Pokemon Sun/Moon - Win More against the Elite Four in the “Defend Your Champion Title!” Global Mission

Show your mettle by taking on the Elite Four in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon with a new global mission at the PGL! In the “Defend Your Champion Title!” global mission, participants have a goal to collectively earn the title of League Champion 100,000 times between June 27 at 00:00 UTC and July 10 at 23:59 UTC. Everyone who becomes Champion for this global mission at least once will earn Festival Coins, and Pokémon Global Link members can earn even more rewards!

To earn the title of League Champion, not only will you have to take on the Elite Four, you’ll also have to defeat the current League Champion. Prepare your best team and figure out your best strategies. Remember that you can battle the Elite Four in any order, but your Pokémon won’t be healed automatically and you won’t be able to leave until you become Champion (or are defeated), so be prepared before you enter!

To join a global mission, first head to the Festival Plaza in your Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon game. Enter the castle and speak to the receptionist on the right. She’ll let you join the global mission and guarantee that every trip to the top will count toward this global mission. Then start battling for the title of League Champion.

If the goal of 100,000 Championship titles is reached, PGL members will earn 4,000 Festival Coins, while Trainers who haven’t joined the PGL will earn 2,000 Festival Coins. If the goal is not reached, the participation prize will be 400 FC for PGL members, and 200 FC for Trainers not registered at the PGL.

Pokémon Global Link members are also eligible to receive a Moon Ball—a Poké Ball that has better odds of catching a Pokémon that can evolve using a Moon Stone—if a bonus goal of 200,000 League Champion titles is reached. Plus, regardless of the success of the global mission, any PGL member who contributes at least one League Champion title to the tally will earn five Rare Candies!

Remember that a PGL account is free, and you have until the end of the global mission time period to create an account and sync your game to earn the bigger bonus. You can sign up for a PGL account today.

Check out “How to Participate in Global Missions” if you’d like a more detailed walkthrough on how to join the fun.

Good luck in the “Defend Your Champion Title!” global mission! Remember to use Game Sync by July 10 at 23:59 UTC to get your Elite Four victories counted toward the grand total.

Pokemon GO - Raid Battles now open to Level 20 players

Man, I'm not often right, but I nailed this prediction in my last post about Raid Battles! I figured they would drop the level by about 5 points or so and soon, and that's exactly what they did. No more predictions from me. I've got to quit while I'm ahead of the game!

A Spectator’s Guide to Pokemon Video Game Internationals

Trainers will soon put their best Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon strategies on display in Indianapolis, Indiana, at the first-ever North American International Championships. Battles will be streaming live June 30 – July 2 on Pokemon.com/Live, so make sure to tune in! We're going to witness amazing battles as the top Trainers from Europe, Latin America, and Oceania cross oceans to compete against local talent. The first matches will start around 9:30 a.m. EDT on Friday.

Trainers will be competing for a prize pool of up to $200,000 (based on attendance), spread between the Pokémon TCG and VG competitions. It will also be the final opportunity for Trainers to earn enough Championship Points to qualify for the 2017 Pokémon World Championships.

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Eight Decks to Watch For at Pokemon North American Internationals

The final Pokémon TCG International Championships event of the 2017 Play! Pokémon season is right around the corner. Players from all over the world will gather in Indianapolis from June 30 to July 2 for the 2017 North American International Championships, eager to earn major Championship Points and other big prizes on the road to the 2017 Pokémon World Championships in Anaheim, CA, in August.

This event is shaping up to be the largest one of the season, and there's a lot on the line. For many players, this will be the final opportunity to earn enough Championship Points to qualify for the World Championships. For the very top players, it's a chance to earn an elusive Day Two invitation to Worlds, which allows them to skip the first day of competition entirely. The top players in the world will be in attendance, all vying for the top prize of $10,000 and the title of North American International Champion.

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Pokemon GO - Raid Battles now open to Level 25 players

Seems like Niantic has been quick to respond to level requirements being too high for Raid Battles. You can now get in at level 25 or higher, but I bet we see another 5-level drop in the near future.

Random Time! - Japanese magazine offering Pokemon-themed marriage licenses

You think you've seen every type of Pokemon merch there is, and then Japanese wedding magazine Zexy comes along and reinvents the wheel. Yes, these are Pokemon legal documents for getting married. I can honestly say I've seen much weirder options for marriage certificates! I think this one is actually kind of cute!

Pokemon Centers getting a massive wave of new merch

Seriously...so much merch heading to Pokemon Centers. You think I'm joking? Take a look at the massive list below!

- Mini Figure Collection Forward! Pikachu Big March 463 yen (figure cannot be chosen)
- Pitarest (Pikachu/Ditto/Mew/Rowlet) 1,667 yen each
- Pikachu Ear Alice Band 1,112 yen
- Pikachu Ear Alice Band KIDS size 1,112 yen
- Pikachu Bag with Ears (Cover Edition) M 4,500 yen
- Pikachu Bag with Ears (Cover Edition) S 4,204 yen
- Pachin Mascot Pikachu 704 yen
- Hair Band with Pikachu Mascot Pikachu Face 704 yen
- Pachin Mascot Ribbon 704 yen
- T-shirt Pikachu Big Face Pattern (S/M/L) 3,000 yen
- T-shirt Pikachu Big Face Pattern 120 2,500 yen
- T-shirt Pikachu Pattern (S/M/L) 3,000 yen
- T-shirt Pikachu Pattern 120 2,500 yen
- Pikachu Ears Hood with T-shirt Pikachu (M/L) 3,500 yen
- Pikachu Ears Hood with T-shirt Pikachu 120 3,000 yen
- Muffler towel Pikachu Trio 1,000 yen
- Mini bath towel Pikachu Trio 2,000 yen
- Hand towel Pikachu trio 500 yen
- Towel with hood and tail Pikachu 2,500 yen
- Towel with hood and tail Pikachu KIDS size 2,000 yen
- Pikachu tail with carabiner (Male/Female) 1,000 yen
- Pikachu tail mascot with carabiner (Male/Female) 612 yen
- Face sticker Pikachu Trio 500 yen
- Photo stand Photogenic Pikachu 1,500 yen
- A4 Clear File (2 pieces) set Photogenic Pikachu 463 yen
- Shopping bag with zip Photogenic Pikachu 1,000 yen
- Postcard Photogenic Pikachu(A~J) 186 yen
- Rainproof pouch Pikachu 1,500 yen
- Mist fan Surfing Pikachu 1,806 yen
- Pikachu Ears cap S 3,000 yen
- Pikachu Ears cap 3,000 yen
- Alola Festival! Pikachu standard plush 1,800 yen
- Alola Festival! Pikachu mascot 1,200 yen
- Pyukumuku/Alolan Exeggutor/Alolan Marowak mascot 1,000 yen each
- Arcylic Keyholder Collection Alola Festival! 500 yen (10 to collect, 1 secret type. Blind pack)
- A4 Clear File Set (2 pieces) Alola Festival! 460 yen
- Sticker Alola Festival! 500 yen
- Desk pad Alola Festival! 250 yen
- General purpose notebook Alola Festival! 170 yen
- Pyukumuku soft purse 800 yen
- Handkerchief Alola Festival! 340 yen
- Handkerchief Alola Sunset  340 yen
- Small towel Alola Festival! 380 yen
- Small towel Alola Sunset 380 yen
- Muffler towel with pocket Alola Festival! 1,000 yen
- T-shirt (130/150) Alola Festival! 2,500 yen
- T-shirt (S/M/L) Alola Festival! 3,000 yen
- Aloha Shirt 130 Alola Sunset 3,000 yen
- Aloha Shirt (S/M/L) Alola Sunset 3,600 yen
- Flat Straw Hat with Pikachu ears (54cm/58cm) 3,400 yen
- Beach sandels Alola Sunset (Kids 19cm/M 24cm/L 26cm) 各1,600 yen
- Tote Bag Pikachu Ioio by ‘Iolani Sportswear, Ltd. 4,000 yen
- Mini Tote Bag Pikachu Ioio by ‘Iolani Sportswear, Ltd. 3,200 yen
- Pouch Pikachu Ioio by ‘Iolani Sportswear, Ltd. 1,800 yen
- Tissue box cover Pyukumuku 2,000 yen

If you want to see more of all these goodies, check here and here (thanks Nick!)

Pokemon Sun/Moon - Tiny Tourney has begun, runs through this weekend

- next Battle Competition have begun, named Tiny Tourney
- a Double Battle competition using rules where only Pokémon that are 1.0m (3'03") or shorter can enter
- Pokémon from transferred games can be used  
- Not allowed are Mewtwo, Mew, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Celebi, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Jirachi, Deoxys, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Phione, Manaphy, Darkrai, Shaymin, Arceus, Victini, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem, Keldeo, Meloetta, Genesect, Xerneas, Yveltal, Zygarde, Diancie, Hoopa, Volcanion, Cosmog, Cosmoem, Solgaleo, Lunala, Necrozma, Magearna
- Mega Stones are also not allowed
- battles will run from June 23-25
- all entrants will get the Galladite, Gardevoirite, and Lopunnite Mega Stones


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