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Pokemon Go Lunar New Year event brings debut of Minccino and more

Published: 21/Jan/2020 22:03 Updated: 21/Jan/2020 22:09

by Paul Cot


Niantic have announced the Pokemon Go 2020 Lunar New year event which includes the addition of new Gen 5 species among exciting bonuses.

The upcoming event had been teased in a not so subtle fashion by the official Pokemon Go Twitter account. Starting on January 17 they tweeted a smiley of the moon which has been eclipsing daily ever since. Following the smiley of the fully covered moon, it was only a matter of time until the event was confirmed.

The Lunar New Year is the start of a new year in the lunar or lunisolar calendar. While it is celebrated across the world, it’s widely celebrated by people of Chinese heritage and is therefore also known as the Chinese New Year.

Pokemon GO Lunar New Year 2020 Event
The 2020 Pokemon Go Lunar New Year event will be the third one…

There are 12 Chinese Zodiac animals used to represent years on a continual basis. 2019 was the Year of the Pig, which is why Spoink was featured heavily in last year’s event. 2020 is the Year of the Rat.

The event’s announcement was also obvious because this time last year, the 2019 Lunar New Year event took place. This started on February 4, with the Lunar New Year officially taking place on February 5.

The Lunar New Year takes place on January 25 in 2020. This is why the event starts earlier on January 24 and will run until February 3.

Influx of red Pokemon

Several red Pokemon will be appearing more in the wild. These include Charmeleon, Vulpix, Parasect, Voltorb, Jynx, Magmar, Magikarp, Flareon, Slugma, Wurmple, Corphish, Kricketot and Foongus.

There’s more though, one of the most famous red Pokemon is actually red at all. Shiny Gyarados in its famous dark red may appear in the wild. That’s not only a super rare Pokemon but in its shiny form, too!

There will also be some red Pokemon featured in 7km eggs such as Shuckle and Foongus. These eggs will also feature the debut of Darumaka, the Zen Charm Pokemon.

Minccino Pokemon Go
Minccino is making its debut in Pokemon Go…

Minccino Limited Research

Minccino and Cinccino are making their Pokemon Go debuts! The Gen 5 species will be available as part of some limited time special research.

It has also been discovered that the Chinchilla Pokemon can evolve into Cinccino using an Unova Stone. Minccino can be found in other ways, too.

It will be available in 5km eggs and will continue to do so once the event finishes. If you’re really lucky you may even encounter it in its shiny form.


As with all Pokemon Go events there are a couple bonuses for trainers to make the most of. The bonuses for the Pokemon Go Chinese New Year special event are as follows:

  • Gifts may contain Rare Candies
  • There will be a higher chance of becoming Lucky Friends upon trading Pokemon
  • Traded Pokemon will also have an increased chance of becoming Lucky

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.