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Level scaling revealed for Pokemon Sword and Shield Isle of Armor

Published: 15/Jun/2020 16:37 Updated: 15/Jun/2020 16:38

by Paul Cot


Ahead of the Pokemon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass release, details about the first of the DLCs – The Isle of Armor – are emerging. Among those is level scaling.

Trainers will be delighted about this new addition. It was confirmed by Nintendo product marketing specialist, Demetrius Boggs, who revealed it will apply to both battles and Pokemon encountered in the wild.

This means trainers of all levels can enjoy everything that the Isle of Armor expansion has to offer. So, whether you have a completed Pokedex and have a team of level 100 Pokemon or are just starting out, you need not worry.

However, to access the new areas from the Isle of Armor, players will need to have reached the Wild Area from the original game. Of course,  it’s safe to say that majority of trainers purchasing the new DLC will have completed Pokemon Sword and Shield’s base game.

Fortunately, the Wild Area can be reached within just a couple of hours of gameplay, so threat not if you still haven’t reached this part of the game. The specifics surrounding the level scaling isn’t clear right now – after all, we’re still two days away from release.

It has been reported, though, that a trainer who had a Level 60 Pokemon as their highest, encountered species at around the same level in their first battle. Whether this continues on to Level 100 or if it can get much lower than this remains to be seen.

Regardless, it’s good to see that Nintendo and The Pokemon Company have made the effort to make the Expansion Pass enjoyable for all levels of player. Pokemon fans will be able to find out about the scaling – and plenty of other exciting details – for themselves when the Expansion Pass releases on June 17.

Those who purchase the Expansion Pass will be given automatic access to the subsequent DLC – The Crown Tundra – when it releases in the Fall of this year.


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.

(Charizard cards start at 07:56)

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.