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Pokemon Go: Are the starter Pokemon of any use?

Published: 18/May/2020 15:36

by Paul Cot


The starter Pokemon are a big part of Pokemon Go but beyond their cultural importance are they actually of any use?

Since the franchise’s introduction in 1996, there have been eight sets of starter Pokemon. Naturally the likes of Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle remain the most famous, but all eight generations worth now hold an important place in the world of Pokemon.

They are featured from the outset in every mainline Pokemon game and are often a big part of the anime. So, their popularity is hardly surprising.

Trainers play the Pokemon games for a variety of reasons – the story, competitive battling, to catch their most beloved Pokemon and more. When it comes to Pokemon Go there isn’t much of a story in the game. Many trainers are happy to play to collect their beloved starters. Beyond their addition to the Pokedex, do they offer any use, though?

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It stands to reason that a Pokemon’s evolved form is stronger than its pre-evolution…

Final evolved forms only – obviously

In their original form, they don’t. Whether it’s Charmander, Chikorita or Mudkip, none of them have the strength to pose any type of threat in a competitive scenario.

This won’t come as a revelation to many of you as their stats just can’t compete. We know that these pre-evolutions aren’t meant for battling, however. Invariably, that is the job of final evolution Pokemon.

Not only are the likes of Charizard, Meganium and Swampert far stronger, they are actually among some of the best Pokemon to use. With nearly five generations worth of Pokemon to choose from in the mobile game, however, there are a lot of Pokemon that can get the better of them.

Experienced Pokemon Go players will also know that often a species’ moves is more important than their stats. This means the same species of Pokemon, say Blaziken, can go from being a strong option for your team to being relatively useless.

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Pokemon feature in Community Days can learn an exclusive move if you evolve them…

Community Day moves are a must

There are some exceptions such as the aforementioned Charizard and Blaziken. Generally though, the starter Pokemon’s final evolved forms require the presence of their Community Day exclusive move to compete in the Pokemon Go meta.

As the name suggests, these are moves that were only attainable when capturing them in their respective Community Day.

However, fortunately, the introduction of Elite TMs has made them available once again, albeit rarely. You can teach all sorts of Pokemon elite moves using these hard to earn Elite TMs, which include Community Day exclusive moves.

There had been complaints among the Pokemon Go community that starter Pokemon without these moves just couldn’t compete in GO Battle League, Pokemon Go’s competitive PvP format. This is often true, but at least now trainers can bridge that gap.

Legendary and Mythical Pokemon definitely have a big advantage when it comes to battles, as they should, but with the right moveset (yes, we’re looking at you Swampert Mud Shot and Hydro Cannon users) starter Pokemon can be very beneficial. It’s just unfortunate they have to rely on certain moves to do so.


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.

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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.