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New Pokemon TCG Vivid Voltage set will feature Fat Pikachu VMAX card

Published: 16/Aug/2020 23:11

by Brent Koepp


A new Pokemon Trading Card Game expansion releasing in November will include an incredible Fat Pikachu VMAX card. The Vivid Voltage set will feature the beloved chubby version of the Electric-type monster. 

In 1998, the Pokemon TCG made its debut in North America. Many who grew up with the cards remember the original Fat Pikachu design that was later changed over the years.

In this November, players can their hands on the chubby version of the Electric mascot in the new Vivid Voltage set. The expansion will include a VMAX card that fans won’t want to miss out on.

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This is a card Pikachu fans won’t want to miss.

New Pokemon Vivid Voltage set to include Fat Pikachu

In November 2019, Pokemon Sword & Shield marked the return of chubby Pikachu with the game’s new Gigantamax mechanic. Fans also couldn’t stop making memes of the beloved monster’s rotund design when it made its debut in the anime in February.

Those in love with the Electric type’s original look are in luck as this November, the TCG will be releasing the Vivid Voltage set in North America – and it will feature a card based on its GMAX form.

The expansion will also feature other Pikachu cards, as well as other Electric-type Pokemon. However, fans will no doubt be tearing up booster packs to try to get their hands on the Gigantamax version.

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Fat Pikachu makes his return to the Pokemon TCG.

According to outlet PokeGuardian, a second Fat Pikachu card will be released in Japan as a promo item. The collectible will debut in September in the region with their expansion, which is called Volt Tackle instead.

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In Japan, a promo card of Pikachu will be released in September.

At the time of writing, it’s not entirely clear which cards will be featured in the Vivid Voltage expansion, as the full details have yet to be released for the international version.

Fans will no doubt be ready to flock to stores in November in order to snag their own Gigantamax Pikachu. The original chubby design is still a favorite in the community.


How to unlock Galarian Star Tournament in Pokemon Crown Tundra

Published: 21/Oct/2020 21:01

by Brent Koepp


Pokemon Sword & Shield’s second DLC, The Crown Tundra, is finally here, and the requirements for the new Galarian Star Tournament mode have been revealed. Here is what you will need to do in order to unlock the new feature.

The Pokemon franchise was ushered into its eighth generation with the release of Sword & Shield in 2019.  The Nintendo title whisked players away to the Galar region – which was largely inspired by locations in the  U.K.

On October 22, the RPG is getting expanded in a major way with the release of its second DLC, The Crown Tundra. Here’s what it will take to unlock the new Galarian Star Tournament mode.

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The special tournament brings all of Galar’s best Trainers together.

How to unlock the Pokemon Galarian Star Tournament

The Crown Tundra DLC brings many features to Sword & Shield – from Ability Capsules, to Dynamax Adventures. To celebrate Gen VIII’s region, the RPG is getting a new mode called the Galarian Star Tournament.

According to its official description, the tournament was designed by former Champion Leon to “lift the spirits of Galar.” Players will get to choose a partner from various Gym Leaders and characters, and enter a duo battle tournament.

In previews of Crown Tundra, it’s been revealed that fans can only gain access to this new mode after beating the main storyline for The Crown Tundra, The Isle of Armor, and Sword & Shield itself. Leon will then send you an invite to join the Wyndon-based tournament after you’ve completed all three campaigns.

Games outlet IGN detailed unlocking the mode in their early hands-on of the DLC. “Finishing all the stories in the base game, and both DLC packs gives you the chance to participate in the Galarian star tournament,” they wrote.

According to the official Pokemon website, the mode is described as giving players a glimpse at a “new side” of Trainers featured in the title. Based on the summary, it sounds like whoever you choose to go into battle with, you might get to learn more about the character – and who wouldn’t want more Marnie dialogue?

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Pokemon Sword players can team up with Gym Leader Bea in the new tournament.

While it’s unclear if The Crown Tundra will be the final DLC for Sword & Shield, the tournament seems to be a reward to players for beating everything – which certainly feels like a conclusion to the Gen VIII RPG.

The wildly anticipated expansion drops on October 22, and whisks players away to a snow-filled terrain. The new content will bring over 116 new monsters to Galar, including a host of Legendaries from past generations.