Pokémon Booster Packs – All you need to know

What is a Booster Pack?

Pokémon Booster Packs

Pokémon Booster Packs are so named because they contain cards to boost a player’s deck.

Most Booster Packs are foil sleeves but sometimes the foil sleeve is inside cardboard packaging.

Unopened Booster Packs for current sets tend to retail at around £4 – £5 ($5 – $7), while those from older sets cost more. Sealed booster packs from the XY Evolutions set cost around £20 ($28), while a sealed 1999 Base Set booster will set you back upwards of £300 ($415).

The booster packs for each Pokémon Expansion set are unique. Generally there are 4 or 5 different designs for Pokémon booster packs, some of which become collector items.

Where are Pokémon Booster Packs Found?

With the exception of promo cards, Pokémon trading cards can only be obtained from opening booster packs. The products containing packs varies depending on whether the expansion is a standard expansion set or a special expansion set.

Standard Expansion Sets

Pokémon Booster packs for standard expansion sets can be obtained by purchasing the following products:

Booster pack – 1 booster pack
Booster box – 36 booster packs
Elite trainer boxes – 8 booster packs
Collection boxes – 4 – 6 packs
Pin collection boxes – 3 – 4 packs
Collector tins – 4 – 5 packs
Mini tins – 2 packs

Special Expansion Sets

Pokémon Booster packs for special expansion sets can be obtained by purchasing the following products:

Elite trainer boxes – 8 – 10 booster packs
Collection boxes – 4 – 8 packs
Pin collection boxes – 3 – 4 packs
Collector tins – 4 – 5 packs
Mini tins – 2 packs

What cards are inside a Pokémon Booster Pack?

There are 12 cards inside each pack:

1 x online code card – This can be used to play the Pokémon game online. The code cards can be green or white. A white code card often signifies that there will be a rare holographic or art card in the pack.

1 x energy card – Energy cards are attached to Pokémon to increase their power and are used in the Trading Card Game.

Rare star1 x Rare card – This may be a full art or a half art card, a holo (holographic) or a non-holo rare card. Rare cards are signified by a small black star. 

Uncommon Diamond3 x Uncommon cards – These include character cards, Trainer cards and special energy cards. Uncommon cards are signified by a small black diamond.

Common circle5 x Common cards – Common cards are all character cards and are signified by a small black circle.

1 x Reverse holo card – These cards are known as reverse holos because the bottom of the card is holographic rather than the top. There are reverse holo counterparts for each non-holo card in the set. They can be rare, uncommon or common and their rarity is signified by a black star, diamond or circle. 


Scizor reverse holo
Reverse holo Scizor from the Lost Thunder Set