Welcome to Marriland.com!

Welcome to the new Marriland website! This Pokémon fansite has been around since 2000 in various forms, and after a brief hiatus, it has now relaunched. I have big plans for the site throughout 2019 in beyond, especially with Pokémon Sword & Shield right around the corner.

Look forward to the return of the Marriland Team Builder, the Marriland Pokédex, various Pokémon Walkthroughs and Guides, and lots more over the coming months! You can check out the site's Development Roadmap to get an idea of the timeline of all of the features coming to the site. In the meanwhile, I hope you will enjoy checking back regularly for new updates on the site as well as news about Pokémon!

Recent News and Updates

Sunday, November 21, 2021 at 6:27pm
Posted by Marriland
Bidoof's status screen

The Marriland Pokémon Team Builder tool as well as the Marriland Pokédex have been updated to support Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl! Apologies that it took a little bit longer than expected, but given the difficulty in supporting two separate pairs of versions where not every Pokémon or TM is available in each, it definitely took a bit of thought to settle on a good way to handle it!

Team Builder Updates

Although the Marriland Team Builder worked just fine for Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl even before this update, it would show an “unavailable in Sword/Shield” message next to any Pokémon in BDSP that wasn’t in Sword/Shield. With the update, when in Gen. 8 mode, it will show a ✅ for either BDSP or Sword/Shield if it is available in that game or a ❌ if it is not.

This should hopefully make it easier to see if your desired team is compatible with either game at a glance!

Hopefully there are no problems with this update, but if there are, feel free to reach out to me on Twitter to let me know so I can fix them as soon as possible!

Pokédex Updates

The Marriland Pokédex has been updated to handle Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl as well. For Pokémon that exist in both games, you’ll find a toggle to switch between its learned moves for BDSP or for Sword/Shield; for Pokémon that exist only in one set of games, it will only show moves for those games.

Locations for Pokémon in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are not yet added to the Pokédex. Apologies for that! They should be in a future update, but having access to the learned moves was something very important to add right away.

There will likely be a few bugs or problems that spring up from this update, so if you spot any, please feel free to reach out to me over on Twitter and I will try to get them fixed!

Walkthrough Coming Next

Now that these very important updates are done, the next step for the Marriland website is to begin work on the Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl walkthrough! I hope to have it started within the next day or two and will be sure to update it frequently. Again, thank you for your patience, and I hope that the content for the Marriland website will help you enjoy Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl!

Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 11:08pm
Posted by Marriland

It’s official: Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl are now released and available worldwide for the Nintendo Switch! These games are remakes of the original Pokémon Diamond & Pearl for the Nintendo DS, except with enhanced graphics, more modern gameplay, and more quality of life improvements.

The Marriland website is in the process of updating the Team Builder and Pokédex to add in support for Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl and these updates should be up fairly soon. Additionally, the Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Walkthrough section of the website will begin soon as well to help get you through the game.

Look forward to these upcoming site updates and have fun with Brilliant Diamond and/or Shining Pearl!

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at 1:17pm
Posted by Marriland
Charizard from the Booster Pack art with the Sword & Shield Brilliant Stars logo

The next Pokémon TCG set, Sword & Shield—Brilliant Stars, has been announced and it brings forth a new mechanic, Pokémon VSTAR, which are similar to Pokémon VMAX in that they evolve from Pokémon V, but they grant just 2 Prize cards to the opponent when they’re knocked out instead of the 3 for VMAX, and they also all have a special VSTAR Power, which is either an Ability or attack which can only be used once per game (on any of your VSTAR, not just the one using it), similar to the old GX attacks.

Sword & Shield—Brilliant Stars Logo

The main set has 174 cards in it (not including secret rares), including Arceus VSTAR, Charizard VSTAR, Shaymin VSTAR, and Whimsicott VSTAR. There are also the following numbers of cards within the set:

  • 20 Pokémon V and 15 full-art Pokémon V
  • 3 new Pokémon VMAX
  • 22 Trainer cards and 6 full-art Supporter cards
  • 1 new Special Energy card, Turbo Boost Energy

Additionally, there’s 30 additional cards inside of the Trainer Gallery special subset, which each feature artwork of well known Trainers along with Pokémon.

Friday, October 15, 2021 at 5:32pm
Posted by Marriland

The collaboration between The Pokémon Company International and Universal Music Group has finally culminated into the release of Pokémon 25: The Album, which is now released digitally and physically. As previously reported, here is the final tracklist:

  1. Katy Perry—Electric
  2. Jax Jones—Phases (with Sinead Harnett)
  3. Mabel—Take It Home
  4. Lil Yachty—Believing
  5. J Balvin—Ten Cuidado
  6. Cyn—Wonderful
  7. Vince Staples—Got ‘Em
  8. Louane—Game Girl
  9. Tierra Whack—Art Show
  10. Post Malone—Only Wanna Be With You (Pokémon 25 Version)
  11. Yaffle—Reconnect (feat. Daichi Yamamoto & AAAMYYY)*
  12. Mabel—Take It Home (ZHU Remix)*
  13. Cyn—Wonderful (ZHU Remix)*
  14. Vince Staples—Got ‘Em (ZHU Remix)*

*Digital album only

Additionally, there are several pieces of merchandise available from the virtual pop-up store website.

You can read more about this album and the P25 Music project in the press release, quoted down below.

Friday, October 8, 2021 at 7:38pm
Posted by Marriland

Today marks the release of the special Pokémon TCG set, Celebrations, which come in 4-card packs contained within special Celebrations-themed products. You can see a YouTube video featuring some of these products above, which Pokémon were kind enough to send me for review.

Celebrations Logo

This set is meant to commemorate Pokémon’s 25th anniversary and, in addition to the set itself containing numerous “pairs” of legendary Pokémon across all of the Generations—with Pikachu and Mew representing Generation 1, and with Cosmog and Cosmoem both present in Generation 7—it also contains the Classic Collection subset within, which features special Pokémon 25 stamped reprints of iconic, classic cards throughout the series of the Pokémon Trading Card Game, including many cards that left an impact either for competitive players or for old-school collectors.

These products have various other bonuses in them depending on which you get, such as promo cards, figures, coins, binders, and more. A previous post here on Marriland outlines all of these items along with their MSRP so you can figure out which products provide the best value.

Additionally, two new V Battle Decks have been released today—the Rayquaza V and the Noivern V Battle Decks. These each contain a full 60-card prebuilt deck that is ready to play right out of the box and are a good starting point for new players looking to get into the game. Pictures of these can be found down below.

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