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Some Pokemon from Sword and Shield are now in Pokemon Go

Published: 4/Jun/2020 18:24 Updated: 5/Jun/2020 15:42

by Paul Cot

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It looks Pokemon Sword and Shield has come to Pokemon Go early as some Galar region species can be found now.

Similar to Alolan forms, Galarian forms are specific variations of Pokemon that can only be found in the Galar region. Or as of now, Pokemon Go too.

Considering Pokemon Go is still in the middle of its Gen 5 roll-out, it’s perhaps a little surprising Niantic have opted to skip a few generations and add some of the species from Pokemon Sword and Shield.

What Galarian forms are in Pokemon Go?

The following Galarian forms can be caught in Pokemon Go:

  • Darumaka
  • Meowth
  • Stunfisk
  • Weezing
  • Zigzagoon

Of these Galarian Stunfisk is the only one that can be caught in the wild. Weezing is currently exclusive to Raid Battles and the other three are exclusive to 7km eggs.

Obstagoon Pokemon Go
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With enough Zigzagoon Candy you can get Obstagoon in Pokemon Go now…

How to get Darmanitan, Perrserker and Obstagoon

Regional forms of Pokemon actually share the same Pokedex entry as their traditional counterparts. So, for example, catching Galarian Meowth won’t add a new entry to your Pokedex but complete a slot within the Meowth entry.

However, unlike the addition of Alolan Pokemon, Niantic have skipped over some of Unova and all of Kalos and Alola to include some full fledged Gen 8 species. Some Galarian forms evolve into entirely new Pokemon. The aforementioned Galarian Meowth doesn’t evolve into another form of Persian but into Perrserker.

These Galarian Pokemon can be obtained by evolving the above:

  • Galarian Darmanitan – 50 Darumaka Candies
  • Perrserker – 50 Meowth Candies
  • Galarian Linoone – 50 Zigzagoon Candies
  • Obstagoon – 100 Zigzagoon Candies

If you’re really impatient you can use some Rare Candy to speed up getting these Pokemon although you should probably save it for rare species. Once you get one of these the Galar section of the Pokedex will open up.

Elsewhere, Galarian Ponyta, Rapidash, Slowpoke, Farfetch’d and Sirfetch’d have also been found in the Pokemon Go game code. Presumably these will be added to the mobile game at later dates, possibly in separate events.

The popularity of the likes of Galarian Ponyta and Sirfetch’d may warrant their own event. Galarian Weezing was already added during the initial Pokemon Sword and Shield release.

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Pokemon troll goes viral after baiting fans with most expensive card

Published: 26/Nov/2020 23:38

by Brent Koepp

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Popular YouTuber SomeThingElseYT went viral online after trolling Pokemon fans. The animator jokingly claimed to have discovered the world’s most expensive Trading Card Game collectible, Pikachu Illustrator, in his garage.

The Pokemon TCG was a major part of many 90s kids’ childhoods. No one could have ever guessed that cards once stuffed in cheap binders could one day sell for as much as a sports car. In 2020 though, the pieces of cardboard have now exploded in value.

At the very top of the list of the most expensive is the incredibly rare Pikachu Illustrator which fetched over $233k at auction in July. On November 24, a YouTuber went viral after joking that he found the collectible in his garage. Only, some thought it was actually real.

Screenshot of rare Pokemon Trading Card Game item Pikachu Illustrator.
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The incredibly rare card worth $233k was used to troll fans in a viral tweet.

Pokemon card joke goes viral on Twitter

In 1998, popular Japanese magazine CoroCoro held an art contest and those who won were given a special promo Pokemon card featuring Pikachu holding a pen. While there was over 39 winners, only 10 are known to have survived today.

Due to its rarity, the item very rarely goes up for sale. In July however, a PSA graded 9 surfaced and fetched a whopping $233k auction – which is currently the world record for most expensive individual TCG collectible sold.

On November 24, YouTuber SomeThingElseYT hilariously joked that he found the “useless” card in his garage. “Found this funny Pikachu card in my garage don’t know what to do with it,” he said. After the tweet went viral, he followed up the post and trolled fans who thought it was real. “Why is everyone so obsessed if I got this in 10th grade.”

Despite the tweet clearly being made in jest, many Trading Card Game fans actually thought the post was serious and freaked out. “Adam…That is the most rare card in the world!’ one user replied. Another fan exclaimed, “THAT IS THE MOST RARE POKEMON CARD EVER. DO NOT GET RID OF IT NO MATTER WHAT.” Another follower echoed a similar sentiment and wrote, “BECAUSE IT COULD BE WORTH A FRKIN CRAP TON OF MONEY!!!”

Screenshot of Twitter replies.

While some fell for the joke, others caught on quickly and were shocked at how many believed the fake story. “On this day millions of wooshes were heard everywhere in the known universe,” one comment read. Another user simply stated, “I love that people don’t understand this was a joke. Makes this post much better.”

Screenshot of Pokemon fan comments on Twitter.

Besides clearly being sarcasm, it also only took a few seconds using Google to figure out that the image has been posted on Reddit and numerous other websites many times previously.

With Pokemon card fever reaching a fever pitch in 2020, fans around the world have been digging through their old collections. Just don’t expect to have an item where only 10 of them exist.