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Pokemon Go trainers share concerns about new PokeCoin system

Published: 11/Jun/2020 16:24 Updated: 13/Jun/2020 3:37

by Paul Cot

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Niantic is currently running tests in Australia with a view to revamp how you earn PokeCoins in Pokemon Go. However, after some inspection, many trainers are sharing concerns about the new system.

Update: It seems Niantic have listened to the concerns outlined below. They have confirmed that “when this update goes live” – which presumably means changes to the PokeCoins system is definitely coming – that there will be changes above what we have seen in testing.

  • Maximum number of PokeCoins earned per day will be reduced to 50 from 55 in testing
  • Number of PokeCoins earned from defending Gyms will be six per hour – instead of the 2 we saw in testing
  • Maximum number of PokeCoins earned per day from defending Gyms will be 30 – down from 48 in testing, although this would require 24 hours of defending
  • Number of PokeCoins earned per day from completing the featured activities in the Today View will be 20

Niantic didn’t announce when these changes would be coming to Pokemon Go. Trainers will be delighted with these changes considering the near unanimous negative feedback the initial changes received.

When the testing was first announced on May 6, the new system was spun as there will be more ways to earn PokeCoins. While this is true, there are growing concerns that the changes won’t benefit players at all.

On first glance new ways to earn PokeCoins sounds great: Why wouldn’t trainers want new methods to obtain the in-game Pokemon Go currency? After all, battling and defending gyms can become repetitive. It can also be frustrating for trainers who don’t live anywhere near a gym.

What are the changes?

It’s the details that are key, though. After completing five eligible tasks, trainers will only earn five PokeCoins. That is minuscule compared to the 50 players outside of Australia can currently earn for defending a gym for a little over 8 hours.

Australian players continue to earn PokeCoins for the time their Pokemon defend gyms but this has been changed from six per hour to two. This changes the whole dynamic and importance of gyms in Pokemon Go.

On the plus side, trainers testing the new system can now apparently earn a maximum of 55 PokeCoins a day. This is up from the 50 it previously was.

However, unless our maths is incorrect, the maximum is 53. This is because even if you defend a gym for 24 hours and complete the tasks for that day, this will equate to 48 PokeCoins for the gym and 5 for the tasks. We need to get clarification on this, though.

“That needs to be changed sharpish, with the nerf to gym coins it’s just brutal for earning coins,” theeggman12345 commented on Reddit. On top of this, gyms will now become more competitive resulting in less defence times and use of other resources such as Revives and Potions.

In fairness to Niantic they have stated that they will be listening to feedback and presumably adjusting the system accordingly. With that said, they haven’t made any changes yet. “There are still Australians posting fairly frequently on here how much they hate it. They’ve not changed it,” TheRealHankWolfman noted.

Cynics believe PokeCoins change is a move to increase sales

There is also speculation among more cynical members of the Pokemon Go community that this is a way to increase revenue. With the inability to earn PokeCoins at a fast enough rate, players may have to rely on real money to purchase items.

This theory was aptly noted by wenigengel who said: “This is not a feedback thing. It’s just basic maths. They are doing this on purpose to increase sales.” With a greater reliance on Remote Raid Passes and them not being obtainable from anywhere other than the Pokemon Go Shop, this doesn’t seem too far-fetched of a theory.

Of course, the testing is still being just that, tested, so it’s important to note that there could yet be widespread changes to it. So until then, let’s give Niantic the benefit of the doubt and hope that whatever the new system is will help Pokemon Go trainers out rather than hinder them.

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Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer transforms into Nessa in epic TikTok

Published: 24/Nov/2020 21:00 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 22:59

by Brent Koepp

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A Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer made waves on TikTok after sharing her mind-blowing transformation in Gen 8’s Water-type Gym Leader, Nessa.

The Pokemon franchise entered its eighth generation with the release of Sword & Shield on the Nintendo Switch. The 2019 RPG introduced players to a whole new cast of characters and was the debut of the Galar region.

A talented cosplayer celebrated the game by bringing popular character Nessa to life with an insanely accurate portrayal. The artist’s stunning video transformation into the Gym Leader will leave fans of the Water-type Trainer in awe.

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The Sword & Shield Gym Leader has already become a fan-favorite.

Pokemon cosplayer transforms into Gym Leader Nessa

At the start of the Gen 8 title, the protagonist receives an invitation to the Pokemon League by reigning Champion Leon. On the player’s quest to become the very best, they face off against a host of new Gym Leaders – including Nessa of Hulbury.

Cosplayer ‘nerdtasticmel’ made a splash on Instagram after sharing her incredible true-to-life take on the Trainer. The artist faithfully recreated the heroine’s signature two-piece white and blue Galar league uniform.

Mel’s re-creation of the attire is full of little details, such as the water drop logo on her crop top and the number 049 on her swim shorts. She also faithfully included the character’s belly button chain accessory which wraps around her stomach.

 

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As if that wasn’t impressive enough, the cosplayer uploaded a video to TikTok which shows how much work goes into artist’s bringing their favorite characters to life. The clip shows nerdtasticmel’s epic transformation in the Sword & Shield heroine.

 

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Despite only releasing at the end of 2019, the eighth gen RPG is already the third-highest selling game in the entire franchise. Proof that Pokemon’s addicting “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” design is more popular than it’s ever been.

In October, the title got its second major DLC expansion, The Crown Tundra. While it’s unclear if the add-on will be the last content the Switch release gets, the update closed out the Galar region with an epic finale.