Modders are already adding missing Pokemon to Sword and Shield

Published: 21/Nov/2019 11:17

by Paul Cot


Well, that didn’t take long! Just days after the release of Pokemon Sword and Shield, the new game is already being modded.

There have been strong opinions on the latest Pokemon game, both since its release and in the build up. Game Freak have been not only accused of rushing its release but not developing it to the standards trainers had expected of a Nintendo Switch release.

Mods improving the graphics

It should be no surprise that modders are already improving the visuals of the Galar region then. The infamous tree showcased at E3 back in the summer of 2019 has become the go to example of poor textures.

Modders have now added their own textures for this, though, and the improvement is indisputable. You can see other visual updates in the video below. 

Adding missing Pokemon

Elsewhere, the National Pokedex removal has been talked about to the moon and back, and even now is still a hot topic in the Pokemon community. This has perhaps motivated modders to alter the game more so than they would have been otherwise.

Many playing Pokemon Sword and Shield would have assumed, and reasonably so, that that nothing could be done to add in the missing Pokemon. However, missing species have already been added, and what’s more they’re working!

A datamine showed that there are 435 species in the Pokemon Sword and Shield code, 35 more than there are currently in the Galar Pokedex. One of the many missing species is Omastar, the fossil Pokemon from the Kanto region.

It is not found within the Pokemon Sword and Shield whatsoever, yet one modder has managed to get it in the game. While its integration is by no means perfect, it can be seen within the game with a Pokedex entry, animation and it even works in battle.

This provides hope for trainers retaining hope of seeing the National Pokedex in the Galar region, albeit in an unofficial capacity.

It’s a complicated process for those who don’t know how mods work but it shows it may be possible to one day get all eight generations of Pokemon in there.

BSoD GamingImproved textures in Pokemon Sword and Shield…

Hacked Switch

Trainers reading about mods for the first time may be excited by this prospect but, not to put a dampener on it, the mods can only be played on a hacked Nintendo Switch console or on the Yuzu PC emulator for the Switch.

This means for the vast majority of trainers the mods will simply show what could have been, rather than what you can experience.


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.