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Why Pokemon Go Raid Battles are a game of cat and mouse

Published: 5/Jun/2020 11:11

by Paul Cot


Raid Battles in Pokemon Go are supposed to be about jumping into battle against a super powerful Pokemon, but lately it feels like more of a waiting game.

“A Raid Battle is a cooperative gameplay experience that encourages you to work with other Trainers to defeat an extremely powerful Pokemon,” an official Pokemon Go video states. That’s a fair enough description, that’s exactly what they are.

However, the effort to get to that battle has become increasingly arduous. Some of you may say, wait a second, Niantic introduced the Remote Raid Pass, you can play Raid Battles basically anywhere now. While that is true, most trainers who play alone will spend more time waiting in lobbies than playing. Let us explain why.

Nobody wants to waste a Raid Pass

Raid Passes – be it of the Premium or Remote variety – are hard to come by. If regularly participate in Premium Raid Battles in Pokemon Go then you’ll know they come at the expense of hard-earned PokeCoins or real money.

So, the last thing a trainer wants to do is waste one. Unfortunately, wasting them is easier than ever these days.

We’re not talking about not quite having enough time to take the Raid Boss down or failing to catch it either. We mean wasting the Raid Pass by not having a chance to win the battle before it even starts.

Raid Battle LobbyRaid Battles or cat and mouse?

When entering a Raid lobby you are often greeted with a big fat zero, indicating how many trainers are currently waiting. For some Raids this won’t change.

That means trainers are put in the predicament of risking one of their Raid Passes because if nobody else joins it is all but wasted. If it is a five-star Raid then it is almost guaranteed you can’t win the battle. More realistically, take the current Reshiram Raids for example, you need a minimum of four trainers.

Now, the funny thing there could be 10 trainers sitting in the same lobby, all unwilling to risk their Raid Pass, and this is understandable. They have no way of knowing if anyone else is waiting which then becomes a game of cat and mouse. This can result in nobody playing a Raid which we will have noticed at some point.

How to fix it

It’s an issue that has plagued Raid Battles for a long time now. It means players aren’t doing the one thing they want in a Raid – battle Pokemon!

There are a few ways Niantic can fix this though:

  • Show how many trainers are waiting in a lobby
  • Allow trainers to back out of a Raid Battle without losing their Raid Pass
  • If the number of trainers in a Raid Battle is less than x and you lose, Raid Pass is refunded
  • Have an option to increase the waiting time from 120 seconds

All of these methods would increase the number of Raids Pokemon Go trainers play, too. It’s a win-win for Niantic. Hopefully they make the appropriate changes soon.


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.
ZenMarket / The Pokemon Company
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.