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Pokémon Crystal coming to 3DS Virtual Console

General News — 14 December, 2017

Pokemon Crystal title screen Exactly 17 years since Pokémon Crystal was originally released on Game Boy Color, Nintendo announced today that it's coming to the 3DS as a Virtual Console title.

This version has been slightly enhanced from the original. It includes Pokémon Bank compatibility, as with the other VC titles, but it will also include the ability to capture the mythical Pokémon Celebi (previously an event-only Pokémon).

Pokémon Crystal will be released January 26th 2018, and can be 'preloaded' on the eShop from January 8th. Here's the announcement trailer:


Ultra Necrozma and Naganadel officially revealed

Pokemon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon — 14 December, 2017

New Pokémon from Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon have been officially revealed in a video from TPCi. It notes that Naganadel's codename is UB Stinger (despite it not appearing anywhere in the games themselves). Necrozma's new Z-Move, Light That Burns The Sky is also shown.


Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon released!

Pokemon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon — 17 November, 2017

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon have now been released worldwide! I've been hard at work adding all the information you'll need to the site:

Ultra Sun/Moon Pokedex - includes movesets for all Pokemon
Version-exclusive Pokemon
TM locations
Totem Sticker locations and rewards

TPCi has also released a final teaser video showing a new form of Necrozma, Ultra Necrozma and announcing move tutors:


Mimikyu's Z-Move officially revealed

Pokemon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon — 10 November, 2017

A new trailer has been released by TPCi which shows off a new Z-Move for Mimikyu called Let's Snuggle Forever.

The move is Fairy type and is activated via Play Rough. It involves Mimikyu engulfing the opposing Pokémon, snuggling them to achieve high damage.


New Ultra Sun/Moon trailer reveals Rainbow Rocket

Pokemon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon — 02 November, 2017

A new trailer for Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon has been released. It shows Rainbow Rocket, an evil team made up of past leaders including Giovanni, Archie, Maxie, Ghetsis, and Lysandre.

Other features shown:

  • A new facility Battle Agency where you can rent Pokémon and battle various characters from the game.
  • Totem Stickers which are hidden throughout the game, to be collected and traded for Totem-sized Pokémon.
  • New Pokémon available via Island Scan including starter Pokémon like Charmander and Grovyle.
  • Legendary Pokémon can be encountered beyond Ultra Wormholes. It appears every (non-mythical) legendary can be found, though some are exclusive to Ultra Sun or Ultra Moon.

Necrozma Z-Move details confirmed

Pokemon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon — 12 October, 2017

A new video for Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon has been released, showing the information we got on Tuesday from CoroCoro.

Necrozma's new move, Photon Geyser is shown, followed by the Z-Moves for the box legendaries, Searing Sunraze Smash and Menacing Moonraze Maelstrom.

Details about the new Rotom Dex were also shown. Befriending Rotom unlocks new features to aid in battling, breeding and catching Pokémon. Its Z-Power allows you to use a Z-Move in battle for a second time.


Z-Moves for Solgaleo, Lunala, and Necrozma forms revealed in CoroCoro

Pokemon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon — 10 October, 2017

Japanese magazine CoroCoro has leaked and shows new Z-Moves for the legendary Pokémon Solgaleo, Lunala, and their respective Necrozma forms.

Necrozma Dusk Mane and Dawn Wings
Necrozma Dusk Mane (left) and Dawn Wings (right) using their Z-Moves
  • Solgaleo can turn Sunsteel Strike into a Z-Move known as Sunshine Smasher in Japanese. It can also be used by Dusk Mane Necrozma.
  • Lunala can turn Moongeist Beam into a Z-Move known as Moonlight Blaster in Japanese. It can also be used by Dawn Wings Necrozma.
  • Necrozma (and its forms) can also learn a new move, known as Photon Geyser in Japanese. It's a Psychic-type Special move.

Both moves appear to deal huge damage and bypass abilities. CoroCoro also states that the Rotom Dex can be upgraded during the game to allows certain features like Pokémon gaining more EXP and using Z-Moves more than once.


New trailer: 'Travel Beyond Alola'

Pokemon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon — 05 October, 2017

Following the Japanese trailer yesterday, a new trailer has been released in English with some of the same footage. t shows a little more of the player riding Necrozma Dusk Mane/Dawn Wings, and states you will battle Ultra Beasts on their home turf. Here's the trailer:

We see Ultra Megalopolis, a world that has had its light stolen by Necrozma, as well as the Ultra Recon Squad. A new Ultra Beast, UB Adhesive is shown, and previously revealed Ultra Beasts UB Assembly and UB Burst are shown in battle, with the latter using a new move Mind Blown.


New Japanese trailer for Ultra Sun/Moon aired during Oha Suta

Pokemon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon — 04 October, 2017

Some new footage from Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon was aired on Japanese show Oha Suta. First they showed a link battle featuring the new forms from USUM - Lycanroc Dusk Form, Necrozma Dusk Mane and Necrozma Dawn Wings.

Next came a trailer with some interesting details, including new mysterious characters, and the player riding the Necrozma forms!


Ash's Pikachu event now running

Pokemon Events — 22 September, 2017

A new Pokémon event has started to obtain one of six Pikachu variants in Pokémon Sun & Moon. These forms each wear a different baseball cap design based on Ash's cap from each region he visited. Each one comes with slightly varied moves and the Pikashunium Z item, allowing Pikachu to use its exclusive Z-Move, 10,000,000 Volt Thunderbolt.

Pikachu cap variants
The six Pikachu forms - from top left Alolan Cap, Original Cap, Hoenn Cap, Kalos Cap, Sinnoh Cap, Unova Cap

Only ONE of the forms can be obtained per game - once a variant has been received you will not be able to receive another! The desired form is obtained by using the code PIKACHU20 from Mystery Gift during a specific period. The dates and unique moves are as follows:

  • Sep. 19 - Sep. 25: Original Cap (Kanto/Johto) - Thunderbolt, Quick Attack, Thunder, Agility
  • Sep. 26 - Oct. 2: Hoenn Cap - Thunderbolt, Quick Attack, Thunder, Iron Tail
  • Oct. 3 - Oct. 9: Sinnoh Cap - Thunderbolt, Quick Attack, Iron Tail, Volt Tackle
  • Oct. 10 - Oct. 16: Unova Cap - Thunderbolt, Quick Attack, Iron Tail, Volt Tackle
  • Oct. 17 - Oct. 23: Kalos Cap - Thunderbolt, Quick Attack, Iron Tail, Electro Ball
  • Oct. 24 - Oct. 30: Alola Cap - Thunderbolt, Quick Attack, Iron Tail, Electro Ball

Note: the timing for the dates appears to be based on midnight UTC, so each event finishes at: 5pm PT / 8pm ET / 1am BST (next day) / 9am JST (next day). If you're unsure, redeem your code between the dates given rather than on those dates.


New Ultra Sun/Moon features revealed in trailer

Pokemon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon — 22 September, 2017

New features for Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon have been revealed in a new trailer:

  • The Island Trials are still part of the game, though they are different to Sun/Moon.
  • Over 400 Pokémon can be found in Alola, with Pokémon like Tropius, Larvesta, Mareep, Larvitar, Zorua, Houndoom and Manectric that weren't in Sun/Moon.
  • The Alola Photo Club feature allows you to take photos with your Pokémon and share them with friends.
  • Mantine is a new PokéRide Pokémon on which you can surf between the Alolan islands, and even do flips and tricks!

New Ultra Beasts revealed during Nintendo Direct

Pokemon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon — 13 September, 2017

Two new Ultra Beasts have been announced during the latest Nintendo Direct, as well as additional details for the previously-announced forms. A new trailer has been released:

The new legendary Formes are in fact Formes of Necrozma. The one crossed with Solgaleo is named Dusk Mane Necrozma while the one crossed with Lunala is Dawn Wings Necrozma.

A special Rockruff will be given away to early purchasers of the game. This Rockruff will only evolve into the new Dusk Form Lycanroc. The Rockruff will know different moves depending on the game - in Pokémon Ultra Sun it will know Fire Fang, while in Pokémon Ultra Moon it will know Thunder Fang. The remaining moves are the same in both versions (Tackle, Bite, Happy Hour).

Lycanroc (all forms) also has a new Z-Move - Splintered Stormshards which deals damage and removes Terrain effects.

The new Ultra Beasts are codenamed UB Burst (exclusive to Ultra Sun) and UB Assembly (exclusive to Ultra Moon).

There will also be some new areas to explore in the Alola region including a surfer beach and a valley full of Pikachu.