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Sword & Shield players are finding unreleased Pokemon in Surprise Trades

Published: 10/Feb/2020 23:00

by Brent Koepp


Sword & Shield players were left baffled when they started receiving Generation VII Pokemon that aren’t even in the game yet during Surprise Trades, and were left questioning where they came from.

Pokemon Sword & Shield dropped in November 2019, and saw players taking on the Galar region which was largely based on locations in the U.K. The RPG released to positive critical reviews and enormous sales.

However, the beloved Nintendo title also faced backlash from the fandom over the developer scrapping the National Pokedex. Now, hackers have made it possible to get characters from previous gens in the game, and trainers are randomly receiving these monsters through Surprise Trades.

Game Freak
Sword & Shield has 400 Pokemon in the game.

Unreleased Pokemon in Sword & Shield

With the eighth generation release, Game Freak decided to scrap the National Pokedex, meaning players couldn’t bring in the Pokemon they caught from previous entries in the franchise. Sword & Shield was very limited by the characters represented across the gens as a result.

However over on the Pokemon subreddit, user ‘giveitabone’ was left stunned when they received Gen VII’s fire starter Litten. With good reason, since the beloved cat isn’t actually in the game. “Just got this Litten from surprise trade???” they posted in confusion.

Reddit: giveitabone
A Reddit user was perplexed when he received the Gen VII starter in a surprise swap.

How is this possible? Well Redditor ‘ccclix’ commented on the post and explained, “People generated raids for the unreleased pokemon. They got bred and are now being traded away.” The person that made the topic replied and exclaimed, “That must be the reason. Because I just got a Squirtle from Surprise Trade too!”

Reddit: ccclix
A Redditor explained that the unreleased Pokemon had been added to the game by generated raids.

Shockingly, fans of the series have been running into illegitimate raids since early February, such as Reddit user ‘NewBacon’ who posted a photo of having joined a G-Max raid with Sun & Moon’s Legendary Solgaleo.

Reddit: NewBacon
A trainer found themselves in a raid featuring Sun & Moon’s legendary Pokemon.

The latest title in the long-running franchise has apparently been hacked, with tricksters generating raids with Pokemon that aren’t actually in the game. User ‘frostwalker’ explained, “It’s an hacker who has recently created hacked max raid battles with legendary pokemons like mewtwo or solgaleo or staters like squirtle, which are not in the game right now.”

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A trainer explained that a hacker had found a way to create raids to host characters not in the game.

Interestingly, after the monsters are being caught from these events, trainers are breeding them and trading the offspring throughout the playerbase. So don’t be shocked if you suddenly receive a character that isn’t actually in the eighth generation title.

At time of writing, neither Game Freak or Nintendo have commented on these hacked raids. But it makes you wonder, even if they patch it out, what about all the Pokemon that have been bred, and were legitimately traded in the game?

Fans of the series not entirely happy with Sword & Shield’s roster have ‘Home’ to look forward to in 2020, as the paid subscription service will finally allow them to add their previously caught monsters to the latest release.


Pokemon troll goes viral after baiting fans with most expensive card

Published: 26/Nov/2020 23:38

by Brent Koepp


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.