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Pokemon Sword & Shield exploit helps players hunt Gigantamax Pokemon

Published: 26/Nov/2019 16:44 Updated: 27/Nov/2019 14:48

by Jacob Hale


A new exploit has been discovered in Pokemon Sword & Shield raid battles that allows players to easily farm Gigantamax Pokemon in a matter of seconds, ruining the experience for players attempting to play through the game and complete their Pokedex properly.

Raid Battles are a new co-operative multiplayer mode where up to four players can work together to battle wild Gigantamax Pokémon and get a chance to catch them. Gigantamax Pokemon are essentially massive, super-powerful versions of species already in the game.

These are great for leveling up your Pokemon and bolstering your party but, as is tradition whenever gamers can work together to achieve something, players have found an exploit that allows you to pick which Gigantamax Pokemon you want to encounter.

Pokemon CompanyNot all Pokemon can come in Gigantamax form, but fan-favorite Charizard is one that can.

This new exploit is a fairly simple one, a concept that has been used in games for years. All you have to do is adjust the time or date on your Nintendo Switch console and head to the correct area to find the Pokemon you want.

You can also use this method to farm Watts, a currency you can use to buy different items across Galar. The method can be used either online or offline, but in the tweet below it is being done offline.

Since the exploit was discovered, there has been an increase in players unable to find or join lobbies due to the fact that when doing this method, you have to create a new lobby – meaning many lobbies are open at certain times, but aren’t actually active.

For many, this is killing off the enjoyment of hunting Gigantamax Pokemon, rendering the activity a frustrating addition to the game. It’s likely that Game Freak will aim to address this exploit as soon as possible and avoid any more bad publicity since they announced that the game would have no National Dex.

It’s such a simple exploit but the rewards probably make it worthwhile for anyone looking for a shortcut to train their Pokemon and grow their party, especially before the developers have a chance to act.

That said, we won’t advise taking part in this exploit or taking advantage of it; as they say, cheaters never prosper.


Trainwrecks’ generosity backfires after Ludwig scores $10k Pokemon card

Published: 24/Nov/2020 1:42

by Brent Koepp


Smash Melee star Ludwig Ahgren sent a Pokemon card Twitch stream into a meltdown when he pulled a 1st Edition Dragonite worth up to $10k. The gaming pro scored the rare collectible after streamer Trainwreckstv gave him the pack.

Pokemon cards have taken over platforms such as YouTube and Twitch as viewers flock to see their favorite personalities chase after the rarest Nintendo collectibles.

A live Trading Card Game box opening hosted by streamer Mizkif and his org One True King went off the rails on November 22 when Smash pro Ludwig scored a rare Dragonite that could have been Trainwrecks’.

Twitch streamers react to Dragonite card during Pokemon broadcast.
Twitch: Mizkif
A rare Dragonite was pulled during the One True King Pokemon card stream.

Ludwig scores rare Pokemon card from 1999

The Pokemon TCG has seen a major explosion in value in 2020. Cards once traded for nothing on school playgrounds decades ago can now sell for as much as a house. The hobby has also become a major hit on sites like Twitch, with streamers buying sealed booster boxes from the 90s to open live for viewers.

On November 22, Twitch star Mizkif broke open 1st Edition sealed packs from the 1999 Fossil set. Those attending the event lost their minds when pro gamer Ludwig scored a 1st Edition Dragonite after streamer Trainwreckstv gave his pack to him.

The moment went viral due to the Twitch personality’s generosity backfiring. “Dude I swear to God if I said no to this pack to be fair and nice and its a good pack I want it back. Ludgwig, if this is good it’s my pack. If it’s bad, it’s your pack,” he exclaimed moments before the card was pulled. Unfortunately, the booster he passed on contained the exact rare holographic he was chasing after.

After the excitement settled, the group felt bad for Train’s incredibly bad luck. Although the popular Twitch star wasn’t too bitter about it, laughing it off on Twitter. If nothing else, he should be applauded for his generosity.

According to recent sales of the item, a 1st Edition Dragonite can sell anywhere from $8k to 9.7k depending on the grading. Luckily for Ludwig, the item looked incredibly pristine, giving him a good chance at a PSA 10 grading.