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Pokémon Weekly: Jumbo Funko Pop! Mew, Pokémon UNITE Halloween Festival, Super Pet Contest, and more!

In our first segment of Pokémon Weekly, a weekly article on everything and anything Pokémon related, from gaming to merch, there is a lot to go over!

  1. Pokémon UNITE

  2. Pokémon GO

  3. Pokémon Masters EX

  4. Pokémon TCG

  5. Pokémon Sword/Shield

  6. Pokémon Legends: Arceus

  7. Play! Pokémon

  8. Merch

  9. Other Pokémon News

For anyone interested in financial reviews, click HERE to check out a Twitter thread reviewing Pokémon Unite's Q3 2021 performance, and HERE for a thread reviewing Pokémon GO's Q3 2021 performance.


Pokémon UNITE


A new patch (1.2.1.8) has hit Pokémon UNITE October 20th to coincide with the launch of the Halloween Festival. The update also unlocks the ability to watch your friends’ games in real time!

The Halloween Festival runs from October 20 to November 7, 2021. Logging in and completing missions will reward you with Pumpkins which can then be used to unlock special Halloween-themed items.

  • Greedent License (70 Pumpkins)

  • 1-Day Battle Point Boost Card (1 Pumpkin)

  • Pumpkin Box, which may contain more Pumpkins (2 Pumpkins)

  • Halloween-themed Profile Frame (5 Pumpkins)

  • Pumpkin Profile Sticker (5 Pumpkin)

  • Halloween-themed Profile Background (10 Pumpkins)

  • Halloween-themed corpse silouhette sticker (20 Pumpkins)

  • Pointed Hat (50 Pumpkins) Also available in the Shop

Additional missions will be available starting October 24 to November 2 allowing Trainers to collect even MORE PUMPKINS.


New Holowear

Two new Holowears have been made available, and some Pokémon have even received their very first Holowear through this event.

  • Space Style Zeraora - 60 Aeos Gems Discounted price ends October 25 - Normally 400 Aeos Gems (no additional visual enhancement)

  • Costume Party Style Lucario - 2,499 Aeos Gems (includes UNITE Move, Scoring, Returning, K.O. and Movement animation)


Three additional Holowears have also been teased in the Halloween Festival announcement video (see teaser video above), yet not released.

  • Bonfire Style Charizard

  • Space Style Eldegoss

  • Wigglytuff Holowear


New Licenses

Greedent has been released in the game, as of October 20th. The Melee Defender is available from the Shop for 8,000 Aeos Coins or 450 Aeos Gems.

In addition to Greedent, an upcoming License, the infamous Decidueye, has been teased via the thumbnail of the Halloween festivities trailer announcement (see below). You may have to zoom in on the carved pumpkin to notice that Rowlet has been carved in! The Pokémon Company has not responded to our inquiry, so there sadly is no further details at the time being. Stay posted.


New Halloween-themed items

Many, MANY new Halloween-themed items have been unveiled.

  • A new Bulbasaur set is now available through Energy Rewards

The following items will be available until November 7, 2021

  • Candy Bag (1,540 Aeos Tickets/154 Aeos Gems)

  • Pikachu Halloween Mask (770 Aeos Tickets/77 Aeos Gems)

  • Pointed Hat (770 Aeos Tickets/77 Aeos Gems) Also available through Pumpkin Exchange

  • Costume Party Set (15,999 Aeos Tickets/1,599 Aeos Gems)

Buffs and Nerfs

Pikachu is getting a considerable buff, along with Slowbro, Garchomp, and Gengar. Lucario, on the other hand, has been considerably nerfed (understandably) along with Blastoise and Venusaur.


For the full patch notes (buffs and nerfs), click here.


Halloween-themed Game mode

Halloween Night in Mer Stadium. Replaces Battle Items with Pumpkins that can be used to throw at your opponent's Pokémon.


Pokémon GO


Of course, Halloween festivities are also taking place in Pokémon GO. Since we provide in-depth coverage of Pokémon GO, for more details, visit our event coverage for anything happening until October 24th (here), and for the specific Halloween event (here).


Pokémon Masters EX


There's always so much going on in Pokémon Masters EX. The best we can do is refer you to their News section directly. Sorry?


Pokémon TCG


The Pokémon Company released a special trailer to commemorate Pokémon Trading Card Game's 25th anniversary. They also announced the new feature/mechanic coming for TCG: Pokémon VSTAR.


Pokémon VSTAR act like Pokémon VMAX in that they need to be played on a Pokémon V but have a VSTAR Power which can only be used once per game.



Otherwise, not much going on in the Trading Card Game realm, other than a friendly reminder that the Sword & Shield—Fusion Strike Expansion will launch November 12, 2021 (mark your calendars). Click here for more details..


Pokémon Sword/Shield


Distribution of Shiny Zacian and Shiny Zamazenta has been confirmed for the US and Canada through GameStop Stores, as well as for the UK through GAME as follows, no purchase required (aside from the game itself, of course).


Shiny Zacian

  • October 22 – November 11, 2021 (US)

  • October 22 – November 4, 2021 (Canada)

  • October 22 – November 18, 2021 (UK)

Shiny Zamazenta

  • November 12–26, 2021 (US)

  • November 5–18, 2021 (Canada)

  • October 22 – November 18, 2021 (UK)


Pokémon Legends: Arceus


The Pokémon Company released some rare footage of the Hisui region. The footage was reportedly found in the depths of the Canalave Library and asks trainers to investigate. The footage confirms the existence of Snorunt in the Hisui region, but mainly documents the landscapre of the region.


Pokémon Legends: Arceus is available for pre-order, releasing January 28, 2022.

Play! Pokémon

The Pokémon Company International announced today that highly anticipated Play! Pokémon Regional and International Championships will resume in North America and Europe, with the first events slated to kick off in March 2022.


Four different Pokémon products are to be included: the Pokémon Trading Card Game, Pokémon video games, Pokkén Tournament DX, and for the first time, Pokémon GO in partnership with Niantic. More information on the competitive scene in Pokémon Ge can be found here.


2022 Pokémon North America International Championships

  • June 24–26, 2022

  • Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, OH, USA

2022 Pokémon Europe International Championships

  • April 22–24, 2022

  • Messe Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Play! Pokémon Regional Championships and Special Events will also resume in North America and Europe in 2022, at the following dates and in the following locations[1]:


North America

  • March 18–20, 2022: Salt Lake City, UT, USA

  • March 25–27, 2022: Orlando, FL, USA*

  • May 6–8, 2022: Indianapolis, IN, USA

  • May 20–22, 2022: Secaucus, NJ, USA

  • May 27–29, 2022: Vancouver, BC, Canada*

  • June 17–19, 2022: Milwaukee, WI, USA*

Europe

  • March 26–27, 2022: Liverpool, UK*[2]

  • May 7–8, 2022: Bilbao, Spain (Special Event)

  • June 4–5, 2022: Milan, Italy (Special Event)

Additional Regional Championships and Special Events may be announced later.


Merch

The Pokémon Company has unveiled a brand new, Target exclusive, jumbo Mew Funko POP! for $29.99 USD. Target delivers in the US and Canada. (Click here to get one for yourself)


From the Pokémon Centre, there are always a gazillion new items being made available. Here are a few announcements, in case you want to mark your calendar.


  • Plush Shinx, Umbreon, and Espeon available November 11th, 2021

  • Sleeping Galarian Ponyta, Pichu, and Piplup available November 11th, 2021

  • Kotobukiya May and Torchic ARTFX 1/8 figure available in April 2022


Other Pokémon News


Super Pet Contest


Celebrate and share your love for your animal pets for a chance to win amazing prizes. Prizes include Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Pokémon Shining Pearl Dual Packs, Nintendo Switch Lite Dialga & Palkia Editions, and more!


Michelle Visage (global TV sensation, pop legend, and all-around superstar) will be guest judging this unmissable celebration of cleverness, cuteness, and coolness.


All the details can be found here. Only available in the US, UK, France, and Germany.


Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon


The Pokémon Company unveiled the balloon that will represent Pokémon during this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Pokémon.






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