Pokémon Database - News & Updates

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Secret Bases confirmed for Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire

Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire — 09 July, 2014

Super-Secret Base - empty It has been confirmed that Secret Bases, one of the most popular features of Ruby/Sapphire, will return in the remakes Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire as Super-Secret Bases with many additional features.

Super-Secret Bases can be decorated, and decorations can be used to create tricks. You can connect with other players to share your base, battle them, and use special skills to support them on their adventures. You can also decide what kinds of Pokemon battles are allowed in your base and even create your own Pokemon Gym!

Super-Secret Bases also have a capture-the-flag mini game. Collecting lots of flags improves your team's rank and increases the special skills of your friends.

New OR/AS gameplay trailer, featuring Megas

Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire — 12 June, 2014

Following straight on from the recent Mega Sableye teaser, the Pokémon Company have released another short gameplay trailer!

This one focuses on Pokémon already revealed: Mega Sceptile, Mega Blaziken, Mega Swampert, Primal Groudon, Primal Kyogre and Mega Diancie. They are each shown using various moves in battle. If you look closely there are also shots of the Acro bike and Mach bike in action.

The trailer ends by saying Diancie will soon be available for Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. More screenshots below!

Mega Sableye revealed for Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire

Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire — 12 June, 2014

The official Pokémon channel on YouTube have released another teaser for Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. This video features another new Mega Evolution - Mega Sableye!

Mega Sableye appears to hide behind a large jewel, which increases its defensive capabilities. There is no word on a specific ability or other details yet.

Update: it has been confirmed that Mega Sableye's ability is Magic Bounce, which reflects status moves back onto the opponent. Its type stays as Dark/Ghost. Its Defense and Special Attack increase, while its Speed decreases slightly.

New Ruby/Sapphire footage revealed at E3

Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire — 10 June, 2014

Nintendo held a Digital Event at the E3 expo and have revealed some new footage from upcoming games Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire!

The trailer shows a boy entering a cave and discovering cave painting of Groundon and Kyogre. We then see various bits of footage from the games including the Mega Evolutions of Sceptile, Blaziken and Swampert in battle. Watch it here:

It also confirms several details, including that the Groudon and Kyogre Mega Evolutions are known as Primal Groudon and Primal Kyogre. Primal Groudon is Ground/Fire type while Kyogre keeps its pure Water type.

OR/AS will unfortunately not be a simultaneous worldwide release like X/Y. The release dates are: November 21st in Japan and America November 28th in Europe

New Mega Evolutions revealed in CoroCoro

Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire — 08 June, 2014

Japanese magazine CoroCoro has revealed new Mega Evolutions and features from the upcoming Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.

Sceptile and Swampert will get Mega Evolutions, so along with Blaziken in X/Y, all the Hoenn starter Pokémon now have one. Mega Sceptile is Grass/Dragon and has the ability Lightning Rod. Mega Swampert stays Water/Ground and has the ability Swift Swim.

Mega Sceptile and Mega Swampert
Mega Sceptile and Mega Swampert

The legendary Pokémon Groudon and Kyogre also gain Mega Evolutions, but they are being presented as a different type of evolutions, translated as Ancient Devolution. The new forms are said to be Prehistoric Pokémon.

Mega Groudon and Mega Kyogre
Mega Groudon and Mega Kyogre

Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection on DS games to shut down

General News — 19 May, 2014

Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection logo Just realized I forgot to post this a few weeks ago :/

Nintendo has announced that as of May 20th 2014 (tomorrow!) the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, as used by the Nintendo DS, will no longer be active. This means that all Wi-Fi services from the DS games will no longer work. The online battling, trading and game sync features of these Pokémon games are affected:

  • Pokémon Diamond, Pearl & Platinum
  • Pokémon HeartGold & SoulSilver
  • Pokémon Black & White
  • Pokémon Black 2 & White 2
  • Pokémon Battle Revolution
  • Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia & Guardian Signs
  • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness & Explorers of Sky
  • Pokémon Conquest

If you have any Pokémon in the GTS you should take them out before tomorrow.

Note that this does not affect trading and battling over local wireless/infrared. Nor does it prevent migration of Pokémon from one generation to another via Pal Park (gen 3-4), Poké Transfer (gen 4-5) or Poké Transporter (gen 5-6).

New games announced: Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire!

Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire — 11 May, 2014

Nintendo have announced a new pair of games for 3DS, to be released November 2014. They are remakes of the third-generation games Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire which were released in 2003.

These games are titled Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire. The box art, which can be seen below, features Groudon and Kyogre like the original games, however they look a little different - note the symbols for the Greek letters Omega (Ω) and Alpha (α) highlighted in their designs. This is a strong hint that the two Pokémon will gain a new form or Mega Evolution (of course this is not yet confirmed).

Pokemon Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire box art

An announcement trailer (see below) was posted by Nintendo, and then earlier today Japanese show Pokémon Get*TV previewed a tiny snippet of footage, showing the awakenings of Groudon and Kyogre.

Google Maps adds ability to capture Pokémon

General News — 01 April, 2014

Pokédex for Google Maps The Google Maps app for iOS and Android has added a new feature that allows you to hone your Pokémon-capturing abilities. At Google, they value employees who are risk-taking and detail-oriented, have deep technical knowledge, and can navigate through tall grass to capture wild creatures.

To become a Pokémon Master, simply load up the app (note: it's not available on the website), tap Search then Press Start. The game begins at the CERN scientific research center and many Pokémon can be found nearby, but there are Pokémon all over the world from Tokyo to Paris to New York.

Check out the video below, then go out there and catch them all!

Pokémon Bank delayed due to high demand

General News — 27 December, 2013

Pokemon Bank logo Pokémon Bank, the new service that will let you store Pokémon online and move them between games, has been delayed. It was released Christmas Day in Japan and immediately saw huge demand, making the service overloaded.

The apps have now been removed from the Japanese eShop and have been delayed elsewhere (America, Europe and Australia). Anyone who downloaded the apps already can use the service. The trial period will be extended to accommodate this. There is no ETA on when the apps will be available again.

Update Jan 22: Pokemon Bank has been launched in Japan. Nintendo are carefully monitoring the load. Update Feb 4: Pokemon Bank has launched in Europe and Australia! No word on American release yet. Update Feb 5: Pokemon Bank has launched in America!

Celebi distribution for Pokémon Bank users

Pokemon X & Y — 18 December, 2013

Celebi The online Pokémon storage service, Pokémon Bank, is launching on Decmeber 27th. In the latest Nintendo Direct, it was revealed that anyone using the service before September 30th 2014 will be eligible to receive the mythical Pokémon Celebi!

A 30-day free trial pass is also available for Pokémon Bank until January 31st 2014. The annual fee has also been confirmed for the various locations:

  • $4.99 in the United States
  • £4.49 in the United Kingdom
  • €4,99 in Europe
  • $6.50 in Australia

New Pokémon and potential Mega Evolutions discovered in X&Y

Pokemon X & Y — 01 November, 2013

Several new Pokémon and forms have been discovered by 3DS hacker Smealum. These are unconfirmed rumours at this point, but look very likely. Three new Pokémon appear to be event legendary Pokémon:

#719 Diancie - Rock/Fairy type
#720 Volcanion - Fire/Water type
#721 Hoopa - Psychic/Ghost type

There were also possible Latias and Latios Mega Evolutions leaked, as well as Fairy-type Arceus. To avoid further spoilers, images are on the full news post below.

Major glitch discovered in Pokemon X&Y - don't save outside in Lumiose City!

Pokemon X & Y — 19 October, 2013

UPDATE: Nintendo have released a patch for this now, which can be downloaded from the eShop. If your game glitched, downloading the patch will allow you to continue without resetting.

A major bug has been found in Pokemon X&Y. If you save your game at certain places in Lumiose City and reload the game (i.e. turn your 3DS off and come back to the game later) then you will be stuck! This only happens in the outside areas, on the circular boulevards surrounding the city. Saving the game inside buildings such as Pokemon Centers works fine.

Nintendo have acknowledged the issue and are working on a fix, which will be made available via the eShop as soon as possible. If you have already experienced the issue you can wait for the update, otherwise you will need to restart your game. Nintendo have released this map showing you where NOT to save:

Lumiose City map