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Leak reveals where Pokemon Sword and Shield’s Galar region actually is

Published: 2/Jul/2020 0:20 Updated: 2/Jul/2020 11:00

by Paul Cot

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It’s pretty clear that the Galar region is based on the UK but now the Pokemon Sword and Shield Isle of Armor DLC has revealed more details.

From the shape of the map to commonly used British dialogue, it’s no secret the Galar region is based on the UK. The shape of it doesn’t quite align though, which led many trainers to believe it’s actually a loose representation of it.

The Isle of Armor’s location is situated off the east coast of the Galar region, but there is no such island that exists off the east coast of the UK. Does this mean it’s just an island that bears similarities to the UK, then? Well no, it could be an even closer fit than we first thought.

Crown Tundra location revealed

Fly locations found in the Pokemon Sword and Shield Isle of Armor expansion have proven fascinating. Among them are several which point to an as yet unknown island.

Presumably, those fly locations are not meant to be there but the fact that they are has shown where The Crown Tundra will be. They can be found in the south of Galar which is interesting because places tend to get colder as you head north. That’s unless you’re going towards the South Pole that is!

However, if you turn the Galar region upside down it becomes a near replica of the UK. The Crown Tundra matches up with Scotland and then the thickest part of the Galar region the north, would then align with the south of England.

Crown Tundra DLC
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The Crown Tundra is inspired by Scotland – now the cold weather makes sense!

Isle of Armor actually the Isle of Man?

It then becomes a question of whether the Isle of Armor is based on Ireland or the Isle of Man. Given the size of it in comparison to Galar, you’d think it would be Ireland.

The Pokemon Company have stated otherwise though, saying the Isle of Armor was “inspired” by the Isle of Man. They also confirmed The Crown Tundra is based on Scotland, which adds further proof Galar is an upside-down version of the UK.

Galar Region Full Map
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What are those locations to the west of the Galar region?

Trainers have also noticed what looks to be additional locations situated in the west of Galar. We have no idea what they are but it is already being speculated they will be part of a third DLC.

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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.