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Nintendo unveil some spooky Pokémon treats for October

Halloween seems to be a holiday the team at Game Freak – rather like myself – really admires lately, given how many Ghosts and spooky happenings were slipped into Pokémon X and Y in reference to the game's October worldwide launch – and now, Nintendo have unveiled a series of ghoulish gifts to make Halloween 2014 truly a treat.

Shiny Mega Gengar picture

Shiny Mega Gengar

The first of these was spoilered last month when it was revealed to be following the Diancie giveaway, but is worth a reminder anyway. Between October 15 and November 5, 2014 at participating GAME, GameStop and other stores, you'll be able to pick up a special code card. Enter your code with the "GET WITH CODE" option in Mystery Gift and you'll unlock a shiny Gengar to send to your Pokémon X or Pokémon Y game… but it gets better!

This Gengar arrives holding a Gengarite, the Mega Stone that allows it to become Mega Gengar during battle, bringing with it the usual Mega Pokémon stat boosts. With the Shadow Tag ability – preventing opponents from fleeing or switching while Mega Gengar remains in play – replacing the Gengar's normal ability in Mega Form, Nintendo state this terror is "as ready for a fight as it is for a fright" – though while Nintendo also make a big deal of Shiny Mega Gengar's new white colouration, even being the hardened Gengar fan I am, I find this very much something I could just as easily take or leave.


Super Size Pumpkaboo

If that wasn't enough for you, how about a SECOND free Pokémon? That's right! In another nod to Halloween, Pokémon X and Y also introduced two Kalos Pokémon based around pumpkins – Pumpkaboo and its evolution, Gourgeist. Like real pumpkins, the two Pokémon have a unique gimmick in X and Y in that they they can be caught in four different sizes, from Small to Super-size. Each size varies in rarity with the Super-Size version being the most difficult to catch – but now, for the month of October, you don't even have to catch it to get one!

Throughout the whole month of October – that's the 1st to the 31st – simply check Mystery Gift to collect a free Super Size Pumpkaboo to download to your copy of Pokémon X or Y. Unlike the Gengar, no code is needed – just choose the "Get via Internet" option to find the gift. The Pumpkaboo – which can be either male or female, selected randomly – will also come equipped with a Rocky Helmet, allowing it to cause recoil damage to any Pokémon that dares to attack it up close – and just to fit the Halloween theme a little more, Trick-or-Treat and Scary Face are just two of the moves it'll know out of the box. All Pumpkaboo evolve via trade, so don't forget to share your new pumpkin Pokémon with a friend (as long as you can trust them to give it back!) and that super-sized Pumpkaboo will become an even more super-sized Gourgeist!

As well as being a great Halloween gift, the super-size Pumpkaboo giveaway is also a clever advertisement. By having one, players are one step closer to participating in the next big treat:

Trick or Treat Friendly English Logo

Halloween Tournament!

As a special Halloween treat, the Pokémon Company is running a special online Tournament this month specifically for Ghost-type Pokémon. Between 16-24th October, players will be able to register theier Battle Box to compete in a global Trick-or-Treat Friendly, as long as their Battle Box contains Ghost-type Pokémon only. However, one of these Pokémon MUST be a Super Size Gourgeist to qualify – hence the giveaway above. Sneaky! Additionally, the Pokémon MUST have come from Pokémon X and Y – ones imported from Black/White or their sequels do not count – and Rotom or Giratina are also banned. Entries are limited to the first 50,000 participants, so make sure to register fast you want to get involved!

The tournament will take place from 9:00 a.m. Japan time on October 24 until 8:59 a.m. Japan time on October 27, with final rankings posted on the 31st and will use a Single Battle format. Complete at least one battle during the tournament and you'll be entitled to a gift of 5 Rare Candies! Pokémon will be set to level 50 for this competition. Each battle will have a maximum length of 30 minutes. Players will have 60 seconds per turn, and 90 seconds to select which Pokémon they would like to use. They may battle 10 times a day; and "Juniors" – those born before 2000, which will be entered into a seperate division to other players – will not be able to battle from 11:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. Japan Time.

Other Stuff

Finally, to promote the launch of the next Pokémon X & Y Trading Card Game expansion, Phantom Forces, the official site is offering a page of Spooky Stuff to download – such as backgrounds for your computer desktop, and pumpkin-carving templates to add some Pokémon fun to your Halloween party. There will also soon be a Gengar costume available for players of Pokémon TCG Online to deck out their characters in. Have a great Halloween, everyone!

[An edited version of this article first appeared at Sanitarium.FM]

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    (Updated) GAME Stores to Distribute X & Y Goodies in the UK

    Updated to add promotion end date and Pokémon details.

    Wait a minute… GAME is still alive and well?!? Seems like it, since The Pokémon Company International has once again announced it's teaming up with the UK-based specialist retailer to once again offer a distribution event promoting Pokémon X and Y and the new XY Trading Card Game Expansion. Colour me surprised.

    From Friday 4th April until the 30th September, anyone who brings their 3DS into any GAME store across the United Kingdom, with a copy of Pokémon X or Y inside, can claim a free Pokémon for their game. Players with Pokémon X can receive Magmar free upon request, whilst those with Pokémon Y copies can claim Electabuzz. Additionally, both will be holding their respective Trade Evolution item – the Magmarizer and Electirizer respectively – meaning these free Pokémon can be traded to a trusted friend to obtain their evolved forms – Magmortar and Electivire!

    Sources claim both Pokémon will be offered at Level 30. Electabuzz has the ability Vital Spirit and the moves Low Kick, Shock Wave, Light Screen & Thunder Punch. Magmar has the ability Vital Spirit and the moves Smokescreen, Fire Spin, Confuse Ray & Fire Punch.

    As if that wasn't enough, there's a bonus for fans of the Trading Card game too. At each store while stocks last, you'll be able to get a Pokémon TCG: XY special sampling pack containing a card from the new expansion along with a special "holographic" Pikachu card. Who doesn't love free stuff?

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    CoroCoro reveals X & Y starter’s final evolutions in final pre-release leak

    In the final issue to be printed before the worldwide release of Pokémon X and Pokémon Y in just two days time, CoroCoro took to officially revealing a number more Pokémon that would be introduced in the new game. And while the information on other Mega evolutions may not have revealed much new – Mega Kangaskhan was first shown off in the World Championships; and other Megas were leaked last week by mainstream media – the issue finally reveals the last evolutions in the three new starter's lines of progression, as well as Japanese names for each.

    Chespin's final evolution, Burigaron, is a 1.6m high Grass/Fighting-type weighing exactly 90kg. Fennekin's final evolution is Mafoxy, a Fire/Psychic-type that like its pre-evolution is an anthropomorphic fox; but this time having an appearance more akin to a robed magician. It appears to use a lit stick for some of its attacks. Finally, Froakie's final evolution, Gekkouga, is a Water/Dark-type. If Froakie was clearly a frog and Frogadier edges closer to Gecko, Gekkouga is like a weird mutant of the two; and even appears to have – to my eyes at least – a frog's tongue as a hairstyle. It's 1.5m high and weighs exactly 40kg.

    Courtesy of Bulbanews, we can bring you scans of the CoroCoro pages showing you each final evolution's official Sugimori art. As for their in-game appearances… well, we'll just have to see them for ourselves in two days time 😉

    Burigaron – Chespin's final evolution

    Mafoxy – Fenikkin's final evolution

    Gekkouga – Froakie's final evolution


    Nintendo & CoroCoro reveal new features and Mega Evolution mechnanic for Pokémon X and Y!

    Take a look at a new kind of Pokémon Evolution appearing in Pokémon X and Pokémon Y!

    Meet Mega Mewtwo, Mega Lucario, and Mega Blaziken!

    First off, don't expect to be walking around the Kalos region with Mega Mewtwo stuffed inside a pokeball — these Mega Evolutions only occur in battle, when a Mega-capable Pokemon is holding a very specific Mega Stone. For instance, in order to evolve Lucario into Mega Lucario, he'll have to be holding a chunk of Lucarionite.


    Once Mega Lucario is done kicking ass, he'll revert back to his normal form and stuff himself back inside his Poké Ball.


    One of the Megas, Mega Blaziken, will only be available during a special, incredibly short distribution event held during the launch of the games on October 12. Players will be able to grab a special Torchic holding a Blazikenite Mega Stone, which they'll have to evolve to Blaziken before going all super saiyan with him.

    Players will most likely learn about these Mega Evolutions in the seaside town of Shalour City, home of the Tower of Mastery and the spirited gym leader Korrina, who seeks to unlock the hidden potential of her Pokémon.

    Also announced today were two new types of Pokemon training, injecting a little Monster Rancher style into the franchise. Here's the details:

    Super Training or S.T. is being introduced in Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, allowing players to help their Pokémon grow stronger when they’re not in battle. On the Touch Screen of the Nintendo 3DS system, players can have their Pokémon participate in Super Training, activities that will increase a Pokémon’s base stats, the underlying values that define its HP, Attack, Defense, Sp. Atk, Sp. Def, and Speed stats.

    One Super Training activity involves having Pokémon train by facing huge Pokémon-shaped Balloon Bots in a virtual space, with both sides trying to shoot balls into the opponent’s goal. Using the Circle Pad and Touch Screen to avoid shots from the Balloon Bots while landing their own in the goal, players will enjoy this action-packed feature while increasing their Pokémon’s base stats to help them become stronger for battle.

    For a more casual way to help Pokémon strengthen their base stats, Core Training lets players set up training bags, earned by completing Super-Training Regimens, for Pokémon in their party to use. Pokémon will work on Core Training by themselves, raising their stats on their own. By tapping on the Touch Screen during a Core Training session, players can help their Pokémon increase their base stats, too. Players will be able to see how their Pokémon are doing at their Core Training at any time from the main Super Training screen.

    And finally, it wouldn't be a big Pokémon announcement without some new critters.

    new pokes

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    Pokémon X and Y latest news summary: New Pokémon, Updated GTS, Features, more…

    In a Press Announcement last week, now available publicly, Nintendo announced a wave of new information about the next games in the Pokémon franchise, X and Y.

    English Pokémon Names

    PanchamTPangorohe Evolution of previously revealed Pokémon Pancham, the Playful panda-like Pokémon (pictured left), has been named now in English as Pangoro (right). Like Pancham, it also permanently keeps a leaf in its mouth; however, Pangoro's leaf is supposedly able to help it predict attacks. Whether or not this will be an actual game mechanic is yet to be seen (it could hint towards an Ability such as Foresight; or just be a Pokédex fact that has no bearing on the actual game). Pangoro believes in fairness and doesn't forgive those who pick on the weak; but has a short temper.

    Revolving Pokémon Māīka is known as Inkay in English, while its evolution will be known as Malamar. Both are Dark/Psychic Pokémon that use their powers to try to will their opponents away from fighting them – Inkay drains their will to fight so it can run away, while Malamar attempts to control its opponent(s) fully. Strangely, both Pokémon have very different stats.

    SwirlixSpiritzeePeroppafu is known as Swirlix in English. It only eats sweets, which causes its body to be sweet and sticky like cotton candy, thus explaining its cloud-like appearance. It has the Ability Sweet Veil, which prevents allies from falling asleep. It can also learn the Fairy-type move Draining Kiss, which does damage and restores HP.

    Finally is Spiritzee, for whom little information is known. It appears to be a Fairy-type Pokémon, and is described as the "Perfume Pokémon", but its stats, evolutions and attacks are yet to be revealed. Spiritzee supposedly emits a fragrance which puts all who smell it under its spell. Both are pictured left.

    Moves and Abilities

    The signature moves of X & Y's Legendary Mascots have English names now, too. Xerneas's signature move is known as Geomancy in English, while Yveltal's signature move is known as Oblivion Wing. Meanwhile, their Abilities keep their original Japanese names of Fairy Aura and Dark Aura, respectively.

    Global Link

    The Pokémon Global Link will receive an update to support Pokémon X and Y at game launch, confirming it will support similar online features to those first featured in Pokémon Black & White (and their sequels). The new Pokémon Global Link will open on October 12 with the release of the new games, after the old Global Link closes for maintenance on October 1.

    By using Game Sync with the Pokémon Global Link, information about the players activities in the game will be recorded. Depending on the selected privacy settings, this time line may be visible to others and shareable on social networking sites.


    GTSBut now we get to the biggest news of all, because X and Y may have just made it tons easier to "Catch 'em all". Pokémon X and Y will be implementing a new Trade feature which in English will be called "Wonder Trade". Using this feature, players can instantly trade with another player who offered a Pokémon somewhere else in the world. The games will also feature a revamped GTS, continuing the tradition of a global trading platform that's been a staple on the series since the first DS Pokémon games (though the basic framework actually dates back to Pokémon Crystal in Japan, which for a few years had an online trading platform using a Japan-only peripheral that linked a Game Boy Color to a mobile phone and used the phone's network for access). In a move that will please Trainers worldwide, X and Y will finally allow people to search for Pokémon they want to get even if they haven't SEEN the Pokémon used in their game, changing the rule of the last two generations and meaning potentially every Pokémon is at your fingertips at all times. Rejoice!


    Black and White introduced a new gameplay mechanic called Pass Powers. Unlocked by completing missions and interacting with players over the Entralink, Pass Powers offer temporary boosts to players in battle, such as raising the active Pokémon's Attack or making the battle more valuable money or experience-wise. Pokémon X and Y will feature a similar mechanic known as "O-Powers", which will work in a similar manner. However, unlike Pass Powers, O-Powers will be possible to be given to other players directly.

    And the rest…

    • The villainous team of X and Y will be known as Team Flare, retaining their Japanese name. They are seen considering restoring Fossils to make money.

    • Players who participate in the 2013 Global Showdown will receive priority for participation in the Pokémon X and Y Global Link test competition.

    • Similar to the C-Gear, players can send out a message to all nearby players and online friends, called a Shout-Out.

    • In certain beautiful locations called Photo Spots, players can take photos. When taking these photos, aperture, shutter speed, brightness, and other features can be adjusted. Tilting the 3DS will change the angle of the photo. The focus and zoom can be adjusted as well. These pictures can be added to the player's homepage on the Pokémon Global Link.

    • The Thunderstone will have its name slightly tweaked to Thunder Stone, splitting the two words finally following the convention of other evolution stones.

    • You will be able to use up to 12 characters in text entry boxes, for example player names.

    Woah… what a mouthful…

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    New Eeveelution confirmed to be coming in Pokémon X and Y this October

    Thanks to Sanitarium.FM for the tip-off!

    After many rumours and a picture in CoroCoro magazine, Nintendo officially revealed today the presence of a brand new Eeveelution which will be introduced to Pokémon in the upcoming sixth-Generation games, Pokémon X and Y, this October.

    Art of Sylveon by Ken Sugimori from Pokémon X and Y

    Art of Sylveon by Ken Sugimori from Pokémon X and Y

    The new Pokémon, whose original Japanese name is Ninfia but has now been given the name Sylveon in English, Spanish and French, was revealed today in a 30-second trailer giving a rotating view of the character and showing off some of its attacks. Though little has been revealed of the Pokémon otherwise, we are aware of its vital statistics: Sylveon stands at 1.0 m (3’03”) high and weighs 23.5 kg, making it the lightest Eeveelution to date.

    Here’s the official video of it in action:


    Sylveon’s typing and evolution method is yet to be revealed. We will have more information as soon as it’s disclosed!

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