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When is BlackMilk x Pokemon collection coming out? Date, preorder, price

Published: 12/Jun/2020 21:11

by Meg Bethany Koepp

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Australian clothing brand BlackMilk has announced its collaboration with the biggest media franchise in the world: Pokemon. From dresses, to bomber jackets and tanks, the collection has it all – here’s everything you need to know about getting your hands on it.

Pokemon is literally the most successful media franchise of all time, pulling in over $92 billion in revenue since its creation in 1995. Its games, trading cards, movies, and more have been a hit with millions worldwide as they’ve fallen in love with the Catch ‘Em All mechanics and adorable creatures.

There have been many collaborations with the Nintendo series, and now clothing brand BlackMilk is the latest to get a line of epic threads you’ll want to cop ASAP. Here’s what you need to know about securing it, including preorder details, price, and more.

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BlackMilk x Pokemon release date & preorder

On June 11, the apparel company dropped the preview for the collaboration. It includes 33 items, including dresses, bomber jackets, pants, overalls, shorts, and more, meaning if you have the cash, you’re buying a whole new Pokemon-themed wardrobe.

According to the clothing brand’s website, preorders for the collection go live at 7AM AEST on June 16 – that’s 2PM PST / 5PM PST / 9PM UTC on June 15, so set your alarm and get ready to go HAM on the refresh browser button.

Depending on what you buy, prices range from $40.77 USD to $109.88. Our personal favorites, and no doubt many others’ top picks as well, are the Pikachu and Meowth bomber jackets at $96.06. If you ever wanted to look like Ash or Team Rocket in real life, now’s your chance.

As the collection is only opening up for preorders, orders won’t ship straight away. According to the clothing details section, BlackMilk will aim to ship all orders by July 7, so expect to receive your new threads in the later half of the month if you’re not in Australia.

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While the collaboration seems to be primarily tailored to those who prefer more feminine attire, the bombers, tanks, and t-shirts appear to be unisex so there’s definitely something for everyone.

Bookmark their collection page here, and get ready to burn a serious hole in your pocket on June 15/16 when preorders go live – good luck!

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10 best Electric Pokemon of all time: Pikachu, Toxtricity, more

Published: 22/Jan/2021 4:37 Updated: 22/Jan/2021 5:27

by Isaac McIntyre

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Thunder, paralyze, even the Pokemon franchise star: Electric really does boast some of the most iconic moves and monsters in the 25-year-old series. But who are the best Pokemon from the ‘shocking’ type? Here’s who makes the list.

There’s plenty of reasons to have a favorite type. Maybe you like strategy, and pick Flying and Poison. Maybe you enjoy total control, and pick Bug and Physic. Maybe you just want pure power, and lean towards Fire and Rock.

Or, maybe, you love the flashy stuff: then, Electric is perfect for you.

There aren’t many Pokemon types more iconic than Electric. Monsters like Pikachu, Zapdos, and Voltorb immediately spring to players’ minds when they’re thinking about early creatures, and Toxtricity, Thundurus, and Zekrom have dominated competitive play since their debuts.

But the question is, which of the lightning lovers are the best? Which ones are the strongest, funnest, and “most flashy?” Which fits Electric down to the wires and shocks?

Here’s our top 10 from the game’s most ‘shocking’ type.

Pikachu

The original and best; how could we leave out Pikachu?
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The original and best; how could we leave out Pikachu?

Come on, we were never going to start with anyone else, were we?

Pikachu has done more than define electric type Pokemon ⁠— though the loveable little mouse has certainly had a heavy hand in that. Ash’s iconic starter has reigned supreme over the entire franchise since its debut back in the ’90s and isn’t going anywhere.

In both the anime series, and the mainline games, Pikachu is a perfect example of what trainers love about electric types: dynamic, exciting, and wild. A powerful “Lightning Bolt” could turn the tide of any Pokemon battle, and “Paralyze” is an iconic status effect.

And, at the end of the day, it’s Pikachu. The lil’ yellow fella has been the face of all things Pokemon for 25 years, and that isn’t changing any time soon.

Voltorb

Voltorb's charm come its iconic "Poke Ball" look.
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Voltorb’s charm comes from its iconic “Poke Ball” look.

If Pikachu is iconic for being the face of the franchise, then Voltorb has stayed iconic for another simple reason: the first-gen Pokemon looks like a Poké Ball.

There’s something fun about the idea of a living ball battling it out across nearly ten generations of Pokemon, and even back in the late ‘90s trainers were eager to add a Voltorb to their collection for the simple amusement of the monster.

Voltorb ⁠— and its evolution Electrode ⁠— also introduced the world to “Explosion” and the volatile nature of electricity. Truly a frontrunner in exciting electric ‘mons.

Zekrom

Zekrom may well be the most powerful Electric Pokemon in the series.
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Zekrom may well be the most powerful Electric Pokemon in the series.

Now, we know that Zekrom is technically Dragon first Electric second, but considering the sheek-black fifth-generation game mascot is the only other Electric-type to appear on a title’s box art outside of Pikachu, we believe he well and truly deserves a spot.

On top of that, which other ‘mon can “scorch the world with lightning”? Not many, that’s for sure. Zekrom is powerful, in the lore, and in-action as well. The cover star boasts a whopping 680 stats, 150 of which are slotted into his Attack. It also is one of the only Pokemon that can learn “Bolt Strike,” a 130-power Electric move.

Zekrom spent much of its life reigning over competitive too ⁠— when it wasn’t banned from play. Pokemon #644 is arguably the strongest Electric monster ever.

Toxtricity

Toxtricity has shot to cult status since its arrival in Sword & Shield.
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Toxtricity has shot to cult status since its arrival in Sword & Shield.

Speaking of competitive battles, here’s a Pokemon that has slotted right into ranked from release in Sword and Shield. The multi-formed Toxtricity ⁠— the “punk” Pokemon ⁠— has been a breakout favorite since its debut in Generation VIII.

Part of its charm is its versatility. You can collect the “Amped” form with certain natures, or keep it “Low Key” with the more quiet natures. Toxtricity also has a Gigantamax form.

Pokemon #849 also breaks the mould somewhat with its typing. While many electric Pokemon stick to just the one typing, Toxtricity is actually Electric/Poison, an extremely rare combo through every generation. In fact, its line is the only one.

That means you can combo “Thunder Shock,” “Sludge,” and “Overdrive,” all on the same monster. Pretty crazy, and once you add its ability, Punk Rock (boosts sound-based moves by 30%) any Toxtricity becomes a pretty special Pokemon.

Thundurus

Thundurus is a real "force of nature" among Electric Pokemon.
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Thundurus is a real “force of nature” among Electric Pokemon.

Another Electric powerhouse. Thundurus rivals Zekrom for pure strength, especially once it transcends to its Therian Forme. It’s a real ‘force of nature’ (wink).

Thundurus doesn’t have a huge move pool ⁠— Thunder, Discharge, and Volt Switch are the main moves in its arsenal ⁠— but its 580 stats in-game make sure they pack a punch. In the lore it’s powerful too; it “flies around Unova firing off bolts.”

Manectric

Manectric was a standout Electric Pokemon in Generation III.
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Manectric was a standout Electric Pokemon in Generation III.

Loyal lightning canine Manectric may be one of the last “pure” Electric Pokemon since the earliest generations. The Manectric line stars as the third gym aces in Ruby and Sapphire, and comes with a raft of powerful moves: Shock Wave, Thunder Fang, Discharge, Wild Charge, and Thunder.

Manectric was also another early Pokemon to be given a mega evolution late on in the series. While it never had an impact in ranked or competitive, Manectric found its way to trainer’s hearts with its dog-styling and strong playstyle.

Ampharos

Ampharos packs a mean Electric punch throughout the generations.
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Ampharos packs a mean Electric punch throughout the generations.

There weren’t many Electric Pokemon added to the first Pokemon sequel, Gold and Silver, but the Ampharos line ⁠— starting with Mareep and going through Fluffy ⁠— was a great one.

As an aside, Ampharos is this writer’s all-time favorite Pokemon, and has been since their first playthrough in Pokemon Gold back in 1999, but that isn’t going to bias #181’s inclusion in the list; Ampharos is absolutely in here on its own merit.

At just 55 Speed, it is a bit of a lumbering fighter, but what it lacks in quickness it more than makes up for with the punch it delivers once it gets there.

Ampharos has an incredible 115 Special Attack, boosted to 165 when in “Mega” form, which can make its powerful Electric moves (Zap Cannon, Thunder Punch, Thunder) and its special moves like Dragon Pulse, all the more lethal.

Zapdos

Zapdos has been one of the most powerful Electric picks since 1996.
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Zapdos has been one of the most powerful Electric picks since 1996.

The original ‘powerhouse’ Electric Pokemon. Zapdos first appeared in the dazzling Power Plant all the way back in Kanto in 1996, surrounded by Voltorbs, Pikachus, and Electabuzz. The lighting bird even debuted at level 50, and ran rampant with “Thunder.”

There’s not many Electric Pokemon ⁠— outside of Pikachu ⁠— that have had the same long-lasting effect of Zapdos. Because the shocking bird could add “Fly” to its arsenal, many young trainers quickly added it to their party and fell in love.

The Legendary Bird also had a starring role in Pokémon The Movie 2000, showing off its thunderous power. Movie star, Elite Four veteran, ranked champion ⁠— what can’t Zapdos do?

Electivire

Electivire brings every element to the battlefield: truly a versatile Electric battler.
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Electivire brings every element to the battlefield: truly a versatile Electric battler.

Electivire’s strengths come from its versatility. The Electabuzz evolution felt like it never really made the ripples its younger cousin did from Generation 1, and with how much it has in its back pocket, it’s a bit of a surprise.

The Electric ‘mon comes armed with Thunderbolt, of course, but can use “Flamethrower,” “Focus Blast,” “Earthquake,” and even “Ice Punch” as well. Talk about varied!

Alolan Golem

Alolan Golem was one of the best 'variant' Pokemon in Sun and Moon.
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Alolan Golem was one of the best ‘variant’ Pokemon in Sun and Moon.

Last, but certainly not least, we have Golem. Or, more specifically, Alolan Golem. Where the original “Megaton” Pokemon was an iconic Rock type, its variant in Alola splash in Electricity too, and it’s a perfect match!

Alolan Golem can be the perfect brick wall for your team, with that counter-attack on command without even having to switch. Throw up a “Defense Curl” and get your strength up, before dishing out a finishing blow with “Discharge” or “Stone Edge.”

Plus, anyone saying they don’t love the mustache is lying.