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Trainers react to non-legendary Pokemon Go Research Breakthrough reward

Published: 3/Feb/2020 19:22 Updated: 3/Feb/2020 19:24

by Paul Cot


Woobat, yes Woobat, has been confirmed as the February Pokemon Go Research Breakthrough encounter reward. It comes as a surprise, but what isn’t surprising is trainers aren’t happy with the decision.

The popular Bat Pokemon is available now through to March 1, 1pm PST. As part of the reward you will get 10 extra Woobat Candies, giving you a total of 13.

This means if you use a Pinap Berry on it then it will double to 26 – which makes using one imperative. Get 50 of them and you’ll be able to evolve it into the courting Pokemon, Swoobat.

Swoobat Pokemon Go
Pokemon Fandom
50 Woobat Candies will evolve it into Swoobat…

February Research Breakthrough reward isn’t a legend

Last month’s Research Breakthrough reward was Lapras with the powerful ice-type moves Ice Shard and Ice Beam. In the near two year history of the rewards this was only the second time a non-legendary had featured.

Previous to Lapras, ‘Flower Crown’ Eevee had featured during September and October – a decision which trainers were less than thrilled with. It was a quite step down from the likes of Moltres, Lugia, Kyogre, etc.

It looks like non-legendary rewards are here to stay, though. The reveal of Woobat now makes it two months in a row a legend hasn’t been used. It does somewhat soften the blow that Woobat is a Gen 5 Pokemon that is a new introduction to the Pokedex, however.

Regi Trio Pokemon Go
The Regi trio are just three of many legendary Pokemon that have been Research Breakthrough rewards…

Trainers are used to legendaries

While some trainers have accepted the change to Research Breakthrough rewards, others are less than happy. One Twitter user, Thunders_Bolt, was left particularly disappointed with the news: “These were the only way for me to get non-shadow legendaries and they replace them with Woobat? Really?”

Another trainer seemed furious with the decision, saying: “WOOBAT HAHAHAHAHA. Weren’t selling enough raid passes with legendaries as research breakthroughs, huh?” They went on to further their opinion but you can read that on Twitter.

Elsewhere, although blunt, this was trainer was a little more reasoned in their response to the news: “These pointless Pokemon that are limited to 3-5 per month is a waste. Woobat should be in the wild.”

It seems there are two camps of Pokemon Go trainer – one which is happy with the new type of rewards and others which are going to struggle with the new concept of non-legendaries.

The latter of those might have to get used to it, though. We may never know the real reason for their relatively sudden removal, but the first tweet may have hit the nail on the head.

It could well be a business decision to make legendary species in Pokemon Go harder to come by and therefore rarer. After all, being able to easily get one a week had taken away some of their allure. Perhaps legendary Pokemon will be just that going forward – legendary.


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.