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Pokemon Go: Niantic must fix Research Breakthrough rewards now

Published: 7/Jun/2020 21:23 Updated: 7/Jun/2020 21:30

by Paul Cot


Legendary Pokemon are truly a thing of the past when it comes to Research Breakthrough rewards in Pokemon Go. Niantic find themselves in the unenviable position of keeping trainers engaged with Field Research while rewarding more ‘basic’ species.

Legendary Pokemon had been a staple of the Research Breakthrough rewards ever since they were introduced in April 2018. However, in the latter half of 2019, Niantic started experimenting with non-legends.

It started when little old Flower Crown Eevee replaced a pool of Latias, Latios, Kyogre and Groudon. Naturally trainers were far from happy with this decision and they weren’t shy about showing either.

The subsequent Research Breakthrough reward pool in November and December of 2019 did see the return of some legends, and it was quite a list – Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, and once again, Kyogre and Groudon. Shortly after though, Niantic offered Lapras (albeit with rare moves) and Woobat in the following months.

Legendary Research Breakthrough Lugia Articuno Zapdos Moltres
The likes of Lugia, Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres as Breakthrough rewards seem to be a thing of the past…

Interestingly, the ice-type Kanto Pokemon only stuck around for a month, in comparison to the usual two months the reward pool lasts for. Fast forward to now and Research Breakthrough rewards have since included Ferroseed, Alolan Exeggutor, Shinx and Trapinch.

While some trainers have no issue with the reduced quality in rewards, many do. Other than Shinx, it’s fair to say the overall sentiment has been disappointment with the rest.

Why remove Legendary Pokemon?

It begs the question, why have Niantic opted to take away Legendary Pokemon from the rewards? There’s no official answer to this but we can look for logical reasons.

The first reason they could have been removed is that they were becoming no longer as ‘Legendary’. When every Pokemon Go player has a particular species, there isn’t a lot that’s legendary about it, as evidenced below.

It would be different if it were like Mew where, despite a lot of trainers having it, you still had to put in a lot of work to get it. On the other hand, Legendary Pokemon, at least at the time, were given out just for completing seven relatively menial Field Research tasks.

Whether it was yourself or a friend, we’ve probably all been guilty of even transferring one or two of them out. After all, having four or more of the same Pokemon isn’t worthwhile, and that wherein lies the problem.

An alternative, more business-driven reason behind the legendary Pokemon being cut back on is Niantic want to encourage Pokemon Go players to participate in Raid Battles. If Legendary Pokemon are being given out willy-nilly then trainers have a lot less of an incentive to compete in Raids.

Players not bothering with Raid Battles is far from ideal for Niantic as a lot of money is spent on the Premium Raid Pass. Sure, you can battle in Raids for free, but there are also a lot of players that want to play them a lot more than once a day.

It’s possible a flaw was seen in their business strategy regarding Legendary Pokemon and Raids, and they made a very conscious decision to remove legendary Pokemon from the Research Breakthrough encounter reward pool altogether.

Woobat RewardWoobat , the February reward, is a far cry from the likes of Groudon and Kyogre…

Is there a compromise where Legendary Pokemon can return?

Even those most upset by the new Research Breakthrough encounters can probably admit that Legendary Pokemon came too cheaply. The thrill of getting them is taken away when they become too common.

So, their removal seems more than a reasonable decision. That doesn’t mean the system can’t be changed to reintroduce them, though.

Most agree earning an encounter with a legend after receiving seven stamps is too easy. Another way to go about the whole earning Breakthrough rewards is instead to encounter a legendary species after earning 30 stamps. This could even be 30 in a row and would keep trainers engaged every day.

An alternative could be to introduce another monthly special research quest. This could be similar to how encountering Team Rocket’s Giovanni works. With that being said though, Field Research tasks are ingrained in Pokemon Go, and removing them completely would be a shame in itself.

Another more left-field method could be to re-add Legendary Pokemon but make them ultra-difficult to catch. Premier Balls could be used so you have a limit on how many attempts you have to catch it. There’s a variety of ways this could play out but they could make it so an accurate ‘Great’ Curveball throw is the minimum needed to catch it.

Unfortunately, it does look like legendary Research Breakthrough encounters are a thing of the past in Pokemon Go. Who knows though? Maybe Niantic is working on something and they will return one day.


Pokemon troll goes viral after baiting fans with most expensive card

Published: 26/Nov/2020 23:38

by Brent Koepp


Popular YouTuber SomeThingElseYT went viral online after trolling Pokemon fans. The animator jokingly claimed to have discovered the world’s most expensive Trading Card Game collectible, Pikachu Illustrator, in his garage.

The Pokemon TCG was a major part of many 90s kids’ childhoods. No one could have ever guessed that cards once stuffed in cheap binders could one day sell for as much as a sports car. In 2020 though, the pieces of cardboard have now exploded in value.

At the very top of the list of the most expensive is the incredibly rare Pikachu Illustrator which fetched over $233k at auction in July. On November 24, a YouTuber went viral after joking that he found the collectible in his garage. Only, some thought it was actually real.

Screenshot of rare Pokemon Trading Card Game item Pikachu Illustrator.
ZenMarket / The Pokemon Company
The incredibly rare card worth $233k was used to troll fans in a viral tweet.

Pokemon card joke goes viral on Twitter

In 1998, popular Japanese magazine CoroCoro held an art contest and those who won were given a special promo Pokemon card featuring Pikachu holding a pen. While there was over 39 winners, only 10 are known to have survived today.

Due to its rarity, the item very rarely goes up for sale. In July however, a PSA graded 9 surfaced and fetched a whopping $233k auction – which is currently the world record for most expensive individual TCG collectible sold.

On November 24, YouTuber SomeThingElseYT hilariously joked that he found the “useless” card in his garage. “Found this funny Pikachu card in my garage don’t know what to do with it,” he said. After the tweet went viral, he followed up the post and trolled fans who thought it was real. “Why is everyone so obsessed if I got this in 10th grade.”

Despite the tweet clearly being made in jest, many Trading Card Game fans actually thought the post was serious and freaked out. “Adam…That is the most rare card in the world!’ one user replied. Another fan exclaimed, “THAT IS THE MOST RARE POKEMON CARD EVER. DO NOT GET RID OF IT NO MATTER WHAT.” Another follower echoed a similar sentiment and wrote, “BECAUSE IT COULD BE WORTH A FRKIN CRAP TON OF MONEY!!!”

Screenshot of Twitter replies.

While some fell for the joke, others caught on quickly and were shocked at how many believed the fake story. “On this day millions of wooshes were heard everywhere in the known universe,” one comment read. Another user simply stated, “I love that people don’t understand this was a joke. Makes this post much better.”

Screenshot of Pokemon fan comments on Twitter.

Besides clearly being sarcasm, it also only took a few seconds using Google to figure out that the image has been posted on Reddit and numerous other websites many times previously.

With Pokemon card fever reaching a fever pitch in 2020, fans around the world have been digging through their old collections. Just don’t expect to have an item where only 10 of them exist.