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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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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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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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

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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