Temporal Forces Pack Weight – Does it make a Difference?


Why is the Temporal Forces 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 Temporal Forces Pack Weight to see if heavier packs do make a difference in this set.


Temporal Forces Pack Weights

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 22.58g to 22.77g. We rounded the weights to the nearest 0.05g giving us 4 different weights – 22.60g, 22.65g. 22.70 and 22.75g. 

Temporal Forces Pack Weight

In total there were: 

22 x 22.60g packs
42 x 22.65g packs
35 x 22.70g packs
9 x 22.75g packs


Temporal Forces Pack Weight Results

We decided not to log the numbers of reverse holo, holo rare, uncommon, common or energy cards, but have included ACE SPEC cards.

The 22.60g Packs

The first Temporal Forces packs to be opened were the 22 x 22.60g weight packs. 11 of the packs had no art cards. From the other 11 packs we pulled:

081/162  Iron Crown ex
111/162  Scizor ex 
122/162  Miraidon ex
162/162  Neo Upper Energy
167/162  Incineroar ex 
186/162  Iron Leaves ex
188/162  Gouging Fire ex
191/162  Iron Crown ex
193/162  Gengar ex
199/162  Eri
205/162  Walking Wake ex

205/162 Walking Wake ex


The 22.65g Packs

The 42 x 22.65g weight packs were opened next. 27 packs had no art cards. From the other 15 packs we pulled:

022/162  Scovillain ex
034/162  Incineroar ex
038/162  Gouging Fire ex
050/162  Walking Wake ex
060/162  Wugtrio ex (2)
099/162  Iron Boulder ex
108/162  Farigiraf ex
120/162  Koraidon ex
157/162  Prime Catcher
175/162  Mudsdale
177/162  Gastly
178/162  Megagross
216/162  Iron Crown ex

216/162 Iron Crown ex


The 22.70g Packs

The 35 x 22.70g weight packs were opened next. 19 packs contained no art cards. The remaining 16 packs included:

012/162  Torterra ex
025/162  Iron Leaves ex
050/162  Walking Wake ex
104/162  Gengar ex
111/162  Scizor ex
120/162  Koraidon ex
123/162  Raging Bolt ex
152/162  Hero’s Cape
153/162  Master Ball
167/162  Litten
168/162  Snom
184/162  Drampa
198/162  Ciphermaniac’s Codebreaking
210/162  Eri

210/162 Eri


The 22.75g Packs

Finally we opened the 9 x 22.75g weight packs. 5 packs contained no art cards. The remaining 4 packs included:

141/162  Awakening Drum
163/162  Shiftry
170/162  Bronzor
172/162  Cutiefly

172/162 Cutiefly


Our concluding pull rate results are given as percentages. It should be remembered that with any probability calculation the most accurate results will be from those groups with the higher number.

From the 22 x 22.60g packs we pulled 11 art cards – a 50% pull rate.

From the 42 x 22.65g packs we pulled 14 art cards – a 33.3% pull rate

From the 35 x 22.70g packs we pulled 14 art cards – an 40% pull rate

From the 9 x 22.75g packs we pulled 4 art cards – a 44% pull rate

Given that results are more accurate with higher numbers of packs, the results of our Temporal Forces pack weight experiment gives a relatively consistent pull rate across the four weight groups. 

It should also be noted that there was only a 0.19g difference between the lightest and the heaviest pack in three booster boxes so without an accurate weighing scale the difference would not be noticeable. This small difference in weights follows the Paradox Rift pack weight test where differences were also very small. 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 108 booster packs were used for this experiment. Using a greater number of packs may give a different result.



Leave a comment