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How to get free special editions of the Pokemon Sword Shield starters

Published: 2/Jun/2020 22:30

by Paul Cot


The good news keeps coming for Pokemon fans as it has been revealed trainers can now get Grookey, Scorbunny and Sobble with their Hidden Abilities for free in Pokemon Sword and Shield.

This comes off the back of the much anticipated Pokemon Sword and Shield Isle of Armor release date reveal. The 3:30 trailer also revealed further details about both the upcoming DLCs.

Any other day though, being able to get special versions of the Galar starter Pokemon – for free – would be much bigger news. All you need is a copy of Pokemon Sword or Shield, Pokemon Home and an internet connection.

Claim Hidden Ability Grookey, Scorbunny and Sobble

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Transfer one or more Pokemon between Pokemon Sword or Shield and the Nintendo Switch version of Pokemon Home
  2. Launch the mobile device version of Pokemon Home (yes it has to be the mobile version)
  3. Open the menu by tapping the button at the bottom of the screen
  4. Select Mystery Gifts
  5. Select Gift Box
  6. Choose the Gift Box that you’d like to claim.
  7. Select Claim, and the Pokemon will be deposited into your Pokemon Home Box

For the gifts to work both versions of Pokemon Home (Switch and mobile) will need to be linked to the same account.

Pokemon Home Gift
Pokemon Company
Pokemon Home allows you to store Pokemon outside of the games from all generations…

What are the Hidden Abilities?

Hidden Abilities were added to Pokemon games in Gen 5. These abilities generally cannot obtained via Pokemon in the wild.

Providing evolved forms also have a Hidden Ability, they will keep them upon evolving. Naturally, they make a Pokemon more powerful too.

Grookey, Scorbunny and Sobble’s Hidden Abilities are as follows:

  • Grookey – Grassy Terrain: It boosts the power of Grass-type moves used by affected species by 30%
  • Scorbunny – Libero: The Pokemon will change its type to be the same type as the move it is using
  • Sobble – Sniper: Powers up moves if they become critical hits when attacking.

These gifts are already available to claim now. The Pokemon Company didn’t state how long you have to claim them so do so while you can!


Pokemon Red & Yellow sell at auction for record-breaking $162,000

Published: 21/Nov/2020 0:45

by Brent Koepp


Two sealed copies of Pokemon Red & Yellow sold at auction on November 20 for mind-blowing amounts of money. The 90s Game Boy RPGs broke records and brought in over $160k combined.

Pokemon made its North American debut in 1998, and quickly became a cultural phenomena. The series is just months away from its 25th anniversary, and has never been more popular. In 2019, reports listed the Nintendo property as the highest-grossing media franchise of all time, in fact.

In 2020, the 1999 Trading Card Game has had a major revival in popularity, with items selling for hundreds of thousands of dollars. However, now it looks like it’s not just the TCG that is seeing an explosion in value, as two Game Boy RPGs sold for as much as a house during a November 20 auction.

Screenshot of Pokemon Red & Yellow's Game Boy boxes.
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
The two 90s RPGs sold at auction for $162k.

Pokemon Red & Yellow sell for insane amount of money

For many children of the 90s, their introduction to Pokemon was through the Game Boy titles, Red & Blue. The Game Freak RPGs hooked players with their addictive “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” mechanics. Decades later, adults are spending absurds amount of cash to rekindle their nostalgia.

On November 20, a 1998 sealed copy of Red sold for a whopping $84k, and a 1999 Yellow $78k. Both items were sold off at Heritage Auctions where bidders spent an absurd amount on the rare collectibles. In total, the two classic releases brought in $162k – a new record for both games.

It should be pointed out that both copies were sealed and had a 9.8 rating in condition by professional grading company Wata. Finding these 21-year-old collectibles in such pristine quality is nearly impossible in 2020.

Pokemon has had a massive year so far in terms of collectibles. A sealed 1st Edition booster box from the 1999 Trading Card Game sold at the same auction company a day earlier for over $360,000.

Heritage Auctions
The 1999 Pokemon trading cards sold at Heritage Auction for $360k.

As Pokemon inches closer to its 25th anniversary in 2021, the Nintendo franchise has never been hotter. Kids around the world that fell in love with the Nintendo RPGs are now grown up and wanting to recapture their childhood.

With the game set to have a major presence at the Tokyo Summer Olympics next year as well, the sky is the limit as to how much items from the series are going to continue to rise in value – but it doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon.