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Pokécharms

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

Today, I had planned to launch this new design, a new upgrade to the forums and the brand new Pokedex. However, the Pokedex is lagging behind, and as such may not be finished for a while now as I've got a TONNE of other work to get done.

But, even though the Dex isn't going to be too forthcoming too quickly, I figured it was time to get this design and upgrade underway regardless.

This design is built to handle a lot more than the previous one and should be a lot more versatile - so I'm looking forward to keeping it fresh throughout the rest of the year.

Incidentally, the TCM's back up for now... we'll see how hard it hits the site for now - but hopefully it can stay up for a bit longer this time (especially as now I'll be spending less time working on the Dex and thus less time personally hammering the site myself).


This is stage one of a big upgrade to Pokecharms this year - and it is really needing it now - later in the summer, we'll be upgrading to a new server...
[img align=left]http://archives.bulbagarden.net/w/upload/f/f6/Secret_key_sprite.png[/img] Canada got news of the Key first, but now it has been revealed that the entire of North America can get hold of this event item as well, as it has now been released via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection as well as at Toys 'R' Us stores across the USA, Canada and Puerto Rico. The Wi-Fi distribution is being held from April 20th until May 12th, and the Toys 'R' Us stores are holding events from April 19th to April 26th. This is a Platinum-only event, so players of Diamond/Pearl will not be able to acquire the Secret Key unless they have a copy of Pokemon Platinum.

Unlike other events, the Wonder Card that is received from this event can be sent over to other players, allowing them to get the Secret Key even if they are unable to attend an event or get the Secret Key via Wi-Fi.

More information regarding Rotom and the Secret Key can be found on Pokemon's official Platinum website at:...
You may remember an earlier post about this, so here's an update. The dates for the US regional championships have been announced (full info on the comment jump), and the existence of japanese, UK, french and german championships also announced - although the dates for these are still missing.

For all those who register for entry, a level 50 shiny milotic is also up for grabs - even if you don't make it into the championships themselves.

The official site also has information on the rules for the tournament, and more information on what to bring, etc. So get ready for battle, and good luck!

(Edit: As pointed out in the comments, the european dates are available. More info on the jump.)
While surfing GAME's official website, I noticed two things of interest.

One would be GAME's Pokemon Platinum pre-order deal, which is the exact same Giratina origin forme figure that has already been given away in a few other locations. Pre-order the game before May 22nd to score one of your own.

The other would be their "PokePets Win Prizes!" contest. From now until May 13th, residents of the UK & ROI can email pictures of their pets dressed up as Pokemon or decorated with a Pokemon theme to editor@game.co.uk - subject line being the same as the contest title. The prize pack for the best images includes a Nintendo DSi, Pokemon Platinum, Diamond, Pearl, Ranger 2, and both Pokemon Mystery Dungeon 2 titles. Be sure to click the url above and read all the rules if you're interested - an unhappy pet will see you disqualified.
I'm sure I'm not the only person to get upset about this.

We all wish you the best of luck, and we'll all miss you.
[img align=left]http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/ee278/Plapti/SecretKey.png[/img]From what I've heard, this is like a miracle for Canadians (So I'm exaggerating a little).

There will be an event for Canadians to download the Secret Key from participating retailers from April 19th to April 26th. This isn't the assumed event that can be downloaded over the Wi-Fi. Instead, this uses a local network that you have to go to and download from a download station.

At this time, it is unknown if retailers in the United States will follow suit.

So, Canadians can assure themselves a Secret Key if they don't have Wi-Fi access. Rumours have found their way to also saying that the Wi-Fi event might be taking place at around the same time, so keep checking back, we will update when we find out.
[img align=left]http://www.pokecharms.com/gamesprites/pl2/492sky.png[/img]With Pokemon Platinum arriving in the UK on May 22nd, GAME stores across the UK have given fans the opportunity to pre-order copies of the game, with all pre-ordered copies being sold with a small discount....but that's not all. Stores across the UK are also allowing players to download an event Shaymin onto their Diamond/Pearl game, complete with the moves Seed Flare, Aromatherapy, Substitute and Energy Ball. The Shaymin will be level 50 and be contained within a Cherish Ball. The hold item hasn't been confirmed, although odds are it will be the Micle Berry item that other event Shaymin have held in past events.

The number of events taking place is considerably higher than the number of events that gave away Darkrai last summer, with multiple events taking place across the UK on every day between the 4th and 18th of April, except for the 6th, 7th and 14th of April. The usual event activities will be taking...
It's now about 3 months since this current layout went live, and throughout that time the Pokedex has been down while I worked on the new one. Now, while I started work on the new Pokedex waaay back at the end of last year - it wasn't actually intentional to be without a Pokedex for this long at all. Basically, what happened - if you weren't already aware - was that the current design, combined with the set up on the new server, basically just did not like the old Pokedex at all and it simply ceased to function.

I have been working behind the scenes as much as possible to have the new one ready for going live though and can finally say that it's getting into the final stages. Now, that's not to say there's not still plenty to do - just that a lot of the groundwork is now completed and it's pretty much downhill from here onwards.

The original Pokedex was a pretty standard affair - all on one page and pretty average all around. Being one of my first real coding projects though, it...
Just so you're aware - if you weren't already - all Pokemon news you hear today is bullcrap.

So:

  • Any G/S remake announcement is fake
  • Any 5th Gen Pokemon announcement is fake
  • Any new Pokemon game at all is fake
  • Pokemon are not real

Let us know what else the interwebz comes up with today - it'll be quite interesting if nothing else. :p But remember, if it's after mid-day - they're the real fool!
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While there are normally plenty of tournaments for Pokemon in Japan, and quite a few in America, rarely are ANY set up in the UK. Well, that's gonna start changing.

Organised by us at Pokecharms.com, a new UK Pokemon Tournament is starting up this summer and you can be a part of it!

Being hosted by HMV's Gamerbase, we'll be looking for upwards of 24 competitors from the UK to make their way to Manchester for the first tournament with their DSs and copies of Diamond or Pearl at the start of the summer to take part - with the battles being conducted on large, widescreen HD screens in 3D through Pokemon Battle Revolution.

If the event is a hit, we'll then be aiming for a London tournament either later in the summer or later on in the year.

Costs haven't yet been completely sorted out - so there is a possibility you may have to pay £3 to enter to cover the cost of the...