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Pokemon GO raid boss change for Sept. 18th, 2020

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Pokemon GO's raid bosses have been changed once again. From now until Sept. 24th, 2020, Articuno is the 5 Star Raid Boss.
There are other raid bosses on the way as well.

Along with that, Mega Pidgeot is also now set to appear in Raids, and be able to Mega Evolve.

Retailers for Flocked Angry Pikachu and Growlithe Funko POP! figures revealed

Get ready for pre-orders

Earlier in the week, we posted about Funko’s NYCC exclusive flocked Growlithe and Pikachu POP! figures. They'll be releasing on Oct. 8th, 2020, and now we know which retailers will be carrying them. If you're looking to snag Pikachu, you can find that figure at Target. If you want to add Growlithe to your collection, you'll have to make the purchase through BoxLunch.

Battle Jessie and James before they leave Pokémon GO

Blasting off again

We’re getting word that Jessie and James are leaving Pokémon GO on Wednesday, September 30, and that they seem to be gearing up for one last wave of mischief before they go!

Date + Time

Tuesday, September 22, 2020, at 12:00 a.m. to Wednesday, September 30, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. local time

Features

The Meowth balloon featuring Jessie and James will be appearing more often than usual!
Be sure to share your findings (and victories!) with us on social media with #TeamGORocket.

Pokémon TCG Deck Strategy: Sword & Shield—Darkness Ablaze Eternatus VMAX

Helpful tips for any player

Pokemon Co. is back with another feature to help out Pokemon TCG players both old and new. Today's segment shines a light on some of the newer cards out there, and details how they can be slotted into decks for some real competitive advantages. If you'd like to get a leg up on the competition, check out the feature here.

Watch Outer Space-Themed Episodes of Pokémon the Series on Pokémon TV

Out of this world fun

When you think of the world of Pokémon, you probably think about journeying through locales like forests, caves, oceans, and cities. Sometimes, though, it's fun to look farther into the inky beyond of outer space. With that astronomical attitude in mind, we've gathered a collection of space-themed episodes of Pokémon the Series, which you can watch now on Pokémon TV.

You'll see mysterious meteorites, shuttle launches, UFOs, and all sorts of extraterrestrial excitement. Ash, Pikachu, and their friends have close encounters with Pokémon like Clefairy, Elgyem and Beheeyem, Minior, the Mythical Pokémon Deoxys, the Ultra Beast Celesteela, and more. Yes, these adventures are truly out of this world!

Make some space in your schedule to tune into Pokémon TV for the next two weeks to see these interstellar escapades. Remember that you can watch Pokémon TV here on watch.pokemon.com or using the Pokémon TV mobile app. And if you're craving more galactic good times, there's a special Max Raid Battle event happening in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield involving Pokémon that evolved with Moon Stones and Sun Stones. Just play the game from Thursday, September 17, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. PDT until Sunday, September 20, 2020, at 4:59 p.m. PDT to take part in the fun.

Pokemon Center Japan reveals Alcremie 'Matcha Cream' plush + edible matcha treats

Another Galar plush to add to your collection!

The Pokemon Company has announced some new products coming to Pokemon Center stores in Japan starting on October 3rd, 2020. Most importantly is a plush of the Matcha Cream form of Alcremie (which will also be available on Amazon Japan), but a few matcha flavored treats will be available as well. You can check out images of the individual items here!

Alcremie (Matcha Cream) Plush - ¥1,815
Pikachu Mini Gofuru (Matcha Flavor) - ¥540
Matcha Rusk Pikachu & Mawhip - ¥648
Ameya Eitaro Matcha Candy - ¥1,210
Pokemon Assorted Cookies (4 types) ¥1,296 (Available May 20th, 2021)

Pokemon Sword and Shield 'Wild Area' update for Sept. 17th, 2020

Celebrate the September Seasonal Equinox

The Pokemon Sword and Shield 'Wild Area' event has been shifted once again. Electric and Grass Pokémon have left raids, and for the next few days, Pokémon that evolved with the Sun Stone and Moon Stone will be hanging around. This shift has been put in place to celebrate the September Seasonal Equinox. You can even find Shiny Clefable out and about!

A Pokemon bus has been spotted in London

Hail to the bus driver

Looks like the Pokemon Co. has some business to take care of in London. Redditor Thohack snapped this picture of a Pokemon bus parked in a part of London, and fans are trying to figure out what it's doing there. Some think it's tied to the filming of a commercial for the Pokemon Trading Card Game, but there's no definitive proof of that yet. We'll just have to keep tabs on Pokemon Co.'s advertising going forward to see if we can spot this bus anywhere!

Loungefly releases a Charmander mini-backpack and wallet

A stylish Charmander line

Loungefly, a maker of bags, backpacks, and more, has teamed up with Pokemon Co. for a pair of new items. The company has released both a mini-backpack and wallet featuring Charmander. The wallet is priced at $40, while the mini-backpack rings up at $75. You can check out more details on each item here and here.

Play! Pokémon Live Competitions and Events Remain Suspended Through 2020

Since the initial announcement in March that all Play! Pokémon Program events would be cancelled, we've been closely monitoring the global health pandemic. In keeping with a commitment to ensure the safety of fans, players, and organizers, the Organized Play team is continuing to assess the situation. As of September 2020, we have determined that the Play! Pokémon Program will remain suspended through the remainder of 2020.

Please check back in November 2020 for more details and announcements regarding our Play! Pokémon program in early 2021.

In the meantime, Pokémon Trading Card Game players can continue to participate in League at Home events. We will also be providing additional details about a new Pokémon TCG Online series named Play! Pokémon Team Challenge launching later this year.

Until we can all play together in person again, stay safe and enjoy playing and battling online.

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