Isle of Armor trick lets you get Pokemon with Hidden Ability every time

Published: 10/Jul/2020 17:32

by David Purcell


Pokemon Sword and Shield players now have a way to guarantee themselves a Pokemon with Hidden Ability every single time they wish, with a new trick in the Isle of Armor. 

The game’s developers, Game Freak, finally opened the borders of the Galar Region DLC extension in June, allowing trainers to access parts of the world they have never seen before. As a part of that Expansion Pass, a number of old faces have returned, as well as the addition of some new species.

That being said, some things always stay the same and that can be said for trainers’ urge for Hidden Abilities. These are, for those who aren’t familiar, just extra abilities that a Pokemon sometimes has when you catch them.

How to get guaranteed Hidden Abilities in Pokemon Sword & Shield

Thankfully, following the Isle of Armor release, we now have a way to make sure we get a Hidden Ability Pokemon every single time we’re looking for one.

How? Well, let’s run through it step-by-step.

Pokemon Dens
Heading over to purple Pokemon Dens in the Isle of Armor is the way to go.
  1. Load up Pokemon Sword or Shield on your Nintendo Switch console.
  2. Head over to the Isle of Armor.
  3. Here, walk around in search for Pokemon dens. Just like on the main island, these are signposted with beams of light.
  4. Unlike the primary island, however, you’re going to need to look for a purple beam rather than red.
  5. Once you’ve arrived at one, interact with the den and catch the Pokemon inside, which will have a Hidden Ability every time you follow this process.

Now that you know what you have to do, you should be able to catch as many species as you want and have additional abilities for each of them, all thanks to this simple trick.

Typically, only four or five star Max Raid Battles would have a chance of producing a Pokemon with a Hidden Ability. Why spend ages doing that when one trip to the Isle of Armor can sort you out instead? If you know, you know.


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

Published: 16/Jan/2021 0:19

by Michael Gwilliam


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.
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
Heritate Auctions
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.