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Pokemon Go: November December research breakthrough rewards revealed

Published: 1/Nov/2019 10:23 Updated: 1/Nov/2019 11:05

by Paul Cot

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Niantic have revealed the Pokemon Go research breakthrough rewards for November and December — and don’t worry, it’s not another flower crown Pokemon.

Legendary Pokemon instead of flower crowns

It appears Niantic have listened to fan feedback and brought some legendary Pokemon back. There will be five you can encounter: Zapdos, Articuno, Moltres, Kyogre and Groudon.

While these have all been available previously, many fans will be happy to have their seven stamps reward them with something they can consider more worthwhile.

@PokemonGoAppZapdos, Articuno and Moltres were the first Pokemon to be research breakthrough rewards…

Specifically, these five legends will be available from November 1 2019, 1pm PDT (4pm EDT and 8pm GMT) to January 1 2020, 1pm PST (4pm EST and 9pm GMT).

Zapdos, Articuno and Moltres return – again

Moltres was actually the first research breakthrough reward when the feature was introduced to Pokemon Go in April 2018. Zapdos and Articuno would follow in May and June of 2018, respectively. 

The legendary Kanto trio were also among the research breakthrough rewards for December 2018 through to February 2019.

Meanwhile, Kyogre and Groudon were first available as for completing field research tasks in July and August of this year. After a two month absence, they will return for a second spell.

@PokemonGoAppKyogre and Groudon are appearing as research breakthrough rewards for the second time…

What research breakthrough rewards are next?

Some Pokemon Go trainers may look at this lineup and be a little disappointed as they’re all species we’ve seen before. However, this is as good as could have realistically hoped for.

Niantic could have used some legends from Gen 4, such as the Lake Guardians or Dialga/Palkia, but these haven’t been available in the game for all that long. We can expect these to feature in 2020.

It’s safe to say a lot of trainers were less than happy with Flower Crown Eevee being the only research breakthrough reward for September/October. It came as a surprise as, at that point, breakthrough rewards had been exclusively legendary Pokemon.

Maybe Niantic have learned from that mistake and it will be legends from here on out. We’ll have to wait and see. 

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YouTuber buys dream car worth $200k by selling Pokemon cards

Published: 5/Dec/2020 1:07

by Brent Koepp

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A YouTuber revealed that he was able to afford and buy his dream car worth up to $200k just by buying, selling, and covering Pokemon cards – yes, you read that right!

Although the Pokemon TCG made its debut decades ago in 1997, the Nintendo collectibles have seen an absolute explosion in popularity in 2020. Items once traded by children on school playgrounds for practically nothing can now sell for as much as a house.

Dedicated fans that have been covering the hobby for years such as Australian YouTuber Michael ‘UnlistedLeaf’ Anderson have had their passion rewarded with the Trading Card Game’s recent attention. So much so that the content creator was able to buy a luxury car.

Pokemon YouTuber UnlistedLeaf shows off his dream Audi R8 car.
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The Nintendo fan was able to buy his dream car collecting and selling Pokemon cards.

YouTuber buys dream car thanks to Pokemon cards

While many popular entertainers have been swept up by the Pokemon card craze that has hit in 2020, YouTubers like Unlisted Leaf have been making videos about the hobby since 2013. On December 4, the content creator revealed that he was able to buy his dream car – a Audi R8 V10 Plus – due his love of the Nintendo RPG.

“It is insane to me that years down the line I am able to get one,” he said. “The craziest part about this whole situation is that I really bought this car with, like, Pokemon cards. If we really boil it down.” The entertainer, who also goes by ‘Ando’, then clarified that he didn’t get any money from his parents or a side job – it was purely from covering the Pokemon collectibles.

“It is 110% all with Pokemon cards. That’s the truth. I literally have been making videos around Pokemon cards for about eight years now. I’ve been collecting Pokemon cards for eight years and like selling a few. Then like I buy a lot. Then I sell a couple more,” the Nintendo fan explained.

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UnlistedLeaf revealed that Pokemon cards’ recent explosion in value and popularity also played a hand in being able to afford the luxury vehicle. “Especially with the crazy Pokemon card boom recently, I was able to purchase this car.” he revealed, before he thanked his fans for sticking with him as he covered the Nintendo hobby for eight years.

There is no telling if the craze surrounding the TCG will die down anytime soon. With the Japanese franchise gearing up to celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2021, the sky is the limit. Passionate fans who have dedicated their lives to Trading Card Game are finally starting to reap the rewards.