Pokemon Isle of Armor: Towers of Darkness & Waters – which one to pick

Published: 18/Jun/2020 14:59

by Meg Bethany Koepp


If you’re struggling to figure out whether to pick the Tower of Darkness or Waters when evolving Kubfu in the Pokemon Sword & Shield The Isle of Armor DLC, we’ve got everything you need to know about both to help you make up your mind.

The first part of the Sword & Shield Expansion Pass, The Isle of Armor, released onto the Nintendo Switch on June 17. Transporting players to a new island in the Galar region, it sees them joining a dojo in order to hone their battling skills, while also catching new critters and befriending the Legendary ‘mon, Kubfu.

The Fighting-type monster can only evolve into Urshifu when it bests one of two Towers – Darkness or Waters – and both give the Pokemon a different result depending on which one you pick. You can only choose one, with the other disappearing forever so making a decision isn’t something to be taken lightly. Here’s what you need to know about each to help you make up your mind.

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The bear-esque Legendary quickly becomes your best friend.

Towers of Darkness & Waters

It is highly recommended that you level up Kubfu to at least 70 before taking on a Tower so you’re not easily defeated. Each structure has five Pokemon he must best in order to reach the top to evolve into Urshifu, and what you pick decides what type it will be – either Fighting/Dark or Fighting/Water.

The challenge is specifically for the Legendary monster, so you won’t be able to have anyone else in your Party, so make sure you store the rest of your team in boxes before you attempt otherwise you won’t be let in. We won’t spoil, but regardless of which one you choose, we’d advise making it learn Aerial Ace at level 12 in order to make the fight on the top floor much easier.

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The Pokemon evolves into Urshifu.

If you pick Darkness, Kubfu will evolve into Urshifu’s ‘Single Strike Style’ – AKA a Fighting/Dark type. If Waters is chosen, it’ll change into its ‘Rapid Strike Style’ – a Fighting/Water type.

It will also learn a specific move depending on what evolution. If the former is picked, it gets Wicked Blow, a strike that always ends with a critical hit. The latter gives it Surging Strikes, a powerful attack that hits three times in a row and will also always land a powerful crit.


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.