Pokémon Database - News & Updates

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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.

Meltan evolution Melmetal revealed

Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee — 24 October, 2018

The secret of Meltan hinted at a few weeks ago has been revealed! A new Pokémon video has been released, the final in the Two Professors series. In this video, as Willow is showing Oak the Meltan he's collected, they combine and evolve into a new Pokémon, Melmetal.

The official site also reveals that Melmetal has a new and exclusive move, Double Iron Bash, which hits twice and may cause the opponent to flinch.

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Official trailer for Master Trainers

Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee — 18 October, 2018

Following the media reports of Master Trainers earlier this week, an official video has been released showing off the feature:

It confirms that each trainer has one Pokémon, and you must challenge them with the same Pokémon (for example use Lapras against the Lapras Master Trainer). No items are allowed to be used. The Pokémon will have unexpected attacks, for example moves that are super-effective against the same Pokémon, like Pinsir using Rock Slide.

Master Trainers revealed for Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee

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

Junichi Masuda, director of Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu & Let's Go Eevee, has conducted several interviews with gaming blogs including Polygon and Eurogamer about the new games.

He revealed a new post-game feature known as Master Trainers where players challenge difficult trainers scattered across Kanto, who specialise in a certain Pokémon. If you beat them you earn the title such as Psyduck Master for beating a Psyduck trainer. Every one of the 151 Kanto Pokémon have their own Master Trainer. We'll bring you more details when we get them.

More information on Meltan revealed

Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee — 10 October, 2018

A second video in The Two Professors series has been released. Professor Oak informs Willow about a Mystery Box that is key to encountering Meltan.

It has been confirmed that both Pokémon GO and Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee are required for capturing Meltan. The first time a Pokémon is sent from GO to Let's Go, the player will receive the Mystery Box. When the box is opened in Pokémon GO, Meltan will begin appearing and can be caught like other Pokémon. Then it can be sent back to Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee.

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