Pokemon News - Pokemon Center Yokohama thank-you campaign, Pokemon Center Halloween 2018 campaign info

Pokemon Center Yokohama “To a new harbor! Surfing in high spirits! Thank you campaign!”

- Pokemon Center Yokohama is moving to a new and larger location this November
- the Center is hosting a thank-you campaign for fans to thank them for their support
- campaign will run from September 3rd to October 28th, 2018.
- Pokemon Center Yokohama will distribute clear art cards to visitors at no additional cost
- art cards feature nostalgic artwork from 2005 and 2008
- Pokemon Center Yokohama will host 4 consecutive weekends of game battles
- participants will need Pokemon Ultra Sun or Ultra Moon and a 3DS to participate
- on October 27th and 28th, visitors will receive a limited edition Message Card, detailing the 13 year history of the Center

Pokemon Center’s Halloween 2018 campaign details

- this year’s campaign will be split into two parts
- the first part is called Pokemon Center Fall Scenery: Pika And Halloween! and runs September 8th to October 5th, 2018
- new merchandise based on special artwork will be released on September 8th, 2018
- during the weekends and public holidays, fans will have the opportunity to meet and get photos with Halloween Pikachu
- during the weekends and public holidays, visitors can play an interactive game called Trick or Treat Hungry Party
- for every 2,500 yen spent at Pokemon Center and Pokemon Store locations, customers will receive a random postcard
- the 2nd part of the campaign kicks off on Oct. 6th & is called Pokemon Center Fall Scenery: Vee (Eevee) and Halloween

Pokemon GO - Version 1.85.2 rolling out

Version 1.85.2

- added the Niantics Kids login capabilit
- updated the Friend List to give a blue indicator if you have increased your friendship level
- updated with an arrow on the friend list if you have sent a gift
- can now turn off the ability to share what you last caught on your Friend List
- on the notification that a raid battle is starting soon, it will show you a picture of the Gym it's starting at
- fixes a number of bugs in the game
- remedies a GO Plus glitch where if you use a berry and then run from a Pokémon, the game would crash when you'd return to it

Pokemon Duel - Fire Gym Cup now available

Fire Gym Cup

- increases the movement of Fire-type figures
- increases the White & Gold Attacks of Water-type Pokémon by 20
- get the special Wash Rotom figure
- runs until August 21st 2018

Pokemon News - 20th Anniversary water globe, TCG promo card, new plush starters

Pokemon Center Online 20th Anniversary Water Globe

- preorders open Aug. 25th, 2018 and end Oct. 14th, 2018
- features Pikachu, Mew, and all other starter Pokemon celebrating the 20th anniversary of Pokemon Center
- 21,600 yen ($194)
- item will ship in Feb. 2019
- only available via Pokemon Center Online

Pokemon TCG promo card with Sugimori’s artwork

- will be at Pokemon Center and Pokemon Store locations across Japan
- available starting August 25, 2018
- for every 5 booster packs of Pokemon TCG purchased, customers will receive one promo card

New plush dolls for every single starter Pokemon in Pokemon history

- being made to celebrate Pokemon Center's 20th anniversary
- standard size plush doll
- some designs are reprinted from their previous releases
- due out August 25, 2018 at Pokemon Center locations and Amazon Japan

Plush Bulbasaur 1,500 yen(★)
Plush Charmander 1,500 yen(★)
Plush Squirtle 1,500 yen(★)
Plush Chikorita 1,500 yen
Plush Cyndaquil 1,500 yen
Plush Totodoile 1,500 yen
Plush Treecko 1,500 yen(★)
Plush Torchic 1,500 yen(★)
Plush Mudkip 1,500 yen(★)
Plush Turtwig 1,500 yen(★)
Plush Chimchar 1,500 yen(★)
Plush Piplup 1,500 yen
Plush Snivy 1,500 yen(★)
Plush Tepig 1,500 yen(★)
Plush Oshawott 1,500 yen(★)
Plush Chespin 1,500 yen(★)
Plush Fennekin 1,500 yen(★)
Plush Froakie 1,500 yen(★)
Plush Rowlet 1,500 yen
Plush Litten 1,500 yen
Plush Popplio 1,500 yen

All prices exclusive of 8% sales tax

Items marked with(★)will be available on Amazon Japan

Japanese voice actor for Professor Oak passes away

We're sad to report that Ishizuka Unshou, the Japanese voice actor for Professor Oak in the Pokemon anime, has passed away. Unshou was 67 years, and passed away due to complications with esophagus cancer. Unshou was indeed receiving treatment for his cancer, but it wasn't enough to overcome the disease.

Our condolences to all those impacted by the passing of Mr. Unshou.

Thanks to Andreslop24 for the information.

Pokemon Duel - Version 6.2.0 now available

Version 6.2.0

- requires 247MB of space
- includes the balance patches announced yesterday
- new Beginner Missions that give smaller rewards
- special bundles including Shiny Greninja, as well as many other hard to get figures, have also become available to purchase

Tips to Roll Over Regirock in Pokemon GO Raids

With Regice and Registeel defeated, only one member of this trio of Legendary Pokémon remains. Regirock will be appearing in Raid Battles at Gyms in Pokémon GO until September 20, 2018. You'll only have a limited time to add this Pokémon to your Pokédex, so don't delay. Be sure to bring your friends along with you when you challenge Regirock—you may earn some extra Premier Balls thanks to a recent update.

Regirock can be caught only with the Premier Balls you earn from defeating it, so you'll need your Pokémon to perform well in battle to maximize your chances. You can participate in Raid Battles even if you're not high-level or if your Pokémon aren't the strongest, but you'll have an easier time if you prepare. Check out our guide to training Pokémon in Pokémon GO to get your team up to speed, and then read on for some tips specific to eroding Regirock.

Full feature here

Seek Out the Mythical Celebi in Pokemon GO

Prepare to test your skills as a Trainer to encounter the Mythical Pokémon Celebi in Pokémon GO! Starting August 20, complete Special Research tasks to gain XP and receive useful items. If you complete enough tasks, you can eventually encounter the elusive Celebi.

Fans who attended Pokémon GO Fest and received a Celebi there can complete these Special Research tasks to earn a bunch of Candy to power up their Celebi.

It seems that Celebi's arrival is also drawing more Pokémon originally discovered in the Johto region out into the wild. Field Research highlighting these Pokémon will be available for a limited time. Head out to discover Johto Pokémon near you!

To celebrate the Johto region and the appearance of Celebi around the world, new avatar items and cool outfits are available for PokéCoins in the in-game Style Shop—if you've made enough progress on your Johto medal.

Get up and GO complete exciting Special Research for the chance to encounter the Mythical Pokémon Celebi and more Pokémon originally discovered in the Johto region!

Pokemon GO blog - Track the Mythical Pokemon Celebi in New Special Research!


Professor Willow needs your help once again! It seems he’s been tracking the Mythical Pokémon Celebi, which has mysteriously appeared somewhere nearby. Can you help him locate the Time Travel Pokémon? Prepare yourself for August 20, when this Special Research becomes available worldwide!

Along the way to discovering Celebi’s time-shifting nature, you’ll encounter tasks that will test your skills as a Trainer. Complete tasks to gain XP, receive useful items, and even encounter certain Pokémon on your journey! You can begin completing Special Research on Celebi at any time as long as you have done the third group of tasks related to the Special Research on Mew, and actively finish tasks related to both at your own pace!

For those who have already completed the exclusive Pokémon GO Fest Special Research and have obtained the Time Travel Pokémon, completing this new Special Research will earn you a new bounty of Candy to power up your Celebi.

The presence of Celebi has also drawn out the appearance of more Pokémon originally discovered in the Johto region. Plus, Field Research relating to Pokémon discovered in the Johto region will be available throughout this special time. So get into the Johto spirit and get ready for a new adventure!

Can’t wait to show your love for the Johto region? A new Celebi T-shirt is now available for free in the Style Shop. Plus, Pokémon HeartGold and Pokémon SoulSilver Trainer avatar items are also available in the Style Shop, featuring outfits that unlock according to your Johto medal progress.

Prepare yourselves to get out there and complete this exciting Special Research, Trainers! Stay safe, and happy exploring!

—The Pokémon GO team