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Pokemon Go: Trainers furious with ‘broken’ shiny Carvanha rate

Published: 17/May/2020 20:51

by Paul Cot

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Trainers were looking forward to finding shiny Carvanha in Pokemon Go’s second Incense Day event, but due to an apparent glitch, many missed out on the opportunity.

Understandably these Trainers weren’t happy. Some even played the entire duration of the six-hour event to come up empty handed.

It looks like this wasn’t down to luck, though. Instead an issue with Pokemon Go itself appears to be the problem.

During such events, specific species have their chances of appearing as a shiny increased. So, had you played the majority of this event, the chances are you’d find a shiny Carvanha.

New Zealand and Australia the guinea pigs

Reportedly, this increased shiny rate wasn’t activated, however. Pokemon Go trainers from New Zealand and Australia had been complaining about ultra-low shiny rates until a short network outage.

From there, the expected shiny rate seemed to come about. That means those in New Zealand supposedly played 5 hours and 20 minutes without the boosted shiny rate, and those in Australia for 3 hours and 20 minutes.

“Been playing all day and just got the one shiny Carvanha now (with 2 mins to go before the event ends). Glad to have gotten one but still sucky how it was only fixed now,” lupe_brodrax commented on Reddit.

Some trainers are arguing that the rate didn’t improve after that either, but the overwhelming feedback was there were more shinies in these regions towards the end of the event. Those who were unable to find one in the later stages were probably just unlucky.

Other trainers got their desired shiny with just minutes remaining. “What a waste of time. Took 5 hours and 57 mins to get a shiny. It’s annoying being the event guinea pig country sometimes,” ISmellAFreakshow said in reference to Pokemon Go events starting in New Zealand first.

Make up event?

Niantic have yet to comment on the event and whether the shiny rate was indeed broken for the first portion of it. Last month they made a ‘make-up’ event for those in the EMEA regions following an issue with the GO Battle: Marill Day.

Whether they do the same for this, though, remains to be seen.

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Pokemon troll goes viral after baiting fans with most expensive card

Published: 26/Nov/2020 23:38

by Brent Koepp

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Popular YouTuber SomeThingElseYT went viral online after trolling Pokemon fans. The animator jokingly claimed to have discovered the world’s most expensive Trading Card Game collectible, Pikachu Illustrator, in his garage.

The Pokemon TCG was a major part of many 90s kids’ childhoods. No one could have ever guessed that cards once stuffed in cheap binders could one day sell for as much as a sports car. In 2020 though, the pieces of cardboard have now exploded in value.

At the very top of the list of the most expensive is the incredibly rare Pikachu Illustrator which fetched over $233k at auction in July. On November 24, a YouTuber went viral after joking that he found the collectible in his garage. Only, some thought it was actually real.

Screenshot of rare Pokemon Trading Card Game item Pikachu Illustrator.
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The incredibly rare card worth $233k was used to troll fans in a viral tweet.

Pokemon card joke goes viral on Twitter

In 1998, popular Japanese magazine CoroCoro held an art contest and those who won were given a special promo Pokemon card featuring Pikachu holding a pen. While there was over 39 winners, only 10 are known to have survived today.

Due to its rarity, the item very rarely goes up for sale. In July however, a PSA graded 9 surfaced and fetched a whopping $233k auction – which is currently the world record for most expensive individual TCG collectible sold.

On November 24, YouTuber SomeThingElseYT hilariously joked that he found the “useless” card in his garage. “Found this funny Pikachu card in my garage don’t know what to do with it,” he said. After the tweet went viral, he followed up the post and trolled fans who thought it was real. “Why is everyone so obsessed if I got this in 10th grade.”

Despite the tweet clearly being made in jest, many Trading Card Game fans actually thought the post was serious and freaked out. “Adam…That is the most rare card in the world!’ one user replied. Another fan exclaimed, “THAT IS THE MOST RARE POKEMON CARD EVER. DO NOT GET RID OF IT NO MATTER WHAT.” Another follower echoed a similar sentiment and wrote, “BECAUSE IT COULD BE WORTH A FRKIN CRAP TON OF MONEY!!!”

Screenshot of Twitter replies.

While some fell for the joke, others caught on quickly and were shocked at how many believed the fake story. “On this day millions of wooshes were heard everywhere in the known universe,” one comment read. Another user simply stated, “I love that people don’t understand this was a joke. Makes this post much better.”

Screenshot of Pokemon fan comments on Twitter.

Besides clearly being sarcasm, it also only took a few seconds using Google to figure out that the image has been posted on Reddit and numerous other websites many times previously.

With Pokemon card fever reaching a fever pitch in 2020, fans around the world have been digging through their old collections. Just don’t expect to have an item where only 10 of them exist.