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On the Origin of Species: Sobble, Drizzile, and Inteleon

After almost exactly seven years, Bulbagarden's On the Origin of Species has returned.

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May17
The effects of climate change on Australia’s only endemic Pokémon: Measuring bias in species distribution models

Every year, a substantial amount of academic research is published about, or with some connection to, the Pokémon franchise and/or fandom. While occasionally some of this research breaks through to the fandom and/or to mainstream news, much of this research sadly goes underreported, and unread by the wider community of Pokémon fans. We here at Bulbagarden think it's about time that changed. Our first featured article comes from a multinational team of researchers, whose study takes an extensive look at how climate change will impact the existence of suitable habitat for Kangaskhan. Dr. Dan L. Warren, the lead author of the study, noted the primary reason for choosing to use a Pokémon character in their research was to engage a broader audience with the issues conservation scientists regularly need to think about. We think that's a wonderful idea, and it's why we've chosen this article specifically to be our first featured article with this project.

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May15
Life Orb to be distributed for a limited time for Pokémon Sword and Shield

A limited-time distribution of Life Orb for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield was announced during the Spring Single Tournament Finals livestream on the official Pokémon Korea Youtube channel. Players can redeem a Life Orb using the code「SPR1NGPA0R1」. This code can only be redeemed until May 16, 2021 at 14:59 UTC.

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May15
Retail chains across US removing Pokémon TCG from store shelves

A number of different US Retail chains, including Walmart and Target, are halting the sale of popular Pokémon Trading Card Game products due to concerns about the safety of their employees and customers.

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May14
Creatures, Inc. to increase TCG production in Japan; introduce lottery system for Japanese pre-orders

The official Japanese Pokémon Card Game website have announced that Creatures, Inc. will be strengthening its production system due to increased demands for Pokémon cards, working harder to meet the desired expectations for customers, and pushing to promote the reproduction and shipment of missing products.

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May14
Nessa and Drednaw Spotlight Scout now available in Pokémon Masters EX alongside Splash and Punch Event

Two new Galar region sync pairs come to Pokémon Masters EX with the game's Splash and Punch event, which began earlier this week on May 12th at 11pm, and will be running until the 28th at 10:59pm. The event showcases the sync pais of Nessa & Drednaw, and Bea & Sirfetch'd. Completing special event missions during the event will unlock special stories involving these newcomers.

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May13
Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield updated to version 1.3.2

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Version 1.3.2 is now available to download for the Nintendo Switch. According to Nintendo Support, this update fixes a bug where some Pokémon icons were not properly displaying when players are in online or local wireless battles. It also fixes several minor bugs to enhance the gameplay experience. This update is required to access Internet features.

Nintendo Support said:
Ver. 1.3.2 (Released May 11, 2021)
  • Fixed the issue where some Pokémon icons were not properly displaying during online or local wireless battles.
  • Several issues have been fixed to improve gameplay experience.
Complete these steps
  1. Connect the Nintendo Switch console to the Internet.
  2. Return to the HOME Menu and launch the game.
  3. The update will be downloaded and...

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May13
"Electric" by Katy Perry for Pokémon 25 drops this Friday on all digital music platforms

"Electric", one of the track singles for Pokémon 25: The Album, has been revealed by the official Pokémon 25 website and Katy Perry's official social media accounts. While the album is set to be released digitally in fall 2021, the single itself will drop this Friday on all digital music platforms. You can pre-save the single here to listen it immediately when it drops on Spotify.

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May11
Details for Pokémon GO's Luminous Legends Y event revealed

Niantic has announced details for the Luminous Legends Y event. Following the debut of Xerneas, the other Legendary Pokémon from Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, the Destruction Pokémon Yveltal will be appearing in Pokémon GO.

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May11
Pokémon GO Special Weekend event to be held in the US and Japan as well

We reported over the weekend that a Pokémon GO Special Weekend event would be held in Mexico in collaboration with 7-11. We now know the same event will also be held in the United States and Japan, with different commercial partners, specifically Verizon (US) and Yoshinoya (Japan).

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May8
A Pokémon GO x 7-Eleven Special Weekend event in Mexico; worldwide bonuses also available

Niantic has announced another Pokémon GO and 7-Eleven collaboration event in Mexico. During the event, Trainers with an Event Ticket will be able to encounter featured Pokémon using Incense and through Field Research, receive items from Timed Research, and several other bonuses. Trainers without an Event Ticket may still enjoy some bonuses. Ways to obtain the Event Ticket will be announced on the 7-Eleven Mexico website at a later date.

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May8
Chaka Cumberbatch-Tinsley, award winning Social Marketing Manager for TPCi, leaves the company after 4 years

In an emotional thread posted to Twitter earlier today, Chaka Cumberbatch-Tinsley, social media manager, Rowlet fan, rollerskater, and cosplayer extraordinaire, announced that she would be leaving Pokémon after roughly 4 years and 3 months with the company.

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May7
June 2021's Community Day to feature Gible

Pokémon GO's official social media accounts have announced June 2021's Community Day will focus on the Land Shark Pokémon, Gible. The event will take place on Sunday, June 6, 2021, running from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. local time.

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May6
Pokémon Master Journeys: The Series announced as newest season of Pokémon

The Pokémon Company International has announced Pokémon Master Journeys: The Series will be the title of the 24th season of the Pokémon the Series animated series. The latest season of the long-running anime continues the adventures of Ash and Goh as they travel all over the world to research Pokémon for Cerise Laboratory. It will premiere in select markets over the northern hemisphere summer, with more premieres coming to additional markets through the end of 2021.

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May6
Sudden failures being reported with some Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire cartridges

Over the past week, there have been increasing numbers of reports on social media and around the internet of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire cartridges games spontaneously ceasing to work, with trainers receiving errors along the lines of "There is nothing inserted into the Game Card slot", "Game card cannot be used" or just "An error has occurred" when attempting to play their physical copies of the game. So far, the majority of these problems have been reported with European region copies of the game, in particular German copies, however there are scattered reports of these issues hitting players with cartridges from other regions.

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May3
Limited Research event for Marill in Pokémon GO this weekend

Niantic has announced a Marill Limited Research event for this coming Sunday, May 9, 2021, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. local time. Complete event-exclusive Timed and Field Researches to encounter the Water- and Fairy-type Aquamouse Pokémon. If you're lucky, you may even run into a Shiny one.

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May3
Diana Pérez, voice actor and director for Latin American dub of Pokémon, passes away aged 51

Diana Pérez, the Mexican voice actor who played Jessie for more than 20 years in the Latin American Spanish dub of the Pokémon Anime, passed away last week at the age of 51 after being hospitalized for kidney failure. Diana had also been the dubbing director for the series since Pokémon the Series: XY.

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May3
Zavvi releases New Pokémon Snap inspired summer lineup

If there's one certainty as a Pokémon fan, it's that you'll never be short of options to fill your wardrobe with your fandom. In what hopes to be the latest addition to that overflowing wardrobe, UK based Zavvi has launched a new Pokémon: Vacation Vibes clothing range in celebration of the release of New Pokémon Snap. The clothing from this new lineup features photo snaps of fan-favourite Pokémon including Pikachu, Bulbasaur, Squirtle, Charmander, and Eevee, all chilling out and having fun on holiday in a tropical setting reminiscent of some of the locales from the Lental region.

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May3
Researchers at the University of Cologne name newly discovered bacteria after Pokémon

A team of researchers working under Professor Michael Bonkowski at the University of Colone's Institute of Zoology have discovered a previously undescribed bacteria in amoebae which they have dubbed "Pokemonas". The name references the intracellular livestyle of the bacteria within ball-shaped Thecofilosea amoebae, likening it to Pokémon being caught and living within their Poké Balls.

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May1
All forms of Meowth to appear in Max Raid Battles

Meowth, Alolan Meowth, Galarian Meowth, and Gigantamax Meowth, will all be appearing more frequently in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield through May 2, 2021, at 4:59 p.m. PDT. Shiny Galarian Meowth will also be able to be encountered.

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Apr30
Review: New Pokémon Snap - Beautiful, gentle and fun

Pokémon fans love seeing Pokémon. What’s more, seeing Pokémon go about their own business in their natural ecosystem is a special kind of pleasure. One of the franchise’s under-appreciated strengths is world-building; that is, the sense that the places and characters of the games don’t just disappear the moment we close our eyes, and have lives outside of the player’s interactions with them. Few things enhance the sense that this is a world with a life of its own than seeing the inhabitants walk, stomp, crawl, fly and swim through the environment without heed for the protagonist. It’s why the Wild Area was so central to the premise of Sword and Shield and the Expansion Pass content; it’s why the original Pokémon Snap is so beloved despite merely being an on-rails photograph-’em-up; and it’s why New Pokemon Snap is such a great non-core Pokémon title.

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