Pokemon Black/White 2 Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Pokemon Black/White 2 RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Get Ready for Unova Pokemon in New Pokemon GO Update https://www.gameskinny.com/7tvl1/get-ready-for-unova-pokemon-in-new-pokemon-go-update https://www.gameskinny.com/7tvl1/get-ready-for-unova-pokemon-in-new-pokemon-go-update Mon, 16 Sep 2019 11:19:55 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Niantic and The Pokemon Company announced that Pokemon from Generation V — Black and White, then Black 2 and White 2 — will be appearing in Pokemon GO later today.

As with previous generation rollouts in Pokemon GO, the entire Unova Pokedex won't be available all at once. However, there's still a wide variety of Unova critters coming.

Here are the 'mon we'll be seeing soon:

  • Snivy
  • Tepig
  • Oshawott
  • Blitzle
  • Patrat
  • Lillipup
  • Purrloin
  • Pidove
  • Drillbur
  • Foongus
  • Litwick
  • Ferrosseed
  • Klink
  • Deino
  • Golett

Of these, Lillipup, Patrat, and Klink will be available in raids, and raids are the only way to encounter Klink in the wild. There's also a chance of encountering Shiny Lillipup and Shiny Patrat.

There are other ways of nabbing some of these Pokemon, though: Eggs.

  • 2km Eggs: Patrat, Lillipup, Purrloin, Pidove
  • 5km Eggs: Snivy, Tepig, Oshawott, Blitzle, Foongus, Drillbur
  • 10km Eggs: Klink, Ferroseed, Litwick, Deino, Golett

The official Pokemon GO Twitter account also dropped a new trailer showing some of these 'mon in action.

Naturally, players can evolve these Pokemon as well, though some, like Litwick's first evolution, Lampent, will need the new Unova stone to reach their final forms. This special evolutionary stone can only be acquired through research breakthroughs.

Note, too, that the Elemental monkeys and two others are region-specific.

  • Pansage the Grass-type is exclusive to the Asia-Pacific region
  • Pansear the Fire-type is exclusive to Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and India
  • Panpour the Water-type is exclusive to Greenland and the Americas
  • Durant the Steel/Bug-type is exclusive to the Eastern Hemisphere
  • Heatmor the Fire-type is exclusive to the Western Hemisphere

Usually, region-exclusive Pokemon get shuffled around over set periods of time, so while there's no indication the above Pokemon will be in other regions at any point, it's always possible.

Niantic promised even more Unova Pokemon over the coming months, so rest easy: everyone's favorite trash bag will probably be coming soon.

Why Does Game Freak Keep Making Mid-Gen Expansions? https://www.gameskinny.com/qbns3/why-does-game-freak-keep-making-mid-gen-expansions https://www.gameskinny.com/qbns3/why-does-game-freak-keep-making-mid-gen-expansions Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:14:41 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Pokemon is one of the most recognizable franchises in gaming and pop culture. The series rocketed to fame almost instantly upon release in Japan and in the West, taking developers and consumers by surprise, and it's still going strong 20 years later. With all that success, one might be forgiven for thinking that Game Freak is tempted to abuse the franchise, and many often point to the mid-gen expansions like Pokemon Crystal and Pokemon Platinum as proof of that. These expansions don't always offer drastic changes to the formula, it's true. However, they serve several important purposes, from being a testing ground for developers to giving fans what they want, while offering the definitive version of that generation for newcomers as well.

In the Beginning...

The first three generations saw expansions that didn't add much in the way of content, but provided just enough to help encourage players to dip back into the franchise.

Of all the expansions, Pokemon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition is the easiest one to point at and say "cash grab." Its main purpose for existing was for the developers to tie the game franchise more closely with the anime series that was blossoming nicely at the time. Your first Pokemon had to be Pikachu, Jessie and James (and Meowth) took the place of a few key Team Rocket battles, and you could obtain all three starters over the course of the game. Otherwise, apart from being colorized, there wasn't much difference between it and its predecessors.

But Game Freak made it difficult to easily pass off the game by making it so good. It was the perfect way to capture new fans who had seen the show but not played the games, and the fanservice was moderate enough to keep from harming the overall package and just enough to make it worthwhile. The challenge of having to use Pikachu required players to develop new strategies, and it introduced an important mechanic that still plays a role in the series as well, the friendship mechanic. Despite not offering a whole lot of new content, Yellow is almost always at the top of the 3DS eShop sales list.

Pokemon Crystal was a bit more conservative, though it did introduce battle animations for sprites and the option to choose gender. It experimented with story additions and laid the foundations for the Battle Frontier later too. There wasn't quite as much to justify returning to Johto, yet fans hold it in high regard as the definitive Gen II experience. Like Yellow, it offers just enough to entice owners of the original two and makes for an even smoother entry for newcomers, even if it's a bit sparing as far as expansions go.

Changes Afoot

Pokemon Emerald was the true gem of the first three expansions, though. It was the first to add significant changes to the story and tweak the gameworld enough to make returning interesting, switching around some key character roles and adding a wealth of new features, including the fan-favorite Battle Frontier. The story changes were the most significant, though, combining the plots from Ruby and Sapphire and giving you an actual reason to catch all three of Hoenn's legendary Pokemon, while refining the overall experience.

Despite being widely criticized for not radically changing the series, these seemingly minor alterations fit in with the studio's vision for the series. For example, the developers wanted to add more unique challenges, but the Frontier was deemed too difficult for Ruby and Sapphire, so it was left out. Like the others, the level of investment on the player's part depends entirely on how much they enjoyed the originals, but also like the others, most fans consider Emerald the pinnacle of its generation.

Expanding the Expansions

From the 4th generation onward, the series brought with it a wide variety of changes as it gained a more secure footing in the industry. The expansions were no different, as Game Freak added a number of changes to entice players back for more.

Generation IV's expansion brought with it more significant changes. Pokemon Platinum followed Emerald's footsteps and revamped the story, giving both legendary Pokemon new roles and making them central to the plot. It wasn't a gripping plot like you'd expect from a Final Fantasy game, of course, but it went a long way in creating a more coherent world and giving concrete motivations to the villains therein. Here is where Game Freak started using expansions to fit their overall goals for the series as well. They improved and expanded the role of Wi-Fi, which served the dual purpose of making the games perfect for the competitive scene and making it easier for people to connect over their shared interest in the series.

Sinnoh itself was changed a fair bit, more so than in previous expansions, with aesthetic changes throughout, redesigned gyms and updated gym rosters, and, even more importantly, a streamlined battle system. Gone was the lag between actions and their effects from Diamond and Pearl, with everything functioning much more smoothly overall. The Battle Frontier was greatly expanded too, providing even more incentive to play after finishing the main campaign, along with the ability to face off against major figures again in tournaments. Little wonder, then, that Generation IV was the best-selling generation in the series.

New Territory

The series stumbled a bit with Generation V. Black and White divided some with its too-linear progression through Unova, unique design choices, and stilted storyline (ethics are good, but a series where you imprison innocent creatures and force them to fight isn't really the best platform for an ethical message). Black 2 and White 2 aimed to fix those issues and add even more. Game Freak's chief goal with these was twofold: to defy players' expectations by not making a Grey version and to expand the world of Unova in ways they didn't have a chance to for the previous entries, hence the choice for a direct sequel. Junichi Masuda, the games' director, said he wanted to create a world that had changed in the two years since the original games to help give players a sense of that progression and make it seem new again.

Unova received a completely new makeover, and the way players moved about it changed a good bit as well, along with alterations to gym rosters and the ability to create a varied lineup early on in the story. The story received a good bit of flak for returning to the old gangsters-versus-child line but managed to still add something unique to the plot with the divisions in Team Plasma. One of the biggest changes Masuda was excited about was Pokewood, since it gave players an opportunity to engage in something similar to a puzzle challenge the more they progressed with their films. None of it was the huge shakeup of the franchise many called for, but the developers listened to their fans and gave them what they wanted.

The Red-Headed Stepchild

Then there was Generation VI with Pokemon X and Pokemon Y. Both received high praise in reviews and disappeared from shelves much faster than other installments for a variety of reasons, not least of which was the jump to full 3D models. They built on some of what made the Black and White sequels successful, but a cursory look through fan communities is enough to tell you that people wanted more. "Kalos was underdeveloped, the plot needed more to it, and the constant presence of the player's posse stole the thrill of adventure and exploration" is how the most common complaints usually go.

And it's true. For such a major milestone in the series in terms of presentation, the gameworld, and the sheer number of available Pokemon, there should have been follow-ups to help tie it all together in a definitive package. For example, as goofy as Team Flare is, and Y took the series' storytelling in a more serious direction. There's plenty of material for an expansion or alternate timeline to help make that story more potent. As intrusive as Shauna and the gang could be, expansions would have provided the chance to give them more of a real place in the game, either through battles or significance to the plot. But fans wanted remakes of Ruby and Sapphire. So that's what they got, with some minor tie-ins to X and Y, leaving Kalos a slightly odd, lonely addition to the Pokemon world.

Critical Reception

Critical reception of these expansions tends to be mixed. They always receive high scores, with the exception of a couple here and there for the Black and White sequels, but the primary complaint remains the same: there isn't anything new to make playing them worthwhile. Some argue that the expansions come too soon on the heels of the originals, as with Black 2 and White 2, not giving players enough time to really want to come back. Even those that rate highly will sometimes deride the expansions for not really adding anything drastic to the overall experience.

But these criticisms miss a few important points. After Gold and Silver, it was widely believed that the "Pokemon fad" was dead, making the development of Ruby and Sapphire a very stressful experience. Preserving what made the series successful to begin with became very important, to keep from alienating fans and creating a sharp divide between those who played older Pokemon games and newcomers. (And given what happened with what I call the Sonic Effect, where Sega strayed from the series' foundations with each new entry, that surely wasn't a bad decision.)

Game Freak used expansions as a way to add in extra ideas that might not have gone over well for the base installments -- either by adding too much content or straying from the core experience -- and it's a way for Game Freak to train newer members of the development team while veteran developers work on projects with higher stakes attached. Most importantly, though, it's a bit unfair to judge expansions for not radically altering the franchise when that isn't their goal to begin with. It's like complaining that vanilla ice cream isn't chocolate when it never tried to be anyway.

The New Kids on the Block

Fast forward to 2017, and there's another set of proper expansions contending for players' time and money: Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. After the major changes that were the original Sun and Moon, these seem set to be more in line with Black 2 and White 2, providing some alterations in world structure, different Pokemon, and a much meatier plot. Many fans complained about how restricted Alola seemed, and like with Kalos, it's not hard to see why.

Sun and Moon made big promises with story and the world itself, and despite the finished products being worthwhile themselves, they leave the player wanting more -- more to do with these new Pokemon, more to see and explore other than just another quest to catch some additional legendary Pokemon. Many of these complaints addressed problems Game Freak believed existed anyway but just didn't have the time to address.

Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon are set to provide fans everything they wanted, but most think it's too much, too soon. Fan communities are echoing the critics of yesteryear and saying there isn't enough to justify purchasing new games only a year after Sun and Moon released. In all fairness, The Pokemon Company hasn't done much to help market the games either. Sun and Moon were almost over-marketed, being featured at the 2016 E3 show and with countless little info drops that practically spoiled the games anyway. It's a shame, really. The new entries are set to strike a perfect balance between the major changes of Sun and Moon and the more conservative alterations of the previous expansions, with a heaping helping of new content on top.

The Verdict

Even though they don't always add loads of new content, there's more than enough to draw fans back in, and the fact that the expansions are always as well made as the originals makes them worthy as standalone entries anyway. Yet it's easier for those who miss a generation to value the mid-gen expansions, since money isn't as much of a question and almost everyone recommends Emerald or Black 2 over their respective predecessors. In the end, however useful and practical they are, it's down to the individual consumer to make the choice.

What do you think about Game Freak's mid-gen expansions? Love 'em? Hate 'em? Let us know in the comments.

How to Transfer Your Pokemon to Sun and Moon (From GBA to 3DS) https://www.gameskinny.com/326ef/how-to-transfer-your-pokemon-to-sun-and-moon-from-gba-to-3ds https://www.gameskinny.com/326ef/how-to-transfer-your-pokemon-to-sun-and-moon-from-gba-to-3ds Tue, 15 Nov 2016 07:58:39 -0500 David Fisher

Whether you're a veteran Pokemon Champion from the days of Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow or just arriving in Alola fresh from beating the Kalos Pokemon League, chances are you've wondered about how you can get your favorite Pokemon over to the newest Pokemon games.

Thankfully, it's almost as easily said as done! With Pokemon Bank, players will be able to take the entirety of their Pokemon adventure in X and Y, as well as Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire to Sun and Moon!

But what if you wanted to bring them from much farther back? Not Black and White old. We're talking Red, Blue, and Yellow or Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald old. Well look no further! This guide will show you how to get your pals from the old GBA games all the way up the Chain of Generations to Pokemon Sun and Moon.

Let's get started, shall we?

Note: Bringing any Pokemon to Pokemon Sun and Moon through Pokemon Bank requires a Pokemon Bank subscription.

EDIT (11/15/2016): It should also be noted that transferring Pokemon from any title to Sun and Moon requires the update to Pokemon Bank that is coming out in January of 2017.

EDIT: (11/18/2016): Red, Blue and Yellow VC titles can only use the Poke Transporter app after the January update as well.

From Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow

Now, before anyone gets all excited about bringing their Pokemon over from their old GameBoy cartridges, I should note that the only way to do this is using the Virtual Console versions of Red, Blue and Yellow. There are methods of bringing over saves from the original cartridges by using illegal cheating and modding software, but it also requires a lot of technical know-how and can potentially ruin or invalidate your game in terms of Pokemon Bank usage.

To transfer Pokemon from Red, Blue or Yellow's Virtual Console port, simply complete the following steps:

  1. Save your Pokemon Red, Blue, or Yellow progress inside of a Pokemon Center.
  2. Download the Poke Transporter app from the Nintendo eShop.
  3. Open Poke Transporter and select the game you would like to transfer from.
  4. Move the desired boxes from Red, Blue, or Yellow into Pokemon Bank.

Simple as that! Enjoy having your Generation I team in Pokemon Sun and Moon!

Remember: Any Pokemon transferred from Red, Blue and Yellow will be permanently transferred over. They cannot be brought back to their original games after the transfer has been completed.

The Journey from Gen III to Gen VII

Before we begin: Note that just like Red, Blue and Yellow, all Pokemon transferred into the next generation cannot be returned to their original game.

Whether you're a dedicated fan who has stuck it out since the GBA era, or coming back to Pokemon after a multi-generational break, chances are you're wondering if you can still bring your Generation III Pokemon over to Sun and Moon or even just to X, Y, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. Well, there's good news and bad news.

The bad news is that unless you have at least 1 game from each generation between then and now your Pokemon are stranded in the past. The good news is that it's still entirely possible so long as you have access to a Nintendo DS and a friend who has each generation - regardless of whose save data is on them.

Here's how it works...

From Gen III to Gen IV

Depending on which Generation IV title you have, the process is slightly different. There is some common ground in both though. First of all, the player must have completed the Pokemon League. Second, the National Pokedex must be obtained. This is done in Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum by seeing all Pokemon in the Sinnoh Pokedex. In Heart Gold and Soul Silver all you need to do is go to Kanto for the first time.

Once that is completed, complete the following steps:

  1. Ensure that your Pokemon in Emerald, Ruby, Sapphire, Fire Red or Leaf Green are in the PC.
  2. Travel to Pal Park (Route 221 in D/P/Pt or Fuchsia City in HG/SS) and save your game, then turn the DS off.
  3. Ensure that the Generation III game of your choice is slotted into the GBA slot of the DS.
  4. Open your Generation IV title and go to the main menu.
  5. Select "Import from " in the main menu where " is the title you inserted.
  6. Enter the Catching Show at Pal Park and capture the Pokemon you migrated over from Generation III.

And you're done! Remember, unless you're using Pokemon Heart Gold or Soul Silver you can only do this once per day. However, you can manipulate the Nintendo DS's clock by forwarding it 1 day to allow you to transfer more Pokemon in Platinum, Diamond, or Pearl.

Now for the next step!

From Gen IV to Gen V

Pokemon's Generation V series consists of Pokemon Black, White, Black 2, and White 2. Regardless of which one you have access to, the process is much more simple than it was from Gen III to IV. However, you will require 2 DS or 3DS systems to do this.

You also still need to complete the game, and obtain the National Pokedex by rather defeating Getsis in Black and White, or entering the Hall of Fame in Black 2 and White 2.

The steps are as follows:

  1. Place the Pokemon you want to transfer from Gen IV into the PC.
  2. Travel to the Poke Transfer Lab on Route 15 in your Generation V game (Black, White, Black 2, White 2).
  3. Start the Poke Transfer System.
  4. Open up your other DS system and select "Download Play" on the Home Menu.
  5. Download the app that appears, and in it select the 6 Pokemon from the Generation IV title that you want to send.
  6. Back in the Generation V title, play the minigame in which you capture Pokemon using a slingshot. Any uncaptured Pokemon will be sent back to the Gen IV title, and there is no limit as to how many times you can try to catch them.

And done! Now all that's left is one last step and your Pokemon will be available in Sun and Moon in January!

From Generation V to Generation VI and VII

This step is by far the easiest in the journey from Generation III to the modern age. To do this, all you need to do is open Pokemon Bank, download the Poke Transporter app, and then transfer your Pokemon box-by-box into the new game.

If you don't want a Pokemon Bank subscription, but you know someone who has one, you can use your friend's Pokemon Bank to transfer the Pokemon to your new game -- provided that you have a physical copy of Sun or Moon.

Remember, this is a one-way transfer just like any of the other steps, so you will never be able to reclaim these Pokemon in their original games.

After this is done, any Pokemon in your Pokemon Bank account will be ready for transport to Sun and Moon!

From Pokemon X, Y, Omega Ruby, or Alpha Sapphire

Last but not least, Pokemon X, Y, Omega Ruby, and Alpha Sapphire are all quite simple in terms of bringing Pokemon over to Sun and Moon. All that is required is a Pokemon Bank subscription, and a physical or digital copy of the games.

Just insert the cartridge into your 3DS (or have the digital copy downloaded) and open Pokemon Bank. Transfer your Pokemon over, and you're done!

That's it folks!

A final reminder to everyone that while you can still use all these methods to bring your Pokemon from Generation III to Generation VI right now, you will not be able to use them in Pokemon Sun and Moon until the update to Pokemon Bank hits in January. In the meantime, the process can still be used ahead of time in order to have your Pokemon eager to rejoin you in the Alola region.

Have fun, Pokemon Trainers, and enjoy having your old pals in your new adventures!

15 Awesome Pokemon cosplays https://www.gameskinny.com/new56/15-awesome-pokemon-cosplays https://www.gameskinny.com/new56/15-awesome-pokemon-cosplays Fri, 03 Jul 2015 02:30:02 -0400 SwordandSorcery


Fairy Beautiful (Gym Leader Valerie) by TashaLeeArtistry

Photography by Robert Velasco

This Valerie cosplay by TashaLeeArtistry is another great example of a fictional Pokémon character come to life. The wing-like sleeves are almost perfect!






Calem by KyoudaiCosband

Photography by Trisha

This Calem cosplay is so spot on, that if I did not know any better I would say that Pokémon characters have started climbing out of the game cartridge and into the real world. One can certainly dream...but, admittedly, we should be careful what we wish for.


Champion Iris by DeLore Cosplay


While Champion Iris may look a bit childish and even goofy in her fancy Champion outfit, DeLore Cosplay manages to take this character and make her look mature and beautiful.




Cynthia by Jamberrii

Photography by Nudelsieb

This interpretation of Cynthia from generation IV is as accurate as they come. The hair, ornaments and clothing, even the expression on Jamberrii's face seem especially fitting.


Team Aqua Salute by ClumsyClueless


Though I would definitely be afraid if Team Aqua were real (I am not sure how they cannot see that creating more ocean might just kill people and Pokémon or leave them stranded and homeless), this cosplay is faithful to the original Ruby and Sapphire versions of the Team's grunts. The cosplayer even chose an excellent location to shoot the picture!


Bellossom by Yû Cosplay


If this cosplay does not evoke thoughts of Bellossom, the sun-summoning, dancing Pokémon evolution of Gloom, then I do not know what will. The dress is accurately reminiscent of leaves, and though Bellossom does not appear to have hair, the green wig fits with the interpretation.


Gold (and Silver) from Pokemon by slightlysalted and GunBlazeEx


Though I am not sure Gold and Silver are still named "Gold and Silver" in the HeartGold and SoulSilver remakes of the original gen II games, this cosplay is extremely faithful to the new versions of these characters, and even references the Pokémon Adventures manga, given the Pokémon he is holding is a Totodile.






Legendary Birds by karebare89, Chibi_Mony, and chikade


Those wings are pure awesome. Not only did they probably take hours to make, they are also so fitting for the three birds of Pokémon legend.




Vaporeon Gijinka Cosplay by usagiyuu


This Vaporeon Gijinka cosplay is pretty minimalist, but it works well. The cosplayer, usagiyuu, tries to imitate the appearance of a tail with the end of the dress, and I think it is appropriate given that this is a humanoid version.


Shiny Gyarados by CosmosFox Cosplay


I know, I know, there is already a Gyarados cosplay in here. But this was such a strikingly different take on the Pokémon from what I originally chose to showcase. The cosplay is so beautiful I almost forget what a foul temper Gyarados has...


Samurai Gyarados by starryeyedq


This take on Gyarados is something I have not seen elsewhere in Pokémon cosplay. I do not think I could have imagined Gyarados as a samurai before this, but starryeyedq pulls off the samurai look brilliantly.


Fury Cutter (Scyther) by TerminaCosplay

Photography by VordigonPhotography

This cosplay is pretty incredible! The wings on the costume look surprisingly realistic, and the scythe weapons are detailed. 



Photography by Remy
Comparison image, James and Victreebel, by Orne-Phantom

This might not be directly from a Pokémon game, but this is so perfect that I just had to include it. This started a bit of a running gag in the Pokémon Anime that James' grass-type Pokémon would always bite or attack him when coming out of the Pokéball, to comedic effect, but presumably as a form of affection. Obviously some of us still cannot get over it.




Team Rocket Grunt Cosplay by pokey93


The addition of the exclamation points over the cosplayers' heads makes this cosplay pretty amusing, and more true to the games given that is the way a Team Rocket grunt will initially respond to your presence most of the time. Just do not make eye contact...


Zubat by TwinklebatCosplay

Photography by Maboroshi

Did you seriously think you would get away without being ambushed by a Zubat? Wild Zubat jokes aside, this Gijinka (in short, an animal in human form, or anthropomorphized) cosplay captures Zubat excellently.


Pokémon fans range from young children to full fledged adults, and among them are cosplayers of all kinds who visit conventions in their incredible costumes.


Here are a few awesome Pokémon cosplays worth taking a look at:

How to catch shiny Pokemon in XY/ORAS https://www.gameskinny.com/ia2j7/how-to-catch-shiny-pokemon-in-xyoras https://www.gameskinny.com/ia2j7/how-to-catch-shiny-pokemon-in-xyoras Wed, 10 Jun 2015 07:22:37 -0400 Michael Slevin

Ever wanted that awesome looking black Charizard? Or maybe a purple Vaporeon? Whatever your favorite Pokémon is, there is an alternate colored version of it called a shiny.

A lot of people know about shiny Pokemon, but many do not know how to obtain them. This guide is here to give you three methods to catch shiny Pokémon. I have used each of these, and they have all worked for me.

Chain Fishing

This method has had a pretty great rate of success for me. What you will need is as follows:

  • Old Rod, Good Rod, or Super Rod (depending on which Pokémon you are trying to catch)
  • A Pokémon with the Suction Cups or Sticky Hold ability. A Pokémon with one of these abilities should lead your party, as both abilities ensure that you will always get a bite using your fishing rod. Some Pokémon who have these abilities include Octillery, Inkay, Malamar Lileep, and Cradiliy.

Find a fishing spot that is surrounded by rocks and is blocked off. This gives you a better success rate, and traps the Pokemon in.

Now that you have all of your tools, you are ready. What you need to do is just keep fishing. This process works by simply encountering Pokémon; you do not need to battle them, simply continue to hook Pokémon on your fishing rod, and run from the battle. Continue to do this and you have a shot at catching a shiny. 

A warning: do not move from your spot while you are trying to chain fish. If you move your character at all you will break your chain. Just stay still and make sure you hit A when you get a bite. 

Masuda Method

This one is fairly straight-forward and is named after Junichi Masuda, who first programmed the method into Pokémon Diamond and Pearl.

You breed 2 Pokémon who are from different countries, and it increases the chance of breeding a shiny. An example is breeding a Japanese male Eevee with an American female Eevee. This would give you a better chance of breeding a shiny Eevee, as opposed to just breeding two American Eevee or two Japanese Eevee. 

Masuda Method will give you a 1 in 1366 chance of hatching a shiny, which is obviously still rare. The upside to Masuda Method is that you can choose almost any Pokémon you want to try to hatch. In that sense, it is better than Chain Fishing, which limits you to catching only Pokémon able to be caught while fishing. 

Shiny Charm

This is by far the most difficult method, but it will increase your chance of catching and hatching shiny Pokémon. By completing the Pokédex in both XY and ORAS, you receive the Shiny Charm from the game's professor. This increases your chance of catching a shiny in the wild or hatching one.

(Image from Gamefaqs)

These are my three tips for catching shiny Pokemon. I hope they helped, and happy hunting.  

Which Pokemon game is the best? https://www.gameskinny.com/ba372/which-pokemon-game-is-the-best https://www.gameskinny.com/ba372/which-pokemon-game-is-the-best Wed, 13 May 2015 17:00:10 -0400 Alex Crissey


My verdict: FireRed and LeafGreen are the best Pokemon games


I came very close to picking X&Y. They're great, modern versions of a game that keeps on going, and if I had to recommend one to someone new to the series, it would be that pair. 


But there are a few too many flaws in those games for them to be the best. No one plays Pokemon games for the difficulty, but there should at least be some challenge. FireRed and LeafGreen offer that, plus the classic story, Pokemon, and scenes. They're not my personal favorites--that would be Gold and Silver, which are amazing, but a little archaic to be considered the very best, like no one ever was... except FireRed and LeafGreen. These are the games that blend the classic story with modern mechanics, and they're the best the series has to offer.

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

Why they're the best:


Ruby and Sapphire were already great games; bring in 3D graphics and X&Y mechanics and they become even better. That means you get the great music, region, and evil team story, but with 3D battling, diagonal running, and all the advancements that have been made since 2003. Plus, they add an excellent postgame story centered around Rayquaza.


Why they're not:


First of all, these names keep making less and less sense. Second of all, they're great games, but like HeartGold and SoulSilver, it's not clear that we really need these remakes. And they're really easy. Sense a trend here? The games keep getting easier and easier; you'll have to try hard to lose even once in these games. The games also inexplicably leave out certain X&Y innovations, such as the customizable characters. They offer online play now, but when that's gone, we'll be left with just a shinier version of a game that was already great.




And the winner is...

Pokemon X&Y

Why they're the best:


This is the game where Pokemon, for the first time, took a giant step forward instead of a gradual one. This game introduced THREE DEE graphics, diagonal running (finally!), roller blading, customizable characters, and mega evolution. The gyms are great, the region is beautiful, and it's great to see all the old favorites (and some new ones) in 3D. The games also boast fantastic online play. This is the Pokemon series' Ocarina of Time or Metroid Prime; the game that made a bold, fantastic transition into the next dimension.


Why they're not:


Great as these games are, there are a couple of things that hold them back. First of all, they're incredibly easy, even more so than Black and White. That goes double if you use the experience share. The Elite 4 still has four Pokemon apiece and remains a cakewalk. All in all, it feels more like a kid's game than any preceding it, difficulty-wise.

Pokemon Black 2 & White 2

Why they're the best:


The first direct sequels in the series' history re-explore the Unova region several years into the future, which hearkens back to the second half of Gold and Silver and is interesting to revisit. The game also brings back the Pokemon of generations past, something the originals were sorely lacking. And for those looking for a challenge, these games offer the series' only challenge mode, which ramps up the entire game's difficulty.


Why they're not:


Can a direct sequel really be the best Pokemon game ever? The idea works better as the second half of a game, such as Gold and Silver, than it does as a standalone game. Plus, they bring back many of the flaws of the original Black and White, such as pixellated Pokemon and easy Elite 4. These games are basically a glorified third version for Black and White a la Crystal or Yellow, which is an interesting idea, but doesn't make for the best Pokemon game ever. 

Pokemon Black and White

Why they're the best:


This is when Pokemon really started to go for impressive visuals. The seasons change in this one, the gyms are memorable, and there are huge bridges everywhere. It has the makings of a good story line (albeit with a somewhat underwhelming resolution), and solid post game content.


Why they're not:


Full disclosure: this is my least favorite pair of Pokemon games. That basically comes down to two things for me: the lack of the old Pokemon, and how incredibly easy this game is. One constant as the series has evolved is that the games have gotten better looking, but the Pokemon designs have gotten worse and worse. By excluding the old favorites, not only do they leave out plenty of people's favorite Pokemon, but they give a bigger stage to their worst designs yet. And the game is really easy. Like too easy. The levels are low, the TMs are reusable, and the Elite 4 is a total cakewalk with only four Pokemon apiece.

Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver

Why they're the best:


Just take everything I wrote about Gold and Silver and put it here, basically. But you can also add the fact that these remakes updated those great games to the modern age, getting rid of such annoyances as the lack of running shoes, the inability to tell how powerful moves are, and the cumbersome PC system.


Why they're not:


Unlike Red and Blue, which had enough flaws to warrant a need for remakes, Gold and Silver didn't really need the treatment. As long as you're fine with 8-bit graphics, they're fine on their own, which makes these remakes feel a bit inessential, which is never a word used to describe the best game in a series. Also, the names of these remakes just keep getting dumber.

Pokemon Diamond/Pearl/Platinum

Why they're the best:


These games seem to be gaining a reputation as sort of the middle child of the Pokemon series: overlooked and unremembered. That's largely undeserved, as these are great games, particularly Platinum. The games feature the memorable Sinnoh region, a solid degree of difficulty, good music (always an important Pokemon feature), and are improved by Platinum, which increased the battle speed and added the Distortion World, one of the coolest areas ever to appear in a Pokemon game.


Why they're not:


The new Pokemon aren't great, and there's serious Pokemon overload at this point, particularly legendary Pokemon. Seriously, if this many Pokemon are considered legendary, doesn't that kind of defeat the purpose? But the thing about these games is that there's nothing really wrong with them, but there's also nothing that really stands out to make them the best in the series. They're great games, but they don't have that "it" factor that a game like Super Metroid has, when you just know it's the best a series has to offer.

Pokemon FireRed and LeafGreen

Why it's the best:


There's not much wrong with the first remakes in the Pokemon series; they basically took the story, Pokemon, region, and characters from the original Red and Blue and updated them with Ruby and Sapphire mechanics and graphics. That means the original 151 are back, including the best starters in the series; the great music, towns, and leaders all return, but you don't have to deal with nagging issues like psychic-type dominance or the 20-item limit. Plus, the remakes introduced new post game content featuring many of the Pokemon from Gold and Silver, increasing playability and replay value.


Why it's not:


Basically, the one thing FireRed and LeafGreen don't have going for them is that they're not in 3D, they don't feature diagonal running or impressive visuals of the newer games. Other than that, this is pretty much a perfect Pokemon experience.

Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald

Why it's the best:


Ruby and Sapphire were the series' first jump into the next generation, and it shows with a host of improvements: the region is great, the game is less reliant on archaic structures like the PC boxes, and the game actually gives you details on the moves, which somehow had never happened before. These games have a solid degree of difficulty and probably the best story climax of any of these games.


Why they're not:


This game offers plenty that's new, but it surprisingly scrapped a lot of the innovations of Gold and Silver. There's no night and day system, no second region to visit, no PokeGear. This is also the first time the series started to suffer from a bit of Pokemon overload; it didn't help that many of the new Pokemon were basically carbon copies of the originals (looking in your direction, Beautifly) or pointless filler Pokemon (hello, Luvdisc!).

Pokemon Gold/Silver/Crystal

Why they're the best:


Now here's where it gets interesting. These are the longest games in the series, providing 16 badges to acquire instead of 8 as you revisit the region from the original Red and Blue, something that hasn't been done in a Pokemon game since. The night and day scheme, the situational events such as the bug-catching contest, and a series-best final battle are all aspects of these games that haven't been matched since.


Why it's not:


There's still no running, no indication of how powerful moves are, and 8-bit graphics. Having two regions means the levels in the early game are significantly lower than any other. It simply can't match the 3D spectacle (and gameplay improvements) of the newer games, at least not entirely.

Pokemon Red/Blue/Yellow

Let's start, of course, with the very first games in the series.


Why they're the best:


These are the very first games in the series, the genesis of it all. These are the games that gave us the original 151 Pokemon (which remain, to this day, the best set of Pokemon created yet), as well as the formula which each game has followed: eight badges, gym leaders who work with a certain type, rivals; literally everything about the series can be traced back here.


But it's not all nostalgia making this argument (though it mostly is). These were the games when catching them all was actually something every player could do, rather than an insane task that will occupy hundreds of hours as you hunt down Pokemon that were only released as "special events." The original towns and leaders are still the best; the degree of difficulty is just right here; and the music and charm of these games are second to none.


Why they're not:


Let's be honest: no one who didn't play these games back in the '90s can really appreciate them now. There have just been too many improvements. The 20-item bag, lack of running, lack of an on-screen bar telling you far until the next level are all annoying lapses now that we know they could exist. There are fewer moves, and no indication in the game as to how powerful each move is, which limits strategy. Also, catching 'em all would be fun, but do you know anyone with a Game Boy and a link cable? I didn't think so.


It basically boils down to this: these games are historically important, setting the foundation off of which every subsequent Pokemon game has built. But, the fact that they built that foundation means that they have also been bettered by each new Pokemon game that has come along.

It's incredible, but the Pokemon series has been around for nearly 20 years now. There have been six generations, ten sets of main series games, as well as countless spin-offs, cards, toys, and anime episodes.

But of all these games, which is the best? Which Pokemon game delivers the essential experience? Let's take them one by one, weigh the pros and cons, and decide.

10 Things You May Not Know About Pokemon https://www.gameskinny.com/crptm/10-things-you-may-not-know-about-pokemon https://www.gameskinny.com/crptm/10-things-you-may-not-know-about-pokemon Fri, 08 Aug 2014 16:26:55 -0400 poliwagg

The Pokémon World is filled with mystery. Since the 90's, Pokémon Trainers have travelled "across the lands, searching far and wide" to uncover the secrets of this world inhabited by strange, beautiful, and captivating creatures. The Pokémon games have changed tremendously since the release of Pokémon Red and Blue (and Green in Japan). We're going to take a look back through the games and reveal some facts you may have not known about your favorite Pocket Monsters:

1. In Generation I (Red, Blue, and YellowBite and Gust were normal-type moves.

Starting with the very first games, this fact is very weird for those of us who have gotten used to these attacks now. Imagine picking up a Game-boy with Pokémon Red, and furiously tapping A yelling "Pidgey why isn't your Gust sweeping all these grass-type Pokémon!" Sounds terrible, doesn't it? Even worse, dark-type Pokémon didn't exist! These attacks were changed in Generation II and onward. Bite became a dark-type move, and Gust became a flying-type move. There you go Pidgey, now you can defeat those Oddish.

2. In Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue there's an invisible PC in the Celadon Hotel

Most likely an overlooked detail, the Celadon Hotel contains a fully functional PC that you cannot see. In fact, you can even walk through it. The hotel's design is based on that of a Pokémon Center, thus if you walk to the area where you would normally find a PC inside a Pokémon Center you can access this ghost machine.

3. Dragonair (13'01") is bigger than Dragonite (7'03").

I admit this may not be that interesting, but I bet you didn't know! Dragonair is almost twice the height of Dragonite. Evolving may make it shorter, but at least it gains some curves.

4. Pokémon Crystal is the first Pokémon game where you could play as a Female.

This was a huge deal for girl Pokémon fans. Before this game, one always had pretend to be a boy. Girls wanted to feel identified in the world of Pokémon as well. Clearly, the demand was heard. Since Crystal, female protagonists have always been offered. In fact, starting in Generation III, a female can even be your rival. 

5. A level 100 Shuckle can potentially deal the most damage in a single attack.

Honestly, this is just something for fun. It's legitimate, but I can't see it actually working out in battle. I can't even begin to rephrase this so:

A level 100 Shuckle can potentially deal the most damage in one single attack through the use of numerous stat boosters; by using Helping Hand by two different Pokémon in a Triple battle, holding a Metronome, Power Trick, a Skill Swap to Pure Power or Huge Power, 6 Attack boosts, and a Mimicked Me First used on a slower Pokémon using the Defense Curl/Rollout combo. Also, Shuckle's partner must have the ability Flower Gift and the weather must be sunny. On the 5th turn of using Rollout consecutively without any misses, if used against a level 1 Ledyba, Yanma or Combee with minimum Defense stats, that have been hit with negative Defense modifiers (such as Screech), it can deal 481,266,036 damage with a critical hit.

Wow. Who would have guessed?

6. Brendan, from Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, does not have white hair. His hair is actually black, and only looks white due to his hat. 

In the upcoming remakes of Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire (Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire) this detail is more apparent. However in the previous game versions, most people thought Brendan's hair was actually white and that he wore a bandana. What a strange hat, Brendan. Oh well, look at you now. All tan and showing us all that your hair is, indeed, beneath that white cap.

7. Heatran (Generation IV) is the first, and so far only, Legendary Pokemon that can be Male or Female.

There are some Pokémon that just change the rules of the game. Legendary Pokémon have rarely even had genders. Heatran is a special exemption: it can be Male or Female. Don't get too excited though, this doesn't mean you can make little baby Heatran. This legendary Pokémon is still unavailable for mating, but this fact is pretty interesting considering the rules of breeding.

8. Cryogonal (Generation V) can learn the move Attract, despite lacking a Gender.

Attract does not affect genderless Pokémon. In fact, the only other genderless Pokémon that can learn Attract is Mew for the reason that it can learn ANY attack. For both, however, the attack is useless. So much love to give, yet no love on the receiving end... What a tragic tale.

9. Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 are the only core series games in which the Pokémon Day Care is inaccessible before entering the Hall of Fame

You usually encounter a Pokémon Daycare around the beginning of your adventure. You've been breeding two Pokes since Generation II, and listening to how "no one knows where the eggs came from". But Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 take that comfort away from you. You must first beat the Elite 4, and then you'll get some breeding time.

10. Pokémon X and Y are the first core series games that give Running Shoes at the start of the game.

This was, personally, the nicest surprise in the most recent Pokémon game. If you've ever played Generation I, you had to deal with walking speed until you got the bike. Thank god things have changed. Not only do you move fast in Pokémon X and Y, you skate. This results in actually having to take a break from the speed and appreciate the walking feature as well.

 I hope these facts were new to most of you. There are still many facts hidden within the regions of Pokémon, it's our job to find 'em all. Are there any strange Pokémon facts you know that weren't mentioned?

What is the Best Pokemon Game? Pokemon Games Ranked Best to Worst https://www.gameskinny.com/uiq4i/what-is-the-best-pokemon-game-pokemon-games-ranked-best-to-worst https://www.gameskinny.com/uiq4i/what-is-the-best-pokemon-game-pokemon-games-ranked-best-to-worst Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:32:34 -0400 poliwagg

Pokémon is one of the best-selling games of all time. The franchise takes the number one spot in best-selling game for Gameboy/Gameboy Color, Gameboy Advanced, and Nintendo 3DS.

I've been a Pokémon fan since as far back as I can remember. Along with books, games were an escape from day-to-day reality; which as a kid, can sometimes be daunting. Between curfew, always having to go with my parents EVERYWHERE (oil changes were the worst), and school, there are always certain things kids turn to for "escape". For me it was anime, novels, and Pokémon. Pokémon hold its own category because it was so massively important to me. The show, the cards, the video games. To this day I collect plushies and figures. I have played every Pokémon game to date, and would like to rank the handheld games from best to worst.

Please keep in mind that this is an opinion piece and it does not represent the official thoughts of GameSkinny. 

#1. Pokémon Gold & Silver/Crystal

IGN: 10/9

GAMESPOT: 8.8/ 8.4

COPIES SOLD: 23 Million

As I have mentioned, this is a personal ranking, and the reason for Generation 2 being my favorite go beyond just the game. The first time I played Gold and Silver, I really enjoyed the new types, 16 gyms, story, legendaries, etc. But when my father brought home Crystal one day, I could not contain myself. I didn't care that it was roughly the same game because I could play as a girl. Pokémon adventures were for girls too! I was only 8 years old. In fact, I had played every Pokémon game from Red, Yellow, and Silver that same year. I had also felt embarrassed to tell my friends who were girls that I loved Pokémon so much, especially since you could never play as a girl. But now, that had changed. 

G/S/C brought two new types: Dark and Steel, the chance to go back to Kanto and complete the 8 badges after the Johto League, and 100 new Pokémon. They were the first Pokémon games to incorporate day and night. The new legendary Pokémon, Ho-oh and Lugia, had captivating stories behind them, as did Suicune in Crystal. All around, these games were perfect. Game sales wise, this game (Gold and Silver) sold 23 million copies worldwide. Crystal sold less, with 3.85 million.

In 2009, Gold and Silver remakes were released with updated graphics, an adorable feature where the first Pokémon in your party followed out around (Yes, even Wailord), and a Pokéwalker. The Pokéwalker allowed you to transfer one Pokémon to the device, and carry it around on your belt or pants. It had a pedometer, and with each step, the Pokémon inside would gain experience. You could also catch Pokémon and collect items, then transfer them to your game. Pokémon Heartgold and Soulsilver sold 12.72 million copies, staying in the top 10 best selling games for Nintendo DS. 

#2. Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire/Emerald

IGN: 9.5/8

GAMESPOT: 8.1/ 7.5 

COPIES SOLD: 16.22 million/6.32 million

These games are pretty much tied with my #1 choice. Ranking is difficult...

I was 10 years old when Ruby and Sapphire released, and I literally replayed the story about 5 times. How could I not? It's the best-selling GBA game for a reason. The graphics improved miles past the previous generation, the digital scenery is wonderful, you have a dad. With 135 new Pokémon, new types of Pokéballs, Pokémon Contests, secret bases, and, in Pokémon Emerald, the introduction of Battle Frontier, Pokémon R/S/E revolutionized the Pokémon games. Pokémon Emerald went even further, with a wireless adapter that, finally, took Pokémon battling and trading to a new technological level. The story involved two criminal organizations, one that wanted to flood the world, and the other that wanted to cover it in land. Pretty ridiculous. But Pokémon battles within deserts, volcanos, and oceans are unforgettable. Taking the cable car up the Mt. Chimney and diving were two of my favorite things.

Remakes of Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire were announced this year, titled Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. To see this amazing game in 3D graphics is beyond exciting. R/S/E brought so many fun features to the table. They are easily one of the best generations and I cannot wait for the remakes.

#3. Pokémon Red & Blue/Yellow


GAMESPOT: 8.8/8.9

COPIES SOLD: 23.64 million 

As the games that begun a whole era, sold 23.64 million copies worldwide, and made so many people fall in love with Pokémon, Pokémon R/B/Y are probably the top game for some. If I could, I would put the first 3 in my ranking as #1. Alas, that is impossible.

Pokémon Red and Blue changed the gaming world. Pocket Monsters coming to life, travelling the world at 10 years old, and being oh, so patient in doing so (referring to the walking speed). Oh the years without running shoes. Despite the flaws, which are easily pointed out now over 16 years later, Pokémon R/B/Y was the perfect game. It was such a satisfying adventure, to travel Kanto kicking butt and catching Poke's. Pokémon Yellow only made it better with an adorable Pikachu following you and trainers that were oh so eager to give up their really rare starter Pokémon. Yeah it's cliche, but my team was Pikachu, Charmander, Bulbasaur, Squirtle, Pidgey, and Caterpie immediately (You'd be proud, Ash). 

Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen only improved the adventure. Updated PC, bag space, and the ability to run! The wonders 8 years can do to walking speed. Plus the début of wireless trading and battling, detailed Pokémon sprite designs, and more of your favorite rival "smelling ya later." This game is nostalgia painted beautifully. The remakes sold 11.82 million copies worldwide, becoming the 2nd best-selling GBA game after Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire. In fact, Pokémon dominated the GBA charts, taking spots #1,#2, and #3 (with Emerald). 

#4. Pokémon X & Y

IGN: 9


COPIES SOLD: 12.26 million

I almost put this game lower on the list because I found that it tried to avoid some of the fundamental things that make a Pokémon game what it is: grinding. I also found it terribly easy. I know, I know, I'm older now, it should be easier, but when you beat the Elite Four + Champion with only a Lapras, there is a problem. 

Regardless, Pokémon X and Y were thoroughly enjoyable. Finally Pokémon surpasses the 3D graphics of Pokémon Stadium. Although the graphic jump from game to game is always giant, from Black and White 2 to this, the jump was massive. Full 3D characters, Pokémon, and cities; Pokémon with facial expressions, and an attractive Professor! This game had it all. Pokemon-Amie, Mega Evolutions, Character designs, movie-making, facilitated trading, Wonder-trading, a new Dragon-slaying Fairy Type, Super-training, the list goes on.

With Mega evolution as the big reveal, Pokémon X and Y has become the turning point for new Pokémon games. There are still so many Pokémon to be Mega-Evolved and so much time. This is the best-selling Nintendo 3DS game to date, and well deserved. The new game mechanics are very well-done, the story is heartfelt, and the there are hundreds of things to do even after beating the game.

#5. Pokémon Black 2 & White 2

IGN: 9.6


COPIES SOLD: 7.81 million

These sequels definitely were an improvement over their predecessors. It could be because of my age, but it was very satisfying to see familiar Pokémon. I also enjoyed the idea of a sequel, rather than just a 3rd game with slightly new and improved features, like all the previous games had done. 

Bit by bit, Pokémon is adding new things to get used to. This game introduced DNA splicers and allowed the mascot Pokémon, Kyurem, to "absofuse" with either Reshiram or Zekrom, creating Black Kyurem or White Kyurem. The Dream World feature was also cool. But overall the game didn't keep me as entertained as earlier ones. Even though I enjoyed it more than Black and White, it felt strange given that Team Plasma kept with their same "free the Pokemon" argument after what was uncovered in the prequels.

#6. Pokémon Diamond & Pearl/Platinum

IGN: 8.5/ 8.8

GAMESPOT: 8.5/ 8

COPIES SOLD: 17.63 million/ 7.06 million

As the first Nintendo DS Pokémon games, Pokémon Diamond and Pearl sold 17.63 million copies worldwide. The story tackles the creation of time and space, and features 107 new Pokémon to catch and love.

Some of my fondest memories of this game are making Poffins to feed my Pokémon and the contests which, although did not surpass Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald contests, were still pretty cute. I liked accessorizing my Pokémon and making them dance. Also, the Elite Four Champion, Cynthia, is probably my favorite champion after Blue. It's nice to see Champions using all types of Pokémon; it makes it more challenging. The Pokétch was another cool feature. It came loaded with useful "apps" like a calculator, dowsing machine, a Pokémon daycare tracker, move tester, and more.

Despite this, I thought the new Pokémon designs were bland. Platinum brought a whole new world to the game, the Distortion World, but it was a letdown after the amount it was advertised. Don't get me wrong, these games were good, really good, but they did not best their predecessors. 

#7. Pokémon Black & White

IGN: 9


COPIES SOLD: 15.58 million

Being last on the list does not mean these games were bad, it just means I didn't enjoy them as much as the ones above. Ratings and sales-wise, they did great. The story introduced a new ethical question that Pokémon games had never addressed before: Is it wrong to use Pokémon to battle? The main antagonist, N, spends the game telling you that Pokémon should be free, and simultaneously, battling you with Pokémon. Unfortunately they miss the chance to make the questioning of Pokémon battling an important theme, which would have been great.

What happened to me while playing this game was that I was overwhelmed with the new Pokémon. The game didn't give you anything familiar until you beat it. They treated you like Ash, new region, new Pokémon, go. Perhaps if I was younger, I would have enjoyed it. But the fact that there were 151 new Pokémon, without any old ones included, made the game less nostalgic and less enjoyable. Plus I found a lot of the new Pokémon to appear quickly drawn and less likeable. 


So that's it! That's my ranking. Feel free to argue/agree in the comments, or let me know if I missed anything. For all Pokémon news keep up with GameSkinny.com.

Are We Growing Out of Pokemon? Or Has The Franchise Been Bled Dry? https://www.gameskinny.com/d3bzy/are-we-growing-out-of-pokemon-or-has-the-franchise-been-bled-dry https://www.gameskinny.com/d3bzy/are-we-growing-out-of-pokemon-or-has-the-franchise-been-bled-dry Wed, 07 May 2014 06:53:01 -0400 Kate Reynolds

In today's news, Nintendo has released their financial numbers for the past fiscal year, as well as announced the release of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire. Are these two items related? I'd like to think so. 

The WiiU hasn't been doing well - which shouldn't surprise anybody, even Nintendo. In their latest financial report, Nintendo announced an operating loss of $457 million dollars.

Along with this information comes a list of which games are selling best on the various Nintendo consoles. Pokémon X and Pokémon Y top the list of 3DS games, with over 12.6 millions units sold. On the DS list, Pokémon Diamond/Pearl, Pokémon Black/White and Pokémon Heartgold/Soul Silver making the top ten list with 17.63 million, 15.58 million, and 12.72 million units sold respectively.

Considering the amount of financial success Nintendo has had with its Pokémon franchise, Nintendo's announcement of a Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire remake coming right at the heels of their huge fiscal losses makes sense. They need another best-seller and another Pokémon games seems to be a no-brainer for that criteria. 

That said, the rapidity with which Nintendo has been throwing out Pokémon games in the last five years is overwhelming. Not only is it overwhelming to attempt to catch the ridiculous amount of Pokémon added with each generation, the new Pokémon themselves are often, in a word, ridiculous.

Everyone remembers Vanillish, a Pokémon resembling an ice cream cone; and Garbodor, a Pokémon made out of garbage, from Pokémon Black/White, simply because they were silly and perhaps a clear indication that creative juices were running low with the games creators. 

In Pokémon X/Y, we get even more ridiculous Pokémon such as a sword imbued with a spirit (Honedge), and a tree-stump imbued with the spirit of a child who died in the forest (Phantump).

In fact, there is an entire video devoted to the weird/creepy Pokémon  in Pokémon X/Y.

Is it safe to say that Pokémon has gotten a little over the top? I think so. While Pokémon X andwere unique additions to the Pokémon franchise (for once), it's clear that the Pokémon Alpha Sapphire and Pokémon Omega Ruby may just be cash-grabs for Nintendo in their bid to stay relevant and not lose another $457 million. 

Pokemon Bank Now Available in North America https://www.gameskinny.com/fhqtz/pokemon-bank-now-available-in-north-america https://www.gameskinny.com/fhqtz/pokemon-bank-now-available-in-north-america Thu, 06 Feb 2014 04:33:13 -0500 Venisia Gonzalez

As of today, Pokémon Bank is now available in North America after its launch in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, just a few days ago.

The subscription-based service is available through the eShop, and if you try it now through September 30th, you can get a complimentary Celebi download.

Pokémon Bank lets players deposit, withdraw and manage up to 3,000 Pokémon in private boxes online. You can transfer from multiple copies of Pokémon X and Y, and the accompanying app Poké Transporter lets you transfer from Pokémon Black, White, Black 2, and White 2 to X and Y.

You need to log into Pokémon Bank and connect it to your Nintendo Network ID, select a "gift" from the menu, and place a Pokémon in a cloud box.

Once you do that, you can load up Pokémon X or Y, choose the Pokémon Link option, redeem the prize, go back to the Pokémon Bank app and select "Use Bank." Once you return to Pokémon X or Y and use Pokémon Link again, Celebi should be yours.

The app will run players $4.99 per year for use.

Gaming's Best Villains Turned Hero https://www.gameskinny.com/3s72n/gamings-best-villains-turned-hero https://www.gameskinny.com/3s72n/gamings-best-villains-turned-hero Sun, 18 Aug 2013 22:05:23 -0400 vegna871

It happens all the time in gaming--you get a villain who, over the course of the game or series, sees the error of their ways and turns back to fight alongside the heroes.  There are many iterations of this and it's really hard to pick just five to be the best, but I'm sure as heck going to attempt it. So here we go: the five best game villains who became heroes. Spoilers will follow, you have been warned.

5. Knuckles - Sonic the Hedgehog

Knuckles has been a hero for so long that not many people remember his origins. In Sonic the Hedgehog 3, Knuckles was introduced as a rival to Sonic. His intentions were pure, he was trying to protect the Master Emerald, which rules over the world's powerful Chaos Emeralds, but he was tricked by Dr. Robotnik into thinking that Sonic was trying to steal it.  In the end, Robotnik steals the emerald, and Knuckles sees that he was wrong to try to fight Sonic. In future games, he progresses from being Sonic's begrudging rival to one of the Blue Hedgehog's closest friends, and he has helped save the world many times over.

4. Axel/Lea - Kingdom Hearts

Kingdom Hearts is a series in which characters jump over the hero/villan line more often than Bowser kidnaps Peach, so picking just one of the characters who went from bad to good is really hard. Axel was introduced in Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories as a member of Organization XIII and one of Sora's foes. He is a Nobody, a creature made from the body of a strong-willed person who lost their heart to a heartless.

Axel's first double agenda is shown here when he thwarts the main villain's plan, because it is in contrast with the goals of the leader of the organization. In Kingdom Hearts 2, he continues as Sora's foe, because he believes that by defeating him he can release Sora's Nobody, Roxas, who was Axel's best friend--despite Roxas only existing for a year.  At the end of the game, Axel realises he won't get Roxas back, and instead comes to Sora's aid, sacrificing himself to allow Sora to go and finish off the Organization. Though he appeared to be dead, the Axel nobody somehow merged with its old heart and reformed as Lea between Kingdom Hearts 2 and Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance. He operates in the shadows, aiding the heroes Sora and Mickey when they are in desperate need of help. At the end of Dream Drop Distance, he obtains his own Keyblade, and looks to be set as one of the heroes of light in Kingdom Hearts 3.

3.GLaDOS - Portal

GLaDOS is the evil robot from the hilarious Portal series that attempts to kill you... for science. She seems to have the philosophy that no science can be performed without serious risk to human life, and basically thinks that killing humans is science itself. 

She is extremely passive aggressive and insists she is still alive after you drop all of her AI cores into a fire at the end of the original Portal.  In Portal 2, she makes a return, and though she tries to kill you for much of the early game, she ends up having her AI placed in a potato battery by the game's idiot villain Wheatley. Potato GLaDOS is furious and agrees to help you defeat Wheatley so that she can return to her main AI core and continue performing science.  At the end, you help her get back, and she lets you go, because you keep impeding her "scientific progress."  

2. N - Pokemon

N spends most of the original Pokémon Black and White as your adversary, not because he hates you, but because he holds a vastly different idea than you do. N believes that people and Pokémon need to coexist without Pokeballs, and that Pokeballs and Pokémon battles are cruel to Pokémon. He is in charge of Team Plasma, a team that steals people's Pokémon in order to release them from their Pokeballs.  

However, while N's motives are pure, his guiding hand is that of his foster-father, Ghetsis, whose motives are far less pure.  Ghetsis wants to make everyone else in the world free their Pokémon, so that he and an elite few would rule the world using the great powers possessed by the Pokémon they control. When N learns that the goals of his Team are more sinister than he realizes, he takes your side to help you defeat his father, and then leaves to contemplate whether he was right in trying to make people give up their Pokémon.  Ghetsis makes a return with a new plan to control Unova in Pokémon Black and White 2. N also returns, in an attempt to stop Ghetsis.  His attempt fails, and it is left for the player to solve the problem, but N still tries. Once you win, he offers you his legendary Pokemon as congratulations.

1. ProtoMan - MegaMan

Protoman was the first Humanoid Robot created by Doctor Light in an attempt to create robots to make human's lives easier.  Protoman was a faulty prototype, however, and needed to be modified or else his power core would run out and he would die.

Fearing modification, he ran away and Dr. Light gave up  on him, instead building Rock and Roll, perfected versions of the Protoman model.  Light's nemesis, Dr. Wily, found Protoman dying, and upgraded his power core to repair him, as well as giving him several items to help outfit him for combat.

Protoman was then indebted to serve Wily for saving his life, and thus was forced to fight his younger brother, Megaman, several times. At the end of Megaman 3, he saves Megana, who is left almost destroyed after defeating Dr. Wily.  In Megaman 4, Protoman turns against Dr. Wily and aids Megaman with information. He appears again several times throughout the series offering aid to Megaman, though he doesn't actually fight directly against Wily until Megaman 10, where he is a playable character.

Those are my five favorite villans turned heroes. Who are your favorites? Sound off in the comments, and stay tuned to Gameskinny for more gaming news and culture.

5 Pokemon You Didn't Expect to Be Powerful, But Actually Are https://www.gameskinny.com/ed5eo/5-pokemon-you-didnt-expect-to-be-powerful-but-actually-are https://www.gameskinny.com/ed5eo/5-pokemon-you-didnt-expect-to-be-powerful-but-actually-are Sun, 04 Aug 2013 16:06:53 -0400 vegna871

With well over 600 Pokémon now, and soon to be many more on the way, you'd expect that some would be less useful than others.  Of course you'd be right, but not always in ways you'd expect.  Many Pokémon don't look to outwardly powerful, or don't seem viable because they don't deal high damage.  However, a large number of the Pokémon that don't seem too tough are actually quite threatening.

5. Scrafty

Scrafty wins a very tough bid for fifth place simply due to how threatening it can be.  It looks rather silly and initially doesn't seem too powerful, but teach it one of two key moves (Dragon Dance or Bulk Up) and it can boost its stats sky high.  Dragon Dance is good if you want to up its somewhat poor speed, while Bulk Up is good if you want to make it a tank to take hits and dish them back out.  Its Dark/Fighting typing also allows it to hit a rather large percentage of Pokémon for neutral damage. Combine these with Rest and its Shed Skin ability, which sometimes allows it to wake up instantly, and you have a rather excellent threat. It's biggest weakness is that it takes a few turns before it can start gaining momentum.

4. Wobbuffet

If Scrafty was silly looking, Wobbuffet just looks plain stupid. However, when used strategically, Wobbuffet can be quite devastating. Wobbuffet's ability, Shadow Tag, prevents the opponent's Pokémon from switching out.  While there are ways around this, many Pokémon don't have access to or don't tend to carry the correct moves required to do so.  Wobbuffet also boasts high HP and the moves Counter and Mirror Coat, which deal damage equal to twice the amount of HP Wobbuffet was hit for this turn. Counter acts for Physical moves while Mirror Coat acts for Special moves. Given its high HP, these moves tend to deal massive damage. The combination of this allows Wobbuffet to trap an incredibly powerful Pokémon in the arena and take it out with relative ease, though prediction is of paramount importance when using Wobbuffet.

3. Chansey

If you know at least the first two generations of Pokémon, you're probably thinking "But isn't Chansey's evolved form better?" The simple fact is that the two are actually interchangeable. Chansey and it's evolved form, Blissey, act as great Special walls. Both Pokemon have high HP and special defense, allowing them to sponge physical hits.  Blissey's stats are naturally higher, so at a glance it seems Blissey would be the Pokemon to go for. However, there is an item called Eviolite that drastically increases the defensive powers of Pokémon that aren't fully evolved yet. This makes Chansey better capable of taking hits than Blissey. The only reason Blissey is also viable is because its HP will still be higher than Chansey's and it has an open item slot to carry the valuable HP restoring Leftovers item.

2. Ditto

Ditto was really cool for about 15 minutes in the original Pokémon game, until the Transform novelty wore off and you realized having to wait a turn before you could start attacking put you at a serious disadvantage. This made Ditto pretty useless for a while, at least until the most recent generation. Ditto now has a new ability called Imposter that allows it to transform as it switches in. Combine this with a Choice Scarf and you can get a faster version of one of your opponent's greatest threats. You will be limited to one move until you switch out again, but it still makes Ditto a versatile and threatening Pokémon.

1. Whimsicott

Whimsicott is a bit of an oddity. It doesn't look terribly powerful, and its stats don't make it seem terribly frightening. However, Whimsicott is quite a frightening Pokemon due to its Prankster ability. Prankster makes any non-damaging moves a Pokemon has go first. This means that it can inflict status effects, buffs, and debuffs before the opponent has a chance to act.  With Stun Spore, this means it can effectively halve the speed of any Pokemon on the opponent's team before going down. Its other four moves can also be delegated to support moves, making it a supreme irritant to any opponent. While it gets number one on the list because of how unassuming it is, it lacks any moves that put foes to sleep, which would make this Pokémon truly terrifying.

So what do you guys think? What are your favorite Pokémon that subvert expectations? Sound off in the comments, and stay tuned to Gameskinny for more Pokémon news and culture.


Shiny, Legendary Pokemon Will Be Available at GameStop https://www.gameskinny.com/v4n8l/shiny-legendary-pokemon-will-be-available-at-gamestop https://www.gameskinny.com/v4n8l/shiny-legendary-pokemon-will-be-available-at-gamestop Mon, 29 Jul 2013 21:37:48 -0400 Tortuga Fetus

Fans of the Pokémon franchise know how difficult it is to come across a shiny, or alternatively colored, pocket monster in the wild. What is even more difficult is finding a legendary, one of a kind Pokémon that has a different color scheme than what is detailed in their original artwork.

Fortunately for trainers living in the United States, it was announced earlier today that GameStop will be teaming up with The Pokémon Company to distribute shiny legendary Pokémon to gamers for free.

Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina – the cover Pokémon for Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum respectively – will each be available for twenty days leading up to the release date of Pokémon X and Y. The availability for each Pokémon is as follows:

  • Shiny Dialga: Monday, August 19th – Sunday, September 8th
  • Shiny Palkia: Monday, September 9th – Sunday, September 29th
  • Shiny Giratina: Monday, September 30th – Sunday, October 20th

To receive a free Pokémon, simply go to a GameStop with a Nintendo DS or 3DS and a copy of either Pokémon Black, Pokémon Black 2, Pokémon White, or Pokémon White 2. A GameStop employee will help you download your free monster.

It’s no secret that this promotion is an attempt to get fans excited for the release of the newest games in the series. The promotion ends on the same day that Pokémon X and Y will be hitting store shelves. These games will be the first Pokémon games for the 3DS and will include a whole new region to explore as well as an entirely new type of Pokémon to catch and battle: the fairy type.

2013 is shaping up to be a great year to be a Pokémon fan!

Which Pokemon May Be Switched to Fairy Type in Pokemon X and Y? https://www.gameskinny.com/12803/which-pokemon-may-be-switched-to-fairy-type-in-pokemon-x-and-y https://www.gameskinny.com/12803/which-pokemon-may-be-switched-to-fairy-type-in-pokemon-x-and-y Fri, 26 Apr 2013 01:27:52 -0400 Ashley Shankle

With the new Fairy Pokemon type being revealed, one has to wonder what older Pokemon will either be changed to Fairy type or will have it added to their base type. Below are a few Pokemon I feel would fit the type, and why.

Do note that I am using information from the games' Pokedex entries and not referencing the anime. What happens in the anime and movies doesn't necessarily pertain to the attributes of Pokemon in-game (See: Ash's Pikachu being so imba).

Most of the Pokemon below first made their appearance within the first three generations of games. Later games in the series cut down on the more fantasy or supernatural Pokedex entries, and some that could potentially be Fairy Pokemon already have two types. Celebi is included in this list despite currently being of two types, which I explain below.

All images and Pokedex information have been taken from Pokemon Database. I am no Pokemon expert nor do I have any special information that you don't. This is simple speculation, and it's certainly less confusing than whatever's going on with Mewtwo.

Cleffa, Clefairy, and Clefable

These three are perhaps the most fitting of the new Fairy type. Even if you ignore their names, their species is specifically listed as "Fairy Pokemon" and the Pokedex entries between them mention at least one of these peace-colored bundles of cute have been seen bounce-walking on water, appearing to be flying, collecting moonlight with their wings, and riding on shooting stars.

Igglybuff, Jifflypuff, and Wigglytuff

Though their Pokedex entries don't mention much in the way of being mystical creatures, these three also seem to be prime candidates for the Fairy type. Igglybuff with its marshmallow body, Jigglypuff with its amazing vocal abilities, and Wigglytuff's legendary softness may point to these Pokemon having some Fairy in them. [Edit: Jigglypuff has been confirmed!]

Vulpix and Ninetails

These two are not the most obvious Pokemon to be prime Fairy type candidates, and Vulpix may not be one at all. However, since Ninetails evolves from Vulpix I have paired them together. Ninetails is very explicitly described as a supernatural, magical creature in his Pokedex entries. He is based off the Japanese nine-tailed fox of legend.

Happiny, Chansey, and Blissey


Though none of these Pokemon have what may be described as "magical powers" in the Pokedex, Chansey and Blissey's eggs both have healing properties. Blissey is also capable of sensing a person's sadness from "however far they may be".

Mime Jr. and Mr. Mime

The evidence that these two could possibly be Fairy Pokemon is fairly slim, but you have to wonder how a whole species of Pokemon is capable of looking and acting like humans. Though there are certainly other Pokemon that look humanoid, no other can imitate humans so well. What's more is Mr. Mime is capable of creating invisible walls, though whether this is by mind trickery or being able to vibrate its fingertips varies from one series entry to another.

Togepi, Togetic, and Togekiss

Perhaps the second most obvious line of Pokemon to be Fairy types, just a tiny bit behind Clefable and friends. All three of these Pokemon are said to bring good luck and happiness, with Togetic even being a Happiness species Pokemon. Togekiss only makes himself known in peaceful regions, spreading kindness wherever he goes.


Celebi holds the power to travel time, and will only make itself known in peaceful times. He also seems to be able to positively affect the growth of plantlife, and has an affinity for lush forests. The only thing that holds this little legendary from being a sure Fairy type is the fact that it already has two types. Would Grass be replaced for Fairy?

Snubbull and Granbull

It's easy to forget these two, but they are both already considered to be of the Fairy species. Their Pokedex entries do not point to that being the case, however.


Whether you find this Luvdisc to be useless or not, she certainly does have the makings of a Fairy type Pokemon. Luvdisc is reportedly capable of bringing eternal love to those who find it, and it is of the unique Rendezvous species.

Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf

These three are said to hatch from the same egg, and to have given humans the birth of knowledge, emotion, and willpower respectively. This on its own is enough to validate these powerful Pokemon to be Fairy types, but their power may just be too much to justify as such for the time being.


Audino is notable because of its hyper-sensitive hearing, which is strong enough to serve as a sort of radar around the Pokemon's immediate area. This in itself isn't proving, but Audino's ability to use its feelers to tell how a person is feeling or whether an egg is close to hatching or not may point to this Hearing Pokemon getting an injection of Fairy type. Its look certainly does fit the part. [Thanks to commenter pierce_2648 for the reminder!]


Cresselia is one of the few Pokemon that almost certainly look like they fit into the Fairy type. Aside from the aurora on her back and her looks, Cresselia's feathers are said to bring anyone holding one pleasant dreams. This Pokemon's connection with the moon may also be telling, as her feathers and head shape are meant to represent a crescent moon. [Thanks to commenter zapdos_2612 for picking this up!]

As mentioned at the beginning of the article, there are some other currently available Pokemon that may end of being Fairy types, but the evidence to back those up is even thinner than that you read here.

Confirmed Fairy Pokemon

A few Fairy types have been confirmed recently on the North American Pokemon website. This list will be updated as more information comes to light.


Are there any you feel are particularly prime to become Fairy Pokemon? Feel like any of the above don't fit? Leave a comment below!

Pokemon Black and White 2: Add Deoxys to Your Team in May https://www.gameskinny.com/hcy4l/pokemon-black-and-white-2-add-deoxys-to-your-team-in-may https://www.gameskinny.com/hcy4l/pokemon-black-and-white-2-add-deoxys-to-your-team-in-may Thu, 25 Apr 2013 16:09:01 -0400 Joseph Rowe

If you're a Pokemon Black and White 2 player who has never had the chance to get a Deoxys before, then you're in luck! Starting from May 8th, 2013 and lasting until May 31st, players will be able to get their very own one of these generation III legendaries through the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.

For those that skipped generation III (Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, LeafGreen, and FireRed,) Deoxys is a legendary psychic Pokemon with four different forms: normal, attack, defense, and speed.

Originally, the form it was in depended on which game it was in and could only be changed through trading. Since generation IV and V, players can change its form in their game itself without needing to trade.

The Deoxys recipients that pick the Pokemon up next month will receive it at level 100 with some special moves that will be revealed at a later date.

Pokemon fans these days have it so easy. Back when I started my journey as a child, we had to drive to specific locations to get a Mew traded to our copies of Blue, Red, and Yellow. You kids and your Gamestops and Wi-Fi...

Meloetta Pokemon Available at GameStop Starting March 4 https://www.gameskinny.com/oxffb/meloetta-pokemon-available-at-gamestop-starting-march-4 https://www.gameskinny.com/oxffb/meloetta-pokemon-available-at-gamestop-starting-march-4 Tue, 26 Feb 2013 03:57:01 -0500 Ashley Shankle

Pokemon Black, Black 2, White, and White 2 owners have a reason to go to GameStop come March 4: Event-only Pokemon Meloetta is going to be available for a limited time.

Meloetta is a Normal/Psychic-type that comes with Close Combat, Teeter Dance, Psychic, and Round. Taking her to the Cafe Sonata in Castelia to learn Relic Song allows you to transform Meloetta into Pirouette (Normal/Fighting) mid-battle.

Fans have between March 4 and March 24 to head to GameStop and get their hands on this extremely limited and rare Pokemon.

Pokemon Special Event: This Ain't Your Mommy's Magikarp https://www.gameskinny.com/nnj3u/pokemon-special-event-this-ain-t-your-mommy-s-magikarp https://www.gameskinny.com/nnj3u/pokemon-special-event-this-ain-t-your-mommy-s-magikarp Sat, 09 Feb 2013 18:26:50 -0500 Joseph Rowe

You're fishing. Trying to catch a new water Pokemon to take care of your friend's Emboar since you decided to choose Snivy at the start. After about 20 tries, all you manage to catch are Magikarp. You give up and decide to trade online, because everyone knows that Magikarp is useless.

Well, this Magikarp is not useless at all. As part of a special charity event, the Pokemon Center in Nagoya will be delivering to its fans a special event Pokemon: a shiny level 99 Magikarp. It knows flail, hydro pump, bounce, and splash. Not only that, but it's holding a rare candy in order to sweeten the deal.

If you have ever done a Pokemon special event before, you know that they usually give out legendaries. It's surprising and hilarious that they are doing an event based around Magikarp. If you happen to catch yourself in Nagoya, Japan between March 20th and May 6, make sure to pick up this special water-type.