trainer Club account, please visit www.pokemon.com/us/account/signup.

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Monday, December 3rd, 2012 @ 6 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The Plasma Storm theme decks will be named "PlasmaClaw," featuring Druddigon, and "PlasmaShadow," featuring Giratina. Both cards originate from Plasma Gale. Thanks goes to our friends at Pokecollection for the news!

The Plasma Storm two-pack blister will come packaged with a promo Jigglypuff card that was released at Japan's March 2012 Gym Challenges as well as a reprinted Wigglytuff from Next Destinies. The three-pack blister will feature a Ninetales promo, which is reprinted from Dragons Exalted but has alternate artwork. It was originally the promo card that fans received when buying a booster box of BW6 Dragon Blade / Dragon Blast in Japan.

Plasma Storm
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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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