The Pokemon Database Newsfeed Pokemon news, events and site updates. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:05:44 UTC en Mega Metagross details confirmed 137 Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:39:41 UTC <p><img class="figure-right" src="" width="400" height="360" alt="Mega Metagross"> Nintendo have now confirmed details for Mega Metagross, which was recently leaked via CoroCoro.</p> <p>Upon Mega-Evolving, it gains the ability <b>Tough Claws</b> and remains Steel/Psychic type. Its Speed is greatly increased, but also has small increases in each of its other stats too. More pictures and video below.</p> <p>Also confirmed are some gym leaders and Elite Four members. These are the same as in the original games, but we see that Elite Four Phoebe uses a Dusknoir, Elite Four Sidney uses a Shiftry, and Champion Steven uses Mega Metagross.</p> Mega Metagross revealed in CoroCoro 136 Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:28:44 UTC <p>The latest issue of CoroCoro has leaked and confirms that Metagross will gain a Mega Evolution in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. It will be used by Steven Stone, who was the champion of the Hoenn region in the original games.</p> <div class="figure"><img src="" width="635" height="334" alt="Mega Metagross"></div> <p>Mega Metagross appears to have another Metang fused to it, and from the screenshot below appears to float in the air. It also states that Steven Mega-evolves his Pokemon with a <q>Mega Brooch</q> rather than the Mega Bracelet the player will use in OR/AS (or the Mega Ring as in X/Y).</p> <p>Mega Metagross is believed to remain Steel/Psychic type, gain the Tough Claws ability, and have a significant increase in speed. We'll bring full confirmation asap.</p> Secret Bases confirmed for Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire 135 Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:07:24 UTC <p><img class="figure-right" src="" width="400" height="240" alt="Super-Secret Base - empty"> It has been confirmed that Secret Bases, one of the most popular features of Ruby/Sapphire, will return in the remakes Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire as <b>Super-Secret Bases</b> with many additional features.</p> <p>Super-Secret Bases can be decorated, and decorations can be used to create tricks. You can connect with other players to share your base, battle them, and use <q>special skills</q> to support them on their adventures. You can also decide what kinds of Pokemon battles are allowed in your base and even create your own Pokemon Gym!</p> <p>Super-Secret Bases also have a capture-the-flag mini game. Collecting lots of flags improves your team's rank and increases the <q>special skills</q> of your friends.</p> New OR/AS gameplay trailer, featuring Megas 134 Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:32:57 UTC <p>Following straight on from the recent <a href="">Mega Sableye teaser</a>, the Pokémon Company have released another short gameplay trailer!</p> <p>This one focuses on Pokémon already revealed: Mega Sceptile, Mega Blaziken, Mega Swampert, Primal Groudon, Primal Kyogre and Mega Diancie. They are each shown using various moves in battle. If you look closely there are also shots of the Acro bike and Mach bike in action.</p> <div class="figure"><iframe width="640" height="360" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <p>The trailer ends by saying Diancie will soon be available for Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. More screenshots below!</p> Mega Sableye revealed for Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire 133 Thu, 12 Jun 2014 12:32:45 UTC <p>The official Pokémon channel on YouTube have released another teaser for Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. This video features another new Mega Evolution - Mega Sableye!</p> <div class="figure"><iframe width="640" height="360" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <p>Mega Sableye appears to hide behind a large jewel, which increases its defensive capabilities. There is no word on a specific ability or other details yet.</p> <p>Update: it has been confirmed that Mega Sableye's ability is Magic Bounce, which reflects status moves back onto the opponent. Its type stays as Dark/Ghost. Its Defense and Special Attack increase, while its Speed decreases slightly.</p> New Ruby/Sapphire footage revealed at E3 132 Tue, 10 Jun 2014 16:32:11 UTC <p>Nintendo held a <q>Digital Event</q> at the E3 expo and have revealed some new footage from upcoming games Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire!</p> <p>The trailer shows a boy entering a cave and discovering cave painting of Groundon and Kyogre. We then see various bits of footage from the games including the Mega Evolutions of Sceptile, Blaziken and Swampert in battle. Watch it here:</p> <div class="figure"><iframe width="640" height="360" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <p>It also confirms several details, including that the Groudon and Kyogre Mega Evolutions are known as <b>Primal Groudon</b> and <b>Primal Kyogre</b>. Primal Groudon is Ground/Fire type while Kyogre keeps its pure Water type.</p> <p>OR/AS will unfortunately not be a simultaneous worldwide release like X/Y. The release dates are:<br> November 21st in Japan and America<br> November 28th in Europe</p> New Mega Evolutions revealed in CoroCoro 131 Sun, 08 Jun 2014 12:29:54 UTC <p>Japanese magazine CoroCoro has revealed new Mega Evolutions and features from the upcoming Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.</p> <p>Sceptile and Swampert will get Mega Evolutions, so along with Blaziken in X/Y, all the Hoenn starter Pokémon now have one.<br> Mega Sceptile is Grass/Dragon and has the ability Lightning Rod.<br> Mega Swampert stays Water/Ground and has the ability Swift Swim.</p> <div class="figure"><img src="" width="393" height="308" alt="Mega Sceptile"> <img src="" width="298" height="277" alt="Mega Swampert"><br> Mega Sceptile and Mega Swampert</div> <p>The legendary Pokémon Groudon and Kyogre also gain Mega Evolutions, but they are being presented as a different type of evolutions, translated as <q>Ancient Devolution</q>. The new forms are said to be <q>Prehistoric</q> Pokémon.</p> <div class="figure"><img src="" width="680" height="554" alt="Mega Groudon and Mega Kyogre"><br> Mega Groudon and Mega Kyogre</div> Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection on DS games to shut down 130 Mon, 19 May 2014 13:50:01 UTC <p><img class="figure-right" src="" alt="Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection logo"> Just realized I forgot to post this a few weeks ago :/</p> <p>Nintendo has announced that as of May 20th 2014 (tomorrow!) the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, as used by the Nintendo DS, will no longer be active. This means that <em>all Wi-Fi services</em> from the DS games will no longer work. The online battling, trading and game sync features of these Pokémon games are affected:</p> <ul><li>Pokémon Diamond, Pearl & Platinum<br> <li>Pokémon HeartGold & SoulSilver<br> <li>Pokémon Black & White<br> <li>Pokémon Black 2 & White 2<br> <li>Pokémon Battle Revolution<br> <li>Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia & Guardian Signs<br> <li>Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness & Explorers of Sky<br> <li>Pokémon Conquest</ul> <p>If you have any Pokémon in the GTS you should take them out before tomorrow.</p> <p>Note that this does <em>not affect trading and battling over local wireless/infrared</em>. Nor does it prevent migration of Pokémon from one generation to another via Pal Park (gen 3-4), Poké Transfer (gen 4-5) or Poké Transporter (gen 5-6).</p> New games announced: Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire! 129 Sun, 11 May 2014 19:20:55 UTC <p>Nintendo have announced a new pair of games for 3DS, to be released November 2014. They are remakes of the third-generation games Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire which were released in 2003.</p> <p>These games are titled <b>Pokémon Omega Ruby</b> and <b>Pokémon Alpha Sapphire</b>. The box art, which can be seen below, features Groudon and Kyogre like the original games, however they look a little different - note the symbols for the Greek letters Omega (Ω) and Alpha (α) highlighted in their designs. This is a strong hint that the two Pokémon will gain a new form or Mega Evolution (of course this is not yet confirmed).</p> <div class="figure"><a href=""><img src="" width="550" height="245" alt="Pokemon Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire box art"></a></div> <p>An announcement trailer (see below) was posted by Nintendo, and then earlier today Japanese show Pokémon Get*TV previewed a tiny snippet of footage, showing the awakenings of Groudon and Kyogre.</p> Google Maps adds ability to capture Pokémon 128 Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:04:50 UTC <p><img class="figure-right" src="" alt="Pokédex for Google Maps"> The Google Maps app for iOS and Android has added a new feature that allows you to hone your Pokémon-capturing abilities. At Google, they <q>value employees who are risk-taking and detail-oriented, have deep technical knowledge, and can navigate through tall grass to capture wild creatures.</q></p> <p>To become a Pokémon Master, simply load up the app (note: it's not available on the website), tap Search then <q>Press Start.</q> The game begins at the CERN scientific research center and many Pokémon can be found nearby, but there are Pokémon all over the world from Tokyo to Paris to New York.</p> <p>Check out the video below, then go out there and catch them all!</p> <div class="figure"><iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> Pokémon Bank delayed due to high demand 127 Fri, 27 Dec 2013 17:15:09 UTC <p><img class="figure-right" src="" width="364" height="225" alt="Pokemon Bank logo"> Pokémon Bank, the new service that will let you store Pokémon online and move them between games, has been delayed. It was released Christmas Day in Japan and immediately saw huge demand, making the service overloaded.</p> <p>The apps have now been removed from the Japanese eShop and have been delayed elsewhere (America, Europe and Australia). Anyone who downloaded the apps already can use the service. The trial period will be extended to accommodate this. There is no ETA on when the apps will be available again.</p> <p><b>Update Jan 22:</b> Pokemon Bank has been launched in Japan. Nintendo are carefully monitoring the load.<br> <b>Update Feb 4:</b> Pokemon Bank has launched in Europe and Australia! No word on American release yet.<br> <b>Update Feb 5:</b> Pokemon Bank has launched in America!</p> Celebi distribution for Pokémon Bank users 126 Wed, 18 Dec 2013 15:53:44 UTC <p><img class="figure-right" src="" alt="Celebi"> The online Pokémon storage service, Pokémon Bank, is launching on Decmeber 27th. In the latest Nintendo Direct, it was revealed that anyone using the service before September 30th 2014 will be eligible to receive the mythical Pokémon Celebi!</p> <p>A 30-day free trial pass is also available for Pokémon Bank until January 31st 2014. The annual fee has also been confirmed for the various locations:<br> $4.99 in the United States<br> £4.49 in the United Kingdom<br> €4,99 in Europe<br> $6.50 in Australia</p> New Pokémon and potential Mega Evolutions discovered in X&Y 125 Fri, 01 Nov 2013 18:12:01 UTC <p>Several new Pokémon and forms have been discovered by 3DS hacker <q>Smealum</q>. These are <i>unconfirmed rumours</i> at this point, but look very likely. Three new Pokémon appear to be event legendary Pokémon:</p> <p>#719 Diancie - Rock/Fairy type<br> #720 Volcanion - Fire/Water type<br> #721 Hoopa - Psychic/Ghost type</p> <p>There were also possible Latias and Latios Mega Evolutions leaked, as well as Fairy-type Arceus. To avoid further spoilers, images are on the full news post below.</p> Major glitch discovered in Pokemon X&Y - don't save outside in Lumiose City! 124 Sat, 19 Oct 2013 15:55:28 UTC <p><i>UPDATE: Nintendo have released a patch for this now, which can be downloaded from the eShop. If your game glitched, downloading the patch will allow you to continue without resetting.</i></p> <p>A major bug has been found in Pokemon X&Y. If you save your game at certain places in Lumiose City and reload the game (i.e. turn your 3DS off and come back to the game later) then you will be stuck! This only happens in the outside areas, on the circular boulevards surrounding the city. Saving the game inside buildings such as Pokemon Centers works fine.</p> <p>Nintendo have acknowledged the issue and are working on a fix, which will be made available via the eShop as soon as possible. If you have already experienced the issue you can wait for the update, otherwise you will need to restart your game. Nintendo have released this map showing you where NOT to save:</p> <div class="figure"><img src="" width="600" height="569" alt="Lumiose City map"></div> Mega Tyranitar and Mega Aggron revealed by CoroCoro 123 Thu, 10 Oct 2013 23:38:33 UTC <p>October's CoroCoro has been released and confirms Mega Evolutions for Tyranitar and Aggron. Mega Tyranitar stays Rock/Dark type and keeps its Sand Stream ability. Mega Aggron on the other hand loses its Rock typing to become pure Steel type. It also has the ability of Filter (which reduces damage from supereffective attacks).</p> <div class="figure"><img src="" width="611" height="294" alt="Mega Tyranitar, Mega Aggron"></div> <p>The magazine also confirms Mega Gengar which was revealed by leaks (Ghost/Poison; Shadow Tag ability) and Mega Kangaskhan which was revealed at the Pokemon World Championships in August.</p> <p>In other news, <b>Pokemon X and Y are only a day away!</b> We've been keeping the site updated with all the latest information such as Pokemon, moves and abilities. Check out the links below if you don't mind spoilers:</p> <p><a class="link-focus" href="">X/Y main page</a><br> <a class="link-focus" href="">Full Kalos Pokedex</a><br> <a class="link-focus" href="">New X/Y attacks</a></p> Swirlix and Spritzee evolutions revealed 122 Wed, 02 Oct 2013 15:45:42 UTC <p>Two new Pokemon have surfaced in a Japanese pamphlet, and were later confirmed officially by Nintendo. They are evolutions of Swirlix and Spritzee, and remain pure Fairy type. They are known as <a href=""><b>Slurpuff</b></a> and <a href=""><b>Aromatisse</b></a> respectively.</p> <div class="figure"><img src="" width="500" height="268" alt="Peroriimu and Furefuran"></div> Pokemon Origins reveals second Charizard Mega-Evolution 121 Wed, 02 Oct 2013 12:13:47 UTC <p>The <q>Pokemon Origins</q> anime special has just finished airing in Japan and revealed a big surprise - there are <i>two</i> Mega-Evolutions of Charizard! The first one that was already revealed is <em>Mega Charizard Y</em>, while the new one revealed in <em>Mega Charizard X</em>. It is dark gray (similar to a shiny Charizard) and has blue flames. It is Fire/Dragon type and has a new ability <b>Tough Claws</b> which increases the power of contact moves (which are the majority of Physical moves).</p> <div class="figure"><img src="" width="599" height="338" alt="Mega Charizard X"><br> Red and Mega Charizard X in the anime special</div> <p>Also of note is that some people have managed to get their hands on copies of Pokemon X&amp;Y from certain stores in Canada, breaking the official sale date. Various information is coming in so we'll keep the site updated as we go. A few notable points:</p> <ul><li>There are many Pokemon from previous generations mixed in with new ones.<br> <li>The first gym is Bug and you receive the Bug Badge for beating the gym leader Viola.<br> <li>After defeating the gym you receive TM83 <a href="">Infestation</a> which is a Bug type trapping move (like Fire Spin).<br> <li>There is a Skate Park you can play in using your Rollerskates.<br> <li>The Exp Share item now works like Exp All from Generation 1 - it is a key item and when it's <q>switched on</q> all Pokemon in your party will earn EXP regardless of whether they participated in a battle.<br> <li>A sleeping Snorlax blocks your path in one area, just like in the first generation.<br> <li>Espurr is a pre-evolution of Meowstic.<br> <li>Fletchinder is a middle-evo of the Fletchling line. It goes Fletchling, Fletchinder, Talonflame.<br> <li>In battle, status ailments show their full name, e.g. <q>POISONED</q>.<br> <li>Vivillon has multiple patterns, one of which is dark in colour and called <q>Polar Pattern</q>.</ul> Honedge evolution revealed: Doublade 120 Wed, 25 Sep 2013 15:25:21 UTC <p><img class="figure-right" src="" width="351" height="264"> The official Pokemon Facebook page has revealed a new Pokemon - <a href=""><b>Doublade</b></a>, an evolved form of Honedge.</p> <p>It takes the form of two crossed swords, like a coat of arms. The ribbons also change from blue to pink.</p> <p>Doublade is 2'7'' tall and 9.9 lbs, and has the ability No Guard.</p> Roundup of minor X&Y features 119 Fri, 20 Sep 2013 12:33:32 UTC <p>Various gaming websites are starting to post reviews and first impressions of Pokémon X&amp;Y. Here are some interesting new snippets we have learned. We'll keep this updated as more comes in.</p> <ul><li>Supposedly X&amp;Y <q>include all Pokemon from all previous games,</q> though it's not clear if that means available in X&amp;Y itself or just tradeable like every other game.<br> <li>As noted yesterday, no Kalos Pokémon will get a Mega Evolution.<br> <li>Pokémon earn EXP even when you capture a Pokémon.<br> <li>Masuda stated that the reason stereoscopic 3D is not used in the overworld was to allow them to add much more detail to the overworld and enhance the <q>beauty</q> aspect of the games.<br> <li>Pokémon now make more natural sounds instead of the current computerised sounds.<br> <li>The story gets going much quicker than in previous games.<br> <li>Each of the starter Pokémon has a STAB move from the outset (i.e. Ember for Fennekin, Water Gun for Froakie).<br> <li>You can run with the B button from the very beginning of the game.<br> <li>You are gifted the Rollerskates before the first gym.<br> <li>You can learn new tricks for skating if you defeat Rollerskating trainers.<br> <li>PokéCenters now contain changing rooms to allow customising your character's outfits.<br> <li>Café culture permeates the many cities and towns of Kalos.<br> <li>Masuda stated they do not plan to release any <q>balance</q> patches to the games (e.g. to change the type chart or certain moves).</ul> New Pokémon Aurorus and Tyrantrum leaked 118 Thu, 19 Sep 2013 14:41:31 UTC <p>The evolutions of the recently-revealed fossil Pokémon have been leaked by a French news website and IGN respectively. They are named <a href=""><b>Aurorus</b></a> and <a href=""><b>Tyrantrum</b></a>. Aurorus learns a new move <a href=""><i>Freeze Dry</i></a> which is Ice-type but also super-effective on Water type Pokémon.</p> <div class="figure"><img src="" width="493" height="200" alt="Aurorus, Tyrantrum"></div> <p>In addition to this, a few details about the games have been confirmed. First, as was seen in the demos last month, only battles and cut scenes use the 3DS stereoscopic 3D effect (i.e. with the depth slider). The overworld uses the regular flat screen.</p> <p>When capturing a Pokémon in the wild, the Pokémon in battle will now earn EXP. It was also confirmed that no Kalos Pokémon will get a Mega Evolution.</p> Localisations for September CoroCoro Pokémon revealed 117 Fri, 13 Sep 2013 13:45:06 UTC <p>The English names for the recent Pokémon featured in CoroCoro have been announced, as well as a few more battle details. First up, the starters evolutions are known as <a href=""><b>Quilladin</b></a>, <a href=""><b>Braixen</b></a> and <a href=""><b>Frogadier</b></a>:</p> <div class="figure"><img src="" width="600" height="242" alt="Quilladin, Braixen, Frogadier"><br> Quilladin, Braixen, Frogadier</div> <p>The Rock/Dragon fossil Pokémon is known as <a href=""><b>Tyrunt</b></a> and the Rock/Ice fossil is <a href=""><b>Amaura</b></a>. They are revived from the Jaw Fossil and Sail Fossil respectively - as usual, in your game you only get to pick one!</p> <div class="figure"><img src="" width="600" height="162" alt="Tyrunt, Amaura, female Meowstic, male Meowstick"><br> Tyrunt, Amaura, female Meowstic, male Meowstic</div> <p>The white dog is <a href=""><b>Furfrou</b></a> and it's confirmed that you can trim its fur into several different styles and colors (see the video below). The male/female cats are named <a href=""><b>Meowstic</b></a>. There are notable gender difference between male and female Meowstic, besides the inverse colors. The male learns more defensive moves and the female learns more attacking moves. It's also implied their base stats are different to accommodate this.</p> New Pokémon, Pyroar, accidentally leaked 116 Thu, 12 Sep 2013 09:31:42 UTC <p>A new Pokémon called <a href=""><b>Pyroar</b></a> has been revealed by the Pokémon Company via IGN. It appeared briefly on their website earlier but was quickly taken down. It is now confirmed to be an evolution of Litleo:</p> <div class="figure"><img src="" width="296" height="320" alt="Pyroar official artwork"><br> Pyroar official artwork</div> CoroCoro reveals new Pokemon, Mega Evolutions, type chart and more! 115 Wed, 11 Sep 2013 10:49:41 UTC <p>September's CoroCoro has just leaked and showcases lots of new information about Pokémon X&amp;Y. First up is a second Mega Evolution for Mewtwo! Each of the Mega Evolutions are version-exclusive. The previously revealed form is Mega Mewtwo Y, while the new one below is <b>Mega Mewtwo X</b>, which is Psychic/Fighting type and has the ability Steadfast (raises speed on flinching). <b>Mega Garchomp</b> is also revealed, which has the ability Sand Force.</p> <div class="figure"><img src="" width="546" height="320" alt="Mega Mewtwo X, Mega Garchomp"><br> Mega Mewtwo X and Mega Garchomp</div> <p>The starters first evolutions are called <b>Gerogashira</b>, <b>Teerunaa</b> and <b>Hariboogu</b> in Japanese and keep their single types of Grass, Fire and Water respectively:</p> <div class="figure"><a href=""><img src="" width="620" height="256" alt="Gerogashira, Teerunaa, Hariboogu"></a><br> Gerogashira, Teerunaa and Hariboogu (click for full size)</div> <p>As in previous games there are two fossil Pokémon: <b>Chigorasu</b> (Rock/Dragon) and <b>Amarusu</b> (Rock/Ice) - both unique type combinations! Chigorasu has a new ability <q>Hard Jaw</q> that increases the power of biting moves (assuming moves like Bite, Crunch, Fire Fang etc). Amarusu has a new ability <q>Frozen Skin</q> which turns Normal type moves into the Ice type and boosts their power.</p> <p>The new type chart for the Fairy type is confirmed. Fairy is super effective against Fighting, Dark and Dragon; not very effective against Fire, Poison and Steel; Poison and Steel are super effective against Fairy; Fighting, Dark and Bug are not very effective against it; Dragon type moves have no effect on Fairy type Pokémon.</p> <p><a class="link-focus" href="">See updated type chart</a></p> <p>Continue below for more Pokémon and images!</p> Sprites added to gallery 114 Sun, 08 Sep 2013 15:48:32 UTC <p>With less than 35 days until Pokémon X &amp; Y are released, I finally got around to adding to remaining sprites we were missing from Pokémon Black 2 &amp; White 2! This includes animated shiny and back sprites for all Pokémon, and the new Formes for Tornadus, Thundurus, Landorus, Kyurem and Keldeo.</p> <div class="figure"><a href=""><img alt="Gengar sprites from generation 1-5" src=""></a></div> <p>The various pages for Pokémon X &amp; Y have been updated, and I added a basic guide to the new feature, Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter, which should answer all the questions I've seen asked in various places.</p> <p><a class="link-focus" href="">Pokémon Bank guide</a><br> <a class="link-focus" href="">Pokémon X &amp; Y videos</a></p> <p>In other site news, on Pokébase the username change period is drawing to a close. If you wanted to change your username on Pokébase then you only have a few hours left to do it! <a href="">See here for details.</a></p> <p>Finally, don't forget you can follow us on Twitter and Like us on Facebook for breaking news as it happens!</p> <p><a class="link-focus" href="">Twitter: @pokemondb</a><br> <a class="link-focus" href="">Facebook: PokemonDb</a></p> Pokémon Direct reveals Pokémon Bank, PokéTransporter and more Mega Evolutions 113 Wed, 04 Sep 2013 11:37:13 UTC <p><img class="figure-right" src="" width="364" height="225" alt="Pokemon Bank logo"> Pokémon Direct has just finished airing and they revealed lots of fantastic details. The video featured Satoru Iwata (President of Nintendo), Tsunekazu Ishihara (CEO of The Pokémon Company) and Junichi Masuda (Director at Game Freak). First in the video they talked about how trading between games has evolved over the years, from link cables to wireless to wi-fi trading over the internet.</p> <p>Then a new service called <b>Pokémon Bank</b> was announced, which is an online <q>cloud storage</q> service for your Pokémon! In Pokémon X&amp;Y you will be able to send any Pokémon from your game to the Pokémon Bank. This will be a <i>paid service</i> - in Japan it's confirmed to be 500 Yen per year, which is about $5 or £3.</p> <p>Furthermore, a new app called <b>PokéTransporter</b> will be released for 3DS. When you have any generation 5 game (Black/White/Black 2/White 2) in your 3DS, the PokéTransporter app will allow you to migrate the Pokémon off the cartridge and in to the Pokémon Bank. Then, back on Pokémon X&amp;Y you can download them from the bank into your game!</p> <p>Next up they talked about Mega Evolutions. It was confirmed that Professor Sycamore gives you one of the original starters - Bulbasaur, Charmander or Squirtle - later in the game. But then it was confirmed that they all have Mega Evolutions! Also key to Mega Evolution is a new <b>Mega Ring</b> item, that causes Pokémon to Mega-Evolve when the ring connects with the Mega Stone the Pokémon is holding.</p> <div class="figure"><img src="" width="720" height="288" alt="Mega Kanto starters"><br> Official art of the Kanto starters Mega Evolutions</div> <p>All three Mega Evolutions keep their type, but get new abilities. <a href=""><b>Mega Venusaur</b></a> has <a href="">Thick Fat</a> (which halves the damage of Fire and Ice type attacks), and its Defense and Special Defense increase; <a href=""><b>Mega Charizard</b></a> has <a href="">Drought</a> (makes it sunny) and its Special Attack increases; <a href=""><b>Mega Blastoise</b></a> has a new ability <a href="">Mega Launcher</a> which makes <q>pulse</q> moves stronger (such as Water Pulse and Dark Pulse).</p> <p>At one point Ishihara seemed to imply that every Pokémon will get a Mega Evolution: <q>It's fun to imagine how each Pokémon will turn out with Mega Evolution. I want to see what happens to every single Pokémon.</q> This is not 100% confirmed, however; it's possible that Mega Evolutions for all Pokémon will come in future games. More pictures below, including a new <b>mystery Pokémon!</b></p> New nuggets of X&Y information from the Pokémon Game Show 112 Sat, 17 Aug 2013 12:58:44 UTC <p>At the Pokémon Game Show this weekend in Japan, demos of X&Y were available for play. Several small bits of information have come out from that.</p> <p>In the demo you battle your rival, then go to see Professor Sycamore who tells you about Mega Evolution and gives you a Mewtwo and you battle him. It's unclear if this is just a special battle for the demo or actual gameplay (it would be quite late in the game if so). There is a special Mega Evolution button on the fight screen; when pressed the Pokémon Mega-Evolves and can use a move on the same turn. Graphics have also been improved by having each move slot the same color as the type of move.</p> <div class="figure"><img src="" width="380" height="300" alt="Pokemon X/Y move screen and Mega Evolution button"></div> <p>The Fairy type is confirmed to be not very effective against Fire types, and the Fire type is neutral against Fairy. In the overworld, running the default and the player must hold B to walk.</p> <p><b>Update</b>: an image appearing to show Sylveon's shiny form has surfaced, continue for details.</p> Ampharos, Absol and Mawile Mega Evolution details confirmed 111 Mon, 12 Aug 2013 10:15:53 UTC <p>The official site has confirmed the Mega Evolutions of Ampharos, Absol and Mawile and provided clearer pictures.</p> <div class="figure"><img src="" width="620" height="248"><br> <a href="">Mega Ampharos</a>, <a href="">Mega Absol</a> and <a href="">Mega Mawile</a></div> <p>When Ampharos Mega-Evolves, apparently the red orbs on its body emit a strong light.<br> Mega Absol increases its Attack and Speed.<br> Mega Mawile increases its Defense and Special Defense.</p> <p>Our Pokedex has been updated with the latest details. For now, the Mega Evolutions are listed as forms. Based on currently-known information, Mega Evolution works in the same way as an in-battle form change. A few other additions we haven't yet already mentioned in news are a new attack, <a href="">Nuzzle</a> (learnt by Dedenne), and a new Ability, <a href="">Cheek Pouch</a> (had by Dedenne and Bunnelby).</p> <p>A new trailer for Mega Evolutions has also been released:</p> <div class="figure"><iframe class="youtube-video" width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> Mega Kangaskhan revealed at Pokemon World Championships 110 Sat, 10 Aug 2013 17:07:50 UTC <p>The Pokemon World Championships are under way in Vancouver, and a new <q>Mega Pokemon</q> has been revealed in a trailer showing there! It's a <b>Mega Kangaskhan</b> and it has a new ability <b>Parental Bond</b> that allows it to attack twice in one turn. It appears the baby leaves its mother's pouch and attacks in the same turn as its mother!</p> <div class="figure"><img src="" width="420" height="286"></div> <p><a class="link-focus" href="">Pokemon X&amp;Y videos</a></p> New "Mega" Pokemon announced! 109 Fri, 09 Aug 2013 17:21:34 UTC <p>As noted in the previous article, CoroCoro has leaked and given details of new Pokemon and features. The biggest news, however, was the announcement of <b>Mega Evolution</b>. Described as <q>an Evolution beyond all Evolution</q>, Mega-Evolved Pokemon are stronger and often have a different type or ability. Six Mega Pokemon have been revealed so far, including Mewtwo, whose previously seen <q>Awakened</q> form is now confirmed to actually be a Mega Evolution.</p> <div class="figure"><img src="" width="593" height="251"><br> <a href="">Mega Mewtwo</a>, <a href="">Mega Lucario</a> and <a href="">Mega Blaziken</a></div> <div class="figure"><img src="" width="600" height="269"><br> <a href="">Mega Mawile</a>, <a href="">Mega Absol</a> and <a href="">Mega Ampharos</a></div> <p>However, although officially called Mega Evolution, the process is more like a form change. Pokemon can only enter their Mega forms in battle, when holding a unique <q>Mega Stone</q> item for each Pokemon. Blaziken, for example, <q>evolves</q> in battle when holding <q>Blazikenite</q>. A special event is lined up for the release of Pokemon X &amp; Y to obtain a Torchic holding a Blazikenite.</p> <p>Summary of the known Mega Pokemon:<br> <b>Mega Mewtwo</b> has higher Special Attack and the ability Insomnia.<br> <b>Mega Lucario</b> has higher Attack and the ability Adaptability. Requires Lucarionite.<br> <b>Mega Blaziken</b> has higher Attack and the ability Speed Boost. Requires Blazikenite.<br> <b>Mega Mawile</b> is Steel/Fairy type and the ability Huge Power.<br> <b>Mega Absol</b> has higher Attack and Speed and the ability Magic Bounce.<br> <b>Mega Ampharos</b> is Electric/Dragon type and has the ability Mold Breaker.</p> <p><b>UPDATE:</b> video of the Mega transformations below...</p> New Pokemon revealed in August CoroCoro 108 Fri, 09 Aug 2013 16:24:31 UTC <p>This month's CoroCoro has leaked, and it has big news... literally. We'll have the major news in the next article but here are the new Pokemon and features revealed. Nintendo has now confirmed their details on the official website.</p> <div class="figure"><img src="" width="573" height="232"></div> <p><a href=""><b>Bunnelby</b></a> (left) is a Normal type Pokemon based on a rabbit. It has a new ability <b>Cheek Pouch</b> which will restore HP when a berry is consumed, <i>on top of</i> the berry's usual effects. So it may cure a status condition and restore HP, or restore more HP than normal.<br> <a href=""><b>Dedenne</b></a> (middle) is an Electric/Fairy type Pokemon. It also has the Cheek Pouch ability. It also looks pretty similar to Pikachu/Raichu but there is no apparent connection.<br> <a href=""><b>Skiddo</b></a> (right) a Grass type Pokemon based on a goat, and is the prevolution to <a href="">Gogoat</a>.</p> <p><img class="figure-right" src="" width="320" height="240"> Another feature revealed was <b>Super Training</b>. This consists of various mini-games that boost Effort Values (EVs). One mini-game revealed sees your Pokemon take on giant balloon Pokemon on a football (soccer) field.</p> <p>The Super Training feature also has a screen giving you a good visual overview of your stats and EVs (right) using a spider graph. The green area in the middle shows your base stats, while the yellow area shows EVs gained.</p> New event to obtain a shiny Dialga, Palkia and Giratina 107 Fri, 09 Aug 2013 16:00:19 UTC <p>A new <q>real-life</q> event has been announced to obtain a shiny Dialga, Palkia and Giratina during late August through October. The event runs at gaming stores in America, Canada, United Kingdon and Australia. Each Pokemon is available for a separate 2 or 3 week period, requiring you to go in three times. Exact dates are below.</p> <div class="figure"><img src="" alt="Dialga" class="sprite-img-v11"> <img src="" alt="Palkia" class="sprite-img-v11"> <img src="" alt="Giratina" class="sprite-img-v11"></div> <p><b>America/Canada, at Gamestop:</b><br> Dialga obtainable August 19th to September 8th.<br> Palkia obtainable September 9th to September 29th.<br> Giratina obtainable September 30th to October 20th.</p> <p><b>United Kingdom, at GAME:</b><br> Dialga obtainable August 30th 2013 to September 12th.<br> Palkia obtainable September 13th to September 26th.<br> Giratina obtainable September 27th to October 12th.</p> <p><b>Australia/New Zealand, at EB Games:</b><br> Dialga obtainable August 30th 2013 to September 12th.<br> Palkia obtainable September 13th to September 26th.<br> Giratina obtainable September 27th to October 11th.</p> New ghostly tree Pokemon revealed 106 Wed, 31 Jul 2013 10:46:24 UTC <p>A new Pokemon (which had been rumoured for a little while now) has been revealed in a new Japanese trailer video. It is known as <q>Oorotto</q> in Japan. It resembles a haunted tree and is rumoured to be Grass/Ghost type. The video shows a horde of them appearing in battle:</p> <div class="figure"><img src="" width="400" height="236" alt="Ghost tree Pokemon, Oorotto"></div> <p>The trailer, which can be seen below, also shows Fennekin using a new move, translated as <q>Glow Punch</q>. It looks very similar to the other elemental punches like Fire Punch, but is likely to be a new type.</p> <p>Also shown is an underwater battle, suggesting that Dive might make a return in a similar style to Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald.</p> What? Pokemon Database is evolving! 105 Wed, 17 Jul 2013 15:11:40 UTC <p><b>Congratulations! Your favourite website evolved into VERSION 3!</b></p> <p>Welcome to the new Pokémon Database! This redesign has been a long time in the works, and has been developed in parallel with updates to the existing site (which at times was a pain in the butt). In many ways it has literally evolved as Scyther has been replaced by Scizor in the header.</p> <p>Most of the site was <b>redeveloped from scratch</b>, and every page on the site has been reformatted (even if a lot of pages look very similar). We have also moved to a brand new server which <b>should be a lot faster</b> and fix some of the problems we have been having recently. Redoing a site from scratch also throws away a bunch of unused cruft in the coding behind the website and makes it a bit more streamlined.</p> <p>One of the biggest changes is that the <b>same site is also formatted for mobiles and tablets</b>, using a process called <q>responsive design.</q> If you are on a desktop/laptop you can try shrinking your browser window and see what happens! Along with this we have discontinued the <q>web app</q> we made previously; it hadn't really worked for a while and was difficult to keep it up-to-date with the latest information. If you need a phone app that works offline I recommend the official one by The Pokémon Company. Search your phone's app store to find it. Or check out <q>Pokédex 3D Pro</q> in the 3DS eShop.</p> <p>And as if the new design wasn't exciting enough, we have a ton of new content!</p> <ul><li>New base pages for every main series Pokémon game, listing the main features and changes. They are all accessible from the <q>Pokémon games</q> menu above. See <a href="">Red/Blue</a> for an example. <li>A full, dynamic HM chart for each game, allowing you to find which Pokémon learn which HMs, e.g. <a href="">Gold &amp; Silver HMs</a>. <li>TM pages for each game, e.g. <a href="">Ruby &amp; Sapphire TMs</a>. <li>Gym Leader &amp; Elite Four Pokémon for every game, e.g. <a href="">Emerald gym leaders &amp; Elite Four</a>. The type section now lists major trainers of that type from all the games as well. <li>Pokédex pages now have a short introduction to each Pokémon. This is a work in progress but it would not be possible without the fantastic help of our community! You can <a href="">join in as well here</a>. <li>Incidentally, all the Pokédex pages have been redesigned. They now use fewer tabs in all the sections. The list of moves uses one set of tabs for the game list instead of tabs above every different method of learning moves. When Pokémon have forms, there are now only two sets of tabs (one at the top and one above the moves) instead of five. <li>A new <a href="">Size Pokédex</a> in which you can filter and sort Pokémon by height or weight. <li>A new <a href="">competitive stat Pokédex</a> which lists combinations of Pokémon stats such as Attack+Speed for physical sweeper, HP+Defense+Sp.Def for walls and so on. <li><a href="">PokéBase</a> has been upgraded. The main feature is a new <q>wall</q> where you can post (public) messages for another user. <li>We have also started work on an <a href="">items section</a> that has details for every usable item from the games. This is a big work in progress and will be filled out soon. For now it has some basic descriptions. <li>A new <a href="">About page</a> with a bit of information about the site and our history. Plus a new simpler way to contact us!</ul> <p>I hope you enjoy the new site as much as I continually enjoy making it. You can leave your thoughts and comments on the new design <a href="">on this Meta-Pokébase thread</a>. If you spot any problems with the site, particularly on a mobile or tablet device, please <a href="">let us know about it here</a>. Thanks!</p> <p>Now that the redesign is done we should have more frequent content updates. I want to continue to build the best resource for Pokémon fans on the internet, and develop a great community of Pokéfans here with a new forum coming soon. And lots more besides!</p> English names for July CoroCoro Pokemon 104 Fri, 12 Jul 2013 17:14:51 UTC <p>The official English names for the Pokemon revealed yesterday have been confirmed. The Pancham evolution is called <b>Pangoro</b> and the two squid Pokemon are known as <b>Inkay</b> and <b>Malamar</b>.</p> <div class="figure"><img src="" width="600" height="212" alt="Pangoro, Inkay, Malamar"></div> <p>The cotton candy-like Pokemon is called <b>Swirlix</b>. The pink bird Pokemon is called <b>Spritzee</b>.</p> <div class="figure"><img src="" width="348" height="200" alt="Swirlix, Spritzee"></div> <p>New moves/abilities have had their names confirmed:</p> <ul><li>Xerneas' ability is <a href="">Fairy Aura</a> which increases the power of all Fairy-type moves in battle.<br> <li>Xerneas has an exclusive move <a href="">Geomancy</a>, exact details not known.<br> <li>Yveltal's ability is <a href="">Dark Aura</a> which increases the power of all Dark-type moves in battle.<br> <li>Yveltal has an exclusive move <a href="">Oblivion Wing</a>, exact details not known.<br> <li><a href="">Topsy-Turvy</a> is learnt by Inkay, which reverses the opponent's stat changes.<br> <li><a href="">Draining Kiss</a> is learnt by Spritzee, which restores half the HP drained to the user.<br> <li>Swirlix has a new ability <a href="">Sweet Veil</a> which prevents the entire team from falling asleep.</ul> New Pokemon in CoroCoro July 2013 103 Thu, 11 Jul 2013 11:33:54 UTC <p>Japanese magazine CoroCoro has leaked again, and with it comes new Pokemon and more information about X and Y! I will first point out that there are <b>less than 100 days</b> until October 12th, the release date of X and Y.</p> <p>Onto the reveals now and the types of <a href="">Xerneas</a> and <a href="">Yveltal</a> have been disclosed. <b>Xerneas is Fairy type</b> and <b>Yveltal is Dark/Flying type</b>. Respectively they have the abilities <q>Fairy Aura</q> which powers up Fairy type moves and <q>Dark Aura</q> which powers up Dark type moves. Exclusive moves have also been revealed: Xerneas can learn <q>Geo Control</q> and Yveltal can learn <q>Death Wing</q> (translations).</p> <p>Also on current Pokemon, <a href="">Clauncher</a> will be exclusive to Pokemon X while <a href="">Skrelp</a> will be exclusive to Pokemon Y. Honedge will have the ability <a href="">No Guard</a>, which ensures all moves it uses and all attacks it receives will hit. This means it won't have immunity from Poison-type attacks (although since it's part Ghost type they will be not very effective).</p> <p>Next up, new Pokemon! No English names yet so these are all Japanese. First is <q>Goronda</q>, and is the evolution of Pancham. The evolution method is apparently a new type we haven't yet seen, though details were not revealed. It has the ability Iron Fist. Second is a squid-like Pokemon called <q>Maika</q> and third is its evolution <q>Karamanero</q>. They are Dark/Psychic type.</p> <div class="figure"><img src="" width="620" height="242" alt="New Pokemon: Goronda, Maika, Karamanero"><br> Goronda, Maika and Karamanero</div> <p>Next we have <q>Peroppafu</q>, a ball of fluff. It is Fairy type and is exclusive to Pokemon X. It has a new ability that prevents your whole team from falling asleep (current translation: <q>Sweet Pale</q>). It also has a new move <q>Drain Kiss</q>. Below right is <q>Shushup</q>, a pink bird. It is also Fairy type, with the ability <a href="">Healer</a>, and exclusive to Pokemon Y. </p> <div class="figure"><img src="" width="350" height="225" alt="New Pokemon: Peroppafu, Shushup"><br> Peroppafu and Shushup</div>