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Value packs and sets (TCG)

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This page no longer includes the merchandise for the Diamond & Pearl Series, the Platinum Series, the HeartGold & SoulSilver Series, the Call of Legends Series, or the Black & White Series. It is progressively being phased out in favor of merchandise pages organized by Series rather than type. For merchandise from these three Series, please refer to this page accordingly.


As well as producing unique or variant cards available at events, Nintendo has also released several varieties of promotional items in which to deliver special cards. Such mediums include value packs, box sets and collector tins. The list below focuses on value packs and box sets, which contain at least one promotional card, as well as booster packs or a theme deck from recent expansions. The items are listed in (roughly) chronological order and contain details of their contents.

EX Series value packs

EX Value Pack (1)

The first value pack to be produced by Nintendo, it differs from packs today as it was boxed and did not show the promotional card included in the pack.

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EX Value Pack (2)

This value pack was also boxed and was the first to include two promotional cards. This pack contained the same two cards that were included in the EX Collector's Carry Tin.

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In 2005, value packs began to be packaged in blister packs (where the items are sealed with vacuum moulded plastic) and released alongside TCG expansions upon their release, the packaging mirroring the same design as the booster packs or boxes. The majority of blister packs released still retain this pattern. It was also around this time that the inclusion of promo cards were phased out in favor of releasing them in tins, using the blister packs as a medium in which to deliver holographic reprints of POP Series cards. These packs also saw the inclusion of coins, normally found in theme decks.

EX Unseen Forces Blister Pack

The first blister packs released were based on the EX Unseen Forces expansion, though they were not directly affiliated by The Pokémon Company.

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EX Legend Maker Blister Pack

These value packs were released in conjunction with EX Legend Maker, the card back featuring a similar design to those of the booster packs.

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EX Holon Phantoms Blister Pack

These value packs were released in conjunction with EX Holon Phantoms, the card back featuring a similar design to those of the booster packs.

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Metagross Blister Pack

This was one of the first packs to focus on one particular Pokémon both in terms of the design of the pack and the card included. This would later be used in subsequent releases, but with a general theme in mind, such as the Eeveelutions and legendary beasts.

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EX Value Pack II

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EX Value Pack 3

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Legendary Beasts Blister Packs

Although they received very little marketing, three blister packs were released featuring the legendary beasts of Johto.

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Eeveelutions Blister Packs

Released as a singular wave, each pack contains either Flareon, Jolteon or Vaporeon and two booster packs. The package design mirrored that of the card it contained.

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EX Crystal Guardians Blister Pack

These value packs were released in conjunction with EX Crystal Guardians, the card back featuring a similar design to those of the booster packs.

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EX Dragon Frontiers Value Pack

These value packs were released in conjunction with EX Dragon Frontiers, the card back featuring a similar design to those of the booster packs.

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EX Power Keepers Value Pack

These value packs were released in conjunction with EX Power Keepers, the card back featuring a similar design to those of the booster packs.

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EX Dragon Frontiers Promotional Pack

As well as the usual size blister packs, EX Dragon Frontiers also saw the release of smaller packs, listed on several websites under the name of Promotional Packs. In addition to holographic POP reprints, these small packs also often come with POP packs. The card back also features a similar design to those of the booster packs.

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EX Power Keepers Promotional Pack

Released almost simultaneously as the previous Promotional Pack, these were unusual as the holographic variant POP cards included were common as opposed to the usual trend of Nintendo producing variants of the rare POP cards. The card back features a similar design to those of the booster packs.

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EX Value Set

This was a large blister pack produced by Nintendo, containing two promotional cards and four booster packs. Unusually, the holographic variant POP cards were uncommon and common cards, as opposed to rare.

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Japanese Special Packs

In 2007, after their success in North America and Europe, Pokémon Card Laboratory in Japan began to release blister packs, titled "Special Packs," two-at-a-time alongside every other Japanese expansion. Japanese blister packs include two promotional cards (one of which is a Pokémon LV.X) and three booster packs. All promotional cards are either DP-P or DPt-P promotional cards.

The Lakes' Secret Special Pack

This blister pack was released on January 1, 2008, and was based on The Lakes' Secret. The card back is identical to the expansion's booster pack design.

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Shining Darkness Special Pack

This blister pack was released on January 1, 2008, and was based on Shining Darkness. The card back is identical to the expansion's booster pack design.

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Moonlit Pursuit/Dawn Dash Special Pack

This blister pack was released alongside Intense Fight in the Destroyed Sky on July 10, 2008, and was based on Moonlit Pursuit and Dawn Dash, known collectively as Pokémon Card Game DP4. The card back incorporates both expansions' booster pack designs.

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Cry from the Mysterious/Temple of Anger Special Pack

This blister pack was released alongside Intense Fight in the Destroyed Sky on July 10, 2008, and was based on Cry from the Mysterious and Temple of Anger, known collectively as Pokémon Card Game DP5. The card back incorporates both expansions' booster pack designs.

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Galactic's Conquest/Bonds to the End of Time Special Pack

This blister pack was released on January 1, 2009, and was based on Galactic's Conquest and Bonds to the End of Time. The card back is identical to the latter expansion's booster pack design.

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Advent of Arceus Special Pack

This blister pack was released on July 8, 2009, and was based on Advent of Arceus. The card back is identical to the expansion's booster pack design.

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Box sets

Starter Gift Box

The Starter Gift Box was the first TCG box set. It was released in 1999.

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Thunderstorm Gift Box

The Thunderstorm Gift Box (also known as the Tempest Gift Box outside America) was released in the early 2000s. It includes a unique Thunderstorm preconstructed deck featuring cards from Base Set, Jungle, Fossil, Team Rocket, and Gym Heroes expansions. It also includes three booster packs and Pokémon Play It! Version 2.

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EX Deoxys Collector's Box

Released in conjunction with EX Deoxys, these deck boxes were among the first products to feature POP packs after they were no longer issued at POP events. The boxes have the same designs as the boosters in the expansion.

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Deluxe Gift Set

Released in January 2006, this set provided another source for obtaining the Suicune Nintendo promo, as well as four boosters and an exclusive deck box. The set comes in three variants, each with a deck box that portrays one of the Legendary Birds. The set also includes an index card that has the same design as the included deck box.

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EX Bonus Box

This set gave collectors the opportunity to obtain an EX Deck Tin once again, since their release back in 2005 made them rather limited. It was also the first of many box sets to include a holographic Celebi ex.

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  • EX Deck Tin (×1)
  • EX Series booster packs (×3)

EX Value Box

A little-known release by Nintendo, this set includes many items and was exclusive to Target stores.

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  • EX Series theme deck (×2)
  • EX Series booster pack (×3)

Trainer's Challenge Set

In a similar fashion to the blister packs, this box set comes in two versions.

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Crystal Trainer Set

Another little-known promotional TCG item, this box set was released in conjunction with EX Crystal Guardians and exclusive to Toys ‘R’ Us stores.

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Epic Collection Value Box

Although they have no connection to the Epic Collection Deck Kits, many stores and websites applied the name to these value boxes as they were released roughly at the same time. Packaged in a similar way to the original value packs, the two versions adopt changes made to the Collector Tins and feature windows. Of particular note is the Typhlosion promo card, as it saw a limited release sometime prior to the release of this box, allowing collectors and players to obtain it again.

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