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Pokemon Sword & Shield event shakes up Max Raid Battles again

Published: 10/Mar/2020 23:38

by David Purcell

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Game Freak have once again made a big change to the list of Pokemon that appear in Max Raid Battles, meaning Sword and Shield players should expect to see some new faces for a limited time. 

The game’s developers have released many themed events in the past, including one during the holiday season where the gift-giving species Delibird was appearing much more frequently than usual in Max Raid Battles, and there have been a few like it since.

As many players will be aware already, the roster in Max Raid Battles is being changed up constantly, meaning that you have to pick your moments if you’re looking to run into a specific Pokemon.

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Beams of light inside the Wild Area point players towards Max Raid Battles.

For those who haven’t completed many of them already, this type of special encounter involves more than one trainer battling online against a super powerful Pokemon, and defeating it can be particularly rewarding as well – picking up candies and opening up the opportunity to catch the Pokemon once it’s been defeated.

So, what’s been changed this time? Well, trainers will be able to find different Pokemon Gigantamaxing in the Wild Area. Gigantamax Snorlax is coming back into the fold, joined by Gigantamax Machamp and Gigantamax Gengar.

These additions do come at the expense of five other Pokemon, however, as this new event completely overhauls what can be found here. The ones removed from Max Raid Battles, as a result, are Toxtricity, Grimmsnarl, Hatteren, Kingler and Orbeetle.

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Not all Gigantamax capable Pokemon are available in Pokemon Sword & Shield Max Raid Battles at one time.

This will be good news for those looking to catch themselves a shiny version of the Pokemon added to the Max Raid Battles, though, using the chain tactic. This involves knocking out or catching as many of the same species as possible to increase the chances of finding a shiny variant in the future. More information on shiny hunting here.

The new event will be running right the way through the month, ending on March 25 (23:59 UTC).

This should give you plenty of time to run into the Pokemon that have been added but remember the differences between lights for this type of battle. If a red light is hovering over a den, it’s a common encounter, while purple is rare. Good luck!

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Complete First-Edition PSA10 Pokemon card set could sell for over $700K

Published: 16/Jan/2021 0:19

by Michael Gwilliam

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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.

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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.”

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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.