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Pokemon Go trainers furious with June Research Breakthrough reward

Published: 2/Jun/2020 3:21

by Paul Cot


Trapinch is the Pokemon Go June Research Breakthrough reward encounter but this hasn’t gone done well with a lot of trainers.

The Ant Pit Pokemon is available now and will be until July 1, 1pm PDT. It will replace Shinx which was a choice that was generally welcomed by players of the mobile game.

However, Trapinch hasn’t been received as well. The ground-type from the Hoenn region is an interesting choice from Niantic considering it recently headlined a Pokemon Go Community Day.

Not close to the previous Legendary Pokemon

This is just one reason why fans aren’t too excited about it returning, though. Research Breakthrough reward encounters have been on a downward spiral ever since Niantic opted to stop featuring Legendary Pokemon back in the later stages of 2019.

While that decision was certainly understandable, even now trainers are still getting used to the change. The Pokemon Go developers have been unable to find the middle ground between ‘trash’ Pokemon and the legends, that in fairness, were too easy to get.

Now though, trainers are complaining the current rewards are too common. “I doubt that even 5% of players actually need/want one of them. I certainly don’t,” Francl27 shared on Reddit.

Flygon Pokemon Go Research Breakthrough
Flygon is a popular enough Pokemon but it has little use in the Pokemon Go meta…

Trapinch not strong in Pokemon Go

Trapinch of course evolves into Flygon through Vibrava. Unfortunately it doesn’t possess the stats to be competitive in any areas of Pokemon Go.

Its lack of defense means it’s an average at best option across GO Battle League. However, in PvE it does provide more use.

It is useful against electric-type Pokemon due its double resistance and better attacks stats. This, paired with the moveset of Mud Shot and Earth Power/Earthquake will provide the best results.

Niantic can’t quite get it right

The last five Research Breakthrough encounters have featured Lapras (with Ice Shard and Ice Beam), Woobat, Ferroseed, Alolan Exeggutor and the aforementioned Shinx. Of these only Shinx has kept trainers satisfied.

Now these did come with bonus Candies or Stardust but this didn’t really feel like a just reward for completing seven days of Field Research tasks. This sentiment is echoed by Redditor devulicious who said: “It’s ridiculous to complete tasks for a whole month to get 4 [Trapinch].”

Bonus Candy has yet to be confirmed for Trapinch but the PokeMiners seem to have confirmed there will be 7 bonus Candy. This is interesting because Pokemon with this bonus came with 13 Bonus Candy – we’ll have to wait for confirmation on this one. Update: there will be 10 Trapinch Candy in total.

It will be interesting to see how Niantic respond to the latest criticism and whether improved Research Breakthrough encounters follow.


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.