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The 31 Most Expensive Pokémon Cards of All-Time

So you’re wondering what the most expensive Pokémon cards ever sold are? Let’s get in to it!

When I was growing up, the kids around me traded Pokémon cards for the love of the game. They cared about winning, and not the potential financial value of their cards.

Related: How to Sell Pokemon: Your Ultimate Guide

Recently, the amount of media coverage around eye-popping Pokémon card sales has been off the charts, but many people still don’t understand what makes certain cards more valuable than others.

Want to Know How Much Your Pokemon Cards Could Be Worth?

Before we dive in to this list, it’s important to note that if you see a card on this list that you own, it doesn’t necessarily mean yours is worth the same. There are a lot of factors that determine the value of a card, with the most important factor being how good the condition is.

You will likely need to get your cards graded before you can determine the true value. It’s also important to know how to spot fake cards so that you don’t get scammed.

For a full explanation on how you can begin the process of appraising your cards, check out this article!

Below is a list of the 31 highest Pokémon single card sales of all time. Please keep in mind, with new record breaking sales happening frequently, you never know when a new card will pop up!

31. 1999 Pokémon Base 1st Edition Holo Blastoise #2 PSA 10
$45,100.00 (11/25/2020)

The drop-off in value from Charizard to Blastoise is staggering, but make no mistake, Blastoise is entrenched as the second most valuable 1st Edition card. Scarcity also plays a part, with 101 total PSA 10’s in the registry, which is 23 less than ‘Zard.  

The current value of this card is around $26,000, so it’s definitely seen quite a drop since this record sale back in 2020.

30. 2016 Pokemon Card Game 20th Anniversary 24K Gold Pikachu
$50,000.00 (1/7/2021)

Pikachu encrusted in 24K gold. Sometimes going over the top is necessary for anniversaries, especially when it involves Pokémon. To originally obtain this reissued Pikachu, you had to pre-order it for $2,100.00.

This card was not used in play, and was made by Japanese jeweler Ginza Tanaka.

29. 1996 Pokemon Japanese Base Set No Rarity Symbol Holo Venusaur AUTO #68 PSA 10
$55,000 (11/18/2021)

28. 1996 Pokémon Japanese Base No Rarity Holo Charizard #6 PSA 9
$57,877.00 (11/25/2020)

The 1996 Japanese No Rarity Charizard has taken off, and rightfully so with a total of 28 PSA 9 grades in their registry. A PSA 10, which there are 6 of, would likely fetch a mega-haul at auction. The price tag could actually be higher than a PSA 10 1st Edition English Charizard due to scarcity.

27. 1998 Kamex Mega Battle Computer Error Trophy Promo PSA 10
$58,023.00 (2/15/2021)

One of the rarest trophy cards, the Computer Error Trophy has a PSA 10 population of 6 with just 39 graded in their registry. The trophy cards were used as prizes at the 1998 Kamex Mega Battle.

26. 2000 Pokemon Topps Chrome Series 1 Tekno Charizard #6 PSA 10
$60,000 (1/30/2022)

This card was produced by the iconic trading card company, Topps, who produced Pokemon cards for a very short time in 2000. There was a Topps Chrome Pokemon Sparkle and Spectra series, which are significantly less rare than the “Tekno” set.

The PSA 10 population of this particular card is just 10, so the fact that it ended up on this list is definitely not shocking.

25. 2005 Pokémon Japanese Summer Battle Road Mew Victory Orb Trophy PSA 10
$60,000.01 (12/28/2020)

In 2005, 162 finalists won this Mew trophy card. Of those, 19 have been graded with PSA and 17 of them received PSA 10’s (hello quality control!).

Trophy cards have become one of the most sought-after promos, and for good reason. Only a true Pokémon master could originally obtain it. 

24. 1999 Pokemon Japanese 64 Mario Stadium Best Photo Contest Chansey #113 BGS 8.5
$63,000 (12/16/2022)

Pokémon Snap is a 1999 first-person photography game published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 64.

Three months after its release, two contests were run to promote the game. Shogakukan’s CoroCoro Comic and the Nintendo-sponsored variety TV show, 64 Mario Stadium, hosted photo contests for participants to send in their best photos from Pokémon Snap .

Five winners from each contest had their photos made into official Pokemon cards. The winning cards featured each winner’s name in the Illustrator credit, in this case, Kaori Someya.

23. 1999 Pokemon Japanese Promo Tropical Mega Battle Tropical Wind PSA 10
$65,100 (10/27/2020)

The card sold at a PWCC Premier Auction, who had this to say about it:

“Even the most novice of Pokemon investors understand the extreme rarity and importance of these early trophy cards. Ushering in what has become one of the single greatest Pokemon tournaments in the world, the Japanese World Championship (originally known as the Japanese Tropical Mega Battle); which has produced some of the rarest and most valuable Pokemon cards in the world. This inaugural tournament took place in 1999 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu, Hawaii. This event was an invite only and was a battle between the best 50 players from Canada, Latin America, Europe, the United States, and Japan. During the event, there were a handful of various trophy cards that could be obtained, one was the offered tropical winds finals participant trophy. Very few of these cards exist, so trying to acquire one on the open market is virtually impossible.”

22. 1998 Pokemon Japanese Promo Tamamushi University Magikarp Trophy Card PSA 10 GEM
$66,100 (2/27/2021)

This card sold during the same PWCC Premier Auction as the Tropical Wind promo above, and they had this to say:

“One of the rarest and most coveted Pokemon cards in existence, the Tamamushi University Magikarp was a prize card that was given out as part of the Tamamushi University Hyper Test. The test was published in Shogakukan magazines, only allowing hopeful participants a limited window of time to submit it for review. Those that made the cut were invited to a two-day event in Osaka where they were separated into three age groups and then subdivided into various gyms, where only the top players in each group qualified for the second day of the event. On the second day, these top players battled it out against each other, and only those who won at least one battle received this card as their prize. Featuring the iconic artwork of legendary Pokemon artist Ken Sugimori, this is one of the most recognizable Japanese cards ever created, as the artwork ultimately never did see an English release. One of only 69 copies to ever be reviewed by PSA€™s graders, and one of only 12 to receive their coveted Gem Mint status,”

21. 2005 Pokemon Japanese Play Promo 50,000 Pts. Holo Espeon Gold Star #25 PSA 10
$66,660 (2/6/2023)

Gold Star Pokémon cards are extremely rare and you have to break the bank to acquire one as a result. The cards are named after the gold star that appears next to the Pokémon’s name at the top of the card, differentiating itself from the base version.

There are only 30 PSA 10’s of this card in the population, and if you bought one back in 2018 for $3500, you made a pretty good investment!

20. 2012 Pokemon World Championships Promo No. 1 Trainer PSA 9
$72,000 (12/19/2021)

This is another monster sale that took place at PWCC, who had this to say:

“The 2012 Pokemon World Championships held at the Hilton Waikoloa Village in Waikoloa Village, Hawaii. Taking place from August 13-15, featuring cards from the HeartGold & SoulSilver as well as early Black & White era, the tournament was invite-only with players given a last chance opportunity to earn an invitation to the main tournament on the first day of competition.

Featuring the triumphant pose of a Pikachu holding a silver trophy illustrated by Kei Hoshiba that was a mainstay for this era of trophy cards, this stunning card remains a favorite among collectors. Only awarded to the championship winners from this year, this is the only copy of the card that is currently graded by PSA, with only three players having been awarded the card for this year.”

T-18. 1998 Pokemon Japanese Promo Tamamushi University Prize Magikarp #129 PSA 10
$78,000 (4/17/2022)

In 1998, Japanese media publisher Shogakukan sponsored an education-themed Pokémon promotion based on the fictional Tamamushi University. As the program’s final and most challenging test, passing the “Hyper Professor Exam” granted students one of the most coveted Pokémon promo cards of all time. Of the 21,684 students that took it, only 198 passed.

PSA has graded 107 of these cards, with only 14 receiving a 10. These cards are so rare that there hasn’t been a single sale of a PSA 10 since this one back in 2021.

T-18. 2005 Pokemon Japanese Play Promo 70,000 Pts. Holo Gold Star Umbreon #026 PSA 10
$78,000 (12/19/2021)

If you are starting to see a theme, this is another PWCC Premier Auction sale. To obtain this card, members of the “Pokemon Player’s Club” needed to have accumulated 70000 points by the end of the fourth season, making it the most difficult to acquire of all the Player’s Club cards produced.

17. Pokemon “Slowpoke” Double Error
$99,000 (1/8/2022)

Very little information is available about this card, but it mistakenly lists the illustrator Miki Tanaka’s name as “Miki Takano”. There is also a “pink blotch encircled with blue ink” printing error on the bottom left of card.

T-15. 1998 Pokemon Japanese Promo Gold 1st 2nd Tournament Trophy Pikachu #1 PSA 6
$110,000 (2/19/2023)

Presented as the first place prize from the 1997-98 Japanese “Lizardon Mega Battle” Pokemon tournament events, these cards were extremely limited in their release and had only been printed once before (for the first official Japanese Pokemon tournament in 1997). There’s no official print number, but rumors say that there were only 14 of these cards ever made.

What we can verify is that there are only 8 of these in the PSA population, with no PSA 10’s and only 4 PSA 9’s out there. A full set of the gold, silver and bronze trophy cards sold at Goldin in May of 2022 for $480,000, with the gold being a PSA 8.

T-15. 2006 Pokemon World Championships Promo No. 2 Trainer PSA 9
$110,000 (2/27/2021)

This trophy card is from the 2006 Pokemon World Championships in Anaheim, California and is the only one that has ever been graded by PSA. There are thought to be just three of them in existence.

14. 2000 Pokemon Neo Genesis 1st Edition Holo Lugia #9 BGS 10
$144,300 (5/28/2021)

Lugia is an extremely coveted character, sometimes even compared to Charizard in terms of overall popularity after being on the box of the second generation Pokemon Game Boy games. Due to printing quality control issues, there are only 41 PSA 10’s of this card in the population, and only 3 of the more desirable BGS 10s.

T-12. 1998 Pokémon Japanese Promo Holo Kangaskhan #115 PSA 10
$150,000 (10/28/2020)

With a population of just 11 PSA 10’s, the Kangaskhan Family Trophy Card has Grail written all over it. A PSA 9 even broke the six-figure mark in early 2021, selling for $100,100 on eBay.

There are a total of 45 of these graded, and it will certainly be interesting to see what happens the next time a PSA 10 goes to auction. 

T-12. 1999 Pokemon Base Set 1st Edition Shadowless Thick Stamp Holo Charizard BGS 9.5
$150,000 (8/22/2021)

This Charizard features a thick 1st Edition stamp, which is called out on the BGS label. What’s the difference?

While stamping cards for the 1st Edition of the Base Set, Wizards of the Coast reportedly realized they needed additional holofoils to meet their quota. However, the manufacturer adjusted the stamp pressure for the second printing, creating a noticeable difference between the two stamps. Thick stamps feature a thicker “1” and thinner letters in “Edition,” while thin stamps display the opposite. While thin stamps are more desirable for non-holo cards, thick-stamp holos are considered more rare.

11. 1998 Pokemon Japanese Promo Family Event Trophy Card Holo Kangaskhan BGS 9
$180,000 (10/17/2022)

We previously saw this card on the list at #11, but graded a PSA 10. That copy sold for $150,000. To see a BGS 9 sell for $30,000 more almost exactly a year later just goes to show how hot the Pokemon market was back in 2021.

10. 1998 Pokemon Japanese Promo Bronze 3rd-2nd Tournament Trophy Pikachu #3 PSA 9
$192,000 (7/22/2022)

This card was only awarded to the third-place winners in the regional qualifiers for the Lizardon Mega Battle in Japan in late 1997 & early 1998. There are only 15 copies known to have been officially awarded, making these trophy cards one of the most coveted in the hobby.

9. 2017 P.M. SM Black Star #TPCi01 Tsunekazu Ishihara Signed GX Promo – PSA 7 Auto 9
$247,230 (4/25/2021)

This card portrays Tsunekazu Ishihara, the president of The Pokemon Company, accompanied by the Pokemon Rotom and a Master Ball. It was originally distributed to The Pokemon Company employees to celebrate the his 60th birthday in 2017 and is signed by Ishihara in black ink.

8. 1996 Pokemon Japanese Base Set Holo Charizard No Rarity, Arita Auto PSA 10
$324,000 (4/17/2022)

This ‘Zard has everything a collector could possibly want. It’s a PSA 10 of the iconic fire breathing dragon, autographed by the person responsible for bringing the character to life, Mitsuhiro Arita. It was released two years before the English sets came out, and has no 1st edition stamp below the illustration. The Japanese No Rarity version is also missing the black star on the bottom right corner of the card.

There are only 7 pSA 10s of this card in the population. Good luck finding another one!

7. 1999 Pokémon Base 1st Edition Holo Charizard #4 SGC 10
$360,000 (12/14/2020)

At number 6, we have this beautiful SGC 10 Gold Label 1st Edition Charizard. The 1st Edition Base ‘Zard is the top English card to own, and is one of the most recognizable and iconic collectibles worldwide.

There is a huge difference in value between an SGC 10 Gold Label and a regular SGC 10 – similar to a BGS 10 Black Label – which is reserved for what the grading company believes to be a perfect, completely flawless example of the card. Not all 10s are created equal!

6. 1998 Pokemon Japanese Promo Holo Illustrator Pikachu PSA 7
$375,000 (2/27/2021)

Now we dive in to the Pikachu Illustrators.

The term “holy grail” is tossed around way too often in this hobby, but this card can rightfully claim to be exactly that. Illustrated by artist Atsuko Nishida, the original character designer of Pikachu for the Game Boy games, the Pikachu Illustrator was given to first and second place winners of a CoroCoro Comic drawing contest in January 1998. Only 39 of them were ever distributed, with less than 2 dozen graded by PSA.

Want to know what happens when one is graded higher than a PSA 7? Stay tuned!

5. 1999 Pokemon Base Set Shadowless 1st Edition Holo Charizard #4 PSA 10
$420,000 (3/20/2022)

For a brief moment in late 2021-early 2022, people were speculating that the 1st Edition Charizard PSA 10 would eventually become a million dollar card. Unfortunately for the people who bought one around that time, the most recently sold copy went for $210,000 but with a population of just 124 combined with the worldwide popularity of Pokemon, I wouldn’t be surprised to see values creep back up in the coming years.

4. 1998 Pokemon Japanese CoroCoro Promo Rare Holofoil Illustrator Pikachu – PSA 8
$480,000 (10/6/2022)

Ah… another Pikachu Illustrator but this time a PSA 8!

The bump from the 7 to the 8 was just over $100,000, as this one sold a year-and-a-half later at Goldin Auctions. Keep scrolling to see how bonkers things get for this card as the grades continue to rise!

3. 1995 Pokémon Japanese Topsun No Number Blue Back Charizard PSA 10
$493,230 (2/1/2021)

This is the only PSA 10 in population amongst the 31 total copies that they have graded. Topsun cards actually pre-date the Pokemon game, and goes back to the characters’ origins in anime. Also of note, the card says 1995 on it, but wasn’t actually distributed until 1997.

2. 1998 Pokemon Japanese CoroCoro Rare Holofoil Illustrator Pikachu – The Swirllustrator Pedigree – CGC 9.5
$672,000 (10/30/2022)

How about a CSG card making an appearance this high on the list?! When a Pikachu Illustrator receives a grade this high, it’s going to break the bank.

This card sold just three weeks after the PSA 8 in the #3 spot and fetched quite a premium, bringing in around $200,000 more at Goldin Auctions.

There is only one PSA 10 in existence, so let’s talk about it!

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1. 1998 Pokemon Japanese CoroCoro Rare Holofoil Illustrator Pikachu PSA 10
$5,275,000 (July 2021)

This card belongs to social media maven and boxer Logan Paul, who famously wore it in his entrance to the ring at Wrestlemania on a necklace. He actually traded the original owner his PSA 9 copy of the same card PLUS $4,000,000 cash to make the deal happen.

This deal is now listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the “most expensive Pokemon trading card sold at a private sale”.

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All 12 Pokémon Switch Games, Ranked

From the start of its gaming franchise in 1996 to now, Pokémon has become Nintendo’s second biggest-selling series, moving out around half a billion units. It comes behind Mario, which has sold around 150 million more units than it, albeit with a head start of around a decade and a half.

Pokémon games started out on the Game Boy in the first generation and have continued all the way through the iterations of the Game Boy and the iterations of the Nintendo DS to now, where games release on the Switch, which is a top-five selling console for Nintendo and is quickly rising on that list.

There has been a total of twelve games released on the Nintendo Switch at the time of writing and if you’re wondering how the seventh and eighth-generation games are stacking up against each other, below we have compiled a list of them in order from worst to best.

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12. ‘Pokémon HOME’
Release Date: February 12th, 2020

Perhaps this is a little unfair considering Pokémon HOME isn’t a game per se, but it’s still an official Pokémon application available on the Switch, so we decided to include it anyway. It’s completely free (more on this later) and acts as cloud-based storage for Pokémon.

There is a mobile version of the game and of course, a Switch version. The Switch version boasts some exclusive features, including access to the “Basic Box” where 30 Pokémon can be stored. Pokémon from Let’s Go Pikachu!, Let’s Go Eevee! and Pokémon Sword & Shield can all be stored here. Plus you can transfer your favorites from Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, Pokémon Shining Pearl, and Pokémon Legends: Arceus.

A key criticism of HOME is that if you really want to use the full breadth of it and if you’re a hardcore Pokémon player, there’s a good chance that you’ll have to pay for the Premium plan which allows you to store up to 6,000 Pokémon. A 30-day subscription will cost you $2.69 while a full year will put you $14.39 out of pocket.

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11. ‘Pokémon Quest’
Release Date: May 30th, 2018

The growing success of Minecraft meant that a bunch of franchises tried their hand at their own voxel-style games and Pokémon Quest is Game Freak’s attempt. Set on the appropriately named Tumblecube Island, the new cube-shaped Pokémon we see here are called Pokéxel. There are four parts to the gameplay: base camp management, expeditions, catching Pokémon, and training Pokémon. Much like Pokémon Café Mix, Pokémon Quest is considered to be a good enough game that it provides an ample distraction from everyday life, but it lacks the depth needed to compete with some of the games that appear later on this list.

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10. ‘Pokémon Café ReMix’
Release Date: June 23rd, 2020

Developed by Genius Sonority and published by Nintendo and The Pokémon Company, allow us to show a bit of appreciation for Pokémon Café ReMix, just like Pokémon HOME, is completely free. It’s not your average Pokémon game where you have to catch Pokémon. Instead, it’s a puzzle game.

You and Eevee own a Café and serve customers, who are Pokémon. Every time an order is placed, a puzzle is triggered. You must clear matching icons on a screen by linking them in a ring, with a particular focus on items that the customer has just ordered. Every time you complete an order successfully, you’re given the means to upgrade the café, which will, in turn, attract more kinds of Pokémon.

The art style is great, but players have criticized the longevity of the game to some extent. If these kinds of puzzle games that generally appear on mobile aren’t your thing, this game isn’t going to change your mind. But with a price tag of free, it’s worth a try anyway.

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9. ‘Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX’
Release Date: March 6th, 2020

Released last year, this game is a remake of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team & Red Rescue Team. It was the first remake of a Pokémon game that wasn’t a main series game. You start off as a human who turned into a Pokémon and which one you turn into is decided by a personality test you take at the beginning. From there, you pick a Pokémon to be your partner and take on the jobs that you’re given. These can be anything from rescuing Pokémon to delivering items. Similar to criticisms of other games that have already appeared on this list, many felt that the game could feel like too much of a grind which took the fun out of it, though considering it a worthy spinoff title it’s hard for a Pokémon fan to ignore.

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8. ‘Pokémon UNITE’
Release Date: July 21st, 2021

Pokémon meets League of Legends? No one knew they wanted that weird amalgamation of genres until Pokémon UNITE came out of nowhere to showcase another entry into the MOBA genre. Selecting series faves such as Scizor, Dragonite, Blastoise, and more to head into heated team battles is pretty exciting, especially since your chosen Pokémon’s strength gradually grows to give your team even more of a chance at victory. The abundance of microtransactions that sadly turn this game into a pay-to-win affair keep it from getting placed much higher on this list, however. Even still, Pokémon Unite’s more strategic approach to its mainline battle mechanics is commendable.

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7. ‘Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl’
Release Date: November 19th, 2021

One of the other games announced in celebration of Pokémon’s 25th anniversary was Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl. It will be an enhanced remake of Pokémon Diamond & Pearl which is a fourth-generation game that was released on the Nintendo DS in 2006 in Japan (and in 2007 in North America). Both games’ welcome return to the Sinnoh region is a good time thanks to the return of some of the crucial elements from the original games that still hold up in this day and age. However, it must be said that fans were a little miffed by both games’ exclusion of the “Sinnoh Battle Frontier” and the enhancements introduced in Pokémon Platinum.

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6. ‘Pokémon Scarlet and Violet’
Release Date: November 18th, 2022

The latest generation of catching them all in a vast region comes courtesy of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. The open-wold approach to turning yourself into the greatest Pokémon trainer of them all was built upon the features seen in Pokémon Legends: Arceus. While a litany of performance issues and unavoidable visual glitches keep this set of games from reaching its max potential, they’re still worthy of being considered among the top releases within the mainline Pokémon series.

The Paldea region is full of lovable new creatures to capture, multiple storyline routes to tackle at your heart’s leisure, and a four-player co-op play that turns fans’ dream feature into a loving reality. Utilizing a Pokémon’s “Tera Type” during battle also gives these games a cool gimmick that deserves a ton of credit for freshening up the appearance and movesets of familiar Pokémon.

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5. ‘Pokkén Tournament DX’
Release Date: September 22nd, 2017

Pokkén Tournament DX is an enhanced version of Pokkén Tournament that was first teased way back in 2013. It was released for Arcade in 2015, Wii U in 2016, and Switch in 2017. In Germany and Austria, the game is known as Pokémon Tekken, which should give you an idea about what kind of game it is. It’s a fighting game with a focus on high-octane action that unfolds across both 2D and 3D battlefields. Of all of the versions released, the Switch is the only one that has all 23 Pokémon in it. The game is considered underrated and one of the better fighting titles you can get on the Nintendo Switch, with extra praise going to the Switch version.

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4. ‘Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu! and Let’s Go Eevee!’
Release Date: November 16th, 2018

Yet another remake, coming in at second place, is Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu! and Let’s Go Eevee!, a remake of Pokémon Yellow. These games are unique because they’re made to be a good entry point for new fans as well as older fans who played the original back in 1998. The return to Kanto did its job of providing nostalgia for the original fans. Fans and critics alike applauded the capture system and Pikachu and Eevee as protagonists. These games are pretty much a playable nostalgia trip that spruces up the graphics and gameplay of the series’ original journey for a whole new generation of potential Pokémon trainers.

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3. ‘New Pokémon Snap’
Release Date: April 30th, 2021

In 1999, Pokémon Snap was released for the Nintendo 64 in North America, and to this day, the community is split on how good it was. Some consider it one of the better Pokémon spinoff games ever, while some think it was a little boring. The concept of the game is that you’re a photographer called Todd Snap, and you travel around the world, taking pictures of different Pokémon species. Once you’ve taken 60 pictures, you take them back to Professor Oak, who rates each one.

In 2021, we finally got the sequel to that N64 gem in New Pokémon Snap. Just like in the original, players take on the engrossing duties of an up-and-coming Pokémon photographer that’s responsible for taking pictures across numerous island locales. It’s up to you to get the best pics and angles of common and rare “Pocket Monsters” in order to aid the research studies of Professor Mirror and his assistants Rita and Phil. Young gamers will be pushed forward along a predetermined track via the “NEO-ONE” vehicle and embark on an exciting trek so they can photograph cute creatures in their natural habitat.

This game’s simple yet highly engaging concept, expanded roster of creatures to snap pictures of, and the jolly nature of it all make New Pokémon Snap such a huge joy.

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2. ‘Pokémon Legends: Arceus’
Release Date: January 28th, 2022

Pokémon Legends: Arceus serves as a prequel to Pokémon Diamond & Pearl and in turn the Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl games. And thanks to its open-world design that paints it as this franchise’s version of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, there’s a lot to love here.

While it honors the core gameplay of the games that have become for it, Pokémon Legends: Arceus makes history as it is the first action RPG in the main series and Game Freak’s first attempt at that sub-genre of games. The main focus of this game is to create the Sinnoh region’s first-ever Pokédex. And that entails navigating a vast world filled with beautiful biomes where you’ll engage with wild Pokémon species in real-time. The unique challenges given to the player are a nice departure from the usual gameplay formula, plus the game’s huge sense of scale is awe-inspiring.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus‘ shoddy technical performance can be quite bothersome. But the best parts of it far outweigh its most disappointing ones.

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1. ‘Pokémon Sword and Shield’
Release Date: November 15th, 2019

Finally, we’ve arrived at the best Pokémon games on the Switch, Pokémon Sword & Shield. Here, we go back to the classic storyline of a young Pokémon trainer who wants to become champion, this time of the Galar region by dethroning Leon. The lead-up to the game was quite shaky. The announcement that not all pre-existing Pokémon would appear had some fans disappointed and calling for a boycott, but all was well post-release.

The game’s emphasis on freedom and general design was praised and most consider it one of the better games to be released in the entire series, let alone on the Switch. With the addition of unforgettable explorative and battle mechanics, such as cooperative raid encounters, the Wild Area, and “Dynamaxing” and “Gigantamaxing,” these titles stand out as a breath of fresh air for series diehards.

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9 Ways to Spot Fake Pokemon Cards

Are you worried that you might be buying fake Pokemon cards? In this article, I’ll tell you how to make sure you don’t get ripped off!

Pokemon cards have been selling like hotcakes for more than the past 20 years now and it doesn’t look like they’ll be stopping anytime soon. From shop windows to McDonald’s promos, to the ads on your television, it sometimes feels like you can’t escape them. So, naturally, people are going to find shifty ways to stick their hands into the honey pot that is The Pokémon TCG (Trading Card Game). 

With endless ways to buy and sell Pokemon cards such as through sites like eBay, TCGPlayer, or even companies that buy the cards directly from you. One of the shadiest things that circulate in the Pokémon TCG community is undoubtedly fake cards. It’s an absolute burden to everyone. Collectors and players alike can agree that fake cards absolutely ruin the experience of collecting Pokemon, especially for newer and more naive collectors who don’t know any better. However, fear not, as today we have put together a list of the top things you should look out for if you suspect a card is fake.

So, without further ado, let’s get into this list. 

1. The Word Pokémon Without The Accent On The “é”
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“Pokémon” is the trademarked name of the game and company and has been since the 90s. All legitimate Pokémon cards will have an accent on the é, each time the company name is mentioned, if the accent is missing – this is a huge red flag!

2. Spelling & Grammatical Errors
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Aside from just minor issues with the accents above certain letters, the people producing fake Pokemon cards can often make even more obvious spelling mistakes. It’s super unlikely that an official Pokemon card would have a word spelled wrong, so if you suspect a card could be a fake – double-check the spelling on everything, including the Pokemon names.

As well as this, it might sound like a no-brainer, but check the name of the Pokemon matches the Pokemon on the card as well as other pesky details like missing commas or full stops. 

3. Unrealistic HP Value
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This is a less common error but it is always worth checking; the HP value of the card. There are standards for the HP values of Pokemon cards, as of 2021 no Pokemon card has a greater HP value than 340 and even before that, it is impossible to find a Pokemon card with an HP value greater than 1000. 

4. Card Rigidity
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If the card is extremely flimsy to the point where it’s practically wafer-thin and has no rigidity to it at all, your card is probably fake. Alternatively, if the card is extremely thick and has way more give than it should, the card is probably also fake.

A good rule of thumb is to compare the feel of the card to another real card to gauge the thickness of a card. It will usually be quite evident very quickly whether or not it’s too thick. 

5. Card Foil
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Any cards like secret rares, amazing rares and just standard full art cards have a very specific texture depending on the era they are from. What we mean by texture is the subtle spiraling indentations on the card that makes the card physically feel different.

Fake cards do not have this luxury and simply have a flat, untextured foil that they apply to all “rare” cards to make them look shiny. However, even more of a dead giveaway than untextured foil is a lack of foil altogether on cards that should clearly have some sort of foil such as holographic rares, ultra rares, and sometimes even secret rares.

When we say foil we aren’t referring to the stuff you wrap your sandwiches in, we are referring to the material that the printing companies use to make the cards shiny or “holographic” if you’re a cool kid. 

6. Washed Out Card Color
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English Pokemon cards have a very distinct deep blue that is used universally on the back of all Pokemon cards as far back as the very first Pokemon set. So, if you find a card with a washed-out light blue color on the back chances are the card isn’t real. 

7. Borders Blurring Into Card
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As well as this dark blue color, all Pokemon cards have a distinct blue border and then art of a Pokeball opening within the border of the back of the card. However, if the dark blue border begins to bleed into the art in the middle (most often caused by bad printing), you likely have yourself a fake Pokemon card. 

8. Incorrect Pokemon Typing
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The type of Pokemon is indicated not only by the color of the card but by the symbol in the top right of the card next to the Pokemon’s health. The best way to check this is by searching for a digital copy of the card, but we’ll get into how you do that shortly.

9. Different Set Symbol Or Number
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This one is also pretty subtle so it’s important to look out for it but each set of Pokemon has a designated set symbol which can be found at the very bottom left of the card. Next to this symbol, you will also find a number like 123/231 or something to that effect. Unless you know what the set number should be, you’ll again have to find a digital copy of you card and cross-check this.

How To Correctly Cross-Check Your Pokemon Cards

We get it, all of these factors can be pretty intimidating and it’s easy to start second-guessing the validity of your entire collection. Especially with details like incorrect set numbers and symbols; things like that can fly under the radar pretty seamlessly. However, we’re here to assure you there are some pretty easy ways to cross-check your cards and make sure that they are in fact real. 

Check A Digital Scan

One of the easiest ways to do so is to look up a digital scan of the card you are suspicious of. This way you can compare your card to the official Pokemon Company release and scan for errors such as issues with the HP, attack values, typing, etc. 

Compare Card Backs

Similarly, for details such as washed-out color on the card and blurry borders, a copy of literally any other English Pokemon card will allow you to verify its validity as English cards have had the same card back since the base set of Pokemon. 

Use Online Forums 

If you’re super skeptical about your card and you don’t think your judgment can be trusted then it’s always worth snapping a few pictures and posting them to online forums. You can find plenty of them on sites like Reddit and Serebii and the communities would be more than happy to help.

Visit Stores In Person

It’s also worth noting that you don’t have to make all of your card purchases online. If you are unsure about a seller and think you might be getting swindled ask if you can view the card in person before making a purchase. If you are already unsure about the card’s validity and the seller is reluctant to let you see it before you purchase it, it’s never a good look. 

Buy From A Trusted Seller

As the age-old saying goes, prevention is better than cure and one of the best ways you can prevent yourself from getting scammed with fake Pokemon cards is by buying from trusted sellers. This can be done on sites like eBay by viewing the number of sales a seller has as well as viewing what their previously sold items were. 


Hopefully, with all of this information in mind, you will be able to now correctly identify whether or not your cards or any cards you look to buy in the future are in fact fake. It will usually be quite easy to tell from a few glances and if you are buying from trusted sellers on sites like eBay it is unlikely you are being sold fake Pokemon cards. 


Most ‘Powerful’ Pokemon Cards: 10 to Add to Your Deck

What are the most powerful Pokemon cards? Let’s first discuss the franchise!

The Pokemon franchise is one that encompasses iconic video games, anime, merchandise and a beloved trading card game. While we’ve witnessed the TCG grow exponentially in its market valuation, many still stick to the roots of the game: battling. Some like to see their base set Charizards in a shiny PSA holder; others want to compete with their cards on a world championship stage. If you are in the latter category, this one’s for you.

Related: The 30 Most Powerful Pokemon of All-Time

Sword & Shield, the latest main expansion series for Pokémon TCG, is at the tail end of its printing. Sets from the series like Evolving Skies, Fusion Strike, and Vivid Voltage were met with a great reception, giving collectors and deck-builders more characters to chase after. As a result, new high-HP cards have been added to the mix.

Today, we will be showcasing the ten most powerful Pokemon cards that you need in your deck. These are sure to perform well in battle, and they may be worth a pretty penny as well!

Let’s dive right in:

10. Claydol (Great Encounters)

Collectors and battlers from the late 2000s will remember just how essential Claydol is to a deck. This card may not be much aesthetically speaking, but the “Cosmic Power” move is almost overpowered in a game. This ability enabled players to discard any two cards and then draw six more. You can see how easy it became to stack a deck and beat opponents.

This card was originally released in 2008’s Great Encounters set, but it was also found in the recent Celebrations set as well. Claydol can also be picked up for $2-3 online, marking an inexpensive yet powerful addition to a battle deck.

9. Mewtwo & Mew GX (Unified Minds)

Here is another card with an exceptional set of moves. Mewtwo and Mew are both heavily revered and almost mythical in Pokémon’s lore. This tag team card possesses an impressive 270 HP, but it is the “Perfection” ability that has battlers raving. Perfection utilizes any move from a GX or EX Pokémon on the bench, creating a sneaky strategy in battles.

The card is also popular for everyday collectors, and it trades for around $15-20 based on condition.

8. Shaymin EX (Roaring Skies)

This Shaymin EX card is a perfect team player. Released in the acclaimed Roaring Skies set, Shaymin is capable of being exchanged for six cards once placed on the bench. This is extremely useful for players with an array of powerful characters in their deck.

The card can also be purchased on TCGplayer for $4-10 based on condition, marking a worthy investment towards winning battles.

7. Lysandre’s Trump Card (Phantom Forces)

While this one is not a beloved pocket monster, Lysandre’s Trump Card packs a punch in battle. The only problem is that the card is so powerful that it was banned from competitive matches altogether; however, we still figured it deserved a mention on this list. Essentially, this card resets the match, as it forces every battler to reshuffle their deck. This is a huge momentum-shifter in gameplay, so we see why it isn’t allowed on bigger stages.

Since this is a common trainer card, it will only run players a couple of dollars if purchased online. Our only advice is to use the Trump Card responsibly.

6. Charizard VSTAR (Brilliant Stars)

Another recent addition to the TCG, the Charizard VSTAR from Brilliant Stars was an immediate hit. Charizard has been one of the most powerful and collected characters since the first edition set, and this card highlights the dragon’s untamed power. “Star Blaze,” the card’s VSTAR ability, deals a whopping 320 damage to opposing players. However, it can only be used once during any given match. 

This one trades in the $10-15 range online, so be on the lookout for it in local shops or in a Brilliant Stars booster box.

5. Mega Gengar EX (Phantom Forces)

As a ghost-type Pokémon, Gengar always has a few tricks up its sleeve. In this case, Gengar swaps attacks with an opponent’s Pokémon, which can be deadly in battle.  This ole switcheroo will change the entire course of the match if your opponent has an overpowered card in their lineup.

This card, covered in remarkable artwork, is pricier than others on the list at $20-30. However, Gengar could be the difference-maker in your next battle.

4. Mega Ampharos EX (Ancient Origins)

Ampharos possess the resourceful power to paralyze opponents with the “Exavolt” move. This gives the card a unique advantage in games, especially if your opponent has you on the ropes. The move does deal 30 damage to Ampharos, but the upside is just too much to not use.

You can find this card for $4-6 online, so it may be the best bang for your buck on the entire list.

3. Arceus VSTAR (Brilliant Stars)

This Arceus VSTAR is another opportunity for players to use strategy for a chance to win. In addition to 280 HP, the “Starbirth” ability enables the owner to search their deck for any two cards that will go into the player’s hand. Yet, just as it was with the Charizard, you can only use your VSTAR power once in a game. Choosing the right moment is paramount.

This chaser from Brilliant Stars will only set you back around $10-15, so we recommend adding it sooner rather than later.

2. Shadow Lugia (Gale of Darkness)

While this card may not be practical for the everyday deck, we would be remiss if we did not mention the Shadow Lugia. Released as an oversized promotional card, this psychic/legendary combo can deal 1000 damage to opposing pocket monsters. A number that high is almost unheard of in battle, so you may want to pick this one up if you want to leave a mark in matches.

Since this promo is a bit rarer, it sells for $150-250 on eBay or TCGplayer. Checking in with local collectors and shops is another way to track this mythical Pokémon down.

1. Mega Mewtwo EX (BREAKthrough)

Finally, number one on our list of most powerful Pokemon cards, we have this Mega Mewtwo EX, a card that wields one of the most absurd abilities we’ve ever seen. “Psychic Infinity” does 30 more damage times the number of energy cards attached to the Pokémon on hand. If you’ve stacked some energies and played your cards right, this move can single-handedly win a match.

This card also possesses striking designs, and a holofoil version can be acquired for $6-10. If you are building a deck, it is plain and simple: you need this card.

Did we miss any must-haves for the battle deck? Let us know @CardTalkPod on Instagram and Twitter!

How many of the most powerful Pokemon cards on our list do you own? Shoot us a message on Twitter @137pm and let us know!

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Top 30 Most Powerful Pokemon of All-Time

Have you ever wondered which are the most powerful Pokemon? Maybe, which ones specifically would dominate the rest? Well, we compiled a list of the 30 most powerful Pokemon and we think you might be surprised by a couple that made the list.

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Let’s see if you can answer the questions we ask, and maybe you have what it takes to be a Pokemon master!

30. Xerneas
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Xerneas is a Gen 6 Fairy type Pokémon that is capable of sharing eternal life. Standing just under 10 feet and weighing 474 pounds, Xerneas is a member of the Aura Trio, along with Zygarde and Yveltal. Xerneas is ancient, and before it was revived, it slept for 1,000 years as a tree. When Xerneas horns shine in multicolors, it is capable of sharing eternal life. Xerneas is also the mascot of Pokémon X.

29. Yveltal
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The Legendary Pokémon Yveltal is the 2nd member of the Aura Trio mentioned on this list. Yveltal is a Dark/Flying that’s 19 feet tall and weighs almost 450 pounds. Yveltal is the Pokémon Y Mascot that’s known as the Destruction Pokémon. Yveltal is capable of absorbing the life force of Pokémon by spreading its wings and tail feathers & when Yveltal’s life is ending, it absorbs the life energy of all Pokémon to transform into a cocoon. 

28. Zygarde
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Known as the Order Pokémon, Zygarde is the final member of the Aura Trio. This Dragon/Ground type Pokémon is just over 16 Feet and is the heaviest of the trio at 672 pounds. Zygarde is capable of changing into three Formes, and two components. When in Complete Forme, Zygarde is the most powerful of the Aura Trio.

27. Golem
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Resembling a boulder, Golem is the evolution of Geodude and Graveller. At 4 ½ feet and 660 pounds, Golem is extremely powerful and its shell is just as strong when in danger. For example, dynamite won’t even scratch Golem’s shell. Golem is capable of encapsulating itself into a ball and can generate high speeds when going downhill. To prevent Golem from barreling through homes and towns, grooves have been built along the sides of mountains so Golem doesn’t cause such devastation. 

Pop Quiz: How does Graveller evolve into Geodude?

Answer: By being traded

26. Zacian
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The Warrior Pokémon Zacian is the mascot of Pokémon Sword. Zacian has two forms; the original is the Hero of Many Battles. The 2nd is possible with the use of the Rusted Sword, dubbing Zacian the Crowned Sword. When in original form, Zacian is a Fairy type Pokémon and when with the Rusted Sword, Zacian also becomes a Steel type. Zacian is capable of cutting down anything with a single strike. Zacian is extremely fast, so fast in fact that when it strikes, its enemies don’t feel a thing until after they fall down. Just to understand how strong Zacian is, it’s capable of cutting the ocean. 

Pop Quiz: Which Pokémon is also a part of the Hero Duo with Zacian?

Answer: Zamazenta

25. Zekrom
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The mascot of Pokémon White, Zekrom is a worthy candidate for this list. Capable of destroying kingdoms with lightning, Zekrom is the only Pokémon able to learn Bolt Strike.  At 9 ½ feet and over 750 pounds, Zekrom is one of the tallest Pokémon on our list. Zekrom is a member of the Tao Trio along with Reshiram and Kyurem.

Pop Quiz: Using DNA Splicers, which Pokémon is able to fuse with Zekrom?

Answer: Kyurem to for Black Kyurem

24. Tyranitar
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The T-Rex of Pokémon, Tyranitar undoubtedly looks like a dinosaur. At 6’7 and nearly 450 pounds, this rock and dark type Pokémon has immense power. Tyranitar has the abilty to cause devastating earthquakes when angry. When Tyranitar evolves into Mega Tyranitar, it causes even more devastation. This evolution is only possible with the use of Tyranitarite. 

Pop Quiz: Which 2 Pokémon are part of the evolution of Tyranitar?

Answer: Larvitar and Pupitar

23. Kyogre
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Rival of Groudon and Legendary Pokémon, Kyogre is a water type Pokémon. Resembling a whale, Kyogre is nearly 15 feet long and over 775 pounds. With the assist of the Blue Orb, Kyogre turns into Primal Kyogre, doubling in size and gaining much more strength. Kyogre is capable of ending droughts and although it’s a Water Pokémon, Kyogre can fly. 

Pop Quiz: What is Kyogre known for expanding?

Answer: The seas 

22. Groudon
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Legendary Pokémon Groudon is one of the most powerful Generation 3 Pokémon. Just how powerful is Groudon? Groudon is capable of making continents expand, and Groudon can also cause volcanic eruptions and great droughts. Legend has it that its main rival Kyogre is capable of expanding oceans. When they battle, the damage is disastrous. At 11 ½ feet and just under 2,100 pounds, Groudon is massive. The mascot of Pokémon Ruby, Groudon is capable of turning into Primal Groudon while holding the Red Orb. The Red Orb is a Generation 3 Legendary Artifact and it turns Groudon from a Ground Type into Ground and Fire Types.  

Pop Quiz: What are Groudon, Kyogre and Rayquaza known as?

Answer: Super Ancient Pokemon

21. Eternatus
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Eternatus is one of the Legendary Pokémon from Generation 8. A dual type Pokémon, Eternatus is both a Poison and Dragon type. At 65 ½ feet and weighing over a ton, Eternatus is certainly the largest Pokémon on this list. If Eternatus absorbs a vast amount of energy at once, it will become Eternamax, which is capable of causing destructive storms that can tear holes in different dimensions. 

Pop Quiz: How did Eternatus come to earth?

Answer: Inside a meteor

20. Ho-Oh
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Ho-Oh, a 2nd Generation Legendary Pokémon, is the Mascot of Pokémon Gold and HeartGold. Standing at 12 ½ feet and weighting nearly 440 pounds, Ho-Oh is the Guardian of the Skies. Ho-Oh also has the ability to revive the dead and is the only Pokémon capable of learning Sacred Fire. Ho-Oh is also known to leave a rainbow behind when it flies. 

Pop Quiz: Ho-Oh first appears unidentified in which episode of the Pokémon TV Show?

Answer: Episode 1

19. Kyurem
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A 5th Generation Pokémon, Kyurem stands nearly 10 feet tall and weighs over 700 pounds. Kyurem lives in the Unova Region and is capable of changing forms into Reshiram and Zekrom, yet can’t evolve. The three forms are called the Tao Trio. Kyurem is the only Pokémon capable of learning Glaciate. 

Pop Quiz: Which Game is Kyurem the mascot of?

Answer: Pokémon Black 2 & White 2

18. Dialga
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The final member of the creators of Sinnoh, Dialga is also a 4th Generation Pokémon. Standing at nearly 18 feet and over 1,500 pounds, Dialga is the tallest of counterparts Giratina and Palkia. Dialga also has the ability to warp time, or simply stop time, and can travel back and forth in time. Dialga is the only Pokémon capable of learning Roar of Time. 

Pop Quiz: Where does Dialga live?

Answer: A different dimension in the distortion world

17. Palkia
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Also a 4th Generation Pokémon, The Legendary Palkia is one of the three Pokémon to create Sinnoh. Standing just short of 14 feet and 740 Pounds, Palkia is capable of creating alternate realities and can Warp Space. Like Giratina, Palkia is protective of its home. Palkia is the only Pokémon capable of learning Spacial Rend.

Pop Quiz: Which Pokémon has Palkia been seen in conflicts with?

Answer: Dialga

16. Giratina
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The 4th generation renegade Pokémon, Giratina, stands well over 14 feet and weighs around 1,650 pounds. One of the 3 Pokémon to create Sinnoh, Giratina is a territorial Pokémon that can get combative when its home is disturbed. Giratina can be spotted at cemeteries and is known to live in a reverse side of the world. 

Pop Quiz: Whats the one Pokémon move only Giratina can learn?

Answer: Shadow Force

15. Machamp
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The four-armed fighting Pokémon, Machamp, knows every martial arts style. Capable of punching 500 times in a single second, Machamp has plenty of power. How much? Well, let’s say Machamp can move a mountain with a single hand. With the evolution of Machop and Machoke, Machamp can fight and defend itself with all four arms at once. The belt Machamp wears is necessary to limit Machamp’s movement. Due to its arms moving so fast at once, they can get tangled up. At 5”3’ and just under 290 pounds, Machamp is a strong first entry in this list.

Pop Quiz: What job does Machamp have in Rhyme City in Detective Pikachu?

Answer: Police officer/traffic coordinator

14. Pikachu
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The Pokémon Megastar, Pikachu, is well-deserving of a top 15 spot on this list. After all, the electric rodent is a bolt of thunder, driving Team Rocket to the extreme lengths to catch em’. Capable of a 10 Million volt thunderbolt, Pikachu has serious power. At 1”04’ and 13 pounds, this electric type Pokémon can generate the same level of power as a power plant. Often found in groups, Pikachu’s send messages to one another through electricity. Pikachus can gain energy by being struck by lightning and eating electronic equipment such as telephone poles. Evolving from Pichu and having the capability of evolving into Raichu with the Thunder Stone, Pikachu stands alone from the rest of Pokémon capable of evolving. It’s as if you always have to have a Pikachu, thanks to the feisty, lovable character on the anime show and later in the Pokémon Yellow game. 

Pop Quiz: Who Designed Pikachu?

Answer: Atsuko Nishida

13. Articuno
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This Legendary Pokémon, Articuno, is one of the rarest Pokémon on this list. Articuno is an ice and flying type and is one of the three legendary birds, with Moltres and Zapdos being the other two. Articuno makes number 13 on this list due to its ability to create and control ice and all times. Articuno also boasts some psychic abilities, capable of freezing an opponent stiff with its eyes alone. With the flap of its wings, Articuno can cause snow to fall. Articuno prefers to habitat cold, icy mountains and has the ability to assist lost hikers.

Pop Quiz: Where is Articuno Located in Pokémon Red & Blue?

Answer: Dungeon on Seafoam Island

12. Gyarados
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The process of Magikarp evolving into Gyarados is an arduous one but is ultimately worth it. With the appearance of a giant sea snake, Gyarados, the water and flying Pokémon is over 21” and 500 pounds. Capable of crushing stones with its fangs, Gyarados matches strength with ferocity by unleashing its wrath for up to a month when agitated. Capable of living in both fresh and saltwater, Gyarados can jump from land or sea and cover over 50 feet in the air. This rare Pokémon is certainly one of the most powerful and even has scales as strong as steel.

Pop Quiz: How Did Jesse And James evolve Gyarados in the anime show?

Answer: James kicked Magikarp into the water, enraging it enough to evolve into Gyarados

11. Blastoise
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The Hydro Pumping Blastoise is a badass. This water Pokémon evolves from Squirtle & Wartortle and is one of the main characters in generation 1. With the appearance of a Turtle with cannons, Blastoise can reach 6 plus miles with each cannon blast. That’s impressive for a 5 foot 190 Pound Pokémon. What’s more impressive is that the blasts can cut through concrete and even steel. With a preference for lakes, Squirtle, Wartortle, and Blastoise congregate, with Blastoise capable of leading the pack. 

10. Dragonite
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Dragonite is a bonafide member of the Most Powerful Pokémon. Why? Because this massive Flying Dragon Pokémon is capable of actually flying at over 1,500 mph while being over 7” and 460 pounds. Yes, Dragonite can break the sound barrier while flying. The final evolution of Dratini and Dragonair, Dragonite has the intelligence level of a human and is believed to aid people in danger at sea. On the contrary, Dragonite can become enraged when disturbed and has a rivalry with Kingdra when they cross paths. Like most of the Pokémon on this list, Dragonite is rare to see and capture. 

Pop Quiz: Can you give us one of Dragonite’s nicknames?

Answer: Sea Incarnate & Sea Guardian

9. Charizard
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Is this the first shocker in our Most Powerful Pokémon countdown? The mighty Charizard is much lower than you anticipated, right? After all, ‘Zard is the hottest thing going in the card realm, but things are slightly different here. With that said, this was a tough decision, given the ferocity Charizard wields with his Flamethrower. The heat generated can melt boulders, glaciers, and even start forest fires. At five feet, seven inches, and roughly 200 pounds, this fire breathing Pokémon would be a tough test for just about any Pokémon. The third evolution from Charmander and Charmeleon, Charizard is a bonafide member of the upper echelon of Power Pokémon. 

8. Gengar
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The mischievous Gengar is well-deserving of a top 10 most powerful Pokémon spot. Gengar, a Shadow Pokémon, is the third evolution of Gastly & Haunter. At 4”11 and 90 pounds, Gengar utilizes his size to terrify and prank people. Capable of flying and taking over a person’s mind, Gengar is not one to be trifled with.

Pop Quiz: Do you remember which Pokémon Gengar defeated in battle in the Detective Pikachu Movie?

Answer: Blastoise

7. Ditto
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Are you scratching your head on this one? You shouldn’t be. Although Ditto looks like a purple adorable blob, this Pokémon can transform into any shape or Pokémon it desires. At a mere 1” and 8.8 pounds, Ditto is the smallest Pokémon on this list, but that doesn’t diminish its capabilities.

Pop Quiz: Do you know how to distinguish Ditto when it transforms in comparison to the real Pokémon?

Answer: Its bead-shaped eyes never change.

6. Alakazam
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Grab your spoons! This Psychic Pokémon, Alakazam, utilizes spoons to increase his kinetic powers’ strength and diminish the accuracy of his opponents’ attacks. The final evolution of Abra & Kadabra, Alakazam is just under 5” and over 105 Pounds.

Pop Quiz: Can you name the Pokémon higher on this list that defeats Alakazam in Mewtwo Strikes Back? ​​​​

Answer: Mewtwo

5. Lugia
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One of the most recognizable Generation 2 Pokémon, Lugia certainly has the power to back it up. Known as the “Guardian of the Seas,” Lugia has the ability to cause the seas to get rough or calm. When it comes to how powerful Lugia is, the estimation is that just flapping its wings can cause massive storms. Due to this, Lugia prefers to live deep in the ocean to avoid causing damage. Lugia is a Flying and Psychic Pokémon that doesn’t evolve and is the legendary birds’ leader.

Pop Quiz: Do you know what Lugia was called before being identified?

Answer: Pokémon “X”

4. Rayquaza
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The massive Rayquaza is one of the oldest Pokémon, with estimations around multiple hundreds of years in age. At 23” and 455 pounds, this dragon Pokémon has the ability to fly and can unleash one of the strongest attacks of any Pokémon. Rayquaza is also the leader of the Legendary Birds of the Hoenn Region (Groudon & Kyogre) and even has the ability to calm its counterparts. Raquaza is the only Pokémon capable of learning Dragon Ascent, which inflicts damage and decreases the opponents’ defense and special defense abilities.

Pop Quiz: What game is the first one that Ryquaza appears in? ​​​​​​

Answer: Ruby & Sapphire

3. Arceus
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This is where things get hairy. Dubbed The Original One, Arceus is the most mythical of any Pokémon. Creating multiple regions (Ransei & Sinnoh) and maybe even the Pokémon Universe, Arceus is one of the oldest Pokémon even though he isn’t from the first or second generation. At 10” and over 700 Pounds, Arceus is imposing in character and ability. Capable of disappearing or stopping time, Arceus is arguably the most powerful Pokémon. It would be epic to see Arceus battle the remaining two on this list.

Pop Quiz: Do you know the legend of how Arceus came to exist? ​​​​​​

Answer: Arceus hatched from an egg when the world was empty, then began to create the world.

2. Mew
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Although Mew is the last Pokémon in the 1st Generation, it has the DNA of every original Pokémon. Standing at 1’04” in height and under 9 pounds, you wouldn’t expect this adorable Pokémon to be capable of using any attack. Mew can also become invisible at will and is only able to be seen through a microscope. In Mewtwo Strikes Back, Mew battles Mewtwo to save humanity, with Ash Ketchum and Pikachu’s help. Mew alone can’t beat the top Pokémon on this list.

Pop Quiz: What was the first English Mew Pokémon card? ​​

Answer: Black Star Promo

1. Mewtwo
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If one thing is certain, Mewtwo is the champion of Powerful Pokémon. Standing six-foot, seven inches, and 269 pounds, the scientific creation Mewtwo, is the spawn of a pregnant Mew that had its DNA altered. Capable of controlling the mind of its enemies & teleportation, Mewtwo is undaunted. In the recent Detective Pikachu film, Mewtwo’s abilities are on full display, personifying how devastatingly powerful this Pokémon is. There is no real match for Mewtwo.

Pop Quiz: Where was Mewtwo genetically modified?

Answer: Pokémon Mansion on Cinnabar Island

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Pokemon Card Value and Price Guide: How Much Are Your Cards Worth?

The explosive recent rise in the Pokemon card value has opened the eyes of investors and former collectors looking to get back in the game. The original Pokemon base set (1999 1st Edition Shadowless) is the most collectible, with record breaking single card sales happening frequently across all of the auction houses.

“Every generation defines what is nostalgic to them,” says former Collectors Universe President Joe Orlando. “Pokémon started its rise in the U.S. during the late 1990s. Today, the young people who were playing the classic game then are now well into adulthood. As a result, the game has enjoyed a kind of rebirth in the hobby.”      

The Pokemon brand is currently the number two ranked media franchise of all-time, and that popularity has led to some MAJOR sales of some of the best and most rare Pokemon cards.

That said, if you have an old binder of your cards from your childhood laying around, you could be sitting on anywhere from a couple of dollars to a small fortune, and anywhere in between. Figuring out what they are worth can be confusing, so this guide will help to steer you through the process.

What Makes a Pokemon Card Valuable?
Identify type and assess rarity

The first step to identify Pokemon card value is to check its type and rarity. In other words, how likely the card is to come across from any given booster pack or special event, and if it has any special characteristics, such as card material or Pokemon types.

There are a few indicators of rarity on any given card, though they’re quite subject to change depending on when said card was printed. A marker near the bottom of the card or near its name will indicate rarity: a circle means the card is common, a diamond means it’s less common, and stars mean it’s rare. More stars or with combinations of letters or symbols mean extra rare, including if those symbols are in the name or elsewhere on the card. Other characteristics that can up the rarity include: a higher printed number than there should be in a given printed set (e.g., 66/65); holographic artwork or reverse holographic, in which everything but the artwork is holographic; artwork that takes up the full card; artwork wherein the creature doesn’t cast a shadow; and any shining characteristics, not to be confused with holographic.

There are also special types of cards, like the aforementioned special events that sometimes award cards to tournament winners. For example, one of the most coveted cards, the Trophy Pikachu Trainer Card, was only given out to competition winners in Japan and is so rare that it is considered priceless due to the lack of sellers. And a Pikachu Illustrator card, awarded for a Pokemon award competition, allegedly sold for a cool $90,000 USD.

While rarity isn’t the only factor in appraising value, it’s certainly a major factor: Some of the highest-selling cards worth tens of thousands of dollars, or considered “priceless” from lack of supply, are only so because of small rarities like misprints or typos.

As for the more common cards that don’t match any of these characteristics, the consensus advice online is to sell those in bulk. Though the individual cards may only be worth a few dollars at most, a complete collection of them can likely fetch a little higher of a price. That’s not a terrible idea for someone wanting to get rid of a bunch of common cards and turn a profit.

How to Find Out Pokemon Card Values
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Taking your old cards out of the closet and researching to find their current value is the most common way people are getting back into Pokémon.

When trying to figure out your Pokémon card value, make sure to follow these steps:

Step 1: Find the name of the card
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Figuring out the name is the easiest step in the process. Every Pokémon card will have the name of the character on the top left hand corner of the card. In the above photo, this character is named Charmander.

Step 2: Find the year your Pokemon card was made
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Look at the bottom of the card and find the year it was printed. That’s the second key indicator when identifying your card.

For example, the Base Set Pokémon Cards have 4 different print runs while looking almost identical each time. Of those sets, the UK 4th Print Base Set identifies as 1999-2000, which is the key indicator to separate those cards from the rest. 

Some of the most common sets ever produced include Neo-Genesis, Aquapolis, and Sky Ridge. The most valuable cards are mainly from the 1999 1st edition base set, outside of the extremely rare promo and trophy cards.

For more detailed information on every Pokémon trading card game set ever created, check out Bulbapedia.

Step 3: Find the set the card belongs to
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If there is no logo on the right side, it’s Base. Every other set has an indicator. 

When looking into what set a card belongs to, make sure to see if there is any logo on the right side, just underneath and to the right of the illustration. If there is no symbol, the likelihood is that it’s a Base set card.

There have been error cards that do not have a symbol, so make sure the year matches with the set.

Step 4: Identify the card with the name and number in the set

Finally, identify the card by looking up its name and card number on eBay.

As previously described in step one, the name will be located above the illustration on the top left of the card. The number is on the bottom right of the card. This is the identifier for each year and set. For instance, there are 102 cards in the 1st Edition base set. Charizard is the 4th card in the set, so it’s listed as #4/102 on the card. In the above photo, Machamp is #8/102.

After checking all three of these steps, you should easily be able to identify every card, even if you don’t know exactly what set it is in.  

Step 5: Use the Above Details to Identify Your Card
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You can use the first four steps as a checklist of sorts. Write down all of that information because once you have the character’s name, the set, the year, and the card number, you will be able to search for it on eBay and other websites that specialize in Pokemon cards to compare to your card.

When you are comparing, make sure that everything on the card is an exact match. It’s easy to miss something, but even the slightest variation can be the difference between the card being basically worthless, or potentially worth thousands of dollars.

Step 6: Look Up Your Card on eBay
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Once you are certain that you have an exact match, you can now “comp” your card, which means that you can use the information you just collected to figure out what your card is worth.

Keep in mind, there is a major difference in value between a card that is graded–meaning it is encased in plastic and given a score based on its condition–and a raw card that has not been graded. Even if you think that your card is in mint condition, it won’t sell for as much as a card that has been inspected and authenticated by one of the top grading services.

For more information on grading, check out this article we put together!

Valuable Pokemon Sets to Look Out For
1. 1st Edition Base
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The 1st Edition base set is the grail set of the Pokemon world, with 1st Edition Charizard becoming a mainstream status symbol of sorts. The card has become so iconic that Logan Paul sported his on a necklace to the ring of his mega-fight against Floyd Mayweather.

With the recent sale of a PSA 10 Charizard at Heritage Auctions for $192,000, the market remains as hot as the fire he is breathing, even if it is down a bit from its peak.

The graded population on this set is low, and the demand is astronomical, making any sealed packs and boxes extremely valuable. The last confirmed sealed box auction ended at $408,000.00.

2. Shadowless Base Set
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These cards are identical to the 1st Edition cards, except they don’t have the 1st Edition Stamp. The Shadowless set is just as rare, or even more rare than the 1st Edition set.

Gem mint Charizards in the Shadowless set have a much lower population than the 1st Edition set, and the price hovers around $80,000.00. Also of note, Shadowless is the only other set with the Red Cheeks Pikachu Error card.

Finding sealed box of the Shadowless set is near impossible to guarantee unless you open a case, and open one of the boxes in a case. There is a chance you can pull 1st Edition cards in Shadowless boxes because they threw the extras in to those boxes, but you can not find 1st Edition Shadowless holos. These boxes can be confusing due to uncertainty, but a guaranteed Shadowless box is worth over $70,000.

3. Base Unlimited
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These boxes were mass produced in 1999. The Unlimited Set boxes are over $15,000. For perspective, these boxes were around $3,000 in 2019, and have 5x’d in value since. This set had 6-8 times the print runs compared to 1 print run each for 1st Edition and Shadowless.

Gem Mint Charizards in this set sell for around $8,500.00, so while they are down in value from their peak earlier in 2021, they are over 8x in the last 3 years, selling for just over $1000 at the start of 2019.

4. Jungle Set
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This is the second expansion set with 1st edition boxes selling for around $13,000. Each holographic card has a non-holo version. These boxes seem to be undervalued due to low graded populations and potential to pull rare error cards.

You can pull a 1st Edition Black Star Pikachu in these boxes, with a PSA 10 value of over $10,000, making it the ultimate Easter egg in the Pokemon space.

5. Fossil Set
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Fossil is the third expansion set. 1st Edition Boxes sell for over $10,700.00 currently. Fossil holograms, in my opinion, are edgier than the Jungle set. This set has gotten extremely hot in recent months.

Each holographic card has a non-holographic version. Dragonite and Gengar are two of the most valuable cards in this set, with PSA 10 prices hovering between $2000-4500.

6. Base Set 2
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Base Set 2 is a combination of the Base and Jungle sets. It is the fourth main expansion. You can pull up to 20 different holograms in a set of 130 different cards. Having the original Charizard artwork will always keep this set in demand. 

Sealed boxes of this set sell for over $8,000. PSA 10 Charizards are currently valued over $6,500.

7. Team Rocket
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Team Rocket is the 5th set and pays homage to the villains of Pokémon: Jesse, James & Meowth.

1st Edition Boxes currently sell for over $10,500. This is the first expansion set to have Charizard in it. Team Rocket is amongst the hottest Generation 1 set to collect. 

8. Gym Heroes
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The Gym Heroes set focuses on 1st four Gym Leaders: Brock, Misty, Lt. Surge & Erika. 1st Edition Boxes are currently valued at around $8,000.00.

The PSA 10 1st Edition Moltres from this set is currently valued over $800.

9. Gym Challenge
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Gym Challenge focuses on the final four gym leaders: Sabrina, Koga, Blaine & Giovanni. 1st Edition boxes are currently valued over $11,869.

The PSA 10 Charizard from this set is valued around $5,000. 

10. Promo Cards
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Pokémon had numerous promo cards: E3 promos, Black Star Promos and Prerelease promos. They were available at events, in magazines, by mail request and one was available with a VHS film. Due to scarcity, some have skyrocketed and the demand is increasing rapidly. 

You can read more about Black Star Promos in this article.

What Are My Pokemon 1st Edition Base Set Cards Worth?
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If you own any of the cards listed below, condition is the biggest factor in figuring out your Pokemon card value. The prices below illustrate what these cards are worth after grading in mint condition as PSA 9’s & 10’s.

Important to note: It is very unlikely that your cards will grade this high if they have been played with. If you have these cards laying around in less than mint condition, it still may be worth getting them graded as long as they are in pretty good shape. 

1. Squirtle First Edition $222 – $1225
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Squirtle is the first evolution of Blastoise and carries the 2nd most Pokemon card value of any of the big three pre-evolutions. Although grading has slowed down drastically, prices have dipped in the Pokemon market. That said, Squirtle is one of the essential characters of the show and is a must have for any collector.  Be sure to assemble your Squirtle-Squad by acquiring his English Rookie card.

PSA Pop: (10) 822 – (9) 1386

Current Pokemon Card Value: PSA 10 $1225 PSA 9 $222

2. Charmander 1st Edition $300 – $979
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Charmander’s value has been all over the place in the last 12 months. After the 2020 summer of record sale after record sale, baby Zard’s value has taken a dip recently, but don’t be surprised if Charmander rebounds due to the power Charizard yields on the market. 

PSA Pop: (10) 652 – (9) 661

Current Pokemon Card Value: PSA 10 $979 PSA 9 $300

3. Bulbasaur 1st Edition $258.80 – $1800
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One of the most popular Pokemon, Bulbasaur delivers long term. Previously third in the pecking order for PSA 9’s, Bulbasaur is currently higher than Squirtle and Charmander. With low populations, be sure to make Bulbasaur a top priority. 

PSA Pop: (10) 309 – (9) 814

Current Pokemon Card Value: PSA 10 $1800 PSA 9 $258.80

4. Pikachu

Pikachu is the most well known Pokemon out there and considered to be a mascot of sorts. There are two versions of Pikachu in this set – with a red cheeked and a yellow cheeked variant. The red cheek is the more rare and valuable of the two, while both have similar population reports. Pikachu prices have dropped drastically, which is great for collectors looking to acquire the grail non holo. 

Pikachu Red Cheeks $565.55 – $4150
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PSA Pop: (10) 241 – (9) 864

Current Pokemon Card Value: PSA 10 $4150 PSA 9 $565.55

Pikachu Yellow Cheeks $294.73 – $1478.23
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PSA Pop: (10) 460 – (9) 783

Current Pokemon Card Value: PSA 10 $1478.23 PSA 9 $294.73

5. Onix 1st Edition $60 – $230.50
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Onix was introduced in the TV show as Brock’s main Pokemon when Battling Ash. The massive Rock Snake, Onix, is deserving of more attention due to this, and with card prices steadily climbing, Onix’s english Rookie card is a solid addition to any collection.

PSA Pop: (10) 511 – (9) 828

Current Pokemon Card Value: PSA 10 $230.50 PSA 9 $60

6. Blastoise Holo 1st Edition $4150 – $31,334
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Blastoise is the final evolution of Squirtle. The 2nd most valuable card in the set, Blastoise is also the most powerful card in the game. When looking at the price difference between Charizard and Blastoise, and knowing they are both going to be 1 & 2 moving forward, Blastoise will be undervalued until investors decide the 2nd most valuable card is worth much more than 10-15% of the top card, while having a lower graded population.

PSA Pop: (10) 100 – (9) 622

Current Pokemon Card Value: PSA 10 $31,334 PSA 9 $4150

7. Charizard Holo 1st Edition $20,000 – $192,000
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This card is the pinnacle of Pokemon collecting. The 1st Edition Charizard has been setting massive records for close to a year. The rarest card in the set, Charizard is also the most graded hologram of any 1st Edition Shadowless holo. Even non-collectors know that the Charizard holo will make you the king of the playground, in any condition. 

PSA Pop: (10) 121 – (9) 704

Current Pokemon Card Value: PSA 10 $192,000 PSA 9 $20,000

8. Venusaur Holo 1st Edition $2595.37 – $12,299
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Venusaur is the final evolution of Bulbasaur, and has consistently been the 3rd most valuable card in the set. When the prices rise again, Venusaur will be very difficult to obtain. This is a must have card for all Pokemon collectors.

PSA Pop: (10) 142 – (9) 603

Current Pokemon Card Value: PSA 10 $12,299 PSA 9 $2595.37

9. Mewtwo Holo 1st Edition $1841 – $13,100
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Mewtwo is by far the most underrated hologram in the set. The most powerful original Pokemon, Mewtwo is also the smartest. Evolved from the Ancient Mew, Mewtwo was engineered in a lab. Mewtwo is currently the 4th most Valuable card in the set, which is a no brainer considering abilities and being the 1st major Poke-villain in the Pokemon Movie Mewtwo Strikes Back.

PSA Pop: 990 – (10) 81 – (9) 476

Current Pokemon Card Value: PSA 10 $13,100 PSA 9 $2226

10. Lass $147.50 – $1690
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The first female Pokemon card, Lass, is also one of the rarest trainer cards to pull. On top of that, the graded population is very low. Lass has been in demand for years, with sales for PSA 10’s being tops of any trainer cards in the set for over 5 years. Lass is also a must have card for collectors. 

PSA Pop: (10) 111 – (9) 366

Current Pokemon Card Value: PSA 10 $1690 PSA 9 $147.50

11. Raichu $982.41 – $9,577
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The evolution of Pikachu, Raichu is mighty undervalued. First introduced in the show as a top Pokemon for Lt. Surge, Raichu was dominant until Ash’s Pikachu had the last laugh. The only way for Raichu to evolve from Pikachu is with the Thunder Stone. Also, Raichu is capable of storing 100,000 plus volts of electricity.      

PSA Pop: (10) 88 – (9) 438

Current Pokemon Card Value: PSA 10 $9577 PSA 9 $982.41

12. Chansey $1905 – $27,412
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Originally known as Lucky, Chansey is known for assisting nurse Joy in the Pokemon Centers in the show and video games. A very popular card amongst gamers, combined with issues during production, Chansey is one of the toughest cards to receive PSA 10 grades, with only 47 current examples.

PSA Pop: (10) 48 – (9) 417

Current Pokemon Card Value: PSA 10 $27,412 PSA 9 $1905

13. Dugtrio $107.50 – $250
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The evolution of Diglett, Dugtrio is the triple headed angry Mole. Dugtrio is also one of the most valuable non holo cards in the set. With only 137 PSA 10 examples, Dugtrio is a relative bargain, considering it’s the rookie card to own. This mole Pokemon is capable of creating tunnels at 60 MPH, which sometimes can cause earthquakes.   

PSA Pop: (10) 155 – (9) 416

Current Pokemon Card Value: PSA 10 $250 PSA 9 $107.50

14. Dratini $102.50 – $631
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This adorable dragon Pokemon is highly desirable in the card community, topping $4,000 in PSA 10 early in 2020. Although that was a hefty overpay given the current market, Dratini will rebound over time. Low population PSA 10 rookie cards will always rise over time. Dratini is the original form of Dragonair & later Dragonite.

PSA Pop: (10) 170 – (9) 561

Current Pokemon Card Value: PSA 10 $631 PSA 9 $102.50

15. Machamp $422 – $7500
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This is where things get hairy. Although Machamp is finally being properly labeled, most listed as 1st Edition are really the Unlimited version. Make sure to check the font, year(s) listed on the card or just check out our Ultimate Pokemon Guide for more information.  

Also, check out where Machamp lands in our Most Powerful Pokemon.

1st Edition: PSA Pop: (10) 373 – (9) 4054

1st Edition Shadowless: PSA Pop: 181 – (10) 8 – (9) 191

Current Shadowless Value: PSA 10 $7500 PSA 9 $422

Pokemon Just Had Their 25th Anniversary!

February 27th, 2021 marked the 25th Anniversary of the launch of the Pokémon franchise. With that milestone in mind, Pokemon had major new releases including Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl, which launched in late 2021, and Pokémon Legends: Arceus, which launched in early 2022. All three games are available exclusively on the Nintendo Switch™ system. 

New Pokemon Snap launched on April 30, 2021, also on Nintendo Switch, in which players act as Pokemon photographers in the Lental region, working with Professor Mirror on an ecological survey. These photos receive a score of one to four stars based on how rare the behavior displayed in the photo is. Players are able to share the photos with others around the world and compete through ranking systems.

What’s Ahead for Pokemon?
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The current Pokémon sets available at your local stores are Sword & Shield Silver Tempest. The Elite trainer boxes are available for around $50.00. You can pull VStar holograms such as Lugia, Alolan Vulpix and many more. Each Trainer Box comes with 10 booster packs, 130 card sleeves with Lugia or Alolan Vulpix on the back, 45 energy cards, players guide, dice and much more. 

Coming in January of 2023 is Pokémon Crown Zenith. This features:

  • Over 160 cards
  • 3 brand-new Radiant Pokémon
  • 5 colossal Pokémon VMAX
  • 8 shining Pokémon VSTAR 
  • 17 powerful Pokémon V
  • 70 cards with special artwork in the Galarian Gallery

Pokemon Paldea Collection hits the shelves in January of 2023 as well, featuring:

  • 3 foil promo cards featuring Sprigatito, Fuecoco, and Quaxly
  • 1 foil oversize card featuring Koraidon ex or Miraidon ex
  • 1 collector’s pin featuring Sprigatito, Fuecoco, or Quaxly
  • 4 Pokémon TCG booster packs
  • A code card usable in either the Pokémon TCG Online or Pokémon TCG Live  

On February 17th, 2023 Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Base set arrives, the Pokemon TCG’s 9th generation.

On March 3rd, 2023 the 2022 World Championship Decks are set to be released, the first world decks to be released since 2019. Each 60 card deck will include a Worlds 2022 pin, deck box, booklet, and code card. 

Also a quick congratulations to Ash Ketchum for becoming the Pokemon Grand Champion after 25 years of training and battling.

“Ash Ketchum’s determination and perseverance to achieve his goal of becoming the world’s top Pokémon Trainer over the course of 25 seasons represents the very best of what it means to be a Trainer,” Taito Okiura, vice president of marketing for The Pokémon Company International, said in a statement.

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The 20 Most Valuable Happy Meal Toys From McDonald’s

When you were much younger, did you drive your parents crazy for a McDonald’s Happy Meal? Are you still buying Happy Meals? Maybe the recent Cactus Plant Flea Market collaboration has you feeling nostalgic! If you’re like me, you were always asking for them when your parents drove you places.

Related: Cactus Plant Flea Market Nike collaboration

Either way, this is a great time to look back at the 20 most valuable Happy Meal toys of all time! Let’s see if you owned or still own any of these Happy Meal grails.

20. Potato Head Kids (1987) – $30.05

Ah, the Mr. Potato Head Kids. These toys were from the animated Potato Head Kids show that aired from 1986 to 1987. The Happy Meal Miniature Mr. Potato Head toys are difficult to find sealed copies; meanwhile, the loose ones are relatively cheap, with a set of 11 selling for $30.05 on eBay in June. 

19. Despicable Me 2 (2013) July – $35.00

Despicable Me Minions took over the Happy Meal craze in 2013. The toys were made available at the same time as the movie release, which ended up the 2nd highest-grossing animated movie at the time. The Minions came in a set of 8, and recent sales are around $35.00.

18. Fraggle Rock (1987) – $60.00

Fraggle Rock was a part of the Muppet Universe and was immensely popular in the late 1980s. Surprisingly, you can complete this set on eBay for less than $60.00. 

17. Furby (2000) March 24 – April 13 – $69.00

Furby! The 1998 toy line was a massive success that led to two separate McDonald’s Happy Meal toy lines. The 2nd Furby toy line, the 2000 set of 12 Furby key chains, is the more valuable of the two today. The most recent complete sealed set sold was for $69.00.   

16. Super Mario Bros. 3 (1990) August- September – $69.95

The most popular video game character had to make his way to Happy Meals, right? Absolutely! Super Mario made his first appearance in 1990 as a set of 4, including Luigi, Little Goomba & Koopa Paratroopa. The most recent set sold was in April for $69.95. There are still complete sets available near that price.  

15. Inspector Gadget (1999) July 16 – August 12 – $70.00

The Inspector Gadget set is unique. This is the first set on the list that is built into one character. You would have to have all 8 pieces to make the full Inspector Gadget, which is currently available around $50.00-$70.00 on eBay. 

14. Star Trek Meal (1979-1980) December 1979 – February 1980 – $90.00

This is certainly one of the more unique Happy Meal promotions. There were 5 custom Happy Meal boxes for Star Trek, which included games & comics for the Movie. One of the notable scenes on the boxes was the death of 2 crewmembers. Imagine that being on a happy meal box today.

The toys available with the Happy Meals were a Star Trek Video Communicator, Star Trek Rings, which snapped together & a board game where you go through outer space on the Enterprise. A sealed Bracelet recently sold for $90.00 in June, and the Star Trek Communicator recently sold for $25.00 in July. Meanwhile, a case of the Happy Meal boxes recently sold for $121.73 on eBay.

13. 101 Dalmatians (1997-1998) December 26 – January 29 – $96.00

This is probably the coolest set McDonald’s ever released as part of Happy Meals. The 101 Dalmatians were available in happy meals, but there was also the caveat that you could win the whole collection as part of a McDonald’s program that promoted the movie 101 Dalmatians. Recently a complete set with authentication sold for $96.00 at auction on eBay.

12. 1993 Barbie Set – $105

This set is interesting in that the concept would never fly today. McDonalds and Mattel did this collaboration at the same time they were handing out Hot Wheels toys in the Happy Meal boxes. Children were asked to choose between a “boys toy” and a “girls toy”.

This set sold for $105 on eBay, but with them all looking pristine in their original boxes, I wonder if the buyer got a steal!

11. Changeables – Transforming Food (1987 & 1989) – $100.00

When I mentioned the most valuable Happy Meal Toys, my father immediately picked the Changeables. These toys would change into dinosaurs and robots from items on the menu. Recently a sealed set of 8 Changeables from 1989 sold for $100.00. 

10. Clone Wars Happy Meal Box (2008) August 15 – September 11, 2008 – $135.00

Star Wars finally makes the list! This set is based on the animated Clone Wars show that aired from 2008-09. The Clone Wars complete set of 18 is quite reasonable despite being 13 years old. You can complete the set for under $60.00 if you can find a lot available. There is also a 9 piece collectible box available that recently sold for $135.00 in May. The cardboard boxes that the Happy Meal came in are also desirable, selling for $15.00 recently. 

9. Pokémon 25th Anniversary Pikachu holo #25 PSA 10 – $150

To end this countdown, we have to go with the Pokémon 25th Anniversary Packs that were available in the Happy Meals. Why? The craze for packs and cases of packs was ridiculous; people were making offers to store managers and doing their best to buy cases and flip them for insane markups.

Simply put, these cards/packs are #1 on the list because a PSA 10 graded Holographic Pikachu sold for $445 on eBay in July. However, they are currently selling for around $150. While that’s certainly trending in the wrong direction, it’s still not a bad return on what was supposed to just be a fun Happy Meal giveaway.

Regardless, of whether this card is worth $100 or $400 (if graded a pristine PSA 10) today, it’s still more than most other single item on this list.

Over 42 years, McDonald’s has included toys in Happy Meals, and yet one of their most valuable is a Pikachu Card that’s just over a year old, which illustrates just how powerful and collectible the Pokémon brand is.

8. 2013 NFL Rush Zone (Complete Set) $225

NFL Rush Zone was an animated show on Nickelodeon that only ran for three seasons and focused on an 11-year-old San Diego Chargers fan (Ish) that protected a power source which was hidden in all 32 NFL stadiums. NFL stars and head coaches such as Drew Brees, Eli Manning and Mike Tomlin made guest appearances on the show, and every NFL team was represented by one of the “Rusherz”, a race of humanoid aliens that in some way resembled the logo or the city.

As weird as that concept sounds, this set going for $225 is proof that you can pretty much sell anything with an NFL logo on it.

7. Snoopy (1998-1999) – $350.00

The Snoopy World Tour came with 28 figures and was available as a complete set in a case designed as Snoopy’s house. Each toy represented a different country. The 2nd set of Snoopy toys was also available individually in 1999, and recently 27 sealed copies sold for $52.28. There is one complete set in the case listed currently on eBay for over $350.00.

6. Power Rangers (1995) – $350.00

The Power Rangers Mania was real, with demand causing shelves to be empty and families calling Bandai direct demanding toys. The demand wasn’t nearly that great for the Happy Meal toys, but they were popular. I remember having each one and enjoying a lot of happy meals when these were released. Recently a loose set sold for $85.04 in May, while a sealed set is valued at over $350.00.

5. Underwater Monsters By Diener Keshi (1979) – $400.00
Diener Keshi

The first two sets of toys made available in Happy Meals were from Diener Keshi. Both were also multi-purposed as toys & erasers. Loose sets fetch over $80.00, and sealed sets, which are very rare, are valued at over $400.00. 

4. Robots By Diener Keshi (1979) – $400.00
Diener Keshi

Like the Underwater Monsters, Diener Keshi also made the Robots. These are the first toys available for Happy Meals and the first Keshi toys shipped to the USA. The set contains 14 figures, and some are still available loose on eBay. A sealed set would also fetch north of $400.00, like the Underwater Monsters.

3. “Cactus Plant Flea Market” Adult Happy Meal Toys – $551

Adult Happy Meals might seem ridiculous to some people, but I disagree. You’re never too old for a Happy Meal!

McDonald’s linked up with Cactus Plant Flea Market for this collaboration that features four figures, Grimace, the Hamburglar, Birdie and Cactus Buddy. There is also a website where you can purchase some gear that celebrates the collab!

“We’re taking one of the most nostalgic McDonald’s experiences and literally repackaging it in a new way that’s hyper-relevant for our adult fans,” said Tariq Hassan, McDonald’s USA’s chief marketing and customer experience officer, in a statement.

This set of all four figures sold for $551, which is quite a return on the tasty investment.

2. Hot Wheels (1983) -$875.00

The McDonald’s Hot Wheels are the most underrated of all the toys listed. Sealed vintage hot wheels have been climbing in value steadily, and the 1983 McDonald’s set is no different. A complete 15 car sealed set was recently sold with the original sheet for $875.00 in May. Of all the items on this list, these are likely to be the most valuable moving forward.  

1. TY’s Teenie Beanie Baby Boos (1999) April 11, 1997 – May 15, 1997 – $1,000.00

If you weren’t around for the Beanie Baby craze, let me just say it was worse than the Pokémon Packs being sold earlier this year. Parents were buying out all the Teenie Beanie Babies at McDonald’s, and with limited supply, there were multiple incidents that led to injuries and arrests. One McDonald’s employee was charged with theft after being caught stealing $6,000.00 worth of them.

The Teenie Beanie Babies were smaller versions of the Beanie Babies and were available in Happy Meals or individually for sale at $2.00 each. Sealed versions of the original Teenie Beanie Babies fetch over $50.00, and as a set, they are worth over $1,000.00. Not bad for 22-year-old Happy Meal Toys. 


‘Pokémon Scarlet and Violet’: Treasure Hunt, Auto Battles, and More

The info rollout for the November 18 launch of the Switch’s Pokémon Scarlet and Violet is officially in overdrive mode. Today (September 7), we were treated to a wealth of new reveals regarding some features that are set to debut in this new generation of Pocket Monster adventures. Plus we got a good look at the upcoming Switch OLED Model that’s dedicated solely to Pokémon fans.

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Pokémon Scarlet & Violet’s main plotline revolves around a school assignment for the player’s enrolled student. That assignment is simply called “A Treasure Hunt.” You’ll travel the Paldea region while on a journey that’s classified as “seek out your very own treasure!” and also embark on three other side missions. Traveling along “Victory Road” means you’ll enter eight different Gyms managed by the Pokémon League and compete in a bid to achieve “Champion Rank.” Making your way down the “Path of Legends” means you’ll accompany a character named Arven on a search for rare ingredients. And on ★ Starfall Street ★, you’ll run into the evil “Team Star” and try to bring an end to their delinquent behavior.

What’s most interesting about the new Pokémon Gyms is the fact that you’ll need to pass a Gym Test for each one before you’re allowed to challenge the Gym Leader in battle. These tests will be unique to each Gym and give you a deeper look into the culture of the city/town the Gym is located within. As far as debuting Pokémon for this game go, Pokémon Scarlet & Violet will feature these new Pocket Monsters:

  • Armarouge (Fire/Psychic Type)
  • Ceruledge (Fire/Ghost Type)
  • Klawf (Rock Type)

The newly implemented feature of Auto Battles will now let your Pocket Monsters gain experience points in a much easier manner, as evidenced by this new batch of info from the game’s official site: “You can have one Pokémon out and walking with you in the Paldea region’s great outdoors. When you have a Pokémon exploring with you in the field, you can use the ‘Let’s Go’ feature to send that Pokémon off in the direction you indicate. The Pokémon you send out then independently picks up items in the area and even has Auto Battles with nearby Pokémon.”


Come November 4, the Nintendo Switch – OLED Model: Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Edition will launch at the price point of $359.99. This flashy model of the console will feature Legendary Pokemon Koraidon and Miraidon on the side of the white system’s dock, a Poke Ball design featured on the back of the dock, and special illustrations on the back of the console itself of the three Pokémon you can choose from as your first partners in the game (Sprigatito, Fuecoco, and Quaxly). And finally, the school emblems of the Naranja Academy and Uva Academy will be included on the Joy-Con controllers.

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Pokémon Series Order: How To Watch The Entire Series

Considering it is the most valuable media franchise in the world, it’s no surprise that there are constantly people trying to get into Pokémon. Between GO and the resurgence of its trading cards in the past few years, there are likely millions of people that start following Pokémon every year. It can be a daunting task though, with two dozen seasons of the show, over one hundred games and nearly a thousand Pokémon. Arguably the best place to start is the show though and as confusing as it can be, we’ve got you covered. Here is the entire Pokémon Series Order and where you can watch them.

How many seasons are there in the Pokémon series?

Pokémon media is available in abundance. There have been multiple films, a spin-off series and multiple mini-series. But in terms of the main series, there are twenty-four seasons of Pokémon, with the most recent series set to finish airing in the coming weeks.

Where can I watch the Pokémon series?

As of right now, the easiest way to watch Pokémon is on the Pokémon TV app, which is one of the few apps that you can download from the Nintendo Switch eShop. Amazingly, it’s a free service, so all you have to do to watch is create a Pokémon Trainer Club account.

Unfortunately, at the time of writing, every season isn’t available on there. You can currently watch seasons 1, 2, 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22 of the main series. Hopefully this changes soon, because having the entire series in full on there for free would be massive.

1. Indigo League
  • Number of episodes: 82
  • Season first aired: April 1st 1997
  • Season last aired: January 21st 1999

Ash gets given a Pikachu by Professor Oak and meets Misty and Brock on his way to trying to win the Indigo Plateau’s Pokémon League. First, he must get the required amount of Gym Badges in the Kanto region.

2. Adventures in the Orange Islands
  • Number of episodes: 36
  • Season first aired: January 28th 1999
  • Season last aired: October 7th 1999

In this season, Ash collects Gym Badges in Orange Archipelago so that he can compete in the Orange League competition.

3. The Johto Journeys
  • Number of episodes: 41
  • Season first aired: October 14th 1999
  • Season last aired: July 27th 2000

The home of this season is the Johto region, which is located in the west of Kanto and is widely considered to be the best region in Pokémon.

4. Johto League Champions
  • Number of episodes: 52
  • Season first aired: August 3rd 2000
  • Season last aired: August 2nd 2001

On his way to the Johto League competiton, Ash tries to get more Gym Badges and competes in the Pokémon Sumo Conference along the way.

5. Master Quest
  • Number of episodes: 65
  • Season first aired: August 9th 2001
  • Season last aired: November 14th 2002

Ash finally makes it to the Johto League and finds himself in some of his toughest battles yet, including one with his old rival Gary Oak.

6. Advanced
  • Number of episodes: 40
  • Season first aired: November 21st 2002
  • Season last aired: August 28th 2003

This time around, Ash is joined by a somewhat new cast of Brock, May and Max as he aims to enter and win the Hoenn League competition.

7. Advanced Challenge
  • Number of episodes: 52
  • Season first aired: September 4th 2003
  • Season last aired: September 2nd 2004

This season continues the quest of the last, but with new battles like the one between Team Magma and Team Aqua getting in the way. 

8. Advanced Battle
  • Number of episodes: 54
  • Season first aired: September 9th 2004
  • Season last aired: September 29th 2005

In the show’s eighth season, Ash finally makes it to the Hoenn League competition and eventually returns to Kanto to compete in the Battle Frontier. May continues to get her ribbons.

9. Battle Frontier
  • Number of episodes: 47
  • Season first aired: October 6th 2005
  • Season last aired: September 14th 2006

The journey to find the Battle Frontier proves harder than usual for Ash and once he get there, he has arguably the toughest battles yet ahead of him.

10. Diamond and Pearl
  • Number of episodes: 52
  • Season first aired: September 28th 2006
  • Season last aired: October 25th 2007

For the tenth season of Pokémon in Sinnoh, Ash and Brock are joined by Dawn, a novice Pokémon Coordinator who has her own goals in mind.

11. Diamond and Pearl: Battle Dimension
  • Number of episodes: 52
  • Season first aired: November 8th 2007
  • Season last aired: December 4th 2008

Ash and Dawn, though on separate paths, enter the Wallace Cup competition and Professor Rowan’s Pokémon Summer Academy before going up against Pokémon Hunter J.

12. Diamond and Pearl: Galactic Battles
  • Number of episodes: 53
  • Season first aired: December 4th 2008
  • Season last aired: December 24th 2009

The dozenth season of the show continues in the Sinnoh region. Ash and Dawn are still up against Team Galactic and Paul.

13. Diamond and Pearl: Sinnoh League Victors
  • Number of episodes: 34
  • Season first aired: January 7th 2010
  • Season last aired: September 9th 2010

The shortest season of Pokémon ever, Sinnoh League Victors sees Ash get his focus back on qualifying for the Sinnoh League.

14. Black & White
  • Number of episodes: 50
  • Season first aired: September 23rd 2010
  • Season last aired: September 15th 2011

Ash and his mother accompany Professor Oak on his way to Unova and when he gets there, Ash is overwhelmed by the new Pokémon there.

15. Black & White: Rival Destines
  • Number of episodes: 49
  • Season first aired: September 22nd 2011
  • Season last aired: October 4th 2012

This season, Ash finds himself against Alder, who is the Champion Master of Unova.

16. Black & White: Adventures in Unova / Black & White: Adventures in Unova and Beyond
  • Number of episodes: 45
  • Season first aired: October 11th 2012
  • Season last aired: September 26th 2013

Season 16 of Pokémon is the only season to be split up into two parts. The first part finished airing on April 18th 2013 and the second part started a week later.

17. XY
  • Number of episodes: 48
  • Season first aired: October 17th 2013
  • Season last aired: October 30th 2014

In XY, Ash and Pikachu explore the Kalos region with their new friends Clemon, Bonnie and Serena. They look into the new Mega Evolutions.

18. XY: Kalos Quest
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  • Number of episodes: 45
  • Season first aired: November 13th 2014
  • Season last aired: October 22nd 2015

Ash continues his quest to win eight Gym Badges so that he can enter the Kalos League.

19. XYZ
  • Number of episodes: 47
  • Season first aired: October 29th 2015
  • Season last aired: October 27th 2016

Ash, Serena, Clemon and Bonnie continue to explore Kalos. Here, they encounter Team Flare and meet Alain, a Mega Evolution Trainer.

20. Sun & Moon
  • Number of episodes: 43
  • Season first aired: November 17th 2016
  • Season last aired: September 21st 2017

The twentieth season of Pokémon is the introduction to Alola and new faces Kiawe, Mallow, Lana and Sophocles pop up.

21. Sun & Moon: Ultra Adventures
  • Number of episodes: 49
  • Season first aired: October 5th 2017
  • Season last aired: October 14th 2018

Still at the Pokémon School, Ash and Pikachu explore the Aether Foundation, which might have some dark secrets under the surface.

22. Sun & Moon: Ultra Legends
  • Number of episodes: 54
  • Season first aired: October 21st 2018
  • Season last aired: November 3rd 2019

Pokémon School students are now Ultra Guardians. Ash continues to complete Grand Trials and find Z-Crystals.

23. Journeys
  • Number of episodes: 48
  • Season first aired: November 17th 2019
  • Season last aired: December 4th 2020

Ash meets Goh and Professor Cerise asks them to become official researchers. Ash continues his quest to become a Pokémon Master and he’s closer than ever before.

24. Master Journeys
  • Number of episodes: 42
  • Season first aired: December 11th 2020
  • Season last aired: December 10th 2021

One of the latest seasons of Pokémon, Master Journeys sees the crew traveling multiple regions, including the newest Galar region.

25. Ultimate Journeys
  • Number of episodes: 25 (so far)
  • Season first aired: December 17, 2021
  • Season last aired: Ongoing

The 25th season of the Pokémon TV series and the third season of the Journeys iteration, this entry premiered as Master Journeys was wrapping up. It is the current version of the TV series and follows Ash and his friends as they journey through all eight regions and Ash continues his ascendence amongst the World Coronation Series.

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A Definitive List Of All 24 ‘Pokémon’ Movies In Order

Pokémon is such a powerhouse that it’s not bound to just a few kinds of media. Though it originally started as a video game, it has since grown to become the highest-grossing media franchise, including books, films, comic books, animation, and more. Pokémon has grossed an estimated $110 billion in revenue, which is more than the MCU and Star Wars put together and Pokémon movies are a big reason why.

Approximately $1.85 billion of that number comes from the box office. The first Pokémon movie dropped in the summer of 1998 in Japan and November of 1999 in North America and ever since they’ve been dropping steadily for nearly a quarter of a century.

Below, we’ve outlined what all of the Pokémon movies are and what order to watch them.

How Many ‘Pokémon’ Movies are There?

In terms of actual Pokémon movies, there have been 23 animated ones and 1 live-action movie. There are also television specials and Pikachu shorts, but while they’re more than TV episodes, they don’t quite count as movies either.

What Order Should I Watch the ‘Pokémon’ Movies In?

For all but one series of movies, the release order for the Pokémon movies is actually also the chronological order, so that’s the order we’ve got for you. The first two movies released in the Sun & Moon series are actually set in an alternate continuity and the first is a CGI remake of a previous film, but this order’s great because you’re watching in release order and by the time you get to 2017’s I Choose You, it just feels like a prequel.

Where Can I Watch the ‘Pokémon’ Movies?

There isn’t one spot where you can stream all of the Pokémon movies, but for the most part, they’re easily accessible with platforms like Hulu and Prime Video.

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1. ‘Pokémon: The First Movie – Mewtwo Strikes Back’
– Release Date: November 10, 1999

In the first movie, Ash, Brock, Misty, and many other Pokémon trainers travel to an island where they think they’ll be battling another Pokémon trainer. Instead, they’re met by Mewtwo, one of the most powerful Pokémon ever. He’s genetically engineered and plans to take over the world with other cloned Pokémon. When released in Japan, this film grossed ¥7.6 billion at the box office in Japan.

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2. ‘Pokémon: The Movie 2000 – The Power of One’
– Release Date: July 21, 2000

In this movie, the legendary Pokémon Lugia is the focus. At a festival honoring Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres, Lawrence III plans to capture them and Lugia. Ash, Misty, and Tracey find themselves there and must try to stop him. This film did slightly less than its predecessor at the box office in Japan, grossing ¥6.4 billion.

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3. ‘Pokémon 3: The Movie – Spell of the Unown’
– Release Date: April 6, 2001

A girl called Molly Hale is left alone after her father Professor Spencer Hale is sucked into the dimension of the Unown after doing research on it. Delia Ketchum, Ash’s mother, is one of the people who go into the dimension to help. Ash and his friends do their best to try to retrieve everyone. This film grossed ¥4.85 billion at Japan’s box office.

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4. ‘Pokémon 4Ever: Celebi – Voice of the Forest’
– Release Date: October 11, 2002

The Pokémon at the focus of the fourth Pokémon movie is Celebi, a Mythical Pokémon. Celebi is being hunted down by the evil Iron-Masked Marauder of Team Rocket. Ash, Misty, and Brock meet up with Celebi and Sam, a boy from 40 years in the past. In terms of the box office, this film followed the downward trend since the first movie, doing just ¥3.9 billion at the box office.

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5. ‘Pokémon Heroes: Latios and Latias’
– Release Date: May 16, 2003

Ash, Misty, and Brock are on their way to Alto Mare when Annie and Oakley try to steal the Soul Dew, a crystal that will give them access to the legendary Pokémon Latios and Latias. Without the crystal, the city cannot stay safe, so Ash, Misty, and Brock must keep it safe. This film did ¥2.67 billion at Japan’s box office.

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6. ‘Pokémon: Jirachi – Wish Maker’
– Release Date: June 1, 2004

Jirachi – The Wish Maker marks the start of the Ruby and Sapphire series for Pokémon. The Millennium Comet appears once in the sky every thousand years. This coincides with the awakening of Jirachi, a Mythical Pokémon. Jirachi grants a wish every time it awakens and this powerful capability makes it the target of former Team Magma member Butler. This film broke the descending box office numbers for Pokémon, pulling in ¥4.5 billion.

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7. ‘Pokémon: Destiny Deoxys’
– Release Date: January 22, 2005

A meteorite that crashes into earth reveals Deoxys, who is eventually destroyed by the sky guardian Rayquaza. Four years later when Ash, May, Max, and Brock are visiting LaRousse City, they meet a boy named Tory whose parents are testing the egg from which Deoxys came in a lab. They end up having to protect the city. This film grossed ¥4.38 billion at Japan’s box office.

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8. ‘Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew’
– Release Date: September 19, 2006

In Lucario and the Mystery of Mew, Ash, May, Max, and Brock must help Lucario trace the events that led to his abandonment. They must also save Mew, Pikachu, and Meowth from the Tree of Beginning. The eighth Pokémon film did ¥4.3 billion at the box office.

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9. ‘Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea’
– Release Date: March 23, 2007

The egg of Mythical Pokémon Manaphy falls into the hands of a pirate. A Pokémon Ranger gives the egg to May, telling her, Ash, Brock, and Max to keep it safe until it hatches. When it does hatch, the Manaphy must not fall into the hands of the Phantom, or it will lose its home forever. This film managed to gross ¥3.4 billion at the box office.

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10. ‘Pokémon: The Rise of Darkrai’
– Release Date: February 24, 2008

This film marks the start of the Diamond and Pearl series for Pokémon. Dialga and Palkia are battling in their dimension before the Space-Time Towers pull into Alamos Town. Ash and his friends must not only try to save the town before it gets destroyed but also clear the name of the Darkrai that people blamed for it. This film grossed ¥5.02 billion at Japan’s box office.

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11. ‘Pokémon: Giratina & the Sky Warrior’
– Release Date: February 13, 2009

When dark clouds form in the Reverse World, Giratina goes after the cause of the storm, Dialga and Palkia. Giratina and Dialga battle in the Pokémon world and Giratina’s realm. Meanwhile, Ash, Dawn, and Brock help out Shaymin. Giratina & the Sky Warrior managed to gross ¥4.8 billion.

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12. ‘Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life’
– Release Date: November 20, 2009

Michina Town is an ancient area that is surrounded by legendary Pokémon. When Dialga and Giratina continue fighting, a woman called Sheena who guards the town stops their battle and brings them peace. At this point, Arceus returns and wants revenge for the fact that the town betrayed him long ago. Ash and his friends must travel back in time to stop this betrayal from happening.

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13. ‘Pokémon – Zoroark: Master of Illusions’
– Release Date: February 5, 2011

This time, the Pokémon Baccer World Cup should be the focus, and Ash, Dawn, and Brock arrive ready for the tournament but instead find themselves faced with Raikou, Entei, and Suicune who are destroying the city. It turns out that a villain is behind it all and they must stop him. This film did ¥4.16 billion at the box office.

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14. ‘Pokémon the Movie: Black – Victini and Reshiram, White – Victini and Zekrom’
– Release Date: July 16, 2011

As you might be able to tell from the name, this movie kicks off the Black & White series of the anime. In this movie, Ash, Iris, and Cilan arrive in Eindoak Town for a battle tournament. They meet the Victory Pokémon Victini, but not long afterward, he is captured by Damon who plans to destroy the world. This film did ¥4.33 billion at the box office.

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15. ‘Pokémon the Movie: Kyurem vs. the Sword of Justice’
– Release Date: December 8, 2012

Here, Ash, Iris, and Cilan must help the Mythical Pokémon Keldeo escape from the Legendary Pokémon Kyurem after it challenged it and failed to beat it. This film celebrates the 90th anniversary of Shogakukan, one of Pokémon’s main publishers. It did ¥3.61 billion at the box office.

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16. ‘Pokémon the Movie: Genesect and The Legend Awakened’
– Release Date: October 19, 2003

To close off the Black & White series comes Genesect and The Legend Awakened. While Ash, Iris, and Cilan are visiting New Tork City while the Genesect Army is attacking it. Ash is protected by Mewtwo, who surprisingly sides with the city despite sympathizing with the Genesect Army. Mewtwo and Red Genesect end up battling.

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17. ‘Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction’
– Release Date: November 8, 2014

Diamond Domain is a land that is given power by the Heart Diamond, which can only be created by the princess, Diancie. Unfortunately, she does not have the power to do this and the land is aging. Ash and his friends must help her on her journey.

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18. ‘Pokémon the Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages’
– Release Date: December 19, 2015

Ash, Pikachu, and friends meet Mythical Pokémon Hoopa who tells them the tale of a hero who stopped a scary Pokémon from taking over some time ago. It has been bottled up for a long time but is in danger of coming back once more. Ask and his friends must help stop it.

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19. ‘Pokémon the Movie: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel’
– Release Date: December 5, 2016

Closing out the XY series of Pokémon is Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel. When Ash and his friends see a bunch of smoke in the sky, they come across Volcanion. Ash becomes bonded to it, despite the Pokémon hating humans. Ash must go with Volcanion as it tries to rescue Magearna.

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20. ‘Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!’
– Release Date: November 5, 2017

Kicking off the Sun & Moon series is I Choose You!, which is actually set in an alternate continuity. We go to Pallet Town where it’s Ash’s tenth birthday and his goal is to become a Pokémon trainer with Pikachu by his side. This film grossed  ¥3.55 billion at the box office.

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21. ‘Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us’
– Release Date: November 24, 2018

The Wind Festival in Fula City celebrates the Legendary Pokémon Lugia. A danger threatens not only the festival but the city and Ash and Pikachu must help to save it. The Power of Us grossed ¥3.09 billion at the box office.

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22. ‘Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution’
– Release Date: February 27, 2020

This is a CGI remake of Pokémon: The First Movie – Mewtwo Strikes Back. Despite this, it still did ¥2.98 billion at the box office in Japan. 

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23. ‘Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle’
– Release Date: October 8, 2021

Interestingly, this movie is set in the alternate continuity that is first introduced in 2017’s I Choose You! movie. Ash and Pikachu meet Koko, a young man who is certainly a human but believes himself to be a Pokémon because that’s how he was raised. They help him realize his past, which eventually unearths a plot that could destroy the young boy’s home. This film did ¥2.02 billion at Japan’s box office, the lowest of any movie yet.

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24. ‘Detective Pikachu’
– Release Date: May 10, 2019

Detective Pikachu was the 2019 offering and is the only live-action Pokémon movie. It’s a mystery film directed by Rob Letterman and it’s a loose adaptation of the 2016 game of the same name. Tim Goodman’s father Harry Goodman goes missing, which prompts Tim to find out what happened with Detective Pikachu by his side. Tim is the only human that can talk to Pikachu, making for some interesting moments. The movie grossed an incredible $433,514,834 worldwide.

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