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GO Battle League analysis: Why Metagross is underrated

Published: 28/Jun/2020 19:28

by Paul Cot

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Metagross is one of the most powerful non-Legendary/Mythical Pokemon in all of Pokemon Go, yet it doesn’t really get the respect it deserves in GO Battle League.

Its maximum CP of 3,791 means it is almost by default considered a good pick for Master League but the general consensus is that the Iron Leg Pokemon can be looked over for Ultra League. We think that’s a little shortsighted and here’s why.

Incredible typing

Metagross is a dual psychic and steel-type. This means it matches up well with a lot of species.

It is only weak to dark, fire, ghost and ground-type attacks. Metagross’ resistances far outweigh its weaknesses, though. It has resistance to dragon, fairy, flying, grass, ice, normal, rock and fellow steel-types. In addition to this long list it also has double resistance to poison and psychic attacks.

This means that in your an average match up Metagross is coming out on top. Be careful of the likes of Excadrill and Heatran who will decimate the pseudo-legend.

Metagross Pokemon Go
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Metagross is also a reward encounter in GO Battle League…

A needed counter to fairy-types

Anyone who has played a lot of GO Battle League will know that fairy-type Pokemon are popular picks. They are the perfect counter to the infuriatingly strong Giratina and other various other frequently used dragon-types.

They are seen so often that you need a plan in place to counter their counter. At the top of the list is Togekiss, the fairy-type that can reach the highest CP. That isn’t the only one you’ll come across, though. Clefable, Gardevoir and even Alolan Ninetales will all invariably defeat the likes of Giratina and the other various dragon legends such as Dragonite, Palkia and Rayquaza.

Fortunately, Metagross will handle all of these with ease. So, so far we have a Pokemon that is not only resistant to a lot of types but is the resolution to all those pesky fairy-types, too.

Moveset

Metagross’ moves are arguably its most appealing asset. There’s little question that Bullet Punch is the best steel-type Fast Move.

It generates 3 damage per turn and 3.5 energy per turn. This makes it the best energy generating move among steel-types and second, only behind Steel Wing, for damage.

It’s a move that many Pokemon aren’t capable of learning either. In fact, the only other steel-type Pokemon capable of it is Lucario, but many players prefer to use Counter as its Fast Move.

Metagross also has some devastating Charge Moves it can learn. The best of them is the Elite Charge Move Meteor Mash. It is a steel-type move that hits for 100 damage while only requiring 50 energy.

Of course, Elite Charge moves are hard to come by and will cost you a precious Elite Charged TM. Earthquake, Flash Cannon and Psychic are Metagross’ alternative options. Of those Psychic requires the least energy at 55 which probably makes it the best bet considering the importance of being able to quickly use Charge Moves in Pokemon Go’s GO Battle League.

Earthquake and Flash Cannon shouldn’t be disregarded though, as they provide 120 and 110 damage respectively, both for 65 energy. Having two Charged Attacks here is ideal but will set you back a massive 75,000 Stardust. Besides if you’re going to have two Charge Moves then you may as well make one of them Meteor Mash if possible.


There you have it, we’ve seen other analyses that somewhat demeans Metagross’ potential. Due to the above, we can’t see why anyone wouldn’t consider the steel-type ‘mon – as it has everything you could want from a Pokemon!

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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.”

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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.