Whenever a new Pokémon expansion set is announced there is speculation about which cards will be the most sought after. This article offers an idea of what might become the top 10 Paradox Rift Chase Cards.
Paradox Rift is the fourth main expansion set of the Scarlet and Violet Series. This set introduces the Ancient and Future mechanics to the game and those cards are likely to be in high demand by players eager to try out the new abilities and moves. However, with the set being released so soon after the Scarlet & Violet 151 Special set it may prove to be less popular than preceding sets.
What are Chase Cards?
Chase cards are generally thought of as rare cards that have a 1/100 or less chance of being inside a booster pack. Previously, they have generally been one of the ultra rare or secret rare cards from an expansion set. However, the rarity specification for cards changed for the Scarlet and Violet series and chase cards are now highly likely to be those that are Illustration Rare, Ultra Rare, Special Illustration Rare and Hyper Rare cards. Where a set features the popular Pokémon Charizard, these cards tend to feature in the top 10 most desired cards.
Our Top 10 Paradox Rift Chase Cards
10. Professor Sada’s Vitality 256/182
Professor Sada’s Vitality is out first selection, taking the number 10 slot. This Special Illustration Rare card carries the Ancient mechanic and sees the Professor sitting with Pawmi and Smoliv surrounded by a large stack of books. Today, 2nd November, the card can be purchased on Ebay UK for around £50 and on Ebay.com for $40.
9. Parasol Lady ex 255/182
Parasol Lady is a trainer class that features in many generations of games. This Special Illustration Rare card features Parasol Lady in side profile using her parasol to shelter from the rain. In the foreground is a leafy plant while a rainbow can be seen in the sky. This card is selling for around £50 on Ebay UK and around $65 pn Ebay.com the day before set release.
8. Altaria ex – 253/182
Altaria ex takes 8th place in our list. This Special Illustration Rare card depicts Altaria flying very high in the sky, above a coastal landscape. When played, this card prevents all effects of attacks during your opponent’s next turn. It also boasts 260 HP. On the day before set release it is selling for around £53 on Ebay UK and $55 on Ebay.com.
7. Mela 254/182
Mela is a new Trainer for Generation IX and is the Boss of Team Star’s Fire crew. She is depicted sitting at the top of a flight of outdoor stairs which are likely a fire escape as puffs of smoke can be seen rising from below. Depicted in thigh high red boots over a tight leather costume she may become a Waifu. On the day before release this card is available for purchase on Ebay UK for around £55 and Ebay.com for around $65.
6. Garchomp ex 245/182
Terastalized Garchomp ex features on this Special Illustration Rare card. Garchomp is a Dragon / Ground type Pokémon but becomes a Water type when terastalized. It is depicted standing in the centre of a mass of swirling green and blue which may represent the sea or grass and the sky. This card can be purchased today (2nd November 2023) for around £56 on Ebay UK and on Ebay.com for $70.
5. Gholdengo ex 252/182
Gholdento ex Special Illustration Rare takes position 5 in our top 10 Paradox Rift Chase Cards list. Gholdengo is noted for being number 1000 in the Pokédex and is comprised of 1000 Gimmighoul coins. It is depicted standing in front of a vault of golden coins. The card features the ‘Make it Rain’ move which deals 50 damage for any number of basic energy cards discarded in that turn. This card is likely to be popular with players and collectors alike. Today, 2nd November 2023, it can be purchased on Ebay UK for around £57 and on Ebay.com for around $70.
4. Iron Valiant ex 249/182
Special Illustration Rare Iron Valiant ex takes spot 4 in our top 10 Paradox Rift Chase Cards. Iron Valiant is a new Paradox Pokémon said to be a futuristic version of Gardevoir and the card carries the Future mechanic. Iron Valiant is depicted in a rocky landscape at sunset or sunrise surrounded by other futuristic Paradox Pokémon including Iron Moth and Iron Bundle. The day before set release, this card is on sale for around £60 on Ebay UK and Ebay.com for around $80.
3. Iron Hands ex 248/182
Third spot goes to Iron Hands ex 248/182. This new Paradox Pokémon has the new Future mechanic. It is depicted crashing its way through a series of brick walls. On the day before release this card is available for purchase on Ebay UK for around £65 and Ebay.com for around $60.
2. Golisopod ex – 246/182
Golisopod ex Special Illustration Rare 246/182 is our second place Pokemon Paradox Rift Chase Card. This card depicts the Bug / Water type Pokémon in what appears to be a dimly lit derelict building. The card has a HP of 270 and the Swing and Skedaddle move which inflicts 170 damage. The card can be purchased today, 2nd November 2023 on Ebay UK for around £70 and Ebay.com for around $50.
1. Roaring Moon ex – 251/182
Top spot in our Top 10 Pokémon Paradox Rift Chase cards goes to Roaring Moon ex 251/182, a special Illustration Rare card with the Ancient mechanic. The card sees an aggressive looking Roaring Moon with wings spread, startling nearby Pokémon. The day before set release it is selling on Ebay UK for around £110 and Ebay.com for around $125.