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The following is a list of articles that have been used as Featured Content on the Main page in the month of February 2012.
- 1 Wednesday February 1, 2012: None
- 2 Thursday February 2, 2012: Wattson
- 3 Friday February 3, 2012: Clamperl
- 4 Saturday February 4, 2012: Foresight
- 5 Sunday February 5, 2012: Super Bowl special: Big Stadium
- 6 Monday February 6, 2012: Happy Birthday: Mewtwo
- 7 Tuesday February 7, 2012: Reshiram-EX
- 8 Wednesday February 8, 2012: Wednesday
- 9 Thursday February 9, 2012: Articuno
- 10 Friday February 10, 2012: Evolutionary Stones
- 11 Saturday February 11, 2012: Stealth Rock
- 12 Sunday February 12, 2012: Mighty Mewtwo
- 13 Monday February 13, 2012: Giratina and the Sky Warrior
- 14 Tuesday February 14, 2012: Valentine's Special: Luvdisc
- 15 Wednesday February 15, 2012: Red Gyarados
- 16 Thursday February 16, 2012: ExtremeSpeed
- 17 Friday February 17, 2012: Burgundy
- 18 Saturday February 18, 2012: Rival Destinies
- 19 Sunday February 19, 2012: Round
- 20 Monday February 20, 2012: Blue Oak
- 21 Tuesday February 21, 2012: Mahogany Gym
- 22 Wednesday February 22, 2012: Ursaring (Unleashed 89)
- 23 Thursday February 23, 2012: Treecko (TFG)
- 24 Friday February 24, 2012: Space-Time Tower
- 25 Saturday February 25, 2012: EX Power Keepers
- 26 Sunday February 26, 2012: Speed
- 27 Monday February 27, 2012: Anniversary of Pokémon
- 28 Tuesday February 28, 2012: Who's that Pokémon? (Brutella)
- 29 Wednesday February 29, 2012: Pokémon Stadium
Wednesday February 1, 2012: None
There was no new Featured content for this day.
Thursday February 2, 2012: Wattson
Character of the day: Wattson
- Wattson (Japanese: テッセン Tessen) is the Gym Leader of the Mauville City Gym. He specializes in Electric-type Pokémon, and gives away the Dynamo Badge to Pokémon trainers that successfully defeat him.
- His title is "The cheerfully electrifying man!"
- In the games, Wattson has the player run an errand to turn off the power generator in New Mauville. Once this is accomplished, he will reward the player's efforts with TM24 (Thunderbolt)
- Wattson made his debut in the anime in Watt's with Wattson? where Ash challenged him and easily knocked out all of Wattson's Pokémon one after the other. This defeat left Wattson unmotivated and depressed, until he befriended a wild Electrike and helped Ash rescue a bunch of Electric-type Pokémon from Team Rocket. He then reappeared in Manectric Charge where his Electrike evolves into a Manectric and he and Ash have a rematch.
- In the manga, Wattson accidentally mistakes Sapphire for a Donphan. He is later rescued by the young trainer, and he rewards her with a Dynamo Badge. He is rescued by Sapphire again when he is knocked into the sea by a Shedinja as he was fighting against Kyogre, and her Wailord comes to his aide.
- He is the second out of four Electric-type gym leaders, and appears to be the oldest.
Friday February 3, 2012: Clamperl
Pokémon of the day: Clamperl
Saturday February 4, 2012: Foresight
Your move: Foresight
- Foresight (Japanese: みやぶる Thought Read) is a non-damaging Normal-type move introduced in Generation II.
- Foresight makes it so Ghost-type are affected by Normal and Fighting-type attacks, and it also erases all changes the target has made to their evasion stat.
- Foresight had an accuracy of 100 in Generation II and III. In Generation IV it was made so it never failed. Generation V made it so Foresight can be reflected by Magic Coat.
- In the Trading Card Game, Foresight has the user look at his or her opponent's hand, and shuffle a Trainer card back into his or her opponent's deck. It has only appeared on one card: Noctowl, under the name "Glaring Gaze."
Sunday February 5, 2012: Super Bowl special: Big Stadium
Super Bowl Sunday, Big Stadium
- The Big Stadium is the playing area for several sports in Nimbasa City. Among these sports is American Football, upon which the Linebacker is based on.
- Infielders play ball in the Big Stadium on Sundays.
- Several items are given by Trainers, including Rare Candies, Ethers, and MooMoo Milks.
- Games are played for hours at a time on the field, which places a bar blocking the field that disallows the player from entering the field at any time for the duration of the games.
- In the anime, the football teams are known as the Gurdurrs and the Darmanitans, both the name of species of Pokémon.
Monday February 6, 2012: Happy Birthday: Mewtwo
Happy Birthday: Mewtwo
- Mewtwo (Japanese: ミュウツー Mewtwo) is a Psychic-type Pokémon that made its debut in Pokémon Red and Green. It is #150 in the National Pokédex.
- Mewtwo was created by cloning and mutating the DNA of a Mew to make it more powerful.
- According to the Pokémon Mansion journals, Mew "gave birth" to Mewtwo today, February 6.
- Recently, Mewtwo has received a lot of attention in the United States and Korea due to an event Mewtwo distribution and its return to the TCG in the Next Destinies expansion as a Pokémon-EX.
- Mewtwo was the star of Mewtwo Strikes Back! and Mewtwo Returns, and played a major role in The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon.
- In the games, discounting distribution events, Mewtwo has only ever been available in Cerulean Cave. In games in which this location does not exist, it must be traded from a game where it does.
- Mewtwo serves as the final opponent of Pokémon Stadium and Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs, and is used by Silver, the final opponent, in Pokémon Stadium 2.
- Mewtwo is one of the four playable Pokémon characters in Super Smash Bros. Melee.
- In Pokémon Pinball, Mewtwo appears in its own bonus stage, where the player must attempt to hit Mewtwo within the two minute time-limit.
Tuesday February 7, 2012: Reshiram-EX
Pick a card, any card: Reshiram-EX
- Reshiram (Japanese: レシラムEX Reshiram EX) is a Fire-type Basic Pokémon-EX card. It is part of the Next Destinies expansion.
- This card was one of the first six Pokémon-EX cards released in English within the Next Destinies expansion. It was released in the Reshiram-EX Battle Strength Deck in Japan.
- Brave Fire causing damage to Reshiram-EX mimics Zekrom's Bolt Strike attack much in the same way Zekrom-EX's Strong Volt attack mimics the first Reshiram's Blue Flare attack.
- This card was given a currently English exclusive Full Art card not yet released in Japan.
- The regular print features artwork by Shizurow, while the Full Art print features artwork by 5ban Graphics.
- It will be reprinted as a promotional card in the EX Tins releasing March 2012.
Wednesday February 8, 2012: Wednesday
It's Wednesday, all day
Let's take a look at some of the exciting things you can do today in the main series games.
Thursday February 9, 2012: Articuno
Pokémon of the day: Articuno
Friday February 10, 2012: Evolutionary Stones
Trainer's guide: Evolutionary stones
- Evolutionary stones (Japanese: 進化の石 Evolution stone) are stones that possess super-natural abilities that cause certain Pokémon to evolve. They were first introduced in Generation I, starting with the Water Stone, Fire Stone, Thunderstone, Leaf Stone, and Moon Stone.
- Generation II introduced the Sun Stone, as well as the Everstone which actually prevents evolution from occurring.
- The Dawn Stone, Dusk Stone, and Shiny Stone were introduced in Generation IV.
- Eevee is considered to be one of the most notable Pokémon that evolve through evolutionary stones, evolving into either a Vaporeon, a Jolteon, or a Flareon when it comes in contact with the proper stone. It, along with Gloom, are the only Pokémon that have more than one evolution influenced by different evolutionary stones.
- There are theories supported by the various series' that claim Clefairy, and Clefable worship Moon Stones. Ash, Brock, Misty, and Seymour witness this worship first hand in Clefairy and the Moon Stone.
- In the Pokémon Adventures manga, many of the main characters have used evolutionary stones on their Pokémon. One notable example is Red's Vee, who was once an experiment by Team Rocket and had the ability to change into either of its three evolutions, and revert back to being an Eevee. After being captured, Red was able to take advantage of this trait using a Water, Fire, and Thunderstone given to him by Giovanni. However, it lost this ability after permanently evolving into an Espeon.
- Evolutionary stones have little impact in the Trading Card game due to game mechanics. However, a Moon Stone was given its own trainer card, and the Moon Stone and Dusk Stone were featured on a Clefairy card and Murkrow card, respectively. Numerous illustrations in the Trading Card game also feature Pokémon with an evolutionary stone.
Saturday February 11, 2012: Stealth Rock
Your move: Stealth Rock
Sunday February 12, 2012: Mighty Mewtwo
Have you got yours yet?: Mighty Mewtwo
- Today is Mewtwo Day! Less than a week after its in-game birthday, Mewtwo is being distributed through the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection to English-language Pokémon Black and White cartridges.
- The distribution officially begins today, February 12, and continues for two weeks until February 26. However, an unexpected early release has allowed it to be obtained February 10 or 11, depending on the time zone.
- This is only the second Mewtwo distribution ever — the first was exclusive to Japanese games last year. The Pokémon distributed was virtually identical to this Mewtwo, with the differences only being the OT and ID number.
- Holding a King's Rock and Premier Ribbon, contained in a Cherish Ball, and with the Ability Pressure, this Mewtwo is at level 70.
- Mighty Mewtwo, as it is known, boasts the moveset Psystrike/Shadow Ball/Aura Sphere/Electro Ball. Although the latter cannot be learned any other way, and two other moves cannot be obtained until Mewtwo is at very high levels, don't forget the classic Psychic/Recover/Amnesia/Elemental moveset.
Monday February 13, 2012: Giratina and the Sky Warrior
Feature Presentation: Giratina and the Sky Warrior
- Giratina and the Sky Warrior (Japanese:ギラティナと氷空の花束 シェイミ Giratina and the Sky's Bouquet: Shaymin) is the eleventh feature film in the Pokémon franchise and stars the Pokémon, Giratina and Shaymin.
- This film was the second in the movie trilogy of the Diamond and Pearl series, following The Rise of Darkrai, and followed by Arceus and the Jewel of Life. It is the only movie in the trilogy not to have the appearance of Palkia.
- This film marked the debut of Giratina and Shaymin, as well as Giratina's Origin Forme and Shaymin's Sky Forme.
- The film premiered in Japan on July 19, 2008, and viewers that pre-ordered their tickets received a special Regigigas, while all viewers could receive the event-exclusive Shaymin that could be used to receive a Gracidea flower in Pokémon Platinum.
- The film premiered on Cartoon Network in the United States on February 13, 2009 and on Jetix in the United Kingdom on May 23, 2009. Players of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl in the US, Europe, and South Korea could obtain the same Regigigas and Shaymin in various stores.
- A Japanese TCG Commemoration set was released alongside the movie, featuring many of the Pokémon appearing in the film.
Tuesday February 14, 2012: Valentine's Special: Luvdisc
Love is in the air: Luvdisc
- Luvdisc (Japanese: ラブカス Lovecus) is a Water-type Pokémon that debuted in Generation III.
- Luvdisc is #370 in the National Pokédex and is native to the Hoenn region. It is known as the Rendezvous Pokémon, and its natural Ability is Swift Swim. However, it can have Hydration if found in the Pokémon Dream World.
- Luvdisc have a 50% chance of having a Heart Scale when found in the wild.
- Given to lovers as gifts, and swimming after couples while in the ocean, Luvdisc are often viewed as a symbol of romance in the Pokémon world. It is said that if a couple spots a Luvdisc, they are guaranteed eternal love.
- Luvdisc have the ability to seek out their mate like a compass needle. When two Luvdisc kiss, they can bond together and flap their bodies like wings, giving them the ability to fly.
- In the anime, Misty and her sister own two Luvdisc named Caserin and Luverin, who are in love.
- In Pokémon Adventures, Wallace owns a Luvdisc named Elizabeth, and Juan owns two Luvdisc of his own.
- Luvdisc has been featured on seven different cards in the Trading Card Game. All are under the Water-type.
Happy Valentine's Day!
Wednesday February 15, 2012: Red Gyarados
Spotlight on: Red Gyarados
- The Red Gyarados is a significant Pokémon in the Gold, Silver, and Crystal Versions, as well as the HeartGold and SoulSilver Versions. It was once a regular Gyarados that resided at the Lake of Rage, and is stated that it became so enraged that its scales turned red.
- In the games, the player encounters the Red Gyarados while exploring the Lake of Rage. Once it is either caught, or defeated, the player will be able to enter the Team Rocket HQ hidden in the shop in Mahogany Town.
- At the beginning of Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, Barry and the player hear about a Red Gyarados sighting on the news, and travel to Lake Verity hoping to find a similarly rare Pokémon.
- The Red Gyarados made its anime debut in Talkin' 'Bout an Evolution! where Team Rocket were conducting an experiment to draw out the Red Gyarados. In the end, Lance ended up catching it and promised to take care of it. It later appeared alongside Lance in Gaining Groudon and The Scuffle of Legends during the fight between Groudon and Kyogre.
- In the Pokémon Adventures manga, Silver captures the Red Gyarados and uses it in a battle against the Masked Man.
- The Red Gyarados has been featured on three different cards in the Trading Card Game.
Thursday February 16, 2012: ExtremeSpeed
Your move: ExtremeSpeed
- ExtremeSpeed (Japanese: しんそく Godspeed) is a damage-dealing Normal-type move introduced in Generation II. It was the Signature move of Arcanine in Gold and Silver Versions.
- From Generation II to IV, ExtremeSpeed always went first regardless of the opponent's speed, unless they used a move with a higher priority. If the opposing Pokémon uses a move with the same priority as ExtremeSpeed, the order of the attacks will be calculated normally. In Generation V, ExtremeSpeed's priority became +2.
- Smeargle was the only Pokémon to receive STAB from ExtremeSpeed until special Zigzagoon were released in 2003 with the attack, and the move became available to more Pokémon in Generation IV.
- Raikou, Entei, and Suicune can only learn this move through events.
- ExtremeSpeed was also one of the moves known by the Lucario in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, used as a recovery move when the player pressed ↑+B.
- With the exception of May's Munchlax using it through Metronome, only Arcanine have used ExtremeSpeed in the anime.
- The move has appeared five times as a Poké-Body in the Pokémon Trading Card Game on two different Arcanine, and an Entei, Raikou, and Suicune originally release in Japan to commemorate the event Pokémon mentioned above. The Poké-Body reduces the Pokémon's Retreat Cost for each Energy Card attached.
Friday February 17, 2012: Burgundy
Rival Rally: Burgundy
- Burgundy (Japanese: カベルネ Cabernet) is a recurring character of the Pokémon anime. She is currently a C-Class Pokémon Connoisseuse, with the dream of becoming an S-Class Connoisseuse and opening up her own Connoisseuse Shop, as well as seeking revenge on Cilan.
- She made her debut in A Connoisseur's Revenge pretending to be a high-class Connoisseuse. She evaluated Ash's party at the time and claimed he had horrible compatibility with them all, including Pikachu.
- Burgundy battled Cilan prior to his journey and lost. After their battle, Cilan offered her some advice, which she took negatively and sought revenge against him.
- She later reappeared during the Club Battle arc, taking part in the tournament in Nimbasa Town.
- Burgundy is currently the only known rival for a traveling companion who collected badges. She is also the only rival of the male traveling companion.
- Burgundy has the speaking habit of sprinkling mispronounced French-words and phrases into her sentences.
Saturday February 18, 2012: Rival Destinies
Season premier: Rival Destinies
- Rival Destinies is the fifteenth season of the Pokémon anime, and premiered on February 18, 2012.
- The season began with Enter Elesa, Electrifying Gym Leader! where Ash, Iris, and Cilan reunite with Bianca, and meet the Nimbasa City gym leader, Elesa. Bianca is reunited with her father and battles against Elesa to prove to him that she can take care of herself.
- The gang will also meet up with Alder, Clay, Skyla, and the Kami Trio during this season.
- This season marks the return of Dare da? in the Japanese.
- The season was first revealed on an interview with John Loeffler where he stated that the new opening song is called "Rival Destinies".
- What more does this season have in store? Stay tuned and find out!
Sunday February 19, 2012: Round
Your move: Round
- Round (Japanese: りんしょう Round) is a damage-dealing Normal-type move introduced in Generation V.
- Round starts with a power of 60, but if more Pokémon use the attack, it can reach a maximum power of 120.
- Every Pokémon that can learn TMs can learn Round via TM48.
- Round gets its name from the musical term, Round.
- Pokémon with the Ability Soundproof are not affected by Round.
- Round has been featured on three different cards in the Pokémon Trading Card Game: Palpitoad, Seismitoad, and Wigglytuff. The attack does damage for each of your Pokémon that have the Round attack.
Monday February 20, 2012: Blue Oak
Character of the day: Blue Oak
Tuesday February 21, 2012: Mahogany Gym
Trainer's Guide: Mahogany Gym
- The Mahogany Gym (Japanese: チョウジジム Chōji Gym) is the official gym of Mahogany Town in the Johto Region.
- It is an Ice-type Gym with the Gym Leader Pryce. Trainers who defeat him receive the Glacier Badge.
- The floors in the Mahogany Gym are coated in a thick layer of ice. The player must maneuver through the ice-maze in order to reach Pryce.
- In the anime, the gym is assisted by Pryce's friend, Sheila.
- In the manga, the Mahogany Gym features many ice sculptures which come to life with Pryce's illusions.
Wednesday February 22, 2012: Ursaring (Unleashed 89)
Pick a card, any card: Ursaring
- Ursaring (Japanese: リングマ Ringuma) is a Colorless-type Stage 1 Pokémon Prime card featuring Ursaring. It is part of the Unleashed expansion.
- It is the last of six Primes released in the Unleashed expansion, and last of four Primes released in the SoulSilver Collection.
- Its Poké-BODY, Berserk, makes it so if Ursaring has damage counters on it, its attacks do 60 more damage before applying weaknesses and resistances.
- The attack Hammer Arm forces the opponent to discard the card currently on top of their deck. Megaton Lariat does 60 damage and has no secondary effects.
- This card features art by Wataru Kawahara.
Thursday February 23, 2012: Treecko (TFG)
Watch your figure: Treecko
Friday February 24, 2012: Space-Time Tower
Location, location, location: Space-Time Tower
- The Space-Time Tower (Japanese: 時空の塔 Space-Time Tower) is an anime-exclusive building located in Alamos Town in the Sinnoh Region.
- The Tower was constructed by the architecht, Godey. It features two tall towers, the Space Tower, and the Time Tower, each housing large pendulums that pay tribute to Palkia and Dialga, respectively. It also features a smaller, narrower tower in between the larger Space and Time towers, which features a large mechanism that plays large music discs.
- Godey originally constructed the tower after having a nightmare of Alamos Town being destroyed by Dialga and Palkia, in an attempt to calm their rage using the Tower's musical abilities to play the song, Oración.
- The Tower features a large sculptural mural of Alicia playing a leaf whistle alongside a large group of Pokémon.
- The Alamos Town Pokémon Contest is held inside the Tower.
Saturday February 25, 2012: EX Power Keepers
Spotlight on: EX Power Keepers
- EX Power Keepers (Japanese: ワールドチャンピオンズパック World Champions Pack) is the name given to the sixteenth and final expansion of cards of the EX Series of the Pokémon Trading Card Game.
- The set was released February 14, 2007 in North America, and July 5, 2007 in Japan.
- EX Power Keepers is loosely based around the Hoenn Elite Four; Sidney, Phoebe, Glacia and Drake. They each have their own Stadium card, and the Pokémon-ex featured in the set are all Pokémon owned by them in the games.
- With no Japanese set at the time to correlate with EX Power Keepers, many English exclusive cards were created, making this set the first since Team Rocket to use original cards created outside of Japan. As a result, many cards feature artwork by Ken Sugimori (as his Pokémon character images are used widely in other media and are readily available) plus background images edited with filter effects from various sources.
- In Japan, the set was available only through the Pokémon Card Game website, in a similar fashion to the distribution of the Pokémon Web expansion. Released under the name of World Champions Pack, it was intended for Japanese players only so they would not be at a disadvantage at the 2007 World Championships.
- The English release featured two Theme decks, Dark Blast and Mind Game.
Sunday February 26, 2012: Speed
The Daytona 500 is all about Speed!
- The Speed stat determines how quickly a Pokémon can act in battle. Pokémon with higher speed will make a move before ones with lower speed under normal conditions.
- Moves with an increased priority will go first in battle, regardless of a Pokémon's speed stat.
- Deoxys in its Speed Forme currently holds the honor of having the highest Speed among all Pokémon with 180. Ninjask currently has the highest Speed of all non-legendary Pokémon with 160.
- Shuckle and Munchlax are tied as the slowest Pokémon, each with a base speed of only 5.
- There are 11 moves that can increase a Pokémon's speed in battle, and nine abilities. However, there are 14 moves, and two abilities that can lower it.
- Notably, Speed Boost increases a Pokémon's speed one stage every turn.
- Conversely, Slow Start halves a Pokémon's speed for five turns and Stall forces Pokémon to go last regardless of speed.
- Carbos or Swift Wing can be used to permanently raise a Pokémon's speed stat.
- Speed is also a performance stat used for the Pokéathlon.
Monday February 27, 2012: Anniversary of Pokémon
Anniversary edition: Welcome to the World of Pokémon
Happy 16th Anniversary to Pokémon!
- On February 27, 1996, Game Freak revealed their newest games, Red and Green.
- The project took six years to make, and nearly drove the company into bankruptcy. Five employees left the company due to the lack of funding, and Satoshi Tajiri worked most nights unpaid.
- Before Shigeru Miyamoto pitched in to help, the series was originally called Capsule Monsters.
- The games exploded in Japan's market, and later spawned a Trading Card Game, and various manga series until later getting its very own cartoon series.
- The series has since expanded to five generations of games, 15 seasons of the anime, hundreds of volumes of manga, and thousands of trading cards all across the world.
- In celebration of the anniversary, all Generation I Pokémon species articles will feature their artwork from Red and Green Versions.
Tuesday February 28, 2012: Who's that Pokémon? (Brutella)
Who's That Pokémon?!
- I'm bipedal.
- I'm definitely a female.
- I'm mostly pink, with some white and red around.
- I'm not as kind-hearted as you'd think I am.
- I'm an old hag.
Wednesday February 29, 2012: Pokémon Stadium
Pokémon battle: Pokémon Stadium
- Pokémon Stadium (Japanese: ポケモンスタジアム２ Pokémon Stadium 2) is a Pokémon game for the Nintendo 64.
- On this day in 2000, this game was released in North America.
- This game is the first Pokémon Stadium game released outside of Japan; in Japan, this game was a sequel to a game whose name matched this game's English name.
- By registering all 151 Pokémon in the Hall of Fame, the player can obtain a Psyduck with Amnesia.
- In non-Japanese versions only, the player can obtain a Surfing Pikachu by completing the Master Ball division of the Round 2 Prime Cup using only Pokémon selected directly from the Game Pak, not saving the game during the challenge, and using a Pikachu in the final battle.
- This game fixes many glitches related to moves in the handheld Generation I games.
- Using the GB Tower option, main series Pokémon Game Boy games can be played on the TV screen.
- The game has three major modes: Free battle, Stadium Mode, and Gym Leader Castle. Completing the latter two unlocks a battle with Mewtwo. Defeating this Mewtwo then unlocks "Round 2", where the player can complete the entire game again against the same opponents with different parties.