Pokémon Database - News & Updates

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New spin-off game: Pokémon Quest

General News — 30 May, 2018

In addition to the just-announced mainline games, Pokémon Let's Go, a new spin-off game has been announced - Pokémon Quest. It is available for Nintendo Switch right now, and will be available for mobile devices in June.

The game contains the original 151 Pokémon in a blocky form. They can be used in teams of 3 to battle and explore Tumblecube Island. Pokemon's characteristics can be changed using Power Stones. The game is "free to start" and has in-app purchases for certain things.

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New games confirmed: Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu & Pokémon Let's Go Eevee

Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee — 30 May, 2018

The games that were leaked a few weeks ago have been officially announced! Pokémon Let's Go, Pikachu! & Pokémon Let's Go, Eevee! will be released on the Nintendo Switch on November 16th 2018. Here's the trailer:

Pokémon Let's Go are based on Pokémon Yellow. They will feature connectivity with the mobile game Pokémon Go, and allows you to throw your PokéBall in a similar way using the Switch Joycon controller. There is also a peripheral called the PokéBall plus that allows you to take Pokémon on the go with you in real life. Screenshots below.

It has also been confirmed that the Pokémon in the box at the end of the trailer is a never-seen-before Pokémon.

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Unconfirmed leak: new games Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee

Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee — 16 May, 2018

The names of the upcoming Pokémon games for Nintendo Switch have potentially been leaked. Yesterday a logo surfaced showing the name in Japanese, Pokémon Let's Go! Pikachu.

This matched up with some earlier leaks suggesting that there would be two games titled Pokémon Let's Go! Pikachu and Pokémon Let's Go! Eevee and they would be remakes of Pokémon Yellow, releasing this year. Additional features apparently include integration with Pokémon GO as well as using the catching mechanic from GO of swiping to throw the PokéBall.

Today this was given additional evidence as the domains pokemonletsgopikachu.com and pokemonletsgoeevee.com were registered by CSC Corporate Domains, the brand management company who are also the registrar of the various Pokemon domains such as pokemon.com and pokemon-sunmoon.com. (Update: they have also registered letsgopikachuletsgoeevee.com)

As we've mentioned before, the registration of a domain name does not prove anything but these are very specific. This is a corporate domain registrar so it's very unlikely that someone other than Nintendo registered these domains - as opposed to pokemonletsgo.com for example which was also registered yesterday after the leak, but to an individual via public registrar GoDaddy.

Please remember, currently this is still unconfirmed - any of these details could be incorrect, for example being a spin-off game instead of a core game. We'll bring confirmation as soon as we get it.


Zeraora officially revealed in Japan

Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon — 08 April, 2018

The mythical Pokémon Zeraora has been officially revealed on Japanese TV show Oha Suta. A glimpse of it was first seen in a new movie trailer for Pokémon: Everyone's Story followed by some short discussion in the show:

UPDATE: a new short trailer has been released:


Legendary Pokémon events coming throughout 2018

General News — 05 February, 2018

New monthly events have been announced for the rest of this year, giving out legendary Pokémon! Each month a new pair of Pokémon is available, which appear to be the version exclusives that aren't available in that particular game (e.g. Dialga is available natively in Ultra Sun but by event in Ultra Moon).


The full catalog of Pokémon available during 2018

The full list of Pokémon for the year is below. Details for Dialga and Palkia have been announced - they are obtainable via a code from GameStop stores (USA), EB Games (Canada), GAME (UK) or your usual large game retailer in your country. Dialga is only available in Pokémon Moon or Ultra Moon, while Palkia is only available in Pokémon Sun or Ultra Sun. We'll provide details for the other legendaries as soon as they're available.

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Pokémon Crystal coming to 3DS Virtual Console

General News — 14 December, 2017

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

Pokémon 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!

Pokémon 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:

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

Pokémon 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

Pokémon 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

Pokémon 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.

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

Pokémon 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 (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.