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!

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.

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata dies

General News — 13 July, 2015

Satoru Iwata Some very sad news has come out today. Nintendo Global President, Satoru Iwata, has passed away aged 55 due to a bile duct growth.

Iwata began working at Nintendo in the 1980s, and in 2002 was appointed as President. In 2013 he became CEO of Nintendo of America and was the face of Nintendo Directs.

Iwata has had a huge influence on Nintendo and the Pokémon series in particular. He was involved with the development of Pokémon Stadium, and was a vital part of the development of Pokémon Gold & Silver, compressing the game's data enough such that the Kanto region could be included. In later years he was the Executive Producer of Ruby/Sapphire, Emerald Version, FireRed/LeafGreen and Diamond/Pearl.

RIP Iwata.

Unova starters available for the first time with hidden abilities

Pokemon Events — 10 February, 2015

New event Pokémon are available for Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire! Serperior, Emboar and Samurott can be obtained in Mystery Gift using special codes. These Pokémon have their hidden abilities which have never before been released! They each also have the event-exclusive move Hold Back.

Serperior Emboar Samurott
  • Serperior - code POKEMON497 - has the ability Contrary and the moves Leaf Storm, Hold Back, Wring Out, Giga Drain.
  • Emboar - code POKEMON500 - has the ability Reckless and the moves Flare Blitz, Hold Back, Head Smash, Take Down.
  • Samurott - code POKEMON503 - has the ability Shell Armor and the moves Razor Shell, Hold Back, Confide, Hydro Pump.

They are obtained by going to Mystery Gift on the start screen, then Get via Code and then entering the codes above.

Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire released!

Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire — 21 November, 2014

Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire are finally upon us! Well, apart from in Europe where it is released next Friday. Hopefully future games will go back to a true simultaneous worldwide release.

Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire box art

Nonetheless, all the information has been flowing so I've been busy updating the various pages around the site. We already had details for new Mega Pokemon, moves and abilities on the site. But now we have updated with all the new learnsets for every Pokemon, as well as TM/HM pages for OR/AS. Here are some links:

These obviously contain spoilers so only look if you need some hints!

Delta Episode story to appear in Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire!

Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire — 13 November, 2014

A new addition to Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire has been revealed today by TPCi. It is called the Delta Episode and appears to be a significant post-game storyline. It involves 3,000 years of Hoenn history, and promises to make the mysteries of Mega Evolution finally clear.

The Mossdeep Space Center discovers that a giant asteroid is hurtling toward the planet and trainers must stop Team Magma and Team Aqua from attacking the facility. A battle in space occurs between Rayquaza and Deoxys, who it appears is obtainable in-game as opposed to being an event legendary.

New game trailer:

Eon Ticket for Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire to be distributed via StreetPass

Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire — 07 November, 2014

The Eon Ticket The Pokémon Company have today announced multiple events to obtain the Eon Ticket, a special item that allows you to catch Latias in Omega Ruby or Latios in Alpha Sapphire (i.e. opposite to the one you catch in-game).

However, rather than distributing the ticket to everyone, it is being sent to a limited number of people and must be shared via StreetPass. In America it has been announced that Play Pokémon League Leaders will be given codes to distribute to participants at nearly a thousand Pokémon League locations.

In the UK it will be given out to 15 people from towns and cities across the country at a special OR/AS launch event on Saturday 29th November. Winners will have to go to their local GAME store in order to distribute the tickets. More details are to be revealed next Thursday.

New ways to get Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire Demo in America

Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire — 21 October, 2014

Flying over Hoenn The Special Demo Version of Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire is now being made available to North American Pokémon players! As we noted before, the easiest method to obtain the required code was to sign up for a Trainer Account on pokemon.com and make sure to opt-in to receive the newsletters by today.

Codes are now beginning to be sent out for this so make sure to check your email. If you have not yet signed up, it may not be too late as the emails are being sent over many hours.

Nintendo has also revealed additional methods today of obtaining eShop codes:

  • Codes will be distributed at select cinema locations nationwide from Nov. 7–Nov. 13 (while supplies last).
  • Check with your local retailer during the holidays to find out about special demo code giveaways (while supplies last).
  • Get a code with your purchase of the new Pokémon Art Academy game (out Oct. 24) when you buy from Nintendo eShop on your Nintendo 3DS or 2DS system.
  • You’ll also get a code with your purchase of one of two classic Pokémon games coming to the Virtual Console service on Nintendo eShop: the Pokémon Puzzle Challenge game (out Nov. 6) or the Pokémon Trading Card Game (out Nov. 13). You'll find your free demo code on your eShop receipt (download codes available while supplies last).
  • Codes will be emailed the week of Oct. 31 to select Nintendo customers with Nintendo Network IDs who have signed up to receive promotional emails from Nintendo.
  • Codes will also be distributed during the holiday mall tour from Nov. 24‒Dec. 21 at 16 different locations throughout the nation. Talk to a staff member to try out Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire or any of the featured Nintendo 3DS games to receive two codes—one for you, and one for a friend (while supplies last). Check back soon for a list of tour locations.

P.S. hope you like our special Halloween design!

Mega Glalie and Mega Steelix revealed in OR/AS demo

Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire — 14 October, 2014

The special demo version of Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire has been released in Asia and the never-before-seen Mega Evolutions have been revealed to be Glalie and Steelix.

Mega Glalie, Mega Steelix
Mega Glalie and Mega Steelix

Mega Glalie remains Ice type but gains the Refrigerate ability. Mega Steelix remains Steel/Ground type but gains the Sand Force ability.

It seems that Steelix only appears in the Japanese demo, while Glalie appears in the Korean and European demos. So the Mega seen may be fixed by region.

New trailer confirms Mega Evolutions

Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire — 14 October, 2014

The Pokémon Company has released a new trailer for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. It confirms the existence of Mega Latios, Mega Latias, Mega Beedrill and Mega Pidgeot, and also showcases flying over Hoenn. See below for official artwork.

Mega Latios gains boosts in Attack and Special Attack, while Mega Latias gains boosts in Defense and Special Defense. Both Pokémon remain Dragon/Psychic with Levitate upon Mega Evolving. Mega Beedrill has higher Attack and Speed. Mega Pidgeot gains a large boost in Special Attack.

Flying over Hoenn Don't forget the special demo version of Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire is due to be released from October 15th (tomorrow!). The demo will allow you to Mega-Evolve your starter of choice and will show a new never-before-seen Mega Evolution too. Furthermore some special scenarios will occur if you play every day. This demo can be downloaded from the eShop by using a special serial code, which can be obtained from one of many various sources:

  • From the Pokémon Trainer Club newsletter. If you do not already have an account, register on pokemon.com and make sure to set your email preferences in your profile to receive the newsletter on October 20th. This appears to be the only way to receive a demo code in America.
  • From certain online retailers by pre-ordering Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire or having bought X/Y in the past. For the UK this includes Amazon.co.uk, Smyths Toys, ShotTo.net or the Nintendo UK Official Store.
  • From a 'Nintendo Zone' in participating outlets. This is usually your national gaming store such as GAME.

Full details for your location can be found by going to pokemonrubysapphire.com and then from the menu choosing Cool Features then Special Demo Version.

Mega Beedrill, Mega Pidgeot and Mega Latias/Latios revealed by CoroCoro

Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire — 13 October, 2014

New Pokémon Mega Evolutions have been revealed in the October edition of CoroCoro! These are Mega Beedrill and Mega Pidgeot, plus Mega Latias and Mega Latios that were found in the game code of X/Y are officially confirmed.

Mega Beedrill, Mega Pidgeot
Mega Beedrill and Mega Pidgeot

Mega Beedrill remains Bug/Poison but gains the ability Adaptability. Mega Pidgeot remains Normal//Flying but gains the ability No Guard.

Mega Latias, Mega Latios
Mega Latias (left) and Mega Latios (right)

Type/ability details for Mega Latias/Latios have not yet been confirmed. They can be befriended in-game using the Eon Flute item, after which they can fly you around and find new Mythical Places on islands or in the clouds. These Mythical Places each hold different legendary Pokémon. Even non-event legendary Pokémon can supposedly be found in ORAS.

Latias is exclusive to Alpha Sapphire while Latios is exclusive to Omega Ruby, however there will also be an event to obtain the Eon Ticket, allowing access to the other one.

Mega Evolution for Rayquaza revealed

Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire — 13 October, 2014

Mega Rayquaza in-game screenshot Following on from the recent reveals of Primal Groudon/Kyogre and their abilities/moves, Rayqauza has now been confirmed to receive a Mega Evolution!

Mega Rayquaza remains Dragon/Flying type but gains a brand new ability, Delta Stream, which creates a new weather condition strong winds. Just like Desolate Land and Primordial Sea revealed previously, the strong winds summoned by Delta Stream cannot be removed by normal moves or abilities while Rayquaza stays in battle - in fact Delta Stream appears to take priority over Desolate Land and Primordial Sea.

Strong winds also reduce damage from the types Flying is normally weak to (Electric, Ice and Rock) to any Flying type Pokémon in battle.

Rayquaza also has a new move Dragon Ascent which is Flying type and apparently will be the most powerful Flying type move in existence (which currently is Sky Attack at 140 base power). Check out the official video below: