Pokémon News Press
The Pokémon News Press (Japanese: ポケモン新聞社 Pokémon Newspaper Company) is a small building located in Solaceon Town. It is run by two people, who create and print the Sinnoh region's newspaper. The Pokémon News Press is tiny, containing only a TV and a desk, with a writing pad and a computer, but the newspaper has many fans. One of the men asks the player each day to show him a different Pokémon the player has already seen, awarding Poké Balls if the request is granted. In Platinum, he will also award a Heart Scale for showing a Pokémon.
There are featured top stories of the newspaper on the computer called the "Weekly Poké Ball Roundup". They are featured articles on new types of Poké Balls:
"Dark caves and streets unlit at night are forbidding places to go. If you're threatened by the dark, a supply of Dusk Balls is your biggest ally! Use them in the dark for the best Pokémon-catching performance! Keep the dark at bay on your travels with Dusk Balls!"
"Catching Pokémon is best accomplished by whittling the target's HP down as low as possible, then tossing a Ball. But a Pokémon caught that way can't be used in battle right away. That's where the Heal Ball comes in handy. You can lower the target's HP bar to red, put it to sleep, or paralyze it. The Heal Ball instantly heals whatever ails the Pokémon it catches! That's the Pokémon-friendly Heal Ball! Please, do give it a try!"
"When attempting to catch a Pokémon, you want to cut the target's HP. But a fleet-footed Pokémon could bolt if you take too much time. The Quick Ball is the solution to that dilemma. It's designed to work best when thrown right at the start of battle! The Quick Ball: the perfect gift for the impatient Trainer!"
"The Pokémon of the mothering sea aren't like the others. If you are brave enough to face such intimidating Pokémon, the Dive Ball is perfect for you. For Pokémon you meet in the sea, and for Pokémon caught fishing... The Dive Ball is the Poké Ball you can count on!"
There is a news reporter at the desk writing an article about a certain Pokémon. He wants a "Pro Pokémon Catcher" to help him write the article by giving him the certain Pokémon to see. The man asks the player each day to see a different Pokémon in order to write his article. The Pokémon he asks for are always Pokémon that the player has already seen or caught. The player has until the end of the day to catch and show him the chosen Pokémon he asks for. In return, he rewards the player with a Heart ScalePt and three of a random Poké Ball:
- Poké Ball
- Great Ball
- Ultra Ball
- Luxury Ball
- Net Ball
- Dive Ball
- Nest Ball
- Repeat Ball
- Timer Ball
- Heal Ball
- Dusk Ball
- Quick Ball
All types of the Poké Balls available in the Sinnoh-based games are available, except for Master Balls, Premier Balls, Cherish Balls, Safari Balls, and Park Balls.
This is the only way to obtain Dive Balls in Diamond and Pearl without using Pal Park.
In the manga
Diamond & Pearl chapter
The Pokémon News Press appeared in Knowledge of the Unown I, being run by a Belle & Pa, with Pa being the editor-in-chief. Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum arrived at their office after Pa had taken a photograph of them without their permission. He and Belle explained that their actual target for the photo had been a pair of Unown floating near them. Belle & Pa thought they were new and previously unknown Pokémon and published the photo on a paper, but were dismayed when Platinum not only casually identified the Pokémon, but also listed various details about it.
In Knowledge of the Unown II, after encountering some more Unown at the Solaceon Ruins, Platinum was approached by Belle & Pa again, but she refused to tell them anything about the Unown in order to let the Symbol Pokémon live undisturbed. Pearl, however, was left annoyed when he found out that the paper had published a manga based on his and Diamond's manzai routine. The next day, in Canalave City, Professor Rowan was offered an issue of the Pokémon News Press, but he considered the publication not worth his time and refused it, missing the photo featuring Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum on the front page.
In Double Trouble with Dialga and Palkia V, Belle & Pa were seen at Iron Island, having been sent there by the distortion of time and space caused by Dialga and Palkia's fight at the Spear Pillar.
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