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Pokemon Sword and Shield DLC expansion pass revealed

Published: 9/Jan/2020 14:59 Updated: 10/Jan/2020 10:18

by Paul Cot

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The January 9 Pokemon Direct didn’t disappoint, revealing new exciting Pokemon details. Among those was the announcement of the first Pokemon Sword and Shield DLC.

After two months of exploring the Galar region, we now have more to look forward to. Game Freak had received a lot of criticism for their highly controversial removal of the National Pokedex but it looks like they are intent on making up for it.

Not one, but two new expansion passes have been announced for Pokemon Sword and Shield.

Pokemon CompanyGame Freak surprised Pokemon Sword and Shield players with not one, but two expansion passes!

Isle of Armor

The first of those is titled The Isle of Armor and will release in June of 2020. It focuses on the theme of growth.

The island is full of beautiful nature but more importantly Pokemon that couldn’t be found in the Galar region.

The Crown Tundra

The second expansion pass is called The Crown Tundra. The release date for this one was a little more broad and will release sometime in the fall of 2020.

As the name suggests, it is set in the snow swept realm of The Crown Tundra and has a theme of exploration.

It will have a new form of co-op play where you can explore Pokemon dens. Within them you come across various legendary Pokemon from past games. The images from the Pokemon Direct show the likes of Groudon, Palkia, Giratina and Heatran – just to name a few.

Pokemon CompanyThe Isle of Armor DLC releases in June 2020, while The Crown Tundra will come a little later in the fall…

How much is Sword and Shield DLC?

Yes, the expansion passes will cost and can be bought from the Nintendo eshop. It is the expansion pass which you buy and that you will grant you access to both DLCs.

It will cost approximately $35 (£26.99). That means if you purchase the expansion pass you will get access to both The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra when they are released. To confirm this is a separate to the Pokemon Sword and Shield game itself.

However, for those who don’t wish to purchase these new expansion passes, you will still be able to obtain the newly released Pokemon in the Galar region via an update.

You can watch the entirety of the January Pokemon Direct below.

True open world?

Both The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra are seamless areas much like the wild area in the Galar region. This means you won’t be restricted in terms of where you can go and adjust the camera freely.

The new expansions sound like Game Freak’s first steps into a solely open world area.

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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.