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New Pokemon trademarks point towards upcoming Trading Card Game sets

Published: 28/Sep/2020 21:39 Updated: 29/Sep/2020 8:05

by Brent Koepp

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Trademarks filed by The Pokemon Company in September may have just revealed new sets in the Trading Card Game. The filings give us three names for what could be upcoming expansions in the TCG.

The Pokemon Trading Card Game first made its debut in North America in 1999, and quickly became a cultural phenomena. Children around the world became obsessed with finding the rarest holographics.

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Decades later, the hobby is as popular as it’s ever been with its latest Champion’s Path set being an instant hit with fans. However, recent trademark filings may have given us a clue about three upcoming sets.

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Pokemon TCG sets are still introducing jaw-dropping rare cards.

New Pokemon TCG sets revealed by trademarks?

The Pokemon TCG is currently following the eighth generation title Sword & Shield, with its latest release Champion’s Path hitting stores on September 25. Now, future sets in the trading card game might have been revealed.

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Pokemon source and Bulbapedia editor ‘abcboy’ first made the discovery, and posted it on Twitter. “Three trademarks filed by GF, Creatures, Nintendo on the 15th. Most likely for the TCG,” they tweeted.

According to the reliable source, the rough translations of the potential set names are: “Matchless Fighters, Silver Lance, and Jet-Black Poltergeist.”

Popular Trading Card Game outlet PokeGuardian reacted to the news, and agreed that it could potentially be the names of future TCG sets. “Very interesting. Potential new set names.”

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Interestingly, reports earlier in the month speculated that an upcoming Sword & Shield set 4.5 in February 2021 could be based on the Pokemon franchise’s 25th anniversary.

“We got word from someone that on February 19, 2021, an Elite Trainer Box, Pin Boxes and Tins with a set placeholder named SWSH 4.5 would come. Most likely 25th anniversary set products,” PokeGuardian tweeted on September 18th.

The trademarks filed on the 15th however are not related to the 25th anniversary items. It should also be stated that both sources are not confirming these are in fact Trading Card Game sets, rather that they have the potential to be.

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On the other hand, companies can file things all the time without it actually leading to a product anytime soon. So take this with a big a grain of salt. The new names, however, are interesting to say the least.

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Pokemon Go November Community Day rumors: Who will headline?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 14:59

by Paul Cot

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The Pokemon Go November Community Day is still a good month away, but that hasn’t stopped trainers speculating as to what the headliner could be.

November is of course the penultimate Pokemon Go Community Day of the year. It is also the last one in which Pokemon fans will try to predict the headliner.

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That is because the December CD is traditionally a mega Community Day of sorts. It brings the previous headliners from that year and makes them all available in one event.

Presumably, it will be the same for 2020. It is a day in which Pokemon Go trainers of all levels do their best to make sure they don’t miss out on!

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Before we get there though, we still need to find out what the 10th headliner of 2020 will be. That isn’t a typo, as there will only be 11 in total this year because March’s CD was canceled due to the global health crisis – you may have heard about it.

No vote for November?

Niantic have made it a habit of letting us decide which Pokemon headline Community Days in 2020. In fact, 5 of the 10 from 2020 have been decided via vote.

The latest two votes however, have decided the following two Community Days. With October already in place with Charmander, there is only November to decide.

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While that doesn’t rule out another vote entirely, it would seemingly make it less likely November’s would be decided by one.

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So, if it isn’t to be decided by us, who are the contenders. The one that first comes to mind is Snivy.

Ever since Piplup headlined in January, we haven’t had another starter, at least a new one. At the time it was expected Snivy would be the featured ‘mon for March, which would have been in line with Niantic’s pattern of alternating between starter and non-starters.

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Snivy may have been delayed because the Pokemon Go developers realized they were running out of starter ‘mons to use. Of the released Pokemon in the mobile game, it is only the Gen 5 starters that haven’t headlined, although Gen 6’s introduction is expected soon. So, 10 months on from the last one, it could be time for the Unova grass-type starter.

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Snivy would seemingly be the leading contender for the November CD…

Deino or Gible?

Deino and Gible are two of the more popular Pokemon in the entire franchise and have been rumored as headliners. Unfortunately, that is why either of them making an appearance may be wishful thinking.

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Both are super rare spawns and putting them as a featured Pokemon for a Community Day would certainly take away from their current allure. Besides, Niantic likely knows they can rely on them to boost other events, even if they do remain rare spawn rates.

Hopefully, they will headline a Community Day at some point in the future but 2020 seems unlikely at best.

Other contenders

The other most likely candidates for November are Exeggcute and Starly. Both were previously revealed to be included in another vote which never materialized.

Bulbasaur and Magikarp were also in there but the latter has already headlined in 2020, and Bulbasaur seems an unlikely option outside of a vote.

The Pokemon Go CD will likely take place in the second half of November. The 22nd seems the most likely day as this would keep distance between the previous one and adhere to alternating Saturday and Sundays.