More ‘Pokémon’ News for the Discriminating Trainer

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Sound the klaxon; it’s time for another Pokémon news update! (Note to self: purchase Pokémon klaxon.)

A new teaser video has revealed a pair of version-exclusive Pokémon. Passimian, the lemur-like Teamwork Pokémon, will only appear in Pokémon Sun, while Oranguru, the Sage Pokémon, only makes an appearance in Moon. We’re also treated to the dual evolution of Rockruff’s Lycanrock forms. Lycanrock will assume its Midday Form or Midnight Form depending on which version of the game you pick up. Take a gander at the video below for all this plus a look at Pikachu and Eevee’s Z-Moves, the welcome return of robust character customization, and Pokémon Refresh, which looks to be an updated take on X and Y‘s Pokémon-Amie.

The Pokémon Company International also recently revealed details concerning the final expansion of its XY card game series, Pokémon TCG: XY—Evolutions. With a rolling release date—Evolutions will be available at Toys”R”Us on October 30, GameStop on October 31, and other retailers on November 2—this expansion promises powered up versions of some of the very first Pokémon cards like Mega Venusaur-EX, Mega Charizard-EX, and Mega Blastoise-EX. Other new additions include more Mega Evolutions and BREAK cards. (And who among us doesn’t want to get their hands on a Starmie BREAK?!)

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And since Pokémon news often comes in threes—like a Dugtrio!—we also have news concerning the upcoming 2017 Play! Pokémon season. This includes the introduction of two International Championships open to players worldwide, plus additional local events to make it even easier to jump into the Play! Pokémon program. If you enjoy the Pokémon TCG or video game series, Play! Pokémon allows you to earn Championship Points toward a potential invitation and travel award to the Pokémon World Championships, with 2017’s event taking place next August in lovely Anaheim, California. Visit Pokemon.com/Play for more details.

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