Will Niantic reintroduce Pokemon Go bonuses amid new lockdowns? - Dexerto

Will Niantic reintroduce Pokemon Go bonuses amid new lockdowns?

Published: 31/Oct/2020 21:31

by Paul Cot


A stream of ongoing bonuses were added to Pokemon Go following the initial madness in March. They were removed at the beginning of October but with new lockdowns on the horizon could they once again return?

Pokemon Go is a game that requires you to leave your home, at least to get the most out of it. However, the developers of the mobile game, Niantic, were quick to react to the initial lockdowns quickly making it playable from the comfort of your own home.

They achieved this through adding semi-permanent bonuses, in-game benefits if you will. Some of these still remain and will presumably stay for several months yet.

Egg Hatch Bonus
A lot of trainers weren’t happy when Niantic removed the half egg hatch distance bonus…

Current bonuses

They can be found under ‘Special bonuses’ section within the Pokemon Go ‘Today’ tab in the app. They are currently as follows:

  • Open 1.5x as many Gifts
  • No walking requirement for the GO Battle League
  • Boosted damage for Trainers battling remotely in raids
  • 2x Incense duration

Removed bonuses that could return

With lockdowns being reintroduced all over the world though, Niantic may take the decision to re-add the following:

  • Half egg hatch distance
  • Increased Incense effectiveness
  • Buddy Pokemon to bring you Gifts
  • Increased Gift drops when spinning PokeStops

In addition to these bonuses, there have been an increasing number of Pokemon Go events in recent months. This could be another tactic to make the game more stay at home friendly.

That’s on top of Niantic adding remote Raid Battles. The usually hard to come by Remote Raid Passes can currently be obtained for free as well, so make sure you take advantage of it while you can.

Even with the half egg hatch distance, trainers unable to leave their homes will struggle hatching eggs, but with the discount in play it at least becomes viable. Meanwhile, catching Pokemon and Raid Battles shouldn’t be an issue due to the respective increased spawn locations and remote raids.


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.