PokéNews (February 21): Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX / Pokémon Home

Today’s Pokémon news: latest videos for Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX, but also…

  • Pokémon Home
  • Pokémon Sword and Shield
  • Pokémon GO
  • Pokémon Masters
  • Pokémon TCG

Pokémon Home

The Pokémon Company have announced that Pokémon Home will undergo maintenance next week (check out this page for more details). They will use it to fix a bug that caused Pokémon transferred from Pokémon Bank to lose their Hyper Training data when transferred to Pokémon Home.

If one or several of your Pokémon were impacted by this glitch (that occured until February 12th), then you can get the Hyper Training data back by depositing your Pokémon back into a Pokémon Home box before the maintenance occurs.

Source: The Pokémon Company

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX

Here’s the latest set of videos for Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX, with:

  • another overview trailer in Japanese
  • two TV Commercials from Japan

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX (Switch) comes out on March 6th.

Pokémon Sword and Shield

Ranked Battles

The Pokémon Company have revealed the rules for Series of Ranked Battles in Pokémon Sword and Shield, which will be live from March 1st to April 30th. Here’s all you need to know:

  • Pokémon: National Pokédex only. Must be available in Pokémon Sword and Shield (catch, hatch, etc.) or transferred via Pokémon Home
  • Pokémon banned: Mewtwo, Mew, Celebi, Jirachi, Cobalion, Terrakion, Virizion, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem, Keldeo, Cosmog, Cosmoem, Solgaleo, Lunala, Necrozma, Marshadow, Zeraora, Meltan, Melmetal, Zacian, Zamazenta, and Eternatus
  • Gigantamax restrictions: Charizard, Butterfree, Pikachu, Meowth, Kingler, Lapras Eevee, Snorlax, Corviknight, Orbeetle, Drednaw, Coalossal, Flapple, Appletun, Sandaconda, Toxtricity, Centiskorch, Hatterene, Grimmsnarl, Alcremie are all allowed
  • Team: 3 Pokémon out of 6 for Singles, and 4 Pokémon out of 6 for Doubles
  • Level: 50 (lowered if above that)

Source: Serebii

2020 International Challenge February

Heads up for players interested in participating in the 202 International Challenge February: registrations are now live until February 28th. Here’s a picture of the Poké Ball Guy t-shirt you can get by participating:

Source: The Pokémon Company (Twitter)

Pokémon GO

Safari Zone – Philadelphia

The Safari Zone event in Philadelphia will take place from May 8th to May 10th. Tickets for it will go on sale in-app on February 24th, and will cost $12 (general admission) / $18 (early access). A City Explorer Pass will also be sold separately ($8), and will offer the following benefits:

  • 10 City Explorer Raids on a 72-hour timer will take place at iconic city locations that will be chosen in partnership with the City of Philadelphia. These raids will be accessible only by City Explorers. With varying levels of difficulty and a wide variety of Pokémon to battle, these raids will offer challenges that City Explorers of all levels can enjoy! Access to these raids will be included in the City Explorer Pass—no Premium Battle Passes needed.
    • Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres will be available in three five-star City Explorer Raids.
    • Braviary, the Evolution of Safari Zone Philadelphia’s featured Pokémon Rufflet, will be available in a two-star raid.
    • The Legendary Pokémon and EX Raid Pokémon that are available in general while the Safari Zone is running will be appearing in two five-star raids.
    • The other four City Explorer Raids will feature one Raid Battle each from each level of difficulty from one star to four star.
  • 1/2 Hatch Distance when Eggs are placed into Incubators within the city.
  • Exclusive Field Research tasks will be granted by PokéStops throughout the city.
  • Regular Lure Modules will last four hours if placed by City Explorers within the city. All Trainers will benefit from those four-hour Lure Modules, not just City Explorers.
  • One-hour Incense duration within the city.

Check out this page for more details about the event!

Go Battle League

Niantic have announced that on February 22nd, players can get two Sinnoh Stones every time they complete a set of regular or premium GO Battle League battles, even if they happen to lose them.

Source: Niantic (Twitter)

Pokémon Masters

Here’s a video for the Steven & Metagross Sync Pair, which is currently available in Pokémon Masters:

Pokémon TCG

Rebellious Clash

The next expansion for the Pokémon Sword and Shield Trading Card Game has been announced: it’s called Rebellious Clash, and it will be released on March 6th in Japan. Here’s some pictures:

Source: 4Gamer

Rebel Clash

In Europe and North America, the next set for the Pokémon Sword and Shield Trading Card Game is called Rebel Clash, and it comes out on May 1st. It will be available in the following formats:

  • booster packs
  • theme decks
  • Elite Trainer Boxes
  • special collections

Here’s some of the cards included in this expansion:

  • 16 Pokémon V such as Toxtricity V, Dubwool V, Boltund V, and Sandaconda V—plus 14 full-art Pokémon V
  • Seven Pokémon VMAX, including the final Evolutions of the first partner Pokémon of Galar, as well as Copperajah VMAX and Dragapult VMAX
  • More than 15 Trainer cards and four full-art Supporter cards
  • Four new Special Energy cards

Naturally, all those cards will be added to the Pokémon Trading Card Game Card Dex app when the expansion launches.

Here’s some pictures:

Source: The Pokémon Company PR


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