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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 January 2012.
- 1 Sunday January 1, 2012: New Years Special: New Year Present
- 2 Monday January 2, 2012: Where in the World!? (Mistralton City)
- 3 Tuesday January 3, 2012: 'M
- 4 Wednesday January 4, 2012: Who's That Pokémon? (Durant)
- 5 Thursday January 5, 2012: TM03
- 6 Friday January 6, 2012: Sweet Heart
- 7 Saturday January 7, 2012: Cerulean Gym
- 8 Sunday January 8, 2012: Double Team
- 9 Monday January 9, 2012: Tri Attack
- 10 Tuesday January 10, 2012: Where in the World!? (Mt. Silver)
- 11 Wednesday January 11, 2012: Who's That Pokémon (Rhydon)
- 12 Thursday January 12, 2012: Distortion World
- 13 Friday January 13, 2012: Lucky Chant
- 14 Saturday January 14, 2012: Pokémon Eggs
- 15 Sunday January 15, 2012: Koga
- 16 Monday January 16, 2012: Advance Adventure
- 17 Tuesday January 17, 2012: Where in the World!? (Nimbasa Gym)
- 18 Wednesday January 18, 2012: Chinese New Year: Latios and Latias
- 19 Thursday January 19, 2012: Flash Fire
- 20 Friday January 20, 2012: Chinese New Year: Wilma
- 21 Saturday January 21, 2012: Chinese New Year: Palkia (movie)
- 22 Sunday January 22, 2012: Chinese New Year: Dragon Dance
- 23 Monday January 23, 2012: Chinese New Year: Kingdra
- 24 Tuesday January 24, 2012: Motor Drive
- 25 Wednesday January 25, 2012: V-Create
- 26 Thursday January 26, 2012: Darkrai
- 27 Friday January 27, 2012: Kellyn
- 28 Saturday January 28, 2012: Torrent
- 29 Sunday January 29, 2012: Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen
- 30 Monday January 30, 2012: Who's That Pokémon? (Magikarp)
- 31 Tuesday January 31, 2012: None
Sunday January 1, 2012: New Years Special: New Year Present
Pick a card, any card: New Year Present
- New Year Present (Japanese: ニューイヤープレゼント New Year Present) is a Special Card. It was released as a promotional card in Japan only.
- This card was released by MediaFactory in 2000 to celebrate the millennium and sent to members of the Pokémon Fan Club.
- It was released as a Jumbo card and was therefore not legal to use in tournaments or official events.
- As 2000, much like the year 2012, was the Year of the Dragon, the illustration by Tomokazu Komiya features many Pokémon of the Dragon type, and other Pokémon usually group with them (such as Gyarados and Charizard).
- The card's text states "This special card has been sent to trainer players to obtain 200 GET Points. (Points are added automatically.)" GET Points were used to get special promotional cards once players reached a certain amount. Eevee was worth 500, and Porygon was worth 700.
- The card features the Pokémon Fan Club logo in place of an expansion symbol.
Monday January 2, 2012: Where in the World!? (Mistralton City)
Where in the World!?
- This city has a cool climate and is prone to both rain and snow.
- It is somewhat isolated from the rest of the region and is positioned between three mountain ranges.
- Nearby to the city is a remembrance tower for deceased Pokémon.
- A family of residents can alter the moves of any Pokémon, making them remember forgotten moves and forget learned moves.
- The Gym Leader is involved in the city's main industry, which is one-of-a-kind within the known Pokémon world.
- The Japanese name for this city translates to "blow and gather".
|| So where in the Pokémon world am I?|
Tuesday January 3, 2012: 'M
Glitches galore: 'M
- 'M is a glitch Pokémon in Pokémon Red and Blue.
- Despite popular belief, 'M occupies index number 000, not Missingno.
- 'M can appear to any player, regardless of their name, when performing the old man glitch, unless the player chooses a preset name.
- 'M is very similar to Missingno. as they share a Pokédex number, meaning that they both have the same types, sprite, and both increase the number of items in the 6th slot by 128.
- When traded to Pokémon Yellow, 'M becomes 3TrainerPoké.
- Unlike Missingno., 'M cannot be obtained via the Mew glitch.
- When the player captures an 'M, it will still be in battle with the player, and the battle will not end. Catching 'M again results in the second one becoming a Ditto of the same level.
- Wild 'M (via the old man glitch) will only ever appear at either level 0 or 80.
Wednesday January 4, 2012: Who's That Pokémon? (Durant)
Who's That Pokémon!?
- I do not evolve from or into any other Pokémon.
- I have never appeared in the Pokémon anime.
- I debuted in the TCG in Noble Victories.
- I can only be found in one location in the games, but I am not rare.
- In one of my two types, I am the fastest.
- I don't like fire very much.
- My Hidden Ability is undesirable.
- I am the last non-legendary lonely Pokémon in National Pokédex order.
- Another Pokémon likes to feast on my insides, so I cover myself in steel armor and attack in groups.
Thursday January 5, 2012: TM03
The TM Corner: TM03
- TM03 is one of the current 94 Technical Machines in the main series Pokémon games. Like the other machines, it teaches a specific move to compatible Pokémon.
- It is one of seven machines that has taught four different moves. It has taught Swords Dance in Generation I, Curse in Generation II, Water Pulse in Generations III and IV, and Psyshock in Generation V.
- Swords Dance was later available as TM75 in Generations IV and V.
- By teaching Curse, TM03 is the only machine to have contained a ???-type move.
- When TM03 contained Water Pulse, it was given out by a Gym Leader in three of the four sets of games it appeared in. Wallace, Juan, and Misty all issued the TM on defeat; Misty gave this prize in two different generations.
- TM03 cannot be purchased in any game, and only one copy is available in each game without cheating.
Friday January 6, 2012: Sweet Heart
Trainer's toolkit: Sweet Heart
- Sweet Hearts are a type of food item in the main series Pokémon games, introduced in Generation V.
- Sweet Hearts restore 20 HP to a single Pokémon when used.
- A woman in Mistralton City will exchange ten Sweet Hearts for one Heart Scale.
- A number of Sweet Hearts are obtained through use of the C-Gear's Feeling Checker, proportional to the "compatibility" of the two players. If the players' compatiblity score is 100, both players receive three Sweet Hearts each; if the score is 80-99, both players receive two each; if the score is less than 80, both players receive one each.
- Sweet Hearts can be obtained in the Dream World area Pokémon Café Forest.
- Sweet Hearts are based on heart-shaped chocolates which are a popular gift between lovers. Their name is a pun on the term of endearment "sweetheart".
Saturday January 7, 2012: Cerulean Gym
Trainer's Guide: Cerulean Gym
Sunday January 8, 2012: Double Team
Your move: Double Team
- Double Team is a Normal-type move introduced in Generation I.
- Double Team's Japanese name (かげぶんしん) refers to the ninja technique commonly known as "shadow clone," or as the term is pronounced, "kage bunshin."
- Double Team can be taught using TM32 in all generations to all Pokémon capable of learning from TMs.
- Double Team is one of two moves that are guaranteed to raise a Pokémon's evasion once used, the other is Minimize.
- Double Team is a Cool move in both Pokémon Contests and Pokémon Super Contests.
- One of the moves Lucario is capable of using in Super Smash Bros. Brawl is Double Team, which creates copies of Lucario for the opponent to attack, allowing the real Lucario sneaks up from behind to counterattack.
Monday January 9, 2012: Tri Attack
Your move: Tri Attack
- Tri Attack (Japanese: トライアタック Tri Attack) is a Normal-type introduced in Generation I.
- Tri Attack is a Special move that, since Generation II, has a 20% chance of either Burning, Freezing, or Paralyzing the target.
- All but one Pokémon that learns Tri Attack naturally through level up either has three heads, or is mechanical. Doduo is the only exclusion, being organic and having only two heads.
- TM49 taught Tri Attack in Generation I. This was also the only Generation where Tri Attack was a TM.
- It is the only move that can cause various Status ailments to occur.
- In Pokémon Contests, Tri Attack is a Beauty move that causes the user to gain or lose two hearts and startles all of the Pokémon that have made their appeals.
- In Super Contests, Tri Attack is still a Beauty move, but has no secondary effects. The appeal was also increased to three hearts.
Tuesday January 10, 2012: Where in the World!? (Mt. Silver)
Where in the World!?
- I am what divides two regions.
- Only the most powerful Pokémon trainers are allowed here.
- Some celebrities seek privacy and isolation at my base.
- A legendary bird of fire has sought refuge here.
- In some canons, a town is located at my base.
- I house a blast from the past at my summit.
- I am based on a great symbol of Japan.
|| So where in the Pokémon world am I?|
Wednesday January 11, 2012: Who's That Pokémon (Rhydon)
Who's That Pokémon!?
- I did not have an evolution prior to a certain generation.
- I am among the oldest Pokémon.
- I am capable of withstanding high temperatures.
- When you first see me in the anime, it technically isn't me.
- A certain Pokémon internet meme involves me.
- I am actually the first Pokémon to evolve in the Pokémon Adventures manga.
- All cards of me in the TCG are of the same type, but one.
- I guess I can help you in construction. Did you ask me that?
- What Abilities can I have again? I can't seem to remember much.
Thursday January 12, 2012: Distortion World
Tourist Spot: Distortion World
- The Distortion World (Japanese: やぶれたせかい Torn World) is the true home of the legendary Pokémon Giratina, an alternate dimension featured in Pokémon Platinum, and a personification of antimatter.
- When in the Distortion World, Giratina would be in its Origin Forme.
- The Distortion World disobeys the normal laws of physics: time does not flow and spatial relations are irregular, allowing it to make more use of the 3D capabilities of the Nintendo DS.
- In Platinum, Giratina takes Cyrus here to prevent him from destroying both of their worlds. Mesprit, Azelf, Uxie and Cynthia help players navigate the area.
- After defeating Cyrus here, the Journal would read "Met Distortion World's Cyrus!"
- Cynthia and Cyrus theorize that this world was created by Giratina as a balance for the real world.
Friday January 13, 2012: Lucky Chant
You May Want This Today: Lucky Chant
Saturday January 14, 2012: Pokémon Eggs
Spotlight on: Pokémon Eggs
- Pokémon Eggs were introduced as a major franchise mechanic in Generation II along with the introduction of Pokémon breeding.
- According to a girl in Solaceon Town near the Pokémon Day Care, no one has ever seen a Pokémon lay an egg, and so it is not confirmed that this is how they appear. The Day-Care Man always comments that he does not know how the egg got there when giving it to the player.
- Manaphy is the only Pokémon in the main series games to be depicted with a unique egg design—all other Pokémon use a generic egg sprite.
- In the anime, as well as some spin-off games, eggs' shells are shown to have physical appearances of the contained Pokémon.
- Address Unown reveals that Pokémon can see outside their eggs.
- In My Pokémon Ranch, Hayley will trade her Mew for an egg after there are 999 Pokémon in the ranch.
- In Pokémon Battle Chess BW Version, a Victini egg acts as the equivalent of a king piece in chess. The egg can take three hits before it hatches, and Victini can take one before fainting. If this Victini faints, the controlling player loses.
- Despite the concept of Pokémon Eggs not yet being introduced, Mr. Fuji's Doduo was shown to have hatched from an egg in Sigh for Psyduck.
- Also before the introduction of Pokémon Eggs, Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres eggs appeared in Pokémon Snap.
Sunday January 15, 2012: Koga
Character of the day: Koga
- Koga (Japanese: キョウ Kyō) is the Gym Leader of the Fuchsia Gym. His gym specializes in Poison-type Pokémon and he awards the player with the Soul Badge upon defeat. Koga awaits challengers in the center of a maze made of invisible walls in Fuchsia Gym. He eventually joined the Elite Four of Johto, leaving the Gym at the hands of his daughter Janine, who trained under him.
- Known as "The Poisonous Ninja Master," Koga likes the despair and horror that Poison-type Pokémon can inflict on others. Still, Koga has studied medicine and makes his own potions to heal his Pokémon.
- Koga patrols the grounds of the Kanto Safari Zone every so often to ensure the safety of those playing the Safari Game.
- Koga also serves as a teacher for both the ways of ninjutsu and Pokémon.
- Koga made his only appearance in the anime in The Ninja Poké-Showdown, wherein Ash's initial battle with Koga and his newly-evolved Venomoth was interrupted by Team Rocket. After help from Misty's Psyduck, the battle continued, with Koga and his Golbat losing to Ash and his Charmander.
- In Pokémon Adventures, Koga was one of the three heads of Team Rocket. He has customized Poké Balls that can be thrown like shuriken. Both his Arbok and Golbat have unusual capabilities.
- Koga has his own theme deck and card in the Gym Challenge expansion of the Pokémon Trading Card Game. Out of the original Generation I Gym Leaders, Koga has the fewest Trainer cards in the Gym Leader sets of the TCG.
- Koga is the second Trainer whose in-game animated sprite has an irregular entrance, coming from the right side of the screen. The first one was Aaron in Platinum, coming from the top of the screen.
Monday January 16, 2012: Advance Adventure
Musical Monday: Advance Adventure
- Advance Adventure (Japanese: アドバンス・アドベンチャー) is a song by GARDEN. It was both arranged and composed by Hirokazu Tanaka.
- Advance Adventure served as the first opening of Pocket Monsters Advanced Generation and was subsequently replaced by Challenger!!.
- The single for the song was released January 29, 2003.
- Being the first opening of Advanced Generation, it has been used often as background music in both the said series and the Diamond & Pearl series.
- Advance Adventure is the only Japanese theme song that is sung by mainly by a male.
- Scenes from the opening sequence were used in I Wanna Be a Hero.
- Advance Adventure is one of the songs featured in the Japanese version of Donkey Konga.
Tuesday January 17, 2012: Where in the World!? (Nimbasa Gym)
Where in the World!?
- I'll give you both a challenge and amusement.
- The colorful lights will attract your attention.
- You'll find something that can shock you, but at the same time, you may get bored seeing the same things again and again.
- Be careful not to go through anything.
- Before the end of your trip, you may get woozy from the blood going to your head.
- In the end, you'll be able to take some sort of a u-turn.
Wednesday January 18, 2012: Chinese New Year: Latios and Latias
Dynamic duo: Latias and Latios
- Latias (Japanese: ラティアス) and Latios (Japanese: ラティオス) are both Dragon/Psychic-type legendary Pokémon introduced in Generation III as version-exclusive roaming Pokémon.
- Latias is female and has higher defensive stats, while Latios is male and has higher offensive stats. Their signature moves are Mist Ball and Luster Purge, respectively. They are the first legendary Pokémon to have specified genders.
- In the games, Latias and Latios can hold the Soul Dew to raise their Special Attack and Special Defense stats by 50%. Rather than banning the duo, this item has been banned from official tournaments since Generation III.
- Latias and Latios made their anime debut as the starts of Pokémon Heroes, wherein they were shown to be siblings who lived in Alto Mare. The duo were guardians of the Soul Dew, which was itself contained the soul of a deceased Latios.
- In Pokémon Adventures, Latias and Latios are befriended by Emerald, and they take him to the Battle Frontier. In the end, they return to the Southern Island.
- A card of both Latias and Latios was released when Pokémon Heroes premiered in Japanese theaters. The card also featured stars of the previous movies: Mewtwo, Lugia, Entei, and Celebi.
Thursday January 19, 2012: Flash Fire
Know your ability: Flash Fire
- Flash Fire makes the Pokémon immune to Fire-type damage. Fire-type moves instead increase subsequent damage dealt by the user's own Fire-type moves.
- The burn status condition does not activate Flash Fire. However the majority of moves that cause the burn status ailment are Fire-type.
- Until Generation V, Flash Fire ceases to have an effect while the user is frozen.
- All Pokémon with Flash Fire are Fire-type.
Friday January 20, 2012: Chinese New Year: Wilma
Character of the day: Wilma
- Grandma Wilma (Japanese: タツばあさん Grandma Tatsu) is a move tutor in Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold, and SoulSilver, who can be found either on the northern, foggy stretch of Route 210 or in Blackthorn City.
- Prior to moving to Sinnoh, Wilma lived in a famous city of Dragon Tamers. This allowed her to teach Draco Meteor to Dragon-type Pokémon with maxed-out happiness.
- In the anime, she appeared in A Meteoric Rise to Excellence!. She was teaching an Altaria, a Pokémon left under her, Draco Meteor when Ash and his friends encountered her. Wilma befriended a wild Gible that showed up frequently, trying to learn Draco Meteor itself. Even though Gible can be savage, Wilma is able to tame this wild Pokémon with massages. This Gible later joined Ash, leaving Wilma and the Altaria. Grandma Wilma then showed the group the way to Daybreak Town.
- Wilma is not present in any manga or the TCG.
Saturday January 21, 2012: Chinese New Year: Palkia (movie)
Who's that Pokémon: Palkia
- Palkia (Japanese: パルキア Palkia) is a major character who first appeared in The Rise of Darkrai.
- Palkia engaged in a massive battle with Dialga in another dimension, where it got injured by Dialga's Roar of Time. It fled to the dimension of Ash and the rest. Palkia's presence caused the other dimension to be disintegrated into the Ash's dimension little by little.
- Palkia was followed by Dialga, and the two started to fight in Alamos Town. Only magnifying the volume of the song "Oración" was able to soothe both Pokémon and cause them to stop fighting. After the insisting of Ash and Dawn, Palkia returned things to the way they were.
- Palkia was only mentioned in a flashback of its battle with Dialga in Alamos Town in Giratina and the Sky Warrior.
- In Arceus and the Jewel of Life, it was revealed that Palkia and Dialga's fight was caused by their dimensions intersecting due to Arceus's awakening. To prevent the two from fighting again, Sheena used her powers to touch a Pokémon's heart to reach Palkia and explain, ending the feud with Dialga once and for all.
- Palkia helped protect Ash and friends from Arceus's attacks, but it was seriously injured alongside Dialga and Giratina. When Ash and the others successfully changed the timeline, Arceus healed Palkia and the other two, and Palkia returned to its own dimension to live peacefully once more.
- Palkia was shown to know Spacial Rend, Aura Sphere, Hyper Beam, and Protect, which it all used first in The Rise of Darkrai.
Sunday January 22, 2012: Chinese New Year: Dragon Dance
Your move: Dragon Dance
Monday January 23, 2012: Chinese New Year: Kingdra
Celebrate the New Year Again: Kingdra
- Kingdra (Japanese: キングドラ Kingdra), the Dragon Pokémon, is the dual-type Water/Dragon Pokémon 230th in the National Pokédex.
- Kingdra is the final evolutionary form of Horsea, evolving from Seadra when traded holding a Dragon Scale. It was introduced in Pokémon Gold and Silver, in a generation later than its previous stages.
- Kingdra is said to be able to create whirlpools just by yawning, moving, and coming to the surface. It sleeps deep on the ocean floor, hides in underwater caves, and creates tornadoes just by waking up. When a storm arrives, it is said to be searching for prey.
- Kingdra is most likely based on a weedy sea dragon, but it still shares many traits with regular seahorses. Its whirlpool-related traits may come from the mythical Charybdis.
- Kingdra, along with Charizard, Flygon, and Salamence, is one of the mascots of Pokémon Ranger.
- In the anime, Kingdra debuted in Dueling Heroes, where it lost to Ash's Totodile in the first match of the Whirl Cup. It later appeared in Better Eight than Never! under Blackthorn City Gym Leader Clair.
- In Pokémon Adventures, Silver's Seadra evolved into Kingdra when he traded it to Gold for Poliwhirl, which also evolved. The two then traded back, so that each would have their original Pokémon, though fully evolved. Kingdra's name is often spelled "Kingora" in the Chuang-Yi translation of the manga.
- While usually Water-type in the TCG, some cards of Kingdra are under the Colorless, Fire, Metal, and Fighting types.
- To celebrate the Year of the Water Dragon, Eggs containing Shiny Pokémon that are or will evolve into Dragon-type Pokémon are being given away in Pokémon Centers in Japan, and one of these Pokémon is Horsea. The Dragon type was introduced in the TCG for the same reason.
Tuesday January 24, 2012: Motor Drive
Know your ability: Motor Drive
Wednesday January 25, 2012: V-Create
Your move: V-create
Thursday January 26, 2012: Darkrai
Movie star spotlight: Darkrai
- Darkrai (Japanese: ダークライ Darkrai) is one of the stars in The Rise of Darkrai.
- Alicia, Alice's grandmother, helped Darkrai when she found him injured in a garden in Alamos Town, and ever since then, Darkrai had stayed in that garden. Darkrai started to have special attachment to Alice as he believed she was her grandmother.
- Darkrai was mistaken as evil during the movie, attacking people and Pokémon. By using Dark Void to put them to sleep, he was able to use Bad Dreams Ability to give them nightmares.
- It was only later that it was revealed that Darkrai was actually trying to prevent Dialga and Palkia from destroying Alamos Town. He ended up sacrificing himself to protect the town and everyone in it after a battle with Dialga and Palkia.
- Darkrai was shown to have been revived later on and was watching the town when everything was restored by Palkia.
- In the exact same garden, Darkrai made a cameo appearance during the credits of Arceus and the Jewel of Life, the last film in the trilogy.
- Darkrai is the first of its kind to appear in the anime, followed later on by a wild Darkrai and Tobias's Darkrai.
- Following its starring role in The Rise of Darkrai, Darkrai knowing Roar of Time and Spacial Rend were available through various distribution events. Availability in Shadows of Almia and through the Member Card followed much later.
- A card of Darkrai knowing Dialga's and Palkia's signature moves were also made available, following the movie.
Friday January 27, 2012: Kellyn
Character of the day: Kellyn
- Kellyn (Japanese: ハジメ Hajime) is the male Pokémon Ranger playable as in Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia.
- Coming from the Fiore region, Kellyn went on his own to Almia to become a Ranger, with his family following later on to live in Chicole Village.
- Kellyn is declared the eleventh and youngest Top Ranger following the events in the Cargo Ship.
- In one of Murph's flashbacks in Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Kellyn is mentioned.
- Kellyn made his anime appearance in a two-part episode. Ash and his friends helped this Top Ranger in his mission involving an Aura Sphere-knowing Riolu. He was shown to be in touch frequently with Solana, and he was also shown to control several final forms of Ash's own Pokémon. Kellyn is the first male player character to appear and have a major role in the main series anime, as well as the first to have met Ash.
- In the Shadows of Almia manga, Kellyn is a Top Ranger whose partner is a Pachirisu. He is very picky about his collection of Ranger-related things and keeps them all clean and organized.
- Kellyn is the only main or side series game character to have no headgear or any accessories on his head.
Saturday January 28, 2012: Torrent
Know your ability: Torrent
Sunday January 29, 2012: Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen
Happy anniversary, FireRed and LeafGreen
- On this day in 2004, Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen were released in Japan. These games remade the classic adventures first played in Pokémon Red and Green (Pokémon Red and Blue internationally).
- Released within the third generation, these games added many features to those included in the original games while keeping the same main plot. These include the incorporation of a female player character, natures, Abilities, genders, and hold items.
- All Pokémon thus far released were made obtainable in-game or through trading or events. Most Hoenn-native Pokémon were not included through normal play, but can be traded from Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald. Pokémon from Johto can be found in an exclusive area south of Kanto, the Sevii Islands. Pokémon with cross-generational evolutions can evolve when their usual conditions are met, but only if the National Pokédex has been obtained.
- Music and graphics have been remastered to make the most of the Game Boy Advance processing engine. Remixed tracks from Pokémon Gold and Silver are used in some areas.
- These games were the first of two sets of remakes, followed by Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver. Each pair of games was released ten years after the originals. Many fans hope that a similar tenth anniversary remake of Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire will be released this year to accompany Pokémon Black and White as part of the fifth generation.
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Monday January 30, 2012: Who's That Pokémon? (Magikarp)
Who's That Pokémon!?
- I'm not very powerful, but I have a lot of potential.
- You'll find me in just about any body of water.
- I tend to be sold by con men.
- I have one of the smallest move sets out of any Pokémon.
- My evolution is one of the most popular Pokémon in its generation.
- I am the only Pokémon that can be caught at Level 100 in the wild.
- I've been available in every main series game except for one.
Tuesday January 31, 2012: None
There was no new Featured content for this day.