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Pokemon brought to life with epic augmented reality trading cards

Published: 15/May/2020 22:23 Updated: 18/May/2020 12:40

by Brent Koepp


The Pokemon community was blown away when a player shared their augmented reality trading cards of starters Charmander, Bulbasaur, and Squirtle. The jaw-dropping creation brings the Nintendo property to life like never before.

For many 90s kids, Pokemon was an absolute phenomena. The beloved RPG’s addictive ‘catch ’em all’ gameplay spread like wildfire as children looked to trade monsters with their friends.

The Trading Card Game, which was introduced in 1996, proved to be just as popular. An insanely creative fan has made childhood dreams come true by bringing the TCG to life with augmented reality.

Mind-blowing AR Pokemon cards

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The Pokemon Trading Card Game is still a worldwide phenomena today.

Reddit user ‘yahyayyasha’ uploaded their stunning creation on May 12, and wowed the community with their neon AR re-creation of the Trading Card Game. The post went viral with over 19.9 k upvotes.

“I made a Pokemon starters augmented reality card,” the submission read. The creative fan used Hidden Fates shiny Charmander, EX Crystal Guardians Squirtle, and Secret Wonder’s Bulbasaur for the project.

In the video, we see the user holding up each card, and then their camera lens displays the 3D neon overlay on top of them. Each card comes to life as the name and outline of the monster becomes animated, taking holographics to the next level.

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Fans of the series were blown away, and asked the artist how he had created the futuristic cards. Yahyayyasha explained “I made this using Blender for the 3D assets, Unity & Vuforia for the AR & app.”

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The Redditor detailed which program he used to make the incredible cards.

This isn’t the first time the community has been blown away by Pokemon being mixed with AR. In February, a fan discovered Sword & Shield has a secret interactive AR box art when using Google Lens.

Despite launching close to 24 years ago, the Pokemon TCG continues to grow in popularity. The newest expansion of the card game ‘Rebel Clash’ came out in May, and is based on the 2019 release of SW/SH.


How to get Spiritomb in Pokemon Sword & Shield Crown Tundra

Published: 26/Oct/2020 21:57 Updated: 26/Oct/2020 22:04

by Brent Koepp


Perhaps one of the most unique Pokemon in Sword & Shield, Spiritomb can only be obtained in The Crown Tundra DLC through a special method. Here is how you can capture the Ghost-type ‘mon in no time.

Unlike previous generations, developer Game Freak opted out of a third game for Sword & Shield in favor of an Expansion Pass. And on October 22, players got their second major DLC, The Crown Tundra.

The new addon whisked players away to a snowy region of Galar, and brought over 119 new monsters with it for Trainers to catch. However, one of the trickiest characters to find is Gen IV’s Ghost/Dark-type, Spiritomb.

spiritomb's pokedex entry in pokemon crown tundra
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The Gen IV Pokemon makes its return in The Crown Tundra.

How to find Spiritomb in Pokemon Crown Tundra

Spiritomb was originally introduced in fourth generation releases Diamond and Pearl for the Nintendo DS. The ‘mon made its return to Sword & Shield in its latest expansion, The Crown Tundra.

According to its Pokedex description, the character is said to have been created from 108 deceased spirits – spine chilling stuff. It’s also said that its mischievous behavior “compelled a traveler to use a mysterious spell to bind it to an odd keystone.”

Unlike other monsters in the new DLC, the Ghost/Dark-type can only be found in a specific location. Trainers will also have to follow a certain method to summon the spirit. Here are the steps to capturing it quickly:

  • Step 1: Fast travel to Dyna Tree Hill. If you have not unlocked the waypoint yet, make your way to the giant red tree where the Galarian bird trio reside. 
  • Step 2: After spawning in front of the tree, immediately make a right and then take a second right looping backwards. Cut across the grass and take the ramp down to the lower area and hug right. You will then see two alcoves – the one you want is the far right. The tombstone is directly west of Ballimere Lake.
ballimere lake in pokemon crown tundra
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The Pokemon can be found west of Ballimere Lake.
  • Step 3: Go up to the tombstone and read the text which will say “Spread my voice.” You will now need to hit the Y button to bring up the Y-Comm menu. Press + to connect to the internet.
  • Step 4: You now have to talk to 32 Trainers. While this may seem like a lot, it can be done rather quickly if you stay in this location. Hop on your bike, and ride back and forth down the path. Each time you see a new player in the overworld, talk to them and receive an item. You must get 32 items as it needs to be a new person each time. Repeat encounters won’t count!
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You have to talk to 32 new Trainers before the Ghost will appear.
  • Step 5: After talking to 32 people, go up to the tombstone and the text should change to “I have been heard.” Now fast travel to the Dyna Tree Hill point to reload the map, and go back to the tombstone. The Gen IV monster should be floating in front of it ready to battle you.
spiritomb in pokemon crown tundra
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Spiritomb will show up at the grave after talking to 32 Trainers.

It may seem like a major undertaking to talk to 32 new Trainers, however keep in mind there are plenty of players trying to do the same thing as you. So once you connect to the internet in front of the tombstone, you will easily find people to talk to.

It took us about five minutes to complete the task, so it’s not too bad. Spirtomb’s odd requirements are similar to Sword & Shield’s Runerigus which could only be found using a specific method on the map.