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Berri, the Traveling Ranger of Hoenn joins the PWT

PPL_VeryBerri Final

As our first announced leader we are proud to present Berri, the Traveling Ranger!

Harkening back to the Rangers she learned from after saving her shiny swablu from poachers near Sootopolis, Berri has travelled to Prime’s PWT to represent the Rangers of Hoenn.

Your friendly neighborhood water vendor here: I’ve heard that Berri’s still a little green, not to mean that she’s gonna be a pushover! But that her pokemon take after her love of nature. Bring yourself a campfire to stay warm, and I’m sure you’ll be fine. And if you can defeat her, you’ll earn the Primal badge!

Berri-Primal Badge final

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THANK YOU PAX EAST 2012!

The PAX East Pokemon League 2012 is over, and gym leaders and elite four members have returned to their respective corners of the globe. There will be more news and reviews and photos coming soon (after we recover from all the excitement), but I’m sure I echo the sentiments of all of the other leaders when I say thank you, thank you, THANK YOU so much to all of the challengers who battled hard and took the PPL challenge! Without you all this wouldn’t be possible, and whether you defeated the champion or your Pokemon journey is only just beginning, I hope you’ll continue to participate in the future!

Thanks again!

-Propriety

P.S.: If you want to reconnect with your rival or fellow challengers or gym leaders you battled, check out our forums!

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Meetup Times!

Yo! Champ-in-making! With PAX fast approaching, I’ll bet you want to know the best way to hunt down those elusive gym leaders who will be wandering PAX, so you can prove yourself in battle and earn their badge! Well, I’ve got the scoop: tons of gym leaders will be attending the official PAX Pokemon League Meetups! These meetups are the best way to find that elusive leader you’re missing, or to find and challenge your rival!

Meetups will be held in the Handheld lounge (@handheldlounges):

Friday at 4 PM

Saturday at 4 PM

Sunday at 3 PM

Also, after PAX is officially over, come by the Champion Showcase, which will be held on Sunday at 6:30 PM (on the mezzanine of the Westin Hotel, attached to the convention center). There will be plenty of gym leaders to challenge for last-minute badges, prizes for champions, group photos, and all sorts of shenanigans.

See you at PAX!

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Rival Cards Final Designs Revealed!

After much designing, deliberation, and debate, the League is proud to present the final designs for the PAX Pokemon League Rival Challenge at PAX East 2012!

Sample Rival Cards for varying skill levels; Blue Cards are oriented toward Casual players, who are new to the game or are focused less on making their teams competitive, and more on making them fun and quirky. Green Cards are oriented toward Intermediate players, who may play with their favorites but have a competitive edge. Red Cards are for the most hardened veterans who want a merciless challenge that will put their team to the competitive test!

The design has been improved and streamlined since our earlier prototype, thanks to the tireless work of Morganstern and the annoying nitpicking of Propriety, combined with the glorious gym leader portraits made by Nyankokimi, Coco (a.k.a Leaf), and Gingerstik. Aren’t they beautiful?

A reminder on how the Rival Challenge system works:

After you battle against your first gym leader (no matter which one you challenge), that leader will bestow upon you a Rival Card. This card will act as your trainer card at PAX (be sure to sign in the box where it says “Your Name!”); it contains information such as official League Rules, meetup times, contact information for the League, and a set of gym leaders recommended for your skill level. Wise use of this information will help maximize your PAX Pokemon League enjoyment!

Also, notice the “Match Item” in the upper left hand corner of the card. If you find another challenger with the same match item on their card, you may both visit a Gym Leader to be declared Rivals! (You should sign each other’s cards in the box where it says “Rival’s Name!”)

Rival Points:

Once per day of PAX (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday), you can visit a Gym Leader with your Rival to declare a Rival Challenge. The Gym Leader will offer you special rules for your challenge match to follow. (If either your or your Rival can’t fulfill the requirements of the challenge, just let the leader know and they’ll come up with a different set of rules.) Once your match is over, report the results to the Gym Leader and you’ll both be rewarded a Rival Point on your card!

Rival Badge:

Those who are steadfast in the pursuit of their Rivals and earn three Rival Points by challenging them all three days of PAX will receive a special Rival Challenge badge!

This badge counts toward the eight badges you need to challenge the Elite Four! The gym leader who gives you your third Rival Point will award you the badge. Remember, you don’t have to defeat your rival all three days to earn the badge; you just have to challenge them all three days, and/or jump out and surprise them whenever they come out of the bathrooms. (Please do not jump out and surprise them when they’re coming out of the bathrooms.)

Rivals and the Champion:

While Rivals may be at odds with each other during their league journey, there comes a time to put grudges aside in the face of a greater challenge. If you or your Rival can defeat the Champion, you’ll both be rewarded… so even if you were bitter enemies, be sure to cheer them on in the end!

Reminder about Suggested Gym Leaders: 

The gym leader who issues you your Rival Card will do her or his best to match you up with the appropriate level card. Blue cards are for Casual-level players, Green are for Intermediate-level, and Red are for Veteran-level players. Each level card will match you up not only with a Rival of your approximate skill level, but will also suggest gym leaders who would likely be at a good level for you. However, these are only suggestions! Challengers can, and are in fact encouraged to, challenge any and all gym leaders! If you see a leader wandering around, we suggest you go ahead and challenge them, even if they’re not on your card, because ultimately the PPL isn’t about winning or losing. It’s about having fun!

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Eight gym leaders have been revealed… all good Pokemon trainers should know what that means… Who are these shadowy figures, waiting at the very pinnacle of the PAX Pokemon League?

They are…

not going to be revealed yet! Why? Because we have MORE GYM LEADERS to reveal! That’s right! At PAX East 2012, there will be not eight, not sixteen, but approximately TWENTY* gym leaders for you to challenge, each with their own unique strengths and weaknesses.

The mysterious Elite Four will be revealed a few weeks before PAX. Until then, we’ve got more gym leaders coming your way, with increasing swiftness! Check back often!

 

 

 *As long as none of them gets eaten by wild Stunfisk.

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Introducing Rival Cards!

Yo! Heading to PAX to challenge the League, huh? Were you really invited, with those pokemon? Let me give you some advice: while working on my Pokédex, I looked all over for powerful Pokémon! Not only that, I assembled teams that would beat any Pokémon type! But the most important thing was having a strong rival to keep me sharp! Well, I’d better split before I catch loser-itis! 

Smell ‘Ya Later.
-Blue

You’re not the only one on the road to being a PAX Pokemon League champion, and this year at PPL East 2012, your skills are going to get honed even further by your Rival – a challenger just like you!

Rival System:
After your first league gym challenge, you’ll receive a Rival Card. This card will contain information such as league rules and contact information, meetup times, and Gym Leaders recommended for your skill level. Also on this card will be a picture of a “Match Item.” If you find another challenger with the same match item on their card, you may both visit a Gym Leader to be declared Rivals.

A Sample Rival Card. Design subject to change. Wait, who is that second leader...?

Rival Points:
Once per day, you can visit a Gym Leader with your Rival and declare a Rivalry Challenge. The Gym Leader will give you special rules your challenge match will have to follow. (If your team cannot fulfill the requirements of the challenge, just let the leader know.) Participating in a match will get you a Rival point on your card.

Rival Badge:
If you get all three Rival Points by battling your rival each day of PAX, you will both receive a special Rival Badge. This special badge will count towards the eight badges required to challenge the Elite 4 and the Champion.

Rivals and the Champion:
While Rivals may be at odds with each other during their league journey, there comes a time to put grudges aside in the face of a greater challenge. If you or your Rival can defeat the Champion, you will both receive a fabulous prize, so be sure to cheer them on at the end!

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Official Rules!

Attention all PAX Pokemon League Challengers! After much debate (much, MUCH debate) in the hallowed halls of the Pokemon League, we have finally come to a consensus on the final rules for the PAX Pokemon League Challenge at PAX East 2012! Check out the “Rules” page for full details. Those who don’t follow the rules may be stripped of their badges, banned from participating and/or given a swift kick in the pants! You have been warned!

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ALERT: PAX East 2012 Passes now on sale!

Exciting news! Passes for PAX East 2012 are now on sale:

http://bit.ly/PAXregforum

All trainers who want to challenge the league are encouraged to get their passes ASAP, before they sell out!

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League Update!

Leader application season is over, and we’ve finally decided to extend invitations to those applications that stood out! There were many more applications than leader spots open, so if you applied and were unfortunately not chosen, we hope you’ll still enjoy challenging the league!

There’s a lot of things going on behind the scenes. Aside from all the chaos of bringing new leaders up to speed, we are planning many amazing things behind the scenes. There’s the craft project for some amazing unique (seasonal, too!) prizes that you saw last time. There’s badge designs, leader information, and plenty more that we’ll be able to show off to you. Needless to say, this is going to be the biggest league yet, so spread the word!

This site is still a work in progress, but keep coming back here for tidbits about the league, the prizes, and most importantly – the leaders!

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What’s this restraint thing?

That's a large crate.

That's just the colored paint.

Happy East- Oh wait, that’s not for another seven months, is it. Well, we’re already preparing, and one of the surprises we’re going to be showing off is already in-production. Oh, I’m sure some of you can guess where this is going, but the final reveal will still be one for the record books. Let’s just say that if you don’t go to PAX East next year, you’ll be missing out!

That said, there’s only one week left for people to submit their applications to become a gym leader. We normally wait until PAX 3-day passes are on-sale before leaders are finalized, but this year the demand was quite high! We’ve already received dozens of applications and we love everyone who applies! Are you ready to join our ranks?

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