Pokemon News Round-up: Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom visit Pokemon Cafe, Pikachu speaks, dominoes tribute, and more

The latest in the world of Pokemon

Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom visit Pokemon Cafe

- the pair visited with their 8 year old son
- Pikachu came out to greet them for photos

Pikachu comments on being Japan's ambassador at the Dubai Expo 2020

- the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade, & Industry published a press release on Japan’s involvement in Dubai Expo 2020
- Pikachu was chosen to be Japan’s ambassador at Dubai Expo 2020
- Pikachu himself commented on the announcement: “There are over 800 different types of Pokemon and the world is brimming with diversity. At Dubai Expo 2020, me (Pikachu) and my friends will join forces to support Japan!”

Pokemon Stand updated for Christmas

- Pokemon Stand vending machines now feature Pikachu wearing a Santa hat

Pokemon Sword and Shield dominoes tribute

- Marnie creation featuring 13,306 dominoes

Pokemon GO datamining

- new models for Wrumple, Raticate, and Wobuffet wearing party hats discovered
- Party Hat Wrumple originally appeared as part of loading screen artwork for New Years 2018

Pokemon Co. gets the go-ahead to serve subpoenas to find out more information on the Pokemon Sword and Shield info leakers

The long Armaldo of the law

Just a few weeks back, we had noted that Pokemon Co. was out to get the people who leaked Pokemon Sword and Shield information. That includes those who leaked the actual game, as well as people who leaked info from somehow gaining access to the Player's Guide prior to launch.

In the case of the Player's Guide situation, Pokemon Co. knew that discussions took place through Discord and 4chan that facilitated the leak. Pokemon Co. was looking to get subpoenas in order to find out the personal contact information of those behind the leaks, and a judge has just granted approval. Pokemon Co. can now send out subpoenas to those services/sites to get user information and find out more about just who set the ball rolling.

Pokemon News Round-up: Ink Painting Biographies: Series 2, HOPPE DAISHŪGO merch, Sword/Shield meals at Pokemon Cafe

Some merch, and some food!

Pokemon Ink Painting Biographies: Series 2

- created by Sumie Okazu
- lineup features Pikachu, Rayquaza, Entei, Suicune, and Raikou in traditional Japanese art style
- launches January 1st, 2020 at Pokemon Center and Pokemon Store locations in Japan, as well as Amazon Japan
- full lineup includes:

Hanging Scroll Pikachu & Rayquaza 3,300 yen(★)
Hanging Scroll Entei & Suicune & Raikou 3,300 yen(★)
Porcelain Bowl  2,200 yen(★)
Chopsticks Pikachu & Rayquaza 1,100 yen(★)
Chopsticks Entei & Suicune & Raikou 1,100 yen(★)
Matcha Cat Tounge  1,404 yen
Pokemon TCG Dice Case Pikachu & Rayquaza 330 yen
Pokemon TCG Dice Case Entei & Suicune & Raikou 330 yen
Pokemon TCG Rubber Play Mat Pikachu & Rayquaza 2,750 yen(★)
Pokemon TCG Rubber Play Mat Entei & Suicune & Raikou 2,750 yen(★)
Pokemon TCG Deck Case Entei & Suicune & Raikou 398 yen
Pokemon TCG Deck Case Pikachu & Rayquaza 398 yen
Pokemon TCG Deck Shield Pikachu 792 yen(★)
Pokemon TCG Deck Shield Rayquaza 792 yen(★)
Pokemon TCG Deck Shield Entei 792 yen(★)
Pokemon TCG Deck Shield Suicune 792 yen(★)
Pokemon TCG Deck Shield Raikou 792 yen(★)
Gauze Towel Pikachu & Rayquaza 660 yen(★)
Gauze Towel Entei & Suicune & Raikou 660 yen(★)
T-shirt Pikachu(M/L) 3,300 yen(★)
T-shirt Rayquaza(M/L) 3,300 yen(★)
T-shirt Entei(M/L) 3,300 yen(★)
T-shirt Raikou(M/L) 3,300 yen(★)
T-shirt Suicune(M/L) 3,300 yen(★)
Soft Jacket for iPhone 8/7/6s/6 Pikachu 2,068 yen(★)
Soft Jacket for iPhone 8/7/6s/6 Rayquaza 2,068 yen(★)
Soft Jacket for iPhone Xs/X Pikachu 2,200 yen(★)
Soft Jacket for iPhone Xs/X Rayquaza 2,200 yen(★)
Clear File 2 Set  440 yen
Stainless Double Tumbler Pikachu & Rayquaza 1,650 yen(★)
Stainless Double Tumbler Entei & Suicune & Raikou
1,650 yen(★)
Sticker Set Pikachu & Rayquaza 385 yen
Sticker Set Entei & Suicune & Raikou 550 yen(★)
Mini Folding Screen Collection Series 2 550 yen
※5 designs to collect. Design cannot be chosen

Pokemon HOPPE DAISHŪGO merch

- new line of merchandise featuring electric-type mouse Pokemon
- launches January 1st, 2020
- available at Pokemon Center and Pokemon Store locations in Japan, as well as Amazon Japan
- full lineup includes:

Puchi Mascot Pikachu 660 yen(★)
Puchi Mascot Raichu 660 yen(★)
Puchi Mascot Pichu 660 yen(★)
Puchi Mascot Plusle 660 yen(★)
Puchi Mascot Minun 660 yen(★)
Puchi Mascot Pachirisu 660 yen(★)
Puchi Mascot Emolga 660 yen(★)
Puchi Mascot Dedenne 660 yen(★)
Puchi Mascot Togedemaru 660 yen(★)
Puchi Mascot Morpeko Satisfied Form 660 yen(★)
Puchi Mascot Mimikyu 660 yen(★)
Two Sided Face Pouch Morpeko 1,650 yen(★)
Face Towel  1,100 yen(★)
Hand Towel  550 yen(★)
Knapsack  3,080 yen(★)
Climb Over Rubber Clip  715 yen
※10 designs to collect. Design cannot be chosen
Acrylic Mirror Charm Collection  660 yen
※Total 10 types to collect (There’s 1 secret type within the 10 as well). Design is random and cannot be chosen
A4 Clear File 2 Set  506 yen(★)
Square Pouch  1,650 yen(★)
Cyndalical Pen Pouch  1,650 yen(★)
Assorted Stickers 550 yen(★)
Daicut Stickers 2 Set Morpeko 550 yen(★)
Pass Case  1,650 yen(★)
Masking Tape 3 Set  880 yen(★)
Fusen Set  770 yen(★)
Drawstring Purse  715 yen(★)
Mini Drawstring Purse  495 yen
2 Sided Metal Charm Morpeko 660 yen(★)
Charm Set A  990 yen(★)
Charm Set B  990 yen(★)
Place Mat  550 yen(★)
Acrylic Stand 1,320 yen(★)
Box Daicut Memo  770 yen(★)
Multi Smartphone Cover  3,300 yen(★)
iPhone8/7/6s/6 Hybrid Glass Case  3,168 yen(★)
iPhoneXs/X Hybrid Glass Case 3,168 yen(★)
Mug  1,430 yen(★)
Milk Caramel 864 yen

Items marked(★)will be available on Amazon Japan

Pokemon Cafe Sword and Shield themed dishes

- available from January 18th to March 19, 2020
- Galarian Weezing’s Chemical Change Gas Pancake (1,480 yen)
- Morpeko’s Peko Peko W Sauce Omelette Rice (1,480 yen)

Check out more pics of Game Freak's massive diorama of Pokemon Sword and Shield's wild area

That's a huge diorama

As we've featured before, Game Freak built a massive diorama of Pokemon Sword and Shield's wild area. We've seen a few pictures and gotten a virtual fly-through, but those didn't really give off a good sense of scale. Now we have a new batch of pictures featuring Junichi Masuda, which give us a much better idea of how big this thing is!

New Pokémon discovered in Sword and Shield, two new Gigantamax forms available until January 9th from Max Raid Battles

Plenty of Pokémon to discover

Six new Pokémon have been revealed from The Pokémon Company, as well as descriptions of the Gym Leaders you'll encounter. Two new Gigantamax Pokémon (Sandaconda and Centiskorch) will be available from Max Raid Battles until January 9th. Check out all the details below, and check out new artwork and more screenshots from the official Pokémon website!

Encounter New Gigantamax Pokémon in Max Raid Battles

The special Pokémon that are capable of Gigantamaxing can be encountered—very rarely!—in Max Raid Battles. But it seems you may have an easier time than usual encountering the Gigantamax Pokémon introduced in this release until January 9, 2020!

Players of Pokémon Sword will be more likely to encounter Gigantamax Sandaconda, while Pokémon Shield players will be more likely to encounter Gigantamax Centiskorch, so be sure to try your hand at some Max Raid Battles during this period!

Gigantamax Sandaconda

Type: Ground
Ability: Sand Spit / Shed Skin
Height: 72'2"+
Weight: ????.? lbs.

Like a terrifyingly large tornado

The sand that was once stored up in its sand pouch has overflowed and now forms a ring around Sandaconda’s neck. Together with the additional sand the Pokémon has spun up around it, there is over a million tons of sand now swirling around Gigantamax Sandaconda! To observers, it looks like a terrifyingly large tornado.

High-speed spinning

Gigantamax Sandaconda attacks by spinning its body at high speeds in battle, which causes the sand surrounding it to also spin at extreme speeds. The destructive force of this sharp grit is increased by the rotation and inflicts massive damage on those it touches.

The G-Max Move G-Max Sandblast

Ground-type attacks used by Gigantamax Sandaconda will change to G-Max Sandblast. G-Max Sandblast doesn’t only deal damage to opponents when it hits. It will also cause them to be trapped within a tomb of sand that damages them every turn for 4 to 5 turns. It prevents them from fleeing or being swapped out, too.

Gigantamax Centiskorch

Type: Fire/Bug
Ability: Flash Fire / White Smoke
Height: 246'1"+
Weight: ????.? lbs.

A hundred legs support its startling speed

The number of segments in Centiskorch’s body increases due to the influx of Gigantamax power, as does the number of its legs—there are now one hundred of them! With these legs, Gigantamax Centiskorch is capable of astounding speeds despite its massive size.

Now it can really turn up the heat

Centiskorch’s firepower has increased significantly. Its internal temperature now exceeds 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit—hot enough that opponents are burnt from just the heat waves coming off the Pokémon. It seems that the radiant heat from Centiskorch can even disturb air currents so much that it causes storms to form!

The G-Max Move G-Max Centiferno

Fire-type attacks used by Gigantamax Centiskorch will change to G-Max Centiferno. G-Max Centiferno doesn’t only deal damage to opponents when it hits. It will also cause them to be trapped within a firestorm that will deal continuous damage to them every turn for 4 to 5 turns. The firestorm will also prevent opponents from fleeing or being swapped out!

Exclusive to Pokémon Shield:


Category: Penguin Pokémon
Type: Ice
Height: 4'7"
Weight: 196.2 lbs.
Ability: Ice Face

A head covered in ice

Eiscue hails from a very cold area, and it produces cold air from within its head to create ice around it and protect its head from warmth. But this ice isn’t all that tough, and it can be shattered by a strong blow. It seems to go on creating new ice every time this happens.

A drifter just living at its own pace

Eiscue marches to the beat of its own drum, and it doesn’t sweat the small stuff. It’s often seen floating aimlessly in the sea with only its ice-covered head peeking out of the water, and it’s not unusual to find it washed up on distant shores. Even when it arrives in new lands, it doesn’t panic or get upset. It uses its great adaptability to simply carry on living.

The Ice Face Ability

Eiscue’s Ice Face Ability is a new Ability introduced in these titles. When Eiscue is in its Ice Face form and has its head covered in ice, this ice will protect it from the damage of a single physical move—but the ice will then be destroyed, changing Eiscue into its Noice Face form. Noice Face Eiscue will turn back into Ice Face Eiscue once hail begins or once Eiscue enters the battlefield when it’s hailing if the Pokémon had been switched out. While Noice Face Eiscue has lost the ice protecting its face—resulting in lower Defense and Sp. Def compared to its Ice Face form—it’s also much lighter on its feet, so its Speed is higher.


Category: Coral Pokémon
Type: Ghost
Height: 3'3"
Weight 0.9 lbs.
Ability: Weak Armor

A body overflowing with spirit energy

After continuing to store up the energy it has absorbed from other creatures for so long, Cursola has lost its corporeal body. Its spirit energy overflows and now pours out of its former shell. Perhaps Cursola enjoys the new lightness this form gives it, because it’s sometimes spotted bobbing along as it wanders.

A glimmering light beneath the full moon

Cursola gather on the night of the full moon and fire off their branches toward the sky. There are various theories on why they might do this—ranging from it being a way to release the energy they’ve absorbed from others to it being a form of communication between Cursola—but the true reason is still unknown. Regardless, it is a fantastic and beautiful sight to behold.

Galarian Corsola

Category: Coral Pokémon
Type: Ghost
Height: 2'
Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Ability: Weak Armor

Its form reflects the sea it once lived in

It’s said that this form arose from the Corsola that lived in the sea surrounding the Galar region in the ancient past and that lost their lives due to a meteorite impact in the area. They are often found living in places that were once seabeds, and it’s said that they sometimes attack humans and Pokémon that they come in contact with.

Cursed branches

The semitransparent branches that grow from its body are not actually corporeal, and they’re incapable of causing injury or pain. However, if an opponent comes in contact with them, these branches will take root in the victim’s body and absorb its life-force, leaving it unable to move.

Exclusive to Pokémon Sword:


Category: Big Rock Pokémon
Type: Rock
Height: 8'2"
Weight: 1146.4 lbs.
Ability: Power Spot

A body constructed of stones and boulders

Stonjourner has a body made of various stones, big and small, and it acts by moving these stones like arms and legs. On occasion, this Pokémon will put on a burst of speed to use its long legs in a dynamic move. But in general, it likes to spend its days standing in a field watching the sun’s progress, enjoying the quiet life.

An annual gathering of grand proportions

In a curious behavioral display, Stonjourner come together from all over on a certain day of each year and stand together, forming an evenly spaced ring. No one has quite figured out why they do this, but there are many competing theories flying about, having to do with the position of the sun, the energy of the earth, and other factors.

Stonjourner has the Ability Power Spot

Stonjourner’s Ability, Power Spot, is a new Ability introduced in these titles. Energy gathers around Stonjourner and powers up the moves of its allies. Make the most of this Ability in Double Battles and Max Raid Battles to support your allies.

Galarian Darumaka

Category: Zen Charm Pokémon
Type: Ice
Height: 2'4"
Weight: 88.2 lbs.
Ability: Hustle

A body adapted to life in the cold

It is said that Galarian Darumaka arose long ago, when seismic shifts caused the warm region they lived in to cool down. The Darumaka of this region adapted to this cooling, changing their form to adjust. The fire that once burned within their bodies was extinguished, and in its place, the Darumaka of this region developed an organ that allows them to produce cold air.

Snowball fights with friends

By focusing the energy it holds within its body, Darumaka can expel cold air from its mouth in the form of snow. Galarian Darumaka have been spotted at play with one another, engaging in what looks like a snowball fight using balls made by freezing this snow.

Galarian Darmanitan

Category: Zen Charm Pokémon
Type: Ice
Height: 5'7"
Weight: 264.6 lbs.
Gorilla Tactics

The snowball on its head plays a big role

This Pokémon lives its life with a large ball of snow always upon its head. This snowball serves as a way for it to store food, and Galarian Darmanitan seems to place the food and things it finds into this snowball to keep them preserved. In battle, Darmanitan also freezes this ball over to deliver powerful headbutts. The snowball comes in handy in all sorts of ways.

Its fighting spirit sleeps along with its fire sac

As Galarian Darmanitan adapted to life in the cold, its fire sac became dormant and it developed an organ that produces cold air instead. Darmanitan’s belligerent nature also cooled at the same time, and it’s become quite timid instead—enough so, in fact, that it will pretend to be an inanimate snowman when it senses the presence of humans.

The Hidden Ability Zen Mode

Some Galarian Darmanitan can have the Ability Zen Mode. A Galarian Darmanitan with this Ability will ignite with fury and change form if its HP drops to half or less of its max during battle. Its dormant fire sac, long neglected in the Pokémon’s cold environment, blazes back to life. The usually gentle Darmanitan runs wild, maddened by its fury, and rampages about, spewing fire without any care for its surroundings.

Galarian Darmanitan has the Ability Gorilla Tactics

Galarian Darmanitan’s Ability Gorilla Tactics is a new Ability introduced in these titles. If Darmanitan has this Ability, its Attack stat goes up, which increases the physical damage it inflicts on targets. However, it gets so fixated on the first move it uses that it can’t use any of its other moves!


Kabu is the current Gym Leader of a prestigious Pokémon Gym that dates back to the earliest days of the Galar Pokémon League. Although he did lose his seat as Gym Leader once, he gloriously reclaimed it several years ago. This is a Trainer with a wealth of life experience. Kabu has an unrelentingly positive outlook, and he battles with every intention to win together with his Fire-type Pokémon.


Opal is the oldest Gym Leader in the Galar Pokémon League. Wielding her Fairy-type Pokémon, she has held on to her position for 70 years. She’s sometimes called “the wizard” because of the way that she moves through battles almost as if she can foresee what her opponents will do next.

Gordie (exclusive to Sword)

Gordie is the Gym Leader of an up-and-coming Gym that has been gaining great acclaim since it was formed. The momentum of its rise to the majors has garnered it a lot of attention as a real dark horse. Gordie, ever a hard worker, was given the best education possible by his mother, Melony. But his admiration for the Rock type led him to join a different Gym to apprentice at, following his own path to greatness.

Melony (exclusive to Shield)

Melony is an Ice-type Pokémon user and the only Gym Leader able to boast that she’s never once lost to Raihan, who is generally regarded as the strongest Gym Leader in the current Galar Pokémon League. She is also the mother of the Rock-type user Gordie. While she has a generous and bighearted nature, she loves hard battles and she hits opponents in their weak spots with unflinching accuracy.


Piers is the Gym Leader of a Gym that was once said to have been among the greats. He may be a bit wild, but he is a Trainer who truly cares for his hometown and his friends. He loves his Gym, with its close ties to the town it’s based in, and he has been trying desperately to support it together with his Dark-type Pokémon. But he also seems to be getting impatient with the limitations of his own strengths.

Japanese hardware/software sales for Dec. 2nd to Dec. 8th, 2019

Pokemon just won't slow down

Japanese sales data has been released for Week 49 of 2019. Pokemon Sword and Shield has sold another 201,000 copies in Japan this week, with no other games even coming close to numbers that high. Luigi's Mansion 3 is the second best selling title during the Dec 2nd - Dec 8th period, despite only selling a respectable 34,000 copies. A notable achievement from Nintendo in the software data is that the entire top 10 list is Switch titles! Nintendo Switch hardware continues on a gradual incline due to the holiday season, and 188,000 units have been sold, up 2k from last week. Check out the full data below!

01./01. [NSW] Pokemon Sword / Shield # (Pokemon Co.) {2019.11.15} (¥5.980) - 201.838 / 2.224.881 (-27%)
02./05. [NSW] Luigi's Mansion 3 (Nintendo) {2019.10.31} (¥5.980) - 34.122 / 319.297 (+30%)
03./06. [NSW] Ring Fit Adventure (Nintendo) {2019.10.18} (¥7.980) - 16.128 / 328.511 (-28%)
04./07. [NSW] Minecraft # (Microsoft Game Studios) {2018.06.21} (¥3.600) - 15.335 / 1.038.091 (+38%)
05./08. [NSW] Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games: Tokyo 2020 (Sega) {2019.11.01} (¥5.990) - 15.159 / 77.180 (+45%)
06./09. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980) - 14.623 / 2.557.915 (+49%)
07./10. [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate # (Nintendo) {2018.12.07} (¥7.200) - 13.959 / 3.362.447 (+43%)
08./11. [NSW] Super Mario Party # (Nintendo) {2018.10.05} (¥5.980) - 13.872 / 1.177.650 (+47%)
09./13. [NSW] Super Mario Maker 2 # (Nintendo) {2019.06.28} (¥5.980) - 12.284 / 720.268 (+57%)
10./14. [NSW] Fishing Spirits: Nintendo Switch Version (Bandai Namco Games) {2019.07.25} (¥5.700) - 11.521 / 243.913 (+52%)

IGN Video - 15 Things to Do in Pokemon Sword & Shield's Post Game

Becoming the champion of the Galar region opens up a ton of things you can do in the world to keep your adventure in Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield going. From catching legendary Pokemon, to capturing unique, shiny variations of Pokemon, this is what the game offers after the credits roll.

Pokemon News Round-up: Various plush dolls and merch, Pokemon Sword sells out, TCG essential items line, and more

So many plush dolls!

Pokemon Morpeko plushes and Galar starter dolls

- seeing release on Jan. 1st, 2020 at Pokemon Center locations and Pokemon Center Online
- Morpeko Full and Starving standard size plushes and mascots
- plushes are priced at 1,815 yen each, while the mascots will run for 1,210 yen each
- second wave due out January 11th, 2020, and includes Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble
- plushes will cost 1,320 yen while the mascots are priced at 1,078 yen
- third wave on January 18th, 2020
- lineup includes standard size plushes for Galarian Zigzagoon, Galarian ‎Linoone, Obstagoon, and Galarian Weezing
- each plush will cost 2,200 yen except for Obstagoon, which will retail for 2,970 yen

Pokemon Sword sell-out

- Pokemon Sword has sold out at Japanese retailer Yodobashi Camera
- this includes retail locations and online
- retailer still has stock of Pokemon Shield and the Pokemon Sword and Shield Double Pack

Pokemon TCG essential items

- exclusive to Pokemon Center/Store locations in Japan, as well as Amazon Japan
- line will launch December 19th, 2019
- lineup includes the following:

Pokemon TCG Flip Deck Case Berry’s forest, Ghost’s castle Castle 2,200 yen
Pokemon TCG Flip Deck Case Berry’s forest, Ghost’s castle Forest 2,200 yen
Pokemon TCG Flip Deck Case NeonColor 2,200 yen
Pokemon TCG Deck Shield Berry’s forest, Ghost’s castle Castle 792 yen
Pokemon TCG Deck Shield Berry’s forest, Ghost’s castle Forest 792 yen
Pokemon TCG Deck Shield NeonColor 792 yen
Pokemon TCG Rubber Play Mat Berry’s forest, Ghost’s castle Castle 2,750 yen
Pokemon TCG Rubber Play Mat Berry’s forest, Ghost’s castle Forest 2,750 yen
Pokemon TCG Rubber Play Mat NeonColor 2,750 yen

“Snorlax Yawn” merch

- to be sold at Pokemon Center/Store locations in Japan, and through Amazon Japan
- due out Dec. 21st, 2019
- lineup includes the following:

Cushion Blanket  4,180 yen(★)
Tissue Box Cover 3,630 yen(★)
Mini Tote Bag  3,630 yen(★)
PC Tablet Case  2,860 yen(★)
Multi Smartphone Cover  3,520 yen(★)
Soft Jacket for iPhone 8/7/6s/6  2,068 yen(★)
Soft Jacket for iPhone X(s)  2,068 yen(★)
Face Shape Cookie  1,080 yen
Plush  2,200 yen(★)
Mascot Snorlax 1,210 yen(★)
Mascot Wooloo 1,210 yen(★)
YOJO TAPE  715 yen(★)
A4 Clear File  264 yen
Pouch  1,760 yen(★)
Acrylic Stand Charm Snorlax and Scorbunny 990 yen(★)
Acrylic Stand Charm Wooloo and Sobble 990 yen(★)
Acrylic Stand Charm Hoothoot and Grookey 990 yen(★)
Acrylic Stand Charm Glameow and Flareon 990 yen(★)
Badge Sticker Snorlax and Scorbunny 605 yen(★)
Badge Sticker Wooloo and Sobble 605 yen(★)
Badge Sticker Hoothoot and Grookey 605 yen(★)
Badge Sticker Glameow and Flareon 605 yen(★)
Toothbrush Stand Snorlax 550 yen(★)
Toothbrush Stand Grookey 550 yen(★)
Toothbrush Stand Scorbunny 550 yen(★)
Toothbrush Stand Sobble 550 yen(★)
Sealable Lunch Container Drawstring Pouch  2,420 yen(★)
Food Pot  2,750 yen(★)
Mini Blanket for lap 3,850 yen(★)
Snorlax Feet Slipper 2,750 yen(★)
Snorlax Loungewear 5,500 yen(★)
Hand Towel Grookey 550 yen(★)
Hand Towel Scorbunny 550 yen(★)
Hand Towel Sobble 550 yen(★)

Items marked(★) will be available on Amazon Japan

Ditto merch

- available at Pokemon Center/Store locations in Japan
- check out more items here

Pokemon Sword and Shield director shares a special message with fans

Hope you're having fun in the Galar region!

Nintendo has sent out an email to those in Japan who own Pokemon Sword and Shield, and it contains a special message from director Shigeru Ohmori. Check out the full email below, as translated by NintendoSoup.

“Are you enjoying your journey in the Galar region?

Everyone, are you tackling the gyms in your path to become the Champion? Also, I’m wondering if you are enjoying your time in the Wild Area where many Pokemon appear?

The Galar region was an idea conceived by many members of our development team. We wanted to make this a game all kinds of people could enjoy, regardless of their play style.

I hope you will cooperate with your friends and other trainers from around the world in Max Raid Battles, have fun in camps and try visiting other tents, and enjoy the various ways of playing the games through online and local play with your friends!”

Pokemon Sword and Shield distribution announced for Japan

Looking for Poke Balls?

A new distribution for Pokemon Sword and Shield has been announced for Japan. Starting December 8th, 2019, when you make a purchase at Pokémon Center and Pokémon Store locations across Japan, you'll receive a special book about the new anime series. The book includes a serial code to obtain 100 Poké Balls. You have until March 30th, 2020 to redeem your code.


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