Should you purify this Shiny Shadow Pinsir in Pokemon Go?

Published: 15/Apr/2020 14:44

by Paul Cot


Usually the Pokemon community has an answer for anything but this question has created some debate. One trainer asked for advice as to whether they should purify a Shiny Shadow Pinsir. The answer leaned one way, but there was certainly a discussion to be had.

To give some perspective, the Pinsir in question has a CP of 659 and IVs of 15, 13 and 13. This means if it were to be purified that it would become 2,113 CP with perfect IVs.

We know this because purification adds +2 to each stat and that all purified Pokemon go to level 25. Now we know the two options we’re dealing with let’s discuss whether it should be purified. The question was originally brought up by Vinnocchio on Reddit.

Pinsir Pokemon Go
Pokemon Fandom
Pinsir’s attack is much better than its defense…

Why would you purify?

The most obvious reason to purify is get yourself a 100% IV Shiny Pokemon. Even nearly four years after Pokemon Go released, this is something many trainers are still searching for. While this is good for your collection and bragging rights, the reason behind is purely aesthetic.

The other reason would be to get it PvP battle ready. GO Battle League favors defensively strong Pokemon.

Due to changes made to how Shadow Pokemon work, namely their defense being weakened, they are less appealing in the PvP format. Pinsir is already better at attack then it is defence, so the Shadow version of it would struggle.

This particular Pinsir would be restricted to Ultra League, as it would be purified well over the 1,500 CP limit for Great League. The Stag Beetle Pokemon doesn’t have any real advantage in any of the leagues, and it isn’t considered a strong option for trainer battles.

It’s biggest selling point is its ability to burn through opponent’s Protect Shields with the quick charging X-Scissor. This is something Scizor also offers, though.

Shadow Pokemon Pinsir
Shadow Pokemon were first found in Pokemon Go in July 2019.

So, keep it as a Shadow?

Shiny Shadow Pokemon aren’t something you see often in Pokemon Go. This is a reason in itself to keep it as it is.

Shadow Pinsir may have no business in GO Battle League but it’s certainly an option to use in Raid Battles. It is rated the best attacker among bug-types.

Therefore, it’s an excellent option to counter both Darkrai and Mewtwo. However, a lot of trainers are already prepared for the both of these.

Darkrai can be countered by common fighting-types such as Hariyama, Lucario and Machamp. Togekiss and Toxicroak are also good to have.

Meanwhile Mewtwo has been in Raid Battles for what seems like forever. Origin Giratina, Tyranitar and Weavile are all Pokemon a lot of trainers will have and they are among the best to counter the Gen 1 legend.

It isn’t an easy decision by any means but Shadow Pinsir is probably of slightly more use. So, unless you’re desperate for a coveted 100% IV shiny we reckon you should stick with it.

That being said there is no right or wrong answer. What would you do?


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.