TRAINER LEVEL: 40
FAVORITE POKÉMON: SHARPEDO
CLAIM TO FAME: POGO YOUTUBER
THE INTERVIEW - THE SHADOW GRINDER
G2G: First, can you tell me your in-game Trainer name, level, and your favorite Pokémon? Is there a reason it is your favorite? Also, what do you do in your daily life?
JT: My IGN is JTValor92, I’m level 40, and my favorite Pokémon is Sharpedo. Sharpedo is my favorite because I have loved sharks ever since I was a kid, and when I saw Sharpedo for the first time, I couldn’t believe it!
G2G: What got you into Pokémon/Pokémon GO? Were you into Pokémon before GO was released? What do you like the most about Pokémon in general? Do you have a favorite feature in PoGO?
JT: I’ve been into Pokémon ever since I was 7 or 8 years old. My mother handed me a Gameboy Color and Pokémon Blue version, and ever since, I was hooked. What I like most about Pokémon is the collecting of all the different species. My current favorite Feature in GO is the raiding. I love teaming up with my friends to defeat a legendary and hopefully catch it!
G2G: How did you end up making Youtube videos focused on Pokémon GO? What type of content do you like the most when it comes to your videos?
JT: I’ve always wanted to try to be a YouTuber. Once I saw that people were playing PoGO and making videos on it, I decided that that was what I wanted to do.
I had been playing since launch, and I felt knowledgeable enough to make videos about the game. What I like most when it comes to my videos is you can tell that I’m grinding for hours to get a Shiny.
G2G: Do you have big dreams/plans for your Youtube-channel? Or maybe for something else?
JT: My biggest dream/plan for my YouTube channel is to keep it growing so I can continue my adventures and have a fun life!
G2G: If you had the chance to make 3 wishes, what would you wish for? Let’s say at least one has to be Pokémon GO related!
JT: My first wish would be that I could teleport wherever I wanted whenever I wanted. Then I wouldn’t have to buy plane tickets lol. The second one would be immortality. Some say you’d eventually get bored, but there’s so much out there to explore. I think it would take a while before I got to that point. Lastly, I would wish that I could design a Pokémon to be put into PoGO (Since it had to be PoGO related lol)!
G2G: Is there anything else you want to share? Hidden talents? Thoughts about the current state of the game?
JT: I think that PoGO, as it is right now, is pretty good! Niantic has done a great job, especially since this whole pandemic. As for hidden talents: I was a 3D modeler for a bit of my life, and I’m also a certified rescue diver!
G2G: Bonus question: Either you’re a magician, or something else, but how in Arceus’ name do you have so much Shiny Shadow Pokémon???
JT: I’ve caught all of the Shiny Shadow Pokémon because I’ve done hundreds of Team GO Rocket Leader battles lol. It’s been a hard grind, but I’ve really enjoyed it!
SHARP AS SHARPEDO
It was an honor to talk to Jonathan, and that’s for so many reasons. He’s not only a great example of what grinding stands for; he also is a humble and very enjoyable guy. By watching his videos, you see the passion he puts into this game, and how much he enjoys doing so. Make sure to check him out if you haven’t! Subscribe to JT Valor’s YouTube channel below, and be sure to give JT a follow on Instagram and Twitch as well!