Thursday, March 24, 2011

Youngster Joey's Journal: Heading to Unova

I have always lived in Johto. I’d never even considered traveling very far from home, and maybe that’s why most people don’t take me that seriously. I know it’s not because of my ability. Rattata and I have been training for years to become the strongest combination every. I’ve literally fought thousands of trainers near my home, each beginning their own journey and traveling all over the region and beyond. Recently, I’ve heard amazing stories about these trainers. Being able to go where ever they want, defeat Gym Leaders, and become stronger… that is something I have always wanted to do.

A couple of months back, my Rattata which is known for its top percentage abilities, evolved into Raticate. At first I was a little upset, but then I realized that my Rattata was top percentage… but now I have a Raticate that is top percentage. Life is full of change and you have to adapt. I was ready for a change so I planned to hop a plane and head to Unova, a big step to someone who hasn’t even been to Kanto, the region closest to where I already live.

Unfortunately, the airline didn’t allow pokémon to travel, even in their pokéballs. I said goodbye to my Raticate and Rattatas and left them with my mom. I assured them that as soon as I could I’d have them transferred to me in Unova. It was sad, I had been training with those guys forever, but I knew I’d seen them again. The plane flight was crazy. I have never been flying before, ever. It was possibly the scariest thing I had ever done. I kept imagining the plane plummeting into the sea and getting attacked by Sharpedo. Once we touched down in Nuvema Town I ran off the plane and hugged a tree. Little did I know, I was being watched from nearby.

After I was sure the tree understood my heartfilled gratitude for being on the ground again, I headed for Prof. Juniper’s Lab. If I was to explore Unova, I’d need supplies. Nuvema Town was a little larger than I expected, so I ended up barging into several people’s homes before finding the lab. The good news was I was to explain to people in each of these homes how awesome Rattata are, and they were genuinely excited to hear my epic stories. It took so long recounting every battle I had ever had that before I knew it, it was night time. I figured that everyone at the lab had already gone home so I needed to stay a house nearby. Most of the townies said they were super busy and maybe I should just head to the next town so I could become a legend quicker. They really had my back, but I was tired. They looked pretty annoyied I wouldn't be able to excel that very night, those awesome guys. A lady living in town told me that their kid had just left on their own journey along with their two friends Cheren and Bianca. Since the kid was gone, I got to stay in their room, which was a complete mess by the way.

The next morning I left for the lab. On the way I talked to a couple people in town and learned about the three kids who had just left the day before on an errand for Prof. Juniper. I, myself, am no errand boy. I’m too extreme to be filling pokédexes or whatever. On the way to the lab I got a weird feeling. A feeling like I was being watched. I stopped and looked around, but all I saw were houses, bushes, and trees. All of a sudden from behind a bush a little brown pokémon jumped out. A nearby girl shrieked, “Eeeeee! A Patrat!” I had heard of Patrat, but I’d never seen one. IT.... WAS.... GLORIOUS. In a way, it reminded me of my old pal Rattata, except it stood on its hind legs and had a very extreme expression. It continued to stare and me, and the girl wouldn’t stop screaming so I had to come up with an idea quick. I started to run circles around the little guy and the Patrat just kept staring, following my movements, until it got dizzy and fell to the ground. I then threw a pokéball and caught it quite handily.

With Patrat by my side, I decided I didn’t need to see Prof. Juniper. I mean, I didn’t want to get stuck filling some ‘Dex anyway. So I decided to leave Nuvema and begin my journey. I let Patrat out of its pokéball and we started walking toward Route 1, the Route which would open up the rest of Unova and help me become top percentage.

Monday, March 14, 2011

TriCities Toy and Hobby Show Pokémon Tournaments

Next month we will be helping out the Children's Miracle Network by hosting both a TCG and DS tournament at the TriCities (Johnson City, Bristol, and Kingsport, Tennessee) Toy and Hobby show on April 16th and 17th. We're still working out the specifics, and I'll post them once I have them, check out the Toy and Hobby Show's main page if your interested.

The TCG Tournament will be held on April 16th, with registration beginning at 11am. Most likely the TCG tournament will be using Modified format rules which excludes any set older than Majestic Dawn. Anyone can enter, and there is NO registration fee outside of the $3 admission fee to get into the show. For more details on Modified TCG format simply email me at and I can forward you more indepth rules.

The DS tournament will be held April 17th with registration again opening at 11am. We will be using the newly released Pokémon Black and White for this tournament. The battles will be Flat Double Battle format. This means that all pokémon over 50 will be leveled down to 50. Additonally, double items will not be allowed (no two pokémon can hold identical items). Legendaries will also be limited, but more on that later as the rules are fleshed out over the next couple of days.

If you don't feel like competing, that shouldn't be a reason not to check us out! Our booth will also be selling pokémon cards (some as cheap as penny a piece) and you can meet with other DS trainers to battle and trade! The more the merrier!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Uploading the Gamestop Events to Unlock Zorua and Zoroark

*Due to many of us playing our new B/W copies, news feeds may be short and sweet the next couple of weeks. Also, I still need to post on last Saturday's episode of Pokémon.*

When your ready to unlock Zorua and Zoroark in Black and White, make sure you send over Shiny Entei, Raikou, and Suicune (as well as Celebi) using the Pokemon Relocator in Castelia City NOT the PokeTransfer system that is unlocked after beating the game.

If you upload them using PokeTransfer, they lose the ability to unlock Zorua and Zoroark for some reason. As these guys are the only pokemon which can use the Relocator, it's probably a method for blocking hacked events. To use the Relocator, you have to tell a man in Castelia City the phrase, "Everyone happy simple connection." This is similar to how Mystery Gift is unlocked in the other DS games. Once you do this, the Relocator will be available in the main menu. The guy is in a building on the street which exits Castelia City to the Desert. It's the first building on the left, 11th floor... he's the Scientist.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Featured Pokémon: Tangrowth

By: Aaron A.

Sticking with last month’s theme of tentacles….This month's featured Pokémon is Tangrowth. Besides, what better way to kick off March than with a Green (when the shiny is I guess) Grass Type Pokémon? This 4th gen walking ball of grass offers many different possibilities for battle, sports a wickedly cool shiny, and has a somewhat signature move that just sounds so cool!

Tangrowth has three abilities entering the 5th gen. And surprisingly all three are useful. While his new ability Regenerator (from the Black and White Dream World) offers nice combo for walling options, Chlorophyll and Leaf Guard are always useful when on a Sun team. The fifth gen also has upgrades for Tangrowth in the move deptartment as Giga drain received a nice little boost in power.

Tangrowth is the Vine Pokémon (well duh) and has long reaching arms made of vines that can be re-grown if necessary. At 6’07” this beast would not be a bush you’d want to run into. Something is familiarly haunting about Tangrowth to me though. It reminds me of one of those kindergarten letter characters gone wrong. But anyhow it does serve as a huge upgrade to its Gen 1 basic Tangela, who sadly despite his cute little shoes, is ignored. Although Tangela has decent stats, he looks in-formidable (and usually is) and thus isn't used. And by the way, I always thought those shoes were probably crocs. Just saying.

Anyhow, Tangrowth has pretty good stats, but isn't your typical “special” Pokémon. It has base 125 Defense and 110 Special Attack, which is an odd mixture. That being said, its physical attack (base 100) and HP (also base 100) provide an exciting mix of relatively high stats, giving Tangrowth flexibility. Here are some nifty move-sets for Tangrowth:

Ability: Regenerator/Leaf Guard
Item: Big Root/Leftovers
  • Synthesis/Ingrain
  • Giga Drain
  • Leech Seed
  • Block
A basic wall set. Set up Block and Leech Seed. While your opponent is stuck and slowly losing HP, you can keep your Tangrowth nice and healthy with Giga Drain and Synthesis (or Ingrain). Synthesis works better on Sun teams, but Ingrain only needs to be used once.

Another Wall…Jeez
Ability: Regenerator/Leaf Guard
Item: Big Root/Leftovers
  • Giga Drain
  • Leech Seed
  • Protect
  • Ingrain/Synthesis/Toxic
A similar wall moveset, however this doesn't require you to lock your opponent in play. Using Toxic and Leech Seed you can drain your opponent. Protect plus Leftovers can help heal the Tangrowth (and Ingrain if you choose to have it). Giga Drain is also for healing.

Special Attacker
Ability: Regenerator/Chlorophyll
Item: Wise Glasses, Life Orb
  • Focus Blast
  • Leaf Storm/Giga Drain/Energy Ball
  • Shock Wave
  • Sludge Bomb/Ancient Power/Hidden Power/Hyper Beam
This moveset is incredibly straight forward. Focus Blast covers Steel-types, Leaf Storm/Giga Drain/Energy Ball gives Tangrowth a good Grass type move. Leaf Storm is the strongest, but will cut Tangrowth's Special Attack. Energy Ball is the next strongest move, and finally Giga Drain is the weakest.. but it heals. Shock Wave covers Flying types, and will surprise a lot of people. It's also is a plus that it doesn't miss. Sludge Bomb/ Ancientpower/ Hidden Power/Hyper Beam round out the moveset, depending on what you want to run with. Sludge Bomb takes on other Grass types. Ancientpower can be used in place of Shock Wave for taking on Flying types (and Ice). Hidden Power can be any type, but a Fire type would be best. It covers Ice and Bug (which Grass is weak to), and Steel or Grass for Super-effective damage. Hyper Beam is strong, that's the sole reason to have it.

Mixed Attacker
Ability: Regenerator/Chlorophyll
Item: Wide Lens, Leftovers, Ganlon
  • Power Whip
  • Leaf Storm
  • Earthquake
  • Brick Break/Giga Impact/Poison Jab
Just a mixture of strong physical and special moves. With Leaf Storm being the only special move, the Sp.Atk drop afterward won't hurt Tangrowth's other moves.

Other Move options:
  • Grass Knot: Good for bulky guys like Groudon
  • Confusion: Despite low power, if you’re a good special attacker, this will totally surprise poison types.
  • Substitute: If only Tangrowth could get Focus Punch, with base 100 (max 404) HP he’d be perfect sub-puncher. Even so, Substitutes with 100 hp each is nice.
  • Swords Dance: Combo’d with Power Whip... very scary!
  • Tickle: Hilarious! Lowering attack and defense is nice on a purely physical Tangrowth.