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Pokémon Go Players Are Preparing For Legendaries By Powering Up Golem

Legendaries are typically the most powerful monsters in the compendium, so getting one this weekend is likely going to be tough. Fortunately, players are already figuring out the most efficient counters to all the possibilities. During the legendaries trailer, we can spot a handful of familiar faces: Zapdos, Moltres, Articuno, Ho-oh, Lugia, and even Mewtwo. Technically, the second generation of legendaries should also include the likes of creatures like Suicune and Celebi, but they weren’t actually pictured in the footage at all. Judging by how heavily Pokémon Go has emphasized the birds already—they are, after all, the emblems for the different teams—and judging by the trailer itself, it seems like a pretty good bet that the first legendary is going to be a bird. Hell, we know that the birds are already in the game, they’re just not widely available yet. Advertisement It would follow, then, that you want a monster that can take down a legendary bird. For months now, players have theorized that one of the best possible match-ups is Golem. It’s a funny choice—Golem isn’t the first critter that comes to mind when you think of strong Pokémon, and he’s not READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

Pokémon Go Update Makes Gyms Less Annoying

Pokemon A big update to Pokémon Go is plugging some leaky holes in the game’s gym mechanics. The mobile app’s current gym system forces players to swing by the gyms where they leave their Pokémon if they want to feed those Pokémon berries. Berries increase monsters’ “Motivation” stat, which keeps them from leaving the gym. Advertisement Feeding them in-person has been a drag for players who don’t have the time or energy to travel to their gyms all the time. Do you think we’re just hangin’ out in the street, Niantic? The update, which is rolling out now, lets players feed Pokémon berries from wherever. In their “Pokémon info” tab, players will see a “Go to gym” function. That will take them right to the gym where their Pokémon are left unattended and hungry. And they can feed them the same way they did before. Advertisement The downside: Remote feeding doesn’t restore as much motivation as it does in person. Advertisement Here are the rest of the patch notes via Niantic: Added icons to the Pokémon information screen to indicate how the Pokémon was caught. Added the ability for Trainers to spin the Photo Disc at a Gym after completing…


Perhaps The Most Surprising Thing About The New Pokémon Movie 

It isn’t that the new flick Pokémon: I Choose You! ditches Brock and Misty, but rather, something that might be even more surprising. (Warning: this article has spoilers!) Up until now, Ash’s Pikachu has communicated by saying variations of “pika” and “Pikachu.” Last year, Pikachu voice actresses Ikue Otani recalled how she was teased because others thought voicing the character was an easy gig. Advertisement Advertisement In the newly released I Choose You!, however, Ash’s Pikachu says more than the standard “pika pika,” speaking Japanese at a climatic point in the film. Via Alex Aniel and PokéBeach, here is how the scene plays out in the movie: In a move resembling the Spearow scene from episode 1, as well as the Mewtwo movie, Ash blocks the hit to protect Pikachu and appears to die. Ash’s body vanishes, leaving just his hat. Pikachu fires a huge Thunderbolt at Marshadow and mourns for Ash, who in the meantime has appeared in an alternate reality (like the afterlife). Ash sees Pikachu back in their world and tries to run toward him, but to no avail. In a touching scene that READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

Popular Pokémon Minecraft Mod Gets Shut Down [Update]

Pixelmon, a robust Pokémon-themed modification for Minecraft released in 2012, can no longer be downloaded. The developers say the take down is the result of a request by The Pokémon Company itself. “With much sadness, but keeping all our fond memories, we must announce that Pixelmon is ending its development,” MrMasochism, creator of the mod, wrote in a blog post. “We have had a great time making this mod and creating such a wonderful community but after a request from the Pokémon company we will be shutting our doors.” Advertisement Pixelmon, as many of you know, allowed players to basically enjoy a blocky version of Pokémon in Minecraft. You could capture, train, and evolve Pokemon, craft items like Pokeballs, and battle against other trainers. The mod was so detail-oriented that you could collect fossils and breed creatures, not to mention had its own voice acting. Pixelmon was big enough that there are multiple series and videos with millions of views each, making it likely that this was one of the most popular Minecraft fan creations out there. Pixelmon creators tell us that each version could get anywhere from “50-450 thousand downloads in the time that said version is relevant.” The…


How Ash from Pokémon Has Changed

The Pokémon anime debuted in Japan back in 1997, following the adventures of ten-year-old Ash, Pikachu, and their friends. That was nearly twenty years ago. Ash might still be 10, but he sure has changed. Note: This article was originally published on February 8, 2016. It has since been updated. Advertisement That shouldn’t come as a surprise, because Pikachu has changed over the years, too. This is only natural for all animated and drawn characters, and there are countless examples of similar evolutions over the years. But how has Ash changed? Advertisement His outfits, most notably his hats, have changed from series to series, but one of the most subtle changes has been the length of Ash’s legs. The character has gotten leaner and taller, most noticeably for Pokémon XY in 2013. Here are the major iterations side-by-side. Advertisement Still can’t see it? Here are images from Pokémon Black & White and XY compared. However, probably the biggest change was Ash’s eye color back in 2010 when the series Pokémon: Black & White featured Ash with brown eyes instead READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


Pokemon GO Fest Expands Around the World with Timed Events; Safari Zone Event in Europe

Right alongside the events in Chicago this month, Pokemon GO will offer various global events around the world for players on its one year anniversary. …Read More The post Pokemon GO Fest Expands Around the World with Timed Events; Safari Zone Event in Europe by Ryan Meitzler appeared first on DualShockers.


What is this mysterious Pokemon video from Japan?

The Pokemon Company seems to be teasing something that will happen on July 19th, as they’ve uploaded the video above to their official YouTube channel. Comments are closed so there’s no discussion to be had on the video itself, but that hasn’t stopped eager redditors from trying to figure out what’s up. One redditor provided this translation of the video: [Title] Pokémon Mystery File [Subtitle] A world of Pokémon you don’t knowIs this a time slip? Is it manipulating time? It came from the moon? Is it a space virus? Is this an encounter with aliens? [Dialogue] Thank you. With the power it has received from your Solrock it looks like it can return home… to the sky! Is this a UFO appearance? Is this an alien invasion? [Script] The battle with the alien invader has begun! Is this the underside of this world? Is this a puzzle of ancient relics? Is this an attack from a parallel universe? Is it possessing humans? [Written in Unown] Is something happening? It doesn’t quite make it less confusing. Also, in Japanese the subject is often dropped from sentences. So “it” and “this” were just my own personal filler. People READ FULL STORY…


Toy Time Plays A Combo Of Pokémon and Jenga Called Beasts Of Balance

Beasts of Balance is a game of balancing skills featuring stylized plastic animals and icons. It’s also a colorful mobile strategy game involving collecting and evolving fantastic hybrid animals. It’s how both of these elements come together that make it a game that’s hard to stop playing. Beasts of Balance comes in a big friendly box. Inside that box is the Plinth, a white base that connects wirelessly to a mobile device and serves as the building base for the physical game, and a collection of 24 lovely polygonal “artifacts”—the animals, elements and transformative pieces used to create teetering towers of creation. The animals are adorable, in a blocky sort of way. The game begins by connecting the Plinth to the Beasts of Balance free mobile app. Then the player (or players, if taking turns with friends) begins adding pieces to the pile. Each artifact contains an icon that must be held against the face of the Plinth to be put into play. When an animal artifact is placed, its corresponding creature will appear on the playfield in the app. Sea creatures appear in the water, birds in the air, etc. The number represents the READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


Pikachu McFlurry Coming To McDonald's Japan

Last week, McDonald’s Japan asked folks to guess which Pokémon themed McFlurry it was releasing, such as a habanero Charmander McFlurry or a broccoli Bulbasaur one. The correct answer was a chocolate banana Pikachu treat.  According to Entabe, the Pikachu McFlurry goes on sale July 14 in Japan, with a chocolatey banana flavor that is supposed to remind people of Pikachu’s yellow and brown color scheme. (No, Pikachu does not taste like chocolate and bananas.)  Advertisement The Pikachu McFlurry has different packaging, too, that shows the character’s various emotions: Shame we’re not getting a broccoli Bulbasaur McFlurry. I’d like to try that. Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


New Pokémon Movie Rewrites History, Ditches Brock And Misty

The upcoming Pokémon movie is a re-telling of the Indigo League stories, with two glaring omissions. Warning: This article has spoilers. Advertisement Namely, the absence of Brock and Misty, who were two of Ash’s first cohorts in original anime. Both might be Ash’s most well-known friends, with Misty even appearing in the first episode I Choose You! after which the upcoming film is named. Advertisement Advertisement Yet, in the official site, there are two other random children, Makoto and Souji. Both of them are apparently brand new. Via the movie’s official site, here is Souji. And Makoto. You’ll notice that neither Brock nor Misty appear in the list of characters appearing in the main part of the movie. Nurse Joy? Yes, but Ash’s old friends? Nope. Advertisement People have noticed this. Souji and Makoto are even showing up in 20th anniversary images instead of Brock and Misty. Twenty years of ten-year old Ash! It’s almost like Brock and Misty never existed. As Pokemon Matome points out, the new movie has a retelling of this old scene READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


Thousands Of Fake Pokémon Plush Toys Caught In South Korea 

In South Korea, authorities have seized a massive haul of fake plush toys. Reports put the total at 530,000 phoney plushies. Think they caught them all? According to Yonhap News, the unofficial plushies were smuggled into South Korea between April 25 and June 2. They were then illegally circulated in arcades as crane game prizes. Once authorities caught on that unlicensed Chinese-made plush toys of Pokémon and other characters like Totoro were circulating in South Korea, they also removed the fake ones from arcades as seen in this KBS TV broadcast. Most of them appear to be Pokémon plushies. The total stockpile is reportedly worth over six million dollars. Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

Only Tiny Pokémon Could Fight In This Official Tournament

The Pokémon Company offered players a chance to mix things up last weekend with an online competition where only shrimp-sized monsters could strut their stuff. The Tiny Tournament let players use almost any Pokémon in the ever-growing National Pokédex, as long as they were under one meter (3’03”) in height. That means Pokémon such as the legendary guardians of Alola, Arcanine or Garchomp—otherwise stalwarts of this season—are off limits. With those rules in place, trainers were more likely to field Pokémon that aren’t fully evolved, or used a smattering of tiny but fully-evolved Pokémon that pack a punch. The grass and steel type Kartana (1’), which hits like a ton of bricks despite having an easily exploitable fire weakness, was as popular in the Tiny Tournament—but that makes sense, because Kartana is also popular in the official competitive format. And speaking of fire, Chandelure (3’03”) also seemed to be a fairly common sight thanks to its sky-high special attack stat. Finally, Excadrill (2’04”) was Tiny Tournament’s preeminent ground type, with the added bonus of powerful steel type attacks. There was plenty of creativity during this tournament, too. Long-time VGC competitor Jon Hu, who streamed many of his matches during the…

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Pokémon Go Players Are Making Themed Gyms With The New Update

In the main Pokémon games, every gym had a shtick, or at least a type affinity. In real-life Pokémon Go gyms, players often had to face the same handful of monsters over and over again. While that’s still true to some degree now, the big gym overhaul also makes it possible for players to set up way cooler gyms. Before last week’s update, the only monsters you ever saw at Pokémon Go gyms were walls of Blissey punctuated with Snorlaxes, Lapras, Dragonite, and Gyarados. Under the new system, you can only have one of each monster defending a gym—so no more endless Blissey stacks. And, because of the new “Motivation” mechanic, it is not enough to just dwindle down a monster’s HP. Players can feed creatures berries to keep their motivation replenished, and opponents are required to defeat anything stationed at a gym more than once to knock it out. The result? Monsters other than the standard top tier have a fighting chance, even if briefly. Advertisement Over the last few days, players everywhere are sharing pictures of gyms with out-of-the-ordinary defenders. My favorite gyms take cues from the games, meaning, themes! The most READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


Pikachu Marriage Forms Help You Choose Your Spouse 

Japanese wedding magazine Zexy is including a Pikachu-themed marriage form for people to fill out. They can then take it to City Hall and get hitched. As Anime News Network (via AnimeAnime) points out, this isn’t the first of its kind: Japan has already seen Sailor Moon, One Piece, and Detective Conan. Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!