Pokémon Database - News & Updates

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On this page below you'll find the recent Pokémon news and updates to this site. Delve deeper using the menu above to find detailed Pokédex entries, attack stats, evolution chains and our thriving community of awesome Pokéfans who'll answer your questions. And much more besides!

Pokémon Red, Blue & Yellow to be released on Virtual Console!

General News — 13 November, 2015

Pokemon Red/Blue battle Big news coming out of tonight's Nintendo Direct. The Pokémon games that started the franchise, Pokémon Red, Pokémon Blue and Pokémon Yellow, are to be relaunched in the 3DS eShop! They will use the Virtual Console and stay true to the originals with the monochrome palette, same as other Game Boy games in the eShop.

Not only that, it was announced that as well as fixing some issues with the games, trading will be possible using wireless communication on the 3DS. That means players really can catch all the original 150 Pokémon! (No word yet on whether #151 Mew will be available.)

Pokémon Red/Blue/Yellow will be released on February 27th 2016, exactly 20 years to the day that the original Pokémon Red & Green were released in Japan. Check out the announcement trailer:

Pokémon Picross announced

General News — 12 November, 2015

In today's Nintendo Direct a new Pokémon game was announced - Pokémon Picross, to be released in December in the 3DS eShop for free.

Pokemon Picross logo

In Picross, also known as Hanjie or Nonagrams, you have to fill in certain squares to create a picture - in this case different Pokémon! Numbers on the side of the grid tell you how many squares are filled in each row or column.

Trailer and screenshots below!

Shadow Mewtwo officially revealed for Pokken Tournament

General News — 12 November, 2015

Pokken Tournament - the cross between Pokémon and Tekken due for release on Wii U in 2016 - has a new trailer released a few days ago. It showcases lots of footage and also reveals some new additions, including Pikachu Libre, the Cosplay Pikachu variant featured in Pokémon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire.

And at the end of the video we get a brief glimpse of Shadow Mewtwo an alternate version of Mewtwo that calls back to the Shadow Pokémon from Pokémon Colosseum. Here's the trailer:

Official art of new Zygarde forms

General News — 21 September, 2015

The new Zygarde forms were officially revealed by TPCi last week (apologies for the delay, pretty busy these days). They pretty much follow what we already know, the main difference being that Zygarde's perfect form is officially known as Complete Forme.

Here are all the Formes:

Zygarde Cell
Zygarde Cell - single cells that make up Zygarde. They cannot use any moves.
Zygarde Core
Zygarde Core - part of Zygarde's brain. They are known to take action when the ecosystem changes.

New Zygarde Formes revealed

General News — 12 September, 2015

Japanese magazine CoroCoro has leaked and reveals multiple new Formes for Zygarde!

Zygarde Formes

Going from left to right, the Formes are as follows (translations, not necessarily the final English names).

  • The flat green blob is known as Zygarde Cell.
  • The green blob that we have seen before is known as Zygarde Core. When it merges with Zygarde Cell it becomes the brain of the larger forms.
  • The dog-like form is Zygarde 10% Forme. It has high Speed.
  • The regular Zygarde from Pokémon X&Y is known as Zygarde 50% Forme.
  • The large human-like monster is Zygarde Perfect Forme, and is much more powerful than Xerneas and Yveltal.

No announcement of the next Pokémon game is provided, however the magazine does state that the next series of the anime will be called Pokémon XY&Z.

Nintendo announces Pokémon Go, an augmented reality smartphone app

General News — 10 September, 2015

Pokemon Go Bluetooth device At a business strategy press conference today, The Pokémon Company revealed a new game in conjunction with Nintendo and Niantic (developers of Ingress). It is an augmented reality game for smartphones, where players can catch 'em all in the real world!

Players explore real world locations to battle, catch and trade Pokémon. An additional Bluetooth device will also be available, shown to the right, which will alert players to nearby events such as Pokémon in the vicinity.

The game will be free with in-app purchases. Here's a promo video for the game:



Shiny Rayquaza distribution celebrates new TCG expansion

Pokemon Events — 21 August, 2015

Shiny Rayquaza event To celebrate the release of Pokémon TCG: XY—Ancient Origins, the next expansion in the Pokémon Trading Card Game, a special Shiny Rayaquaza distribution event is taking place.

The Shiny Rayquaza knows the Dragon Ascent move, which allows it to Mega Evolve. It's available for the Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire games.

  • In America/Canada it's available from August 12th until September 14th, via Mystery Gift > Receive Via Internet.
  • In the UK it's available from August 24th until September 20th using a serial code from Smyths Toys Store.
  • In Australia/New Zealand it's available from August 10th until August 31st using a serial code from EB Games.

CoroCoro shows pictures of new Pokémon

General News — 10 August, 2015

A small update from Japanese magazine CoroCoro today. They have images of the green blob Pokémon seen during the trailer for the next anime special.

It confirmed Zygarde will be in said special, but no other real information was provided. However, supposedly there will be more details in the next issue, due out early September.

Green blob Pokemon
Green blob Pokémon, rumoured to be related to Zygarde

Mystery green blob Pokemon revealed

General News — 01 August, 2015

A video has surfaced showing the mystery green blob creature that was seen during the Japanese trailer for the next Pokemon movie.

Limited time Diancie distribution announced

Pokemon Events — 21 July, 2015

Diancie The Pokémon company has announced a new event to receive the mythical Pokémon Diancie. This event will run for a very short time, so make sure to get it as soon as possible!

Diancie will be available for Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire via Mystery Gift between July 24th and 27th. That's this Friday to Monday!

The Diancie will have the moves Diamond Storm, Moonblast, Dazzling Gleam and Protect. Once received from the delivery girl in the PokéCenter, leave and then re-enter, which will trigger the event to receive Diancite.

New Pokémon Shuffle section added

Site Updates — 16 July, 2015

Pokemon Shuffle logo It's been a long while since I added any significant new content here, although I've been fixing many minor errors over the past few weeks. But today I've added a new section for the spinoff game, Pokémon Shuffle!

We don't often cover spinoff games here, but despite using the freemium model of gaming (which I dislike), the game itself is a lot of fun! And payment isn't really required at any point. There is a lot more to the game than you might expect so hopefully you find it useful.

The new pages contain the in-game Pokédex, a list of stages, ability details and Mega Evolution details. There is lots there already but I'm working on adding some more detail for the stages and abilities.

Pokémon Shuffle guide

New mystery Pokémon revealed in CoroCoro

General News — 13 July, 2015

The latest issue of Japanese magazine CoroCoro has been leaked and it includes the silhouette of a Pokémon to feature in the next Pokémon movie.

Mysterious Pokemon
Mysterious Pokemon

It's unknown whether this is an entirely new Pokémon or a new form for an existing Pokémon (although it does bear some similarities to the legendary Pokémon Zygarde). A trailer for the movie is due to be release this weekend.

Sketch of green blob with red chest UPDATE: The trailer for this movie is now showing in cinemas in Japan and reports are coming in of another new Pokémon appearing. It is a green blob with a red spot on its chest and one eye bigger than the other. Many sketches have started appearing online, the one to the right is supposedly the most accurate so far.

Again, no word on whether this is an entirely new Pokémon or related to an existing one.