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There won’t be a National Pokedex in Pokemon Sword and Shield

Published: 13/Jun/2019 15:42 Updated: 14/Nov/2019 2:52

by Paul Cot


The Pokemon Sword and Shield hype train is gaining momentum after lots of new details were announced at E3 2019. However, one bit of news has left trainers disappointed as it has been revealed you won’t be able to complete the National Pokedex.

Gotta catch some of ’em

This news has left some Pokemon fans reeling as being able to complete the Pokedex has always been a huge part of the games, highlighted by its famous slogan – “gotta catch ’em all”.

Junichi Masuda, a director at Game Freak, revealed the news in the first Nintendo Treehouse of E3 2019. He said: “Players will be able to transfer their Pokemon from Pokemon Home only if they appear in the Galar region Pokedex.”

At this point, the number of Pokemon within the Galar region Pokedex is unknown, but what we do know is that it won’t include all the Pokemon from previous generations. A degree of disappointment has been reflected in the YouTube video’s dislike ratio as well, with a staggering 72% giving it a thumbs down.

Decision to remove National Pokedex explained

Since this was made public, Masuda has revealed further details as to why the decision was made. “There are a couple of different parts to the thinking behind it, but really the biggest reason for it is just the sheer number of Pokemon,” Masuda said in an interview with USGamer.

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He went on to highlight that there are now well over 800 Pokemon in the national Pokedex which means limiting the Pokedex to a particular region, along with a few fan favorites, was an eventuality.

Additionally, he also went on to note that the Nintendo Switch hardware means they can create Pokemon with higher fidelity and higher quality animations. Doing this across 800+ Pokemon just wouldn’t be feasible, it has been suggested.

Elsewhere, battling and the Pokemon esports scene was another reason they decided to limit it. Doing so allows all Pokemon within the Galar region to potentially have a place in the Pokemon Sword and Shield meta.

As disappointed as fans may be, and there are a lot of lifelong Pokemon fans that are, the reasoning behind the decision does make sense. There are only so many animations a game can include, so perhaps the first Pokemon game to introduce a new generation on the Nintendo Switch was the right time to do it.

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A way to keep trainers happy?

A compromise between the two schools of thought could be to include the national Pokedex, but have battling limited to the Galar region only.

Pokemon trainers will no doubt voice their opinions on the subject over the coming months, before Pokemon Sword and Shield is released on November 15.


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.