Secret trick to evolve Yamask in Pokemon Sword and Shield revealed

Published: 15/Nov/2019 12:33 Updated: 15/Nov/2019 13:26

by David Purcell


Pokemon Sword and Shield has introduced a brand new Galarian form for Yamask, along with a new evolution Runerigus, but there’s a very specific method you’re going to need to carry out in order to evolve it. 

Game Freak released their latest installment of the video game franchise on November 15 and it hasn’t taken trainers long to realize that some species don’t evolve in the way we’re used to seeing.

Many Pokemon in the past have relied on grinding through the levels, reaching a certain stage and turning into something much more powerful, while others have require special items – such as the application of a Fire Stone, for example.

How to get Runerigus in Pokemon Sword and Shield

Nintendo / PokemonGalarian Yamask can evolve into Runerigus, if you know the secret trick.

However, if you’re looking to evolve your Galarian Yamask into a Runerigus, you need to know that it doesn’t evolve like any other entrant in the Galar Pokedex.

Yamask is a ground and ghost type, found at Route 6 in Sword and Shield, but would usually evolve into a Cofagrigus at level 34. In the Galar Region, though, it’s going to work a little differently.

In what is possibly the most mysterious method of evolving a Pokemon to-date, you’re going to have to see your Yamask reduced to 51 HP or less. It’s a really important thing to note as well as 49 damage must have been inflicted to it before making the next step.

The Pokemon CompanyGalarian Yamask won’t evolve into Cofagrigus in Sword and Shield.

The evolution process can happen at any level you want as well. There is no cap on it whatsoever.

From there, you will need to whip out your map and look for Hammerlocke Hills in the Wild Area. You’re going to need to visit a spot near there, which is basically a huge rock formation – a structure that looks very similar to Stonehenge in England.

Nintendo / PokemonThe rock formation just below Hammerlocke Hills is where you need to visit.

With those steps completed, simply walk – or use your bike – to travel towards it. Once you arrive, all you need to do is go underneath it and you will be alerted about the Pokemon starting to evolve.

Yamask isn’t the only Pokemon to have been given a strange route to evolution in the new games, though, as there’s a different method for evolving Farfetch’d into Sirfetch’d in Pokemon Sword as well.

If we find out about any other tricks or methods for evolving characters in these games, we’ll be the first to let you know.


Complete First-Edition PSA10 Pokemon card set could sell for over $700K

Published: 16/Jan/2021 0:19

by Michael Gwilliam


An incredible, complete set of 1999 first-edition Pokemon cards is available for auction – and it’s looking like it could sell for more than half a million dollars when it’s all said and done.

The complete set is made up entirely of PSA 10s, the best possible grade one can give to a card, meaning these are in tip-top condition.

According to Goldin Auctions, who is hosting the bid, the collection includes four extremely sought-after Charizard cards. For many, Charizard is considered the holy grail of Pokemon cards.

So far, five people have put in the funds necessary to bid on the collection in two weeks. If you want to join in, you’re going to need some deep pockets – the minimum bid starts at $125,000.

Screenshot of Charizard Pokemon Trading Card Game 1999.
Charizard is one of the rarest Pokemon cards.

The fact that there are four Charizards alone in the collection is nothing to scoff at, and could very well be the cherry on top of the pristine PSA 10 collection.

Just back in October of 2020, rapper Logic purchased the 1st Edition card for just over $226,000. But that was then, and this is now.

Goldin Auctions states they “just sold an SGC Gold Label Pristine 10 ‘1 of 1’ example of the Charizard for nearly $400,000 in their December Holiday Auction.”

Pokemon booster box
Heritate Auctions
Booster boxes can sell for hundreds of thousands.

While the card alone can sell for a ridiculous amount, booster box prices have also seen their value rise.

As the TGC community has continued to grow, plenty of YouTubers and Twitch stars have started spending a lot of money on booster boxes from the 90s. The end result is that costs have skyrocketed.

Earlier in December, a booster box from Heritage Auctions sold for a whopping $408,000.

Given the insanity of the current lot and just how many perfect condition cards are included, we could be seeing a brand new Pokemon record once the bidding wraps up. The only question is: Will it ever reach the million-dollar mark? We’ll have to see what 2021 has in store.