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Gameplay Preview for Legends: Arceus released

Pokémon Legends: Arceus — 13 January, 2022

The Pokémon Company has released a new 13-minute Gameplay Preview video on Pokémon Legends: Arceus. It shows some of the basic mechanics as well as various missions you need to complete. Watch here:


Diamond & Pearl Clan revealed for Pokémon Legends: Arceus

Pokémon Legends: Arceus — 15 December, 2021

A new trailer for Pokémon Legends: Arceus has dropped, and reveals two rival clans: Diamond Clan and Pearl Clan. They are led by Adaman and Irida respectively. According to the press release:

The people of the Diamond Clan often speak of the importance of cherishing the present and living in the moment with one’s allies. On the other hand, members of the Pearl Clan frequently advocate the importance of valuing the vast, spacious land shared with others.​

The trailer is below, which also announces the Ginkgo Guild, who travel around Hisui selling their wares.

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Hisuian Voltorb revealed for Legends: Arceus

Pokémon Legends: Arceus — 10 December, 2021

A new video has been released for the upcoming game, Pokémon Legends: Arceus, featuring a new form of Voltorb. Like the original Voltorb, it looks similar to a Poké Ball - however as this game is set in the past the Poké Balls are made of wood, and so Hisuian Voltorb is Electric/Grass type.

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Ramanas Park revealed for Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl — 10 November, 2021

A new trailer for Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl has been released. This one announces Ramanas Park, a new area in the same place that Pal Park was in the original games. Special Slates can be found throughout the Sinnoh region and taken to Ramanas Park, which allows the player to encounter certain legendaries from the first four generations.

Here's the trailer:

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New trailers for BDSP & Legends: Arceus

Pokémon Legends: Arceus — 26 October, 2021

Two new trailers have been revealed for Pokémon Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl and Pokémon Legends: Arceus. The latter re-confirms Hisuian Zorua and Hisuian Zoroark. They are both Normal/Ghost type, and known as the Spiteful Fox Pokémon and Baneful Fox Pokémon respectively. Here's the announcement video:

The BDSP trailer covers various features of the game, such as gym leaders, Team Galactic, and the lake trio of Azelf, Mesprit and Uxie.

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Hisuian forms of Zorua & Zoroark revealed

Pokémon Legends: Arceus — 21 October, 2021

New found footage has been released, which shows a trainer researching Pokémon in the wild. After seeing some Snorunt, they see a Zorua that is white in appearance with hints of red. After a cloud of smoke engulfs the trainer, we see a Zorua with its parent Zoroark. Watch the video here:

It has been confirmed that they are Normal/Ghost type, the first of this type to exist in Pokémon. We'll bring more details as they come.


New trailers for BDSP & Legends: Arceus reveal Pokétch & Noble Pokémon

Pokémon Legends: Arceus — 28 September, 2021

Two new trailers have dropped for Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl, and Pokémon Legends: Arceus. The BDSP trailer (further below) confirms various features that also appeared in the original DS games, including the Pokétch, Amity Square and Poffins, but with some improvements (see below).

The L:A trailer reveals several new features including Noble Pokémon:

A new Pokémon was revealed - Kleavor - a Hisuian evolution of Scyther. It is one of several Noble Pokémon that have received a mysterious blessing, but something is causing them to become frenzied.

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New information on BDSP and Legends: Arceus

Pokémon Legends: Arceus — 18 August, 2021

A new Pokémon Presents has aired, giving information on Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl, Pokémon Legends: Arceus, plus various other Pokémon spin-offs. Here's the video:

Pokémon Legends: Arceus features several new Pokémon and forms. The game is set in the past in the Sinnoh region, but it is known as Hisui back then. The new Pokémon are:

One of the main aims of the game is to observe and catch Pokémon in this ancient region. Wild Pokémon may be battled using Strong Style, which increases power but lowers action speed, and Agile Style, which decreases power but raises speed.

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New games announced: Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, Shining Pearl and Pokémon Legends: Arceus

Pokémon Legends: Arceus — 26 February, 2021

A new Pokémon Presents has just finished airing and announced two new games! The first is Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Pokémon Shining Pearl, remakes of the original Sinnoh games. They are in isometric 3D with a cartoony chibi style similar to Pokémon Let's Go, or the recent remake of the Zelda game, Link's Awakening. The gameplay, however, is faithful to the original games (rather than Let's Go).

Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl are being made by ILCA rather than Game Freak, but is co-directed by Junichi Masuda from Game Freak (alongside Yuichi Ueda of ILCA). The games will be released in late 2021.

The second game announced was Pokémon Legends: Arceus. It's also set in the Sinnoh region but a very long time ago, when the Sinnoh regions was still a vast wilderness. The graphical style is similar to Pokémon Sword & Shield and the gameplay appears similar to the Wild Area in those games.

In this game the starters you can choose from are Rowlet, Cyndaquil, or Oshawott - previously from separate generations. The aim of the game is to create the region's first Pokédex. Players will study Pokémon's behaviours and can seamlessly enter battle, to provide Trainers with an immersive experience. It will be released in early 2022.

Here is the full announcement video, which also features a great retrospective of the last 25 years of Pokémon!

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Pokémon launches 25th anniversary celebrations

General News — 13 January, 2021

This year, Pokémon turns 25 years old! It all started in February 1996 with the release of Pokémon Red & Green in Japan. Today, The Pokémon Company have begun their celebrations. A fun video was released in which a Poké Ball makes its way through various dioramas, containing highlights of past Pokémon games.

It was also announced that there will be a year-long music collaboration with Universal Music Group called P25 Music, headlined by pop star Katy Perry. There is a small hint of it at the end of the below video.

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Pokémon GO announces 'GO Beyond' with Seasons and Gen 6 Pokémon

General News — 18 November, 2020

Pokémon GO has announced several updates that they are calling GO Beyond, which starts in December.

The first is that Pokémon from the Kalos region - Generation 6 - are coming to the game. Specifically Chespin, Fennekin, Froakie, Bunnelby, Fletchling, and Litleo will appear in the wild or in eggs. Klefki will appear only in France. From December 2nd-8th they will be appearing more often. A mysterious Pokémon will also be appearing in 1* raids.

Go Seasons were also announced. Pokémon appearing in the games will now follow the seasons in the real world (i.e. December will be Winter in the northern hemisphere and summer in the southern hemisphere). The Pokémon available in the wild/eggs/raids will follow the season, such as the Deerling forms. GO Battle League will also follow the season.

There is also a level cap increase to Level 50. For lower level players it will be easier to level up, while level 40 players will need to complete extra challenges in addition to gaining XP (see below).

Some events have also been announced:

  • November 16th-24th: Cobalion, Terrakion & Virizion are in 5* raids.
  • November 17th-23rd: Pokémon HOME event where various Kanto Pokémon are more common, plus Pokémon that can be Ditto. Shiny Slowpoke is now available! Shiny Meltan is available from the Mystery Box. The box can be received by sending a Pokémon to Pokémon HOME or Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee.
  • November 18th-30th: 12 Days of Friendship event, featuring faster increases in friendship and an attack boost in raids with friends.
  • November 24th-30th: Lake Legends event with Uxie, Mesprit & Azelf in 5* raids. They are region-exclusive, but you can get ones from different regions using Remote Raid Passes, if invited by someone from that region. Pokémon commonly found near lakes will be more common, including Psyduck, Goldeen, Magikarp, Surskit, Starly, Bidoof & Shellos.
  • November 28th: Limited Research event featuring Nidoran♀ & Nidoran♂
  • November 18th-December 31st: Double XP for catching Pokémon!

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New video officially reveals Glastrier & Spectrier

Pokémon Sword & Shield — 06 November, 2020

Today the physical versions of Sword & Shield bundled with the Expansion Pass are released. The Pokémon Company have released a new video to promote it, which shows the new legendary Pokémon found in The Crown Tundra, Glastrier and Spectrier.

It highlights their abilities, Chilling Neigh and Grim Neigh, plus Calyrex's forms with the ability As One, as well as their signature moves Glacial Lance and Astral Barrage.

Official art was also released.

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