Coming this July, Professor Willow will debut as part of a collaboration between Pokemon GO and the Pokemon TCG. Professor Willow appears on the card Professor's Research, which is a "current must-have for any deck when battling in the Pokémon Trading Card Game. Its powerful effect can instantly give you an advantage during a match." What kind of advantage? Well, Professor's Research has picked up the old Professor Oak card for all the Professors with various art (including now Prof Willow), letting you discard your hand and draw seven new cards. As someone who has never played Pokemon TCG, that sounds really powerful.
How do I get the Professor Willow card for Pokemon TCG?
The Professor Willow card is only going to be available through several promotions at this time. First, for a limited time, for US and Canadian players only if you are purchasing a Pokemon Go product at the Pokemon Center, you'll get a copy of Professor's Research starring Professor Willow.
If you're outside North America, or not near a Pokemon center, and want to get the card, you'll have to complete research in Pokemon GO and complete tasks at Pokemon League events. This isn't available now, but "starting soon". Hopefully this is within a few weeks soon rather than sometime near the end of the summer soon, but won't be available at least until the Pokemon League reopens.
To get the special research in Pokemon GO, the card also includes a code that can be redeemed at this website in July. Once it's redeemed you'll be able to complete a special research tasks and get an encounter with the Mythical Pokemon Meltan while also earning items.
There will also be "future announcements about Professor Willow's card giveaway", so for more information on everything Pokemon, stay tuned to TechRaptor for more details on whatever comes next.
What do you think of this idea? Do you think Pokemon GO and Pokemon TCG should be linked at all? Let us know in the comments!