Pokemon Go: Purification costs for shadow Pokemon changed

Published: 1/Aug/2019 11:19 Updated: 1/Aug/2019 11:39

by Paul Cot


Thanks to Team Rocket, purifying Shadow Pokemon is the new big thing in Pokemon Go. Niantic have adjusted how much stardust and candy is needed to complete the purification process, though.

These costs have been increased in some cases and reduced in others, depending on the Pokemon you are purifying. 

With the exception of Dratini and Snorlax (which did cost a sizeable 10,000 stardust and 10 candy), all Shadow Pokemon did cost 2,000 stardust and 2 candy to purify.

@KawaiiSam_You need to save the Shadow Pokemon by purifying them…

New purification costs

Unsurprisingly Dratini and Snorlax are now cheaper, as are Rattata and Zubat. However, starter Pokemon – Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle and Mudkip – have increased slightly. Full cost of purification by Pokemon is as follows:

  • 1,000 stardust and 1 candy: Rattata and Zubat
  • 3,000 stardust and 3 candy: Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle and Mudkip
  • 5,000 stardust and 5 candy: Dratini and Snorlax

Niantic made these changes in an unannounced update.

Other Shadow Pokemon?

It seems likely that Niantic will be adding more Shadow Pokemon to their number one mobile game soon. Excluding evolutions there are only seven in the game as of August 1.

There is a way to check which Pokemon may have a shadow form already, though. If you go to the Pokemon Go Pokedex, select a Pokemon, for example Drowzee, you will see that alongside seen, caught and lucky, that there is a fourth category “purified”.

@PokemonGoAppMore Shadow Pokemon are expected soon…

As we’re all too aware now, you don’t get a purified Pokemon without a shadow version. This is a good way to see which Shadow Pokemon could be introduced next.

However, a leaked datamined list of Shadow Pokemon has also been revealed. Some of these Pokemon, such as Weedle, are on this list but don’t have a purified form in the Pokedex.

This means that either the list is wrong, which would be surprising as it does come from Chrales, or these Pokemon are being added at a later date.

Team Rocket’s introduction to Pokemon Go has brought a refreshing feel to the game and although they are quieter than they once were, we’ve got a feeling the war against Team Rocket is only beginning.


Complete First-Edition PSA10 Pokemon card set could sell for over $700K

Published: 16/Jan/2021 0:19

by Michael Gwilliam


An incredible, complete set of 1999 first-edition Pokemon cards is available for auction – and it’s looking like it could sell for more than half a million dollars when it’s all said and done.

The complete set is made up entirely of PSA 10s, the best possible grade one can give to a card, meaning these are in tip-top condition.

According to Goldin Auctions, who is hosting the bid, the collection includes four extremely sought-after Charizard cards. For many, Charizard is considered the holy grail of Pokemon cards.

So far, five people have put in the funds necessary to bid on the collection in two weeks. If you want to join in, you’re going to need some deep pockets – the minimum bid starts at $125,000.

Screenshot of Charizard Pokemon Trading Card Game 1999.
Charizard is one of the rarest Pokemon cards.

The fact that there are four Charizards alone in the collection is nothing to scoff at, and could very well be the cherry on top of the pristine PSA 10 collection.

Just back in October of 2020, rapper Logic purchased the 1st Edition card for just over $226,000. But that was then, and this is now.

Goldin Auctions states they “just sold an SGC Gold Label Pristine 10 ‘1 of 1’ example of the Charizard for nearly $400,000 in their December Holiday Auction.”

Pokemon booster box
Heritate Auctions
Booster boxes can sell for hundreds of thousands.

While the card alone can sell for a ridiculous amount, booster box prices have also seen their value rise.

As the TGC community has continued to grow, plenty of YouTubers and Twitch stars have started spending a lot of money on booster boxes from the 90s. The end result is that costs have skyrocketed.

Earlier in December, a booster box from Heritage Auctions sold for a whopping $408,000.

Given the insanity of the current lot and just how many perfect condition cards are included, we could be seeing a brand new Pokemon record once the bidding wraps up. The only question is: Will it ever reach the million-dollar mark? We’ll have to see what 2021 has in store.