Pokémon News - Weekly Recap (Jan. 25, 2024)

Pokemon releases a statement about Palworld, Team GO Rocket Strikes Back and SV events

Cooltrainer Ace

25 January 2024


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Let’s get one thing straight. When you have self-exiled yourself to the depths of a deadly dungeon to become the Coolest Cooltrainer there ever was, sometimes you eat Parasect and fight off angry Geodude with a baseball bat.

The folks at Palworld adopted the monster catching/survival crossover. I was born in it.

Here’s this week’s rundown (estimated read time, 5 minutes):

  • Palworld caught Pokemon’s attention
  • Get ready for the return of Team GO Rocket
  • The latest Scarlet & Violet Tera Raids & Mass Outbreaks

Pokémon speaks out about Palworld

As the saying goes, it’s a Palworld after all. Or at least it has been for the past week as the game has reportedly sold more than 8 million copies.

Cooltrainer Ace ain’t about that drama but there is a lot to unpack here: allegations of blatant Pokémon design ripoff, outright plagiarized models, and the controversial use of AI to develop game assets.

One YouTuber even made a Pokémon mod… that lasted about as long as a Magikarp in a Pidgey pen before Nintendo took it down.

Safe to say, the Pokémon fandom is a house divided this week. There were reports that the Palworld devs received death threats from Poké Heretics. You can’t set foot on Pokémon Twitter/X without finding fans arguing over Palworld being a wakeup call for Gamefreak or the literal destruction of the monster taming genre as we know it.

Longtime Pokémon/Nintendo YouTuber Austin John, came out in support of the game. That lasted about two days before he declared on Wednesday “f*** it, im done talking about palworld if you wanna play it cool, if not cool. i dont care.”

And then, The Pokémon Company released this statement last night:

“We have received many inquiries regarding another company’s game released in January 2024. We have not granted any permission for the use of Pokémon intellectual property or assets in that game. We intend to investigate and take appropriate measures to address any acts that infringe on intellectual property rights related to the Pokemon. We will continue to cherish and nurture each and every Pokemon and its world, and work to bring the world together through Pokemon in the future.”

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It’s more than a little on the nose that they talk about "cherishing and nurturing each and every Pokémon” when referencing a competitor’s game that literally lets you shoot penguins out of bazookas. Well played, Pokémon. Well, played.

We’ll wait and see if any actual legal action unfolds in the coming weeks and months. Chances are 50/50 that this all blows over, or totally blows up. As far me, I’m gonna sip my tea, eat my popcorn and keep writing fire emails for y’all.

Team GO Rocket Strikes Back

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Team GO Rocket is making a comeback and Giovanni has some serious drip with Shadow Kyogre in his arsenal. Along with brand-new Shadow Pokémon, Shadow Ho-Oh makes a return too, but this time with some shiny potential (wink, wink).

The invasion begins on Saturday, January 27, at 12 a.m. and runs through Thursday, February 1 at 11:59 p.m. local time.

Event Bonuses:

  • Varoom and its Evolution Revavroom make their Pokémon GO debuts.
  • Starting with this event, Varoom may hatch from 12 km Eggs.
  • Team GO Rocket will appear more frequently at PokéStops and in balloons.
  • Use a Charged TM to help a Shadow Pokémon forget the Charged Attack Frustration.
  • The last part of the Seasonal Special Research story will be unlocked at the beginning of the event and can be claimed up to the end of the Timeless Travels Season on March 1 at 10:00 a.m. local time. Receive a Super Rocket Radar and chase down Giovanni!

Field Research Encounters (all shiny unlocked)

Field Research rewards also include Mysterious Components, Charged TMs, and Fast TMs.

Ekans   pokemon


Zubat   pokemon


Koffing   pokemon


Paldean Wooper   pokemon

Paldean Wooper

Poochyena   pokemon


Croagunk   pokemon


Scraggy   pokemon


Hisuian Qwilfish   pokemon

Hisuian Qwilfish

Mareanie   pokemon


Bruxish   pokemon


Nymble   pokemon


Shadow Encounters (all shiny unlocked)

Corphish   pokemon


Snorunt   pokemon


Chimchar   pokemon


Piplup   pokemon


Croagunk   pokemon


Dwebble   pokemon


Ferroseed   pokemon



One-Star (all shiny unlocked)

Alolan Rattata   pokemon

Alolan Rattata

Alolan Meowth   pokemon

Alolan Meowth

Alolan Grimer   pokemon

Alolan Grimer

Galarian Zigzagoon   pokemon

Galarian Zigzagoon

Three-Star (all shiny unlocked)

Galarian Weezing   pokemon

Galarian Weezing

Tyranitar   pokemon


Bombirdier   pokemon


Weezing   pokemon


Shadow Raids:

One-Star (shiny locked)

Murkrow   pokemon


Pineco   pokemon


Croagunk   pokemon


Alolan Sandshrew   pokemon

Alolan Sandshrew

Three-Star (shiny locked)

Scyther   pokemon


Skarmory   pokemon


Golett   pokemon


Five-Star (shiny unlocked)

from Saturday, January 27 at 6 a.m. to Sunday, January 28, at 10 p.m. local time.

Ho-Oh   pokemon


So. Much. Neon.

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet Tera Raids & Mass Outbreaks

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The next 5-star Tera Raid Battle event features Flutter Mane for Scarlet or Iron Jugulis in Violet. The fluttery fiend and techno dragon are here from 4 p.m. Pacific on Friday, January 26 to 3:59 p.m. Pacific on Sunday, January 28. Both will appear in a variety of Tera Types, so happy hunting!

Flutter Mane   pokemon

Flutter Mane

Iron Jugulis   pokemon

Iron Jugulis

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Speaking of happy hunting (not talking about actual hunting, plz don’t cancel me like Palworld) mass outbreaks of Gulpin, Stunky, Skrelp, and Clauncher will appear throughout Paldea beginning at 4 p.m. Pacific on Friday, January 26 to 3:59 p.m. Pacific on Sunday, January 28.

Pokémon encountered in these special mass outbreaks are more likely to have the Uncommon Mark or Rare Mark depending on the version of the game they appear in (though all four can be found in both games during the outbreak event).

Gulpin   pokemon


Stunky   pokemon


Clauncher   pokemon


Skrelp   pokemon


Card of the Week

Take a gander at this sparkly Espathra EX. Coming in Paldean Fates (releasing this Friday), this is the stylish ostrich’s debut in the TCG. Glamorous, darling.

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Random encounters around the internet

  • Pokémon Center has a whole host of new TCG accessories and they are looking fine. My personal favorite is the FR/LG playmat with Kanto sprites on it. The Koraidon and Miraidon mats ain’t half bad, either.
  • Pilfering Felt Hat Pikachu? Four employees of the Van Gogh Museum were suspended for misconduct during the Van Gogh x Pokémon exhibition last year. One allegedly stole a box of the highly-sought after promo cards.
  • Do not miss these absolute Snorlax masterpieces as part of Project Snorlax.:

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Obscure Pokémon Fact (from u/Mx_Toniy_4869)

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Until next time,

Cooltrainer “minding my own business” Ace


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