Pokémon Database - News & Updates

Welcome to The Pokémon Database! We believe in making Pokémon information as clear and easy to digest as possible.

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 area "Spooky Manor" added to Dream World!

Pokemon Black & White — 28 September, 2011

The Pokemon Dream World, the online franchise of Pokemon Black & White, has added a new location you can visit! The Spooky Manor is an eerie old mansion filled with Pokemon!

Spooky Manor in the Dream World

In the new location you will find Ghost-type and Psychic-type Pokemon not previously available in the Dream World, plus new berries. Simply put a Pokemon to sleep and head to pokemon-gl.com to explore the Spooky Manor!


New year-long event: birthday Togekiss

Pokemon Events — 28 September, 2011

Togekiss

A new Pokemon event started this week to receive a special Togekiss. This Togekiss has the hidden ability Super Luck, which boosts its critical-hit rate. It will know the moves Extremespeed, Aura Sphere, Air Slash and Present.

This is a unique type of event in that you can only receive the Togekiss during the month of your birthday! First you need a Pokemon Trainer's Club account on Pokemon.com (click here to signup if you don't already have an account). Then simply log in and go to your message inbox on the month of your birthday to see instructions on how to obtain the Pokemon via Global Link.


New updates to Pokebase including Rate My Team section

Site Updates — 25 September, 2011

We've made some changes to Pokebase, our Q&A section. There is a new sub-forum called Battle Subway which is especially for Rate My Team questions. They were starting to clog up Pokebase and get in the way of other questions. (Note, older team questions will be moved to the new section soon!)

There are now more sorting options for questions such as by "most votes" or "most views". This is a good way to browse the site to find great questions and learn more about Pokemon! There is also a "flag" button next to posts. Please use this to report rule-breaking questions, spam/offensive posts or anything else that needs moderator attention.

Top members now have more privileges automatically. Users with over 10,000 points are able to edit questions and answers to help improve them. Users with less than 80 points are no longer able to vote, this is to prevent bad downvoting. (Later this will be changed so you can still upvote good posts.) Members can see a complete history of their questions and answers. This can be quite useful if you want to go back and select best answers for the questions you asked previously.

That's most of the changes! There will be more updates coming soon so stay tuned. I'd also like to take this moment to thank all our members for making Pokebase as great as it is!

Visit PokeBase!


New game: Pokemon Rumble Blast coming to 3DS

General News — 30 July, 2011

A new Pokemon spin-off game is being released. Pokemon Rumble Blast is the first Pokemon game for the 3DS and is a sequel to the popular WiiWare game, Pokemon Rumble.

Pokemon Rumble Blast action scene
Pokemon Rumble Blast action scene

It is an action game as opposed to the RPG format of regular games, and is a 3DS exclusive. You control toy Pokemon and must fight other Pokemon and add to your collection. There are several extra battle modes and connectivity features.

Pokemon Rumble Blast is released in Japan on August 11th and in America on October 24th. No word yet on a European release date but it is likely to be close to the American release.


New egg move guides for every Pokemon!

Site Updates — 10 July, 2011

Egg moves screenshot

We have yet another cool section to unveil at Pokemon Database today! This one is a guide to the egg moves that Pokemon can learn.

We already list the moves every Pokemon can learn by breeding in each Pokedex. Now every Pokemon gets an extra page which shows you how they can get those moves. Simply click the link by their egg move list in the Pokedex.

For example, Hydreigon learns Dark Pulse by breeding. With the Hydreigon egg moves page, you can see all the compatible parents. No compatible parents learn by level up, and only the Hydreigon family learn by breeding, but you can teach the Dark Pulse TM to Arbok, Gyarados or Seviper in Generation 4, then migrate to breed with the Hydreigon family.

Similarly for Weavile, with just a few clicks you can figure out how to get Ice Punch by chain breeding from Medicham to Lopunny to Weavile. Or, save some time by sketching moves with a Smeargle!


Announcing PokemonDb - a new Pokedex mobile web app!

Site Updates — 02 June, 2011

PokemonDb mobile app logo If you follow @pokemondb on Twitter you will have seen me mention a mobile app I have been working on for several weeks. Today I am proud to officially announce its release!

First things first - you can find the app, simply called PokemonDb, at the following address:

m.pokemondb.net

It is what's known as an offline web app - put simply, it's a website with some special features for mobile phones. When you load the app first time, it will download all the Pokedex data to your phone so that you can use the app whenever, wherever, without an internet connection. (This means we are free of binding restrictions from Apple et al.)

It works great on Apple iPhone, and it also works on Google Android phones, the latest Blackberries and all modern smartphones. See screenshots below.

To use the app, simply visit the link above from your phone's web browser (e.g. Safari on iPhone). You can also install it by tapping Add to Home Screen from the menu, or a similar option on other phones. It will then sit alongside your other apps!

I hope everyone enjoys this app! You can leave feedback, questions and suggestions over at Meta-Pokebase or via Twitter.


3D Pokedex app to be released on Nintendo 3DS

General News — 02 June, 2011

Nintendo have announced they are to release a 3D Pokedex app for the new 3DS console. Named - wait for it - Pokédex 3D, it will feature all the Pokemon from the Unova region in full 3D.

Hydreigon on Pokedex 3D

The app will allow the user to view Pokemon in 3D and rotate them. It also lists standard Pokedex details such as their stats, evolutions and moves.

However, by default you only start with 16 Pokemon and must collect the rest by scanning QR codes, using SpotPass or by trading data with friends via StreetPass. It's unknown whether the first 493 Pokemon will become available at any point.

Pokédex 3D will be available June 7th, once the Nintendo eShop becomes available through a system update. More pictures below.

UPDATE: dedicated page for Pokedex 3D now available here.


PokeBase gets a redesign

Site Updates — 21 May, 2011

I have made a set of changes to our Pokemon question and answer knowledgebase, PokeBase. First up I overhauled the design, creating a fresher and brighter look.

New PokeBase design

There is also now a rich text editor, to allow a little more flair in posts. Bold, italic, lists, quotations, links and images can all be used where appropriate. User avatars are also available. Currently the system uses a service called Gravatar (instructions here) but I am looking to make this simpler in the future.

As part of the upgrade I rewrote the chat room from scratch to fix the various bugs we had with double posting and so on. I didn't get a chance to finish everything I needed on the chat room but there will be improvements soon!


Pokemon Global Link is now live!

Pokemon Black & White — 12 April, 2011

Pokemon Global Link logo

The Pokemon Global Link website, Nintendo's online portal for Pokemon Black & White and home of the Dream World, is now live! It was originally scheduled for March 30th but delayed due to the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

It was then scheduled to launch tomorrow, April 13th, but appears to have gone live earlier. In the Dream World you can put a Pokemon to sleep. When they return, they may have a different ability than when they left!

You can sign up now at http://en.pokemon-gl.com


So, apparently some new Pokemon games were released or something...

Site Updates — 17 March, 2011

Ha! It's been a little quiet here for the last few days. As you can probably guess, since Pokemon Black & White were recently released, I've been quite busy playing! I have Pokemon Black and it is excellent - a lot of the gameplay is familiar but the adventure has a little more 'epicness' to it. There are lovely touches to the graphics, music and other details throughout the game. Game Freak put a lot of effort in this time.

Most of my time on the site has been spent handling the massive surge in traffic we are experiencing at the moment. Visitor numbers have quadrupled since the games were released, and are even higher at weekends. We've got a grasp on everything now, but if the site gets a bit slow at times, please bear with us. Thanks for choosing Pokemon Database as your information source! :-)

On to the actual update - I've added two new pages to our Black & White section. The first describes some of the changes in wild encounters - most notably the shaking spots that you see sometimes. The second is a guide to the new seasons mechanic, explaining what changes between seasons.

Shaking spots & encounters guide
Seasons guide

I have also been making several changes to ability and move descriptions to add more detail and clarify points. As usual, if you spot any mistakes anywhere on the site, please let me know on meta-Pokebase here.


Black/White Attack and Ability English names revealed!

Pokemon Black & White — 02 March, 2011

Copies of Pokemon Black & White have hit some places early and now all the official English names for the new moves and abilities can be revealed! (UPDATE: also added the Pokedex 'flavor' entries and species to the Pokedex.)

English attack names
English ability names

If you want to see the Japanese names as a reference, we list them all below...


Pokemon Black & White locations now online

Site Updates — 01 March, 2011

First, a belated Happy Birthday to Pokemon! The very first games were released 27th February, 1996 - making them 15 years old last Sunday! Here's to another 15 years of fun.

Now onto the main update. Earlier this week I quietly added Pokemon location data for the Unova region from the imminent games, Pokemon Black & White. I have spent the last few days working on improving the section as a whole and can now unveil the new guide!

Pokemon location guide

Instead of the hard to read tables of just Pokemon and encounter rates, we've merged much of it into one table. Most tables now only list the Pokemon once, displaying all the relevant conditions such as game version, time of day or season. Check it out and let us know what you think.

P.S. Pokemon Black & White are released this coming Friday in UK/Europe, and Sunday in USA/Canada! If you get stuck during the games, drop by our popular Q&A section PokeBase, where you can get your questions answered by our expert users.