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Has the Pokemon community solved Sword & Shield’s biggest mystery?

Published: 8/Feb/2020 21:03

by Brent Koepp


After the recent release of Gigantamax Toxtricity in Sword & Shield, the Pokemon community believes a major question in the RPG’s lore may have finally been answered. 

Pokemon entered its eighth generation with the release of Sword & Shield in November 2019. The latest title in the long-running Nintendo franchise had players exploring the Galar region, which was largely influenced by locations in the U.K.

However, the game’s story left trainers with a lot of questions about the lore, such as the giant glyph etched into the rolling mountains of Turffield. Now the community thinks the mystery has been solved.

Could Gigantamax Toxtricity be the answer to one of Sword & Shield’s mysteries?

Has one of Sword & Shield’s biggest mysteries been solved?

Early on in the game, trainers will encounter the staggering mountains of Turffield. The location has major significance in the story as it houses a massive glyph etched into the rocks. The player learns from Sonia, the assistant of Professor Magnolia, that it has ties to the region’s past.

While it’s theorized that the etching is related to an event called The Darkest Day, until now it’s been one of the titles biggest mysteries. However after the February 6 addition of Gigantamax Toxtricity, fans believe the Pokemon is the answer they’ve been looking for.

Over on the Pokemon Reddit forum, user ‘DanteDameron’ posted a photo comparing the Electric/Poison-type with the Turffield glyph under it. While it should be pointed out that the etching is in a cave-painting style, the spiked tail and oval eyes of Gigantamax Toxtricity is absolutely identical.

Game Freak / Reddit: DanteDameron
A Reddit user shared his theory with the Pokemon community.

In the game’s plot, The Darkest Day was an event where a black storm caused Pokemon of the region to Dynamax and Gigantamax over 3,000 years ago. So it certainly seems that the glyph is depicting Toxtricity having transformed during the chaotic incident.

Even more compelling is that the creature has also been immortalized in statue form near the lighthouse in Hulbury, which is further proof that the Poison-type shares a special connection with the world’s history.

Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
Toxtricity is immortalized as a statue near the lighthouse.

It should be stated, however, that this theory has been pitched around since the game’s release, as dataminers discovered the Gigantamax creature list early on. YouTuber ‘TAHK0’ thoroughly broke this down back in December. Although with the official release of Toxtricity giant form, the community’s belief in the explanation has gained steam.

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While the glyph has not been officially confirmed to be the Electric/Poison-type, many fans now believe the mystery of the Turffield drawing can finally be put to rest. As of the time of writing, the Reddit post has over 9k upvotes.

If nothing else, it also shows that Sword & Shield has a world ripe with story waiting to be fleshed out, and fans are clearly hungry to learn more about the region and its history. Perhaps the game’s 2020 expansion pass will reveal more information.


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.

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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.