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Pokemon Go trainers aren’t happy with changes to Shadow Pokemon

Published: 3/Mar/2020 12:56

by Paul Cot


Shadow Pokemon have got a lot stronger! Niantic have revealed that Team Rocket has done something to make them more powerful as long as they stay in their Shadow form. These changes haven’t gone down well with Pokemon Go trainers, though.

“We’ve received reports of developments regarding Shadow Pokemon,” the official Pokemon Go blog shared. Whether these changes are part of the Pokemon Go lore or a way to make Shadow Pokemon more appealing isn’t yet known.

Shadow Pokemon changes

The changes are as follows:

  • Shadow Pokemon will now deal 1.2x more damage but their defence will fall by 0.83x
  • Powering up and teaching an additional Charged Attack to Shadow Pokemon now costs less Stardust and Candy
  • Legendary Shadow Pokemon obtained by defeating Team Rocket boss Giovanni will now be stronger
Team Rocket Shadow Pokemon
Team GO Rocket’s Grunts Shadow Pokemon will now hit even harder…

Another change, which Niantic seemed to remain coy about, is the ability to change the Charged Attack Frustration. This would be achieved by using a Charged TM but this would only be possible in certain time periods. These haven’t been announced yet but more details are expected soon.

Trainers react

It’s an interesting development as trainers, until now, have been encouraged to purify their Shadow Pokemon as in the game’s lore it saves them from pain. Instead, it seems Niantic is somewhat encouraging us to keep them in their Shadow form.

This wasn’t lost on Reddit user LittlestCandle who said: “Feels kinda like encouraging animal abuse.” This may be a little extreme of an analogy but it’s an interesting point nonetheless.

This sentiment was echoed by Rob K on Twitter who tweeted: “I thought we were supposed to save Pokemon not use the abused rocket Pokemon.” Maybe the Shadow effect isn’t as bad as we first thought then – hopefully.

Not a bad change after all?

Other trainers have now questioned whether there is any reason at all to purify them. This is a bit of an extreme reaction as there is definitely still incentive to do so.

Firstly, purifying a Shadow Pokemon will automatically take it to Level 25. Secondly, it allows you to remove Return and Frustration although this does come at a cost.

The concern for shadow ‘mons being over powered may be a little over the top. That’s considering the above and just how much Stardust it would cost to get it to a viable level.

Some interesting discussion into the changes to Shadow Pokemon…

One trainer agrees with this assessment. Gandy899 shared their thoughts on Reddit saying: “If somebody wants to spend 3 million dust on a new team of electric attackers to gain a negligible amount of time more power to them. It doesn’t materially change anything.”

They also went on to say that Lucario, Rampardos and Garchomp had become the meta for counters and therefore the changes may mix things up a little in the Pokemon Go world.

The initial reaction to the changes seems to be trainers aren’t happy, but after a bit of analysis it seems these fears may not be fully justified. If the changes do turn out to be unbalanced, then hopefully Niantic will be on the ball enough to reverse or lessen them.


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.