Pokemon Black and White starters revealed, plus tons of info leaked via CoroCoro scans

Massive amount of new Pokemon Black and White info out today via four pages of leaked CoroCoro scans.

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Here's what we've learned for sure so far:
-We know what the new starters look like, and that they'll continue in the tradition of one each of Grass, Fire and Water type.
-The new region, called Isshu, is geographically distant from previous Pokemon regions.
-The main playable characters are older than in previous games.

Here's what we're pretty sure is true:
-The Grass type starter is named Tsutaaja and is classified as a Grass Snake Pokemon.
-The Fire type starter is named Pokabu and is classified as the Fire Pig Pokemon.
-The Water type starter is named Mijumaru and is classified as the Sea Otter Pokemon.
-As we saw in the Ruler of Illusions: Zoroark movie trailer, Zoroark can transform into other Pokemon using a new ability called Illusion. How this differs from Ditto's transform is still a mystery.
-Two new moves confirmed: Trickery, an attack that's calculated in some way based on the opponent's stats, and Claw Sharpen, which raises the user's Attack and Accuracy (via Serebii).
-Transferring over a shiny Entei, Suicune or Raikou from the Japanese Ruler of Illusions: Zoroark movie ticket preorders will trigger an event that allows you to capture a level 25 Zoroark.

What we want to know now:
-What are the second and third evolutions for the starters?
-What's that device on the wrists of the trainers? A new Poketch? A new super device that combines the PC and the Pokedex?  
-When will we get an announcement for North America/Europe? Will we get a shiny legendary beasts giveaway outside of Japan?

Additional scan showing art of the new trainers and five new in-game screens can be found at PokeBeach.

May 12, 2010




  • Jalygtra - May 18, 2010 6:53 p.m.

    @redrum25 - fire boar anyone? I can imagine how that pig will become a giant mamoswine whit fire spewing out of its back, thatd be epic
  • madjr297 - May 17, 2010 8:53 p.m.

    I'm really likein' the look of that grass type, and I might start with it. but it does look like treeko v1.5 and i did not like treeko at all. I might go for that fire one. it has a lot of potential (fire boar. think about it). the water thing looks REALLY bad, i usally start with water too... but at least the trainers look good.
  • Apollomon - May 14, 2010 12:17 p.m.

    water does look retarded and like bibaral grass does have the "attittude" of treeko (which is a con since treeko is also a starter) the fire one looks great i think i must know more!!!
  • slimjim441 - May 14, 2010 5:59 a.m.

    You guys are totally missing the point of my argument!! All of those things you said (yes, it is a lot) are still only MINOR ENHANCEMENTS. Tear the game down to it's core, it's virtually the same. Beat the gyms/elite four, catch all pokemon. That's it. Held items, abilities, natures, etc. are still MINOR ENHANCEMENTS that don't CHANGE or EVOLVE (no pun intended) the game (I already said graphics enhance, not change). If you take out the FPS element is Metroid Prime, it's not Metroid Prime, it's Super Metroid practically. If you take the physics out of Half-Life and Portal, it'll be as shitty as any other FPS. Now listen here class, if you take out the 'abilities' (or something like it) in Pokemon, what do you have? The same game minus one MINOR ENHANCEMENT. You get it? And Zelda and (especially) Street Fighter haven't really changed either.
  • shyfonzie - May 14, 2010 12:47 a.m.

    I like the otter. But it kind of weirds me out that the girl trainer is wearing CUT OFF JEAN SHORTS
  • redrum253 - May 13, 2010 5:24 p.m.

    @msg its a clam shell
  • thekeith82 - May 13, 2010 2:02 p.m.

    @slimjim441 nope, not buying your argument, mate. since the first game, they have added-hold items, two new types, over 300 new pokemon, natures, breeding, the physical/special split, and abilities, plus various extras like the battle tower, and as you say, wi-fi. yes, some games have had massive changes to their graphics, mario being a good example, but metroid? as phenomenal as the prime series has been, it's still basically the exact same metroid, structurally. same goes for zelda. your argument is just silly, mate. next, you will be arguing that half life needs to stop being 'the same old fps', or street fighter needs to get over the idea of one on one fighting.
  • msg - May 13, 2010 9:16 a.m.

    After looking at the image a second time I wondered...why the hell does the water otter have a f@#king penis thing on it's front?!?!
  • Felixthecat - May 13, 2010 7:18 a.m.

    @slimjim441 And unless you haven't seen the gameplay footage of Black & White, then you'd know that the graphical side of Pokemon has changed completely.
  • slimjim441 - May 13, 2010 6:07 a.m.

    @thekeith82 + GRCarolynGudmundson I have played (and beat) every pokemon game, besides the Ranger games because frankly they don't make any sense. Anyway, you have to admit, the games don't really change. Yes there are minor changes besides visual upgrades, but these tiny changes barely effect the games whatsoever (besides the wi-fi trading system, which made completing a pokedex so much more possible). But look at other franchises: Mario evolved from side-scroller to 3D. Metroid transformed into a first person shooter for God's sake! It wouldn't hurt to change the formula.
  • Spacegrass - May 13, 2010 5:35 a.m.

    I haven't played Pokemon since red/blue/yellow, but it looks like they've finally run out of ideas. Let's see, we've got a half-assed rabbit eared pig, a cat/penguin creature that envies the dead, and the gayest lizard yet. Awesome.
  • GameManiac - May 13, 2010 3:06 a.m.

    My god, there's so much flames going on in this article that I needed a fire extinguisher before posting this comment. Is haterade flammable or something? At last! Gamesradar gets current with new Pokemon info. I've been dying to learn more about Gen V, and I'm hooked already as it is. The Grass starter is my favorite of the three (especially since I have a soft spot for reptiles), and I'll go with that when Black and White is eventually released for America. The male trainer still looks like Jaden Yuki from Yu-Gi-Oh! GX. My only complaint: the month-long wait for the next set of info.
  • MrSuitMan - May 13, 2010 3:02 a.m.

    Kinda iffy about the starters, but theirs hope that the final evolutions could be totally badass. Here's hoping. Also, the playable characters look great. I hated the ones from D/P. The girl here looks pretty hot, and the guy looks pretty cool too. Great that the characters are older. Didn't make a lot of sense to let a 10 year old off by himself into a world of monsters.
  • Cyberninja - May 12, 2010 11:52 p.m.

    also illusion is proably going to be transform that lasts for 3 turns or something like that. sorry for double post
  • Cyberninja - May 12, 2010 11:51 p.m.

    this is the way i choose starters electic grass water fire so since i choose pikachu then chickorita and then mudikup then chimchar i should pick the grass right but i just had chickorita in SS because its my favorite so should i get water fire or grass because their are no electric its so hard to decide this might just be the first pokemon game that i abandon my starter for the whole game
  • MediocreDinosaur - May 12, 2010 11:18 p.m.

  • Psylockerules - May 12, 2010 10:58 p.m.

    ill pick the water otter because i always pick water and plus look at the poor bugger! looks like mr.mime and a buizel was put in a blender with some vomit, poor bugger.
  • redrum253 - May 12, 2010 10:49 p.m.

    i don't think they look that bad. the otter kind of bothers me though. but i think the evolutions of the grass and fire could be pretty rad. Fire Boar anyone?
  • thekeith82 - May 12, 2010 10:44 p.m.

    @GamesRadarCarolynGumundsen 2000 hours+ on pearl, nearly 200 so far on soul silver. i do accept i'm at the extreme end of the spectrum, and am therefore monumentally biased, but i would be gutted if they tore down the entire system and started from scratch. if you don't like it, go play pokemon ranger or something.
  • GamesRadarCarolynGudmundson - May 12, 2010 10:35 p.m.

    @thekeith82 agreed 100%. it seems like most people with the "it never changes" complaint don't actually play Pokemon, or haven't since Red/Blue or maybe Gold/Silver.

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