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The following is a list of articles that have been used as Featured Content on the Main page in the month of February 2012.

Wednesday February 1, 2012: None

There was no new Featured content for this day.

Thursday February 2, 2012: Wattson

Character of the day: Wattson

  • Wattson (Japanese: テッセン Tessen) is the Gym Leader of the Mauville City Gym. He specializes in Electric-type Pokémon, and gives away the Dynamo Badge to Pokémon trainers that successfully defeat him.
  • His title is "The cheerfully electrifying man!"
  • In the games, Wattson has the player run an errand to turn off the power generator in New Mauville. Once this is accomplished, he will reward the player's efforts with TM24 (Thunderbolt)
  • Wattson made his debut in the anime in Watt's with Wattson? where Ash challenged him and easily knocked out all of Wattson's Pokémon one after the other. This defeat left Wattson unmotivated and depressed, until he befriended a wild Electrike and helped Ash rescue a bunch of Electric-type Pokémon from Team Rocket. He then reappeared in Manectric Charge where his Electrike evolves into a Manectric and he and Ash have a rematch.
  • In the manga, Wattson accidentally mistakes Sapphire for a Donphan. He is later rescued by the young trainer, and he rewards her with a Dynamo Badge. He is rescued by Sapphire again when he is knocked into the sea by a Shedinja as he was fighting against Kyogre, and her Wailord comes to his aide.
  • He is the second out of four Electric-type gym leaders, and appears to be the oldest.

Friday February 3, 2012: Clamperl

Pokémon of the day: Clamperl


Saturday February 4, 2012: Foresight

Your move: Foresight

  • Foresight (Japanese: みやぶる Thought Read) is a non-damaging Normal-type move introduced in Generation II.
  • Foresight makes it so Ghost-type are affected by Normal and Fighting-type attacks, and it also erases all changes the target has made to their evasion stat.
  • Foresight had an accuracy of 100 in Generation II and III. In Generation IV it was made so it never failed. Generation V made it so Foresight can be reflected by Magic Coat.
  • In the Trading Card Game, Foresight has the user look at his or her opponent's hand, and shuffle a Trainer card back into his or her opponent's deck. It has only appeared on one card: Noctowl, under the name "Glaring Gaze."

Sunday February 5, 2012: Super Bowl special: Big Stadium

Super Bowl Sunday, Big Stadium

  • The Big Stadium is the playing area for several sports in Nimbasa City. Among these sports is American Football, upon which the Linebacker is based on.
  • Infielders play ball in the Big Stadium on Sundays.
  • Several items are given by Trainers, including Rare Candies, Ethers, and MooMoo Milks.
  • Games are played for hours at a time on the field, which places a bar blocking the field that disallows the player from entering the field at any time for the duration of the games.
  • In the anime, the football teams are known as the Gurdurrs and the Darmanitans, both the name of species of Pokémon.

Monday February 6, 2012: Happy Birthday: Mewtwo

Happy Birthday: Mewtwo


Tuesday February 7, 2012: Reshiram-EX

Pick a card, any card: Reshiram-EX

  • Reshiram  (Japanese: レシラムEX Reshiram EX) is a Fire-type Basic Pokémon-EX card. It is part of the Next Destinies expansion.
  • This card was one of the first six Pokémon-EX cards released in English within the Next Destinies expansion. It was released in the Reshiram-EX Battle Strength Deck in Japan.
  • Brave Fire causing damage to Reshiram-EX mimics Zekrom's Bolt Strike attack much in the same way Zekrom-EX's Strong Volt attack mimics the first Reshiram's Blue Flare attack.
  • This card was given a currently English exclusive Full Art card not yet released in Japan.
  • The regular print features artwork by Shizurow, while the Full Art print features artwork by 5ban Graphics.
  • It will be reprinted as a promotional card in the EX Tins releasing March 2012.

Wednesday February 8, 2012: Wednesday

It's Wednesday, all day

Let's take a look at some of the exciting things you can do today in the main series games.


Thursday February 9, 2012: Articuno

Pokémon of the day: Articuno


Friday February 10, 2012: Evolutionary Stones

Trainer's guide: Evolutionary stones


Saturday February 11, 2012: Stealth Rock

Your move: Stealth Rock

  • Stealth Rock (Japanese: ステルスロック Stealth Rock) is a Rock-type move introduced in Generation IV.
  • It creates an entry hazard that damages Pokémon switching in by an amount dependent on their type.
  • Stealth Rock is removed from the side of the field of a Pokémon that uses Rapid Spin or a Pokémon targeted by Defog.
  • It is the only entry hazard that will always hit Flying-type or Levitating Pokémon.
  • Stealth Rock's first and only appearance in the anime was in Shapes of Things to Come!, wherein it was used by Roark's Onix.
  • Stealth Rock has appeared only once in the Pokémon Trading Card Game. Probopass from the Platinum expansion was able to do 30 damage to any of the opponent's Pokémon using Stealth Rock.

Sunday February 12, 2012: Mighty Mewtwo

Have you got yours yet?: Mighty Mewtwo

  • Today is Mewtwo Day! Less than a week after its in-game birthday, Mewtwo is being distributed through the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection to English-language Pokémon Black and White cartridges.
  • The distribution officially begins today, February 12, and continues for two weeks until February 26. However, an unexpected early release has allowed it to be obtained February 10 or 11, depending on the time zone.
  • This is only the second Mewtwo distribution ever — the first was exclusive to Japanese games last year. The Pokémon distributed was virtually identical to this Mewtwo, with the differences only being the OT and ID number.
  • Holding a King's Rock and Premier Ribbon, contained in a Cherish Ball, and with the Ability Pressure, this Mewtwo is at level 70.
  • Mighty Mewtwo, as it is known, boasts the moveset Psystrike/Shadow Ball/Aura Sphere/Electro Ball. Although the latter cannot be learned any other way, and two other moves cannot be obtained until Mewtwo is at very high levels, don't forget the classic Psychic/Recover/Amnesia/Elemental moveset.


Monday February 13, 2012: Giratina and the Sky Warrior

Feature Presentation: Giratina and the Sky Warrior

  • Giratina and the Sky Warrior (Japanese:ギラティナと氷空花束 シェイミ Giratina and the Sky's Bouquet: Shaymin) is the eleventh feature film in the Pokémon franchise and stars the Pokémon, Giratina and Shaymin.
  • This film was the second in the movie trilogy of the Diamond and Pearl series, following The Rise of Darkrai, and followed by Arceus and the Jewel of Life. It is the only movie in the trilogy not to have the appearance of Palkia.
  • This film marked the debut of Giratina and Shaymin, as well as Giratina's Origin Forme and Shaymin's Sky Forme.
  • The film premiered in Japan on July 19, 2008, and viewers that pre-ordered their tickets received a special Regigigas, while all viewers could receive the event-exclusive Shaymin that could be used to receive a Gracidea flower in Pokémon Platinum.
  • The film premiered on Cartoon Network in the United States on February 13, 2009 and on Jetix in the United Kingdom on May 23, 2009. Players of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl in the US, Europe, and South Korea could obtain the same Regigigas and Shaymin in various stores.
  • A Japanese TCG Commemoration set was released alongside the movie, featuring many of the Pokémon appearing in the film.

Tuesday February 14, 2012: Valentine's Special: Luvdisc

Love is in the air: Luvdisc


Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday February 15, 2012: Red Gyarados

Spotlight on: Red Gyarados


Thursday February 16, 2012: ExtremeSpeed

Your move: ExtremeSpeed


Friday February 17, 2012: Burgundy

Rival Rally: Burgundy

  • Burgundy (Japanese: カベルネ Cabernet) is a recurring character of the Pokémon anime. She is currently a C-Class Pokémon Connoisseuse, with the dream of becoming an S-Class Connoisseuse and opening up her own Connoisseuse Shop, as well as seeking revenge on Cilan.
  • She made her debut in A Connoisseur's Revenge pretending to be a high-class Connoisseuse. She evaluated Ash's party at the time and claimed he had horrible compatibility with them all, including Pikachu.
  • Burgundy battled Cilan prior to his journey and lost. After their battle, Cilan offered her some advice, which she took negatively and sought revenge against him.
  • She later reappeared during the Club Battle arc, taking part in the tournament in Nimbasa Town.
  • Burgundy is currently the only known rival for a traveling companion who collected badges. She is also the only rival of the male traveling companion.
  • Burgundy has the speaking habit of sprinkling mispronounced French-words and phrases into her sentences.

Saturday February 18, 2012: Rival Destinies

Season premier: Rival Destinies

  • Rival Destinies is the fifteenth season of the Pokémon anime, and premiered on February 18, 2012.
  • The season began with Enter Elesa, Electrifying Gym Leader! where Ash, Iris, and Cilan reunite with Bianca, and meet the Nimbasa City gym leader, Elesa. Bianca is reunited with her father and battles against Elesa to prove to him that she can take care of herself.
  • The gang will also meet up with Alder, Clay, Skyla, and the Kami Trio during this season.
  • This season marks the return of Dare da? in the Japanese.
  • The season was first revealed on an interview with John Loeffler where he stated that the new opening song is called "Rival Destinies".
  • What more does this season have in store? Stay tuned and find out!

Sunday February 19, 2012: Round

Your move: Round

  • Round (Japanese: りんしょう Round) is a damage-dealing Normal-type move introduced in Generation V.
  • Round starts with a power of 60, but if more Pokémon use the attack, it can reach a maximum power of 120.
  • Every Pokémon that can learn TMs can learn Round via TM48.
  • Round gets its name from the musical term, Round.
  • Pokémon with the Ability Soundproof are not affected by Round.
  • Round has been featured on three different cards in the Pokémon Trading Card Game: Palpitoad, Seismitoad, and Wigglytuff. The attack does damage for each of your Pokémon that have the Round attack.


Monday February 20, 2012: Blue Oak

Character of the day: Blue Oak

  • Blue Oak (Japanese: オーキド・グリーン Green Okido) is the second main character of the manga series Pokémon Adventures.
  • Blue debuts in the first round of the manga, A Glimpse of the Glow where he and his rival Red see a Mew in a Pallet Town forest.
  • He took part in dismembering the Team Rocket organization during the battle in Saffron City, where he, Red, and Green battled against Thu-Fi-Zer.
  • He is the grandson of Professor Oak. His birthday is November 22.
  • Because Blue Version and Green Version were released in different regions internationally, Blue and Green's names were swapped in the Pokémon Adventures manga to reflect the region's game. Blue shares this trait with his game counterpart, Blue.
  • His anime counter-part is Gary Oak.

Tuesday February 21, 2012: Mahogany Gym

Trainer's Guide: Mahogany Gym

  • The Mahogany Gym (Japanese: チョウジジム Chōji Gym) is the official gym of Mahogany Town in the Johto Region.
  • It is an Ice-type Gym with the Gym Leader Pryce. Trainers who defeat him receive the Glacier Badge.
  • The floors in the Mahogany Gym are coated in a thick layer of ice. The player must maneuver through the ice-maze in order to reach Pryce.
  • In the anime, the gym is assisted by Pryce's friend, Sheila.
  • In the manga, the Mahogany Gym features many ice sculptures which come to life with Pryce's illusions.

Wednesday February 22, 2012: Ursaring (Unleashed 89)

Pick a card, any card: Ursaring

  • Ursaring (Japanese: リングマ Ringuma) is a Colorless-type Stage 1 Pokémon Prime card featuring Ursaring. It is part of the Unleashed expansion.
  • It is the last of six Primes released in the Unleashed expansion, and last of four Primes released in the SoulSilver Collection.
  • Its Poké-BODY, Berserk, makes it so if Ursaring has damage counters on it, its attacks do 60 more damage before applying weaknesses and resistances.
  • The attack Hammer Arm forces the opponent to discard the card currently on top of their deck. Megaton Lariat does 60 damage and has no secondary effects.
  • This card features art by Wataru Kawahara.

Thursday February 23, 2012: Treecko (TFG)

Watch your figure: Treecko


Friday February 24, 2012: Space-Time Tower

Location, location, location: Space-Time Tower

  • The Space-Time Tower (Japanese: 時空 Space-Time Tower) is an anime-exclusive building located in Alamos Town in the Sinnoh Region.
  • The Tower was constructed by the architecht, Godey. It features two tall towers, the Space Tower, and the Time Tower, each housing large pendulums that pay tribute to Palkia and Dialga, respectively. It also features a smaller, narrower tower in between the larger Space and Time towers, which features a large mechanism that plays large music discs.
  • Godey originally constructed the tower after having a nightmare of Alamos Town being destroyed by Dialga and Palkia, in an attempt to calm their rage using the Tower's musical abilities to play the song, Oración.
  • The Tower features a large sculptural mural of Alicia playing a leaf whistle alongside a large group of Pokémon.
  • The Alamos Town Pokémon Contest is held inside the Tower.

Saturday February 25, 2012: EX Power Keepers

Spotlight on: EX Power Keepers

  • EX Power Keepers (Japanese: ワールドチャンピオンズパック World Champions Pack) is the name given to the sixteenth and final expansion of cards of the EX Series of the Pokémon Trading Card Game.
  • The set was released February 14, 2007 in North America, and July 5, 2007 in Japan.
  • EX Power Keepers is loosely based around the Hoenn Elite Four; Sidney, Phoebe, Glacia and Drake. They each have their own Stadium card, and the Pokémon-ex featured in the set are all Pokémon owned by them in the games.
  • With no Japanese set at the time to correlate with EX Power Keepers, many English exclusive cards were created, making this set the first since Team Rocket to use original cards created outside of Japan. As a result, many cards feature artwork by Ken Sugimori (as his Pokémon character images are used widely in other media and are readily available) plus background images edited with filter effects from various sources.
  • In Japan, the set was available only through the Pokémon Card Game website, in a similar fashion to the distribution of the Pokémon Web expansion. Released under the name of World Champions Pack, it was intended for Japanese players only so they would not be at a disadvantage at the 2007 World Championships.
  • The English release featured two Theme decks, Dark Blast and Mind Game.

Sunday February 26, 2012: Speed

The Daytona 500 is all about Speed!

  • The Speed stat determines how quickly a Pokémon can act in battle. Pokémon with higher speed will make a move before ones with lower speed under normal conditions.
  • Moves with an increased priority will go first in battle, regardless of a Pokémon's speed stat.
  • Deoxys in its Speed Forme currently holds the honor of having the highest Speed among all Pokémon with 180. Ninjask currently has the highest Speed of all non-legendary Pokémon with 160.
  • Shuckle and Munchlax are tied as the slowest Pokémon, each with a base speed of only 5.
  • There are 11 moves that can increase a Pokémon's speed in battle, and nine abilities. However, there are 14 moves, and two abilities that can lower it.
    • Notably, Speed Boost increases a Pokémon's speed one stage every turn.
    • Conversely, Slow Start halves a Pokémon's speed for five turns and Stall forces Pokémon to go last regardless of speed.
  • Carbos or Swift Wing can be used to permanently raise a Pokémon's speed stat.
  • Speed is also a performance stat used for the Pokéathlon.

Monday February 27, 2012: Anniversary of Pokémon

Anniversary edition: Welcome to the World of Pokémon

  • On February 27, 1996, Game Freak revealed their newest games, Red and Green.
  • The project took six years to make, and nearly drove the company into bankruptcy. Five employees left the company due to the lack of funding, and Satoshi Tajiri worked most nights unpaid.
  • Before Shigeru Miyamoto pitched in to help, the series was originally called Capsule Monsters.
  • The games exploded in Japan's market, and later spawned a Trading Card Game, and various manga series until later getting its very own cartoon series.
  • The series has since expanded to five generations of games, 15 seasons of the anime, hundreds of volumes of manga, and thousands of trading cards all across the world.
  • In celebration of the anniversary, all Generation I Pokémon species articles will feature their artwork from Red and Green Versions.
Happy 16th Anniversary to Pokémon!

Tuesday February 28, 2012: Who's that Pokémon? (Brutella)

Who's That Pokémon?!

  • I'm bipedal.
  • I'm definitely a female.
  • I'm mostly pink, with some white and red around.
  • I'm not as kind-hearted as you'd think I am.
  • I'm an old hag.
Give up?

Wednesday February 29, 2012: Pokémon Stadium

Pokémon battle: Pokémon Stadium

  • Pokémon Stadium (Japanese: ポケモンスタジアム2 Pokémon Stadium 2) is a Pokémon game for the Nintendo 64.
  • On this day in 2000, this game was released in North America.
  • This game is the first Pokémon Stadium game released outside of Japan; in Japan, this game was a sequel to a game whose name matched this game's English name.
  • By registering all 151 Pokémon in the Hall of Fame, the player can obtain a Psyduck with Amnesia.
  • In non-Japanese versions only, the player can obtain a Surfing Pikachu by completing the Master Ball division of the Round 2 Prime Cup using only Pokémon selected directly from the Game Pak, not saving the game during the challenge, and using a Pikachu in the final battle.
  • This game fixes many glitches related to moves in the handheld Generation I games.
  • Using the GB Tower option, main series Pokémon Game Boy games can be played on the TV screen.
  • The game has three major modes: Free battle, Stadium Mode, and Gym Leader Castle. Completing the latter two unlocks a battle with Mewtwo. Defeating this Mewtwo then unlocks "Round 2", where the player can complete the entire game again against the same opponents with different parties.