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2015 International Challenge February 02/09/2015

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From bulbanews:

The 2015 International Challenge February Wi-Fi tournament has been announced. There will be no Championship Points awarded to Play! Pokémon players in this tournament. Players may register between midnight UTC on Feb. 19 and 11:59 p.m. UTC on Feb. 26. The tournament will run from midnight UTC on Feb. 27 until 11:59 p.m. UTC on March 1.

Players born in 2000 or later will be in the Junior/Senior Division. Players born in 1999 or earlier will be in the Masters Division. Juniors may only play between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. locally. There will be 50,000 available spots on a first-come first-serve basis. The rankings will be announced on March 6. Players may only use Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.

It is a Double Battles tournament, with all Pokémon hatched, caught or received as an event in Pokémon X and Y or Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire may be used. Pokémon transferred from the Generation V games cannot be used. Mewtwo, Mew, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Celebi, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Jirachi, Deoxys, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Phione, Manaphy, Darkrai, Shaymin, Arceus, Victini, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem, Keldeo, Meloetta, Genesect, Xerneas, Yveltal, Zygarde, and Diancie cannot be used in this tournament.

All Pokémon above level 50 will be auto-set to level 50. Each match will have a time limit of 15 minutes. Players will have 90 seconds choose their four Pokémon. Each turn players will have 45 seconds to switch or use a move. Players may battle 10 times per day for a maximum of 30 battles in the tournament.

All Unova starter final evolutions with Hidden Abilities now available via Mystery Gift for ORAS 02/06/2015

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For players with Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire versions, the download codes for all three Unova starter final evolutions have been made public. You can claim your pokemon by accessing Mystery Gift through the game’s start menu and choosing Get With Code. Each code can only be used once per game, and will be active until November 30th, 2015.

Get a Serperior with Contrary by using the code POKEMON497. Contrary causes moves and abilities that alter Serperior’s stats to have the opposite effect; Leaf Storm will raise its Special Attack instead of lowering it, and being subjected to an opposing pokemon’s Screech will raise its Defense. Also, an opposing pokemon’s Intimidate ability will raise its Attack. When planning a moveset for Contrary Serperior, make sure that you don’t give it any moves that are meant to raise stats (such as Calm Mind) because these moves will lower them instead!

Get an Emboar with Reckless by using the code POKEMON500. Reckless raises the base power of moves with recoil damage (excluding Struggle) by 20%. For Emboar, this means that its Flare Blitz, Head Smash, Take Down, and Wild Charge attacks will hit harder. If you want to run a strategy using recoil moves, however, you may need to think about how Emboar can restore its HP in battle, such as by holding a Sitrus Berry or Leftovers, or by using Rest, and holding a Chesto Berry to wake itself up.

Get a Samurott with Shell Armor by using the code POKEMON503. Shell Armor simply blocks critical hits on the pokemon with the ability. Though it doesn’t seem like much, it is extremely handy on pokemon that are defensive walls. Pokemon with Shell Armor can use moves to raise their Defense or Special Defense, and never have to worry about other pokemon bypassing their boosted defenses by landing a critical hit. Samurott has no such moves, but you could max out its defensive or HP stats with EV training to give it a bit of staying power, and give it Swords Dance to boost its Attack in battle. Alternatively, there are a number of pokemon (mainly Psychic types, including Defense Forme Deoxys) that can learn both Cosmic Power and Skill Swap, and can gain an advantage by swapping abilities with a Shell Armor Samurott in a double battle. Just be careful that your opponent doesn’t use their own pokemon’s Skill Swap to grab this ability from you!

Pokemon Bank offering downloads of Johto starter final evolutions with Hidden Abilities 02/06/2015

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From February 28th to November 30th, Pokemon Bank users will be able to obtain a Meganium, Typhlosion, and Feraligatr with their Hidden Abilities of Leaf Guard, Flash Fire, and Sheer Force, respectively. After connecting with one of their XY/ORAS games via Pokemon Bank, they can access the gifts through Pokemon Link on that game’s start menu.

Meganium’s Leaf Guard protects it from being afflicted by Burn, Asleep, Frozen, Paralyzed, or Poisoned (including Badly Poisoned) statuses in sunny weather (brought on by using Sunny Day or activating the Drought or Desolate Land abilities). This also protects it from the effects of the Flame and Toxic Orbs, and nullifies the second-turn effects of Yawn.

Typhlosion’s Flash Fire makes it immune to Fire-type moves, and raises the power of its own Fire-type attacks by 1.5x any time it gets hit by one. Take advantage of this by swapping it in when an incoming Fire-type attack is imminent, or use it in Doubles with a partner pokemon that knows Lava Plume.

Feraligatr’s Sheer Force raises the base power of any of its moves that have additional affects by 30%, but at the same time, removes those additional effects. However, if Feraligatr is holding a Life Orb when using one of those moves, Sheer Force also removes the recoil damage that it would normally suffer from Life Orb after using the move. Use this to your advantage!

Moves with additional effects that Feraligatr can learn:

  • Ancient Power
  • Bite
  • Blizzard
  • Crunch
  • Focus Blast
  • Ice Beam
  • Ice Fang
  • Ice Punch
  • Icy Wind*
  • Iron Tail
  • Metal Claw
  • Power-Up Punch*
  • Rock Slide
  • Rock Smash*
  • Rock Tomb*
  • Scald
  • Snore
  • Water Pulse
  • Waterfall

* The additional effects are what make this move useful, so you would probablybe better off having your Sheer Force Feraligatr learn a different move with a higher base power.

Rare Berries Available Through New PMC Attraction 02/03/2015

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Players who access the Pokemon Global Link can now have a chance at obtaining a Custap, Micle, Jaboca, Rowap, or Enigma Berry for their XY/ORAS games by playing the PokeMileage Club’s new Poke Doll Grabber attraction. This is the first time that the Custap, Micle, Jaboca, and Rowap Berries have been made available to Gen VI games. Each level of play offers a different assortment out of 30 available berries. Getting a high score (getting 5 plushies to the top of the machine without dropping any by hitting an obstacle) gives you a chance at winning a rare berry.

WRAPLers, are you ready for a League Challenge DOUBLEHEADER? 02/02/2015

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March 14th @ Heroes & Villains, Warner Robins, GA (map)

  • Dewford LC
    • Expanded format
    • Registration: 11 AM – 11:45 AM
    • Registration Fee: $5
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  • Mauville LC
    • Standard format
    • Registration: 2 PM – 2:45 PM (following Dewford LC)
    • Registration Fee: $5
    • More Info: Pokemon