Pokemon 25th anniversary celebration goes viral with special Katy Perry video

Published: 13/Jan/2021 17:10

by Daniel Megarry


Pokemon have announced a huge collaboration with pop superstar Katy Perry to celebrate their 25th anniversary this year.

It’s hard to believe that Nintendo’s wildly popular franchise Pokemon has been around for 25 years. Over two decades since Pokemon Red and Green first launched on Gameboy in Japan, Pikachu and friends are as popular as ever before.

To mark the occasion, there are some epic celebrations in store for fans this year, including special-edition Pokemon cards, 25th anniversary merchandise, and an upcoming Kanto celebration event in Pokemon Go.

Now, it’s been announced that we’ve even got a Katy Perry collaboration to look forward to.

Katy Perry and Pokemon
Katy Perry and Pokemon is one of the most unexpected collaborations we’ve seen.

Katy Perry teams up with Pokemon for new music

We can bet that this is one collaboration fans weren’t expecting to see anytime soon, but here we are! Pop superstar Katy Perry is joining forces with Pokemon to celebrate 25 years of catching ’em all with some new music.

The Teenage Dream singer made the announcement on Twitter, where she reminisced over her own childhood memories trading Pokemon cards on the playground. It sounds like she’s a big fan just like the rest of us.

“Where you were directly affects where you are now,” she wrote. “Meaning I can’t believe I used to trade my POGS for Pokemon cards at lunch in jr high & now I get to be part of the #Pokemon25 celebration… let’s just say I’m feelin’ pretty electric ’bout it.”

Her announcement came alongside a lovingly-handcrafted video that celebrates some of the most iconic moments and memorabilia in Pokemon history, with a look back at trading cards, Gameboy cartridges, plush toys, action figures, and more.

If this trip down memory lane hasn’t got you feeling totally nostalgic for those early days of catching and trading ‘Mon with your friends, we don’t know what will.

While Katy Perry has got most people’s attention right now, other fans are freaking out over the fact that Misty and Brock both appear in the new video, suggesting they could be returning in some form for the 25th anniversary celebrations.

We’ll have to wait and see what Nintendo has in store for us, but for now, the prospect of new Katy Perry music themed around the popular Pokemon franchise has definitely got fans talking.

“Y’all said avengers infinity war was the biggest crossover in history but the biggest one I truly think is Katy Perry x Pokémon,” joked one fan, while another added: “This is a collab of the century and I’m here for it.”

There will no doubt be more exciting announcements for Pokemon’s 25th anniversary celebrations as the year goes on, so be sure to keep an eye out for those. We’ll report on them as they appear.


Pokemon Grookey Sword & Shield guide: evolutions, moves, strengths & weaknesses

Published: 15/Jan/2021 17:15

by Daniel Megarry


Looking to master Grookey in Pokemon Sword and Shield? We’ve got all the information you need including evolutions, best moves, strengths, and weaknesses.

Grookey made its debut alongside Sobble and Scorbunny as part of the Gen 8 starter trio in Sword and Shield on the Nintendo Switch. Like most starter Pokemon, it’s become incredibly popular and has gained a big following of loyal trainers.

Known as the ‘Chimp Pokemon’, Grookey is a cute grass-type creature that originates in the Galar region. Its design appears to be based on a spider monkey, and its name is a hybrid of the words ‘groove’ and ‘monkey’.

Grookey’s Pokedex entry in Sword is as follows: “When it uses its special stick to strike up a beat, the sound waves produced carry revitalizing energy to the plants and flowers in the area.”

Grookey in Pokemon Sword & Shield
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Grookey is one of the starter trio in Pokemon Sword & Shield.

What is Grookey weak and strong against?

Being a grass-type Pokemon, Grookey and its evolutions will take more damage from fire, flying, poison, bug, and ice-type moves. They will take less damage from ground, water, grass, and electric-type moves.

When using grass-type moves, Grookey will have an advantage against ground, rock, and water-type Pokemon. It won’t necessarily have an advantage when using non-grass-type moves against these types.

What moves can Grookey learn by leveling up?

Grookey starts out with just Scratch and Growl, but it can learn a further nine moves by leveling up.

The final move it can learn is Endeavor at level 36. After this, you’ll need to evolve Grookey to Thwackey and then Rillaboom if you want to keep learning moves through leveling up.

Level Move Type Category Power Accuracy
1 Scratch Normal Physical 40 100
1 Growl Normal Status 100
6 Branch Poke Grass Physical 40 100
8 Taunt Dark Status 100
12 Razor Leaf Grass Physical 55 95
17 Screech Normal Status 85
20 Knock Off Dark Physical 65 100
24 Slam Normal Physical 80 75
28 Uproar Normal Special 90 100
32 Wood Hammer Grass Physical 120 100
36 Endeavor Normal Physical 100

What does Grookey evolve into?

Grookey evolves into Thwackey at Level 16. Like the form before it, Thwackey is a pure grass-type Pokemon, meaning it shares the same strengths and weaknesses.

It then evolves into its final evolution Rillaboom at Level 35. Rillaboom is also a pure grass-type, so it also shares the same strengths and weaknesses as Grookey and Thwackey.

All three forms have the Overgrow ability, which boosts the power of grass-type moves by 50% when at less than or equal to 1/3 HP.

Grookey Thwackey and Rillaboom evolutions
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Grookey evolves into Thwackey and Rillaboom.

Where to find Grookey in Pokemon Sword & Shield

Grookey is one of three starter Pokemon in Sword and Shield, meaning players will have the opportunity to acquire one at the very beginning of the game. If you’re set on getting one, you should probably do this, as Grookey, Sobble, and Scorbunny don’t appear in the wild.

If you didn’t choose Grookey as your starter Pokemon, you’ll need to set up a trade with another trainer who has one. You can do this with friends, turn to the internet for help, or try your luck with the unpredictable Surprise Trades feature.

How to get Shiny Grookey

As you can’t find Grookey in the wild, you won’t be able to hunt for a Shiny version like you would with most other Pokemon.

What you can do, though, is breed Grookey with another Pokemon in the same egg group, which will give you a small chance of hatching a Shiny. It will take you a while, but if you’re determined, it’s the only way.

Shiny Grookey Pokemon
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Shiny Grookey is very difficult to get in Sword & Shield.

A more refined way to do this and guarantee you’ll hatch the Pokemon you’re after is to breed Grookey with Ditto. Anytime Ditto is bred with another Pokemon, the egg will hatch the species that isn’t Ditto.

You can find Ditto at the Lake of Outrage, so you’ll want to head there and catch yourself one. If you’re confused as to how breeding works in general then you can check out our nursery and breeding guide.