Did Niantic change these Pokemon Go settings because of Coronavirus? - Dexerto

Did Niantic change these Pokemon Go settings because of Coronavirus?

Published: 10/Mar/2020 12:33 Updated: 13/Mar/2020 18:16

by Paul Cot


It looks like Niantic may be preparing Pokemon Go in case the Coronavirus causes a worldwide quarantine situation.

The Coronavirus is all anyone can talk about right now amid real concerns of a pandemic. Should the worst case happen, then it’s entirely possible that a majority of the world will need to go into a state of quarantine.

The virus originated in Wuhan, China, so it isn’t exactly surprising that this was the first place to impose a quarantine. Since then though, on Monday, March 9, Italy has become the second country to extend the emergency measure of a quarantine.

Pokemon Coronavirus EventsPokemon related events in Japan have already been canceled due to the Coronavirus…

How does this affect Pokemon Go?

Well, Pokemon Go is a game you play outside your home. If players are restricted, or put-off, leaving their homes then there will be less players playing the mobile game.

This is something Niantic do not want. After all, if there are less people playing Pokemon Go, then the revenues the game generates will decrease.

Niantic appear to be well aware of this and it looks like they may have taken measures to combat the possibility of more quarantines around the world.

Pokemon Go Items CoronavirusCould items that usually cost such as Incense, Incubators and Lures be made free in Pokemon Go?

Curious changes to items

The notorious PokeMiners have discovered that several notable items have had their “Trainer Drop Level” changed from 100 to 1. In Layman’s terms this means they have the potential to be found in PokeStops or in quests.

However, there is also the potential that this means nothing at all. While the code has changed it doesn’t guarantee their appearance outside of buying them from the Pokemon Go Shop.

The items that have changed are as follows:

  • Incense
  • Incubators – Basic and Super
  • Lucky Egg
  • Lures – Normal, Glacial, Magnetic and Mossy
  • Star Piece

It is suspected that this change could be a measure to encourage trainers to continue playing the game in the event travel becomes even more difficult than it is. More readily available Incenses, Incubators, Lucky Eggs, Lures and Star Pieces would give players a massive incentive to continue playing – even if it is from seclusion of their homes.

As one Redditor, Dramlin, explained: “This just gives Niantic the ability to add these to spins and other random reward mechanics whenever they feel like it.” So, we’ll have to wait and see whether these items do become free. It would certainly be huge Pokemon Go news if they did.


Complete First-Edition PSA10 Pokemon card set could sell for over $700K

Published: 16/Jan/2021 0:19

by Michael Gwilliam


An incredible, complete set of 1999 first-edition Pokemon cards is available for auction – and it’s looking like it could sell for more than half a million dollars when it’s all said and done.

The complete set is made up entirely of PSA 10s, the best possible grade one can give to a card, meaning these are in tip-top condition.

According to Goldin Auctions, who is hosting the bid, the collection includes four extremely sought-after Charizard cards. For many, Charizard is considered the holy grail of Pokemon cards.

So far, five people have put in the funds necessary to bid on the collection in two weeks. If you want to join in, you’re going to need some deep pockets – the minimum bid starts at $125,000.

Screenshot of Charizard Pokemon Trading Card Game 1999.
Charizard is one of the rarest Pokemon cards.

The fact that there are four Charizards alone in the collection is nothing to scoff at, and could very well be the cherry on top of the pristine PSA 10 collection.

Just back in October of 2020, rapper Logic purchased the 1st Edition card for just over $226,000. But that was then, and this is now.

Goldin Auctions states they “just sold an SGC Gold Label Pristine 10 ‘1 of 1’ example of the Charizard for nearly $400,000 in their December Holiday Auction.”

Pokemon booster box
Heritate Auctions
Booster boxes can sell for hundreds of thousands.

While the card alone can sell for a ridiculous amount, booster box prices have also seen their value rise.

As the TGC community has continued to grow, plenty of YouTubers and Twitch stars have started spending a lot of money on booster boxes from the 90s. The end result is that costs have skyrocketed.

Earlier in December, a booster box from Heritage Auctions sold for a whopping $408,000.

Given the insanity of the current lot and just how many perfect condition cards are included, we could be seeing a brand new Pokemon record once the bidding wraps up. The only question is: Will it ever reach the million-dollar mark? We’ll have to see what 2021 has in store.