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Pokemon Go stardust chart – How to get and maximize it

Published: 14/Aug/2019 11:38 Updated: 14/Aug/2019 12:00

by Paul Cot

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Stardust is Pokemon Go gold and is a much needed resource in the game. We look at how much is needed to level up your Pokemon, and where you can get your hands on it.

How to get more stardust?

There are only six ways to get stardust in Pokemon Go:

  • Catch a Pokemon – 100 stardust
  • Completing a raid battle – 500 stardust
  • Research: Completing a stage of a quest and field research tasks – varies
  • Hatch an egg – varies
  • Feeding a berry to a gym defender – 20 stardust a time
  • Opening gifts – varies

The problem isn’t obtaining stardust, it’s doing so in large quantities. Catching a Pokemon, feeding berries to your gym defenders and even participating in raid battles are all easy tasks – but you need to do them a lot to gather all the stardust you need.

@PokemonGoAppRaid battles are already a great source of stardust but with the current bonus event you get 3,000 stardust guaranteed!

What is stardust needed for?

The primary use for stardust in Pokemon Go is powering up your team. Anyone who has played Pokemon before will know getting stronger Pokemon is a huge part of the game.

There are two ways to make them stronger – use your stardust to level them up (there are 40 levels in Pokemon Go) and catch them at an already high level.

Elsewhere, since Team Rocket’s arrival in Pokemon Go, the purification process also requires stardust. The amount varies between 1,000 and 5,000 depending on the Pokemon you want to purify.

Stardust is also used for trading Pokemon – the better friends you are, with ultra being the highest, the less it costs.

When to power up your Pokemon?

The leveling up process in Pokemon Go isn’t what it seems, and you should know the numbers behind doing so before wasting precious stardust on it.

It costs exponentially more to level up higher level Pokemon while they benefit exponentially less the higher they are. In short, it’s much better to power up your Pokemon when they are a lower level.

There is also the trade off between powering up low level Pokemon and waiting to catch the same one at a higher level. This does get complicated however, as you do need to take into account Pokemon Go IVs.

This phenomenon can be seen in the chart below:

PokeAssistantChart showing the diminishing returns of using stardust to power up Pokemon (Credit: PokeAssistant)

The average level 25 Pokemon Go trainer can have anything up to 500,000 stardust. When you consider that it costs 270,000 to power up a Pokemon from level 1 to 40 it shows just how cautious you need to be with this scarce resource.

The diminishing returns of using stardust at higher levels can be shown with the following numerical example – powering up a Pokemon from level 30 to 40 will cost 150,000 stardust but only make it 8% stronger.

@PokemonGoAppNow is a great time to farm that Pokemon Go stardust!

Make the most of the stardust event

Right now, and until August 20, you can maximize your stardust even more. As a reward for completing the challenge tasks as part of the Pokemon Go Global Challenge there is an array of stardust bonuses:

  • 3x hatch bonus
  • 3x catch bonus
  • 3,000 stardust guaranteed per raid battle
  • 1 hour star pieces
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Pokemon community stunned after card collection worth millions surfaces

Published: 27/Nov/2020 21:06

by Brent Koepp

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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.
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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.