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Pokemon Go: A Challenging Development research tasks and rewards guide

Published: 1/Dec/2019 13:36 Updated: 8/Dec/2019 20:41

by Paul Cot


There’s a new special research task in Pokemon Go — A Challenging Development. It looks like this could be a monthly quest which rewards you with a Giovanni encounter.

Some trainers are reporting that Professor Willow has already prepped them for the Team Rocket based challenge. Some details remain unknown but all reports have come from regions where the clock had already ticked over into December.

Second encounter with Giovanni?

The new quest had been already leaked at the beginning of November. While not confirmed by Pokemon Go themselves, it does appear that this new research will get you a second encounter with Team Rocket boss, Giovanni.

@PokemonGoAppYou’ll be able to encounter Giovanni once a month…

This is backed up by reports only coming from trainers who have already completed Looming in the Shadows, and have therefore already encountered Giovanni. Niantic did confirm you will be able to encounter Giovanni once a month, though, without mentioning this new quest.

Articuno and now Zapdos?

The first encounter earned you a chance to catch Shadow Articuno — one of the three Kanto bird legends. The Team Rocket Pokemon Go trailer also showed Zapdos and Moltres, which hints that they will be future rewards. Given Articuno was the first, it looks like Zapdos could be next, assuming they’re being released in order of their Pokedex entry.

Update: Trainers who are completing their Looming in the Shadows research have confirmed Zapdos has replaced Articuno. Giovanni’s team was comprised of Persian, Dugtrio and Zapdos.

It looks like Articuno can no longer be encountered. Presumably this means Moltres will come in January. We’ll have to wait and see whether Articuno returns after that.

As the research tasks take several days to complete (yes the “Spin a Pokestop 5 days in a row” one is in there), we don’t know all the stages just yet. However, we do know the dialogue surrounding the quest which you can read here.

Update: The remaining stages have been revealed and are the same as Looming in the Shadows. You can see them in their entirety below.

A Challenging Development tasks list

A Challenging Development 1/6

  • Spin 10 PokeStops – 500 XP
  • Defeat 3 Team GO Rocket Grunts – 500 XP
  • Catch 1 Shadow Pokemon – 500 XP
  • Rewards: 500 Stardust, 10 PokeBalls and 10 Razz Berries

A Challenging Development 2/6

  • Spin a PokeStop 5 days in a row – 750 XP
  • Purify 15 Shadow Pokemon – 750 XP
  • Win 5 raids – 750 XP
  • Rewards: 1,000 Stardust, 3 Potions and 3 Revives

A Challenging Development 3/6

  • Use 6 supereffective Charged Attacks in gym battles – 1,000 XP
  • Win 3 Great League Trainer Battles against another trainer – 1,000 XP
  • Defeat 6 Team GO Rocket Grunts – 1,000 XP
  • Rewards: 1,500 Stardust, 15 Great Balls and 5 Pinap Berries

A Challenging Development 4/6

  • Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Arlo – 1,250 XP
  • Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Cliff – 1,250 XP
  • Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Sierra – 1,250 XP
  • Rewards: 2,000 Stardust, 1 Rocket Radar and 3 Golden Razz Berries

A Challenging Development 5/6

  • Find the Team GO Rocket Boss – 2,500 Stardust
  • Battle the Team GO Rocket Boss – 1,500 XP
  • Defeat the Team GO Rocket Boss – 3 Silver Pinap Berries
  • Rewards: 3,000 Stardust, 1 Fast TM and 1 Charged TM

A Challenging Development 6/6

  • Already Complete – 2,000 XP
  • Already Complete – 2,000 XP
  • Already Complete – 2,000 XP
  • Rewards: 3 Max Revive, 20 Ultra Balls and 3 Rare Candy

At this stage it is unknown whether there will be a repeat of A Challenging Development in January, or whether it will be named something else entirely. Hopefully the Giovanni encounters will continue as promised on a monthly basis, though.

If you still haven’t completed Looming in the Shadows, don’t worry. If you can complete it soon, then you’ll still have plenty of time to complete A Challenging Development in December. After all, nobody wants to miss out on a Shadow legendary Pokemon.


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.