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Why is Gible so rare in Pokemon Go?

Published: 29/Jan/2020 13:03

by Paul Cot


Gible is currently one of the most sought after species in Pokemon Go, but why is the fan favorite from Gen 4 so rare?

The dual dragon and ground-type Pokemon was released in the mobile game in May 2019, much to the excitement of trainers everywhere. What fans didn’t anticipate, however, was just how rare it would be.

There have been reports from trainers at towns of varying sizes that they have yet to see even one Gible. Elsewhere, on one Discord channel with 4,000 people claimed they had zero sightings. Granted these reports came shortly after its initial release but the point still holds.

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The Land Shark, Gible, is surprisingly rare in Pokemon Go…

Now, the pseudo-legend has been out for several months but sightings are still few and far between. So, why does it spawn so very rarely?

Rare makes it more wanted

The answer to this couple be simple. There’s no doubt Gible is a very popular Pokemon but could it be so demanded because of its rarity.

With anything in life, the rarer something is then, generally, the more wanted it is. Niantic could have selected Gible to be one of the more rare spawns (because some have to be rare) and this has spiralled into making it even more popular.

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Garchomp is powerful

Another reason for its rarity could be because of Garchomp. Gible’s final evolved form is a very powerful Pokemon. Each of its base stats – attack, defense and stamina – are all ranked in the top 100 among the 688 species currently in the mobile game.

In terms of the maximum CP it can achieve, Garchomp is ranked 12 in the entirety of Pokemon Go. With it being so strong it wouldn’t make sense for Niantic to make it a common spawn. Pokemon like this need to be at least somewhat rare so they’re not seen in every single battle.


There are legendary species in Pokemon and then there are pseudo-legends. Each generation has legendary Pokemon – such as Articuno, Entei and Groudon – which are understandably and justifiably rare.

However, trainers have also coined the term pseudo-legends. These aren’t official legendary Pokemon but because of their excellent base stats are considered legendary in a different way.

Niantic and the Pokemon Company will be well aware of this. So, this is just another reason why they’d be discouraged from making Gible anything other than rare.

Shiny Gible

With some trainers still frustrated by the lack of Gible spawns, it is a pipe dream for a lot of fans to get hold of a shiny Gible. After all, players are struggling to find its normal version.

Interestingly, shiny Gible has been officially released and there is even proof of one lucky trainer managing to find one. It can be found in the wild and also in 10km eggs but don’t get your hopes up. One trainer claimed they hatched 40 10km eggs without getting a single one!

With shiny Gible out in the Pokemon Go wild it also raises questions about whether we will ever see it in a Community Day also. So, if you do encounter a Gible, make sure you catch it with a Pinap Berry and maybe save it to trade with a friend!


Trainwrecks’ generosity backfires after Ludwig scores $10k Pokemon card

Published: 24/Nov/2020 1:42

by Brent Koepp


Smash Melee star Ludwig Ahgren sent a Pokemon card Twitch stream into a meltdown when he pulled a 1st Edition Dragonite worth up to $10k. The gaming pro scored the rare collectible after streamer Trainwreckstv gave him the pack.

Pokemon cards have taken over platforms such as YouTube and Twitch as viewers flock to see their favorite personalities chase after the rarest Nintendo collectibles.

A live Trading Card Game box opening hosted by streamer Mizkif and his org One True King went off the rails on November 22 when Smash pro Ludwig scored a rare Dragonite that could have been Trainwrecks’.

Twitch streamers react to Dragonite card during Pokemon broadcast.
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A rare Dragonite was pulled during the One True King Pokemon card stream.

Ludwig scores rare Pokemon card from 1999

The Pokemon TCG has seen a major explosion in value in 2020. Cards once traded for nothing on school playgrounds decades ago can now sell for as much as a house. The hobby has also become a major hit on sites like Twitch, with streamers buying sealed booster boxes from the 90s to open live for viewers.

On November 22, Twitch star Mizkif broke open 1st Edition sealed packs from the 1999 Fossil set. Those attending the event lost their minds when pro gamer Ludwig scored a 1st Edition Dragonite after streamer Trainwreckstv gave his pack to him.

The moment went viral due to the Twitch personality’s generosity backfiring. “Dude I swear to God if I said no to this pack to be fair and nice and its a good pack I want it back. Ludgwig, if this is good it’s my pack. If it’s bad, it’s your pack,” he exclaimed moments before the card was pulled. Unfortunately, the booster he passed on contained the exact rare holographic he was chasing after.

After the excitement settled, the group felt bad for Train’s incredibly bad luck. Although the popular Twitch star wasn’t too bitter about it, laughing it off on Twitter. If nothing else, he should be applauded for his generosity.

According to recent sales of the item, a 1st Edition Dragonite can sell anywhere from $8k to 9.7k depending on the grading. Luckily for Ludwig, the item looked incredibly pristine, giving him a good chance at a PSA 10 grading.