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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.


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.