Today’s Pokémon news: battles now live for the latest battle competition for Pokémon Sun and Moon, but also…
- Tsunekazu Ishihara
- Pokémon GO
- Egg distribution (Japan)
- Bottle cap distribution (UK)
- Pokémon Sun and Moon (anime series)
Pokémon Sun and Moon – Battle Competition
Today, battles for the third Battle Competition for Pokémon Sun and Moon went live. Here’s everything you need to know about the 2017 International Challenge – February:
- Format: Double Battle, 3 Pokémon per battle;
- Rules: same rules and regulations as Pokémon Video Game Championship Series events;
- Pokémon restrictions: only Pokémon from the Alolan Pokédex, with the exception of Zygarde, Cosmog, Cosmoem, Solgaleo, Lunala, Necrozma, and Magearna;
- Item restrictions: all items allowed except Mega Stone. Two Pokémon cannot be holding the same Hold Item;
- Level: 1 to 100, but level capped to 50 during battles
- Registration: February 16th to February 23rd. Participant limit: 50 000
- Battles: February 24th to February 26th, with a limit of 15 battles/player and /day;
- Results: announced sometime in March;
- Participation gift (must complete at least 3 battles): Mawilite Mega Stone and a Beedrillite Mega Stone, Championship Points (that go towards an invitation to the 2017 Pokémon Video Game World Championships in August).
In an interview with Toyokeizai, Tsunekazu Ishihara (President of The Pokémon Company) shared a few words about the Nintendo Switch. He mentions how mainline Pokémon games have always been on handhelds, due to battle and trading with friends in real life, something the Pokémon series has always been pushing for.
But the Nintendo Switch is different, it’s a home console you can take with you on the go, so it has a bigger screen and higher specs than what they were used to before. Therefore, they will have to change the way they are developing mainline Pokémon games.
As for spin-offs, he mentions games like Pokkén Tournament and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon, and he think they should make games that suit the Nintendo Switch from among those games. Naturally, he cannot say anything about ongoing projects, but there’s no doubt we will be hearing about them in the near future…
Here’s a picture of the Party Hat Pikachu, that will begin appearing in Pokémon GO from this Sunday.
— ポケモン公式ツイッター (@Pokemon_cojp) February 24, 2017
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Pokémon Sun and Moon – Egg distribution (Japan)
A few days ago, we learned that there would soon be a special egg distribution in Japan, allowing you to get an egg for Mareanie, Drampa, Turtonator, Goomy, Passimian, or Oranguru. We now know that this distribution will take place at Pokémon Centre stores across the country, from March 18th to April 9th.
The list of distributions for Pokémon Sun and Moon has been updated!
Pokémon Sun and Moon – Bottle cap distribution (UK)
A quick reminder for fans living in the United Kingdom: the Bottle cap distribution ends on February 28th (Tuesday), so make sure to head to a GAME store before it’s too late. You have until May 13th to redeem your code.
Click here for details about other countries!
Pokémon Sun and Moon (anime series)
Here’s the preview for the next episode of the Pokémon Sun and Moon anime series, airing on March 2nd in Japan: