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Pokemon Go: When should you purify your Shadow Pokemon?

Published: 6/Jan/2020 12:11

by Paul Cot


Team Rocket have well and truly invaded the Pokemon Go world and have brought Shadow Pokemon with them, which you need to save. Once you rescue one, you’ll need to purify it in order to save it, but when should you do so?

How Team GO Rocket got hold of Shadow Pokemon is unknown, but they’re essentially species turned into emotionless fighting machines. They can only be obtained by defeating a Team Rocket Grunt, Leader or even Giovanni himself.

Unfortunately, saving (or purifying) those Shadow Pokemon is an expensive task. Doing it will cost you either 1,000 Stardust and 1 Candy, 3,000 Stardust and 3 Candy or 5,000 Stardust, and 5 Candy, depending on the species of Pokemon.

@PokemonGoAppYou can earn the chance to catch a Shadow Pokemon upon defeating a member of Team Rocket…

Trainers will be all too aware of how important Stardust is as a resource in Pokemon Go. Even getting 1,000 Stardust is the equivalent of catching 10 Pokemon, so you can’t just be throwing it around like it’s a common item.

That means you’ll inevitably need to leave some poor species in their Shadow state – not all of them can be saved, at least if you value your Stardust.

What are the benefits of purifying a Shadow Pokemon?

Firstly, let’s look at what the purification process actually does. It does more than just “saving” them so you can feel good about yourself, but makes the purified species more powerful which naturally makes it worth doing. They are as follows:

  • Increase to level 25, from between level 1 and 10
  • Increase each IV by +2
  • Replaces the charge-move Frustration with Return, a three-bar normal-type move
  • 90% of the Stardust and Candy to Power Up or Evolve
The effect of level, IVs and Power Up/Evolve costs can be seen on Shadow Larvitar above…

The IV increase means a Shadow Pokemon with IVs of 13 (13 attack, defense and stamina) are guaranteed to become perfect (100% IV) when purified. If it already has an IV 14 or more than that particular IV(s) will go to 15.

So, when should you purify?

The above means your Shadow Pokemon’s CP is basically irrelevant. You’re not going to use them in battle and if you do purify it, it won’t matter whether its CP is 20 or 600 as it’ll end up the same, regardless.

However, the IVs are important to look at. Shadow Pokemon are clearly an excellent opportunity to get high IV options, and if you’re really lucky the coveted perfect IVs.

A quick calculation shows there is a one in 125 chance of, essentially, nabbing yourself a 100% IV when catching a Shadow species. There’s a one in five chance of getting a 13 IV or higher on each stat, which equates to one in 125 when you multiply them together.

So, if you find one with 13s or higher across the board then, unless its a Rattata, you should probably spend the Stardust and do it. There are other things to consider, though.

Is the Pokemon going to be a viable battler? A Pidgeot won’t have a place in battles whereas Tyranitar will. It’s also worth considering if you need that Pokemon’s type in your team. If you have plenty of strong water Pokemon at your disposal then maybe you can pass on a Shadow Squirtle. Need some grass Pokemon, though? Then a Bulbasaur might be a welcomed addition.

Once the advantages of the purification process become ingrained then you’ll quickly be able to decide. One thing is for sure, however, you won’t be able to purify them all, and besides you don’t need to.


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.