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Pokemon TCG Darkness Ablaze Charizard already selling for insane amounts

Published: 14/Aug/2020 21:14

by Brent Koepp


The Pokemon Trading Card Game’s latest set, Darkness Ablaze, features a new Charizard card that fans are going crazy for. The special collectible is already selling online for a mind-blowing amount. 

Introduced in North America in 1998, Pokemon cards became an instant hit and a worldwide phenomena. Thirty years on, rare collectibles in the TCG can sell for over $250k.


The game’s latest set, Darkness Ablaze, which hit stores on August 13, has a V-Max Charizard that is already being sold for crazy prices.

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The Pokemon Company
The latest Pokemon set features some amazing cards.

New Charizard Pokemon card selling for insane prices

The TCG’s newest expansion Darkness Ablaze is now in stores, and features over 185 cards based on the eight generation game Sword & Shield.


The set’s V-Max Charizard is already setting the internet on fire. The highly sought after card depicts the ‘mon in its epic G-Max form from the Nintendo Switch title.

Over on auction sites like eBay, the collectible has already sold for over $700. Although it should be pointed out, prices like that are for cards rated a 10 by professional grading companies like Beckett and PSA.

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The new Charizard card has already sold for $700 when graded high.

While not every card is going to score a rating that high, even lower grades have fetched from $300-400. On average, ungraded versions have been going for around $135. Which is quite a lot of money considering the set just came out.

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Charizard is still one of the most popular Pokemon in the TCG.

Those wanting to get their hands on the item can try to find him in stores now as the Darkness Ablaze set made its debut on August 13. Who knows, in another 10 years, this might be one of the next classic items to be worth a ton.

The latest Charizard is already off to an incredible start, given that TCG collectibles have only continued to skyrocket in price as more time goes by. It seems that even 30 years later, players can’t get enough of the Fire-type.


Pokemon Go: Legendary Pokemon are getting even rarer

Published: 13/Oct/2020 15:36 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 15:37

by Paul Cot


In recent times Legendary Pokemon have been made what they should have been all along in Pokemon Go – rare.

There was a time in Pokemon Go when getting those legendary ‘mons became all too common and easy. This resulted in it becoming a mundane task – something which getting one should never be.


Research Breakthrough rewards were introduced to the mobile game in April 2018. You can obtain these rewards by earning seven Field Research stamps.

Only one can be earned per day and you get one for completing any Field Research task. As anyone who has completed these before can attest to, they are often very easy to do.


From April 2018 until December 2019, the majority of these months had a Legendary Pokemon waiting for you when you earned those seven stamps. This meant you could earn an encounter with the likes of Moltres, Latios, Groudon – and any other of the litany of legends that featured – for completing seven simple tasks.

If you routinely played, this meant a new Legendary Pokemon every seven days. It was no wonder Legendary Pokemon lost their allure.

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Easy to obtain Legendary Pokemon are a thing of the past in Pokemon Go…

Make Legendary Pokemon rare again

From January 2020 though, legendary species no longer featured as the Research Breakthrough encounter reward. Niantic likely realized they were too easy to get and wanted to make getting them mean something again.


Generally, this made them only obtainable in Raid Battles. This made sense because with rare ‘mons so easy to get hold of previously, fewer trainers would spend the time to get them in the more difficult route of Raid Battles. This is in addition to them costing real money/PokeCoins if you did more than one a day.

It hasn’t stopped there, however. It looks like Niantic want to make them even rarer. Many trainers will have noticed five-star Raids are appearing far less frequently.

This hasn’t been confirmed in any official capacity but there is plenty of anecdotal evidence from the Pokemon Go community. “[I] was in an area with over 25 gyms but could only find 2 Giratina during 5 [a] hour period this afternoon,” MarinaBlu shared. They did note a lot more Mega Raids were appearing during that time.


Encouraging Mega Raids?

There could be multiple reasons for this. Firstly, it will make trainers jump on Raid Battles that feature Legendary Pokemon, stopping the often empty lobbies which single trainers have to avoid.

Then there could be an element of wanting to make Legendary Pokemon even more desirable. This is understandable but certainly puts newer players at a disadvantage. After all, experienced trainers will have a lot stocked up. They would argue this is deserved, however, due to the time they have put into the game.


Finally, it could be Niantic are trying to encourage trainers to play more Mega Raids. The concept of Mega Evolution in Pokemon Go hasn’t been received as well as the developers would have hoped, though.

We don’t know if the reduced five-star Raid Battles will carry on, but it’s definitely something to keep an eye on.