Evolving Skies Pack Weight – does it make a difference?

It is widely believed that booster packs with a higher weight are more likely to have rarer and more valuable art cards inside. We decided to find out if the Evolving Skies pack weight affects the pull rate.  

Our Sample Packs

Evolving Skies Booster BoxesBooster packs for the Evolving Skies expansion can be purchased individually, or can be found in special collection boxes, gift products or collectable tins. They can also be purchased in Booster Boxes.

A Booster Box is a sealed product containing 36 sealed Booster Packs.

We decided to use 3 Booster boxes for our experiment.  This gave us a total of 108 booster packs which we decided should give us a good indication of whether Evolving Skies pack weight affects pull rate.

After unsealing the boxes we began weighing each booster pack.

Evolving Skies Pack Weight

We used a highly sensitive digital scale to get an accurate weight for each pack. 

Evolving Skies Pack Weight

The Evolving Skies pack weight ranged from 21g to 23g.

21g – 21 packs
22g – 62 packs
23g – 25 packs 

The Results

All packs had the usual energy card, reverse holo card, 3 x uncommon and 5 x common cards and these were not logged. We also decided not to log the non-holo rare cards. We did log the colour of the code cards – white code cards signify the presence of a holo, half art or full art card, while green code cards indicate no special cards.

The 21g Packs

Jolteon VThe first Evolving Skies packs to be opened were the 21 x 21g weight packs.

10 of the packs contained green code cards and no special art cards.

11 of the packs contained white code cards. From these packs we pulled the following cards:

6 Rare Holo Cards
2 x Victini – 020/203
Galarian Zapdos – 082/203
2 x Hydreigon – 115/203
Rapid Strike Zygarde – 118/203

3 Half Art V Cards
Gyarados V – 028/203
Medicham V – 083/203
Rayquaza V – 110/203

2 Ultra Rare Cards
Leafeon V – 166/203
Jolteon V – 177/203

The 22g Packs

Dracozolt VNext we opened the 62 x 22g packs

34 packs contained green codes and no art or holo cards.
28 packs contained white code cards and from these we pulled the following cards:

11 Rare Holo Cards
2 x Eldegoss – 016/203
Single Strike Entei – 019/203
Victini – 020/203
2 x Regieleki – 060/203
Galarian Zapdos – 082/203
Galarian Articuno – 083/203
Galarian Moltres – 093/203
Hydreigon – 115/203
Kyurem – 116/203

6 Half Art V Cards
Golurk V – 020/203
Volcarona V – 021/203
2 x Dracozolt V – 058/203
Lycanroc V – 091/203
Garbodor V – 100/203

Rayquaza Ultra Rare8 Full Art VMAX Cards
Leafeon VMAX – 008/203
Trevenant VMAX – 014/203
Gyarados VMAX – 029/203
2 x Vaporeon VMAX 030/203
Glaceon VMAX 041/203
Dracozolt VMAX 059/203
Umbreon VMAX 095/203

2 Ultra Rare Cards
Leafeon V – 167/203
Rapid Strike Rayquaza – 194/203

1 Secret Rare Card
Darkness Energy – 236/203

The 23g Packs

Lastly we opened the 25 Evolving Skies 23g weight packs.

17 of the packs contained green code cards and no art or holo cards. 8 packs had a white code card and contained the following cards:

Zinnia's Resolve4 Rare Holo Cards
Eldegoss – 016/203
Galarian Articuno – 063/203
Zoroark – 103/203
Regidrago – 124/203

3 Half Art V Cards
Espeon V – 064/203
Umbreon V – 094/203
Noivern V – 117/203

1 Ultra Rare Card
Zinnia’s Resolve – 203/203

Conclusion

From the 21 x 21g packs we pulled 6 Holo Rare cards, 3 Half Art V cards and 2 Ultra Rare – a 52% pull rate.
From the 62 x 22g packs we pulled 11 Holo Rare cards, 6 Half Art V, 8 Full Art VMAX, 2 Ultra Rare and 1 Secret Rare card – a 45% pull rate.
From the 25 x 23g packs we pulled 4 Holo Rare cards, 3 Half Art V cards and 1 Ultra Rare – a 32% pull rate.

The results of our Evolving Skies pack weight experiment show that it is the lighter packs that have the best pull rate. 

However, if the Holo Rares are excluded and pull rates are calculated with just art cards, the results  are different:

21 x 21g packs = 3 Half Art V cards and 2 Ultra Rare – a 24% pull rate.
62 x 22g packs = 6 Half Art V, 8 Full Art VMAX, 2 Ultra Rare and 1 Secret Rare card – a 38% pull rate.
25 x 23g packs = 3 Half Art V cards and 1 Ultra Rare – a 16% pull rate.