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Pokemon Sword and Shield’s Ranked Battle Series 2 brings new rule

Published: 3/Jan/2020 15:30

by Paul Cot

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Series 2 of Pokemon Sword and Shield’s Ranked Battle is live now and will bring with it – in the view of many – an important rule change.

The new series went live on January 2, 7pm PST and will conclude on January 31, 15:59 PST (18:59 EST and 23:59 GMT). Ranked Battle is where competitive Pokemon Sword and Shield trainers can go to prove they are the best.

Competitive Pokemon battles

The great thing about ranked battles is that you will be given a definitive ranking based on your results. This will allow you to directly compare yourself to other trainers. The rank you receive will be specific to the tier you’re in. Those tiers are as follows, with the Master Ball tier being the best.

Pokemon CompanyThe Pokemon Sword and Shield tier system…
  • Master Ball tier: Max
  • Ultra Ball tier: 10
  • Great Ball tier: 7 to 9
  • Poke Ball tier: 4 to 6
  • Beginner tier: 1 to 3

Usually you will face a trainer from the same tier. Of course, the most competitive battles will take place in the master ball tier where the best trainers reside.

Series 2 rules

As mentioned above, Series 2 changes up the rules a little bit. Specifically, the new ruleset only allows some Gigantamax Pokemon, which are as follows:

  • Charizard
  • Butterfree
  • Pikachu
  • Meowth
  • Eevee
  • Snorlax
  • Corviknight
  • Drednaw
  • Sandaconda
  • Centiskorch

Ranked Battle format

There are two types of battle in the Pokemon Sword and Shield competitive scene: singles and doubles. The format for each of them, according to Serebii, is as follows:

Singles

Pokemon Restrictions: Galar Pokedex.
Pokemon Limits: Team of 3 to 6 Pokémon from Level 1 to Level 100. All Pokemon then set to Level 50
Match Length: No limit
Battle Time: 15 Minutes
Your Time: 7 Minutes
Team Preview: 90 Seconds
Turn Time: 45 Seconds

Doubles

Pokemon Restrictions: Galar Pokedex.
Pokemon Limits: Team of 4 to 6 Pokémon from Level 1 to Level 100. All Pokemon then set to Level 50
Match Length: No limit
Battle Time: 15 Minutes
Your Time: 7 Minutes
Team Preview: 90 Seconds
Turn Time: 45 Seconds

SerebiiYou can claim your Battle League rewards at the end of each season…

Series rewards

At the end of each season, or ‘series’, there are also rewards given out. What you will receive is dependent on the tier you finish in and are as follows:

  • Master Ball tier: 3x Gold Bottle Cap and 600 BP
  • Ultra Ball tier: 1x Gold Bottle Cap and 300 BP
  • Great Ball tier: 3x Bottle Cap, 1x Ability Capsule, 1x Bold Mint, 1x Calm Mint and 100 BP
  • Poke Ball tier: 1x Ability Capsule, 1x Bold Mint, 1x Calm Mint and 50 BP
  • Beginner tier: 1x Ability Capsule, 1x Bold Mint, 1x Calm Mint

These rewards can be claimed when the season finishes from the screen in the above picture.

It’s still early days in Pokemon Sword and Shield but it looks like the new Ranked Battle feature is already proving popular among trainers.

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Pokemon troll goes viral after baiting fans with most expensive card

Published: 26/Nov/2020 23:38

by Brent Koepp

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Popular YouTuber SomeThingElseYT went viral online after trolling Pokemon fans. The animator jokingly claimed to have discovered the world’s most expensive Trading Card Game collectible, Pikachu Illustrator, in his garage.

The Pokemon TCG was a major part of many 90s kids’ childhoods. No one could have ever guessed that cards once stuffed in cheap binders could one day sell for as much as a sports car. In 2020 though, the pieces of cardboard have now exploded in value.

At the very top of the list of the most expensive is the incredibly rare Pikachu Illustrator which fetched over $233k at auction in July. On November 24, a YouTuber went viral after joking that he found the collectible in his garage. Only, some thought it was actually real.

Screenshot of rare Pokemon Trading Card Game item Pikachu Illustrator.
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The incredibly rare card worth $233k was used to troll fans in a viral tweet.

Pokemon card joke goes viral on Twitter

In 1998, popular Japanese magazine CoroCoro held an art contest and those who won were given a special promo Pokemon card featuring Pikachu holding a pen. While there was over 39 winners, only 10 are known to have survived today.

Due to its rarity, the item very rarely goes up for sale. In July however, a PSA graded 9 surfaced and fetched a whopping $233k auction – which is currently the world record for most expensive individual TCG collectible sold.

On November 24, YouTuber SomeThingElseYT hilariously joked that he found the “useless” card in his garage. “Found this funny Pikachu card in my garage don’t know what to do with it,” he said. After the tweet went viral, he followed up the post and trolled fans who thought it was real. “Why is everyone so obsessed if I got this in 10th grade.”

Despite the tweet clearly being made in jest, many Trading Card Game fans actually thought the post was serious and freaked out. “Adam…That is the most rare card in the world!’ one user replied. Another fan exclaimed, “THAT IS THE MOST RARE POKEMON CARD EVER. DO NOT GET RID OF IT NO MATTER WHAT.” Another follower echoed a similar sentiment and wrote, “BECAUSE IT COULD BE WORTH A FRKIN CRAP TON OF MONEY!!!”

Screenshot of Twitter replies.

While some fell for the joke, others caught on quickly and were shocked at how many believed the fake story. “On this day millions of wooshes were heard everywhere in the known universe,” one comment read. Another user simply stated, “I love that people don’t understand this was a joke. Makes this post much better.”

Screenshot of Pokemon fan comments on Twitter.

Besides clearly being sarcasm, it also only took a few seconds using Google to figure out that the image has been posted on Reddit and numerous other websites many times previously.

With Pokemon card fever reaching a fever pitch in 2020, fans around the world have been digging through their old collections. Just don’t expect to have an item where only 10 of them exist.