Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 @ 9 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Pokemon has revealed several English images of upcoming Phantom Forces cards following the previous reveals of Gengar-EX, M Gengar-EX, and Gengar Spirit Link. Our Phantom Forces set will be the equivalent of Japan's Phantom Gate set and will hit store shelves on November 5th.

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Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 @ 9 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

A Super Size Pumpkaboo is available over Wi-Fi from now until October 31st for North American players. The Pumpkaboo is holding a Rocky Helmet and comes with the moves Trick-or-Treat, Astonish, Scary Face, and Shadow Sneak. It can also have its Hidden Ability, Insomnia. Trading Pumpkaboo evolves it into Gourgeist, so this distribution will allow players to easily qualify for the Trick-or-Treat Friendly Online Competition where every participant's Battle Box must include a Super Size Gourgeist.

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Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 @ 12 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Update (Wednesday, 9:30 AM) - Added Heliolisk below!

As posted before, Gallade-EX will be distributed in a promo booster pack alongside 11 other promo cards at Japan's Gym Challenge tournaments this October. We now know that the packs will contain alternate art reprints of Litleo, Zubat, Zweilous, and Swirlix from Phantom Gate, a brand new Heliolisk and Blissey, reverse holos of Water, Metal, Fairy Energy, and a new "Trevor" Supporter card, and a new "Healing Raiment" Tool card. Heliolisk is the only new card we do not have a translation for right now since it's covered up, but it has a new Ability.

Gym Challenge Heliolisk Promo

Heliolisk - Lightning - HP90
Stage 1 - Evolves from Helioptile

Ability: Dry Skin
Reduce 30 damage from your opponent's [W] Pokemon attacks done to this Pokemon (after applying Weakness and Resistance).

[L][C][C] Hyper Beam: 60 damage. Flip a coin. If heads, discard an Energy attached to your opponent's Active Pokemon.

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


Gym Challenge Promo Packs

Blissey - Colorless - HP120
Stage 1 - Evolves from Chansey

[C][C] Double Slap: 40x damage. Flip 2 coins. This attack does 40 damage times the number of heads.
[C][C][C][C] Nurse's Egg: Heal 100 damage from each of your Benched Pokemon. Then, discard 2 Energy attached to this Pokemon.

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


Healing Raiment

Healing Raiment - Trainer
Item

Pokemon Tool: Attach a Pokemon Tool to 1 of your Pokemon that doesn't already have a Pokemon Tool attached to it.

Whenever you attach an Energy card from your hand to the Pokemon this card is attached to, heal 20 damage from this Pokemon.

You may play as many Item cards as you like during your turn (before your attack).


Trevor

Trevor - Trainer
Supporter

Search your deck for a Pokemon, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Shuffle your deck afterward.

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

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Friday, September 26th, 2014 @ 11 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

A reprint of XY's Talonflame on galaxy holofoil paper will be one of the two promos included in the Phantom Forces checklane blister. The second promo option for the blister has not been revealed yet.

The Phantom Forces Collector's Album we first posted about over a month ago has been revealed, featuring Mega Gengar and Mega Lucario on the cover. It comes with one booster pack and holds 60 cards. A pair of UltraPro binders featuring the set's booster pack and theme deck artwork will also be released alongside Phantom Forces, coming in 9-pocket and 4-pocket sizes with 10 pages each.

Phantom Forces TalonFlame Blister Pack Phantom Forces Collector's Album Phantom Forces UltraPro Binder Phantom Forces UltraPro Binder
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Friday, September 26th, 2014 @ 2 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master
Gallade-EX Promo

A large image of Gallade-EX has been uploaded to the official Japanese Pokemon TCG website following the promo's initial reveal as a teeny-tiny image. Thanks goes to DorianBlack for the translation below! Gallade-EX will be included in promo booster packs given out to players at tournaments in Japan this October along with 11 other promo cards.

Gallade-EX - Psychic - HP170
Basic Pokemon

[P][C][C] Assault Sword: 40+ damage. Does 40 more damage if the opponent's Active Pokemon has no Energy attached to it.
[P][P][C][C] Cross Cut: 130 damage. This Pokemon can't use Cross Cut during your next turn.

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

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

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Thursday, September 25th, 2014 @ 8 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Primal Clash will be the name of America's fifth XY set and will hit store shelves in February. The set will obviously be our version of Japan's Tidal Storm / Gaia Volcano set and will feature the premiere of Primal Kyogre-EX and Primal Groudon-EX. Primal Clash will also see the release of two Elite Trainer Boxes this time around, featuring either Primal Kyogre or Primal Groudon. Along with Boundaries Crossed (Freeze Bolt / Cold Flare), which was based on Black 2 and White 2, this is the second time a set based on a video game has not been named after it (e.g. EX FireRed & LeafGreen, XY, etc).

Update (11:00 AM) - New info just came in! The set will feature over 150 cards, including 12 Pokemon-EX and 4 Mega Evolution Pokemon-EX.

Primal Groudon vs Primal Kyogre
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Monday, September 22nd, 2014 @ 2 AM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Japan's next sets will be named Tidal Storm and Gaia Volcano and will hit store shelves on December 13th! Each set will feature 70 cards (excluding secret rares). The sets are under the XY label, meaning the XY block will still continue. No other information is known about these sets at this time aside from the fact they're themed after Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, but we'll bring you the latest as soon as we find out!

Also releasing alongside the set on December 13th for 1,000 yen is Japan's version of our upcoming Mega Metagross Collection, featuring holo promos of Metagross-EX, M Metagross-EX, Torchic, and three packs of each set. The product description labels Torchic as a "New Logic Card," which appears to be some sort of new mechanic - we're not quite sure what it means or how the Torchic will be different than usual.

The set will also see the release of Primal Kyogre and Groudon-themed products, including 32-pack sleeves (362 yen per pack), a deck box (362 yen), and a new type of card box containing 45 Energy cards (5 for each type), five "special" Trainer cards, and three dividers (all for 500 yen).

What do you think will be in these sets? To discuss them, check out this thread on our forums! Thanks goes to Franco T. for the translations above!

Tidal Storm and Gaia Volcano Metagross-EX Pack
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Sunday, September 21st, 2014 @ 2 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Amazon France has revealed that a Darkrai promo will also be available in Phantom Forces blister packs (following the previous reveal of Shiftry). Darkrai was originally given out in Japan to those who preordered tickets to The Cocoon of Destruction and Diancie. Its translation is below.

Darkrai Movie Promo

Darkrai - Darkness - HP120
Basic Pokemon

[D][C] Hypnoblast: 30 damage. The opponent's Active Pokemon is now Asleep.
[D][D][C] Deep Wind: 60+ damage. If the opponent's Active Pokemon is Asleep, this attack does 60 more damage and heal 30 HP from this Pokemon.

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


Darkrai Promo from Phantom Forces Blister Pack Shiftry Promo from Phantom Forces Blister Pack
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Sunday, September 21st, 2014 @ 12 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master
Steve P's Deck List Program

It took me over a week, but I've completely updated SteveP's deck list program for both the Standard format and Expanded format (and what a headache it was!). The card databases include every legal card possible, including cards from older sets. Check them out!

For those of you who do not know, the program allows you to create and print official deck lists for tournaments. This way you don't have to write them out, saving you and the tournament tons of time.

If you find any errors, please let me know in this thread.

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Thursday, September 18th, 2014 @ 10 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Players who participate in Japan's Battle Festa tournaments this fall will receive a full art Pikachu promo! Additionally, those who perform well during the tournament's side events and earn enough points will receive Absol-EX and M Absol-EX promos. Thanks goes to Franco T. for the translations below!

Pikachu Full Art Battle Festa Promo

Pikachu - Lightning - HP60
Basic Pokemon

[L][L][L] Thunderbolt: 100 damage. Discard all Energy attached to this Pokemon.

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


Absol-EX Battle Festa Promo

Absol-EX - Darkness - HP170
Basic Pokemon

[D] Darkness Fang: 20 damage. Flip a coin. If heads, choose 1 card from your opponent's hand without looking and discard it.
[D][D][C] Dark Edge: 100 damage. During your opponent's next turn, your opponent's Active Pokemon that was hit by this attack does 20 less damage to the Defending Pokemon.

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

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


M Absol-EX Battle Festa Promo

M Absol-EX - Darkness - HP210
Mega Evolution - Evolves from Absol-EX

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

[D][D] Disaster Wing: 80+ damage. Discard the top card from your opponent's deck. If that card is a Trainer card, this attack does 80 more damage.

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

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

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