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'Pokemon X' and 'Pokemon Y' rare pocket monsters create new market

'Pokemon X' and 'Pokemon Y' Mew
'Pokemon X' and 'Pokemon Y' Mew
Photo courtesy of Nintendo, used with permission

A new market has been emerged due to "Pokemon X" and "Pokemon Y." According to a report from Product Reviews on April 30, a few players are starting to sell rare "shiny" versions of pocket monsters on online retailer websites such as eBay. These creatures feature a different coloring when compared to the more common variations. As a result, it usually takes a long time to breed, capture and raise one.

Instead of wasting many hours to do so, some players are willing pay a small fee to get "shiny" versions of specific pocket monsters. One particular eBay user is selling a three-pack featuring the rare colorings of Arceus, Genesect and Mew for approximately $7 in U.S. dollars. The former is a legendary pocket monster that originated from "Pokemon Blue" and "Pokemon Red." It can only be acquired previously through special distribution events.

The aforesaid eBay seller promised that all of his pocket monsters are legitimate. According to a report by U.S. Gamer, "Pokemon X" and "Pokemon Y" are big targets for hackers. In fact, messing around with the game's data led to the discoveries of Diancie, Hoopa and Volcanion. However, the development team at Game Freak does have a way at determining which pocket monsters are legitimate. A small blue pentagon icon can be seen below a specific creature on the menus, confirming its authenticity (Update: a reader has clarified that the small blue pentagon icon is actually meant to represent whether or not a pocket monster came from the Kalos region).

After purchasing the new shiny pocket monsters, the eBay seller will set up a trade within the next 24 hours in "Pokemon X" and "Pokemon Y." The Arceus, Genesect and Mew will already be maxed out at level 100 each. The same individual is also offering several legendary creatures on sale.

The install base for the latest installments of the "Pokemon" series is big as both video games have combined to sell 12 million copies so far. Nintendo is also keeping the community active with competitive tournaments and distribution events. You can find an artwork of Mew from the official Facebook page of the series with the photo near the top of this article.