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2022 Season Pokémon TCG Format Rotation announced

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The Pokémon Company International has announced the format rotation for the 2022 Season of the Pokémon Trading Card Game. The 2022 Standard format rotation will officially begin on September 10, 2021.

New Pokémon Snap-based event on Pokémon GO

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To celebrate the release of New Pokémon Snap on the Nintendo Switch on April 30, 2021, an event inspired by the photography-focused game and the Lental region will be held in Pokémon GO.

Pokémon GO announces more details on the Sustainability Week event

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Niantic has revealed more details on the Sustainability Week event in Pokémon GO. In partnership with the Niantic Sustainability Campaign, Trainers can earn in-game bonuses by achieving various sustainability-related goals in the real world.

Nintendo announces new Blue color Nintendo Switch Lite

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Nintendo has announced the release of a new color for the Nintendo Switch Lite handheld console: Blue. The new color will come to market on May 7, 2021 in Europe and on May 21, 2021 in North America, at the suggested retail price of $199.99 USD (£179.99 GBP). Despite being called "Blue", the specific shade used for the console appears to be a dead ringer for the Indigo colour of the original Nintendo Gamecube.

Pokémon GO introduces new Friendship Day event

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Niantic has announced a new event for Pokémon GO, Friendship Day, an event that’s all about having fun with your friends and enjoying various bonuses while playing Pokémon GO.

In this first Friendship Day, Grass-type Pokémon will be appearing more often in the wild. There will be a Collection Challenge to receive XP, and an increased chance of receiving Lucky Pokémon when trading with a friend. The event will take place on April 24, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. local time.

  • Various Grass-type Pokémon will be appearing more often in the wild.
  • Complete the Friendship Day Collection Challenge before the event concludes to earn 100,000 XP!
  • Take part in the Friendship Day Global Challenge! For each hourly challenge you complete, you’ll earn 20,000 XP!
  • Green confetti will be appearing on the map in celebration of Grass-type Pokémon!
  • You'll have an increased chance of receiving a Lucky Pokémon when you complete a...

Limited-time Dream Ball distribution for Pokémon Sword and Shield

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A limited-time distribution was announced for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield during the Pokémon Players Cup III Region Finals livestream. Players can redeem a Dream Ball if they use the code「DREAMB1GPC3」. This code is only redeemable until April 12, 2021.

Sword & Shield—Chilling Reign revealed; Calyrex to make its TCG debut

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The next expansion in the Pokémon Trading Card Game, Sword & Shield—Chilling Reign has been officially announced by The Pokémon Company International. It will be made available on June 18, 2021.

Chilling Reign introduces the Mythical Pokémon Calyrex in both its Ice Rider and Shadow Rider forms as seen in The Crown Tundra expansion of the video games; Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. Thet appear as both Pokémon V and Pokémon VMAX. The expansion will also feature the Galarian forms of the Legendary birds: Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres, as Pokémon V.