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Dates for European legendary beasts event

Pokémon Events — 15 January, 2011

Details on the European event for Raikou, Entei and Suicune have been released. Each one will be available over Nintendo WFC for a week in February. They are the same Pokemon currently available in USA/Canada - not only are they shiny, they also come with new moves they don't normally learn!

All three have Extremespeed. Raikou has Weather Ball and is available from February 7th-13th. Entei has Flare Blitz and is available from February 14th-20th. Suicune has Sheer Cold and is available from February 21st-27th.

They are available for all fourth-generation games, so if you have multiple games (e.g. Diamond and HeartGold) you should be able to get them multiple times! The process is the same as usual - simply go to Mystery Gift in the very first game menu, Receive Gift, then pick it up from the delivery man in the PokeMart.

Some official English names revealed, possibly the whole lot!

Pokémon Black & White — 14 January, 2011

Nintendo has revealed more Pokemon names from Black & White. But there has also been a leak of the supposed full list of English Pokemon names, though not 100% confirmed.

Confirmed Pokemon:

  • Desukaan is now Cofagrigus, from coffin and sarcophagus or maybe egregious.
  • Mogurew is now Drilbur, from drill and burrow.
  • Kibago is now Axew, a pun on askew with axe referring to its tusks.
  • Koromori is now Woobat, because it's a bat (duh). It seems to have some love connection, hence the woo in the name and its move, Heart Stamp.
  • Minezumi is now Patrat, a pun on packrat.
  • Gothiruselle is now Gothitelle, from goth and elle, a common suffix meaning feminine.
  • Ranculus is now Reuniclus, possibly based on homunculus describing humans.
  • Wargle is now Braviary, from brave and aviary (bird enclosure).
  • Musharna keeps its name.

Confirmed ability names:

Confirmed move names:

Continue for the rumoured list of all English names...

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European wi-fi event: shiny Raikou, Entei or Suicune

Pokémon Events — 13 January, 2011

A new event is coming to Europe to obtain the legendary beasts. They are the same shiny Pokemon currently available at Gamestop in the US, but will be distributed over wi-fi, from February 7th.

No word yet on exactly how the event will run but we'll keep you posted. Remember, when you transfer them to Pokemon Black or Pokemon White you are able to catch Zoroark.

Black/White European release date confirmed

Pokémon Black & White — 10 January, 2011

The release date of Pokemon Black and Pokemon White has been revealed by Nintendo Magazine as March 4th, 2011 - two days before its American release! The release date for Australia and New Zealand has also been revealed, which is March 10th.

This is the first time a Pokemon game has been released in Europe before the US. It also means we will likely have all the Pokemon and move names earlier than expected, maybe by March 1st.

(Note: the countdown timer around the site has been left as the US date, since most of our readers are American.)

New game-specific pages

Site Updates — 02 January, 2011

Following on from our Heart Gold & Soul Silver section opened before Christmas, I've added two new sections for the Sinnoh games: Diamond/Pearl and Platinum.

The DP section explains the changes that were introduced in Generation IV, such as the new type/category system for moves. It also lists which Pokemon you can only find in one game, and the Sinnoh gym leaders/Elite Four.

The Platinum section has some detail on the Distortion World, Battle Frontier and other new features. Plus the lowdown on the gym leaders, Elite Four and their rematches.

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More confirmed English names

Pokémon Black & White — 29 December, 2010

Nintendo has confirmed more Pokemon, move and ability names.

Pokemon names:

  • Chillarmy is now known as Minccino. Its name comes from Mink and Chinchilla on which it is based.
  • Mamepato is now known as Pidove, a cross between birds Pigeon and Dove.
  • Munna keeps its Japanese name, a cross between moon and lunar.
  • Shimama is now known as Blitzle. Its name comes from the word blitz.
  • Hihidaruma is now known as Darmanitan. Both names refer to the Japanese Daruma doll and a species of monkey - the former a baboon and the latter an orangutan.
  • Gear is now known as Klink, which refers to the noise of two metal surfaces touching.
  • Meguroko is now known as Sandile - as you can guess, a cross between sand and crocodile
  • Gigaiasu is now known as Gigalith, from the prefix giga meaning large, and the suffix lith meaning rock.

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U.S. release date for Pokemon Black & White

Pokémon Black & White — 27 December, 2010

The release date for Pokemon Black and Pokemon White has been announced in a Nintendo press release.

The games will be released on 6th March 2011 in North America (i.e. USA and Canada). No word yet on European or other area release dates.

The English box art for Black/White

English names for ‘elemental monkeys’

Pokémon Black & White — 26 December, 2010

The English names for the three related monkey Pokemon from Black & White have been revealed via official promo material. Their Japanese names were Yanappu for the grass type, Boappu for the fire type and Hiyappu for the water type.

Their English names are based on pan, a genus of apes (as in Chimpanzee) followed by a word related to their type:

You receive one of the three Pokemon as a gift from a location called the Site of Dreams, depending on which starter you chose.

New HeartGold/SoulSilver pages

Site Updates — 22 December, 2010

I've been meaning to add this for a while now, but finally I've opened a new section for the recent games, HeartGold & SoulSilver!

We already had the Pokewalker section, but now I've added a short description of the games and a few useful pages: - A list of version-exclusive Pokemon. - A page detailing the Gym Leaders and Elite Four from Johto and Kanto. - A guide to gym leader rematches, detailing where and when you can set up rematches, and when each gym leader will battle you.

New event: Get a shiny Raikou, Entei or Suicune

Pokémon Events — 22 December, 2010

A new real-life event is coming to America and Canada in January 2011! Soon you will be able to obtain the legendary beasts - Raikou, Entei and Suicune - from GameStop stores. Not only are they shiny, they also come with new moves they don't normally learn!

All three have Extremespeed. Raikou has Weather Ball and is available from January 3rd to 9th. Entei has Flare Blitz and is available from January 17th to 23rd. Suicune has Sheer Cold and is available from January 31st to February 6th.

What's more, if you transfer these shiny Pokemon to your copy of Pokemon Black or Pokemon White when released, you will unlock the chance to capture the illusionary fox pokemon, Zoroark!

Zorua & Zoroark confirmed and more English names

Pokémon Black & White — 14 December, 2010

Zorua and Zoroark, two event Pokemon from the upcoming Black and White versions, have been confirmed by Nintendo. They keep the names we already know them by.

Also confirmed are the Illusion ability and two moves: Hone Claws, previously translated as Claw Sharpen; and Foul Play, previously translated as Trickery.

English names for Black & White starters revealed

Pokémon Black & White — 23 November, 2010

Nintendo has revealed the English names of a few pokemon from the upcoming Pokemon Black and Pokemon White games.

Tsutarja, the Grass starter, will be known as Snivy. This is mostly likely a combination of the words 'snake' and 'ivy'. Pokabu, the Fire starter, will be known as Tepig, a cross between 'tepid' and 'pig'. Of course, it's evolution is far from tepid. Mijumaru, the Water starter, will be known as Oshawott. The name has references to 'otter', 'water' and possibly 'ocean'.

The region, previously known as Isshu in the Japanese version, will be called Unova.

As previously confirmed, the main legendaries in the games are Reshiram and Zekrom, same names as in the Japanese version. Reshiram's ability is called Turboblaze and Zekrom's Teravolt.

Nintendo has also unveiled their new dedicated website, PokemonBlackWhite.com. However, it's very light on details since they are choosing to release information in dribs and drabs instead of telling us what we all already know...