- Pre-Order XY-Evolutions Now!
- The XY-Evolutions Products
Pre-Order XY-Evolutions Now!
As we all now know, the latest XY-Evolutions set is launching soon on November 2, 2016!
For the Pokemon TCG Online, upcoming update v2.40 will include XY-Evolutions support.
View the XY-Evolutions set page to see the full, 113 card list and details.
With the launch of every new Expansion set, players normally jump on the opportunity to quickly build their collection, and it’s no different whether you’re an online-only player or also play the physical game.
Personally, I like to get as many booster codes as possible for Day 1 (ideally 50-100) to open and add to my collection. Or, stash your XY-Evolutions boosters online for trading! The in-game value of Evolutions boosters will likely be high, even higher than the current Steam Siege boosters.
The XY-Evolutions Products
XY-Evolutions Elite Trainer Box
With this set, we’re getting two different XY-Evolutions Elite Trainer Boxes: one featuring Charizard and the other featuring Blastoise, in honor of the first two video games: Pokemon Red and Pokemon Blue.
Each Elite Trainer Box includes the following:
- 8 XY-Evolutions Booster Packs (each with their own Pokemon TCGO code!)
- Set of 45 Basic Energy cards (5 each of the 9 basic types)
- 6 damage counter dice
- 1 competition-legal flip die
- Acrylic Special Condition markers (Poisoned and Burned)
- 65 card sleeves featuring either Charizard or Blastoise
- The Deck Box itself, featuring Charizard or Blastoise, which holds up to 550 cards (~300 sleeved cards)
- 4 Cardboard dividers to organize your collection
- A Player’s Guide to the XY-Evolutions expansion set.
- A Pokemon TCG Online code to unlock the Deck Box and Card Sleeves online
Elite Trainer Boxes: Are They Worth It?
Because of the combined value you get with each Elite Trainer Box, I highly recommend players of the physical game to get them, especially new players to the game.
The MSRP for most Elite Trainer Boxes is $39.99, and you can usually find them for cheaper on sites like Amazon.com and eBay.
Individual booster packs normally retail for up to $3.99 each, and the Elite Trainer Box nets you 8 boosters, collectively worth about $32. Let’s take a closer look at the value of each item included in the Elite Trainer Box
Here’s a nice video explanation of whether or not Elite Trainer Boxes are worth it, by The Professor.
Elite Trainer Box Value Breakdown:
- 8 Booster Packs: $32
- 8 Booster Pack Codes: $8
- Storage Box: $4
- Dice and Counters: $2
- 45 Energy Card Pack: $5
- 65 Exclusive Card Sleeves: $4
- Elite Trainer Box Online Code: $2
- Player’s Guide and Dividers: negligible monetary value, but worth it 😀
The total: $57 in value. If you can find an Elite Trainer Box for less than the MSRP of $39.99, the sweeter the deal. (The video above by the Professor does a great job breaking down the value of the ETB, but leaves out that each booster pack contains its own PTCGO code).
Pre-Order the XY-Evolutions Elite Trainer Boxes!
XY-Evolutions Booster Boxes
Each Booster Box contains 36 booster packs! Keep in mind that if sealed, these booster packs will not have been “weighted” or otherwise tampered with. This ensures a fair chance at each card.
For players and collectors looking to expand their collection, Booster Boxes are the way to go. Elite Trainer Boxes, while fantastic for beginners, only provide 8 boosters for $39. Booster Boxes have an MSRP of up to $129, but many deals are available for considerably less, around $109 or so.
Buying 36 booster packs individually would cost about $144, so anything less than that is a deal.
Remember that a Booster Box has booster packs that each contain their own code, so that means 36 extra Pokemon TCG Online codes!
Booster Boxes are also sometimes sold as “half-boxes”, which are not sealed and run the risk of being “weighted”, where the packs might have been checked (but not opened) to check if they may contain a slightly heavier Pokemon-EX or other Ultra Rare card. This practice isn’t common (and is offset by the varying weights of the Pokemon TCG Online code cards included) but is something to be aware of.
Finally, you might also see Booster Boxes sold in sets of 2, 4, or even 6 booster boxes. These sets almost always include sealed booster boxes.
A Theme Deck is a pre-constructed deck of 60 cards is recommended for beginners and collectors alike. Each one also includes a code for the Pokemon TCG Online to play the deck online! Codes for Theme Decks also allow the Theme Deck to be traded online, with the v2.40 update.
The XY-Evolutions expansion, like most others, includes two different Theme Decks.
Pikachu Power Theme Deck
The XY-Evolutions Theme Deck featuring Pikachu! The full deck list hasn’t been revealed, but you can pre-order the entire Theme Deck or just the Pokemon TCG Online code.
Pre-Order Pikachu Power Theme Deck on eBay (physical deck or online code)
Mewtwo Mayhem Theme Deck
The XY-Evolutions Theme Deck featuring Mewtwo! As with the Pikachu Power deck, the full deck list hasn’t been revealed yet, but you can still pre-order it or just the code.
Pre-Order Mewtwo Mayhem Theme Deck on eBay (physical deck or online code)
Individual Booster Packs / Pokemon TCG Online Booster Codes
Of course, you can always buy booster packs and codes individually. The best (and most reliable) place to buy Pokemon TCG Online codes is eBay. Amazon.com also has a selection of codes, but most purchases are mailed out, where eBay has a number of sellers that can message you the codes quickly.
There are other sites that sell codes, but generally at much higher prices. Of course, prices fluctuate, especially on sites like eBay, but if you buy in bulk you can generally find pack codes for less than $1 each, $0.50-0.80 on average, and sometimes as cheap as $0.35 per pack (in bulk, usually 100+ codes, mailed).
For the physical booster packs, the MSRP is $3.99, but you can generally find them a little cheaper online. Many times packs are sold in blisters of 3 packs, or sometimes in sets of 10 packs; still cheaper than buying a Booster Box of 36.