October 14, 2019
Even the producer of Pokémon Masters thinks that the game is boring and a grind, we talk about the apology letter. Speaking of flopping mobile games, why is Harry Potter: Wizard's Unite a dud compared to Pokémon GO? Galarian Ponyta was finally talked about by the Pokémon Company, so we can go over what they said. Ash gets a female friend added to his roster for the upcoming Pokémon anime in Japan.
October 7, 2019
Game Informer dropped a bunch of new Pokémon Sword and Shield information on us. Auto-save stuff, no HMs, why Pokémon were cut, new features, changing natures and more. A 24-hour live stream also showed off Impidimp and Galar Ponyta. Pokémon GO is doing Raid nights every Wednesday this month, and new shirts got added to the shop. Finally, Game Freak talks about how Max Raid battles were made before they were implemented and used in Pokémon GO.
September 30, 2019
Lots of Pokémon GO stuff happening again! Mobile Mario Kart got more downloads on day 1 of release than Pokémon GO, so does this mean anything? Shiny Charizard is still worth something to someone. A 24-hour looped video will be shown off soon to show some new stuff in Sword/Shield!
September 23, 2019
Sirfetch'd was unveiled as a Pokémon Sword exclusive Pokémon! Unova Pokémon have arrived in Pokémon GO. The Ultra Bonus week is ending, but Mewtwo is coming back! Trapinch Community Day was announced. Hidden Fates, the newest Pokémon TCG set, is still impossible to find. The season finale of the Japanese Pokémon anime wrapped up and people are talking about it, including us.
September 16, 2019
Niantic just settled a 4 million dollar lawsuit regarding trespassing. A new, mysterious Pokémon was shown off, and the internet thinks they know what it could be. Pokémon Center got a new revamp of plushies, including every Pokémon from Johto, plus some Halloween merchandise. Pokémon Masters apologized to players by offering them 6,000 gems for their bug issues.
September 9, 2019
Cramorant and Polteageist are the two newest Pokémon shown off this past week in a recent Nintendo Direct. We cover the new clothing styles and the Curry Dex in Pokémon Sword and Shield. Minor Pokémon GO news this episode, but we spend a good time talking about our thoughts on the new mobile game, Pokémon Masters. The new Sword and Shield TCG set also got announced this past week too.
September 2, 2019
Pokémon Masters is now available on mobile and we give first impressions on that! Shiny Solgaleo and Shiny Lunala may be our last distributions on the 3DS as we gear up for Sword and Shield. Build-a-bear is still pumping out overpriced toys, but this time, it's Snorlax. We got an anime announcement for another anime announcement this week too.
August 26, 2019
Back from the Pokémon World Championships, Will and SBJ played Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. We also talk about the TCG drama that happened with the final matches. Hidden Fates is out now, Pokémon V coming soon! Unova is coming to Pokémon GO. We address questions regarding the competitive stuff they showed off for the Pokémon Trading Card Game and the upcoming Ranking system in HOME and the Switch games.
August 19, 2019
Since we were out of town this weekend, this episode was recorded a bit earlier. It won't include any recent Pokémon news or thoughts about Pokémon Worlds, but it will include your emails and question! We tackle what Pokémon we don't like, if we think Eevee should have more evolutions, and if Pokémon should be on Tinder. News returns next week and our thoughts on DC Worlds!
August 12, 2019
A new trailer for Pokémon Sword and Shield has arrived. Pokémon has finally shown off Galarian forms including Weezing and Zigzagoon! We talk about KISS and how they seem pretty happy with what TPCi has shown off too. The TCG gets another card banned before the Pokémon World Championships, Funko is releasing a football Pikachu soon, and Pokémon GO is having an event in Canada this September.
August 5, 2019
Pokémon Worlds is coming up and the theme this year is museums. Pokémon also announced changes for the 2020 competitive format. The Team Rocket stuff in Pokémon GO is sticking around and new Shadow Pokémon have arrived. A $500 Mareep is coming to Pokémon Center for both the USA and Japan. Finally, Pokéomn released sales numbers for their games and it seems that Let's Go is on track to surpass Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire in total copies sold.
July 29, 2019
Team Rocket has invaded Pokémon GO. Shadow Pokémon need to be purified, and someone needs to battle these Zubat they brought with. Rumble Rush dropped on iOS, Pokémon Duel is disappearing this October, and Pokémon Masters can be downloaded in Singapore. This episode marks our 9th year of being a podcast, so thank you to everyone who has supported us over the years.
July 22, 2019
The Nintendo Switch Lite is coming this holiday and will feature a special Pokémon edition. Pokémon GO is teaming up with One Piece, but it's only really talked about outside of the United States. Pokémon Sword & Shield will feature customizable jerseys for Gym Battles. Mega Rayquaza was banned in the VGC (then unbanned). More minor Pokémon Masters details this episode. Finally, we look back at the development of XY and some information about the Gear projects that Game Freak does.
July 15, 2019
According to a Famitsu article from a month ago, Game Freak has stated that the models in Pokémon Sword & Shield are NEW and made from scratch (not taken from past games). A new trailer also debuted showing some new, creamy Pokémon to catch. Pokémon GO released an update to Trainer battles, but then pulled the update due to complaints. Pokémon Worlds is open for registration, and attendees can get a special Aerodactyl for showing up.
July 8, 2019
We go over another interview with Ohmori and Masuda regarding Pokémon Sword & Shield. This interview also talked about having no plans for a Pokémon Snap 2 in the future. They also talk about why some features do not return to the games. We go over a cute TCG ruling regarding a Pikachu card. Niantic has shown off that Armored Mewtwo is coming to Pokémon GO on July 10th. Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft speak out against Donald Trump's tariff, which they say will hurt the video game industry.
July 1, 2019
We get an update on the National Dex issue from Masuda directly! Pokémon GO celebrates it's 3rd anniversary by spawning Shiny Alolan Pokémon in the wild. Pokémon Masters gets a release date for this Summer and gave us an 8 minute trailer for the game, showing little gameplay footage. The TCG is getting another expansion right after Pokémon Worlds and more Pokémon phone cases are arriving soon too!
June 24, 2019
We take time this week to address the #BringBackNationalDex issue that surrounds Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. Since Harry Potter Wizard's Unite is out (Niantic's new mobile game), we compare it to Pokémon GO. Japan is getting a new Pokémon Cafe. The PTCG is releasing a new set soon, called Unified Minds. Finally, we talk about if every Pokémon is truly someone's favorite.
June 17, 2019
We attended Pokémon GO Fest in Chicago for the third year, and we have a full report on how Niantic did this event compared to years prior. We talk about the Jirachi quest, the spawns, the weather, and the lack of issues we had playing. E3 was last week too! SBJ, Greg, and Will talk about the new Gym Leader in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. Two new Pokémon, Impidimp and Yamper, were discovered during game play at E3. Masuda and Ohmori talk about the Wild Area and Max Raid battles and we have input on that as well.
June 10, 2019
The Pokémon Sword and Shield Direct unveiled new Pokémon including Corviknight, Wooloo, Gossifleur, and Drednaw. The Wild Area brings what seems to be the raid mechanic from Pokémon GO into a Zelda-like environment for multiplayer action. Game Freak showed off characters such as your Rival, the Champion, and the Professor of Galar. We talk about how Dynamax can provide more possibilities over Z-Moves or Mega Stones. Finally, we talk about how the Legendary Pokémon may be related to CMYK.
June 3, 2019
Pokémon Sleep, Pokémon HOME, Pokémon Masters, and more was unveiled at the Pokémon Press Conference in Tokyo. We go over our thoughts on Pokémon Sleep and the GO Plus+, as well as, DeNA's upcoming game, Pokémon Masters. We also talk about how Pokémon HOME will work with Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee, Pokémon Bank, and Pokémon Sword/Shield in early 2020.
May 27, 2019
Have no clue how much is actually in a pint vs a gallon, do not need your e-mails about this. We talk about the Pokémon Sword & Shield shirt issue, old Pokémon returning to Pokémon GO, and Japan is getting exclusive Pikachu ice cream. We also talk about Lickitung scene from Detective Pikachu.
May 20, 2019
A new Pokémon mobile game, Rumble Rush, is out in Australia. Three new Lures and some new Gen 4 Pokémon surprise us in Pokémon GO this past week. Niantic is also introducing a "raid week" this upcoming Tuesday. The Pokémon Fit plushes are getting the Generation 2 Pokémon added to the series. This weekend is also your chance to get Shiny Tapu Fini by participating in the 2019 International Challenge May Online Competition!
May 14, 2019
Warning: Spoilers for both video game and movie! Irene and SBJ talk about our thoughts and feelings of the Detective Pikachu movie. We talk about how the actors played out their roles, the Pokémon that show up in the movie, and the plot differences between the game and the movie. We also chitchat about what we liked and the couple things we didn't like!
May 13, 2019
Shiny Eevee & Pikachu are available at Target in the US! Exclusive Detective Pikachu TCG cards are available at Target, Walmart, and GameStop! The Shiny Tapu Fini opens up this week for registration in Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon. New Funko Pokémon figures are coming, as well as, new UK Pokémon clothing. Will and SBJ give their spoiler-free thoughts on Detective Pikachu.
May 6, 2019
Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf surface in regional raids and in the wild for Pokémon GO. New Pokémon cases are coming out this week, along with Detective Pikachu. Unbroken Bonds, the newest Pokémon TCG set, got released over the weekend with a brand new Charizard card that is actually pretty good. Also, a new app has been released by The Pokémon Company called Pokémon Pass.
April 29, 2019
Nintendo has posted their Fiscal Year Ending (March 2019) and we go over what their plans are for the 3DS and the Nintendo Switch for the rest of 2019. Detective Pikachu kicked off in Japan, and results have been very positive for the movie. Build-a-bear is getting more plushes, GO tickets are still slowing rolling out, and new Wobbuffet merch is hitting shelves in Japan.
April 23, 2019
Free Bonus Episode! This episode (S20E37) marks the reveal of a third Lycanroc, Dusk Form! Irene and Steve talk about Rockruff's journey to evolving, the island guardian, Tapu Lele, and how characters share traits in the anime with their video game counterparts. This episode is FREE for everyone! If you'd like more weekly episodes of Alola Vacation, our Pokémon anime podcast, you can subscribe or upgrade to the GOLD Tier for $5 a month to support the podcasts and receive other cool rewards!
April 22, 2019
The Pokémon Company has announced that there will be a full rotation of the current cards in the TCG format the day before Pokémon Worlds. Cards such as Ultra Ball, Guzma, and Tapu Lele will not be playable starting August 15th, 2019. There are Pokémon GO issues in Milwaukee, WI, so restraining orders are in line for some players. Mr. Mime was almost cut from the Detective Pikachu movie, but after talking to the president of The Pokémon Company, it made the cut!
April 15, 2019
Wicked Cool Toys released their Detective Pikachu toy line at retailers this past week, SBJ goes over what you should and should not buy. Pokémon GO burnout seems real for some trainers in the community. We talk about the past Community Day and the upcoming egg event this week. Sword & Shield gets a brand new Steel-type move that a fan from Japan will get to name, we compare it to a past move that had a similar contest. Finally, what things bothered us in Pokémon games, like poison outside of battle, that we are happy that Game Freak addressed in future games.
April 8, 2019
Let's talk about Master Trainers in Let's Go Pikachu and Eevee! With new Pokémon toys coming to Burger King, we talk about how the last time the BK had toys they were recalled to an unfortunate event. Pokémon GO Fest is coming back to Chicago and we talk about that. Pokémon GO is also taking another stab at the Legendary Lunch Hour. On top of that, we talk about a very expensive TCG card that you can buy for the low low cost of $3000.
April 1, 2019
Lot's of Pokémon GO Stuff this episode. Hat Pikachu in GO, Bug event starting soon, and a recap of Lotad day. Pokémon Duel has a bit of news, but we get two Hidden Ability Pokémon in Pokémon Bank for subscribers. We also talk about how Pokémon names are said! Finally, we talk about how you miss an entire convention because you don't know how to properly book a flight.
March 25, 2019
News regarding Harry Potter: Wizards Unite dropped, and the crew decides to talk about how much of an impact this game can have on Pokémon GO and the players who may not even care that Pokémon GO has Pokémon in it. Some minor news about Detective Pikachu shows up, we chat about future GO events, and we share a little bit of news regarding how the TCG was in development during the development of Pokémon Red & Green.
March 18, 2019
SBJ is back from Japan and talks about the Pokemon (and food) differences between Japan and the United States. This is a bit more off-topic episodes than some of the very news heavy past episodes, so just a heads up. Defense Deoxys is being added to Pokémon GO, as well as, a new grass event. The anime is getting a new season on Disney XD, and has an article about everything you *can* do after you beat the Elite 4 in Pokémon: Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee.
March 11, 2019
Listeners shout out! We hear your thoughts on the Galar map and ideas of Pokémon from the new region. We also discuss the latest Pokémon GO news, new Detective Pikachu TCG cards, and the amount of money Pokémon makes from its six mobile games.
March 8, 2019
To celebrate Women's Day, Raschelle, Irene, and Brittney come together to talk about the impact of women in the Pokémon series. They talk about why certain characters are influential, and how they all came to Pokémon. We hope you enjoy this different perceptive on Pokémon from voices you are familiar with!
March 4, 2019
So many announcements from the Pokémon Company all around Pokémon Day! We talk about the new Detective Pikachu trailer, the Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution trailer, rumored "armored evolution," and our first reactions to the Pokémon Sword and Shield trailer.
February 25, 2019
Pokémon Day is upon us! We cover the news and events leading up to February 27th this year! These events include a Trade and Play TCG event, a new updated Pokémon TV app, Pokémon GO events, the announcement of Worlds, and more! We also talk about how Clamperl day compared to the last Field Research day too.
February 18, 2019
Another Community Day in the books! We talk about the new AR Photo features coming to Pokémon GO. We also talk about Yo-Kai Watch not doing well in Japan recently. SBJ finally plays Pokémon Duel to explore the new $16.99 mostly fee. Finally, we talk about how Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee sold 10 million copies by the end of 2018. Will gives you your Pokémon of the Week! Bobby returns this episode!
February 11, 2019
A new Pokémon TCG Dex App is available on iOS and Android. There is a new Pokémon GO event, including one that lets you have a chance of finding Shiny Meltan. We debate over if Electabuzz is a tiger or not. Pokémon has partnered with Funko Pops to bring some more toys this year. Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun is getting Pokemon DLC. Shiny Tapu Bulu is a VGC award this February too!
February 4, 2019
Featuring Jan Ochoa from Giant Bomb (interview starts at 36 mins into the episode). Jan talks about his time with Pokémon GO and his thoughts and feelings on Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu & Let's Go Eevee. We also touch on Jan's history with the Pokémon series. After putting 40+ hours into Pokémon Platinum, SBJ expresses how the game doesn't feel unique compared to Pokémon Black & White or Pokémon X/Y. Pokémon GO news is upon us, with more Sinnoh Pokémon being added. Finally, if we had to erase one Pokémon forever, who would we pick?
January 28, 2019
A new update is available for Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee. A second movie may be in the works for Detective Pikachu. Pokemon cat hats are available for... your cats. Ariana Grande got a Pokémon tattoo, and that seems news worthy. SBJ, Will, and Greg answer some e-mails and our question of the week! Will rolls out the new Pokémon of the Week segment properly this week too.
January 21, 2019
With the new Detective Pikachu movie coming out this May, the Pokémon Company has decided to release a bunch of merch to support the movie! We go over the huge amount of merch being announced. We also talk about Feebas Day in Pokémon GO. On top of all that, we talk about the cutest starters according to a poll in Japan (#4 will really SHOCK you)! Enjoy!
January 14, 2019
The first Pokémon GO community day of 2019 is over and one week later we have another one featuring Feebas. Greg, Will, and SBJ talk about their Totodile community days. News about Pokémon GO being banned in a local cemetery. It seems that Universal Studio has canceled plans for a Nintendo Theme park. We also talk about how Bulbasaur should wear a hat. Finally, what Pokemon we have in our collection means a lot to us?
January 7, 2019
The first episode of 2019. We talk about how much money Pokémon GO made. How to actually battle in Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee. There is a new Pokémon movie coming out this summer. With the start of the new year, Gen 8 rumors are already starting and have no real solid data to back them. Question of the week brings us to what Pokémon town we'd like to live in?
December 31, 2018
The final episode of 2018. Will, Greg, and SBJ answer you questions and talk about our 3 best Pokémon highlights of the year. We talk about what we want to see in a future Pokémon game, as well as, if we think something like Pokémon GO is worth getting into after 2 years.
December 24, 2018
More new Pokémon GO changes that we talk about. New raid bosses, new events, new Shiny (Sandshrew) that you can get. We also talk about the new holiday stuff on Poké, as well as, come up with our own 12 days of Christmas using Pokémon ourselves.
December 17, 2018
Robot Pikachu toys are coming to Japan, which are based off the Super Nerd from HeartGold & Soulsilver. A new Mewtwo movie is also coming to Japan next summer. We talk about the holiday event in Pokémon GO and what are thoughts are on the new GO Battle system. We also talk about what Pokémon we'd like to see in Detective Pikachu!
December 10, 2018
How do you actually get a Shiny Pokémon in Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee? Pokémon GO is finally adding PvP and we talk about what you can expect. Also in news, TPCi seems to be hiring for a *new* mobile game for next year? We also talk about some new 3DS themes and how we feel about Pokémon adding new types of Poké Balls!
December 3, 2018
We watched the Power of Us, the latest Pokémon movie and we have thoughts. Trainer battles are coming to Pokémon GO, Tag Team GX cards are coming to the Pokémon TCG. Super Smash Brothers is getting some Let's Go Pikachu & Let's Go Eevee content this Friday. Since Hello Kanto is over, we are back to our normal format for a show.
November 26, 2018
Episode 011 and the final episode of our Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee coverage. Greg and SBJ journey through Victory Road to challenge the Elite 4. We compare the E4 from Yellow to these games in Pokémon choices, moves, levels, and overall feel. We talk about our rival and the ending of the game and how we feel about this entire game overall.
November 25, 2018
Episode 010 of our Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee coverage. Greg and SBJ tackle the Seafoam Islands and the battle with Giovanni. We also hear an old joke from Professor Oak, which was nice? Blue also presents us with a familiar item from past Pokémon games that we pick up before the final Gym Leader fight. Also, why was Slowpoke so late to catch in this game?
November 24, 2018
Episode 009 of our Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee coverage. The hotheaded Blaine awaits for SBJ and Greg to arrive to Cinnabar Island. We talk about how the anime episode of Blaine was a huge influence on this island and their gym leader. We also talk about the Pokémon Mansion, Mew, and Mewtwo diaries in there.
November 23, 2018
Episode 008 of our Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee coverage. SBJ and Greg head back to Saffron to challenge Sabrina for our 6th Gym Badge. We also take a detour to the Power Plant to meet our first Legendary Pokémon and to find a bunch of new Pokémon for our collections.
November 22, 2018
Episode 007 of our Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee coverage. The cycling road is no longer for bikes. SBJ and Greg talk about GO Park in Fuchsia City. We battle Koga, we talk about the ups and downs of connecting to Pokémon GO, we talk about the amount of battles and being either under leveled or over leveled in this game so far.
November 21, 2018
Episode 006 of our Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee coverage. After waking a Snorlax, Greg and SBJ have to venture to Saffron City to visit the Silph Company. 11 floors of battling "bad guys," we have to save the city, defeat Team Rocket, and get our free Lapras. We also talk about the Fighting Dojo.
November 20, 2018
Episode 005 of our Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee coverage. Starting off in the Game Corner, SBJ and Greg talk about the fight with Archer and Giovanni and discuss the changes made in this part of the game. After saving Cubone, we head back to Lavender Town to find Cubone's mom and rescue Mr. Fuji from Team Rocket.
November 19, 2018
Episode 004 of our Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee coverage. Greg and SBJ arrive in Celadon City to shop, visit the arcade, explore the clean city, and battle Erika. We run into Team Rocket here after trudging through the Rock Tunnel and stopping in Lavender Town before our big Gym battle with Erika. Also, we share our thoughts on how characters and skin color is used in this world.
November 18, 2018
Episode 003 of our Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee coverage. Lots has happened since our last episode! SBJ and Greg head to Vermilion City to meet DUX, Lt. Surge, the Pokémon Fan Club folks, Mr. Mime, the Captain of the SS Anne, and an old Alolan guest. We talk about getting our first "HM," called a secret technique. Also, we talk about Masuda's in touch with the fans and making small things very appealing.
November 17, 2018
Episode 002 of our Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee coverage. In this episode, SBJ and Greg run down the balance between catching and battling. After we spent hours in Mt. Moon, we challenged the Nugget Bridge, met Bill, adored the bike store, and battled Misty. There is nothing but charm and delight in these games, but they are not without issues, we discuss the Poké Ball Plus, the pacing, and finding rare Pokémon.
November 16, 2018
Episode 001 of our Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee coverage. In this episode, SBJ and Greg talk about our intial thoughts and feelings about the game up to the fight Brock, the first Gym Leader. We talk about the motion control using the Joy-cons or the Pokeball Plus. We also talk about the look and feel of the game. A lot has changed since we last visited Kanto, so we have plenty to say!
November 12, 2018
Let's Go Pikachu & Eevee are a couple days away! Old hat Pikachu return to Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon. The "dead game" that is Pokémon GO brought in 67% more money that this time last year. Shiny Tapu Lele is going to be obtainable for the first time if you sign up for the November Global Link Tournament this month. Tamagotchi is making a come back with rumors of a Pokémon one on the way. Finally, we tackle two questions of the week this week! No spoilers/leaks about Pikavee are talked about this episode.
November 5, 2018
A huge interview off Poké with GAME FREAK’s Junichi Masuda (Director) and Kensaku Nabana. Masuda talks about how this may be the last Pokémon game that he directs. We also hear about the inspiration of why Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee is being made. On top of that, some Pokémon GO news, and the new TCG set, Lost Thunder, is out now! GameStop also has Ho-Oh and Lugia download codes now!
October 29, 2018
The spooky Pokémon GO Event is here! Catch yourself a Shiny Drifloon or just try to get yourself a haunted Spiritomb before November! We get more information about Meltan, including that it's the first known Mythical Pokémon to evolve! Our question of the week let's us think about our favorite episodes of the anime, and our Pokemon of the week will for sure fit in your nightmares.
October 22, 2018
We break down a huge interview with Masuda that was from Eurogamer. We talk about this past Pokémon GO Community Day, Gen 4 coming to Pokémon GO, and the new GO regionals too. Master Trainers seem to be the only post game offered for Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee, so we offer our thoughts on that and the thoughts on Masuda not wanting eggs in this game. A tiny bit of Pokémon TCG news this episode too!
October 15, 2018
Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp crosses path with Pokémon! Gen 4 has been added to Pokémon GO, but we await it's arrival "soon." We learn even more about Meltan this week and get two trailers to show off how it acts, how to possibly get it, and if it actually evolves. Singapore is getting a Pokémon Center store, Pokémon GO is getting CP changes, and our Pokémon of the Week has a boatload of trivia! Also, get ready to get a Shiny Mimikyu from doing the Ultra Spooky Cup!! Reminder you can use the *show notes* to see when we talk about what!
October 8, 2018
New HORI merch is coming for Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu & Eevee. A Psychic event is now taking place in Pokémon GO with a new hat Pikachu that visited this past weekend. Zeraora is coming to GameStop, and new Legendary Pokémon will be available at Target this month. With NES and SNES Classics selling off shelves, will we see something regarding a Gameboy Classic?
October 1, 2018
Meltan is our new Pokémon with a name! Lots of Pokémon GO news regarding a ban to a very notable player of the game. We cover future community news and events coming this October. We also go more in-depth about Metlan and the connection to PikaVee and Pokémon GO. The PikaVee Tour has also started, and we give you information on that. Finally, we introduce Question of the Week!
September 24, 2018
A new Pokémon has appeared in Pokémon GO! This would be the 808th Pokémon that we know about? Mass confusion has hit the Pokémon world as we try to piece together who or what this "new" Pokémon is and how it fits into this past weekend's Community Day. Held items and Abilities have been removed from Let's Go Pikachu & Let's Go Eevee! Some games press had hands-on impressions of PikaVee and we talk about that. The newest TCG set confirms that Zeraora is leaving Japan and coming to our 3DSs. Also, something about more Pokémon Funko Pops are coming...
September 17, 2018
Mewtwo is no longer an EX Raid Pokémon in Pokémon GO! Ash gets an Eevee in the anime, making it possible that the new Pokémon in Let's Go is not an Eevee evolution. Korea gets a bunch of events, a special edition PikaVee Nintendo Switch has been announced at GameStop and Best Buy, and there was more footage shown of Let's Go from the Nintendo Direct this past week.
September 10, 2018
No more HMs in Let's Go Pikachu or Let's Go Eevee! The Sun & Moon anime get a new hair style. Greg, Will, and SBJ talk about Shiny Poipole coming to GameStop, two new Pokémon TCG sets coming, and some Pokémon Duel news. We also talk about Build-a-Bear getting it's 9th Pokémon plush and how Nintendo Cloud Saves will not be supporting the PikaVee games.
September 3, 2018
Recap of Pokémon Worlds 2018. We talk about Latios and Latias at Best Buy, new TAG TEAM cards in the Pokémon Trading Card game. Thoughts about how Pokémon Worlds was handled and the Pokémon Center that was there. Finally, our usual update on what's going on in Pokémon GO, and as always, our Pokémon of the Week too!
August 27, 2018
Featuring Jeff Gerstmann from Giant Bomb (interview starts at 24 mins into the episode). Jeff talks about the time that Pokémon arrived in the United States. Jeff also gives thoughts on how Pokémon spin-off games appeal to non-hardcore fans, his favorite Pokémon, and how sometimes games don't change. We also spend time talking about the machine that is Giant Bomb and creating and dealing with content.
August 20, 2018
Lots of Pokémon GO news regarding Celebi, kids accounts, Community Day(s) and more! Will, Greg, and SBJ also talk about the passing of Professor Oak's voice actor, Meloetta being at Worlds, and people being disappointed with Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee (in regards to battle animations). 00:00:20 - Introduction 00:13:40 - Pokémon GO News 00:26:15 - Community Days 00:37:20 - Break Music 00:38:15 - Pokémon Worlds 2018 00:54:15 - New Pokémon Toys 01:01:05 - Professor Oak 01:05:35 - Let's Go Pikachu & Eevee Animations 01:17:00 - Pokémon of the Week 01:28:40 - Post Credits
August 13, 2018
Pokémon has renamed Lt. Surge's title in Let's Go Pikachu & Eevee. New DVDs coming to the States this November. Can one man handle the power of 11 phones for Pokémon GO? Finally, we get around to some e-mails this week too! 00:00:20 - Introduction 00:09:00 - Battle Frontier DVDs 00:15:35 - 11 Pokémon GO Devices 00:18:55 - Lt. Surge in Pikavee 00:42:50 - Break Music 00:44:30 - E-mails 01:16:15 - Pokémon of the Week 01:23:00 - Post Credits
August 6, 2018
The internet is on fire after seeing how Venusaur moves in Let's Go: Pikachu and Let's Go: Eevee. Pokémon GO adds two new Shiny Pokémon and a trading event for August. The Power of Us has an english theatrical release for this holiday. Your Legendary Pokémon of the month are Kyogre and Groudon at GameStop! 00:00:20 - Introduction 00:02:50 - Kyogre & Groudon Codes 00:09:50 - Pokémon GO News 00:22:40 - The Power of Us Movie 00:31:00 - Wonder Trading Bug 00:42:50 - Let's Go: Pikavee (Shiny News) 01:14:00 - Post Credits
July 30, 2018
Pokémon Manga has moved to digital. The Detective Pikachu movie is still slated for next year, but some changes are made to it. Lucky Pokémon are here in Pokémon GO and what this might mean for future Pokémon games. Greg and Micah join SBJ this week to talk about all of this! 00:00:20 - Introduction 00:03:00 - Pokémon Manga on Kindle 00:19:00 - Detective Pikachu Movie 00:54:40 - Lucky Pokémon 01:30:45 - Post Credits
July 23, 2018
New hair, gender options, customizations, and more are all coming to Pokémon: Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee this Fall. SBJ, Greg, and Will talk about banning in Pokémon GO. We talk about Zapdos day and some minor things coming to GO. We also share our thoughts on pushback to change in these upcoming games. 00:00:20 - Introduction 00:06:55 - Alolan Pokémon in Raids 00:16:45 - Zapdos Community Day 00:33:20 -Break Music 00:34:10 - Pokémon GO Bans 00:40:15 - Eevee Vs Pikachu 00:43:20 - Let's Go Update 01:14:20 - Pokémon of the Week 01:19:25 - House Cleaning 01:23:45 - Post Credits
July 16, 2018
Full recap of the 2018 Pokémon GO Fest (Saturday) in Lincoln Park, Chicago. SBJ, Will, and Micah talk about their full thoughts and feeling about the second ever Pokémon GO Fest and how the day and the event went. Disclosure: Niantic did provide us with three media passes again, just like last year! 00:00:20 - Introduction 00:31:30 -Break Music #1 01:01:20 -Break Music #2 01:47:25 - Post Credits
July 9, 2018
Two community days this past weekend, plus reports on Pokémon GO sales numbers. New events to celebrate that Pokémon GO is turning 2 years old. Plus, we cover some news regarding a banned Pokémon anime episode! Will gives us Pokémon of the Week and SBJ dropped his phone on cement. 00:00:20 - Introduction 00:03:15 - Pokémon Anime Banned 00:11:40 - Pokémon GO Sales 00:23:00 - Pokémon Duel Update 00:25:50 -Break Music 00:27:10 - Pokémon GO Summer Update 00:57:30 -Break Music 00:58:15 - Pokémon GO Community Day 01:23:30 - Pokémon of the Week 01:31:45 - Post Credits
July 2, 2018
Pokémon of the week returns! We recap the first major event of the summer for Pokémon GO! We also cover some news regarding Duel, USUM downloads, and e-mails! Thundurus and Tornadus coming to Target Stores! Shiny Roselia now in Pokémon GO! 00:00:20 - Introduction 00:02:30 - Pokémon GO Coverage 00:32:30 -Break Music 00:33:10 - North America Championships 00:36:00 - Pokémon Duel Update 00:38:10 - Thundurus and Tornadus 00:42:45 - E-mails 01:00:40 - Pokémon of the Week 01:09:00 - House Cleaning 01:14:45 - Post Credits
June 25, 2018
Regice, friends, and trading all added to Pokémon GO. Pokémon beats out Star Wars in over all sales of merch and product. Man fights other man because of Pokémon GO dispute. No real news on the Let's Go front now that E3 is over. 00:00:20 - Introduction 00:06:30 - Pokémon overtakes Star Wars 00:12:00 - Switch Failure 00:15:00 - Pokémon GO Arrest 00:26:00 -Break Music 00:27:00 - New Pokémon in 2019 00:28:10 - Pokémon GO Friends/Trading 01:06:30 - House Cleaning 01:11:20 - Post Credits
June 18, 2018
E3 is over and we have coverage on Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee. Will talks about his Pokémon GO Community Day and we talk about shiny odds in that game. Will and SBJ talk about new things we learned from the Nintendo Treehouse demo of the new Let's Go games. 00:00:20 - Introduction 00:03:50 - Pokémon GO Community Day 00:22:30 - Shiny Rate in GO 00:27:40 -Break Music 00:29:40 - Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee E3 Recap 01:17:30 - House Cleaning 01:20:20 - Post Credits
June 11, 2018
Let's Go Pikachu and Eevee clarification talked about some more. There is a new water event in Pokémon GO. Raschelle, Will, and SBJ talk about the 1997 Demo of Pokémon Gold at Space World. We also talk about the new TCG set coming! 00:00:20 - Introduction 00:03:35 - News 00:04:40 - Celestial Storm 00:10:50 - Pokémon GO Updates 00:15:45 - Space World Demo 00:28:50 - Break Music 00:29:40 - Let's Go Pikachu 00:47:30 - House Cleaning 00:50:20 - Post Credits
June 4, 2018
Let's Go Pikachu and Eevee have been announced for November 16, 2018. Pokémon Quest is out now and it's delightful. SBJ, Miss D, and Will talk about our thoughts on the TPCi press conference that happened last Tuesday night via Twitter. Promotion! Nations Clothing:, use promo code 'pkmncast' to save 50% off your orders! 00:00:20 - Introduction 00:04:50 - Pokémon Quest 00:32:30 - Break Music 00:33:10 - Let's Go Pikachu 01:01:40 - Break Music 01:04:25 - Let's Go Eevee 01:28:30 - Post Credits
May 28, 2018
Alolan forms coming to Pokémon GO and Adventure Week has started. Shiny Zygarde promotion starting at GameStop on June 1st and more stuff about Pokémon on Switch is talked about. Promotion! Nations Clothing:, use promo code 'pkmncast' to save 50% off your orders! 00:00:20 - Introduction 00:04:45 - News 00:04:45 - Pokémon on Switch 00:14:15 - Shiny Zygarde 00:19:20 - Pokémon GO 00:29:30 - Pokémon of the Week 00:40:30 - Post Credits
May 21, 2018
We address the Nintendo Switch rumors of Pokémon: Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee that stormed the internet last week. Al and SBJ recap their Charmander Community Day. We also talk a little about the upcoming Madison regionals. Promotion! Nations Clothing:, use promo code 'pkmncast' to save 50% off your orders! 00:00:20 - Introduction 00:02:55 - News 00:03:00 - North American International Championships 00:09:15 - Pokémon GO Community Day 00:23:00 - Shiny Ho-Oh Raids 00:30:30 - Break Music 00:31:40 - Pokémon Switch Rumors 01:05:30 - Break Music 01:06:30 - E-mails 01:18:15 - Pokémon of the Week 01:27:55 - Post Credits
May 14, 2018
Recap of the Pokémon GO Fest ticket mess. Will and SBJ talk about getting into the Pokémon TCG and we talk about some Black 2 thoughts as well. Team Skull merch has also been added to Pokémon Center as well!! Save 50% Off Soylent: 00:00:20 - Introduction 00:03:55 - News 00:04:00 - Pokémon Switch Rumors 00:20:10 - Team Skull Clothing 00:24:30 - XY Downloads 00:25:30 - Break Music 00:27:30 - Pokémon GO Fest 00:55:00 - Break Music 00:58:30 - E-mails 01:18:40 - Pokémon of the Week 01:26:30 - Post Credits
May 7, 2018
We talk about Pikachu's lost evolution, Gorochu. SBJ and Micah talk Pokémon GO and helping SBJ's mom actually get to play again. We cover news regarding new downloadable Pokemon, VCG Battle stuff, and Pokémon Duel! Charity: 00:00:20 - Introduction 00:03:40 - News 00:03:40 - Pokémon Duel 00:08:50 - XY Legendary 00:14:30 - VCG Tournament 00:18:30 - Pokémon GO News 00:29:30 - Break Music 00:31:30 - Pokémon GO with Mom 01:01:40 - Break Music 01:02:30 - Gorochu Information 01:37:00 - Post Credits
April 30, 2018
Pokémon GO information released on a plane, XY Legendary Pokémon coming next month, South Korea getting more Pokémon, and a ton of e-mails that we cover! 00:00:20 - Introduction 00:12:00 - News 00:12:05 - XY Legendary 00:15:10 - Pokémon GO News 00:19:30 - South Korea 00:21:00 - Nintendo President Change 00:22:00 - 1000th Anime Episode 00:24:00 - More Pokémon GO News 00:35:10 - Break Music 00:37:20 - E-mails 01:19:20 - Pokémon of the Week (Cubchoo) 01:25:30 - Micah's Tips 01:31:30 - House Cleaning 01:33:40 - Post Credits
April 23, 2018
Raikou and Entei are at Target. Pokémon GO gets a new Community Day. More DVDs are coming to other countries. Al, Will, and SBJ tackle e-mails, Pokémon of the Week, and what to do in the shower! 00:00:20 - Introduction 00:12:00 - News 00:12:05 - Pokémon GO Community Day (May) 00:13:40 - Pokémon Sun & Moon DVDs 00:18:30 - South Korea Pikachu 00:25:05 - Get Raikou or Entei 00:36:00 - Break Music 00:36:40 - E-mails 00:56:00 - Pokémon of the Week 01:02:35 - House Cleaning 01:05:10 - Post Credits
April 16, 2018
Micah and Kay join SBJ as we talk about Pokémon GO Community day and Zeraora being announced for Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon. We talk about our time at PAX East, Midwest Gaming Classic, and catching Shiny Mareep. We also talk about the anime a lot for some reason! 00:00:20 - Introduction 00:05:20 - News 00:05:30 - Darkrai South Korea 00:06:40 - Pokémon Advance Battle 00:15:30 - Kalos Classic 00:17:15 - Kanto in Pokémon GO 00:18:00 - UK Movie Pack 00:21:00 - Zeraora: 21 Movie 00:29:00 - Break Music 00:29:30 - PAX East Recap 00:35:40 - Midwest Gaming Recap 00:50:00 - Pokémon GO Community Day 01:12:35 - House Cleaning 01:15:10 - Post Credits
April 9, 2018
[Live Show] Presented at PAX East, the audience helps create a list of the best Pokémon and why. Presented by Micah, Will, and SBJ, Data\_Dave, and PurpleCliff. we debate the reasons of why Pokémon should be ranked vs other Pokémon. Due to this show being recorded live, the audio does not represent the full production of how ISE is normally recorded. Also note, this show did have audio issues and this was what was saved.
April 2, 2018
Mew is added to Pokémon GO! We talk in-depth about the first three chapters of Detective Pikachu! Pokémon Shuffle is ending and research missions have been added to GO. Hear our thoughts about Detective Pikachu as we talk about the pros and cons of the latest Pokémon game. 00:00:20 - Introduction 00:06:30 - News 00:06:40 - Pokémon Shuffle Ending 00:10:50 - Valve 00:15:15 - Pokémon Championships 00:16:30 - Pokémon GO April Fool's 00:19:30 - Mew Added to GO 00:35:50 - Break Music #1 00:39:00 - Detective Pikachu 01:00:40 - Break Music #2 01:23:00 - Pokémon of the Week: Trevenant 01:34:30 - House Cleaning 01:38:30 - Post Credits
March 26, 2018
Spoiler-free, Detective Pikachu talk. Will and SBJ talk about the Bulbasaur from Community Day. We talk about the Pokken update, the Egg event in Pokémon GO, and the release of Detective Pikachu! 00:00:20 - Introduction 00:04:30 - News 00:04:35 - Detective Pikachu Stickers 00:07:25 - Pokken Update 00:14:25 - Pokémon GO Stuff 00:23:40 - Break Music 00:24:30 - Detective Pikachu Thoughts 00:46:40 - Pokémon of the Week: Aipom 00:52:00 - House Cleaning 00:58:00 - Post Credits
March 19, 2018
Get your Hidden Ability Pokémon in Pokémon Bank! New stuff in Pokémon GO. We talk about playing older games and looking forward to a couple new things in future games. SBJ and Will talk about Detective Pikachu too. 00:00:20 - Introduction 00:01:30 - Hidden Abilities 00:07:10 - Pokemon GO, Shiny Lugia 00:24:25 - TCG Pikachu Cards 00:27:40 - Break Music 00:28:05 - E-mails 00:49:30 - Pokémon of the Week: Bouffalant 00:55:40 - House Cleaning 00:58:20 - Post Credits
March 12, 2018
Three Hundred episodes later and we are here! To celebrate, we brought back some old segments, debate over the next Pokémon game, and tackle your e-mails. Thank you all for listening! 00:02:25 - Opener 00:06:05 - E-mails 00:18:25 - Extreme Speed 00:27:50 - Break Music 00:29:35 - E-mails 00:49:00 - Healthy Living 01:02:20 - Break Music 01:03:10 - E-mails 01:10:00 - Item of the Week 01:28:20 - Break Music 01:29:00 - E-mails 01:54:10 - Break Music 01:54:50 - Pokémon of the Week: Popplio 02:06:20 - E-mail & Wrap-up 02:15:20 - Post Credits
March 5, 2018
Pokémon Day came and went. We talk about what happened during Pokémon Day with a focus on the trailer for the 21st Pokémon Movie coming in Japan this July. SBJ and Micah share their thoughts on Shiny Hunting in Pokémon GO too. Please send in your e-mails for episode 300! 00:00:20 - Introduction 00:04:10 - News 00:04:10 - March VCG Tournament 00:06:25 - Pokémon Day Recap 00:16:00 - 21st Movie Thoughts 00:27:00 - Misprint TCG Packs 00:31:25 - Break Music 00:32:20 - Pokémon GO Shiny Hunting 00:56:40 - E-mails 01:01:15 - Pokémon of the Week: Lumineon 01:06:00 - House Cleaning 01:08:20 - Post Credits
February 26, 2018
We count how many Shiny Dratini we caught on the last Pokémon GO Community day. SBJ, Al, and Will talk about Detective Pikachu and the upcoming Pokemon Day on Feb 27th. We also give you some fun facts about Dratini! Please send in your e-mails for episode 300! 00:00:20 - Introduction 00:04:45 - News 00:04:45 - Detective Pikachu 00:22:45 - Legendary Pokémon 00:26:10 - Returning GO Raids 00:36:15 - Break Music 00:37:10 - Pokémon Day 01:00:00 - Pokémon GO Community Day 01:11:15 - Pokémon of the Week: Dratini 01:15:45 - House Cleaning 01:20:00 - Post Credits
February 19, 2018
Year of the Dog in Pokémon GO. Shiny Poipole coming to Japan. SBJ and Irene talk about Genesect and the Legend Awakened as we prep for Episode 300 of It's Super Effective. We also answer your e-mails about plushes, breakfast, and favorite Eevee. 00:00:20 - Introduction 00:04:05 - News 00:07:30 - Year of the Dog, Pokémon GO 00:19:40 - Pokémon GO Community Day 00:25:10 - Break Music 00:26:10 - Genesect Movie Talk 01:03:30 - E-mails 01:14:00 - House Cleaning 01:16:00 - Post Credits
February 12, 2018
Lots of Pokémon GO news and updates. Al, Raschelle, Will, and SBJ cover news about USUM update and the news regarding Pokemon GO. We also tackle topics via e-mails including custard and making podcasts. 00:00:20 - Introduction 00:06:55 - News 00:15:00 - EX Raid Passes 00:25:00 - Rayquaza in Pokémon GO 00:38:40 - Europe GO 00:41:30 - Pokémon Center Plushes 00:46:30 - Break Music 00:48:00 - E-mails 01:32:30 - Pokémon of the Week (Koffing) 01:41:00 - Post Credits
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