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Pokemon Sword & Shield Raid Battles event adds Charizard, Garbodor, more

Published: 27/Mar/2020 2:41

by David Purcell


Game Freak have announced a brand new Pokemon Sword & Shield event that sees yet another shakeup of the Gigantamaxed forms found in the Wild Area’s Raid Battles, with Charizard on the list. 

Those who regularly take part in online Raid Battles will know they allow a team of players to come together to take down and catch powerful Pokemon. They can be seen from far and wide in the Galar Region, too, with large beams of red and purple lights showing where the dens can be found.

The last change made to Raid Battles saw Gigantamax Snorlax come back, joined by Gigantamax Machamp and Gigantamax Gengar, although all of those have now been removed. Their replacements, however, will be around for a long time, and they look like top selections.


As mentioned earlier, GMAX Charizard is part of the list and will be accompanied by Gigantamax variants of: Garbodor, Duraludon, and Copperajah.

These will be available to find in Raid Battles until April 27, giving players plenty of time to take on and catch each of them for a good stretch. It’s worth noting that they will all be available in different star levels of Raid Battle, though.

Across both games, all four Pokemon will be available in three and four star Raids. However, in five star raids, Charizard will be exclusive to Pokemon Shield along with Garbodor, while the other two will be five star exclusives for Pokemon Sword.

There is a workaround for this, though, and it’s quite simple. If a Pokemon Shield player hosts a five star Raid Battle, Sword players can then access exclusive Raid Battle Pokemon.

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Garbodor is one of four new Max Raid Battle Pokemon in Sword and Shield.

Events like these will give players enough to get on with as they patiently wait for the release of DLC. The pass will include the addition of the Isle of Armor island in June, followed by The Crown Tundra later in the year. A number of new Gigantamax details have also revealed for Nintendo Direct Mini.

We already have many details about the former, too, with the Isle of Armor map being revealed as well as details about a new legendary Pokemon, Kubfu.

In the meantime, there will likely be at least two further Raid Battle changes before the first pack of DLC hits and this shakeup is no doubt one of the most exciting yet.


Pokemon community stunned after card collection worth millions surfaces

Published: 27/Nov/2020 21:06

by Brent Koepp


The Pokemon Trading Card Game hobby was rocked in November when a man rediscovered his mind-blowing complete collection of the rare 1999 Base Set. The fan has stacks of every character, including hundreds of Charizards.

Despite releasing decades ago, the Pokemon TCG has seen a major explosion in value in 2020. Cards once traded on playgrounds and stuffed into 90s children’s binders are now selling for as much as a sports car. 

A man went viral after discovering their collection may be one of the most complete sets to ever exist. The fan’s unfathomable amount of rare collectibles could actually have an impact on the future of the hobby’s prices.

Screenshot of Pokemon Trading Card Game collection worth millions.
YouTube: PokeMans Alex
A jaw-dropping Pokemon card collection surfaced on YouTube.

Pokemon fan discovers TCG collection is worth millions

Pokemon cards have never been more popular this year as the collectible hobby has now even taken over platforms such as YouTube and Twitch. Celebrities such as former rapper Logic are dropping hundreds of thousands of dollars to scoop up the rare Nintendo items. 

On November 22, a video went viral online of a man showing off his mind-blowing collection that has many collectors turning their heads. “Literally got all of my Pokemons stuff out of the loft from my recent move,” YouTuber PokeMans Alex explained before showing off his astonishing collection.

Holding up a stack of rare holographic cards from the 1999 base set, the fan exclaimed, “As you can see they are mint, and have not been touched for so long.” The TCG collector then revealed his unprecedented number of Charizards. “I don’t know if you are ready for this,” he warned, before holding up a stack of 111 cards of the rare starter ‘mon.

(Charizard cards start at 07:56)

To put that into perspective, in October a PSA graded 10 of the same item is now selling for $30k alone. The content creator emptied over seven binders on his table to reveal a 1999 base set that was not only complete, but also had stacks of over 50 of the same card for every single character.“I’m ready to put all of these away back in the safe where they are now gonna stay,” he said.

Veteran Pokemon card YouTuber PokeRev reacted to the video on November 26 and exclaimed, “Did you open all these packs as a kid? It’s just an insane amount of holo cards. When we were kids, just to get a couple holos from the base set was really good. But to have thousands is insane!”

Other famous collectors such as British rapper Randolph commented, “Unreal mate.” Gaming YouTuber Ali A wrote, “How did you originally collect SO many cards!? Are you looking to sell any of them?”

Screenshot of YouTube comments reacting to million dollar Pokemon card collection.
Other famous Pokemon collectors took notice of the insane set.

At the time of writing, it’s unclear just how much the YouTuber’s incredible Pokemon haul is worth. None of the collectibles have actually been looked at by professional grading companies PSA or Beckett. And the majority of its value revolves around its condition and score.

A set of this magnitude is unprecedented and could have a severe impact on what TCG cards are worth in the future. A big factor in an item’s selling price hinges on it having a low population. PokeMans Alex’s collection could soon flood the market should he decide to get things graded.