Sunday, February 27, 2011

Pics from the Black and White Mall Tour

Thanks to PKMNMASTERJR, we have pictures from the Pokémon Black and White Mall Tour! Check these out!










This also marks the 100th Team KO post!  WHOO HOO! Thanks for reading you guys! So long as you guys keep readin', we'll keep posting.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

BW Episode: "Battle Club and Tepig's Choice"

On thier way to Striaton City, Ash and Iris stop at a Battle Club so that Ash can practice before challenging his first Gym. At the Battle Club, they watch a battle between a Dewott (the evolved form of Oshawott) and a Servine (the evolved form of Shivy). Dewott is able to defeat Servine, and the manager of the Battle Club shows up and tells the Servine trainer to go get his Servine healed. The manager, Don George, explains how the Battle Club works and Ash challenges the Dewott trainer. Ash sends out Pikachu, but Oshawott escapes his pokéball and acts like he wants to battle. However, as soon as he sees the Dewott, Oshawott pushes Pikachu forward to battle instead. Pikachu then battles the Dewott and is winning until Team Rocket and a mysterious pokémon trip an alarm an a Battle Club storage room.

After reviewing the video, Ash recognizes Team Rocket in the video. Don George also notices a mysterious pokémon. It's shadowed over, so Ash thinks it might be an Umbreon. This excites Don George and his assistants as Umbreon isn't native to Unova. Don George, Ash, Iris, and the Battle Club assistants prepare to try to capture the Umbreon. Team Rocket, thinking they are looking for them, over hears that it's Umbreon thier looking for. Jessie decides to disguise Meowth as an Umbreon while they steal from the Battle Club storage room. After Don George and his assistants see the disguised Meowth, they start to chase him like Jessie planned.

Elsewhere, Ash and his pokémon along with Iris set out some pokémon food to attract Umbreon. Ash then leaves to get more food, and Pikachu and Oshawott stay to keep look out. Oshawott starts eating all the food, and when Pikachu tries to stop him, Oshawott pushes Pikachu away. Pikachu falls backward and several boxes and a pan fall on his head, knocking him out. Team Rocket shows up after Oshawott eats so much it falls asleep. While looking for anything worth stealing they find the KO'd Pikachu under a box.

While setting out food, Ash discovers that the "Umbreon" is actually a dirty and starving Tepig. The Tepig has a rope around it's mouth, which has kept it from eating. Ash befriends the Tepig and removes the rope from around it's mouth and it eats it's fill. Don George and his assistants finally catch up with Meowth as well, and Meowth feels bad for leading them on. He explains he's just a talking Meowth, and leaves. Don George acts disappointed that they were just chasing a talking Meowth until one of his assistants explains that a talking Meowth is also rare.. but it was too late. Meowth was already gone.

The two groups both meet up in front of the Battle Club and Ash shows Don George the Tepig. Don George explains the Tepig belonged to a trainer who abandoned it by tying it to a post. Don George tried to untie him, but the Tepig was able to chew through the rope and escape before he could. The remaining rope must have become tangled around Tepigs snout after it escaped, which kept it from eating. Oshawott then shows up and points out Team Rocket trying to sneak away with a large bag. Ash hears Pikachu and tries to order Oshawott to use Water Gun to free Pikachu. Team Rocket activates a device which protects them and they being to fly away in thier new machine. Tepid then volunteers to save Pikachu and Ash orders him to use Ember. The machine explodes, Pikachu escapes, and TR escapes on hang gliders.

Afterwards, Iris explains that she wants to catch Tepig, but Tepig chooses to go with Ash instead. Team Rocket reports to Giovanni, who says he has a new mission for them. There's a place that needs investigating.



Noteworthy Events:
  • Ash gets a Tepig.
Click Here for Previous BW Episode....

UPDATE: Eh.. I'm not doing any more of these. It's boring. I thought it would grow on me.. it hasn't. You want to know what's happening in the series? Watch it.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Pokémon Black and White Bonuses From Toys 'R Us

It would appear that if you reserved your game from Toys 'R Us, you going to get a lot of cool stuff along with the window clings we mentioned earlier this month. Lauren (Tor-chic on Pokébeach) just updated me on the most recent sales paper from TRU and it shows some real awesome stuff! It's unclear if these bonuses will also be available at places like Gamestop or Best Buy, however as there were HeartGold and SoulSilver Bonuses that were exclusive to Toys 'R Us, it's highly likely that these bonuses are exclusive to only TRU and no where else.

Lauren says:
"Toys R Us will yet again be giving away a trainer kit with Black and White like they did last year with HeartGold/SoulSilver. They call it a 'Pokemon Legendary kit' and it includes: two styluses- one with Zekrom on top and the other with Reshiram, a black and white checkerboard pattern screen cleaning cloth that also has Zekrom and Reshiram on it, and two mini game cases- one opaque black, the other one opaque white. I have attached several pictures to this e-mail as the 'legendary kit' is not yet available to see online. The kit runs an $11.99 value and will be available for FREE with the purchase of Pokemon Black and White on Sunday March 6th ONLY!


The ad also advertises the Pokemon Black and White DSI bundles. They are available for pre-order on the Toys R Us website, and I have also seen them on Best Buy's website. The Black bundle contains the Black DSI and Pokemon Black version, and the White bundle has the White DSI and Pokemon White version. They run a price of $179.99. Two Black and White themed DS cases are also advertised, but these are already available at GameStop.


On top of the DSI bundles and game cases, they advertise a Pikachu DS charger, priced $29.99 (it charges DSI and DSI XL only), as well as three Spring trading card tins with the three Unova starters on the front. These tins are advertised as Toys R Us exclusives (not too sure on that one, but if thats true, thats pretty cool). The tins are $17.99.

There is also a sale for Buy One, Get One 50% ALL DS games. I don't see anything in the ad that says Black and White are excluded from the deal, so if people are looking to buy both versions, the second ought to be half off, and that's pretty cool."

If you haven't reserved your copy of Black and White yet... what's wrong with you? DO IT! From what we've seen, if you live near a Toys 'R Us, that's the place to reserve from now on.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

BW Episode: "A Sandile Gusher of Change"

Oshawott has, yet again popped up, and Ash remembers it from helping them earlier against Team Rocket. After Oshawott chats with Pikachu a bit, Pikachu explains (and somehow Ash understands) that Oshawott wants to join Ash and Iris on thier journey. At first, Iris seems to want Oshawott, but Oshawott pushes Pikachu off of Ash's shoulder and takes his spot. This angers Pikachu who fires a Thunderbolt at Oshawott, which Oshawott deflects with it's shell right into Ash's face.

Once Ash realizes that Oshawott wants to join his team, he goes to catch it. However, when he tosses a PokéBall, it doesn't work. After the Pokéball fails, Ash realizes that the Oshawott must be the one from Prof. Juniper's Lab. After getting Oshawott's Pokéball from Prof. Juniper, Ash and Iris run outsite to find Oshawott. However, they immediately fall into a sand trap made by a Sandile. Team Rocket, trying to find Ash and Co. to steal Pikachu, also fall into a Sandile pit still inhabited by a Sandile wearing sunglasses.

A local boy helps Ash and Iris get out of the pit and explains that Sandile has been terrorizing the customers of his family's Hot Sand Spa. They all go to the Spa and Ash attempts to draw out the Sandile by buring himself in the sand along with Pikachu and Axew. Iris thinks they just want to relax in the sand though. Hiding nearby, Team Rocket watches the group along with the Sun-Shade Sandile. Sandile, which looks angry, digs it's way toward Ash, Pikachu, and Axew. Before Sandile can make it to them, however, Iris reminds Ash that they were looking for Oshawott. Oshawott seems to have found the spa as well, though, as it's nearby buried in the sand relaxing.

Sandile leaps out of the ground and attacks Axew by grabbing it in it's mouth. Ash orders a Thunderbolt, but Iris points out that Thunderbolt would hurt Axew. Pikachu, Ash, Oshawott, and Iris run over to free Axew. Pikachu's ear tickles Sandile's nose and it frees Axew. It then crabs Pikachu's hand and Oshawott's foot in it's mouth and attempts to run off with them. As soon as it tries to get away Team Rocket shows up and captures all three. As they try to escape with with thier newly stolen pokémon, more Sandile appear and force Team Rocket to retreat.

Ash and Co. catch up with Sunshade Sandile and notice that it, along with the other Sandile are trying to lead some wild Patrat, Deerling, and Pidove out of a dangerous area filled with geysers. It turns out that the Sandile were not attacking the Hot Sand Spa, but trying to warn the people about the dangerous geysers. Just then, the wild pokémon are seperated by some hot water and the Sandile make a bridge for the wild pokémon to cross safely with Ash, Oshawott, and Iris's help. With everyone safe, Ash and Co. return to the Hot Sand Spa, which is now a Hot Spring Spa, for some relaxation.

The episode ends with the Sun Shades Sandile popping it's head out of the ground and laughing as if watches Ash, Pikachu, Oshawott, Iris, and Axew swimming.



Noteworthy Events:
  • Ash catches Oshawott
Click here for the previous BW Episode...

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day Everyone!

We here at Team KO want to wish everyone a safe and fun Valentine's Day! Spend time with those you love most, and let them know you care! I'm about to go buy something special for my Rattata, maybe a really big running wheel!

For those of you out there still needing something to give your friends and loved ones, you can always download one of the TKO Pokémon Valentine's Cards. Just save them to your computer and then you can either print them out to give to people, post them to a friends Facebook wall, tweet them... well just about whatever except attach them to a pokémon and trade 'em to people!

Next year I'm making a Rattata one since MattG. didn't. Maybe I can make some St. Patrick's day ones... too bad Rattata's aren't green...

Call You Later,
Joey

Saturday, February 12, 2011

BW Episodes: "In the Shadow of Zekrom" and "Enter Iris and Axew"

In the Shadow of Zekrom

1st Commercial Break: The first episode of the Black and White season has started off relatively similar to other seasons (in fact, apparently Ash is still 10 years old :p). Ash travels to a new region (this time with Prof. Oak and his Mom) and sees a representative legendary of the region, Zekrom. Unlike other regions, however, the legendary attacks Ash, Pikachu, and Team Rocket in the middle of TR's attempt to steal Pikachu. Several name pronunciations have been verified, like Patrat (Puh-trat).

2nd Commercial Break: It appears that Ash's new rival is named Trip. He's kind of a jerk, but no real surprise there. Ash meets the starters Tepid, Oshawott, and Shivy. Trip chooses Shivy, but it's obvious that Ash like's Oshawott. Ash and Trip battle, but Ash's Pikachu is unable to use Electric attacks. There's no reason that Ash's Pikachu should have lost, even without Electric attacks... but it did. On the plus side though, attack animations for the show have gotten a big upgrade.

3rd Commercial Break: Prof. Juniper explains that apparently, Zekrom uses it's Thunderbolts as judgements from above. Does that mean Ash's Pikachu is unworthy to use electric moves? The episode ends with Pikachu firing electric attacks uncontrollably. The plot is to be continued in "Enter Iris and Axew."

Enter Iris and Axew

1st Commercial Break: The epiosde picks up where the last one left off. Apparently, Pikachu firing off electricity in the prescence of Zekrom unlocked it's ability to use electric moves again. For whatever reason, Ash decides to test Pikachu's attacks... on himself... weirdo. Prof. Juniper sends Ash toward the first Gym in Striaton City. On the way to Striaton City, Ash runs into Iris and Axew... and Pikachu fries Iris. Team Rocket reports to Giovanni, and it is explained why Team Rocket doesn't have thier pokémon outside of Meowth. Apparently if they use non-Unova pokémon they will stand out too much. Giovanni's plan appears to be to use Jessie, James, and Meowth as bait to bring out the "other mysterious organization in Unova."

2nd Commercial Break: Oshawott is still following Ash and Pikachu as Ash comes across a ton of wild Pidove. Now, with Pikachu able to use Electric attacks, defeating 1 Pidove was easy.. but then the entire flock attacks. After a majority of the flock leaves, Ash battles a straggler and is able to catch it making it the first Unova Pokémon he's caught. Iris makes fun of Ash's excitement, calling him a kid (which will probably be her catch phase just like Dawn always said "no need to worry." Cutting the excitement, Team Rocket attacks capturing Pikachu and Axew. The new motto is.. a tad too dramatic.

3rd Commercial Break: To counter Team Rocket, Ash sends out his new Pidove against Meowth (with Meowth getting beaten somehow). While reporting to Giovanni earlier in the episode, Jessie seems to have caught a Woobat which she uses to defeat Ash's Pidove. After seeming them escape in thier balloon (which is no longer a Meowth ballon.. too flashy I guess) Oshawott appears and busts the balloon by throwing it's shell. Oshawott then helps defeat Woobat just as Team Rocket use a smoke ball to escape.  Ash and Iris take thier pokémon to the Pokémon Center to be healed by Nurse Joy. The Unova region Joys are different than other regions, but they are still called Joys. The episode ends with Oshawott peeking in the center at Ash and Pikachu.

Impressions

These first two episodes of the Black and White series are interesting in that they are very familiar. They remind me a lot of the first couple episodes of the first season. Ash is once again, clueless. He forgets he has to weaken a pokémon before catching it, allows his Pikachu to be beaten by a newly acquired Snivy, etc. Team Rocket is more goal driven like they were in the first couple of episodes in the first season. They even escaped before Pikachu could thrash them like it usually does. So yea, no blasting off. I think this is great, it's time the started acting more like villians and less like morons. I look forward to more episodes of Black and White, mainly to see what kind of rival Trip turns out to be. Either he'll be annoying but likeable like Gary.. or a complete jerk like Paul. I can't stand Paul.

Noteworthy Events:
  • Ash learns about Zekrom
  • Pikachu loses, but later regains, the ability to use electric moves
  • Ash meets Oshawott and is later followed by it
  • Ash loses his first Unova battle VS Trip
  • Ash meets Iris and Axew
  • Ash catches a Pidove
  • Team Rocket reveals themselves and Jessie shows she caught a Woobat

Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Elite Four English names released!

The English names for the Elite Four from Black and White have been released, the list below includes both thier Japanese and English names. I'm not going to post thier types because I don't want to spoil anything, but if you want to know just comment. If enough people comment saying they want the types, then I'll post 'em.
  • Shikimi (JP) is now Shauntal
  • Giima (JP) is now Grimsley
  • Renbuu (JP) is now Marshal
  • The fourth member is Caitlin, who was originally a Battle Frontier Brain in Platinum, Heartgold, and Soulsilver.
  • The Champion, Adeku (JP), is now Alder

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Yo! It's Joey! Have I Told You Guys About My Rattata?

What's up mugs? How's it goin'? I noticed a few of you guys haven't been returning my calls. It's cool, no big deal. Just wanted to catch up with everyone and see how it's goin'. I guess EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU have been too busy to come see me on Route 30 in Johto.. but whatev's. I've been workin' on my Rattata recently... not that it needs much work. It is in the top percentage of all Rattata after all... or it was. ;(

If you guys hadn't been doging all my calls for a rematch then you'd know by now. The worst possible thing that could of happened to me happened just recently. My poor, awesome, incredibly buff Rattata.... has evolved. It's all so very sad, but we are still goin' to keep pressing on. If anything this has given me a new goal. Now that I have a Top Percentage Raticate I will now go find and raise another Top Percentage Rattata. Together they will create a new unstoppable fighting force that will protect humanity from the evils that threaten our world.

On a different note, I heard you guys are leaving the country soon... goin' to some "You-no-vuh" place or whatever. I hear they have a bunch or rare pokémon we don't see here in Johto. I wonder if there are super rare Rattata there? Maybe I should travel some. I have been living in the same square foot of land on Route 30 for... uh... let's see... 2011 minus 1999... 11 years.

Wait.. how old am I again?

OH YEA! Follow me on Twitter (http://twitter.com/#!/YoungstrJoeyTKO) bro'chachos! If you don't I guess I could always just call you to let you know how my life is goin'.

Monday, February 7, 2011

English Names for Black and White Characters

Here are some the names that people that have gone to the Mall Tour have found out....

Gym Leaders:
  • Dento (Grass), Pod (Fire), Corn (Water) -> Cilan, Chili, Cress
  • Aloe (Normal) -> Lenora
  • Arti (Bug) -> Burgh
  • Kamitsure (Electric) -> Elesa
  • Yacon (Ground) -> Clay
  • Fuuro (Flying) -> Skyla
  • Hachiku (Ice) -> Brycen
  • Shaga (Dragon, Black version) -> Drayden
  • Iris (Dragon, White Version) -> Iris
Other Main Characters:
  • Plasma Sage Geechisu -> Ghetsis (What a name...)
  • Black (Male) -> Blair
  • White (Female) -> Whitlea (Again... weird name.)
Cities and Towns (Based on different types of Clouds):
  • Kanoko Town -> Nuvema Town
  • Sanyou City -> Striaton City
  • Shippou City -> Nacrene City
  • Hiun City -> Castelia City
  • Raimon City -> Nimbassa City
  • Black City and White Forest keep thier Japanese Names
  • Sazanami Town -> Undella Town
  • Kagome Town -> Lacunosa Town
  • Souryuu City -> Opelucid City
  • Sekka City -> Icirrus City
  • Fukiyose City -> Mistralton City
  • Hodomoe City -> Driftveil City

More Pokémon Valentine's Day Cards

I've made a couple more Pokémon Valentine's Day cards. I still have to make a Team Rocket one... so expect at least one more. Since I make these in groups of 3... I'll probably try to make 3 more.




If you want to see more Valentine's Day Cards, go to the Artwork tab at the top of the page.

The Shiny Raikou, Entei, and Suicune Just Keep Coming!


For anyone who missed Shiny downloads at Gamestop, don't despair! As it turns out, Nintendo has decided to redistribute them this month over Wifi! Just like the Gamestop downloads, there will be a different one given out roughly every week the month of February. These shiny beasts are basically identical to the ones given away at Gamestop, with the exception that they have a different OT. The Gamestop events had the original trainer "Gamestp" whereas these will be original trainer "WIN2011."

As with the events given away from Gamestop, these will also unlock Zoroark if you send them over to Black and White. Similar to when Nintendo had the Gamestop Shiny Pichu download, and then distributed them over Wifi, if you already downloaded these to one of your games you cannot download the same one over Wifi. Basically, if you got Shiny Raikou from Gamestop you cannot get the Wifi Shiny Raikou download. However, if you missed one you can (for example you got Shiny Raikou from Gamestop, but forgot to pick up Shiny Suicune.. you CAN download the Shiny Suicune).

All of the dates you can download these shinies are on the left in the Upcoming Events toolbar.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Featured Pokémon: Tentacruel

By: Aaron A.

So February has rolled around and love is in the air once again, which is why this month’s feature Pokémon is Tentacruel. #73. In the playbook Tentacruel has sadly never been #1 in our hearts. People just don’t like jellyfish, and along with the Geodude and Zubat lines, Tentacool are some of the most common pokémon in early games. The Pokédex entry is sort of interesting, proclaiming that Tentacruel has 80 poisonous tentacles which can extend seemingly endless distances due to water absorption and can form a net to trap enemies.

However, behind the terrifying exterior is a warm cuddly water/poison type with walling capabilities and good speed. The water typing and the ability to learn Hydro Pump gives Tentacruel great coverage for its weakness to ground, while the poison typing eliminates the pesky grass weakness of water. While Tentacruel suffers in the physical realm it gets both Barrier and Swords Dance to boosts those stats and two nice physical stab moves: Poison Jab and Waterfall.

Tentacruel really shines with Speed (base 100) and Special Defense (base 120) and has somewhat respectable Special Attack (80) and HP (80). With high powered stab special attacks like Muddy Water (HGSS tutor), Hydro Pump, and Sludge Bomb Tentacruel is a very effective Special Attacker. Tentacruel will also get a serious boost in Black and White with the addition of the Dream World ability Rain Dish, a ghost move called Evil eye which does more damage if the opponent has a special condition like Poison, and Sludge Wave (a slightly more powerful version of Sludge Bomb), venom shock (which doubles in power if hitting a poisoned opponent), Boiling Water (a water move which causes burn), and Aqua Ring for restoring health). In the end Tentacruel may not be a world beater, but it is a good lead to scout the opponent and set up toxic spikes. The future looks bright for this Cnidarian! Here are some move sets with which to render your opponent confounded and unhappy.

Quit hitting yourself (Confusion based wall)
Item: Black Sludge/Leftovers
Stats. 252 Speed, 150 sp Att., 108 Sp. Def.
Moves:
-Water Pulse/ Muddy Water
-Confuse Ray
-Magic Coat/Protect
-Barrier
Start with confusion or Barrier and then fire away with moves that lower accuracy like Muddy Water, or could continue confusion with Water Pulse. While this is a little tricky banking on confusion, it can be nice to get rid of pesky opponents and force a switch.

Stupid Jellyfish (healing wall)
Item: Black Sludge, Leftovers, Weakness Berry, Sitrus Berry, Big root
Stats: 252 Sp, 252 Sp Def, 6 HP
Moves:
-Barrier
-Toxic Spikes
-Giga Drain/Protect/ Mirror Coat
-Substitute/Protect
Ah Toxic Spikes. Enough said right? Well it’s a good start, and with Barrier you can really jack up your defense too. This version works as a good lead setting out field damage and using substitute combo with Giga Drain or protect and heal. Giga Drain serves a dual purpose when combined with Leftovers or Black Sludge and Protect. It heals nicely, and covers the ground weakness. Rock/Ground types will cower in fear.

I don’t think your ready for this Jelly! (Special attacker)
Item (Choice Specs)
Stats: 252 speed, 252 Sp. Attack, 6 Hp/Sp Def
Moves:
-Hydro Pump/Muddy Water/Surf
-Sludge Bomb
-Blizzard/Ice Beam
-Wring Out/ Hidden Power (Dark, Bug, Ghost, Ground)
While the special attack of Tentacruel isn’t the best, Choice Specs or Wise Glasses can help, or Baton Pass some sp. attack boosts for support. With the right nature and raised properly Tentacruel gets great stab moves. And Wring Out can be effective against opponents who switch in.