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Pokemon Masters - content update for Dec. 12th, 2019

[Scout] Two new Sync Pairs are now available in Sync Pair Scout: 5★ Rosa (Holiday 2019) & Delibird and Siebold (Holiday 2019) & Octillery (available until January 1st)

[Events] The 4th Story Event is now live. It’s called Rosa’s Party, and it’s centered around Rosa (Holiday 2019). Whilme it’s running, the Pokémon Center is sporting Christmas decorations! (available until January 1st)

[Missions] While the Rosa’s Party Story Event is running, a set of Special Missions is available for you to tackle (available until January 1st)

[Log-in Bonus] As part of the Rosa’s Party Special Rally, players can claim the following as Daily Log-in Bonuses: Gem x300 for 13 days, then Evolution Crystal x3 on the final day (available until December 25th)

Mister Donut releases a commercial to promote their Pokemon drinks

Drink up!

Mister Donut has released a new commercial to promote their Pokemon drinks in Japan. The commercial features their tapioca bubble tea drinks featuring Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble.

Yoshinoya announces Pokemon collab

Enjoy some Pokemon with your meal

Beef bowl chain Yoshinoya and Pokemon Company have teamed up for a collaboration in Japan. The collab kicks off on Dec. 19th, 2019, and runs all the way to March 18th, 2020. The collab will feature Charizard, Groudon, Slowpoke, Weepinbell, West Sea Gastrodon, and East Sea Gastrodon.

Any customers who order a Gyudon during the campaign will receive the meal in a bowl with a Poke Ball design, which will also feature the design of a random Pokemon on the bottom. On top of that, there are 6 Pokemon figures to collect .

Pokemon TV app updated to Version 3.2.0

Pokemon TV has gotten an update, bumping it up to Version 3.2.0. Check out the patch notes for this update below.

- Added social sharing functionality to channels and episodes
- iOS 13 support
- Added AirPlay 2 support

Niantic details Pokémon GO’s December 2019 events

All sorts of Winter fun!

Niantic has big plans for the rest of December 2019. The company has revealed all sorts of events for Pokemon GO players to get involved in. Check out the full rundown below.

While 2019 might be winding down, the world of Pokémon GO never stops! From raids to Pokémon (Shadow Pokémon, Legendary Pokémon, or Legendary Shadow Pokémon!) to new avatar items, there’s so much to look forward to this holiday season. Get cozy, Trainers—it’s going to be a long list full of cool gifts from us to you!

A Challenging Development—Team GO Rocket Special Research
Different Pokémon will be hatching from Eggs
Virizion glides into five-star raids
Lugia and Ho-Oh Special Raid Weekend!
Pokémon GO Holidays 2019
Warm up with a special winter weekend event!

A Challenging Development

Before we get into the jolly announcements—the fight against Team GO Rocket continues! Activate the new Special Research, A Challenging Development, during the month of December to help Professor Willow and the team leaders take down this villainous group. This is another chance to fight Giovanni and save a Legendary Shadow Pokémon you’ve never seen before!

Features

A Challenging Development, a new Special Research line designed to help take down Team GO Rocket, is available until the end of December.
Defeat Giovanni this month, and you’ll have a chance to rescue Shadow Zapdos!
Team GO Rocket never rests, Trainers, and neither can we! Be on the lookout for new Team GO Rocket Special Research from Professor Willow every month. For more information, please see our help center article.

All scrambled up! Different Pokémon will be hatching from Eggs!

Starting on Monday, December 16, 2019, you can expect different Pokémon to be hatching from Eggs! Which Pokémon will they be? Incubate some Eggs and start walking to find out!

Virizion glides into five-star raids!

Virizion, the Grassland Pokémon, will be coming to five-star raids! This Grass- and Fighting-type Legendary Pokémon has been said to confound opponents with its swift movements, so make sure you have your battle strategies ready before you encounter it.

Date + Time

Tuesday, December 17, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. PST to Tuesday, January 7, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8)

Features

Virizion will make its debut in five-star raids.

Lugia and Ho-Oh Special Raid Weekend!

Lugia and Ho-Oh return for a Special Raid Weekend! Both the Psychic- and Flying-type Lugia and the Fire- and Flying-type Ho-Oh will be available in Raid Battles!

Date + Time

Friday, December 20, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. PST to Monday, December 23, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8)

Features

Lugia and Ho-Oh will appear in five-star raids during the event.
Please note that Virizion will still be available in five-star raids during this time.

Pokémon GO Holidays 2019

The Pokémon GO Holidays event is back! Look forward to new Pokémon in costumes, Ice-type Pokémon never before seen in Pokémon GO, event-exclusive Field Research, winter-themed avatar items, and a blizzard full of bonuses!

Date + Time

Tuesday, December 24, 2019, at 12:00 a.m. to Wednesday, January 1, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. in your local time zone

Features

Pokémon in holiday costumes: Pikachu, Raichu, and Pichu wearing beanies and Stantler wearing bells will appear in Pokémon GO for the first time!

Pokémon appearing in the wild: Delightful Ice-type Pokémon will be appearing in the wild, such as Sneasel, Delibird, Snorunt, and more! Making its Pokémon GO debut will be Cubchoo, the Chill Pokémon!

Pokémon appearing in Eggs: Alolan Sandshrew, Alolan Vulpix, Pichu wearing beanies, and Stantler wearing bells will be hatching from 7 km Eggs!

Pokémon appearing in Raid Battles: Raichu wearing beanies and Stantler wearing bells will be available to challenge in two-star raids!

Pokémon attracted by Glacial Lure Modules: Throw a Glacial Lure Module onto a PokéStop near you, and you’ll have a chance of encountering Cryogonal, the Crystallizing Pokémon, making its Pokémon GO debut!

Event-exclusive Field Research: Enjoy event-exclusive Field Research tasks that will reward you with the chance to encounter Pokémon like Pikachu wearing beanies!

Save Shadow Pokémon! We have reason to believe that Team GO Rocket has turned more Pokémon, including Delibird, into Shadow Pokémon! There might be other Shadow Pokémon to discover in places high and low, so get out there and save them!
If you’re lucky, you might encounter Shiny Stantler wearing bells and Shiny Snover!

Winter-themed avatar items coming to the shop! You can look forward to a Stantler Sweater and a Stantler Headband as well as a Beanie Hat to match the one some Pikachu are wearing for this event!

Bonuses

Take note, Trainers! Some bonuses will change throughout the event duration.

From Tuesday, December 24, 2019, at 12:00 a.m. to Wednesday, January 1, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. in your local time zone

Open twice as many Gifts each day: For the duration of the event, the number of Gifts you can open daily will increase to 40.
Carry twice as many Gifts: For the duration of the event, the number of Gifts you can carry in your inventory will increase to 20.
One guaranteed single-use Incubator per day: In order to more easily hatch Eggs during the holiday season, Trainers will receive one single-use Incubator at no cost once per day during the event by spinning a Photo Disc on a PokéStop.
From Tuesday, December 24, 2019, at 12:00 a.m. to Wednesday, December 25, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. in your local time zone

2× Catch Candy
2× Transfer Candy
From Thursday, December 26, 2019, at 12:00 a.m. to Friday, December 27, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. in your local time zone

2× Catch Stardust
From Saturday, December 28, 2019, at 12:00 a.m. to Sunday, December 29, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. in your local time zone

2× Catch XP
From Monday, December 30, 2019, at 12:00 a.m. to Wednesday, January 1, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. in your local time zone

1/2 Hatch Distance when Eggs are placed into Incubators during this time period

Warm up with a special winter weekend event!

During the final Saturday in December (and 2019!), you can look forward to a special eight-hour-long winter weekend event.

Date + Time

Saturday, December 28, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in your local time zone

Features

Two-hour Glacial Lure Module duration: Glacial Lure Modules will last two hours for the duration of the event. Pokémon such as Lapras, Delibird, Cubchoo, and more will be drawn to Glacial Lure Modules during this time!

Glaceon with Last Resort: Use a Glacial Lure Module to evolve Eevee during the event, and you’ll get a Glaceon that knows the Charged Attack Last Resort.

Regice returns to raids! Did you miss out on catching a Regice the last time it was available in raids? This is your chance to catch the Iceberg Pokémon!

Two additional Raid Passes: Receive up to two additional Raid Passes during the special event time period when you spin a Photo Disc at a Gym. These Raid Passes will not be available after the event period is over. You cannot hold more than one Raid Pass at once.

There are just a few weeks left in 2019! Let’s GO end the year strong, Trainers!

Check out Jeopardy's full Pokemon category from a recent episode

How many can you get right?

Yesterday we noted that Jeopardy! was going to feature an entire round inspired by Pokemon. 5 of the 6 categories were a play on words with Pokemon names, but the actual categories didn't have anything to do with Pokemon. It was the 6th category that actually featured all Pokemon-related questions. See everyone of those questions in the clip above!

Pokkén Tournament DX Championship Series 2020 announced

Put up or shut up!

I hope you've been practicing your Pokkén Tournament DX skills, because the Pokkén Tournament DX Championship Series 2020 has just been announced. It's time once again to show off what you've got, and hopefully climb the ranks all the way to the top. Check out full details on this event below.

- four different events that players can compete in
- Competition Format is the same as last year, running on Pokkén Tournament DX with Team Battles:

Oceania International Championships - Melbourne, Australia - February 21-23 - Two Masters & One Senior get an invite
Europe International Championships - Berlin, Germany - April 17-19 - Four Masters & Two Seniors get an invite
North America International Championships - June 26-28 - Four Masters & Two Seniors get an invite
Last Chance Qualifier Pokémon World Championships - London, England - Date TBD

- The Prize Structure is as follows:

International Championship Events
Masters Division

1st place: $1,250 and Worlds invitation
2nd place: $1,000 and Worlds invitation
3rd place: $750 and Worlds invitation*
4th place: $600 and Worlds invitation*
5th place tie: $450 each
7th place tie: $250 each

*Note: Only two players from the Oceania International Championships receive invitations.

Senior Division

1st place: Nintendo Switch console, 72 Pokémon Trading Card Game booster packs, and Worlds invitation
2nd place: Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, 36 Pokémon Trading Card Game booster packs, and Worlds invitation*
3rd place: 36 Pokémon Trading Card Game booster packs

*Note: Only one player from the Oceania International Championships receives an invitation.

Pokémon World Championships

1st place: $6,000
2nd place: $4,000
3rd place: $3,000
4th place: $2,000
5th place tie: $1,500 each
7th place tie: $1,000 each

Senior Division

1st place: $3,000 Pokémon Visa® Prepaid Card
2nd place: $1,500 Pokémon Visa Prepaid Card
3rd place: $500 Pokémon Visa Prepaid Card

Pokemon Masters - content update for Dec. 10th, 2019

[Log-in Bonus] As compensation for the network connection issues that impacted the game on December 7th, all players can now claim the following as special Log-in Bonus: Gem x50 (available until January 10th)

[Event] Rosa’s Party, featuring Rosa and Siebold alongside new story battles, will kick off soon

Rement releasing Pokemon Nap Basket and Pokemon Terrarium Collection: Four Seasons toys

There's always more Pokemon toys

Rement is releasing another pair of Pokemon Candy Toy items in Japan. First up is the Pokemon Nap Basket series, which launches March 9th, 2020 for 600 yen. The lineup includes Pikachu, Bulbasaur, Alolan Vulpix, Pichu & Pichu, Jigglypuff, and Vileplume.

Following that is a series called Pokemon Terrarium Collection: Four Seasons. This features six Poke Ball terrariums with at least one Pokemon inside. The series hits Japan on March 23rd, 2019 for 800 yen, and will feature Sylveon, Pikachu & Froakie, Wartotle, Lucario, Vulpix, and Alolan Vulpix.

Nintendo Co., Ltd., Creatures Inc. and Game Freak grab 'Bakuen Walker' trademark

Fire walker with me

Nintendo Co., Ltd., Creatures Inc., and Game Freak Inc. have applied for a new trademark in Japan. The trademark is for Bakuen Walker, with Bakuen meaning “bombfire” in English. The trademark applies to trading card games, video game machines, toys, dolls, board games, dice, and more.

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