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Pokécharms

Your source for Pokémon fan works, Trainer Cards, and news.

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Today, like in years gone by, we're celebrating Pokécharms's official birthday. We're 13 this year! Since we launched in 2003, we've been a home for creative Pokémon fans around the world, but originally, we trace our roots to Northern Ireland. It's no coincidence that 'Charms Day is the same as St. Patrick's Day!

This year, we're in the giving spirit at Pokécharms: We've got a day's worth of announcements lined up for you all throughout today – and the first one is for those of you who use the Trainer Card Maker often!

Today, we're increasing the number of cards you can save to your profile to 25 cards, up from 15 before. Now you've got extra space to tell the stories of your characters. Let us know in the comments what you'll use the extra space for!

And remember, watch this space – we're only just getting started!
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A brand new event for Pokémon fans in the UK has been announced today. The Pokémon Company has partnered with Smyths Toys stores to give Pokémon players the chance to get their hands on Articuno, Zapdos or Moltres.

The event will be running in stores from the 22nd of March until the 11th of April. The store will give out a code that will allow you to obtain either Articuno, Zapdos or Moltres at random in Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon X or Pokémon Y.

The three birds will all have their hidden abilities, Snow Cloak for Articuno, Static for Zapdos and Flame Body for Moltres. They'll all be at level 70 and won't be holding an item.
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The schedule for this year's Pokemon National Championships - the qualifiers for the World Championships being held later this year in San Francisco - has been announced and it's finally been confirmed that the Pokken Tournament Championship Series will be joining the Video Game Championships (OR/AS) and the Pokemon TCG at Nationals across the world. This means that the winners of the Nationals tournaments will be eligible for Worlds - joining the winners of the EVO and CEO championships later this summer.

This is how the schedule for the Pokken Tournament Championship Series works out for this year, with the Nationals and World championships obviously also featuring the standard VGC and TCG tournaments:

May 14-15: Pokemon UK National Championships (Masters [Major] and Seniors) - Liverpool, UK (Exhibition Centre Liverpool)
May 21-22: Pokemon Germany National Championships (Masters [Minor]) - Kassel, Germany (Kongress Palais Kassel)
June 11-12: Pokemon Italy National Championships (Masters [Minor]) - Milan, Italy (Mediolanum Forum, Assago MI)
June 24-26: CEO 2016 (Masters [Minor]) - Orlando, Florida
July 1-3: Pokemon US National Championships (Masters [Major] and Seniors) - Columbus, Ohio
July 15-17: EVO 2016 (Masters [Major]) - Las Vegas, Nevada
August 19: Pokemon World Championships Last Chance Qualifier (Masters and Seniors) - San Francisco, California
August 20: Pokemon World Championships (Masters and Seniors) - San Francisco, California


For Pokken Tournament, there will only be a Masters and a Seniors competition, with only Masters being available in certain areas. Masters will be divided up into two types - Major and Minor - depending on the location. These are the general rules regarding that setup:

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Early last month it had been announced that there would be a short conference about Pokémon GO at the Game Developer Conference later this month. Sadly, it has now been confirmed that the conference has been cancelled.

As of right now there are no details as to why the conference will no longer be going ahead, but we'll update if we find out more.
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As of Friday users of Pokémon storage system Pokémon Bank will be able to get their hands on the three Regi Pokémon: Regirock, Regice and Registeel.

The three Pokémon will each come with their hidden ability and be at level 50. The distribution runs worldwide and will be running until the 31st of October, so plenty of time to pick the three up. Of course due to the distribution being through Pokémon Bank it means you can place the Regi into Pokémon X, Pokémon Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire.
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The latest event Pokémon as part of the 20th anniversary has gone live in Europe and the US. For the month of March owners of Pokémon X, Pokémon Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire can get their hands on Celebi via the Mystery Gift option of the games. The details are as follows:

Name: Celebi
Nature: Random
Level: 100
Ability: Natural Cure
Held Item: None
Moves: Confusion, Recover, Heal Bell, Safeguard​

The event runs in both the US and Europe from today until the 24th of March, so get one while you can!
To celebrate the official announcement of Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, here's a new Flash Challenge!

The Challenge

Create a written work, artwork, or trainer card about a brand new adventure.

Remember, an adventure doesn't always start at a professor's lab – and it doesn't just happen to young, rookie trainers.

Full details are below the cut as always - click "Continue Reading" to read more! :) Note that the way you submit works has changed a little, so old hands will want to give the post a read through too.
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In today's Pokémon Direct, Game Freak have officially announced Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, confirming the reveal of the trademarks yesterday. As well as confirming that we weren't all fooled yesterday, we've learned that Sun and Moon will be released in late 2016 on the Nintendo 3DS. The games will be released in Traditional and Simplified Chinese, as well as the other seven languages from XY and ORAS.

Alongside the official existence of Pokémon Sun and Moon, Game Freak also revealed that the Pokémon Red, Blue, Green, and Yellow re-releases on 3DS will be able to transfer Pokémon into Pokémon Bank, and then into Sun and Moon.

We've captured some of the in-development artwork briefly shown in the trailer for you to investigate below. Among the things we spotted were a new Pokemon Centre design, vehicle designs (which is intriguing as vehicles have never really featured in the games to the point where we'd expect a lot of design work on them), a look at what may be the new male Protagonist and some settings in the game as well as what seems to be a sneak peek at a new bird Pokemon.

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So, a very interesting piece of information has just popped up on the "Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market" (the EU's trademark office) for two new Pokémon games: Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. (You'll have to search that website for "Pokémon Sun" or "Pokémon Moon" to find them; we can't link directly.)


Normally, we'd dismiss this as a pretty good hoax, but there's quite a few things that legitimise this: Firstly, the OHIM is a real organisation, and Nintendo have filed real trademarks there before. These games are filed under the same account as all previous applications, so this is definitely coming from Nintendo.

Furthermore, while Nintendo have been known to file trademarks "just in case" before – Pokémon Grey got trademarked years ago, as an example, but never became an actual game – no such trademarks exist on this database. Filling trademarks in the OHIM costs nearly a thousand Euros, too, so it would be an expensive just-in-case filing.

We don't know what platform these games are on, and with the timing of this announcement it's hard to make an accurate guess. It's possible that these games are New 3DS-enhanced or New 3DS-exclusive games, but it's also possible that these games' logos will be revealed tomorrow, but the games themselves won't be shown until E3; revealed as NX games. The fact that the announcement tomorrow is only five minutes – and we know most of that will be a recap of Pokémon's history so far – lends credence to this idea: If they aren't allowed to reveal gameplay until the NX is formally announced, an announcement would necessarily be very short.

Likewise, we don't know where these games are set, or whether they'll count as a...
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The Pokémon Company has today released a new app to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Pokémon: Pokémon Photo Booth. The app lets you take a photo, and then turn it into a Pokémon profile image, or caption it with various icon phrases from the Pokémon games.

Once you've made your images, you can share them to popular social networks, and also save them to your device to share with your friends and the world.

You can download the app for free from the IOS App Store right now, with an Android version coming soon.