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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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]


Feel Guilty No More: ‘Pokemon’ ‘Sun’ and ‘Moon’ Ends PC Asylum

The Pokemon Company has released a new Pokemon Sun and Moon trailer showcasing new Pokémon, playable demo, the return of some old features and so much more!

Out of all the information presented, Poke Pelago stands tall as a game changing feature.

  • What is Poke Pelago you ask?

It’s a pokemon paradise that is comprised of different Isles that focus on developing your bond with pokemon, training, and collecting rare items.

Why Is Poke Pelago A Game Changer?

As it always has been, there is the unfortunate depositing of hundreds of pokemon into the PC as one progresses through a pokemon game. The pack only allows for 6 pokemon and most of the time only 5 because a slot always goes to that special first starter that most can’t ever imagine depositing into the PC on the first play through of the game. Poke Pelago seems to be the perfect solution to the PC prison that will have an exciting new fresh take on old features.

Feel Guilty No More, Poke Pelago Is Here!

Feel guilty no more. In Pokemon Sun and Moon, no longer will Pokemon rot away in a PC prison like it has in the past.

PC Pokemon can now enjoy the Poke Pelago paradise which consist of different Isle respectively known as Isle Abeens, Isle Aphun, Isle Evelup, and one unnamed island that did not get highlighted in the trailer. It seems that with this introduction, the Pokemon company has finally changed the formula to keep our poke-pals happier rather than be imprisoned in pokeballs until a trainer decides to make use of them-if ever.

Poke Pelago Isles
Poke Pelago Isles

Poke Pelago will allow Pokemon in the PC to gain experience, find treasures, increase stats and so much more. Here is a breakdown of each of the isle and what we know so far about this much needed feature.

Isle Abeens

In Isle Abeens, Pokemon from the PC work together to collect Pokebeans which are the equivalent of the previous food item Pokepuffs from Pokemon X and Y and Omega Rubyand Alpha Sapphire. As your pokemon collect beans, the Pokemon website states that apparently “visiting pokemon may sometimes choose to join your party”. In this instance visiting pokemon meaning wild pokemon. It suggest that as your pokemon collect beans they will gain aid from wild pokemon interested in the activity. Once a visiting Pokemon’s message bubble displays a heart icon, it increases the chances of that pokemon to join the party.

Give your Pokemon Tender, Care, and Love and wild pokemon will join you!
Give your Pokemon Tender, Care, and Love and wild pokemon will join you!

It seems that Pokemon has really been working on the importance of building a bond and strong relationships with pokemon. The Isle of Abeens is a feature that seeks to foster and present these ideals perfectly by treating your pokemon well through games and attracting pokemon that see your potential to be a pokemon trainer that they want to become friends with.

Isle Aphun

In Isle Aphun, your pokemon work together and explore a cave in search of treasure. In what has been revealed, some of these treasures can include evolutionary stones. An interesting description found on the official Pokemon Sun and Moon websites says that,“once you develop it (Isle Aphun), you may be able to obtain valuable items.” This is still unclear in a sense because it can be understood as upgrading an Isle or discovering an Isle.

Search Isle Aphun Caves for rare treasure
Search Isle Aphun Caves for rare treasure

It perhaps means that a player may initially only start with one or two Isles to get the ball rolling and the more the Isle are utilized by your pokemon; the more of the likelyhood of unlocking new Isles and new items

Isle Evelup

In this Isle it seems that pokemon spend time training and growing their levels. Furthermore, Mohn, the caretaker of the Poke Pelago Isle sales stat and experience boosting drinks that increase your pokemon stats and experience depending on the drink purchased.

The smoothie drink seem to be work like that of the stat boosting items from previous installments such as HP Up, Protein, Carbos, and so on. Because the Isle shows that more than one pokemon can inhabit the Isle at any given time, it’s still not clear as to whether or not one drink affects the whole Isle or if a player has the option of giving the smoothie to a particular pokemon.

Purchase Stat and EXP boosting drinks for your Pokemon to help them grow in strength
Purchase Stat and EXP boosting drinks for your Pokemon to help them grow in strength

This Isle’s function resembles the previous Super Training feature from Pokemon X andY and Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. Super training focused on playing mini games to boost a certain stat with the ability to add stat boosting punching bags to increase the amount of a boost given to a particular stat.

Is Love In The Air In Poke Pelago?

Lastly there is an unknown Isle with waterfall characteristics that was unfortunately not highlighted in the trailer. As to what the Isle focuses on is still unclear but it can be inferred that because of how the other isles are set-up to use your PC pokemon, it will most likely be set-up in the same manner.

In taking a wild guess, maybe the Isle could be a Breeding Isle where pokemon can be paired or find partners to breed for pokemon eggs. There is no concrete evidence but because the Isle seem to take some old features that involve pokemon doing some sort of activity, a daycare Isle may make sense to the overall theme of building relationships and taking care of pokemon.

Written By Alberto Martinez (PokemonBreederBertii)


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Pokemon Question Of The Month

In Pokemon Sun and Moon Type: Null finally releases its true power by unmasking itself and evolving into Silvally!