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Difference between square and star shinies in Pokemon Sword and Shield?

Published: 21/Nov/2019 15:27

by Paul Cot


Just when you thought shinies were already incredibly rare in Pokemon Sword and Shield, a new type has appeared. Fans are going crazy for the new square shiny Pokemon and boy are they rare.

Trainers will already be all too aware of just how difficult and rare it is to find shiny Pokemon throughout the series. Pokemon Sword and Shield is no exception to this and without the Shiny Charm and any of that other fun stuff, you’ll have a measly 1 in 4,035 chance of finding one.

These new square shinies make the traditional ones look as common as a Pidgey, though. The usual ones have stars surrounding them whereas the ultra rare new ones have squares. From what we can tell, that is the only difference between the two, but Pokemon fans love hunting for rarity.

@John_aka_AlwayzYou can’t miss a square shiny Obstagoon!

Square shiny rareness

We said they were and we meant it. 15 of 16 shiny encounters will be stars and 1 of 16 squares. This means the odds of obtaining one with the square aura is an incredible 1 in 65,536!

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“Shiny Pokemon rarity has been split! Same 1:4096 odds to obtain a shiny, but there are two types of shiny. 15/16 show stars, 1/16 show squares. Square rarity is 1 in 65536!” dataminer Kaphotics shared on Twitter.

He went on to say: “Basically, if your Trainer ID cleanly matches the PID (xor), it will be squares rather than stars.” This isn’t something to worry about however, as it is outside of trainer’s control.

Not so rare after all?

If you do find yourself a square shiny don’t be too proud of yourself, though. If you’re using the chain shiny hunting method, where you increase your chances by chain catching the same Pokemon, then the odds actually inverse. So, instead, you’ll have a 15 in 16 chance of a given shiny being the square aura.

As shiny hunters will inevitably be doing everything to put the odds in their favor, with chain catching being one of them, it might end up that the original aura of stars turns out to be the rarer of the two.

Perhaps if they had left it at the 1 in 65,536 chance it could have meant so much more!


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.