Pokémon Database - News & Updates

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Pokemon Global Link redesigned

General News — 20 June, 2012

In preparation for the release of Pokemon Black & White 2 in Japan this Saturday, the Global Link has been redesigned. It now features a real satellite photo of Earth instead of the graphic previously. Circular icons at the top provide quick access to information about the Pokemon you have tucked in, Wi-fi competitions and promotions.

Pokemon Global Link June 2012
The new Global Link layout

A new reports section lists various facts like the most traded Pokemon and stats about Pokemon in each country. There are also many new items in the Dream Catalogue, including a Hidden Forest Home and Resort House.

A new area called Icy Cave is planned but not released yet.


Gym leaders for Black/White 2 confirmed

Pokemon Black 2 & White 2 — 16 June, 2012

The gym leaders for Black 2 & White 2 have been confirmed in a new guidebook. First up, your friend Cheren from Black & White has risen up to become a gym leader, and is the first leader you encounter.

There are also two new gym leaders, Homika and Shizui (English names TBC) who specialize in Poison and Water types respectively. Homika's gym is a music club, while Shizui's gym features a lily pad puzzle.

New gym leaders Homika and Shizui
New gym leaders Homika (Poison) and Shizui (Water)

The other gyms remain the same. Full list below...


Keldeo Resolution form full image and other BW2 news

Pokemon Black 2 & White 2 — 15 June, 2012

Keldeo Resolution form The Japanese magazine CoroCoro has been released and shows the alternate form of legendary Pokemon Keldeo. Its only real change from the original is a large blue horn. It changes to the Resolution Form when it learns the move Sacred Sword. It is confirmed to be the same size as the original form, 1.4m and 48.5kg.

It has also been revealed that Tornadus, Thundurus & Landorus require an item, the Reflecting Mirror, to change forms. The new forms have the Pokemon's hidden abilities: Tornadus and Thundurus have Defiant and Landorus has Sheer Force. However, their regular forms have new abilities: Tornadus has Regenerator, Thundurus has Volt Absorb and Landorus has Intimidate.

Some new version exclusives are known: The Magby and Buneary families are exclusive to Black, while the Elekid and Skitty families are exclusive to White.


Keldeo to receive new form

Pokemon Black 2 & White 2 — 11 June, 2012

Keldeo Resolution Form Legendary Pokemon Keldeo is another Pokemon to receive a new form in Black 2 & White 2.

The new form is currently known as Resolution Form, with the original form known as Usual Form. Final English names are not yet known. The image to the right shows a leaked cover of CoroCoro magazine with the form. We'll have more details when CoroCoro is out.


Pokedex Pro and AR Searcher apps coming to Nintendo 3DS

General News — 31 May, 2012

Nintendo are to release two new applications for the 3DS console, as companions to the new Pokemon Black 2 & White 2 games. They will be released in the autumn in America/Europe, presumably at the same time as BW2.

Tornadus in the AR Searcher
The Sacred form of Tornadus appears in front of you in the Dream Radar.

The first is Pokemon Dream Radar, an Augmented Reality (AR) game similar to the native Face Raiders game, in which you shoot and capture Pokemon that appear to be in the room with you! This app is the only way to capture the alternate forms of Tornadus, Thundurus and Landorus. It is believed that Pokemon caught in this app will have their hidden abilities, similar to the Dream World.

The second app is Pokedex 3D Pro, an upgraded version of the existing free Pokedex 3D app. It will have all 649 Pokemon which do not need to be unlocked as they do in the free version.


Kami trio to receive new forms in Black & White 2

Pokemon Black 2 & White 2 — 29 May, 2012

The legendary weather Pokemon - Tornadus, Thundurus and Landorus - will receive new forms in Pokemon Black 2 & Pokemon White 2. It has been revealed that their original forms from Black & White 1 are called Keshin Formes, while the new forms are known as Reijuu Formes. These translate as Sacred Forme and Incarnate Formes respectively (final English names to be announced).

Tornadus, Thundurus and Landorus: Incarnate Formes
Incarnate Formes of Tornadus, Thundurus and Landorus

Tornadus' new form focuses on Defense, Special Defense and Speed. Thundurus' new form focuses on Special Attack. Landorus' new form focuses on Attack. We'll post more details as we get them.

The forms are not obtainable in-game but rather through a new application to be released on the 3DS, called AR Searcher (more about that in the next post).


Darkrai event for May/June 2012

Pokemon Events — 15 May, 2012

A new event is underway through Nintendo WFC, offering the legendary Pokemon Darkrai. Darkrai was previously only available for a short time after the release of Pokemon Platinum.


Darkrai is a rare event Pokemon

This Darkrai has the ability Bad Dreams and the moves Dark Void, Ominous Wind, Faint Attack and Nightmare. It also holds the Enigma Berry, which restores 1/4 of the holder's HP when that Pokemon is hit by a supereffective move. It is available until June 10th.

To receive it, you do the usual and go to the Mystery Gift section in the main menu for Pokemon Black/White.


More Black & White 2 details

Pokemon Black 2 & White 2 — 16 April, 2012

Hey. We're working through some issues with the site but in the meantime here is the latest news. The Japanese magazine CoroCoro has leaked again with more info about the upcoming Pokemon Black 2 and White 2, and there is more information on the official Japanese site.

As already known, BW2 is a sequel to Black & White. It is set two years later and the region of Unova appears to have partly frozen over.


The new Unova map

You start in a completely new town that appears larger than Nuvema Town - its Japanese name translates at Blackberry Lily City. And there are several new and changed locations throughout Unova, as seen in the screenshots below.


Kyurem forms' type and size confirmed

Pokemon Black 2 & White 2 — 31 March, 2012

A recent product listing on the Amazon.co.jp has revealed a couple of small details about the new Kyurem forms coming in Pokemon Black & White 2.

Black Kyurem, White Kyurem 3Ds covers

They appear on 3DS covers. Both forms are confirmed to be dual Dragon/Ice types. Black Kyurem is 3.3m tall, White Kyurem is 3.6m. Both are 325kg.

Nintendo have also confirmed that lots of Black & White 2 information will be revealed on Pokemon Smash next week (April 8). So stay tuned!


New PokemonDb feature: move targets

Site Updates — 20 March, 2012

I've been working on a nice little update to our attack database on PokemonDb. Firstly, I have spent a lot of time writing more detailed descriptions for more moves, so attacks such as Blizzard, Natural Gift or Leech Seed now have full details on their effects.

Secondly, all moves now have a graphic indicating which Pokemon the move will hit or affect. They show a triple battle layout, but just ignore the two far right places for double battles. For example, Rock Slide hits both opponents in a double battle, or adjacent opponents in a triple battle:

Finally, there is a new filter page in the move section that lists just the moves hitting multiple Pokemon.

Pokemon multi-target moves


2012 International Challenge - official Pokemon Wi-Fi tournament

General News — 20 March, 2012

A new official Pokemon tournament was announced recently. The format is much the same as the official VGCs (double battle format, nearly all moves and Pokemon allowed except high-powered legendaries), however, you play other people online over Wi-Fi.

Players must register for the competition beforehand and the deadline is the end of March 21st (Wednesday!) so register now if you want to take part! The competition itself runs from the 22nd to 26th March inclusive.

A Pokemon Global Link account is required. Find more information and register for the tourney here. Good luck!


Pokemon Black 2 & White 2 box art

Pokemon Black 2 & White 2 — 12 March, 2012

The latest issue of CoroCoro has leaked, with details on Pokemon Black 2 and Pokemon White 2. So far it looks like there is no more new information other than what we already posted in February. But it does show the Japanese box art! (UPDATE: official clear box art released.)

Pokemon Black 2 White 2 box art!