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Niantic continue to ‘evolve’ Pokemon Go with new battle mechanics

Published: 17/Jul/2019 10:32 Updated: 17/Jul/2019 12:37

by Paul Cot


Niantic have revealed the next phase of Pokemon Go’s evolution by adding battle mechanics to the long-standing mobile game.

Charge moves will now require you to swipe some form of pattern, as opposed to just excessively tapping. It appears the idea is to swipe as many of the move-type icons as possible. The changes are available for you to try for yourselves following the 1.117.0 update.

Niantic also highlighted these changes in a short video on July 15, via one of their Twitter accounts. The video showed a Feraligatr using its charge move, Hydro Pump and a Scizor using an unknown move but with a distinctly different pattern.

Battles now require skill

Depending on how well you swipe the pattern, moves will vary between nice, great and excellent – similar to how it appears when throwing Pokemon balls – causing more damage accordingly. While it is still early days since the update, more powerful moves will presumably have slightly harder patterns.

Niantic have clearly taken inspiration from other mobile games who use similar concepts, as also seen in their Harry Potter: Wizards Unite game. It’s a change which in truth is long overdue as some trainers were growing tired of the repetitive nature of battling.

NianticScreenshots showing different battle patterns – Feraligatr (left), Scizor (center) and Rhydon (right)…

Niantic continue to ‘evolve’

PvP battles were added to Pokemon Go in December 2018 and gym battles have been there since release. Despite the big change last year, trainers never really gravitated to the new mode and this was likely due to the fact that battles were nothing more than tapping repeatedly for a quick attack, then tapping again to implement the charge move.

The new added layer of skill could reinvigorate competitive battling in Pokemon Go and it’s great to see Niantic not resting on their laurels, continually trying to improve the game. 

Following this addition, adding Team Rocket to the Pokemon Go storyline, new modes and an ever growing list of Pokemon, Niantic are clearly intent on keeping Pokemon Go around for a long time yet.


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.