The capital will be getting a new ‘pop up’ Pokémon Centre to supply fans with all the Pokémon merchandise they could ever need. New York already has a huge permanent store and smaller outlets across Japan and Singapore, but it the London venue will be temporary, much like the Pokémon Centre that opened in Paris for just three weeks.
The new store will be open from October 18th through November 15th and will be situated within the huge Westfield shopping centre in Shepherd’s Bush (W12 7GF). “It’ll feature Pokémon Center branded products as well as exclusive products not found anywhere else in the world,” report serebii.net.
To promote the new store we have a super cute Pikachu wearing a Bowler hat.
The store will no doubt promote this year’s main Pokémon games, Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, which feature a fictional version of the United Kingdom.
The new games include three new Pokemon which are Alcremie, Yamper, Rolycoly., and Duraludon. Alcremie is a tiny fairy type creature that looks like it is made of cream. Well, it kind of is and in lore chefs use the cream produced by Alcremie to sweeten desserts. Yamper is an electric puppy creature that generates electricity by running around. It has the ability Ball Fetch where Yamper will retrieve the first failed ball thrown at a wild Pokemon, as long as Yamper isn’t holding anything.
RolyColy is a coal rock type Pokemon and has the ability Steam Engine. If it gets hit by fire or water attacks its speed will increase. In lore, RolyColy was popular before electricity as coal would drop off its body allowing people to heat their homes. It is still used now as its eye acts like a torch in dark areas. Duraludon is a steel/dragon type Pokemon and it doesn’t appear to have a special ability. It’s 5’11’ though so will be quite imposing. In lore, Duraludon is susceptible to rusting and often fights Tyranitar for territory.
Pokémon Sword & Shield is out on November 16th 2019 for the Nintendo Switch. Click here for more on the game.