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Team Rocket are coming back to Pokemon Go, AGAIN – Everything we know

Published: 5/Jul/2020 20:20

by Paul Cot


It seems Team Rocket can’t make their minds up – one minute they’re causing havoc in Pokemon Go and then the next they’re blasting off again! Now though, all signs point to their latest return to the mobile game being imminent.

After months of build up starting with the Grunts and then the GO Rocket leaders, Giovanni was finally added to Pokemon Go in November of last year. However, after a few months of battling, and saving a Legendary Shadow Pokemon or two, he along the rest of the evil organization left the game entirely.

“It seems that Team GO Rocket has been quiet lately,” Niantic revealed on the official Pokemon Go blog. Interestingly, they did leave us with this tease: “We really don’t expect Team GO Rocket to be quiet all summer…”

Of course, their disappearance coincided with the worldwide pandemic. Maybe Team Rocket weren’t washing their hands which caused them all to get ill.

What’s more likely though, is Niantic took them out the game to encourage indoor play only. Regardless, their return is nigh.

Grunts in hot air balloons?

Before we share any speculation this is what we know in addition to the above tease. The first bit of news about a Team Rocket return came on June 30.

The Team Leaders – Blanche, Candela and Spark – found an ominous scrap of paper. It didn’t need much deciphering as the images clearly showed a Team GO Rocket Grunt setting up an hot air balloon to throw a net over a Pikachu. Knowing Team Rocket we can certainly say their intentions aren’t good.

Team Rocket Hot Air Balloon
Pokemon Company
It almost looks like Team Rocket are trying to steal Pokemon…

Following that an image of some Clefairy surfaced which if you look very closely at, you can see a hot air balloon off in the distance. Blanche surmised that the previous image and this may be related, it’s almost like Blanche is onto something…

Clefairy Rocket Hot Air Balloon
Pokemon Company
Clefairy during the Solstice. Team Rocket lurk in the background though…

The latest bit of information we have came on July 2 and July 3, which showed a Grunt climbing out of a hot air balloon to seemingly challenge a trainer. With a Poke Ball in hand it looks they’re either trying to steal said trainers’ Pokemon or start a battle.

Another scrap of paper shows Team Rocket flying high above a PokeStop. Does this suggest this latest encounter will only take place when near or spinning them – we’ll have to wait and see.

Team Rocket Return Battle
Pokemon Company
It looks like Team Rocket have a new strategy to enact their evil…

Team Rocket are back

Niantic have been far from subtle here. We know Team Rocket’s return will entail hot air balloons and some sort of illegal acts.

We’re just waiting for the full details, which are expected very soon. Them climbing out and initiating a battle seems the most obvious feature but we’ve seen that already. As a result we expect something a little bit different.

Their return may even open up the Special Research that grants you an encounter with Giovanni, too. After all who doesn’t want more opportunities to catch Shiny Legendary Pokemon!


Pokemon community stunned after card collection worth millions surfaces

Published: 27/Nov/2020 21:06

by Brent Koepp


The Pokemon Trading Card Game hobby was rocked in November when a man rediscovered his mind-blowing complete collection of the rare 1999 Base Set. The fan has stacks of every character, including hundreds of Charizards.

Despite releasing decades ago, the Pokemon TCG has seen a major explosion in value in 2020. Cards once traded on playgrounds and stuffed into 90s children’s binders are now selling for as much as a sports car. 

A man went viral after discovering their collection may be one of the most complete sets to ever exist. The fan’s unfathomable amount of rare collectibles could actually have an impact on the future of the hobby’s prices.

Screenshot of Pokemon Trading Card Game collection worth millions.
YouTube: PokeMans Alex
A jaw-dropping Pokemon card collection surfaced on YouTube.

Pokemon fan discovers TCG collection is worth millions

Pokemon cards have never been more popular this year as the collectible hobby has now even taken over platforms such as YouTube and Twitch. Celebrities such as former rapper Logic are dropping hundreds of thousands of dollars to scoop up the rare Nintendo items. 

On November 22, a video went viral online of a man showing off his mind-blowing collection that has many collectors turning their heads. “Literally got all of my Pokemons stuff out of the loft from my recent move,” YouTuber PokeMans Alex explained before showing off his astonishing collection.

Holding up a stack of rare holographic cards from the 1999 base set, the fan exclaimed, “As you can see they are mint, and have not been touched for so long.” The TCG collector then revealed his unprecedented number of Charizards. “I don’t know if you are ready for this,” he warned, before holding up a stack of 111 cards of the rare starter ‘mon.

(Charizard cards start at 07:56)

To put that into perspective, in October a PSA graded 10 of the same item is now selling for $30k alone. The content creator emptied over seven binders on his table to reveal a 1999 base set that was not only complete, but also had stacks of over 50 of the same card for every single character.“I’m ready to put all of these away back in the safe where they are now gonna stay,” he said.

Veteran Pokemon card YouTuber PokeRev reacted to the video on November 26 and exclaimed, “Did you open all these packs as a kid? It’s just an insane amount of holo cards. When we were kids, just to get a couple holos from the base set was really good. But to have thousands is insane!”

Other famous collectors such as British rapper Randolph commented, “Unreal mate.” Gaming YouTuber Ali A wrote, “How did you originally collect SO many cards!? Are you looking to sell any of them?”

Screenshot of YouTube comments reacting to million dollar Pokemon card collection.
Other famous Pokemon collectors took notice of the insane set.

At the time of writing, it’s unclear just how much the YouTuber’s incredible Pokemon haul is worth. None of the collectibles have actually been looked at by professional grading companies PSA or Beckett. And the majority of its value revolves around its condition and score.

A set of this magnitude is unprecedented and could have a severe impact on what TCG cards are worth in the future. A big factor in an item’s selling price hinges on it having a low population. PokeMans Alex’s collection could soon flood the market should he decide to get things graded.