Pokémon Weekly: Pokémon BDSP Legendaries/Mythicals, UNITE Season 2, $26,000 Pikachu merch, and more!
In our second segment of Pokémon Weekly, a weekly article on everything and anything Pokémon related, from gaming to merch, there is a lot to go over!
So much happened since we last spoke! The Halloween Festival has now officially ended, but let's go over the important stuff.
November 10, 2021 at 2:00 a.m. EST rolled out version 18.104.22.168.
Greedent (major nerf)
Cheek Pouch: Reduces amount of recovery
Covet: Fixed a bug where Belch can be used more frequently
Stuff Cheeks: Reduces Shield amount
Bullet Seed: Increased damage
Belch: Decreased damage
Berry Belly Flop: Fixed a bug when it activates on the Jump Pad
Alolan Ninetales (decent buff)
Special Attack: Increased Stat
Blizzard: Increased Damage + Decreased Cooldown
Gardevoir (decent buff)
Psychic: Effect Increased + Decreased Cooldown
Sylveon (bug fixes)
Fairy Frolic: Fixed a bug where HP will not recover after use
Pikachu (bug fixes)
Thunder: Fixed a bug where Thunder may not activate
Garchomp (bug fixes)
Rough Skin: Fixed a bug where it caused more damage against Zeraora's Wild Charge
Potion: Increased Recovery
X Speed: Increased Movement Speed
Full Heal: Fixed a bug where its effect wouldn't activate
Decidueye + Winter-theme event Teasers
In the span of a few hours, two teasers took place.
The Pokémon Company provided a clear teaser of the next License to be available: Decidueye, which was also teased during the Halloween Festival when Rowlet (first stage evolution) was carved into a Pumpkin. The new teaser was accompanied with the following statement: ‘Flying true like an arrow in the Pokémon UNITE arena’.
In addition, a teaser of a potential winter-themed event was also shared from the official Nintendo of Europe Twitter account, where one can see Greninja battling Articuno in what seems to be a winter-themed map. Be aware that Articuno was available during BETA, only to be replaced by Avalugg when the game officially released on the Switch.
Season 2 - Battle Pass
Finally, with the release of Season 2, the details for the new Ranked PAID Battle Pass came to light.
Premium Sunshine Venusaur Holowear as ultimate reward.
Adept Charizard Holowear as first reward.
Loads of clothing and item as rewards.
Along with the release of Season, Crustle was finally allocated a Holowear: Shrine Style Crustle (available for 60 Holowear Tickets, and includes KO/Movement visual/audio FX).
SPOILER ALERT Finally, for those interested in leaked/datamined information, click here to find out about potential upcoming Holowear and Licenses.
The following events are underway/announced:
Festival of Lights (introducing Dedenne)
With Lights Comes Shadow (Shadow Lugia)
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond / Shining Pearl (cross-over event)
Pokémon Masters EX
The Fighting-type Gear Event has begun its repeat run in Pokémon Masters EX. This event is a Co-Op Stage focused event that has you play stages to earn rewards to get 3 Star Fighting Gear. Click here for more details. This event runs until November 14, 2021at 9:59 p.m. PT.
The Unova Challenge, allowing players a chance to enter the Hall of Fame is also underway. Click here for more details. Ends December 5, 2021 at 9:59 p.m. PT.
5* Diantha & Gardevoir and 5* Iris & Hydreigon are available until November 22, 2021 at 9:59 p.m. PT through the Poké Fair Scout event. Click here for more details.
Finally, Latias Returns is finally underway. New missions have been added, and players have the chance to earn Gems by completing higher difficulty missions. Ends November 22, 2021 at 9:59 p.m. PT. Click here for more details.
For all November's announced features/events, click here.
Nothing new to report. Last week, The Pokémon Company unveiled the latest Sword and Shield expansion set, to be released February 25, 2022: Brilliant Stars. Click here for more information.
Distribution of Shiny Zacian and Shiny Zamazenta is still underway as follows, no purchase required (aside from the game itself, of course).
Austria: October 22 - November 18, 2021 (Gamestop, in-store)
Belgium: October 22 - November 18, 2021 (GameMania, in-store & online)
Canada: Zacian October 22 - November 4, 2021 (Gamestop, in-store) & Zamazenta November 5 - 18, 2021 (Gamestop, in-store)
Denmark: October 22 - November 18, 2021 (Nintendopuhseren, in-store, NØRDCON, Oct. 23/24, Proshop, in-store & online)
Finland: October 22 - November 18, 2021 (Proshop, online)
France: October 22 - November 18, 2021 (Micromania, in-store & online)
Germany: October 22 - November 18, 2021 (Gamestop, in-store)
Ireland: October 22 - November 18, 2021 (Gamestop, in-store & online)
Italy: October 22 - November 18, 2021 (Gamestop, online)
Japan: October 22 - November 18, 2021 (All video game stores, in-store)
Malaysia: October 22 - November 18, 2021 (Most game stores, in-store)
Netherlands: October 22 - November 18, 2021 (GameMania, in-store & online)
Norway: October 22 - November 18, 2021 (Proshop, online)
Philippines: October 22 - November 18, 2021 (Most video game stores, in-store)
Singapore: October 22 - November 18, 2021 (Most video game stores, in-store)
Spain: October 22 - November 18, 2021 (GAME & FNAC, in-store)
Sweden: October 22 - November 18, 2021 (Proshop, online)
Switzerland: October 22 - November 18, 2021 (Gamestop, in-store)
Taiwan: October 22 - November 18, 2021 (7-11, in-store)
Thailand: October 22 - November 18, 2021 (Most video game stores, in-store)
UK: October 22 - November 18, 2021 (GAME, in-store)
US: Zacian October 22 - November 11, 2021 (Gamestop, in-store) & Zamazenta November 12 - 26, 2021 (Gamestop, in-store)
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond / Shining Pearl
New to Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl, Ramanas Park is a facility players can visit after entering the Hall of Fame. There are caves dotted throughout the park, and the chambers inside them are filled with a mysterious atmosphere.
Inside the rooms of Ramanas Park are pedestals, and it’s said that if players insert a slate into its corresponding pedestal, a Legendary Pokémon will appear. It’s unclear exactly how these slates can be obtained, so players will have to do some research while exploring the Sinnoh region.
Some of these Legendary Pokémon can only be encountered in one game version or the other, but players can still try to get them on their team through other means, such as by trading with other players. In Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, it’s possible to encounter Raikou, Entei, Suicune and Ho-Oh. In Pokémon Shining Pearl, it’s possible to encounter Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres and Lugia.
Online Communication Features
For players looking forward to Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl, there will be a software update (v. 1.1.0) available on November 11, 2021, ahead of the games’ release. With this software update (v 1.1.0), players will be able to enjoy communication features in the Grand Underground and Super Contest Shows, receive special items via Mystery Gift, and visit Ramanas Park after entering the Hall of Fame.
At launch, a maximum of two players—yourself included—will be able to battle and trade Pokémon in the Union Room. A software update will be released in the future that will allow for additional players to join you.
Finally, if you have played one of the following games (and have play records on your Switch), you will be able to add a Mythical Pokémon to their team.
Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield
Speak to a gentleman in the flower field located on the southwest end of Floaroma Town to get the Mythical Pokémon Jirachi as a companion.
Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! or Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!
Speak to a madame in the flower field located on the southwest end of Floaroma Town to get the Mythical Pokémon Mew as a companion.
Pokémon Legends: Arceus
Trainers who have played Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield will be able to take on a research request in Pokémon Legends: Arceus in which they’ll have a chance to add the Mythical Pokémon Shaymin (Land Forme) to their team. They’ll also be able to claim a Shaymin Kimono Set designed after this Mythical Pokémon.
The request that allows players to meet Shaymin (Lande Forme) will be available to accept in Jubilife Village after viewing the game’s end credits. Players can claim the Shaymin Kimono Set by speaking to the clothier after joining the Galaxy Expedition Team.
Shaymin (Land Forme)
It’s said the blooming of Gracidea flowers confers the power of flight upon this Pokémon and that feelings of gratitude are the message it delivers.
Category: Gratitude Pokémon
Height: 8” (0.2 m)
Weight: 4.6 lbs. (2.1 kg)
Pikachu and Eevee Masks Bonus
Trainers who have played Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! or Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! will be able to claim a Pikachu Mask and an Eevee Mask in Pokémon Legends: Arceus. Players can claim both the Pikachu Mask and the Eevee Mask by speaking to the clothier after joining the Galaxy Expedition Team.
Pokémon Legends: Arceus is available for pre-order, releasing January 28, 2022.
Pokémon Café ReMix
New orders are now available in Pokémon Café ReMix, along with the introduction of Chimchar and Audino.
Nothing new or exciting to report. Click here for the 2022 schedule.
The Pokémon Company International, in partnership with Baccarat, a French luxury brand internationally recognized as the leader for high-end, exclusive crystal products, revealed what is probably the most high-end Pokémon collectible ever created.
Pikachu Fragment (~ $26,156 USD, 25 pieces available)
Pikachu Medium (~ $452 USD)
Poké Ball (~ $415 USD)
All are available for pre-orders, at select Baccarat stores. Click here for more information.
Other Pokémon News
Nothing new or exciting to report. Come back next week!