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Could Galarian Dragonite be coming to Pokemon Sword and Shield?

Published: 31/Jan/2020 13:53 Updated: 31/Jan/2020 13:55

by Paul Cot

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With Pokemon Sword and Shield’s Crown Tundra DLC still several months away, trainers are already speculating as to what surprises Game Freak may have in store for the second expansion pack.

Over the numerous generations of Pokemon, new evolutions of existing species and alternative forms have been added to the games. The Alola region introduced Alolan forms of Pokemon such as Diglett, Geodude and Grimer.

This phenomenon was seen for the second time in the Galar region with new Galarian forms, with examples including the popular Galarian Ponyta. We already know that the legendary Kanto birds – Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres – will be returning in Galarian form as part of the Crown Tundra expansion.

So, could there be more surprises?

Dragonite in The Crown Tundra?

One fan theory suggests there is. Ever since the very first Pokemon games Dragonite has been curiously left untouched. So, is a reboot of sorts overdue for the iconic Kantonian?

If it does return, given the theme of the Crown Tundra, a dragon and ice-type seems most likely. It could look similar to the concept image below – after all it would have made sense if Dragonite looked like this all along!

Dragonair Real Evolution Dragonite
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This looks like what Dragonair’s original evolution should have looked like!

Not touched since Gen 1

The Dratini line is among the more popular throughout the entire series of Pokemon. Other popular lines such as the Kanto starters, Pikachu, Mewtwo, Larvitar, etc have all had some form of change over the generations.

New regional forms, mega evolutions and most recently Gigantamax forms have provided ample opportunity for older Pokemon to be given a fresh coat of paint. Yet, Dragonite has remained the same. This at the very least suggests it is overdue to be brought back in the spotlight.

Crown Tundra lore

While we may not know a lot about The Crown Tundra DLC, we do know it will have a focus on past legendary Pokemon. It also has an official theme of exploration.

The Redditor who posted the theory, Ch1ld1shOne, also says: “The person you’re exploring under appearing to be Raihan’s dad (who is probably out there looking for a rare dragon).” Rare dragon, Dragonite?

Crown Tundra DLC
Pokemon Company
The Crown Tundra has a distinct ice theme to it…

The poster goes on to add to their theory: “The setting for this specific expansion as an icy tundra and Raihan is a dragon trainer whose team focuses on weather conditions (no present dragon who utilizes hail).”

This could of course be circumstantial but the points do add up. It’s certainly understandable why this theory has gained some traction.

Ash catches Dragonite

Elsewhere, in the Pokemon anime, Ash finally caught a Dragonite. Historically connections between the anime and game have been few and far between but it does seem a little coincidental.

It might have taken 23 series and 10 episodes but the most famous Pokemon trainer finally managed to do it. The other Pokemon in his team are Pikachu (of course) and Mr. Mime, which also has a Galarian form. Again, it could be coincidence but is also noteworthy.

Kept quiet

Perhaps the most interesting point of all is that Dragonite hasn’t been mentioned, even at all. Images of nearly every legendary Pokemon were included in the Pokemon Sword and Shield expansion pass trailer.

On top of that all the pseudo-legenedary Pokemon are currently in the game or have been confirmed to be added in the expansions.

This theory could prove to be nothing more than that. However, there are many too many points here to simply ignore.

We’ll find out when the Pokemon Sword and Shield Crown Tundra DLC is released in the fall of 2020.

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

Published: 16/Jan/2021 0:19

by Michael Gwilliam

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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.
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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
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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.