Paradox Rift Pack Weight – Does it make a difference?


Why is the Paradox Rift Pack Weight Relevant?

Bulk Pokémon cards are made from card stock, while foil art cards have a layer of holographic material. Due to the extra layer of material in art and holographic cards it is popularly thought that booster packs with a higher weight are more likely to have rarer and more valuable art cards inside. Individual booster packs are frequently advertised as ‘heavy’ suggesting that the higher weight indicates there will be more art cards inside.

Historically, the weight of a booster pack has made a difference in some sets, however, the Pokémon Company has worked hard to try to minimise the weight difference of booster packs. This article seeks to analyse the Paradox Rift Pack Weight to see if heavier packs do make a difference in this set.


Paradox Rift Pack Weight

We purchased three sealed Booster boxes to use for our test. We used a highly sensitive digital scale to get an accurate weight for each pack. The weights ranged from 22.53g to 22.67g. We rounded the weights to the nearest 0.05g giving us 3 different weights – 22.55g, 22.60g and 22.65g. After weighing and grouping all the packs we randomly selected 25 of each weight for our test.

Paradox Rift Pack Weight


Paradox Rift Pack Weight Results

We decided not to log the numbers of reverse holo, holo rare, uncommon, common or energy cards. 

The 22.55g Packs

The first Paradox Rift packs to be opened were the 25 x 22.55g weight packs.  14 of the packs had no art cards. From the other 11 packs we pulled:

027/182  Armarouge ex 
058/182  Mewtwo ex (x2)
076/182  Cofagrigus ex
135/182  Aegislash ex
186/182  Magby
225/182  Iron Valiant ex
227/182  Toxtricity ex
242/182  Roark 
262/182  Roaring Moon ex

262/182 Roaring Moon ex


The 22.60g Packs

The 25 x 22.60g weight packs were opened next. 17 packs had no art cards. From the other 8 packs we pulled:

046/182  Tsareena ex
090/182  Vanillish
140/182  Altaria
184/182  Dottler
214/182  Porygon-Z
221/182  Golisopod ex
243/182  Shauntal
257/182  Professor Turo’s Scenario

Professor Turo's Scenario


The 22.65g Packs

The 25 x 22.65g weight packs were opened next. 18 packs contained no art cards. The remaining 7 packs included:

070/182  Iron Hands ex
089/182  Iron Valiant ex
100/182  Toxtricity ex
135/182  Aegislash ex
155/182  Maushold ex
203/182  Slither Wing
228/182  Sandy Shocks ex

228/182 Sandy Shocks ex


From the 25 x 22.55g packs we pulled 10 art cards – a 40% pull rate.

From the 25 x 22.60g packs we pulled 8 art cards – a 32% pull rate

From the 25 x 22.65g packs we pulled 7 art cards – an 28% pull rate

The results of our Paradox Rift pack weight experiment appears to show that the lightest packs have the better pull rate, while the heaviest packs are not so good.

However, there was only a 0.14g difference between the lightest and the heaviest pack in three booster boxes so without an accurate weighing scale the difference would not be noticeable. Additionally this is the smallest difference in weight since we started testing pack weights in February 2021 so it does seem that Pokémon are working hard to  make the weight of all their packs the same. 

It should also be remembered that only 25 packs of each weight were used for this experiment. Using a greater number of packs may give a different result.



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