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Pokemon Sword and Shield ‘Isle of Armor’ expansion pass – full details

Published: 9/Jan/2020 18:09 Updated: 9/Jan/2020 18:11

by Paul Cot


An expansion DLC has been announced for Pokemon Sword and Shield – The Isle of Armor. Here’s everything you need to know about the first of the two expansion DLCs.

The hugely anticipated Pokemon Direct revealed the new expansion pass, something that will grant you access to both Pokemon Sword and Shield add ons – The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra.

Trainers will have their eye on the first one though, The Isle of Armor, as that will release first in June of this year. Pokemon Directs have been known to disappoint in the past but it’s safe to say fans are loving the massive content drop this time around.

Pokemon Company
The Dojo from the Isle of Armor…

What new content is there?

The Isle of Armor will bring about a new adventure in Pokemon Sword and Shield, taking you to a never before seen area of the Galar region. Interestingly the trailer suggests its located off the east coast of the Galar mainland.

It looks like there will be plenty to do, too. “Players will find wave-swept beaches, forests, bogs, caves, and sand dunes,” The Pokemon Company’s press release reads.

Gigantamax Galar starters

Gigantamax forms each of the Galar region’s starter Pokemon have been revealed. That means Rillaboom, Cinderace and Inteleon will have more powerful forms to look forward to using.

Pokemon CompanyYou didn’t think we wouldn’t get Gigantamax forms of the Galar starters, did you?

Their details are as follows:

Gigantamax Rillaboom Cinderace Inteleon
Category Drummer Pokemon Striker Pokemon Secret Agent Pokemon
Type Grass Fire Water
Height 91’10″+ 88’7″+ 131’3″+
Ability Overgrow Blaze Torrent

Bulbasaur and Squirtle included after all

Avid Pokemon trainers will have known the two missing Kanto starters inclusion – Bulbasaur and Squirtle – was more a matter of when than if. An earlier leak revealed 35 more Pokemon that weren’t include in the initial release.

Among those was, of course, Bulbasaur, Squirtle and their respective evolutions. The Pokemon Sword and Shield expansion pass trailer strongly hints that these iconic ‘mons will be added and will even have Gigantamax forms for good measure.

Pokemon CompanyVenusaur, Blastoise and their Gigantamax forms all but confirmed?

Kubfu and Urshifu

Two completely new species have been confirmed for the first Pokemon Sword and Shield DLC, too. These aren’t just any old Pokemon but brand new legends.

Kubfu is a dual fighting and dark-type and will evolve into Urshifu once it has had sufficient training. Urshifu has two forms, or “styles”, Single Strike Style and Rapid Strike Style. It’s the classic fighting philosophy of volume versus precision.

Both of these forms have their own separate Gigantamax Pokemon as well. It looks like their Gigantamax forms will play an important role in the lore of The Isle of Armor…

Expansion price and other details

There are naturally a lot of questions about how these new expansions are going to work. Firstly, you will need Pokemon Sword and Shield in order to access them.

They are not free and it will cost $29.99 (£26.99) for the expansion pass. The pass entitles you to both parts of the expansion – The Isle of Armor (Part 1) and The Crown Tundra (Part 2). They cannot be purchased separately. So, you only need to purchase it once to get access to both expansions.

It’s also important to note that the expansion pass is separate for each game. That means if you have both Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield and you want the expansion pass on both copies, you’ll need to purchase it twice.



How to make money selling Pokemon trading cards

Published: 17/Nov/2020 0:53 Updated: 17/Nov/2020 2:45

by Brent Koepp


With the Pokemon TCG exploding in value in 2020, new collectors may be wondering how to make money off their cards. Here is everything you need to know.

Pokemon Trading Cards have never been hotter than they are right now. The hobby’s popularity has reached an all-time high in 2020, after celebrities like Logan Paul put a spotlight on it.

Items once traded away on playgrounds for nothing can now sell for as much as a house. We will go over some of the steps new collectors should be taking to try to make money off of this exploding market.

Promotional 1999 Pokemon Trading Card Game wallpaper.
PokeGuardian / The Pokemon Company
Pokemon cards released in 1999 can now be sold for money.

How to make money selling Pokemon cards

Before we start, we must get a couple things out of the way. First off, the real money-makers right now are from the 1999 original Base Set. If you don’t already have these cards tucked away from your childhood, getting your hands on these collectibles is next to impossible.

To put things into perspective, a booster box from that set can go for $34k (Unlimited) all the way up to $375k (1st Edition). The truth is, these items are not only in extremely short supply, but investors worth millions have been snatching them up.

This guide will cover selling cards for new collectors, as well as those that may already have cards but aren’t sure what they are worth. It’s important to keep expectations in check, and to understand that it takes a lot of work and research.

Collectors that already have cards

Screenshot of a Pokemon collector's trading card game collection.
YouTube: Leonhart
You need to figure out which cards you own are worth value before getting them graded.

If you already own cards, you need to first figure out which items actually have any value. Once you sort out the ones that have potential, you need to send them off for grading. To put it bluntly, items have lower value until they have been looked over by a professional company.

  • Step 1: Look at your cards, and put aside any holographics or rare items. Go to an auction site like eBay and enter the name of the card, as well as the number listed on the bottom right. For example “Charizard 107/105”
  • Step 2: Once you see your exact card, tick off the “Sold Items” box. Now look through all the auctions of your card that have been sold in the last month to get a general idea of what the collectible is actually going for.
  • Step 3: Now that you know which cards you own that have a high-selling potential, you need to send your cards off to either PSA or Beckett BGS grading companies to get them looked over.
  • Step 4: Due to Pokemon’s popularity, wait times may be longer than usual. But once you get your cards sent back, you will have a more definitive idea what your card is worth. For instance if your card comes back as a PSA 9, repeat Step 2 and look for other PSA 9s that have sold recently.
  • Step 5: Now you can either sit on your graded cards and wait as the prices continue to go up. Or you can sell the item on sites like eBay, trollandtoad, or even put them up at Heritage Auctions or Iconic.

New collectors

Screenshot of buying Pokemon trading cards on Ebay.
Ebay: shizmanski
You can find Pokemon cards on eBay that are cheap now, but can be worth a lot later on.

If you are a new collector, it’s going to be difficult getting your hands on the extremely rare items, though it’s still not too late. Early sets like Fossil, Team Rocket, and Gym Heroes can still be bought up. Most of the focus is still on the 1999 Base release.

  • Step 1: Use a resource like TCG analyst ZandGEmporium who tracks sales of vintage sets. Look for the cards that are currently selling high, or that show a consistent increase in value month after month.
  • Step 2:  If you plan on sitting on your cards as a long term investment, go to sites like eBay and look for ones graded by PSA or Beckett. You can either try to bid for these items and hope to pay for them at a lower value, or just bite the bullet and Buy It now – which is fine if you are sitting on them as appreciating assets.
  • Step 3: If you are looking to sell quick, you can get your hands on these same rare cards for much cheaper if they are ungraded. But be aware, you are taking a gamble as you can’t fully verify the condition of the card. Make sure to look closely at the pictures of the item, and look the seller’s rating. You will also need to then send them in for grading at PSA or Beckett once they are sent to you.
  • Step 4: Once you get your items back graded, either sit on the collectible or turn around and sell it on sites like eBay or auction houses – whichever route you prefer.

The best TCG sets to invest in

Promotional wallpaper for Pokemon Trading Card Game Set Hidden Fates.
PokeGuardian / The Pokemon Company
It’s not just retro Pokemon cards worth money. New sets like 2019’s Hidden Fates are worth investing in.

While this is subjective to some degree, we will go over what we feel are the best sets to buy cards from. This will also include modern releases, which may not have exploded in value yet, but are on the rise:

  • 1999 Base Set Unlimited Print
  • 1999 Fossil
  • 2000 Team Rocket
  • 2000 Gym Heroes
  • 2000 Gym Challenge
  • 2000 Neo Genesis
  • 2000 Neo Discovery
  • 2000 Neo Revelation
  • 2000 Neo Destiny
  • 2016 Evolutions
  • 2017 Burning Shadows
  • 2019 Hidden Fates

Due to the 1st Edition Base Set’s low population and astronomical prices, most collectors will move on to the next best thing – the Unlimited run. This is the version that most kids had growing up, and will probably have in their garage or attic.

Those looking to invest can look towards the 2016 Evolutions expansion. For its 20th anniversary, the Pokemon Company did a re-print run of many of the most popular Base Set cards, including Charizard. These items can still be bought fairly low, and prices are at the beginning of booming.

In terms of modern sets, Hidden Fates has been extremely hot since it released in 2019. The insanely rare Shiny Charizard is a great investment, and the collection features many popular Pokemon with their rare Shiny colors.