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Pokemon players can now join Raid Battles in the Trading Card Game

Published: 17/Jul/2020 0:23

by Brent Koepp

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The Pokemon Trading Card Game now has Raid Battles. The popular Sword & Shield feature was introduced to the TCG in July, and here is how you and your friends can jump in now and play for free. 

The Pokemon TCG made its debut in North America a year after Red & Blue released on the Game Boy in 1998. Just like the RPG, it became a worldwide phenomena as kids from around the world searched for the rarest holos.

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In July, the card game was introduced to a new Raid Battle mode which allows up to four players to team up and take on a super powerful version of their favorite monsters. The Sword & Shield feature is available right now for free.

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Raid Battles were first introduced in Pokemon Sword & Shield.

Raid Battles comes to the Pokemon TCG

Pokemon entered its eighth generation with the release of Sword & Shield in November 2019. The latest title in the long-running Nintendo franchise introduced players to new mechanics such as Raids. Now the Gen VIII feature has been brought to the Trading Card Game.

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On July 7, the official Pokemon YouTube channel uploaded an announcement trailer for Raid Battles coming to the TCG. The three-minute video gives players the rules for the new mode, as well as instructions on how to jump into the team battle with friends.

Just like Sword & Shield, Trainers will take on a giant version of a Pokemon with increased health and attack damage. Four players will use their trading cards in real life to chip away at the character’s health before winning the epic showdown.

While players are required to have at least two TCG cards in real life, The Pokemon Company is providing the rest for free. You can download and print both the battle layout mat as well as the Raid Boss cards here. There is also a digital version of the mode on the official website.

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Raid Battles have proven to be one of Sword & Shield’s most popular features, making it a welcome addition to the TCG. Despite releasing in 1998, Pokemon cards have continued to explode in popularity. In July, a rare collectible sold for $90k at auction.

The Gen VIII title also got its first DLC, The Isle of Armor, in June, which expanded the game’s map and Pokedex. The Switch release will also gets its second addon, The Crown Tundra, sometime in the Fall.

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Pokemon Go November Community Day rumors: Who will headline?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 14:59

by Paul Cot

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The Pokemon Go November Community Day is still a good month away, but that hasn’t stopped trainers speculating as to what the headliner could be.

November is of course the penultimate Pokemon Go Community Day of the year. It is also the last one in which Pokemon fans will try to predict the headliner.

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That is because the December CD is traditionally a mega Community Day of sorts. It brings the previous headliners from that year and makes them all available in one event.

Presumably, it will be the same for 2020. It is a day in which Pokemon Go trainers of all levels do their best to make sure they don’t miss out on!

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Before we get there though, we still need to find out what the 10th headliner of 2020 will be. That isn’t a typo, as there will only be 11 in total this year because March’s CD was canceled due to the global health crisis – you may have heard about it.

No vote for November?

Niantic have made it a habit of letting us decide which Pokemon headline Community Days in 2020. In fact, 5 of the 10 from 2020 have been decided via vote.

The latest two votes however, have decided the following two Community Days. With October already in place with Charmander, there is only November to decide.

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While that doesn’t rule out another vote entirely, it would seemingly make it less likely November’s would be decided by one.

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So, if it isn’t to be decided by us, who are the contenders. The one that first comes to mind is Snivy.

Ever since Piplup headlined in January, we haven’t had another starter, at least a new one. At the time it was expected Snivy would be the featured ‘mon for March, which would have been in line with Niantic’s pattern of alternating between starter and non-starters.

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Snivy may have been delayed because the Pokemon Go developers realized they were running out of starter ‘mons to use. Of the released Pokemon in the mobile game, it is only the Gen 5 starters that haven’t headlined, although Gen 6’s introduction is expected soon. So, 10 months on from the last one, it could be time for the Unova grass-type starter.

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Snivy would seemingly be the leading contender for the November CD…

Deino or Gible?

Deino and Gible are two of the more popular Pokemon in the entire franchise and have been rumored as headliners. Unfortunately, that is why either of them making an appearance may be wishful thinking.

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Both are super rare spawns and putting them as a featured Pokemon for a Community Day would certainly take away from their current allure. Besides, Niantic likely knows they can rely on them to boost other events, even if they do remain rare spawn rates.

Hopefully, they will headline a Community Day at some point in the future but 2020 seems unlikely at best.

Other contenders

The other most likely candidates for November are Exeggcute and Starly. Both were previously revealed to be included in another vote which never materialized.

Bulbasaur and Magikarp were also in there but the latter has already headlined in 2020, and Bulbasaur seems an unlikely option outside of a vote.

The Pokemon Go CD will likely take place in the second half of November. The 22nd seems the most likely day as this would keep distance between the previous one and adhere to alternating Saturday and Sundays.