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The Licensing Expo 2022 takes place from May 24th, 2022 to May 26th, 2022 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. For more than 40 years, Licensing Expo has connected the world's most influential entertainment, character, art, and corporate brand owners and agents with consumer goods manufacturers, licensees and retailers.

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The Pokémon Company International (TPCi) has returned to Licensing Expo following its global 25th anniversary and campaign, which propelled the brand with major collaborations and promotions, such as Levi’s, Converse, Baccarat, McDonald’s, General Mills and OREO. Combined with a massive P25 Music program featuring some of the world’s most well-known artists including Katy Perry, Post Malone and J Balvin, the Pokémon franchise continued its legacy of being at the forefront of popular culture and being sought out for collaboration. In its 25th anniversary year, Pokémon was the top-selling toy property in the US, driven by its popular Pokémon TCG and licensed merchandise.1 Pokémon was also recognized as the License of the Year in 2022 at the annual Toy of the Year Awards.

Stemming from the strength of the Pokémon brand and strong momentum during the anniversary, TPCi is continuing to expand its award-winning licensing programs with partnerships and products that appeal to fans across generations, especially as those who grew up with Pokémon are now parents introducing their children to the brand. Examples include:

  • Toys and Collectibles: Licensees like Jazwares, Mattel, Funko, Build-A-Bear Workshop and The Wand Company are continuing to expand following Pokémon’s 25th anniversary, as partners add more to their growing lineup of official merchandise. For example, this year Mattel will be releasing the new MEGA CONSTRUX Motion Pikachu, which is available to demo at the Pokémon booth at Licensing Expo.
  • Gaming Accessories: Significant growth across the Pokémon TCG and video games has resulted in more product releases from licensees like Ultra PRO and PowerA. Fans can look forward to new Pokémon TCG expansions, such as the Pokémon GO set inspired the popular mobile game launching on July 1, 2022, and the new Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet core RPG titles launching in late 2022.
  • Apparel and Fashion Accessories: Following recently released apparel and accessory collaborations with partners like Irregular Choice, MARKET and Longchamp, TPCi is continuing to expand licensed apparel and accessories to delight fans of all ages in 2022 and beyond, including a new partnership with Hanna Andersson.

In addition, Pokémon Center, the official e-commerce arm of TPCi and premier destination for official Pokémon merchandise in the US, UK and Canada, is continuing to develop its lineup of unique, high-quality products and special collaborations. Recent partnerships have included Outdoor Research, OMOCAT, [email protected] and more.

RECENT AWARDS

  • License of the Year - 2022 Toy of the Year Awards
  • Overall Licensed Property of the Year - 2022 Australian Toy Association Awards
  • “Poste Italiane for Pokémon” – Best Kids Licensing Project - Bologna Licensing Awards 2022
  • Best Gaming Licensed Property - 2021 UK Licensing Awards
  • Licensor of the Year - 2021 Licensing Awards France

BRAND HIGHLIGHTS

  • More than 380 million video games have been shipped worldwide, making Pokémon one of the most successful gaming franchises of all time.
  • The mobile game sensation Pokémon GO has received more than one billion downloads globally since launching in July 2016.
  • The Pokémon TCG is one of the most popular trading card games in the world and has been shipped to 76 countries and regions in 13 languages.
  • The Pokémon animated television series features more than 1,000 episodes spanning 24 seasons, and there are 23 animated Pokémon movies to date. Pokémon animation has aired in 183 countries and regions in over 30 languages.
  • Pokémon global retail sales totaled $5.1 billion in 2020.

Source: https://www.licensingexpo.com/en/home.html

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Espeon is now available in Pokémon UNITE, along with a brand-new Pokébuki Style Holowear which can be purchased for 2499 Aeos Gems! Complete missions in the Espeon event, available from May 16th, 2022 until June 12th, 2022 and you can get Espeon's UNITE License for free! This Ranged Attacker uses its psychic power to predict your victory! Espeon arrived in Pokémon UNITE on May 16th, 2022.

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Espeon Pokébuki Style Holowear

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YouTube Clip - Espeon Character Spotlight | Pokémon UNITE


Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCQzzne7VhE

Espeon Is Now Available in Pokémon UNITE

(Psy)shock your opponents with this Ranged Attacker and its various Psychic-type attacks.

Add some more psychic power to your team now that Espeon has arrived in Pokémon UNITE. For a limited time, you can acquire Espeon's Unite license without spending Aeos gems through a special in-game Espeon event starting May 16, 2022, at 12:00 a.m. PDT. Earn points by logging in, participating in and winning battles, and other in-game activities. You can then redeem Espeon's Unite license once you've earned 2,000 points in this event. This special event ends June 11, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. PDT, at which point Espeon's Unite license will be available at the Unite Battle Committee for 10,000 Aeos coins. You can also receive Espeon's Unite license at any time by exchanging 575 Aeos gems at the Unite Battle Committee.

This Ranged Attacker is ready to take the battle to the opposition with a variety of mind-bending attacks. This Pokémon begins each match as Eevee, of course, and evolves into Espeon upon reaching Lv. 4. Eevee's basic attack becomes a boosted attack with every third attack, dealing increased damage, while Espeon's basic attack becomes a boosted attack after a set amount of time passes, causing Espeon to fire a beam in front of the itself. The beam deals increased damage to opposing Pokémon it hits and decreases their movement speed for a short time.

Eevee starts with the Anticipation Ability, which negates any hindrance that would affect Eevee and causes it to become immune to hindrances for a short time. When Eevee evolves into Espeon, its Ability becomes Magic Bounce, which functions similarly to Anticipation when Espeon would be affected by a hindrance. On top of that, Magic Bounce also deals damage to the opposing Pokémon that attempted to inflict the hindrance on Espeon and temporarily decrease that Pokémon's movement speed. Both Anticipation and Magic Bounce go on a short cooldown after they're triggered.

Eevee and Espeon's Moves

At Lv. 1 and Lv. 2, Eevee can learn Swift and Growl.

Eevee damages opposing Pokémon with Swift by shooting star-shaped rays at them. Using Growl against an opposing Pokémon deals damage to that Pokémon and decreases its movement speed for a short time.

At Lv. 4, Eevee evolves into Espeon, and Swift can be upgraded into Psyshock or Stored Power.

Psyshock has Espeon materialize psychic projectiles that it hurls at a designated location, dealing damage to opposing Pokémon hit by the projectiles and decreasing their movement speed for a short time. If an opposing Pokémon is hit by all of these psychic projectiles, that Pokémon is left unable to act for a short time. This move can be upgraded to increase the speed at which the projectiles travel.

By upgrading Swift to Stored Power, Espeon can unleash blasts of psychic power at random opposing Pokémon in an area of effect, dealing damage to them and decreasing their movement speed for a short time. Espeon stores one blast of psychic power whenever a set amount of time passes, or after it hits an opposing Pokémon with a boosted basic attack, and Espeon can store up to five blasts of psychic power at once. After Espeon uses this move, its movement speed increases for a short time. Stored Power can be upgraded to deal additional damage to opposing Pokémon with a low percentage of remaining HP.

At Lv. 6, Espeon can upgrade Growl into either Psybeam or Future Sight.

Psybeam has Espeon fire a peculiar ray in a designated direction. If the ray hits an opposing Pokémon, it will then split beyond the first Pokémon hit and deal damage to other opposing Pokémon in range. These split rays deal more damage the higher the max HP of the first Pokémon hit by the ray. Furthermore, if the first Pokémon hit by the ray has its movement speed decreased or is unable to act, those same effects will be applied to any Pokémon hit by the split rays. Psybeam can be upgraded to deal additional damage to opposing Pokémon that are unable to act. If Psybeam then splits beyond its initial target, its split rays will deal additional damage to opposing Pokémon they hit and leave unable to act.

There's a lot going on with Espeon's move Future Sight. When Espeon uses it, Espeon locks on to an opposing Pokémon, then deals damage a few seconds later to opposing Pokémon in an area of effect centered on the locked-on Pokémon. More damage is dealt the lower the locked-on Pokémon's remaining HP is. While Espeon is locked on to an opposing Pokémon, its other moves will target that Pokémon whenever possible. Each time one of these moves deals damage, Future Sight's cooldown is reduced.

If the locked-on Pokémon is on the opposing team and is knocked out before the area-of-effect damage is dealt, a single powered-up use of Psyshock or Stored Power becomes available for a short time. When Psyshock is powered up, it hurls stronger psychic projectiles at a designated location that also cause an explosion, dealing damage to opposing Pokémon in the area of effect. When Stored Power is powered up, it unleashes an increased number of psychic power blasts and restores Espeon's HP when the blasts hit.

Finally, Future Sight can be upgraded to allow Espeon to deal increased damage to the opposing Pokémon that Future Sight is locked on to.

Espeon's Unite Move, Psychic Solare

Once Espeon reaches Lv. 8, it learns its Unite Move, Psychic Solare.

This move puts Espeon's psychic prowess on full display as it has Espeon throw opposing Pokémon in the area of effect into the air and suspend them using its psychic power. After a delay, an explosion occurs that deals damage to opposing Pokémon in the area of effect and shoves them.

Your opponents won't know what to expect when Espeon enters the fray. Set your sights on the Espeon event to get Espeon's Unite license.

Source: https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/espeon-is-now-available-in-pokemon-unite/

The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo have announced Pokémon HOME version 2.0.0, which will now allow the Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, and Pokémon Shining Pearl video games to be mutually compatible with the cloud service app alongside past games Pokémon Sword, Pokémon Shield, Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu!, Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee!, and Pokémon GO. [1] Players can look forward to the update in the coming weeks. High resolution pictures from the press release have been added to an Imageboard thread.

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NEW VERSION OF POKÉMON HOME INTRODUCES MORE GAME COMPATIBILITY

Pokémon HOME enables Trainers to continue their Pokémon adventures beyond a single game system and manage their collection of Pokémon across many of their games. The Pokémon that players can take to each game are limited to the Pokémon that appear in those games. Players can view the details on which Pokémon can be taken to which games from the Help menu of the mobile device version of Pokémon HOME.[2]

Introducing Strange Balls
Pokémon Legends: Arceus takes place in the distant past of the world of Pokémon, where Poké Balls from the other games do not yet exist. When Pokémon caught in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, Pokémon Shining Pearl, Pokémon Sword, or Pokémon Shield are transferred to Pokémon Legends: Arceus, they will appear in Strange Balls. Strange Balls will only appear in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, and Pokémon Shining Pearl. All Pokémon caught in Pokémon Legends: Arceus that are transferred to Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield will appear in regular Poké Balls.[3]

Strange Ball

In Pokémon HOME, players will be able to see the Poké Balls that Pokémon were originally caught in.

Claim Special Pokémon When Linking Games
To celebrate Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, Pokémon Shining Pearl, and Pokémon Legends: Arceus becoming compatible with Pokémon HOME, players will be gifted special Pokémon when linking each game to Pokémon HOME.[4]

Pokémon Legends: Arceus Connectivity
After depositing a Pokémon from Pokémon Legends: Arceus into the Nintendo Switch version of Pokémon HOME, players will receive Rowlet, Cyndaquil, and Oshawott with maximum effort levels as Mystery Gifts in the mobile device version of Pokémon HOME.

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl Connectivity
After depositing a Pokémon from Pokémon Brilliant Diamond or Pokémon Shining Pearl into the Nintendo Switch version of Pokémon HOME, players will receive Turtwig, Chimchar, and Piplup with Hidden Abilities as Mystery Gifts in the mobile device version of Pokémon HOME.

Connectivity Between Various Games
The moves that Pokémon can learn in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, Pokémon Shining Pearl, Pokémon Sword, and Pokémon Shield differ from those that they can learn in other games, so a Pokémon's moves will not be reflected when it is transferred to another game.When a Pokémon is taken to another game for the first time, the moves it can use will be determined by its level.[5]

If a Pokémon is brought from the game it was caught into another game and learns other moves, and is then brought back to the game it was caught in, it will go back to having the moves that it originally knew.[6]

Linking to Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl
Players can check on the condition of Pokémon deposited from Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl to Pokémon HOME as well as their other details.

Please be cautious of the following when connecting Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl to Pokémon HOME.

  • Special Pokémon that can only be caught once during regular gameplay can only be deposited once per save data to Pokémon HOME.

Linking to Pokémon Legends: Arceus
You can view the effort levels of Pokémon deposited from Pokémon Legends: Arceus to Pokémon HOME as well as its other details.

  • The objective of Pokémon Legends: Arceus is to help compile the first Pokédex in the Hisui region. As such, the National Pokédex in Pokémon HOME will update its Pokédex entries based on your completion of the Pokédex in your Pokémon Legends: Arceus save data.
  • If a Pokédex entry in Pokémon Legends: Arceus is incomplete, you will not be able to see that Pokémon's entry in Pokémon HOME.

Additional Achievements and Stickers
Players can obtain stickers by completing achievements by meeting certain conditions in the mobile device version of Pokémon HOME. New achievements and stickers based on Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, and Pokémon Shining Pearl will be added from version 2.0.0 onwards.

For more information on Pokémon HOME version 2.0.0, please click here.

[1] Linking Pokémon HOME to different games can be done through the Nintendo Switch version.
[2] Example: Hisuian Growlithe cannot be transferred to Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, Pokémon Shining Pearl, Pokémon Sword, or Pokémon Shield, but players will be able to take a Pikachu they've caught in Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield into Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, or Pokémon Shining Pearl.
[3] When Pokémon are deposited or withdrawn between Pokémon Brilliant Diamond or Pokémon Shining Pearl and Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield, the caught Pokémon will appear in the original Poké Balls that they were caught in and not in Strange Balls.
[4] Mystery Gifts in Pokémon HOME are only available on the mobile device version. The ability to link Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, and Pokémon Shining Pearl to Pokémon HOME is only available on the Nintendo Switch version. To prepare, please make sure that the Nintendo Switch version and the mobile device version of Pokémon HOME are linked. (For more details, please check here.)

Depending on the OS or device, players may not be able to use certain features. The particulars of this event may be changed at any time without prior warning. Thank you for your understanding.

[5] These moves will be learned when Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, Pokémon Shining Pearl, Pokémon Sword, or Pokémon Shield are linked.
[6] A Pokémon caught in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! or Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! and transferred to Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield will keep the moves they had in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! or Pokémon: Let's Go Eevee! A Pokémon caught in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! or Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! and transferred to Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond,or Pokémon Shining Pearl will have moves that correspond to its level. A Pokémon caught in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! or Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! and transferred to Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, Pokémon Shining Pearl, Pokémon Sword, or Pokémon Shield cannot be transferred back to Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! or Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee!

Marvelous has announced their Results Briefing Materials Fiscal Year Ended March 31, 2022 on May 12th, 2022. The report indicated that they were affected significantly by the COVID-19 pandemic but Pokémon MEZASTAR largely contributed to their increases in sales and profit.

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Earnings Highlights (Statement of Profit and Loss)

In the online game business, sales of existing titles declined, and the stage performance business, which was significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, struggled, while sales of game software and a hit of Pokémon MEZASTAR largely contributed to increases in sales and profit, resulting in year-on-year increases in both sales and profit as a whole.

Amusement Business: Initiatives Starting in FY Ending March 2023

  • New tag of Pokémon MEZASTAR newly began operations in April.
  • Overseas expansion of Pokémon Ga-Olé is continuing in anticipation of the COVID-19 pandemic subsiding.

Source: https://corp.marv.jp/english/library/img/presentation4q2022.pdf

The Pokémon Company International officially revealed Pokémon Ultimate Journeys: The Series which will air on NetFlix in select markets as early as spring 2022. High resolution pictures from the press release have been added to an Imageboard thread.

In Canada, “Pokémon Ultimate Journeys: The Series” will premiere on TELETOON and STACKTV beginning on Saturday, May 28 at 12:00 p.m. ET/PT.

In Australia, “Pokémon Ultimate Journeys: The Series” will premiere on 9Go! beginning on Thursday, September 15 at 10:30 a.m. AEST.

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Pokémon Ultimate Journeys: The Series Poster

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Press Release - ‘Pokémon Ultimate Journeys: The Series’ Premiering Around the World in 2022

New Trailer, Details Announced for 25th Season of Beloved Pokémon Animated Series

BELLEVUE, Wash. — May 11, 2022 — Today, The Pokémon Company International unveiled the next season of the iconic Pokémon animated series, “Pokémon Ultimate Journeys: The Series,” premiering in select markets as early as spring and in additional markets through the end of 2022 and beyond. The 25th season of the globally popular animation will follow Ash Ketchum and his Pikachu, as well as Goh and Chloe, as they embark on their latest adventures in the Pokémon world.

The Pokémon Company International gave fans a sneak peek at the upcoming season by unveiling first-look screenshots and an official synopsis. A global reveal trailer for “Pokémon Ultimate Journeys: The Series” also debuted on the Pokémon YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/CUjAdM3BtCw.

“Pokémon Ultimate Journeys: The Series” Synopsis:

The stakes are higher than ever for Ash, Goh and Chloe as they advance toward their goals! As the Pokémon World Coronation Series tournament heats up, intensive training is in store for Ash, Pikachu and their Pokémon friends. Meanwhile, Goh embarks on a series of challenging trial missions to become a member of Project Mew. And as Chloe and Eevee learn about the different evolutionary paths that Eevee can take, will they be able to come to a decision about its future? Get ready for nonstop action, familiar faces from journeys past and more Pokémon discoveries to be made!

In the US, “Pokémon Ultimate Journeys: The Series” will premiere on Netflix later this year. Fans can stay tuned to Netflix for series availability information in the coming weeks and months, as well as subscribe to the official Pokémon YouTube channel for future trailer reveals.

YouTube Clip - Pokémon Ultimate Journeys: The Series | Part 1 Coming Soon to Netflix


Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUjAdM3BtCw

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The Pokémon UNITE Game Update - April 28th, 2022 - Ver. 1.5.1.2 update is now available. A UNITE Membership has been announced as well as Pokémon UNITE Day.

YouTube Clip - Battle Pass Pokébuki has begun!


Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vudHNriygqI

YouTube Clip - Pokemon UNITE Battle Pass Season 7 PV


Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6IAhz6cjy4

Pokémon UNITE Announces April 28th, 2022 Update, Including the Start of the Seventh Season Battle Pass in Pokémon UNITE!

A chic new Holowear appearances, a new season of Ranked Matches, and much more updates coming your way!

1. "Pokébuki Battle Pass", the 7th season of Battle Pass, will begin on April 28!

Get the chic Holowear Pokébuki Style for Blastoise! The holowear you can get with this Premium Pass are Blastoise Pokébuki Style and Charizard Shinobi Style!

2. Play a lot of battles and get rewards!

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Exchange Flower Coins for various items by completing event missions starting on April 28th, 2022. The main reward for the first half of the event (~May 19) is Trevenant Happi Coat Style! In addition, you can use free limited-time holowear and Pokémon licenses in the event. Enjoy the battles dressed up in your holowear! Look forward to the rewards in the second half of the event.

3. A new season of Ranked Match will start on April 28th, 2022!

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Ranked Match Season 4 will begin on Thursday, April 28th, 2022 at 4pm. The reward for reaching the Expert Class is the Mamoswine Knight Style!

4. Pokémon UNITE Day begins

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Starting the first Saturday of every month, two days are Pokémon UNITE Day! It starts on May 7th, 2022 goes to Sunday, May 8th, 2022. Period: Saturday, May 7, 9:00 a.m. to Monday, May 9, 8:59 p.m. JST. Four campaigns will be held during this two-day weekend.

1. Free play for all Pokémon! You can use the Unite license for all Pokémon for free. This is a great opportunity to try out Pokémon you have been curious about. You cannot use it in Ranked Matches.

2. Holowear on sale! Some Holowear items will be on sale.

3. Aeos Coin Increase Campaign! You can get more Aeos Coins than usual when you battle. You can earn 100 coins for each battle you participate in. In addition to the maximum amount of Aeos Coins you can earn each week, the maximum amount you can earn on both days will be increased by 1,000 coins.

4. Aeos Energy increase campaign! Aeos Energy will be increased by 1X when you battle. Collect Aeos Energy and transfer it to Energy Rewards to earn rewards! *If you have used the "Energy Boost Tank", you will receive 3 times the total amount of Aeos Energy, and if you have used the "Energy Boost Tank (4x)", you will receive 6 times the total amount of Aeos Energy.

5. UNITE Membership is now available! Lots of benefits for members!

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UNITE Membership offers many benefits!

1. Get a special "Holowear of the Month" gift!
2. 2 additional free Unite Licenses will be released on a weekly basis.
3. 2 free Holowears Trial licenses per week.
4. Access to exclusive chat balloons and special icon frames for membership members.
5. 10% discount on Trainer Fashion items when purchased with Gems/Aeos tickets for the first week after launch only.
6. 40 Gems given every day!

As an initial registration bonus, you will receive an additional Trainer Fashion item "Hoopa Set"!

This is a great deal for those who play a lot. You can join for 1,150 yen per month. The service start date and time hasn't been announced, so please wait for an announcement.

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The Pokémon Company has revealed the details for the upcoming Pokémon GO TCG expansion set product lineup as well as a few cards. High resolution pictures from the press release have been added to an Imageboard thread.

Pokémon Trading Card Game: Pokémon GO Expansion to Feature Photorealistic Artwork Illustrating the World of the Popular Pokémon GO Mobile Game

​​​​​​​April 28, 2022 — Today, The Pokémon Company International revealed more details about the highly anticipated Pokémon Trading Card Game: Pokémon GO expansion, releasing around the world starting on July 1, 2022.

In this special collaboration inspired by the Pokémon GO app, fans will be able to play with cards featuring photorealistic artwork and unique gameplay scenarios inspired by the beloved mobile title. Certain cards illustrate Pokémon as if they have jumped out into the real world, such as Pikachu walking alongside its Trainer and Snorlax sleeping wherever it pleases, while other cards portray Pokémon in scenes that are familiar to the mobile game, such as Blissey valiantly defending a Gym and Aipom dodging a Poké Ball.

In addition, objects and characters from the world of Pokémon GO will appear as Trainer cards, such as PokéStop as a Stadium card and Lure Module as an Item card, as well as Spark of Team Instinct, Blanche of Team Mystic and Candela of Team Valor as Supporter cards.

The Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO expansion will be available through the following product offerings releasing around the world at participating retailers beginning on July 1, 2022, with more releases coming at a later date. Select products will feature unique promo cards, including powerful new Pokémon V and Pokémon VSTAR that will be impactful in Pokémon TCG battles.

  • Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO Pokémon Center Elite Trainer Box Plus (exclusive to Pokémon Center and now available for preorder in the US, Canada and the UK until June 24, 2022, includes one foil promo card featuring Mewtwo V)
  • Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO Elite Trainer Box (includes one foil promo card featuring Mewtwo V)
  • Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO Premium Collection—Radiant Eevee (now available for preorder at Pokémon Center in the US, Canada and the UK until June 24, 2022, includes one foil promo card featuring Radiant Eevee)
  • Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO Special Collections (includes one of three full-art foil promo cards featuring Spark, Blanche or Candela)
  • Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO Collection—Alolan Exeggutor V (includes one foil promo card and one oversize foil card featuring Alolan Exeggutor V)
  • Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO Tin (includes one foil promo card featuring Pikachu with the Gift Delivery attack)
  • Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO Poké Ball Tin
  • Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO Mini Tins featuring Magikarp, Eevee, Blissey, Pikachu and Snorlax
  • Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO V Battle Decks (includes one of two foil promo cards featuring Mewtwo V or Melmetal V)
  • Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO V Battle Deck—Mewtwo vs. Melmetal (includes two foil promo cards featuring Mewtwo V and Melmetal V)

See the First Cards from the Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO Expansion

The upcoming expansion features breathtaking illustrations bridging the world of the Pokémon TCG and Pokémon GO.

Check out the first cards to be revealed from the upcoming Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO expansion. Found in Pokémon GO booster packs, these collectible and powerful cards will attract every type of Pokémon TCG fan! Note that booster packs for this expansion will not be sold separately.

Reminiscent of the Pokémon GO experience, some of the Pokémon appear to have jumped into the real world, such as Pikachu walking alongside its Trainer and Snorlax snoozing on the front porch of a house. Some cards portray Pokémon that have a connection to Pokémon GO, such as the Mythical Pokémon Meltan, who was originally discovered in Pokémon GO. And check out Blissey's illustration to see the Pokémon valiantly defending a Gym.

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Trainer cards also pick up the Pokémon GO vibe. The PokéStop Stadium card can find Item cards near the top of the deck every turn. Similarly, the Lure Module Item card lets both players find Pokémon near the top of their deck. And it won't come as a surprise that Candela, Spark, and Blanche, the heads of Team Valor, Team Instinct, and Team Mystic, make their Pokémon TCG debut as Supporter cards. These three also appear as beautiful full-art cards.

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Looking to add a little oomph to your deck with cards from the Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO expansion? Mewtwo VSTAR has what you're looking for. Its Star Raid VSTAR Power is an attack that does 120 damage to each of your opponent's Pokémon V, and its Psy Purge attack does up to 270 damage when you discard Psychic Energy from your Pokémon.

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One promo card that stands out in multiple ways is Radiant Eevee, which has a stunning visual appearance. But it's also useful in battle, letting you search for up to six cards in your deck with its Twinkle Gathering attack. And since it's a Colorless-type Pokémon, it's easy to slot into pretty much any deck!

Source: https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/see-the-first-cards-from-the-pokemon-tcg-pokemon-go-expansion/

Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO Elite Trainer Box

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Launch: July 01, 2022

Gear up for battle like never before as Pokémon GO meets the Pokémon Trading Card Game! The Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO Elite Trainer Box is a great way to get started with this exciting new expansion thanks to the ten Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO booster packs included. Not only that, but you'll get a foil promo card featuring Mewtwo V. This Legendary Pokémon's Transfer Break attack will do 160 damage to your opponent's Active Pokémon while moving one Energy attached to Mewtwo V onto one of your Benched Pokémon.

This Elite Trainer Box also includes plenty of other useful items for playing the Pokémon TCG. There are 65 card sleeves featuring Mewtwo to keep your deck in good condition, 45 Energy cards to power up your team, damage-counter dice and a coin-flip die, acrylic condition and VSTAR markers, and a player's guide to the Pokémon GO expansion. It all comes in a sturdy collector's box that's perfect for storing your cards. You'll be ready to go with this cool set!

The Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO Elite Trainer Box includes:

  • 10 Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO booster packs
  • 1 foil promo card featuring Mewtwo V
  • 65 card sleeves featuring Mewtwo
  • 45 Pokémon TCG Energy cards
  • A player's guide to the Pokémon GO expansion
  • 6 damage-counter dice
  • 1 competition-legal coin-flip die
  • 2 acrylic condition markers
  • 1 acrylic VSTAR marker
  • A collector's box to hold everything, with 4 dividers to keep it organized
  • A code card usable in either the Pokémon TCG Online or Pokémon TCG Live

The Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO Elite Trainer Box will be available on July 1, 2022, at the Pokémon Center and where Pokémon TCG products are sold.

Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO Special Collection—Team Instinct / Team Mystic / Team Valor

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Launch: July 01, 2022

The three teams from Pokémon GO come to the Pokémon TCG with a trio of Pokémon GO Special Collections. Choose from Team Instinct, Team Mystic, or Team Valor—or collect all three! Each set includes a full-art foil promo card featuring the leader of each team: Spark for Team Instinct, Blanche for Team Mystic, and Candela for Team Valor. These Supporter cards allow you to draw two cards, flip a coin, and then (if it lands on heads) attach an Energy card from your discard pile to one of your Benched Pokémon. The type of Energy you'll attach depends on the team leader.

You can proudly show off your favorite team with the eye-catching emblem pin that comes with each collection. Six booster packs from the special Pokémon GO expansion are also included!

The Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO Special Collection—Team Instinct / Team Mystic / Team Valor includes:

  • A full-art foil promo card featuring Spark, Blanche, or Candela
  • A deluxe pin featuring the emblem of Team Instinct, Team Mystic, or Team Valor
  • 6 Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO booster packs
  • A code card usable in either the Pokémon TCG Online or Pokémon TCG Live

The Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO Special Collection—Team Instinct / Team Mystic / Team Valor will be available on July 1, 2022, in the Pokémon Center and where Pokémon TCG products are sold.

Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO Premium Collection—Radiant Eevee

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Launch: July 01, 2022

With their unique coloration, Shiny Pokémon are usually tough to find, but the adorable Radiant Eevee is eager to join your team in this collection filled with tons of treasures! Included as a foil promo card in this set, Radiant Eevee offers the Twinkle Gathering attack that allows you to search your deck for a number of cards up to the number of different types of Pokémon you have in play. Power like this means that you can only have one Radiant Pokémon in your deck.

In addition to this special card, you also get a glossy enamel pin, a playmat that shows off beautiful artwork of this rare Pokémon, and eight booster packs from the special Pokémon GO expansion.

The Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO Premium Collection—Radiant Eevee includes:

  • A foil promo card featuring Radiant Eevee
  • A deluxe pin featuring Radiant Eevee
  • A playmat with artwork featuring Radiant Eevee
  • 8 Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO booster packs
  • A code card usable in either the Pokémon TCG Online or Pokémon TCG Live

The Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO Premium Collection—Radiant Eevee will be available on July 1, 2022, in the Pokémon Center and where Pokémon TCG products are sold.

Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO Collection—Alolan Exeggutor V

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Launch: July 01, 2022

Growing taller and stronger in the tropical sunshine, Alolan Exeggutor V surveys its surroundings and then swings in to strike! Thanks to its Growing Tall attack, this powerful Grass-type Pokémon V makes it easy to get Energy into play so that you can land a big hit with its Head Swing attack. Here you'll find a ready-to-play copy of Alolan Exeggutor V, an oversize version to show off in your collection, and a handful of booster packs from the special Pokémon GO expansion.

The Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO Collection—Alolan Exeggutor V includes:

  • A foil promo card featuring Alolan Exeggutor V
  • An oversize foil card featuring Alolan Exeggutor V
  • 4 Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO booster packs
  • A code card usable in either the Pokémon TCG Online or Pokémon TCG Live

The Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO Collection—Alolan Exeggutor V will be available on July 1, 2022, in the Pokémon Center and where Pokémon TCG products are sold.

Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO Poké Ball Tin

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Launch: August 26, 2022

What's inside a Poké Ball? The answer is Pokémon...cards, of course! If you're looking to build your collection with the Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO expansion, you can do it in style with a Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO Poké Ball Tin. Each tin contains three Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO booster packs and two sticker sheets for you to add a little Pokémon flair wherever you want!

The Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO Poké Ball Tin will be available August 26, 2022, at the Pokémon Center and where Pokémon TCG products are sold.

Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO Mini Tin

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Launch: August 05, 2022

Boost your collection of cards from the Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO expansion with these charming Mini Tins. Each one includes two booster packs from the expansion along with a metallic coin. There are five different Mini Tins to collect, and each one includes an art card featuring the artwork from the tin's lid. You can even combine all five art cards together to form a larger image!

The Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO Mini Tin includes:

  • 2 Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO booster packs
  • 1 metallic coin with a PokéCoin design
  • A Pokémon art card showing the art from this Mini Tin—you can collect and combine all 5

The Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO Mini Tin will be available on August 5, 2022, at the Pokémon Center and where Pokémon TCG products are sold.

Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO Tin

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Launch: July 15, 2022

Let Pikachu help you to battle hard and build your Pokémon TCG collection! The Mouse Pokémon is here as a foil promo card that can help you find an Item card in your deck, and it's joined by another Pokémon friend as a playable foil card. Expand your collection with Pokémon GO booster packs, and decorate your binder or deck boxes with a set of colorful stickers featuring Pikachu, Snorlax, and Blissey!

In this tin, you'll find:

  • 1 foil promo card featuring Pikachu
  • 1 additional foil card featuring Pikachu, Snorlax, or Blissey
  • 4 Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO booster packs
  • 1 sticker sheet
  • A code card for Pokémon TCG Live

The Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO Tin will be available July 15, 2022, in the Pokémon Center and where Pokémon TCG products are sold.

Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO Mewtwo V Battle Deck / Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO Melmetal V Battle Deck

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Launch: July 01, 2022

Unleash mental might or metal mayhem with a deck led by Mewtwo V or Melmetal V with Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO V Battle Decks. Mewtwo V leads an elusive team of Psychic-type Pokémon, while Melmetal V brings the crushing power of Metal types. Land quick hits turn after turn, keep Energy in play, and master all the tricks of these two V Battle Decks!

Each Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO Mewtwo V Battle Deck and Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO Melmetal V Battle Deck includes:

  • 1 ready-to-play 60-card deck
  • 3 reference cards
  • 1 rules booklet
  • Single-player playmat
  • Damage counters
  • 1 large metallic coin
  • 1 deck box
  • 1 strategy sheet
  • 1 code card to play this deck online

The Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO Mewtwo V Battle Deck and Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO Melmetal V Battle Deck will be available starting July 1, 2022, at the Pokémon Center and where Pokémon TCG products are sold.

Source: https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-tcg/product-gallery/

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The Pokémon Company has announce the release date of the first episode of the Pokémon LEGENDS Arceus anime three-part limited animated series. The first episode will air on May 18th, 2022 on Pokémon TV and YouTube. Pictures from the press release have been added to an Imageboard thread.

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The Japanese version announced the voice actors for the main character Akio. Akio as a young man is voice by Koki Uchiyama (内山昂輝) while Akio as a young boy is voice by Rie Kugimiya (釘宮理恵).

Poster:

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Coming Soon: Pokémon: Hisuian Snow on Pokémon TV and YouTube

Learn about a time when Pokémon and humans lived separate lives with a new limited animated series.

Get ready for a new adventure set in the vast, stunning Hisui region. Produced by WIT STUDIO, Pokémon: Hisuian Snow launches May 18 with the first episode in a three-part limited animated series. Available on Pokémon TV and the official Pokémon YouTube channel, Pokémon: Hisuian Snow tells the story of a boy named Alec and his encounter with a Hisuian Zorua. When he was younger, Alec's father taught him that people and Pokémon cannot live together. But Alec's interactions with the Zorua might offer a different lesson.

Source: https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/coming-soon-pokemon-hisuian-snow-on-pokemon-tv-and-youtube/

Press Release - POKÉMON ANNOUNCES NEW ANIMATED SERIES ‘POKÉMON: HISUIAN SNOW’

Details Revealed for Three-Episode Web Series Set in the Ancient Hisui Region

BELLEVUE, Wash. — April 26, 2022 — The Pokémon Company International revealed details today about an animated series that will take fans on a new adventure in the ancient Hisui region of the Pokémon world. The web series, originally teased during a Pokémon Presents on Pokémon Day 2022, is titled “Pokémon: Hisuian Snow” and is slated to premiere on May 18, 2022, exclusively on the official Pokémon YouTube channel and Pokémon TV.

The Hisui region was originally explored in the Pokémon Legends: Arceus video game and represents the Sinnoh region of old—before the existence of Pokémon Trainers and Pokémon Leagues. “Pokémon: Hisuian Snow” is a story that takes place during this ancient age when the relationship between people and Pokémon was very different. Aboard a boat bound for the Hisui region, the protagonist Alec reminisces about the first time his father took him there. Over the span of three episodes, “Pokémon: Hisuian Snow” will go into detail about Alec’s stories from the past.

Character Details:

Viewers will meet Hisuian Pokémon and new characters in this limited web series. The Pokémon Company International has revealed initial details of key characters and Pokémon in anticipation of the premiere.

Alec
Alec is heading to the Hisui region in search of medicinal herbs. He is a mild-mannered young man who is studying to become a doctor. As a child, he once accompanied his father on a visit to the Hisui region. He had an adventurous and mischievous side to him when he was a child.

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Alec’s Father
Alec’s father is a woodworker. He originally lived in a different region, but recently moved to the Hisui region to procure materials. He came to fear Pokémon after a certain incident.

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Zorua (Hisuian Form)
The Spiteful Fox Pokémon who lives in the Hisui region. It is said that the lingering spirits of Zorua who were chased out of their homeland and perished have returned to life in this form, fueled by the power of their malice toward humans and Pokémon.

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“Pokémon: Hisuian Snow” is being produced by The Pokémon Company International in collaboration with WIT STUDIO, and episodes will premiere on the official Pokémon YouTube channel and Pokémon TV. Please look forward to more information on additional episode release dates following episode one’s premiere.

Credits

Director: Ken Yamamoto
Screenwriter: Taku Kishimoto
Character Design: KURO
Color Design: Ayaka Nakamura (WIT STUDIO)
Art Director: Yuuji Kaneko (AOSYASIN)
Director of Photography: Takeru Yokoi (WIT STUDIO)
Offline Editor: Akari Saito (Mishima Editing Room)
Sound Director: Masafumi Mima
Music: Conisch
Animation: WIT STUDIO

Game Freak has introduced an "Optional Three-Day Weekend" starting in April 2022. It is aiming to be a flexible work environment where each employee can choose how to work at his or her own will.

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Game Freak is a company that plans and develops games such as the Pokémon series, and it has introduced an "Optional Three-Day Weekend" starting in April 2022. This system allows employees who wish to take an additional day off per week in addition to Saturdays and Sundays for the purpose of "childcare, nursing care, or nursing care.

The program targets full-time employees who are raising children of elementary school age or younger or who need to care for or provide nursing care to family members.

Game Freak has also established a staggered workday system, a paid leave system that allows employees to take paid leave in one-hour increments, and a telecommuting system. With the introduction of the selective workweek system, employees will be able to work in a more flexible manner according to their individual circumstances.

We want to become a flexible work environment where each and every one of us can choose how to work at their own accord. This system represents Game Freak's desire to create a new way of working. We will continue to evolve so that our employees can realize their full potential.

Optional Three-Day Weekend for Childcare, Caregiving, and Nursing Care Purposes

  • Eligible employees
    • Childcare: Full-time employees who take care of children of elementary school age or younger
    • Caregiving/Nursing care: Full-time employees who care for or provide nursing care to family members
  • Use of the system
    • Employees themselves choose one weekday as a day off.
    • Available on a monthly basis, starting on the first day of each month and ending at the end of the month.
  • Working hours
    • 8 hours per day x 4 days = 32 hours per week
  • Salary
    • 80% of base salary and bonus compared to a regular 2-day weekend

About Game Freak

Game Freak is engaged in the planning and development of games such as the Pokémon series. Even though we are celebrating our 33rd anniversary, our commitment to providing the world with quality games has not changed our development activities. We will continue to create new content with "fun, excitement, and discovery" and "courage, hope, kindness, dreams, and a spirit of adventure" in mind.

Company Profile

Company name: Game Freak
Established: April 26th, 1989
CEO: Satoshi Tajiri
Number of employees: 176 (as of April 2022, regular and contract employees only)

The Pokémon Company International has announced the winners of the 2022 Pokémon Europe International Championships who were crowned in Frankfurt, Germany.

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Winners of the 2022 Pokémon Europe International Championships Crowned in Frankfurt, Germany

Pokémon players from 40 countries and regions gathered in Frankfurt, Germany, from April 22–24 2022, for the first International Championships of the 2022 Championship Series season

From April 22–24, Pokémon fans and players from around the globe gathered at the Messe Frankfurt, Germany, for the 2022 Pokémon Europe International Championships. Players competed in the Pokémon Trading Card Game, Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield video games, the first international Pokémon GO championship in partnership with Niantic, and Pokkén Tournament DX.

During three days of intense competition, Trainers in the Pokémon Trading Card Game and the Pokémon video games battled to take home the title of International Champion and secure a place at this year’s Pokémon World Championships taking place in London, England, from August 18–21. Pokémon GO players and Pokkén Tournament DX players also battled for a chance to qualify for the 2022 Pokémon World Championships.

This year’s champions were awarded a special Pokémon trophy, a monetary prize in the form of a scholarship or cash prize, and thousands of dollars’ worth of prizes spread among the Pokémon Trading Card Game, the Pokémon video games, Pokémon GO, and Pokkén Tournament DX competition categories.

The final list of winners from the weekend is as follows:

Trading Card Game Junior Division:
1st place: Nathan Osterkatz [US]
2nd place: Luka Levain [FR]

Trading Card Game Senior Division:
1st place: Caleb Rogerson [US]
2nd place: Roberto Costanzo [FR]

Trading Card Game Masters Division:
1st place: Gustavo Wada [BR]
2nd place: Frank Percic [US]

Video Game Junior Division:
1st place: Alexander Musikant [DE]
2nd place: Francesca Zaglio [IT]

Video Game Senior Division:
1st place: Nicholas Kan [AU]
2nd place: Alessandro Marchionne [IT]

Video Game Masters Division:
1st place: Eric Rios [ES]
2nd place: Oliver Eskolin [FI]

Pokémon GO Senior Division:
1st place: Maxwell Ember (MEweedle) [GB]
2nd place: Stefan Cojocaru (KrowMDIV) [DE]

Pokémon GO Masters Division:
1st place: Jakub Zatloukal (Aeeriils) [CZ]
2nd place: Domnik Wieber (Fr43ka) [DE]

Pokkén Tournament DX Senior Division:
1st place: Fardin Rahman Mikan (Royume) [DE]

Pokkén Tournament DX Masters Division:
1st place: Florian Blank (Cloud) [DE]
2nd place: Motochika Nabeshim (Elm) [JP]
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