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Pokemon Go special friendship event 2020 – Start time, bonuses, more

Published: 21/Feb/2020 2:16 Updated: 21/Feb/2020 2:53

by Paul Cot


The final scheduled Pokemon Go event in February is a special friendship weekend and you guessed it, there will be friend related bonuses.

Romantic love isn’t the only love Niantic are celebrating in February, as they conclude the month by shifting gears to friendships. It’s time to show your friends some love, too, as confirmed by the Pokemon Go blog.

Start and finish time

It begins on Friday February 21, 8am and finishes on Monday, February 24, 10pm. This time is based on local time so you don’t need to work out those pesky time zone differences.

Pokemon Go Phones
Pokemon Company
Get your Pokemon Go friends ready for the various bonuses!


Pokemon Go trainers can enjoy the following bonuses throughout the weekend:

  • Friendship levels will increase faster
  • 2x Trade Candy
  • 1/2 Trade Stardust cost
  • The number of Gifts you can open daily will increase to 40
  • The number of Gifts you can carry in your inventory will increase to 20
Pokemon Company
There are four levels of friend in Pokemon Go: Good, Great, Ultra and Best.

Time to XP farm?

A lot of players will know that ascending through friendship levels is already an excellent way to accumulate XP. Currently it takes this many days worth of interacting to increase levels and get the following XP:

  • Good Friend: 1 day – 3,000 XP
  • Great Friend: 7 days – 10,000 XP
  • Ultra Friend: 30 days – 50,000 XP
  • Best Friend: 90 days – 100,000 XP

The bonus for the February friendship event simply states levels will increase faster, so it isn’t known how much faster this will be. We’ll have to wait and see whether you’ll be able to interact on perhaps a 12 hourly basis or whether the levels will simply increase faster.

If you really want to XP farm this weekend, then throw out a Lucky Egg while interacting with friends to double XP. With an increase in the number of gifts you can carry and receive, this is the absolute best opportunity to try and ascend through the Pokemon Go levels.

Elsewhere, we all know trading Pokemon can be costly – nobody wants to waste the Pokemon Go gold that is Stardust. Nevertheless, trading is the best way to get those coveted Lucky Pokemon.

If you want to increase your chances of doing so then you can check out our Lucky Pokemon guide. So, save those spare high CP species and remember CP won’t change as much when trading but IVs will. In short, the IV of a Pokemon when trading is irrelevant whereas CP is important.


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.