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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!

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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.

Meloetta Event Coming in March! 02/02/2013

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648Meloetta_DreamGameStop has released early details for an upcoming promotional download event. Players with a copy of Pokemon Black, White, Black 2 or White 2 versions who visit a GameStop store between March 4th and March 24th will be able to download a Meloetta through wireless to their game. Since Meloetta has an alternate forme, there will very likely be flyer handouts available with information on how to teach Meloetta the Relic Song move, which causes her to change between Aria Forme (Normal/Psychic, pictured at left) and Pirouette Forme (Normal/Fighting) when used in battle. The dates for this event will be added to the League Calendar, and a reminder will be posted with a listing of local GameStop locations as we get closer to March 4th.

Mewtwo Wifi Download Event LIVE Today! 02/11/2012

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Here is a 3-and-a-half-minute video to show you how to access this download, if you’ve never used Mystery Gift before.