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Leaks in abundance, so here's some more news for ya's.
Firstly, CoroCoro's July issue has a cover that gives away a mugshot of Keldeo's Resolution form, as seen here. Keldeo's appearance doesn't seem to change very much, as all that can be made out from that small image bit is that it's horn changes blue, and it's mane is longer. Those three colored strands of mane above it's horn is also a new change, quite obviously meant to represent a rainbow of colors. blehhhh
Another new area in BW2 has been revealed: "Sangi Town". Quite obviously, that's not translated. Rumor has it that it's the second town you'll encounter in the game, but this isn't confirmed yet. It is also said that Keldeo will be able to somehow change forms in said town. Since an event you can obtain early in the game will give ya a lv. 10 Keldeo, I definitely wouldn't doubt that Sangi Town is encountered very early in the game, so it being the second town on your adventure is very plausible.
Next, the Poke Transfer system of BW1 will also be used in BW2 for transferring your 'mons from your Generation 4 games. It's a good enough system in comparison to the ol' Pal Park, but I still honestly wish they would opt for including some sort of mass-transfer option... ._. They damn-well better have said feature in the sixth generation of games. =/
The Kami Trios' Sacred Beast forms are confirmed to switch between forms using an item. Whether this will be like Shaymin's Gracidea transformation or a hold item like Giratina, is not yet known. It's also unknown if you can obtain this form-changing item without needing the AR Searcher, since you will not be catching their alternate forms in BW2. If you end up needing the AR Searcher to get the item, I'll end up using my AR Max to get the item(s) anyways. ;D
Black Kyurem and White Kyurem have the abilities of Terravolt & Turboblaze respectively, mimicking the ability of the Tao dragon Kyurem also takes the appearance of. Almost anything is better than Pressure on an offensive (Underused...) monster like Kyurem, but I'm honestly not sure how this ability will benefit it at all in competitive battles.... Prevent Quagsire from walling it after it was baton passed a Shell Smash, maybe? >_>;
Just like with the Dream World, the Dream Radar (I guess I should stop calling it the AR Searcher...) can give ya items. I dearly hope that the Soul Dew is obtainable through both of them.
Finally, one bit of news that confirms nothing, but will be giving rise to some speculation. Quite a few BW2 guides will be coming out in Japan this summer; one of which, the "Perfect National Pokedex Guide", lists every single Pokemon from #0 (Victini) to #649 (Genesect). If this guide is meant to be released this summer, WITH Genesect being listed, this very strongly points towards Genesect being revealed very soon. This is most likely an accidental leak like much Pokemon merchandise unintentionally incurs. However, this does not at all confirm that Genesect will be released by the time this guide is. There have been guides that included non-obtainable event Pokemon that hadn't had their events so much as announced yet, so it's equally possible Genesect won't show it's face on our games for the entire year. But at this point, no one really news.
Quite a few leaks, yeah? But there's still more to come once this issue of CoroCoro is released.
Serebii bloody ninja'd me, and apparently there's a ton more news!
Keldeo's Resolution form's appearance has been completely revealed. Aside from the differences already mentioned in the last post, it doesn't seem to of changed all-that much.
It turns out that my speculation yesterday over being able to change Keldeo's form early in the game was entirely incorrect, as you must have the three other musketeers in your party to obtain Resolution form. The transformation apparently takes place in the forest outside Sangi town, and happens once Keldeo learns Secret Sword. Also, it seems the three colored strands of hair Keldeo gains in Resolution form is representative of the other musketeers' power, as seen on the left page of this image.
A few version exclusives have been confirmed. Magby and Buneary's evolution lines are exclusive to Black 2, while Elekid and Skitty's evolution lines are exclusive for White 2.
Not only has the terrain of routes changes quite a bit, but cities have notably changed in design as well.
Black City and White Forest are confirmed to still be in the game.
There's a specific cave that will be differently themed depending on your version. Black 2's is a simple cave based around water, while White 2's cave will be volcanic with magma you certainly won't be surfing in. You can see a screenshot of either cave on the right.
Elesa's Gym is now modeled after a fashion show. How this will effect the puzzle of the gym is currently unknown. It's also confirmed that she now has a Flaffy, as well as the fact that her new outfit looks incredibly stupid.
A "special" Piplup knowing Sing is to be released in a wi-fi event during BW2's release... Not really anythin' too special, really.
Meloetta does indeed unlock more things in BW2 than BW1. By showing it to a certain person in Castelia, you'll get a special Fes Mission. I've yet to cover the Fes Mission feature since information is sparse, but it's essentially the same as EntraLink. You can do various "missions" with friends, and get prizes for the work.
Dream Orbs obtained in the Dream World are apparently used to power the Dream Radar, so they aren't as worthless as they were before.
Another Pokemon confirmed to be catch-able in the DR is Porygon.
The item to change the Kami Trios' forms is revealed to be the "Reflecting Mirror". It's only obtainable by taking the Landorus captured in the DR to a particular area in-game. My guess would be the Abundance Shrine, but that's yet to be confirmed.
Finally, the Sacred Beast forms are confirmed to have a new ability each. Tornadus' form being primarily defensive, it gets the oh-so useful Regenerator. I immediately take back my disbelief over a Flying type being useful for walling. Thundurus gets Volt Absorb, which is definitely a great alternative to Prankster if you're not using Thunderwave. An extra immunity is always nice. Lastly, Landorus gets Intimidate, which definitely has it's pluses over Sheer Force.
Plenty of news, yeah? There won't be very much more however, since I will not be covering any info post-release. I've been incredibly adamant over spoilers since DP, so my coverage will be ending soon with BW2's release only 9 days away..
As mentioned, you can get a Porygon from it, so yes. You do capture more Pokemon than just the Kami trio.
Besides the weird fluffy things, which I don't think she always wears, I think Elesa's new outfit is hot.
And the version affected water/magma caves are cool. Ruby/Sapphire remakes confirmed! But srsly give me those damn remakes already.
??? (Preferably something fast since the rest of my team is slow)
I hope I win the speculation contest on Bulbagarden, which would win me a free import of Black 2/White 2. Otherwise I'll be forced to wait for the US release.
Last edited by Neosquid; 06-14-2012 at 05:34 PM.
That's the latest, and arguably the hardest speculation contest on Bulbagarden for B/W 2. If you wanted to compete, you could still probably post in the ones that are still open....
We've got a decent amount of more news on the way, thanks to the official BW2 site.
Firstly, a ton of screenshots have been released. If ya want to see some spoilers (and some of these are big spoilers), here ya go. Don't bother with any of the pictures not added 15/06/12.
Next, the Fes Missions of each version are apparently different. Likewise, Join Avenue's shops will have different stock 'n inventory depending on the version. It's kinda strange to see that they're making notable version differences for once.
The Xtransceiver now has minigames of sorts, not that this is at all important to anyone without a 3DS. Or me.
During one of the trailers, you may of noticed this image popping up. In BW2, there're are now "medals" to collect, which are essentially trophies/achievements for various things you've accomplished. These accomplishments can be anythin'; the amount of battles you've done, specific tasks given to you by the NPCs who have these medals, catching certain 'mons, etc. There're over 200 medals to nab, so that's definitely an interesting new aspect.
Also, you will obtain ranks from the "Medal HQ" in Castelia (a new building, obviously) depending on how many challenges you've currently bested. This rank will appear on your trainer card, along with any single medal you've earned that ya want to display. More customization options on trainer cards is always cool, I'd say.
A potentially important aspect for competitive battling is that it's been revealed how the Kami Trios' DW ability are obtained for their Incarnation forms. When transforming any of the trio into said Incarnation forms if they were caught with the DR with the Reflection Mirror, they will then have their DW ability. That means as soon as the Reflection Mirror is released (it may very likely be a non-event item obtained in-game), so are the three's DW abilities.
Speaking of the DR, it's been confirmed that any Pokemon caught with it will have their DW ability. It'd be stupid if that weren't the case, certainly.
Quite a bit of stuff pertaining to Keldeo. Resolution form is confirmed to only be active when Keldeo knows Secret Sword. Delete the move, and it reverts. This means that unlike say, Rotom in Platinum, Keldeo will 99% most likely remain in it's form change over wi-fi.
A special C-Gear skin has been announced; BW gets the "Usual" form on the skin, while BW2 gets Resolution form. The only reason I'm mentioning this is because, as you can see by the Resolution form skin, BW2 has a new C-Gear model.
Resolution form's official Sugimori art has also been released, so here ya go. The poster for Keldeo's movie also gives ya a good look at Resolution form.
The details of the event Piplup have been further revealed. I'll make a thread 'bout it, not that it's anythin' too exciting.
Lastly, the Gym Leader roster has been confirmed as follows: Cheren, Homika, Shizui, Burgh, Elesa, Skyla, Clay, Drayden. While I'm not entirely sure if that's the specific order (not sure why you'd battle Skyla before Clay), that may be the case. Whether or not the leaders of Striaton and Nacrene will be battle-able at any point is unknown, nor do we know if they'l even appear in the game or not like how Brycen will be a part of Pokewood. Perhaps they'l take part in the World Tournament, perhaps they'l be an optional battle, perhaps not...
A day after I said there'd be only shit for news remaining to cover, I get this...
I ain't got a clue what my first team for BW2 will be, but I'm sure as shit Lucario and an Eeveelution will make their way into it. I'll have to use Emboar as well, since I've yet to use it once in BW1.
My pre-release coverage of BW2 (read: unnecessarily lengthy restatement of everything serebii posts) is officially ending here, as spoilers I want no part of are abound and aplenty in serebii's BW2 news 'n such. Thus, if ya want to keep track of all the spoiler-happy junk, just check in on serebii.net daily.
While I stated I wouldn't be covering anythin' BW2 related from then on, I caught wind of the base stat changes for BW2 alternate forms by overhearing some Pokemon Online players... Have a look.
EDIT: Why the hell doesn't tab work on Wiichat... ._.
Tornadus ......................... 79___105__80___121__110__90
Thundurus ....................... 79 __.105__70___101__145__80
Landorus ......................... 89___145__90___.91___105_.80
Resolution Form Keldeo ....... 91___.72__.90___108__129_.90
Black Kyurem .................... 125 _.170_.100__.95___120_.90
White Kyurem ................... 125__120__90___.95___170_.100
HOLY MOTHER OF GOD BW KYUREM'S OFFENSIVE STATS
... As for the actual base stat changes, lemme go over that.
Tornadus loses 15 Atk and 15 Sp.A. In return, it gains 10 Def, 10 Sp.D, and 10 Spe. It didn't really get much bulkier... But that extra speed is still notable. A somewhat bulky tank that is naturally fast and has Regenerator? It might have some niche uses. Particularly walling Fighting types if those extra defenses allow it to take Stone Edges well enough.
Thundurus loses 10 Atk, which definitely hurts Hammer Arm's usability, as well as 10 Spe which is definitely not a good thing. However, that 20 base stat lost goes directly into his Sp.A, which makes 'em hit even more like a truck. I can see it having very much use in Ubers on a Scarf set, where all that speed might not be necessary. It might now have the strongest Thunder in the game, making it even scarier with the abundance of rain in Ubers.
Landorus loses 10 Sp.A which is unfortunate if it rocks Hidden Power, as well as 10 Spe. As a polar opposite to Thundurus, it's Atk gets those 20 points, making it's Earthquakes reaching Groudon-levels of destruction. The two Ground types ironically have the same base Spe, so Landorus will be the Drought-less Groudon of OU, no doubt. Walls beware this behemoth's STAB CB EQ.
Resolution form's stats aren't any different from Keldeo's Usual form... Which is disappointing and somewhat stupid. That certainly confirms that Keldeo-R won't be the Shaymin-S of BW2.
BW Kyurem's stats do nothing but increase, bar the offensive stat they aren't specializing in losing a laughable 10. Black Kyurem's Def increases by 10, and it's Attack increases by a monstrous 40... White Kyurem's Sp.D increases by 10, and it's Sp.A increases by 40. Kyurem's BST went from 660, 20 below the normal 680, to 700; intentionally 20 more than the usual 680 BST of Uber-caliber legendaries.
Aside from that, my prediction is that this huge increase in BST is what may put Kyurem into Ubers. 170 base stat STAB Blizzards are not gonna to be tolerated in any tier, whether or not a Pokemon with Snow Warning is available for use or not. While BW Kyurem are slightly less bulky than Reshiram and Zekrom in both defensive stats, it still has more HP. It hits EVEN harder, and has 5 more Spe just to troll the Tao duo.
Not to mention Specs Draco Meteors coming off of 170 Sp.A is just too much. What the hell can wall that, besides Blissey (whom could eat a STAB Outrage anyways)? Not any Steel type I know of. If this thing is allowed outside of Ubers, it'l be DPP OU all over again.
Competitive thoughts on these interesting base stat changes (... bar Keldeo lol)?