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Pokécharms

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

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The next event in the 20th anniversary Pokémon distributions has gone live in Europe, Australia and the US. This event is giving Pokémon fans the chance to get their hands on Manaphy in Pokémon X, Pokémon Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire.

Manaphy can be downloaded over Wi-Fi via the games Mystery Gift option and the Pokémon's details are as follows:


Name: Manaphy
Nature: Random
Level: 100
Ability: Hydration
Held Item: King's Rock
Moves: Tail Glow, Bubble, Water Sport​

The event runs until the 24th of June, so grab Manaphy while you can!

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For Pokémon trainers in Europe and Australia who may have missed out on the previous Mew giveaway, a second chance has been given in the form of a new code. To redeem a Mew you need the following code: MEW2016 and you must not redeemed a code from the previous Mew event.

For those of you in America, you can also get a second chance at Mew: if you signed up to the Pokémon Trainer Club newsletter before June 1st, you'll be sent a unique code. This Mew is identical to the one distributed before, and like in Europe, you cannot receive this Mew if you got one in the distribution in January.
Hey everyone, it's Flash Challenge time! This time, the occasion is the announcement of the Sun and Moon starter Pokémon.

The Challenge

Create a written work, artwork, or trainer card about starter Pokémon. Your work doesn't have to be about Popplio, Rowlet, or Litten – you can use any of the starters!

Full details are below the cut as always - click "Continue Reading" to read more! :)
The slow trickle of Sun and Moon information seems to be speeding up. Today, the Japanese Pokémon Twitter account has announced that new information is coming on June 2nd. This information comes just a week after the reveal of Rowlet, Litten, and Popplio, as well as the box legendaries for Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon.

As always, we'll be there to cover anything that's revealed that day!

Update (20/05): The official Pokémon Twitter has just announced that the news is coming in English too, as well as the time it'll be announced. For our non-US visitors, you can convert the time here. It's at 2PM for our UK visitors.

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For Pokémon trainers in the US this is your last chance to get your hands on the Shiny Xerneas, which is currently being given away over WiFi for Pokémon X, Pokémon Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire.

The information for the Xerneas is as follows:

Name: Xerneas
Nature: Random
Level: 100
Ability: Fairy Aura
Held Item: No Item
Moves: Geomancy, Moonblast, Aromatherapy, Focus Blast​

As a general reminder, starting on the 20th there will be a distribution for a Shiny Yveltal. The event will run from the 20th until the 26th and you can read more about it here.
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After two long months since the games were first confirmed, we finally have some real information about this year's brand new Pokemon games.
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The games will be set in a region called Alola - based on Hawaii as speculated back in February. As expected from a region based on Hawaii, it's very much a volcanic island setting and seems to be actually quite relatively small from the map view we can see - perhaps indicating we'll see more than this one area in the game.

It's apparent from the brief glimpses of gameplay that we've seen that the game has eschewed its top-down look and chibified characters from XY for a full 3D world with full-size proportioned characters, a move that may extend to seeing animated trainer models in all battles at last. We've also seen indications that character customisation - introduced in XY but missing in Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire - will return to some degree.
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In terms of Pokemon, we were introduced to five new Pokemon in the games - the starters and the main box art legendaries. While we don't know anything more about the legendaries, we do know a fair amount now about the starters:

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Name: Rowlet
Category: Grass Quill Pokémon
Height: 1 '00 "
Weight: 3.3 lbs.
Type: Grass/Flying
Ability: Overgrow
Starting Move: Leafage

The first of the potential partners is the highly adaptable Grass Quill Pokémon, Rowlet. This Pokémon can fly silently through the skies, sneaking up on its opponent without being noticed. It can attack its opponents using powerful kicks, and it can also attack from a distance using the razor-sharp leaves that form part of its feathers. Rowlet can survey its environment and turn its neck nearly 180 degrees from front to...​
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Today, continuing an increasingly unwanted pattern, the official Japanese Pokémon website updated to reveal that more info about Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon will be revealed on May 10th in Japan. This is in line with previous claims that more info will be contained in the May CoroCoro issue, which is due on roughly the 15th this month. It's highly likely that we'll see the news released in English by The Pokémon Company International as well.

Judging by CoroCoro's previous issue, we are likely to see the reveal of the box art this month – and with it, the version-exclusive Legendary Pokémon. Beyond that, it's hard to say what we'll see, if anything.

This will mark the first time the games will get new info since their reveal in February. We currently know that they are on track for a Late 2016 release on the Nintendo 3DS family, likely with enhancements if played on a New 3DS. The game will also be released in Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese, as well as the other languages in the sixth generation Pokémon games: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish.

Pokémon Sun and Moon
are also able to connect to Pokémon Bank, and you will be able to transfer Pokémon from Pokémon X, Y, Omega Ruby, and Alpha Sapphire directly to your Pokémon Sun and Moon games. You will also be able to bring Pokémon from the Virtual Console Pokémon Red, Green, Blue, and Yellow games into Sun and Moon via Pokémon Bank.

Thus far, we've had two Pokémon reveals that are likely to be part of the Sun and Moon games:

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Firstly, we have...
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In honor of the debut of the Pokémon XYZ anime, a series of distributions has been announced featuring the version legendaries of Kalos, including the one that isn't a version legendary due to, obviously, celestial bodies hating mankind. This is the same trio of Pokémon distributed in Japan last year, finally becoming available to those out of Japan - and they will be distributed over Wi-Fi, as opposed to a physical event.

First of these distributions is the Watcher in the Depths, Zygarde, who is clearly first as some kind of an attempt to Move Zyg for Great Justice (Thanks for the salt on that wound, Nintendo). This distribution will span the week between May 2nd and May 8th in North America - though those in Europe will have a longer time to receive this Legendary Pokémon with the distribution lasting until May 26th in Europe.

Level and Cherish Ball aside, nothing is particularly unique about this Zygarde (And considering the other two DO have a certain special quality, I'm beginning to sense a pattern re: the poor thing) - and its stats are as follows.
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Name: Zygarde
Nature: Random
Level: 100
Ability: Aura Break
Held Item: No Item
Moves: Land's Wrath, Extreme Speed, Glare, Outrage
Following Zygarde, a Xerneas will be given out between May 11 and May 17. Unlike Zygarde, though, this one DOES have something special to it:
That's right - it's Shiny (Shinier than usual, anyway - this is a bizarre fae-deer with sparkling crystalline antlers, after all!) - which makes this a rare chance to obtain a version of it that is not available through normal gameplay. Its stats are:

Name: Xerneas
Nature: Random
Level: 100
Ability: Fairy Aura
Held Item: No Item
Moves: Geomancy,...​
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As we've now hit the start of another month, another mythical Pokémon distribution has begun in honour of the franchise's 20th anniversary. This time 'round Darkrai is up for grabs, but like with Mew before it you'll need to get a special serial code from a participating retail shop in order to obtain Darkrai on your games.

From May 1st until May 24th visit a Gamestop in the United States, EBGames in Canada and Australia/New Zealand, or GAME in the United Kingdom to receive a serial code for Darkrai. As per usual, Darkrai can then be downloaded via the Mystery Gift menu onto a copy of Pokémon X, Pokémon Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby, or Pokémon Alpha Sapphire.

The stats for this Darkrai are so:


Name: Darkrai
Nature: Random
Level: 100
Ability: Bad Dreams
Held Item: Enigma Berry
Moves: Dark Void, Ominous Wind, Nightmare, Feint Attack
If you have any further questions regarding how to obtain Darkrai, let us know in the comments and we'll do our best to assist. Beyond that, get it while its hot!
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This month's edition of Japanese magazine CoroCoro has leaked and brought with it some news regarding Magearna. However no news about Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon has been shared in this issue.

CoroCoro has confirmed that Magearna is a Steel and Fairy type Pokémon. There is nothing else of note about the Pokémon in this issue.
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The magazine has stated that next month's edition will feature a huge scoop on Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. The text in the page pictured above notes that you can't see the Pokémon in the box art yet, so perhaps the big scoop will be news regarding that.
Today, we've got some Trainer Card Maker improvements for you – including our headline for today, trainer card editing:
  • Added the ability to edit your saved trainer cards. To do this, visit the Your Trainer Cards page accessible from your user menu, choose one of your cards, and click the "Edit" button.
  • Added social media previews for trainer cards – link to a trainer card page from Facebook and Twitter, and a thumbnail will appear to show off your work.
  • Improved the display of the trainer card editor, particularly on mobile devices.
  • Display how close you are to the saved trainer card limit on the TCM.
As some of you may know, the ability to edit your trainer cards was the second-most requested feature in the recent Choose a New Pokécharms Feature poll. We'd like to confirm that the most popular feature, the profile revamp, is currently being built too – there's currently no estimate on when it'll be done, but we want to make sure it's done right before we unveil it!

We hope you enjoy this new update, and stay tuned for more new features coming in the near future!