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Niantic make much needed changes to Mega Evolution in Pokemon Go

Published: 4/Sep/2020 3:58

by Paul Cot

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Niantic heard the feedback loud and clear and have responded by making some much wanted changes to Mega Evolution in Pokemon Go.

They announced on the official Pokemon Go blog that they have made the following changes:

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  • The Mega Energy requirement to Mega Evolve a Pokemon that has already Mega Evolved before has decreased
  • The amount of Mega Energy that Trainers receive from winning Mega Raids has increased

Those changes are now live. While they didn’t announce the specific numbers, it has been confirmed that the Mega Energy requirement to Mega Evolve a Pokemon that has already been Mega Evolved before has decreased by 20%.

This means Venusaur, Charizard X and Y, and Blastoise all cost 40 instead of 50. Beedrill now requires 20 Mega Energy as opposed to 25.

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The initial cost of Mega Evolving a Pokemon is unchanged, however. Niantic didn’t comment on whether this specifically will change in the future.

Upcoming changes to Mega Evolution

The Pokemon Go developer did share some adjustments that they are currently working on, though:

  • Walking with your buddy to earn Mega Energy
  • More ways to earn Mega Energy through research tasks and other gameplay
  • Earning bonus Candy when catching Pokemon that share a type with your Mega-Evolved Pokemon

Initial feedback

While players will appreciate the intent of Niantic to improve the Mega Evolution system, already trainers are sharing further criticism.

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One Reddit user, Remiticus, believes the entire Mega Evolution system is flawed and that a 20% reduction won’t solve the problem. They said: “The entire system is flawed, people wanted it torn up and completely done over.” They went on to suggest that your Buddy level with that particular Pokemon should determine the cost of re-Mega Evolution.

Other trainers have even offered a more cynical view saying that the reduction was Niantic’s intention all along. It’s going to be interesting to see how all this plays out!

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Special Pokemon card breaks major milestone for the Trading Card Game

Published: 16/Oct/2020 0:54

by Brent Koepp

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An upcoming Pokemon card is set to hit a major milestone for the Trading Card Game that hasn’t been reached since 2002. The collectible item is a promo from the film Coco which releases in Winter 2020.

The Pokemon TCG made its debut in North America in 1999, and quickly became a worldwide phenomena. Decades later, the hobby has never been more popular, with stars like Logan Paul and former rapper Logic dropping hundreds of thousands of dollars on rare items.

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The Trading Card Game is about to reach a new milestone this December with the release of the upcoming full-length film Coco. A promotional card given out at theaters will be the first of its kind since 2002’s Wizard’s of the Coast set Skyridge.

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The upcoming film will get a promo card based on the main character called Koko.

Pokemon Coco film to release special card

This December, the Game Freak RPG will get its 23rd film called Coco. To celebrate its release, a special promo card will be given out in Japan to fans who attend the movie at theaters nationwide.

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However, the item isn’t just any ordinary card – it’s actually the first of its type going back to 2002. The promo features Koko, the boy from the film, on a Pokemon card. This is different from human characters who are normally featured on Trainer cards.

Joe Merrick of popular Pokemon site Serebii posted the interesting fact on Twitter. “They’re releasing the third ever publicly released Pokémon card featuring a non-Pokémon and the second to actually be playable since Buried Fossil in Skyridge back in 2002,” he said.

This is interesting, seeing as Koko is said to have been raised in the wild by Legendary Pokemon Zarude. So him being considered a “Pokemon” in the card game is fitting of his story.

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The Coco promo is the second “non-Pokemon” Pokemon card available to the public that is playable in the TCG. Although, the last time a similar card was released was the incredibly bizarre M Sachiko EX from the 2017 X & Y set, which can not be played in the game. 

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These three unique items are similar in that they are “non-Pokemon” Pokemon cards.

Non-Pokemon Pokemon cards are nothing new. The TCG has seen a fair share of them over the years, although they are rarely playable and available to the public like the Coco promo will be in 2020.

Perhaps the most interesting item in this category is the insanely rare Ishihara GX Promo, which features the artwork of The Pokemon Company’s President and CEO. The item was only given out to employees, and has fetched over $50k at auctions.

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