Pokémon Database - News & Updates

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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!

Reshiram and Zekrom to be available through Nintendo WFC

Pokemon Events — 06 March, 2012

Reshiram and Zekrom sprites A new wifi event to obtain either Reshiram or Zekrom has been announced by Nintendo. They are available via Nintendo WFC in America, Europe and Australia from March 10 to April 8.

Players with Pokemon Black will receive Zekrom, while players with Pokemon White will receive Reshiram - in other words, the counterpart Pokemon to the one you caught in-game!

Reshiram knows the moves Blue Flare, Fusion Flare, Mist and Draco Meteor.
Zekrom knows the moves Bolt Strike, Fusion Bolt, Haze and Outrage.
They are both Level 100, holding Dragon Gem, with Wishing Ribbon.

Furthermore, when sent to the Dream World, they will unlock a new area called Eindoak for you to explore. There are new mini-games and a special C-Gear to download.


New event & Video Game Championships

Pokemon Events — 01 March, 2012

Lucario sprite A new Global Link event for Europe and Australia was revealed today for Lucario. This Lucario knows the move Bullet Punch, which it can learn by breeding, but not easily. It also has its Dream World ability Justified.

To obtain it, go to the Promotions section of the Pokemon Global Link and enter code LUCAEUROGAMERNET. See the events page for more details.

It's being released in conjunction with EuroGamer ahead of the Pokemon Video Game Championships in the UK, which are this Saturday March 3rd at Birmingham NEC. I'll be there, should be a lot of fun!


New games revealed: Pokemon Black 2 and Pokemon White 2!

Pokemon Black 2 & White 2 — 26 February, 2012

Pokemon Smash has just finished airing in Japan and Junichi Masuda revealed that two new games are to be released! They are titled Pokemon Black 2 and Pokemon White 2 and will be released in June in Japan, apparently for DS rather than 3DS (though of course they will run on the 3DS). It has also been confirmed they will be out in the Autumn (Fall) in USA/Europe.

The reason for doing two games instead of the usual one is that legendary Pokemon Kyurem has two new forms resembling Reshiram and Zekrom and based on Fire and Electric.

Pokemon Black 2 and Pokemon White 2 promo art depicting two Kyurem forms
Kyurem's two forms that will be present in Pokemon Black 2 and Pokemon White 2

From the limited information we have so far, the two games appear to be sequels to the storyline of Black & White, rather than a simple rehash. Obviously this is breaking news so we will keep updating with more as we get it!


Legendary Pokemon Keldeo to be 'revealed' in CoroCoro

Pokemon Black & White — 25 February, 2012

An upcoming issue of the Japanese magazine CoroCoro is set to reveal Pokemon #647, Keldeo. Although Keldeo along with Meloetta and Genesect are already known by fans, none have been officially revealed by Nintendo.

Keldeo will be the star of the next Pokemon move, titled Kyurem Vs. The Sacred Swordsman - Keldeo. Meloetta appears to have a role in a short film, Meloetta's Sparkling Recital.

There is no word yet on when Keldeo will be available in the Pokemon games, nor whether it will be in Black & White or an upcoming game.

Keldeo official Pokemon artwork
Keldeo's official artwork

As I write, Pokemon Smash is airing in Japan so we may have some new game news very soon!


New events: Arceus and Mewtwo

Pokemon Events — 23 February, 2012

Mewtwo, #150 Two Pokemon events are currently running, to get the two most powerful Pokemon in existence, Mewtwo and Arceus!

Mewtwo is available over Nintendo WFC and knows an exclusive event-only move, Electro Ball. The other moves it knows are Psystrike, Shadow Ball and Aura Sphere. Runs until March 6th so get it asap.

Arceus is available as the result of the Befriend-a-Pokemon vote last year. It is received via the Pokemon Global Link - visit pokemon-gl.com, go to the Promotions page, click on the Arceus event and enter the password ARCEUSVOTE. Then just use game sync to bring it to your game. The Arceus has the moves: Recover, Hyper Beam, Perish Song and Judgment. Event runs until May 1st.

Finally, there has been some suggestion of a possible new game announcement. Junichi Masuda (one of the directors at Game Freak) said there will be an announcement in the next episode of Pokemon Smash in Japan this weekend. Whether this will be the companion game to Black & White (commonly referred to as Gray), Ruby/Sapphire remakes, or a completely different game remains to be seen. We'll post news as soon as we get it.


Complete guide to Pokemon names now online!

Site Updates — 22 January, 2012

If you've visited our Pokedex recently, you may have noticed we made some changes! At the top you'll see the Pokedex data has been split into three sections: the standard Pokedex data; a Traning section containing EVs, catch rate, etc; and a Breeding section containing egg groups and egg cycles.

And on the left you will find the Pokemon's name origin (a.k.a. 'etymology'). Huge thanks to members of our community who helped thoroughly research the names. I like to think we now have the best, most canonical source of Pokemon name origins on the internet.

You can also see the entire list of etymologies for all 649 Pokemon on one page! It's amazing how diverse Pokemon names are, from simple animal names to complex scientific terms. Check out the page below: you are bound to learn something new!

Pokemon name origins page


Virtuoso Victini event

General News — 16 December, 2011

Victini Pokemon picture

The legendary Pokemon Victini is to be available over wifi again. Known as Virtuoso Victini, this one is more special than the previous Liberty Garden event as it has three exclusive moves: Fusion Bolt (previously Zekrom's signature move), Fusion Flare (previously Reshiram's signature move), and V-Create (Victini-exclusive move).

Victini can be obtained over Mystery Gift. As usual you simply choose Mystery Gift in the menu of Pokemon Black or Pokemon White, then Receive via Nintendo WFC. The event started on December 3rd and runs until December 31st.


Yep, I'm still here!

General News — 16 December, 2011

I just realized that I haven't posted any news for absolutely ages! There hasn't been a huge amount of Pokemon things going on, but there are a few important events and announcements coming up! I'll run through them all here.

A new Pokemon game to be revealed! Jump Festa, an annual anime/manga party, is due to make a big Pokemon announcement, rumoured to be the next Pokemon game coming out. If it turns out not to be a new game, the CoroCoro magazine has said they will reveal the new game in their January issue. We'll post as soon as we have the info.

Super Pokemon Rumble released in UK/Europe The European version of Pokemon Rumble Blast was released at the beginning of this month. It's a lot of fun so if you have a 3DS I recommend it! I'll be adding some information to this site in the coming days.

Arceus event coming up The one big bit of news I forgot to post (but was mentioned on Pokebase Meta) was a Pokemon.com online vote to pick the next event Pokemon to be released via Dream World. Although good choices like Celebi, Deoxys and Ditto (who has a great hidden ability Imposter) were popular, many troll votes appeared for Pikachu, Mudkip and Magikarp. The final winner was Arceus! Dates yet to be revealed.

New C-Gear skins and other events Victini is available over Mystery Gift and a Deerling C-Gear skin via the Global Link, password B8XME69W. I'll update the events page shortly with more details.

And finally, Merry Christmas! I hope everyone has a fantastic holiday season and that Santa brings you everything you want!


A fiendish new design and some new content!

Site Updates — 22 October, 2011

Notice anything different recently? That's right, we've dressed up for Halloween! Just a little something I knocked up quickly, hope you like it :)

I have also added a few cool pages to the site recently. First up is the Events page. With the Pokemon Global Link events it's difficult to keep track of what's going on and how to get the special Pokemon or themes. So I've made a page that lists them all!

Pokemon Events page

I've added two nifty Pokemon tools: a moveset searcher and a type coverage checker. The first has been on the site for a while now but had a couple of problems. It's now fixed and working great! Just put in up to 4 moves you want, and it will tell you which Pokemon can learn them all!

Moveset searcher

I've loved the idea of a type coverage tool after I saw a similar page on PsyPokes.com. You input the elemental types of your attacking moves, and it shows you which Pokemon those types will not be very effective against.

Type coverage checker

P.S. to save you some time, the best 4-type combination is Ghost, Fighting, Ice and Ground :D


Mamoswine & Banette available through Pokemon Global Link

Pokemon Events — 22 October, 2011

Mamoswine and Banette are being given away in the Pokemon Global Link through special promotions. When you log in at pokemon-gl.com go to Promotions and enter the passwords below.

The Banette is a special giveaway for Halloween (although the event lasts for several months) and it has its hidden ability Cursed Body, plus a special move Cotton Guard which Banette doesn't normally learn. The password is NPCHARACTER if you're in USA, and BANETYahooGames for those in Europe.

The Mamoswine, only available in Europe at this time, has its hidden ability Thick Fat, but no special moves. Password is MAMNintendoOfficial.

There have also been many C-Gear skins released in recent months, which I'll post about shortly.


'Pokemon Gray' domain registered by Nintendo! Er... 3 years ago!

General News — 22 October, 2011

Web browser I don't normally do this but there has been a lot of shoddy journalism going round recently, even by organizations like IGN who should know better.

The story is that the domain name PokemonGray.com has been registered by a company called Melbourne IT, who do brand management and also happened to register PokemonBlackWhite.com for Nintendo, the official site for the latest games. Most of the articles credit Nintendo Buzz, who reported the same story two months ago.

This is basically where the reports ended. What they neglect to mention is that the domain has not been registered only recently; PokemonGray.com was first registered nearly 3 years ago! November 19th, 2008 to be precise.