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Artist reimagines Pokemon Sword & Shield’s starters as different types

Published: 23/Jan/2020 1:10

by Brent Koepp


A talented artist shared their concept of what Pokemon’s Gen VIII starters would look like if they were a different type, reimagining Sword & Shield in a whole new way.

Pokemon Sword & Shield dropped in November 2019, and saw players exploring the U.K. inspired Galar region as they battled their way to becoming the champion.

However, if you’ve ever wondered what the game would look like if the starter Pokemon – Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble – were different types, a skilled artist made it a reality.

Grookey, Scorbunny and Sobble Pokemon Sword & Shield starters
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
The starter Pokemon for Sword & Shield were Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble.

Gen VIII starters reimagined

Every title in Nintendo’s popular RPG series begins with players getting a starter Pokemon, as they began their journey by choosing one from the three types of grass, water, and fire.

However, artist ‘ill_be_Frank_wit_you‘ shared their reimagining of the Sword & Shield starter types on Reddit, making Grookey a fire monkey, Scorbunny a water rabbit, and finally Sobble a grass frog.

While some fans were not happy with the final evolutions of Gen VIII’s starters, the artist’s concept looks incredible, and especially makes Rillaboom look absolutely menacing. Although, we do have some questions about a bunny having fins.

Gen 8 starter Pokémon type swap redesigned by me! from pokemon

The poster’s submission was a big hit with the community, and went viral with over 16,000 upvotes on the social media platform since being posted on January 20.

This isn’t the first time the artist has recreated starters, and has uploaded several jaw-dropping redesigns that cleverly swap the types out for another which drastically changes the way the monsters look.

Back in 2017, the Redditor also uploaded his take on Red & Blue’s final evolutions, showing how awesome Venusaur would look with flames erupting from his back instead of plants, and how majestic Charizard is as a water dragon.

The Final Evolution for Gen 1 starters! from pokemon

Pokemon Sword & Shield broke sales record upon its release last year, pushing over six million units in its opening weekend alone, making it the fastest selling Switch game to date.

While not every fan was in the love with all aspects of the title, we can at least imagine what the game could have been like had the starter types been different, thanks to the talented artists in the Pokemon community.


Pokemon community stunned after card collection worth millions surfaces

Published: 27/Nov/2020 21:06

by Brent Koepp


The Pokemon Trading Card Game hobby was rocked in November when a man rediscovered his mind-blowing complete collection of the rare 1999 Base Set. The fan has stacks of every character, including hundreds of Charizards.

Despite releasing decades ago, the Pokemon TCG has seen a major explosion in value in 2020. Cards once traded on playgrounds and stuffed into 90s children’s binders are now selling for as much as a sports car. 

A man went viral after discovering their collection may be one of the most complete sets to ever exist. The fan’s unfathomable amount of rare collectibles could actually have an impact on the future of the hobby’s prices.

Screenshot of Pokemon Trading Card Game collection worth millions.
YouTube: PokeMans Alex
A jaw-dropping Pokemon card collection surfaced on YouTube.

Pokemon fan discovers TCG collection is worth millions

Pokemon cards have never been more popular this year as the collectible hobby has now even taken over platforms such as YouTube and Twitch. Celebrities such as former rapper Logic are dropping hundreds of thousands of dollars to scoop up the rare Nintendo items. 

On November 22, a video went viral online of a man showing off his mind-blowing collection that has many collectors turning their heads. “Literally got all of my Pokemons stuff out of the loft from my recent move,” YouTuber PokeMans Alex explained before showing off his astonishing collection.

Holding up a stack of rare holographic cards from the 1999 base set, the fan exclaimed, “As you can see they are mint, and have not been touched for so long.” The TCG collector then revealed his unprecedented number of Charizards. “I don’t know if you are ready for this,” he warned, before holding up a stack of 111 cards of the rare starter ‘mon.

(Charizard cards start at 07:56)

To put that into perspective, in October a PSA graded 10 of the same item is now selling for $30k alone. The content creator emptied over seven binders on his table to reveal a 1999 base set that was not only complete, but also had stacks of over 50 of the same card for every single character.“I’m ready to put all of these away back in the safe where they are now gonna stay,” he said.

Veteran Pokemon card YouTuber PokeRev reacted to the video on November 26 and exclaimed, “Did you open all these packs as a kid? It’s just an insane amount of holo cards. When we were kids, just to get a couple holos from the base set was really good. But to have thousands is insane!”

Other famous collectors such as British rapper Randolph commented, “Unreal mate.” Gaming YouTuber Ali A wrote, “How did you originally collect SO many cards!? Are you looking to sell any of them?”

Screenshot of YouTube comments reacting to million dollar Pokemon card collection.
Other famous Pokemon collectors took notice of the insane set.

At the time of writing, it’s unclear just how much the YouTuber’s incredible Pokemon haul is worth. None of the collectibles have actually been looked at by professional grading companies PSA or Beckett. And the majority of its value revolves around its condition and score.

A set of this magnitude is unprecedented and could have a severe impact on what TCG cards are worth in the future. A big factor in an item’s selling price hinges on it having a low population. PokeMans Alex’s collection could soon flood the market should he decide to get things graded.