Thursday, April 28, 2011

Pokémon iPod App Reviews

I've been meaning to do a tech article for quite some time now, and now that I have a little bit of free time I can. I'm sure all of us at one time have needed a Pokédex from time to time... for example, I know I've been on the road and needed to look up when certain pokémon evolve or learn moves. Hulking around huge Pokédex guides for well over 600 pokémon, however, can get to be a real pain. Well, for iPod Touch, iPhone, and potentially even iPad users, there are a wide variety of PokéDex apps which can be downloaded to your device for easy searching! I downloaded several and I'm going to review thier
versitility! Almost all of these come as a free version, so if you want to try some of these for a spin yourself, it won't cost you anything. There are also even more Dexes to choose from, however, I tested mainly ones I have heard about from other people. I also linked these to thier respective pages so that you can see screenshots of each app.


The Dex Pokémon app is a well layed out pokédex that new users can easily pick up an use. There are two versions, Free and Pro. The main difference between the two versions are the presence of ads at the bottom of the screen, however these are small and hardly a big deal. One could simply download the Free version and get the most out of the app. All pokémon up to Black and White are present, as well as thier typings, base stats, evolution chain/levels, and links to major fan sites for each pokémon. However, this app does not list levels for when pokémon get moves or have info on thier abilities. This app is more suited for players who simply are playing the game to get through it and beat thier ingame Pokédex. Players who want to breed Egg Moves, or figure out what best movesets to have on thier pokémon will have to rely on the the fansite links to give them thier information. For iPod Touch users, this means being somewhere with Wifi... which isn't readily available on long road trips.


Arguably the best PokéDex app you can get. As with the previous app, this one comes in a Free (Lite) version as well as one that you have to pay for. Unlike the previous however, I would strongly suggest buying the full version if you are a serious pokémon player ($3, which is WAY cheaper then the giant paperback PokéDex guides at retail stores). Not only does this Dex offer information on the pokémon, when they learn moves, thier egg groups, type matchups, etc.. but if you buy the full version if comes with an EV/IV tracker, an EV/IV Training Guide, and an EV Tracker. This Dex is also easy to use as you can search by Pokémon, Moves, Items, or Locations. You can even choose which game you need information for. The Dex includes seperate entries for Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, Heartgold, SoulSilver, Black and White!

Unfortunately, this Dex lacks information on when/how pokémon evolve. This really is the ONLY main problem this Dex has. The other is that there needs to be an update which lists the TM/HMs correctly for Black and White in the Item Seach (for example it lists TM 01 as Focus Punch, but that is based on D/P/Pt/HG/SS. In BW TM 01 is Hone Claws).


Potentially the best purely PokéDex based app when it comes to being visually appealing and easy to search. It's 2nd to Lukomon, however, since it's just a Dex and doesn't offer any information on items, nor does it have tools like the EV Tracker. It does do very good job of giving ample room to everything on the screen, sometimes the Lukomon Dex doesn't which causes me to somtimes press a wrong button or link. However, the main downfall of this Dex is the lack of a BW update. If your just playing Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, Heartgold, or Soulsilver only for fun however, get the free version of this Dex rather than Lukomon. You'll save money, and have pretty much everything you need outside of the tools.


After talking about several good options, it's time for the worst. Pokepedia is visually unappealing compared to other the other PokéDexes. Not only that, it suffers from horrible lag time, only goes through the Gen IV pokémon (Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum), and offers less information than other Dexes. The only thing this dex offers that others don't is some trivia about each pokémon... which is hardly worth the wait time it takes to scroll down to the pokémon you want to see. The creaters, Asobi Time, say the have other pokémon apps availible in the iTunes Store but if they are as bad as this one... I wouldn't waste my time.

Anyway, there you go. If you have any comments about these apps, or if you've found some that work great for you, let us know!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

TriCities Toy and Hobby Show '11 Tournaments

The TriCities Toy and Hobby Show to benefit the Children's Miracle Network is this weekend. The Trading Card Tournament will be held on Apr 16th with registration beginning at 11am. The tournament itself will begin around 12 and will be following Modified Format rules.

The DS Tournament will be on Apr 17th and will be on Pokémon Black and White. The registation and start times will be the same as those listed previously (11am registration, 12 begin). If you want speed things up come registration time, go ahead and fill out the Team Registration Form rather than doing it at the tournament. Also, all pokémon will be set to Lv 50 so don't worry if your pokémon aren't a high level. Everyone will be equal.

Just for participating in either tournament, players will receive a limited edition Houndoom Patch as well as several League Promos. If you participate in both, you can only get one patch BUT you can get double the promos. Pokémon Battle Revolution (and possibly Pokémon Stadium 2) will be set up for anyone wanting to battle for fun. Pokémon Battle Revolution is compatible with Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, Heartgold, and SoulSilver only and there will be special Pokémon for download to those games. Pokémon Stadium 2 is compatible with Pokémon Red, Blue, Yellow, Gold, Silver, and Crystal, however you DO NOT need a pokémon game to play Stadium 2.

Team Knockout will also be selling Pokémon Cards, Games Guides, etc.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Pokémon Global Link and Dream World Online Apr 13

Just a quick update, the Pokémon Global Link is going to go Online on April 13th! This will allow players of Pokémon Black and White to send thier pokémon to the internet. While there, players can come across pokémon with rare abilities to send back to thier games. For more information, click here. There is already a game online for unlocking special Eevee evolutions. To play this game, and unlock the special Eevee evolutions, you will need to go to Pokemon.com and sign up for an account. You can do this immediately. If you already have an account on Pokemon.com, you can just use that one. Each Eevee evolution will have an ability that it wouldn't normally have. Flareon has Guts (normally Flash Fire), Jolteon has Quick Feet (normally Volt Absorb), Vaporeon has Hydration (normally Water Absorb), Espeon has Magic Bounce (normally Synchronize), Umbreon has Inner Focus (normally Synchronize), Glaceon has Ice Body (normally Snow Cloak) and Leafeon has Chlorophyll (normally Leaf Guard).


In addition to the Dream World, the Global Link will also keep track of wins/losses in Ranked Random Matches!

Also, on April 27 a promotion will start at Toys R Us which will allow for Black and White players to download a special egg to thier games that will match Ash, Iris, and Cilan's pokémon. The egg can potentially contain either Pidove (Ash), Axew (Iris), or Pansage (Cilan). Each have max IVs in one stat. Pidove and Pansage are maxed in Special Attack, and Axew is maxed in Speed.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Not a whole lot going on...

There isn't a whole lot going on in the Pokémon Community at the moment... most people are just playing thier games. The Dream World feature which was supposed to open on March 30th has been delayed due to the recent events in Japan. It's still unclear when it will open up.
In the Organized Play front, big card tournaments are coming up, but there is still no word on when/where the Video Game Championships are being held. If your interested in when the card tournaments are being held, the dates are in the "Upcoming Events" list on the right. To find a location close to you, check Pokemon.com.

I have a couple articles I need to post myself relating to EV training in Unova, the Featured Pokémon for April, etc which I will try to get posted this week. I'm currently working on building a Double Battle team for this years VGC (whenever it may be) so I haven't got a chance to write them yet. Just keep checking back this week.