Rarest Pokemon card ever sells for record-breaking $250,000

Published: 22/Jul/2020 20:40

by Michael Gwilliam


An extremely rare Pokemon card has broken all previous sale records after selling for a whopping quarter of a million dollars.

The card, which was sold on ZenPlus, is the rarest in existence. The 1998 Pokemon Illustrator is so elusive, it’s said that only between ten and twenty exist.

Back in 1998, the card was awarded to winners of a Japanese CoroCoro comic contest. Its design is unique and, despite being a “trainer” card, it reads “Illustrator” instead and is the only known card to have this change.

It’s also the only item to have a special pen symbol in the bottom right corner, further adding to its mystique and exclusivity.

Pokemon Illustrator card sold for $250,000
Illustrator had a grading of Mint 9.

Additionally, it features art by Atsuko Nishida, the original illustrator of Pikachu, who is featured prominently in the card’s design. From a competitive standpoint, the card has no benefit to trainers, not that it would be tournament legal to begin with.

Its text reads: “We certify that your illustration is an excellent entry in the Pokemon Card Game Illustration Contest. Therefore, we state that you are an Officially Authorized Pokemon Card Illustrator and admire your skill.”

According to ZenMarket, the card was sold to an American buyer. Furthermore, it had a Professional Sports Authenticator rating of “Mint 9,” the second-highest possible condition grade.

Pokemon cards all spread out
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You won’t find this card in a regular pack.

Mint 9 cards are said to be in “superb condition” with only one minor flaw such as a light wax stain on the reverse, a minor imperfection, or slightly off-white borders.

Previously, a copy of the card sold for $243,000 in 2019, so this is the first time it has broken the quarter-million mark. With so few copies of Illustrator out in the open, it will be interesting to see just how much the card will sell for in the years ahead, given its absurd rarity and the prestige of owning one.


How to beat Kyogre in Pokemon Go: strategy & best counters

Published: 20/Jan/2021 0:59

by Brent Koepp


Pokemon Go is kicking off the new year by celebrating the Hoenn region in January. This month players will revisit Ruby & Sapphire to take on Kyogre. Here is how to beat the Gen III Legendary in no time.

Niantic is dedicating the start of 2021 to all previous Generations, leading up to Pokemon’s 25th anniversary. In January, Go players will be able to face off against Ruby & Sapphire’s Legendary Kyogre.

The Legendary whale offers up a serious challenge, but can be taken down fairly easily with the right counters. We will go over the best way to take down the mighty beast.

Pokemon Kyogre, and Groudon in Go Hoenn Celebration.
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Gen III Legendaries will be featured in Raids during the Hoenn celebration.

How to defeat Kyogre in Pokemon Go

First introduced in Gen III’s Ruby & Sapphire, Kyogre has been a fan-favorite of Water-type Trainers for over the last decade. The primordial whale is both epic in size, and powerful in its attacks.

While intimidating for sure, the weather trio beast also has some major weaknesses that players can exploit rather easily with the right team of Pokemon.

Players will want to heavily focus on both Electric and Grass types to bring the ‘mon down. Below we will go over the best team and counters to achieve victory.

Screenshot of Legendary Zekrom in Pokemon anime.
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The Gen V Legendary is one of the best counters to Kyogre.

Best counters for Kyogre in Pokemon Go

  • Zekrom: The Black & White Legendary is a perfect counter to the Kyogre as its strong Electric moves will melt away the beast’s health. We recommend using Charge Beam and Wild Charge attacks.
  • Tangrowth: The Gen IV evolution is a perfect choice to leverage the Hoenn ‘mon’s Grass weakness. Vine Whip and Power Whip will quickly chip away the monster’s health.
  • Electivire: A favorite from Diamond & Pearl, the Electabuzz evolution packs a mean punch with Thundershock and Wild Charge attack combo.
  • Zapdos: A part of the Gen I bird trio, Zapdos is another great choice to take down Kyogre. Both Thundershock and Thunderbolt.

While there are a wide variety of Grass and Electric monsters we can use, not everyone has a powerful elite team of ‘mon, especially newcomers to the game. Below we will go over some lower-entry picks that can still pack a punch.

Screenshot of Gen 3 starter evolution Sceptile in Pokemon anime.
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Sceptile and other budget Grass and Electric Pokemon can also bring the whale down.
  • Roserade: Introduced in Diamond & Pearl, the Grass type is a solid budget level counter for the whale. We recommend using Razor Leaf and Solar Beam.
  • Jolteon: One of the most popular Eeveelutions of all time, the Electric type is easy to obtain in Go and powerful. Both Thundershock Thunderbolt will hit the Water Legendary hard.
  • Sceptile: The Gen III starter evolution has strong Grass moves that take advantage of Kyogre’s second stat weakness. Both Bullet Seed and Leaf Blade make for a deadly combination.
  • Luxray: The adorable Electric Lion is another entry level encounter that help you bring down the beast. Use Spark and Wild Charge.

For veteran players, Shadow versions of Raikou and Electivire are technically the absolute best and quickest way to defeat Kyogre. However, these rare ‘mon had to have been acquired in the past.

Ultimately, teaming up with a group of players who have Electric and Grass type Pokemon will bring down the weather trio Legendary. Use moves suggested above and feel free to mix and match with other characters.