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Pokemon Go: 5 annoyingly overpowered Pokemon in GO Battle League

Published: 8/Jun/2020 12:46

by Paul Cot


Those who have played Pokemon Go’s GO Battle League will know some species are more effective than others. There are some powerful choices, though, that just don’t make sense.

Giratina being arguably the strongest Ultra League Pokemon makes sense. To a lesser extent, Dialga being the go to Pokemon for Master League makes sense.

However, there are some surprising species that are part of the GBL meta. If you hadn’t played the game before there’s no chance you’d think they’re among the very strongest Pokemon.

Here are five annoyingly overpowered Pokemon which just don’t make sense.

Altaria Overpowered GBL
Altaria is a must-have option for GO Battle Great League…

5. Altaria

Altaria is by no means weak but its status as perhaps the best Great League Pokemon is questionable. That’s not questionable as to whether it’s true or not – it is – but whether it’s deserved.

Its dual dragon and flying type meaning it’s resistant to an array of frequently seen Pokemon. This coupled with its high defense stat within the confines of Great League can make Swablu’s evolution a nightmare to deal with.

Fortunately, it isn’t easy to obtain due to the 400 Candies you’ll need to evolve it. Nevertheless, trainers who haven’t played the competitive Pokemon Go mode may be surprised at how difficult it to beat.

Togekiss Overpowered GBL
Struggling to deal with Giratina? Just match Togekiss against it.

4. Togekiss

There is a litany of powerful dragon-types you’ll come across in GO Battle League. While their resistances may not be that great, they do come with some powerful and more importantly fast charging moves.

This can make them hard to deal with, especially considering a lot of them are Legendary. However, there’s no Pokemon better equipped to deal with them than the relatively little Togekiss.

The dual fairy and flying-type has double resistance to dragon-types and will decimate them in a one on one battle. It’s good that these legends can be overcome but having one answer for all of them seems a little bit too easy.

Other than Gardevoir there isn’t a fairy-type that comes close to matching Togekiss’ CP. Xerneas’ eventual release into Pokemon Go may change that, though.

Swampert Overpowered GBL
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Swampert is a regular appearances across all leagues in Pokemon Go’s PvP…

3. Swampert

It’s great to see the starter Pokemon final evolutions aren’t totally ineffective. There are only three per generation and it’s important each of them have a place when it comes to competitive battling.

Swampert standing head and shoulders above the rest (with the exception of Charizard) seems a bit ridiculous, though. It isn’t because Mudkip’s final form is more powerful than the likes of Blastoise, Sceptile and company, but because it has a superior moveset, perfect for GBL.

Mud Shot generates energy like few other moves, so when you combine that with Surf and Earthquake you have a formidable Pokemon on your hands. It also helps that the water type Hoenn starter also has a ground-typing. This means while it’s doubly weak to grass, it has no other vulnerabilities.

Skarmory Overpowered GBL
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Skarmory will be seen a lot in Great League but not Ultra or Master League…

2. Skarmory

Skarmory is a relatively common spawn in Pokemon Go and has no evolution. So why should it be so effective in GBL?

The answer to that is simple. It has a very high defense stat that can be utilized at the Great League level due to its max CP of 2,108.

Its typing also comes into play. Skarmory is both flying and steel-type which means it is weak to only electric and fire attacks.

Meanwhile, it is resistant to a massive 10 different types. Among them is bug, grass, and poison which Skarmory has double resistance to. Opening a GO Battle League match with Skarmory is therefore a wise choice.

Azumarill Overpowered GBL
Azumarill may not look like a tough Pokemon but when it comes to Great League underestimate it at your peril…

1. Azumarill

Azumarill – who would have thought this innocent looking Pokemon would be so effective? Sure, that effectiveness is limited to the Great League, but nevertheless, it is a meta changing species.

The Aqua Rabbit Pokemon may seem average on appearance but it has a few key factors in its favor. Firstly, while its max CP is 1,588, this does mean you can get a close to peak Azumarill at the Great League limit. Getting it to 1,500 CP can be costly, though, as there are some barriers to get there.

Similar to other Pokemon on this list, Azumarill has a dual typing in fairy and water that results in it having few weaknesses and a lot of resistance. Again, it’s another species with a double resistance to dragon attacks.

Finally, it has excellent moves. Ice Beam and Play Rough are both powerful and diverse. With the Fast Move Bubble providing fast energy gains you’ll be able to make the most of them, too.

It’s good to a degree that some random Pokemon make up the GO Battle League meta but a few others to keep the game fresh would be great. It seems a bit silly when the likes of Zapdos and Virizion don’t have a place at the top of PvP but Skarmory and Azumarill do.


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.