Pokémon Database - News & Updates

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New Pokémon revealed in Pokémon Sword/Shield E3 demo

Pokémon Sword & Shield — 11 June, 2019

A demo of Pokémon Sword & Shield is available on the floor of the E3 Expo, and includes new Pokémon!

Yamper and Impidimp

Yamper (above left) is Electric type and has a new ability Ball Fetch which can fetch a Poké Ball if the player failed to catch a Pokémon.

Impidimp (above right) is Dark/Fairy type.

Many gameplay details revealed in Nintendo E3 Direct

Pokémon Sword & Shield — 11 June, 2019

A new Nintendo Direct has aired at E3 and revealed some information about Pokémon Sword and Shield.

It was stated that the Poké Ball Plus accessory (that was released with Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee) will work with Sword/Shield and Pokémon can be taken for a stroll. It cannot be used as a controller in Sword/Shield however. A new Water type gym leader was also revealed, named Nessa.

Following the Direct there was a Nintendo Treehouse Live segment which showed plenty of gameplay - details below.

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Pokemon Direct reveals new Pokemon and Dynamax feature

Pokémon Sword & Shield — 05 June, 2019

A new Pokémon Direct has just finished airing and revealed lots of information on the upcoming games, Pokémon Sword & Shield! Last things first, the release date was revealed at the end of the Direct as November 15th 2019.

A new trailer was shown during the Direct and included the first in-game footage of the starters (Grookey, Scorbunny, Sobble). Then we saw our first glimpse of new Pokémon:

Three of the new Pokémon revealed
  • Gossifleur (left) is Grass type and can have the ability Regenerator or a new ability Cotton Down, which lowers the opponent's Speed when it attacks Gossifleur.
  • Wooloo (middle) is Normal type and can have the ability Fluffy or Run Away.
  • Drednaw (right) is Water/Rock type and can have the ability Strong Jaw or Shell Armor.

Additional Pokémon shown were:

  • Eldegoss, the evolution of Gossifleur. It stays Grass type and keeps its abilities.
  • Corviknight, a raven-like bird. It is Flying/Streel type and can transport the player to previous towns.
  • Zacian and Zamazenta, the two legendary Pokémon. They are both wolves - the former holds a sword in its mouth, while the latter has a shield as its mane.

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Pokémon press conference reveals new games and apps

General News — 29 May, 2019

The Pokémon Company held a press conference last night, announcing many new projects in the Pokémon franchise! The full video can be seen below. First up, TPC CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara talked about the success of the Detective Pikachu movie, then announced that a sequel to the 3DS game is in development for the Nintendo Switch.

Following that, Ishihara talked about the Pokémon Quest game that came out last year, and announced it will soon be available in China with an additional player-vs-player battle mode. No word on whether these enhancements will come to the existing game in other languages.

Next, game director Junichi Masuda came on stage to announce a new app for Switch and smartphones - Pokémon Home. It's billed as a place where all Pokémon can gather. Essentially it is a replacement for Pokémon Bank that works with multiple games: Pokémon GO/Let's Go/Bank transfer one way to Pokémon Home; while the upcoming games Pokémon Sword/Shield can transfer Pokémon to and from Pokémon Home (see diagram below). It also has a trading feature like the core games. It will be available in early 2020.

Then a brand new concept was announced - Pokémon Sleep. TPC stated that in the same way Pokémon GO got players outside and active, they wanted to help them get a good night's sleep. A new device named Pokémon Go Plus+, that looks similar to the Go Plus, can be used to track sleep patterns to ensure a good night's sleep. It's similar to existing sleep apps, however, the Pokémon version includes some gamification features and will connect with Pokémon GO.

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New Pokémon Direct and TPC press conference announced

Pokémon Sword & Shield — 27 May, 2019

The Pokémon Company have announced a new press conference for tomorrow, which will cover a number of topics of interest to Pokémon fans. The exact content is unknown but they used the same event last year to announce the Pokémon Let's Go games as well as Pokémon Quest. It's possible there will be some information on the latest mobile game, Pokémon Rumble Rush, which has yet to be released outside Australia.

There could be info on the upcoming Sword & Shield games, however, TPCi have also announced a new Pokémon Direct for Wednesday next week! This is confirmed to focus on Sword & Shield and is around 15 minutes long.

  • The press conference is Tuesday May 27th at 6pm PT / 9pm ET / 2am (28th) in UK / 10am (28th) in Japan.
  • The Pokémon Direct is Wednesday June 5th at 6am PT / 9am ET / 2pm in UK / 10pm in Japan.

So that's two information drops to get excited about!

New mobile game: Pokémon Rumble Rush

General News — 16 May, 2019

A new Pokémon game for smartphones been announced: Pokémon Rumble Rush! It is already available in Australia but will be released to the rest of the world soon.

Pokemon Rumble Rush logo

As the name suggests it's the latest in the Rumble series of games (aka Scramble in some territories), in which you make your way through various levels, defeating Pokémon on the way. Sometimes the defeated Pokémon will join your team - as you progress your opponents will become stronger and stronger.

The game is free-to-start with in-app purchases.

Pokémon Detective Pikachu now in cinemas

General News — 10 May, 2019

Pokémon Detective Pikachu, the first live-action Pokémon film, is now out in cinemas worldwide! It's a fun movie with lots for Pokémon fans to enjoy. The reviews have been coming in this past week and they are largely positive.

The film follows Tim Goodman, whose father, a detective in Ryme City, mysteriously goes missing. He teams up with his father's partner Pokémon, the titular Detective Pikachu voiced by Ryan Reynolds, in order to crack the case.

See how many Pokémon you can spot in the film!

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New Pokémon Pass app announced with shiny Pikachu/Eevee event

Pokémon Events — 01 May, 2019

The Pokémon Company International has today announced a new smartphone app. It's called Pokémon Pass and grants players exclusive content including wallpapers, digital stickers, and event Pokémon. The app is free, but currently only available in the USA. No release date has been set for other countries.

In addition, a new event has been announced for US players to receive a shiny Pikachu or Eevee in participating Target stores. Players need to download Pokémon Pass, then visit a store and the app will use geolocation to notify you of nearby offers, allowing you to scan an in-store QR code.

  • Shiny Pikachu will be available for Pokémon Let's Go Eevee, with the moves Thunderbolt, Double Kick, Double Team, and Thunder.
  • Shiny Eevee will be available for Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu, with the moves Double-Edge, Iron Tail, Helping Hand, and Facade.

They are available from May 11th to June 23rd. Target will also have giveaways for the upcoming Detective Pikachu movie, on May 11th between 10am and 1pm (local time).

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New games announced: Pokémon Sword & Pokémon Shield!

Pokémon Sword & Shield — 27 February, 2019

Brand new Pokémon games have been announced in the Pokémon Direct today! They are called Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. They take place in the Galar region, which appears to be based on the United Kingdom, and will feature lots of new Pokémon, including 3 new starter Pokémon:

  • Grookey (Grass type), the Chimp Pokémon
  • Scorbunny (Fire type), the Rabbit Pokémon
  • Sobble (Water type), the Water Lizard Pokémon

See below for more details and screenshots. Here is the trailer:

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Pokémon Direct announced for tomorrow

General News — 26 February, 2019

A new Pokémon Direct has been announced! It will air tomorrow, Wednesday February 27th and will feature 7 minutes of new information about Pokémon.

Since we know a brand new game is coming to Nintendo Switch this year, the Direct will almost certainly be about the new Generation 8, though it may also feature other games or media (TCG, Anime, etc). The exact times are:

  • 6am PT
  • 9am ET
  • 2pm GMT (UK)
  • 3pm CET (Europe)
  • 11pm JST
  • 1am (28th) ACT (Australia)

We will of course have all the details on the site as soon as they're revealed!

Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee released!

Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee — 15 November, 2018

The latest Pokémon games, Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee, are starting to be released in the eShop, in Australia and the far east. They are somewhat different to traditional games but still contain many of the features that makes it a core Pokémon experience, and retain the fun charm of all previous games.

I've been busy adding information to the site so it's ready to assist your playthrough! Of course, everything is still a work in progress, we'll keep adding details as we discover them.

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New trailer for Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee featuring Elite Four

Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee — 07 November, 2018

A new trailer has been released for Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee which features the Elite Four and other notable characters returning.

The latter gym leaders are shown, including Giovani, followed by the Elite Four. Then it's revealed that Gary/Blue and Ash/Red from the original games will feature, as well as Leaf/Green.