Pokemon

All the Pokemon based on pandas, obvious and subtle

Pandas are a frequent inspiration for Pokemon, but fans may not realize just how many there actually...

By Kenneth Williams

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Sep 16, 2022

Dunsparce in the Pokemon anime

Is a Dunsparce evolution coming in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet?

Pokemon has long been adding new forms of established Pokemon, and Dunsparce may be lined up to have...

By Steven Rondina

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Sep 11, 2022

Eeveelutions

What your favorite Eeveelution says about your personality

Everyone has a favorite Eeveelution, whether it’s due to their abilities or looks. But what...

By Olivia Richman

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Sep 11, 2022

7 shocking facts about Pikachu you probably don’t know

Pikachu may be the most popular Pokemon, but did you know there are a lot of shocking Pikachu facts...

By Olivia Richman

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Sep 9, 2022

Escavalier and Accelgor in the Pokemon anime

How to catch and evolve Shelmet, Karrablast in Pokemon

Can’t figure out how to evolve your Karrablast and Shelmet in Pokemon Sword and Shield? That’s understandable,...

By Steven Rondina

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Sep 9, 2022

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Grafaiai

Grafaiai revealed as new Pokemon coming in Scarlet and Violet

A new generation nine Pokemon has been confirmed for Scarlet and Violet, with The Pokemon Company...

By Steven Rondina

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Sep 1, 2022

Meowth

These are the best cat Pokemon to catch right meow

There are a ton of cat Pokemon out there but some are whiskers above the rest. Here are the best cat...

By Olivia Richman

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Aug 26, 2022

Charizard PFP

The best Pokemon PFP to use, depending on your mood

Sometimes we’re just not in the mood to take selfies. When that’s the case, you may want...

By Olivia Richman

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Aug 23, 2022

Vaporeon

What is the Vaporeon copypasta? Here’s what you need to know

Pokemon fans have been seeing a horrifying Vaporeon copypasta going around the internet for years...

By Olivia Richman

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Aug 22, 2022

Eevee TCG

Pokemon Championship Series 2023 reveals regionals schedule

The future is looking bright for the Pokemon TCG. New regionals have been revealed as soon as next...

By Olivia Richman

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Aug 21, 2022

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Pokemon is a massive brand that spans televisions, movies, cards, and video games, making it one of the most successful franchises in the world. It’s originally the story of a young boy going on a journey to become a Pokemon Master, catching and fighting Pokemon as he explores an ever-expanding world. 

Since then, almost 1,000 Pokemon have been introduced, which you can fight in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet or catch in Pokemon GO. 

Pokemon games and gameplay

If you play the Pokemon VCG, the game has changed throughout the years, but the overall premise has remained the same in each generation. Like in the anime, you explore a certain region of the Pokemon world, capturing Pokemon unique to certain areas and using them to fight battles against gym leaders. 

You can also battle Pokemon with friends or in a competitive setting, using strategy and meta-team compositions to see who emerges as the Pokemon Master. 

The Pokemon TCG has you create powerful decks based on meta Pokemon from the newest sets. Every Pokemon has unique abilities that are powered by energy cards. You will need to create a deck with a synergy that uses various items and support cards to stay ahead of your opponent and knock out their ‘mon. 

Pokemon GO is a mobile game where you encounter Pokemon in real life. You can catch these Pokemon and then power them up with items you collect during your journey. Use these Pokemon to take down powerful enemies at gyms around your city or to create strong teams that fight against friends or opponents in competitions. 

Pokemon UNITE is a MOBA featuring all the most popular Pokemon. The main goal of UNITE is to gather as much Aeos Energy as possible by fighting enemies, then using it to score goals in various zones throughout the map easily. 

The history of Pokemon

Contrary to popular belief, Pokemon started as a video game. Pokemon Green and Pokemon Red were released in Japan in 1996, black and white games where you caught the first 150 Pokemon. A year later, the Pokemon anime started. 

What started off as a nerdy hobby for some has become a significant phenomenon. It’s now the highest-grossing media franchise ever at $92 billion in 2023. You’ll find Pokemon plush, comics, figures, clothing, food, and everything else you could ever imagine. 

Pokemon esports

As Pokemon has continued to grow in popularity, a competitive community has also started to gain traction. Play! Pokemon now hosts organized seasons for Pokemon competitors to win points in an attempt to qualify for the Pokemon World Championship. Local cups and challenges as well as larger regional tournaments happen for the Pokemon VCG, Pokemon TCG, Pokemon GO, and Unite. 

What's new with Pokemon in 2023?

This year, the Pokemon World Championship is being held in Japan. After influencers started sharing over-the-top pack opening videos in 2020, the Pokemon community has significantly grown. Worlds even had to raffle off spectator badges due to an unprecedented attendee cap. 

Pokemon TCG Live was also introduced this year as an upgraded way for Pokemon TCG players to practice between regional tournaments. Unfortunately, the app is full of bugs and game-breaking issues that have frustrated players. 

Pokemon GO has also been under fire due to unpopular changes to remote raid passes, forcing players to go outside to progress in the app. 

Despite these setbacks, Pokemon is more popular than ever and continues to grow a competitive community.