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The best Pokémon booster boxes 2024

Looking for the best Pokémon booster boxes? We've got seven recommendations for you, all of which will help to grow your Pokémon TCG collection.

Best Pokémon Booster Boxes - an image shows three booster boxes, one from the Brilliant Stars exapansion, one from the XY Evolution expansion, and one from the Astral Radiance expansion.

If you’re a Pokémon TCG collector, you may find yourself wondering which are the best Pokémon booster boxes to buy or open in 2024. It’s a tricky question, because many of them are no longer available, or are so extremely rare that you’d have to spend a fortune to get them.

So when compiling this list of the best Pokémon booster boxes, we’ve focused on the ones that are still readily available and that you won’t have to spend more than a thousand dollars on. We want to actively help you to expand your collection, rather than taunt you with the most expensive rare Pokémon cards you may never be able to get your hands on.

Understandably, that means that our focus is on the more recent Pokémon TCG expansions, but that is absolutely no comment against their quality, as there have been some fantastic releases in recent times, with some of the best Pokémon cards around. Any one of these booster boxes would be an excellent opportunity for you to expand your collection, get some of the most powerful Pokémon, and start building the ultimate deck.

Pokémon Crown Zenith Elite Trainer Box

The final Sword and Shield Pokémon booster box

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Pokémon Crown Zenith Elite Trainer Box specifications:
Release date January 20, 2023
Number of packs 10
Promo card Lucario VSTAR
Reasons to buy
  • Considered to have great pull rates
Reasons to avoid
  • Most singles prices are low

Closing out an era, Pokémon Crown Zenith released January 2023, and is the last Sword and Shield set to come out before Scarlet and Violet. Pokémon Crown Zenith is a ‘high class’ set, where every pack features a V, VSTAR or VMAX card or a super-rare card.

As well as some powerful Pokémon cards, it stars hits like Arceus VSTAR and Mewtwo VSTAR, and cool cards like Glaceon and Leafeon. Plus there’s all the fantastic different art cards we’ve come to expect from a modern Pokémon set, including some basic ‘mons that combine to form a sweet collage.

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet base set

A Pokémon booster box that kicks off a new era

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Pokémon Scarlet & Violet base set specifications:
Release date March 31, 2023
Number of packs 36
Reasons to buy
  • A great introduction to the hobby
Reasons to avoid
  • Set likely to be in stock for a long while
  • No massive chase cards

Sword & Shield’s era is over, so now it’s time for Scarlet & Violet. The first Scarlet & Violet base set Pokémon booster box launched on March 31, 2023 and provided our first look at the Paldea Pokémon (Oh, god how many Pokémon are there now?) in trading card art.

If you’re buying Pokémon cards just for their monetary value, the Scarlet & Violet base set isn’t the best Pokémon booster box to open. However, it’s great if you’re looking for a fun opening experience, with all kinds of alternate arts and card varieties to collect. Hit rates seem to be really high for this Pokémon booster box too – which is perhaps one reason for the lower card prices.

Pokémon Hidden Fates Elite Trainer Box

A Pokémon booster box for a fantastic modern set

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Pokémon Hidden Fates Elite Trainer Box specifications:
Release date 23 August, 2019
Number of packs 10
Promo card Moltres & Zapdos & Articuno-GX
Reasons to buy
  • Awesome set with interesting cards and shinies
Reasons to avoid
  • Massive reprinting has hurt set’s price
  • Heavily bought up during the pandemic boom

Another high class pack that promises a holo card in each pack, Pokémon Hidden Fates is a much-touted set for a few reason. It boasts the first triple tag team Pokémon, featuring Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres, and also more than 75 shiny Pokémon. Some of these shiny cards, like Umbreon GX and Charizard GX are getting pretty damn expensive now, too.

Pokémon GO Elite Trainer Box

A Pokémon booster box with plenty of added extras

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Pokémon GO Elite Trainer Box specifications:
Release date July 1, 2022
Number of packs 10
Promo card Mewtwo V
Reasons to buy
  • Promo card still sees play in top decks
  • Fun to try and collect the entire set
Reasons to avoid
  • Surprisingly low prices considering the hype

The Pokémon GO Elite Trainer Box, released July 2022, is another one that many fans are going to want to get their hands on. This merging of  Pokémon GO and the Pokémon TCG is really cool to see. Not only do the cards in this expansion feature beautiful artwork that captures the feeling of Pokémon appearing in the real world, but you also get items and characters from the mobile game as Trainer Cards.

A few highlights include: Poké Stops, Lure Modules, and Blanche as Trainer Cards, with Pokémon including Mewtwo, Radiant Blastoise, Melmetal, Alolan Exeggutor V, and many others.

Elite Trainer boxes like this one, and others on our booster box list, include a few extras that players may find handy. In addition to ten booster packs, it also includes six damage-counter dice, one competition-legal coin-flip die, two acrylic condition markers, and one acrylic VSTAR marker.

Pokémon Sword & Shield – Brilliant Stars

A modern Pokémon booster box with some neat chase cards

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Pokémon Sword & Shield – Brilliant Stars specifications:
Release date February 25, 2022
Number of packs 36
Reasons to buy
  • Valuable and strong Charizard/Arceus cards
  • Widely regarded as the best Sword and Shield set
Reasons to avoid
  • Lots of collectors have snapped it up already

While Elite Trainer Boxes come with a few extra bells and whistles alongside their booster packs, we’re back to just booster packs with the Brilliant Stars Booster Box. Released in February 2022, it features the introduction of the new VSTAR mechanic, which allows for more powerful abilities and evolutions.

The selection of Pokémon includes many from Pokémon Sword & Shield, as well as a few found in Pokémon Diamond & Pearl. Highlights include Arceus VSTAR, Charizard V, and Charizard VSTAR –  the main chase cards from the set.

Pokémon XY – Evolutions

An anniversary Pokémon booster box

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Pokémon XY – Evolutions specifications:
Release date November 2, 2016
Number of packs 36
Reasons to buy
  • Many cool versions of gen 1 Pokémon (including classic Charizard)
  • Set is dripping in nostalgia – may become valuable again
Reasons to avoid
  • Prices were inflated by Logan Paul-related hype and have since dropped

This was the final expansion based on Pokémon X & Y, and it was also a special expansion made to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Pokémon TCG. Because of this, Pokémon XY Evolutions featured many iconic Generation I Pokémon, and it remains a sought after set for fans. While you can still find booster boxes, they’re quite expensive (although still under a thousand dollars, unlike many of the older sets).

Highlights of this expansion include: Mewtwo-EX, Machamp BREAK, Starmie, BREAK, Zapdos, and Porygon. For those looking to build up a deck filled with nostalgic childhood favourites, the XY – Evolution booster boxes are going to be a good choice… if you can afford them.

Pokémon Sun & Moon (Lunala) Elite Trainer Box

The first Pokémon booster box for Sun and Moon

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Pokémon Sun & Moon (Lunala) Elite Trainer Box specifications:
Release date February 3, 2017
Number of packs 8
Reasons to buy
  • Great set with many playable cards
  • Valuable trainer cards like balls and supporters
Reasons to avoid
  • No guaranteed promo card
  • Only 8 packs

This is another Elite Trainer Box. That means it only comes with eight booster packs, but it does also include all of following: 65 card sleeves featuring Lunala, 45 energy cards, a player guide to the Sun & Moon expansion, six damage-counter dice, a competition-legal coin-flip die, two acrylic condition markers, and an acrylic GX marker. It’s definitely a good buy for anybody who’s just starting out with Pokémon TCG.

Cards you might get in this expansion include: Umbreon GX, Espeon GX Lapras GX, the Supporter card Lillie and many more. As the name gives away, this expansion was made to tie in with Pokémon Sun & Moon – indeed, it was the first of the expansions to include elements from those games.

Fans of Pokémon TCG might also want to take a look at our article on the best Pokémon cards. Also, our guide on how to play Pokémon cards will come in handy for anybody who’s just starting to get into the world of Pokémon TCG.