Silver Tempest 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. Individual booster packs are frequently advertised on selling sites with the word ‘heavy’ suggesting that the weight indicates there will be special cards inside. Here are the results of our Silver Tempest pack weight analysis.

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Our Sample Packs

Silver Tempest Pack Weight Test

The Silver Tempest expansion set was released on 11th November 2022. Booster boxes for this set retailed at around £105 or $100.

We purchased two sealed booster boxes to use for our test. Although a huge number of packs should be opened to get a truly definitive answer to this question, most people only buy one or two booster boxes and we wanted to emulate the experience of the average Pokémon fan. 

We bought the boxes from two different suppliers to ensure they were completely random boxes. Booster boxes contain 36 booster packs and are factory sealed with a plastic covering bearing the Pokémon logo. 

After removing the outer sealed covering we began weighing the 72 packs. 

 

Silver Tempest Pack Weight

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

Silver Tempest Pack Weight Test Scales

The Silver Tempest pack weight ranged from 22g to 24g.

22g – 20 packs
23g – 36 packs
24g – 16 packs 

The Results

We decided not to log the numbers of non-holo rare, reverse holo, uncommon, common or energy cards. We also decided not to log the colour of the code cards since Trainer Gallery cards and Radiant Pokémon cards can be found in any pack in place of the reverse holo cards. 

 

The 22g Packs

The first Silver Tempest packs to be opened were the 20 x 22g weight packs. 7 packs had no special art or holo cards. The remaining 13 packs had the following cards:

Serperior VSTAR 196/1953 Holo Rare
2 x Terrakion 097/195 
1 x Metagross  119/195

1 Radiant Cards
Radiant Tsareena  016/195

2 Half Art V / VSTAR Cards
Magearna V 128/195
Ho-Oh V 140/195

1 Full Art VMAX Card
Regieleki VMAX 058/195

2 Ultra Rare Card
Alolan Vulpix V 173/195
Wallace 194/195

1 Secret Rare Rare Card
Serperior VSTAR 196/195

3 Trainer Gallery Cards
Jynx TG04/TG30
Malamar  TG06/TG30
Corviknight VMAX  TG19/TG30

The 23g Packs

The next Silver Tempest packs to be opened were the 36 x 23g weight packs. 18 packs had no special art or holo cards. The remaining 18 packs had the following cards:

Energy Switch 212/1955 Holo Rare
2 x Ariados 004/195
Reuniclus 078/195
Metagross  119/195
Forest Seal  156/195

3 Radiant Cards
Radiant Tsareena  016/195
2 x Radiant Alakazam  059/196

5 Half Art V / VSTAR Cards
Alolan Vulpix V  033/195
Omastar V 035/195
Mawile V  070/195
Regidrago V  135/195
Regidrago VSTAR  136/195

2 Secret Rare Cards
Unown VSTAR  199/195
Energy Switch  212/195

6 Trainer Gallery Cards
Braixen  TG01/TG30
Gardevoir  TG05/TG30
Rockruff  TG07/TG30
Altaria  TG17/TG30
Professor Burnet  TG26/TG30

 

The 24g Packs

Finally the 16 x 24g weight packs were opened. 7 packs contained no art or holo rare cards. From the remaining 9 packs we pulled.

Chesnaught V 171/195

 

4 Holo Rare
Ariados  004/195
Rapidash  022/195
Archeops  147/195
Earthen Seal Stone  154/195

2 Half Art  V Cards
Chesnaught V  015/195
Ursaluna V  102/195

Full Art VMAX Card
Regieleki VMAX  058/195

Ultra Rare Card
Chesnaught V  171/195

Trainer Gallery Card
Braixen  TG01/TG30

 

Conclusion

From the 20 x 22g packs we pulled 3 Holo Rare cards, 1 Radiant card,  2 Half Art V cards, 1 Full Art VMAX Card, 2 Ultra Rare, 1 Secret Rare and 3 Trainer Gallery cards – a 65% pull rate.

From the 36 x 23g packs we pulled 5 Holo Rare cards, 3 Radiant cards, 4 Half Art V, 1 Half Art VSTAR, 2 Secret Rare, 6 Trainer Gallery Cards – a 58% pull rate.

From the 16 x 24g packs we pulled 4 Holo Rare cards, 2 Half Art V, 1 Ultra Rare card and 1 Trainer Gallery card – a 50% pull rate.

From this it would seem that the lighter weight packs give a better pull rate than the heavier packs.

Excluding Holo Rares from the results gave the same Silver Tempest pack weight result, with the lighter packs having the best pull rate

20 x 22g packs gave us 1 Radiant card,  2 Half Art V cards, 1 Full Art VMAX Card, 2 Ultra Rare, 1 Secret Rare and 3 Trainer Gallery cards – a 50% pull rate.

From the 36 x 23g packs we pulled 3 Radiant cards, 4 Half Art V, 1 Half Art VSTAR, 2 Secret Rare, 6 Trainer Gallery Cards – a 44% pull rate.

From the 16 x 24g packs we pulled 2 Half Art V, 1 Ultra Rare card and 1 Trainer Gallery card – a 25% pull rate.

It should be remembered that only 72 packs were used for this experiment. Using a greater number of packs may give a different result.

 

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