Are paid-for Pokemon Go special research story events fair & worth it? - Dexerto

Are paid-for Pokemon Go special research story events fair & worth it?

Published: 20/Mar/2020 20:06

by Paul Cot


Pokemon Go players are currently in the middle of the latest special research story event which gives you the Mythical Genesect. The event has unsurprisingly raised questions from trainers as to whether the paid-for event is fair, but also worth the money.

When a free-to-pay game such as Pokemon Go starts charging for elements of the game that have always been free – such as putting a particular Pokemon behind a pay-wall – some trainers will inevitably voice their displeasure.


Particular items such as Incenses and Incubators have always had a cost attached to them (mostly) but this was always accepted as it was the case when Pokemon Go released in 2016. Since then, it appears Niantic and co are adopting more of a pay-to-play approach.

Genesect Research Event
Genesect is the second species to be added to Pokemon Go via a pay-wall…

Fair to put Pokemon behind a pay-wall?

Whether you think it’s fair to put Pokemon behind a real cost is opinion. Some will argue it’s greedy from the developers, others it’s a smart business move and some it’s a small cost that’s reasonable given the game is free in the first place.


Whatever your opinion is on it, it should be noted that, technically, Genesect won’t be behind a pay-wall for long. Sure you have to pay the $7.99 if you want it now but it will be coming to EX Raids in April. This is the same as what happened with the first special research story event – Regigigas. The Colossal Pokemon was also added to EX Raids shortly after.

There’s also hope they will become even more available than the difficult to get invited to EX Raids. Mewtwo and Dexoys, two Pokemon that were also only found in EX Raids, have since been featured in five-star raids, suggesting Genesect and Regigigas could follow.

Pokemon Go Event Ticket
Tickets for these special research story events can be bought in the Pokemon Go Shop…

Are the tickets worth it?

The tickets to these events have so far cost $7.99 (£7.99) each. This is a pretty substantial cost just for a Pokemon.


However, these research events actually provide various rewards, too. So in effect, you’re not paying the money just for the Pokemon but several items that have a cost attached to them in the Pokemon Go Shop.

The rewards which feature in the Pokemon Go Shop normally cost 1,570 PokeCoins alone – more than $13 worth. There are also the various rewards that don’t have a monetary value attached to them.

This shows the ticket clearly does provide value, even by the rewards alone. Fans rightly have their opinions on whether or not events such as these should be paid-for, but there should be little argument that the ticket does provide Pokemon Go trainers with good value.


Pokemon Sword & Shield breaks major record with Crown Tundra DLC

Published: 6/Oct/2020 21:30

by Brent Koepp


Pokemon Sword & Shield’s next DLC, The Crown Tundra, is set to hit stores on October 22. The new add-on will make the Gen VIII title pass another major milestone for the popular Nintendo franchise.

The Pokemon series entered its eighth generation with the debut of Sword & Shield in 2019. The Nintendo Switch title launched with over 400 monsters for players to catch across the new Galar region.


However according to reports, the Gen VIII RPG is set to break a major record for the franchise with the release of its second DLC, The Crown Tundra, at the end of October.

leon in pokemon sword & shield
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
Sword & Shield will soon be crowned as a new champion with an upcoming record.

Pokemon Sword & Shield set to break new record

Despite only releasing at the end of 2019, Sword & Shield has already become the series’ third highest-selling title in the franchise according to reports by Nintendo in August. However, now it appears the Gen 8 release is set to break another major record.


Joe Merrick of popular outlet Serebii pointed out the milestone on Twitter on October 6. According to the tweet, the Nintendo Switch game will have over 620 Pokemon that can be caught across the two titles with the release of The Crown Tundra on October 22.

“Sword & Shield will contain the most natively available Pokemon of any pair of Pokemon games by a decent margin. These are Pokemon you can catch/obtain between the two pieces of software without need for transfer,” he explained.

The previous record holder was 2013’s X & Y which made its debut on the Nintendo DS. Leading up to its launch, the reception to Sword & Shield was rocky, to say the least. Game Freak’s decision to drop the National Pokedex sparked backlash from fans on social media.


However with the release of the DLC add-ons The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra, the eighth generation title will now have the most Pokemon that can be caught in-game, which is pretty impressive.

pokemon isle of armor and crown tundra
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
Sword & Shield’s DLC has added an insane amount of Pokemon to the game.

While some may still be frustrated with the National Pokedex move, Game Freak’s decision to go with the DLC format appears to be paying off as Sword & Shield is now one of the highest selling games in the series.

The new content has also continued to expand the Nintendo Switch title, making the Galar Dex absolutely massive. Players can get their hands on the Crown Tundra DLC starting October 22.