Friday, February 3

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Gaming

The Secret To Training Powerful Pokémon In Scarlet And Violet

Terastallizing isn’t the only way to power up a Pokémon.Screenshot: The Pokémon Company / KotakuFor most players, Pokémon games are a pretty straightforward affair of attacking enemies’ weaknesses and scoring that sweet one-shot. But Pokémon can become incredibly overwhelming once you start playing competitively. What’s an IV? What’s an EV, if not the cute brown fox who can evolve into a bunch of other, more colorful and elaborate foxes?In fact, they refer to hidden numbers and background math that competitive players like to tweak and manipulate to create the strongest versions of their favorite ‘mons. EV and IVs stand for Effort Values and Individual Values. These hidden numbers determine the final state of a Pokémon’s six stats, and understanding how they work and how to influence them ...
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15 Messed Up Pokémon Scarlet And Violet Pokédex Entries

Screenshot: Nintendo / KotakuCute little Jumpluff! For years, the Pokémon games described this second-stage creature with lightness, mentioning how it enjoys drifting on the breeze, scattering its spores. It hasn’t appeared since Sun and Moon, but good gravy, something happened in the meantime.Let’s start with Violet’s description, given it’s only a bit upsetting: Beware its cotton spores. If you accidentally breathe them in, you’ll be racked with coughs and itchiness.Before we get to Scarlet’s Pokédex entry, I want to re-emphasise the almost identical text that has been used in previous generation’s dexes. Typical is X’s: Blown by seasonal winds, it circles the globe, scattering cotton spores as it goes.And now here’s Scarlet’s:Jumpluff travels on seasonal winds. Once its cotton spores ru...
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NFL Pro Retires After Selling Pokémon Card Worth Over $650,000

Photo: Goldin / The Pokémon Company / Kotaku / Eric Espada (Getty Images)Playing in the NFL is tough and many players leave because of career-ending injuries or bad seasons. But after seven years in the league, Las Vegas Raiders linebacker Blake Martinez has retired mid-season for a different reason: He’s making enough money selling Pokémon cards—recently selling a very rare card for nearly $700,000—and doesn’t need the income he gets from playing anymore. Las Vegas Raiders player Blake Martinez shocked many fans when he announced last week that he was retiring from the NFL at the relatively young age of 28. He was first drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 2016. Following four years with Green Bay, he joined the New York Giants in 2020 before suffering a torn ACL in 2021. He was released s...
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Pokémon Has Taken Over My Life, From Games To Cards To Toys

Image: The Pokemon CompanyIn my mid-40s, my life is so latterly being taken over by Pokémon. After falling down the Pokémon GO hole in 2020, and then chronicling its slow takeover of my spare time, I have since found myself the primary Pokémon GO correspondent for Kotaku. And now, as if that weren’t enough, I’ve finally discovered the TCG. RIP my bank balance. Today feels like a good day to have an amiable chat with you about the whole experience.I was exactly the wrong age for Pokémon. In 1997, I had just failed the exams we Brits take to get into university, and was miserably retaking the same subjects I couldn’t comprehend. In 1998, I started a far less ambitious (and ultimately awful) university course. I was a student, just starting my writing career, kissing girls, and playing pool i...