Shiny Hunting Smeargle Giveaway

Shiny Hunt Smeargle Giveaway 

Shiny hunting Pokemon has become easier and more efficient in Pokemon Sun and Moon. Along side that creating a shiny hunting team is critical to make a time consuming game mechanic like shiny hunting a smoother and less annoying activity.

One of the most popular shiny hunting partner is the Pokemon Smeargle. Smeargle can learn almost any move with its special Sketch move. This allows Smeargle to be armed with an arsenal of moves that will make chaining and catching a shiny Pokemon successful.

Shiny Hunting Smeargle Blog Graphic

Building a shiny hunting Smeargle can be a little time consuming because getting Smeargle to learn certain moves is all in the timing. No need to fret Johtonians! The Johto Press is doing a Smeargle giveaway with some of the most used moves to shiny hunt Pokemon.

Smeargle’s Build Will Be:

  • Level 50
  • Adamant
  • 4-5 IV’s
  • Maxed EV’s in SPEED  and ATTACK

Smeargle Moves: 

  • False Swipe
  • Recycle
  • Recover
  • Sketch

How To Get Shiny Hunt Smeargle

In order to get one of these pre-built Smeargles all you have to do is head on over to The Johto Press Twitter and DM to get one. There are only a limited number so first come first serve. Those interested be be sure to add my FC [FRIEND CODE] 3454-1805-2765 and write the following in the Twitter DM:

  • YOUR Friend Code [FC]
  • YOUR In-Game-Name [IGN]

IF you are chosen to get a Smeargle I will accept ANY pokemon for the Trade.

Lastly, IF you do not have Twitter you can head over to the CONTACT TAB  of The Johto Press and message the JPB with the information above and hopefully get chosen.

Giveaway ends March 30th or until Smeargles are all traded. 


Could The Possible Movement Of The Main ‘Pokemon’ Series To The Nintendo Switch Be Hinting At Nintendo’s 3DS Final Days?

The Nintendo Switch has finally released in North America and other parts of the world with record sells beating its previous predecessor Wii U sales for launch. For now it seems that Nintendo is seeing the fruit of their crop so to say.

Although the Nintendo Switch’s sales look promising at 1.5 million units sold world wide according to a Superdata report covered by Polygon , the Nintendo Switch Conference back in mid January received some criticisms of Nintendo’s 2017 titles and third party support to come to the Switch console. Some are finding the first year’s line up somewhat bland other than the popular Legend Of Zelda and Mario franchises.

Nintendo Switch 2017

In an interview with TIME , Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo of America responded in regards to future titles by saying,

I can say that our pipeline is quite robust, in what we are working on and that we will deliver next year and early into the year after that. We have that visibility in our pipeline.

It seems that future titles and some third party support will be paced throughout the console’s lifetime, one of them being the mysterious Pokemon game code named Pokemon Stars.

Laura Kate Dale a video game reporter revealed through a Reddit AMA that Pokemon Stars game like that of Pokemon Sun and Moon is indeed coming to the Nintendo Switch. It would be a first main series game to ever make it to one of Nintendo’s home consoles. The game will include at least 20 new Pokemon and continue the adventure in the Alola region. The main Pokemon series has always been exclusive to Nintendo’s handheld hardware. With that being said, it brings up a question about the future of the current 3DS handheld hardware line.

Is it possible that the movement of Nintendo’s biggest franchise like Pokemon be hinting at the 3DS’ final days?

In looking at Nintendo’s Top 3 selling handheld titles, it paints a picture of the possibility that the 3DS may be on its last leg. In a Nintendo 2016 year report on Gamespot the top selling tiles were Pokemon X and Y at number one, Mario Kart 7 at number two, and Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire at the number three spot.

Pokemon being a best selling game on the handheld hardware could be a big hint that its movement to the Nintendo Switch console may be getting all those handheld owners ready to finally say goodbye to the 3DS family. It is important to note that the same report list other top selling games which were not exclusive to the handheld and saw more play on the home console like the Mario Kart 7 port, Super Smash Brothers, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, and Legend of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time.

Some initial reactions that code name project Pokemon Stars will be a potential main series title on the Nintendo Switch has a mix of emotions from fans uncomfortable with the idea of purchasing a Nintendo Switch while others applaud the potential to see their beloved Pokemon run on the unreal engine hardware capable of pushing the series to new graphical possibilities. As is, the new Pokemon Sun and Moon games already push the limits of the 3DS with some players seeing some lag and graphical inconsistencies. What are your thoughts on the matter?

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5 Tips To Become A Pro Pokemon Shiny Hunter in ‘Pokemon Sun’ and & ‘Moon’

The elusive shiny pokemon in Pokemon Sun and Moon is among the most sought out tier of pokemon in the main series franchise. Originally introduced in the first run of Pokemon Gold and Silver (Gen II). The shiny pokemon mechanic has gained so much popularity that dedicated YouTuber’s and Twitch streamers have made careers on the web showing the experience of the shiny hunt.

Among one the most popular is RenaeCollects who live streams her reactions as viewers join her on shiny hunts to ravel in her dedication to catch them all!

Although shiny encounters may seem impossible, do not fret because its actually a lot easier than you think; with the right preparation and patience, you too can be a pro shiny hunter!

How Do You Shiny Hunt Pokemon?

This is quite an easy question to answer. You must chain the same pokemon in succession to increase the chances of encountering a shiny. In Pokemon Sun and Moon, there is a dedicated mechanic that makes shiny encounters not only possible but also easier. The mechanic is known as the SOS method where wild pokemon call for help when their health points drops to red. Additionally, the SOS chain method also increases the chances of getting higher IV’s and access to hidden abilities as the chain increases. The SOS method can also be activated by using an adrenaline orb which is an item that makes a pokemon nervous enough to call for help. It’s important to note that sometimes pokemon may still call for help even if their health doesn’t drop to red. Now that you know the basic mechanic to encounter a shiny pokemon, lets move onto how you can implement a system to become a pro shiny hunter.

You can take a quick look at different shiny rates, hidden abilites, and IV’s from reddit user Swordstone_ that are super helpful while shiny hunting

1. Complete The Pokedex

Completing the Alola Dex is among one of the most important items to finish to make shiny hunting a much faster and smoother process. Upon completing the Alola Pokedex you can receive the Shiny Charm from the Game Director on the 2nd floor of the Gamefreak headquarters next to the Dimensional Research Lab in Heahea City (Akala isand). The Shiny Charm increases the odds of encountering a shiny pokemon. In addition, completing the Pokedex also makes catching pokemon easier because it increases the likelyhood of getting critical catch rate which helps the ball not break.

Although completing the Alola Pokedex is time consuming, in Pokemon Sun and Moon the Alola Dex is only compromised of 301 pokemon unlike prior games where getting a Shiny Charm required the completion of the national dex and with more than 800 pokemon to date, 301 seems like a much more manageable feat.

2. Creating The Perfect Shiny Hunting Team

Recruiting the right pokemon to join you on the shiny hunt is key to your success. The basics are to have a False Swipe pokemon and a status inducing pokemon to make catches easier and less stressful. False Swipe is a normal type move that will leave a wild pokemon with 1 health point if the attack strength is high enough. The move can never faint a pokemon. Another move comparable to False Swipe is the move Hold Back which does exactly the same but False Swipe is a better option because it can be received by Professor Kukui as a TM after completing the first grand trial early on in the game.

False Swipe Pokemon Suggestion:

Smeargle can learn any move with the help of its Sketch move which it learns around every 10 levels.
Smeargle can learn any move with the help of its Sketch move which it learns around every 10 levels.

Smeargle learns the move sketch which allows it to learn any move that it sketches from an opponent pokemon. The suggestion above gives a list of the most popular moves used to make shiny hunting a breeze without the need of constantly replenishing PP and Health.

You can read up on How To Build A Shiny Hunting Smeargle with various other move options for different situations here

Secondly, adding a status inducing pokemon to the team can help make catching pokemon by putting them to sleep or paralyzing them, furthermore, status ilments will help in stopping a chain at the right moment. Many shiny hunters can find themselves in a tight predicament where a shiny pokemon appears and keeps calling for help. A Pokeball can only be thrown when there is a single pokemon on the field. By putting the shiny pokemon to sleep or paralyzing it during battle will stop it from calling for help so that a Pokeball can be used.

Status Inducing Pokemon Suggestion:

Butterfree has access to many status ailment moves which can aid in catching pokemon
Butterfree has access to many status ailment moves which can aid in catching pokemon

Buttefree is a great status inducing pokemon to use because it can learn a variety of moves that will aid in catching shiny pokemon. It is an early route pokemon that can be caught at the beginning of the game as a Caterpie. It has a fast growth rate so evolving and learning status moves will be quite quick.

3. Farming Leppa Berries

Leppa Berries are a shiny hunter’s main staple because it’s a berry that automatically replenishes a move’s PP by 10 once it depletes. A Leppa berry farm can be started by planting them in the Poke Pelago feature on Isle Aplenny. Be sure to add poke beans to lessen the time to harvest berries. Other popular berries are Sitrus, Cheri, and Rawst berries for cases in which your main False Swiping pokemon gets paralyzed, burned, or needs some extra health.

Isle Aplenny can be unlocked by ranking up other Isles and catching many pokemon. Image from
Isle Aplenny can be unlocked by ranking up other Isles and catching many pokemon. Image from

4. Pokemon Moves & Faint Switching

Mastering shiny hunting is all about keeping track of how many pokemon you faint and knowing when to switch targets. As you may know, all pokemon have a limited amount of PP moves which deplete as you continue to use a move. When fainting pokemon, you can use your decreasing PP moves as markers to let you know how many pokemon you have fainted in a chain. In addition, opponent pokemon are also limited in moves as their PP depletes. Once an opponent pokemon uses all of its PP, it will have no choice but to use Struggle which is a Pokemon’s last resort when it is unable to use a move. Struggle causes a pokemon to lose health drastically each time it uses this move so it’s important to switch targets before a pokemon has run short on PP so that the chain can continue.

As a Pokemon uses a move, its PP depletes
As a Pokemon uses a move, its PP depletes

This is what is known as Faint Switching where you faint the pokemon that originally called for help when you feel the pokemon is getting close to using up all of its PP moves. Once the pokemon that originally called for help faints, you would then False Swipe the comrade pokemon that was called onto help and continue the chain as the comrade pokemon then calls for its own help. The general rule for faint switching is after 20-30 fainted ally pokemon before switching targets. This is all dependent on whether or not you missed an attack so keep track oh how many moves the pokemon has used.

Once the original pokemon who called for help gets close to using all of its PP, it would be wise to Faint Switch
Once the original pokemon who called for help gets close to using all of its PP, it would be wise to Faint Switch

5. Stocking On Pokeballs

Stocking on a variety of pokeballs of all kinds is an added bonus to catching a shiny pokemon in a pokeball that closely matches its shiny color scheme. Although pokeball matching is really up to preference, its nice to know that you can match a shiny pokemon with a pokeball that gives it an extra added effect when using shiny pokemon to battle once the shiny hunt is done.

Written By Alberto Martinez (PokemonBreederBertii)

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“A Pokemon Christmas”

A Pokemon Christmas and Happy Holidays from The Johto Press! Enjoy this free Pokemon Christmas crossword puzzle. Use this Christmas break and add more Pokemon into your life by completing this fun puzzle. Download available below!


Download Link: “A Pokemon Christmas”

Best Wishes,

Alberto Martinez (Pokemon Breeder Bertii)

5 Pokemon Breeding Changes In ‘Pokemon Sun’ And ‘Moon’

In Pokemon Sun and Moon there 5 breeding mechanic changes that you should be aware of before you start breeding for competitive pokemon. Some of these changes are quite important while others are changes that you should know about pokemon breeding that might make it easier to breed down egg moves, pokeballs, and more.


Introducing The Pokemon Nursery

In Pokemon Sun and Moon, the Pokemon Nursery formerly known as the Daycare has gone through one major change. The Pokemon Nursery no longer gives experience to pokemon who are deposited in the nursery. In the past apart from breeding for eggs, pokemon could grow and gain experience while they stayed in the daycare. This is no longer the case. For some this comes as a welcomed changed but for those hoping to gain experience at a much faster rate, not necessarily. One other change is being able to accept eggs even though your party is full. Below you will find the benefits and disadvantages to this change.

Pro’s Of Changing The Pokemon Nursery 

  • Egg Moves are not replaced when switching parents. In the past when a Pokemon whose level had increased to a move learning cap, the withdrawn Pokemon’s moves would be replaced with its “Level Up Move”.
  • Pokemon eggs can be accepted even though party is full; they are deposited into PC.
  • The Pokemon Nursery is located near patches of grass that contain EXP boosting pokemon like Tauros and Milktank. In addition, there also rare encounters like baby pokemon and Eevee.
  • Although there is not a real circular path, Pokemon breeders have found that a small corral across from Miltank can serve as circular path that can be used along with Tauros PokeRide to maximize egg steps needed to hatch pokemon eggs.


Con’s Of Changing The Pokemon Nursery

  • Pokemon can no longer gain experience, particularly important when trying to level up pokemon for competitive play.
  • Utilizing a nearby circular path with a single button hold method is not available like it was in Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.

Inheriting Pokemon Egg Moves

Because Pokemon no longer gain experience and grow levels, egg moves are not replaced when switching out parent pokemon. Furthermore, Pokemon offspring can inherit move from either parents which is most definitely a welcomed change. In the past only the Male Pokemon would pass down its moves to offspring.


Pokemon Move Reminder

At the Pokemon Center on Mount Lanakila you will find that the Move Reminder will allow for a Pokemon to learn all of the moves it can learn through leveling up regardless of the Pokemon’s level. This excludes egg moves. This is a great change especially when trying to breed an egg move onto another pokemon species without having to level up your pokemon to access a “Level Up Move”.

Hatching Pokemon Eggs On Isle Avue 

ise-avueIn the Poke Pelago there is Isle Avue which is the isle that looks like a hot spring. In Isle Avue, a player can leave up to 18 pokemon eggs to hatch them. Apart from hatching eggs, a player can also deposit pokemon to increase their friendship points which is quite useful when trying to evolve baby pokemon who cannot breed until they evolve. In the beginning the isle allows for 6 pokemon, but will increase the number as you choose to develop the isle with pokebeans. Furthermore, adding pokebeans to the basket will hasten the hatching process.

Passing Down Pokeballs

One last important change for all avid pokemon breeders is the ability to pass down pokeballs from Male parent. In the past only the female was able to pass down the pokeball type, however, there is a special conditions in which a male pokemon can pass down its pokeball.

Special Condition

  • Ditto + Male Pokemon = 25 % that offspring will have male Pokemon’s Pokeball type

Hopefully you have found that these changes will give you a clearer look at how you can breed pokemon faster and make your breeding a much smoother process. If you liked what you read how about SIGNING-UP to the Johto Press to receive the Pokemon Sun and Moon “Beginner’s Guide To Pokemon Breeding” for FREE!

Written By Alberto Martinez (Pokemon Breeder Bertii)

Pokemon Question Of The Month

Are Trials Better Gyms?

With the release of Pokemon Sun and Moon in less than a week away, we will all be experiencing one of the major changes in the series. Gyms seem to be non-existent in the Alola region.

  • What are your thoughts on this major change?
  • Are Trials better than traditional Gyms?
  • Who was your favorite gym leader to fight from the franchise up until this point?


Those who answer the Pokemon Question (s) of the month will be entered to win a U.S Volcanion Code Card to add to their Pokemon XY or Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire

OPEN until November 30th, 2016  [11:59 PT]


‘Pokemon Sun’ and ‘Moon’ Is A Celebration Of The ‘Pokemon’ Journey

With the latest Pokemon Sun and Moon trailer, the community is ecstatic with the surprising appearance of nostalgic old trainers, final starter evolutions, more Alolan pokemon and new beginnings.

has been the motto for Pokemon Sun and Moon since its announcement back in February of 2016.

It was unclear what was meant by “it all comes together” but as the year progressed with news on the upcoming Pokemon Sun and Moon entries, it has become much more clear that Pokemon Sun and Moon will be a celebration of the pokemon journey.

The Pokemon Journey

With all this in mind, it’s important to understand that Pokemon is so much more than discovering pokemon, battling, and completing the game; it’s about the actual journey and Pokemon Sun and Moon will be a testament to that. Whether you started your adventure in Kanto or later in the series, Pokemon Sun and Moon will be the adventure to pay homage to the foundation of what it means to be the best there ever was.

Although Pokemon Sun and Moon take place in a new region with new pokemon and new characters, the overall theme seems to point to the importance of bonding with pokemon and the journey that every trainer must embark on to become a pokemon master.

In many ways, Pokemon Sun and Moon is a gift from the franchise to remind fans that the journey itself is the true reward. The journey doesn’t end at 8 badges, completing a pokedex, or winning the toughest battles; it continues as a trainer takes the lessons learned from the adventure to become closer to pokemon.

How will ‘Pokemon Sun’and ‘Moon’ celebrate the franchise you ask?

Well in the Alola region you will encounter familiar trainers and even old pokemon with fresh new designs that for some will remind them of their past adventures throughout the pokemon franchise. The direction of the upcoming entry seems to have a clear focus on the meaning behind the journey and here a couple of ways that Pokemon Sun and Moon pays its respects.

The Return Of Kanto Pokemon

Besides from introducing new pokemon, the Alola region seems to highlight some of the most iconic first generation pokemon by giving them new life through Alolan forms which are pokemon that have adapted to the environment of Alola. In their adaptations, some Kanto pokemon have gained new abilities, typings, moves, and psychical characteristic that make them more suitable for living in the tropical climate and variant ecosystems of the Alola region, furthermore, giving the original 151 an increased chance to see some competitive use.

Pokemon like Sanshrew, Sandslash, Exeggutor, vulpix, and ninetales have adapted to their environments
Pokemon like Sanshrew, Sandslash, Exeggutor, vulpix, and ninetales have adapted to their environments

With 2016 being Pokemon’s 20th year anniversary, it seems quite proper to highlight and revel the original pokemon from the first generation that for many who have been with pokemon since the beginning symbolize the foundation of the pokemon series.

Beyond The Badge

As with most main series Pokemon games a trainer obtains a starter pokemon, catches pokemon to assemble a team and collects badges to ultimately compete in the Pokemon League in the hopes of becoming champion of the region. Well, in Sun and Moon that doesn’t seem to be entirely the case.

In Alola, Trials have replaced gyms. A trainer will travel around islands completing island trials to measure their potential to be great trainers. Trials can encompass a variety of task like battling, finding items and pokemon, or completing a particular request. Initially, some fans were not thrilled with the new formula because it felt as though removing gym challenges would hinder the purpose of pokemon battling.

However, in celebrating the pokemon journey it’s important to remember that connecting with pokemon and learning from the adventure has always been at the core of the franchise. This is why the island trials are the perfect way to pay homage to the series. The trials hit at the core of the franchise by connecting the ideals of bonding and growing alongside pokemon.

Why Are Island Trials Better Than Gyms?

The trials celebrate the significant bond between a pokemon and their trainer. A good example is the first trial where Illima tasks the trainer to find Alolan Rattata that are hiding in small caves in a cavern. At first glance this may seem like a time wasting task, but it’s critical to look at what can be learned by exploring Rattata’s environment.

The first trial has a trainer explore a cave in search of Alolan Rattata

It can be argued that crawling through a cave and finding Rattata does nothing to add your pokemon skills, but in the pokemon world, the experience of learning a Pokemon’s natural living environment and behaviors is helpful information to foster a meaningful and caring relation between a trainer and pokemon. A trainer who can be in tuned with their Pokemon’s needs, behaviors, and natural instincts is more likely to create a stronger bond which in the long run will make for a well rounded trainer capable of training a variety of pokemon.

In the past badges were a great indicator that speak to a trainer’s ability to create an effective team to defeat a gym leader. Trials on the other hand are the rite of passage and relate more to the situations a trainer will face along the journey to become the very best; a more telling and enriching accomplishment.

Witness The Creation Of The Pokemon League

In Alola, the trainer will witness the creation of the first pokemon league. The first of its kind in Alola to be exact. A trainer may be able to challenge it once they become a mastered trainer. This game event is quite exciting because it entails a trainer engaging in the creation of the league.

The act of defeating the league is among the highest achievements in pokemon games and allowing a trainer to be part of the creation of the league speaks to the franchise’s gratitude to all pokemon trainers that without their support, pokemon would not be celebrating 20 years of success.

Battle Legends

In Pokemon Sun and Moon battle some of the most recognizable trainers from the franchise. Two of the most iconic being Red and Blue from the original first games of the pokemon gaming series. Red has appeared in other games like Pokemon Gold and Silvertheir respective remakes, and in Pokemon Black and White through the Word Tournament Arena events. Blue and Red’s return to series is the icing on the cake as they represent the journey of every pokemon trainer to become the best there ever was.

Red and Blue, Pokemon's most iconic trainers from the Kanto region are in Alola and they are ready to battle!
Red and Blue, Pokemon’s most iconic trainers from the Kanto region are in Alola and they are ready to battle!

From the trailer it can be seen that the trainer will get an opportunity to challenge Red and Blue to a battle. Nothing further is known as to why they make an appearance in the Alola region. Furthermore, it’s speculated that they may be unlock-able teammates to be scouted through the Battle Tree challenge that also revealed that a player can challenge other famous trainers from different regions like fan favorite Champion Cynthia from Pokemon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum. Wally from Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire makes an appearance as a challenge-able trainer. In the Battle Tree you can even scout trainers to fight in tag team battles. The hopes is that if you can challenge Red and Blue that they too can be scouted to join you in your endeavor to become a pokemon master!

Because Red and Blue are among the most iconic trainers from the Pokemon universe, its the icing on the cake in the spirit of celebrating 20 years of Pokemon.2520

Friends Till The End

In Pokemon Sun and Moon, the Poke Pelago helps to further build and strengthen your bond with pokemon. The Pelago paradise is comprised of different isle that help your pokemon grow, train, play and collect items for you like poke beans and evolution stones.

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The Poke Pelago is in many ways the perfect feature to ensure that every pokemon caught has a meaningful relationship with their trainer as they work together through different activities to aid in fostering a positive lifetime of bonding.

The direction of Pokemon Sun and Moon is deeply rooted on the pokemon journey. A journey that time after time, trainers take when they play a main pokemon series game. Some go as far as to replay the entire story by challenging themselves with a different starter and a new pokemon team. The experience is always new and refreshing because the journey can be experienced in many ways. The games have replay-ability because the journey through these 20 years of Pokemon can be experienced in challenging and most importantly meaningful ways which make the franchise an exciting series to play.

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