The Pokémon GO TCG Review And Checklist


Two big Pokémon franchises finally collide as Pokémon GO collaborates with Pokémon TCG. The combination aims to please fans of both franchises and deliver a mega-hit. Here for your enjoyment is the Pokémon GO TCG review and checklist.

History Of The Pokémon GO TCG

Pokémon GO was released in 2016 with great success. It’s an augmented reality mobile game with users utilizing mobile GPs to encounter and capture Pokémon in real-world settings. In addition, users could catch, train and then battle against other users.

When the game launched, it topped both the Google Play and iTunes charts and was downloaded 11 million times within a week of release. At the same time, Pokémon GO has lost some popularity since. However, it’s still thriving. Millions of players play the game. Pokémon GO Live Player Count puts the number of its December 2021 active users at 62,910,290.

Media Factory – the company responsible for creating the Pokémon Trading Card Game franchise has been creating Pokémon cards since 1996. These two global brands are finally collaborating. With over 700 species of Pokémon on the Pokémon GO app, the Pokémon TCG has abundant resources to draw from to deliver our best characters.


Look for Pokemon Go add-ons from eBay. 

Teased for a 2021 release alongside the Professor Willow Pokémon card given free to GO players who purchased the merchandise. Then, fans had to wait for an extra year. However, the wait is at an end.

Here’s the announcement from Pokémon’s official website:

“This summer, a collaboration between the Pokémon Trading Card Game and Pokémon GO will be released! The Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO expansion will feature cards themed after the popular mobile game. You can get an early look at the expansion’s package design below”.

The Pokémon GO TCG Release Date

There will be multiple release dates for different Pokemon TCG: Pokemon GO sets. The first set of Pokemon GO products will be released on July 1st, 2022.

Below are the complete launch dates for all Pokemon TCG: Pokemon GO release formats.

  • Elite Trainer Box – July 1st
  • Mewtwo V Battle Deck/Melmetal V Battle Deck – July 1st
  • Special Collection Team Instinct/Team Mystic/Team Valor – July 1st
  • Alolan Exeggutor V – July 1st
  • Radiant Eevee – July 1st
  • Pokémon GO Tin – July 15th
  • Pokémon GO Mini Tin – August 5th
  • Poké Ball Tin – August 26th

Get a Pokemon Go TCG Elite Trainer Box from eBay. 

Or get one on StockX. 

Pokémon GO TCG Review Of What Is Hot

Pokémon GO TCG is a part of the Sword and Shield TCG series. However, it stands clear of all other sets in this series. Only comparable to special releases like Celebrations and Shining Fates. This limited-time set would have cards that showcase Pokémon, characters, iconic locations, and unique items from the Pokémon GO mobile game. Examples are full-art trainers’ cards showcasing Pokémon GO team leaders Spark, Blanche, and Candela.

As with special Pokémon TCG releases, several TCG GO products are available, including special edition Elite Trainer Boxes. Asides from an impressive ten booster pack, players will find the unique Radiant Eevee trading cards. While Pokémon TCG GO will focus on Pokémon GO, there’ll be special sets that feature Radiant Pokémon, Pokémon V, VMAX, and the VSTAR mechanics that Pokémon TCG players know and love.

Great on cards art, small set packed with exciting names, and shiny Charizard ultra-rare card, this set is already a favorite amongst GO and TCG players. This collaboration aimed to merge two vast parts of the Pokémon franchise that was previously separate. The sentiments around the release have shown that this is already a great success. Pokémon TCG GO has perfectly merged both worlds, and former TCG players are already starting to pick it up again. Most GO players haven’t played the TCG game and many are excited to try it.

There are older Japanese releases of Pokemon Go TCG cards. Look for them on eBay. 

Pokémon GO TCG Review Of What Is Not

While this set has piqued and renewed interest in players from both Pokémon franchises to try out the other, TCG looks set to gain the most. GO players were holding out for a way collecting these cards would benefit them in-game. However, there’s been nothing announced so far. While a Pokémon TCG set that highlights the Pokémon GO is enough reason for most people to check out TCG, it does little to lure GO players to TCG. Some in-game reward for collecting this set would have ensured every GO player invested in the cards.

However, this issue may be remedied. We might get an announcement as more formats drop.

Pokémon GO TCG Review Of Release Formats

There will be several Pokémon Go TCG products for players to pick from. There always are with Pokemon. Here is the full list as it currently stands.

Center Elite TCG Trainer Box Plus

  • 12 Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO booster packs
  • Each booster pack contains 10 cards and either 1 basic Energy or 1 VSTAR marker.
  • 1 full-art foil promo card featuring Mewtwo V
  • 65 card sleeves featuring Mewtwo1 deck box featuring Mewtwo
  • 45 Pokémon TCG Energy cards
  • A player’s guide to the Pokémon GO expansion
  • A Pokémon TCG rulebook
  • 6 metal damage-counter dice
  • 1 metal coin
  • 2 metal condition markers
  • 1 acrylic VSTAR marker
  • A collector’s box to hold everything, with 4 dividers to keep it organized
  • A code card for Pokémon Trading Card Game Live
  • Presells at $64.99

Elite TCG Trainer Box

  • 10 Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO booster packs
  • 1 foil promo card featuring Mewtwo V
  • 65 card sleeves featuring Mewtwo
  • 45 Pokémon TCG Energy cards
  • A player’s guide to the Pokémon GO expansion
  • 6 damage-counter dice
  • 1 competition-legal coin-flip die
  • 2 acrylic condition markers
  • 1 acrylic VSTAR marker
  • A collector’s box to hold everything, with 4 dividers to keep it organized
  • A code card usable in either the Pokémon TCG Online or Pokémon TCG Live
  • Presells at $120

TCG V Battle Deck

  • 2 ready to play Pokemon GO V Battle Decks
  • Each deck includes a foil PKM V Card – Mewtwo V or Melmetal
  • 11 additional Trainer cards, including 5 foil cards
  • 2 Pokemon GO booster packs
  • 1 sticker sheet
  • 2 large metallic coins
  • 2 deck boxes
  • Presells at $90

Get your Pokemon GO V Battle Decks from eBay. 

TCG Mewtwo/Melmetal V Battle Deck (Assorted)

  • 1 ready-to-play 60-card deck
  • 3 reference cards
  • 1 rules booklet
  • Single-player playmat
  • Damage counters
  • 1 large metallic coin
  • 1 deck box
  • 1 strategy sheet
  • 1 code card to play this deck online
  • Presells at $35

Special Collection—Team Instinct / Team Mystic / Team Valor

  • Team Instinct Box
  • Team Mystic Box
  • Team Valor Box
  • Three Teams—from Pokémon GO to the Pokémon TCG!
  • Contains one of each Pokémon GO Special Collection (Team Valor, Team Instinct, & Team Mystic)
  • A full-art foil promo card featuring Spark, Blanche, or Candela
  • A deluxe pin featuring the emblem of Team Instinct, Team Mystic, or Team Valor
  • 6 Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO booster packs
  • A code card usable in either the Pokémon TCG Online or Pokémon TCG Live
  • Presells at $85

TCG Collection—Alolan Exeggutor V

  • The Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO Collection—Alolan Exeggutor V includes
  • A foil promo card featuring Alolan Exeggutor V
  • An oversize foil card featuring Alolan Exeggutor V
  • 4 Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO booster packs
  • A code card usable in either the Pokémon TCG Online or Pokémon TCG Live
  • Presells at $26.88

TCG Premium Collection—Radiant Eevee

  • A foil promo card featuring Radiant Eevee
  • A deluxe pin featuring Radiant Eevee
  • A playmat with artwork featuring Radiant Eevee
  • 8 Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO booster packs
  • A code card usable in either the Pokémon TCG Online or Pokémon TCG Live
  • Presells at $49.99

Tin

  • 1 foil promo card featuring Pikachu
  • 1 additional foil card featuring Pikachu, Snorlax, or Blissey
  • 4 Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO booster packs
  • 1 sticker sheet
  • A code card for Pokémon TCG Live
  • Presells at $44

Get your Pokemon Go tins from eBay. 

TCG Mini Tin

  • 2 Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO booster packs
  • 1 metallic coin with a PokéCoin design
  • A Pokémon art card showing the art from this Mini Tin—you can collect and combine all 5
  • Presells at $18

TCG Ball Tin

  • 3 Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO booster packs
  • 2 sticker sheets
  • Presells at $25

Pokémon GO TCG Checklist

The set features 78 different cards from the Pokémon GO games. TCG players can pull iconic Pokémon like Pikachu and Mewtwo with unique styles that tie them into Pokémon GO. In addition, there will be cards of Pokémon posed as if they’re out in the real world, such as Snorlax sleeping, Pikachu walking with its trainer, or Blissey defending a gym. Great stuff!

Pokémon GO TCG Value

Let’s look at how well current Pokémon TCG sets have performed. However, only Pokémon TCG Celebrations can match the Pokémon Go TCG in terms of hype. This set brings two huge Pokémon franchises in a way that we haven’t seen in recent history. It’s sure to sell out fast and – in the future – hold value well.

TCG Wax 

Pokémon Sword & Shield: Rebel Clash Booster Box$208.98
Pokémon Sword & Shield: Fusion Strike Booster Box$104.99
Pokémon Sword & Shield: Darkness Ablaze Booster Box$134.99
Pokémon Sword & Shield: Chilling Reign Booster Box$143.64
Pokémon Sword & Shield: Brilliant Stars Booster Box$152.99
Pokémon Sword & Shield: Vivid Voltage Booster Box$149
Pokémon TCG: Celebrations Pokémon Center Elite Trainer Box$64.99

These prices aren’t outrageous. The higher ones here are realistic for what an investor can reasonably expect after holding for a year after release. However, anyone looking to purchase Pokémon TCG cards solely for an ROI knows that the best route is buying hit cards rather than entire boxes.

Get your Pokemon TCG Sword & Shield Vivid Voltage Booster Box on eBay. 

TCG Singles

We’ll only consider top single cards from the Pokémon TCG: Celebrations set as it’s the only set that matches up to this when you think about their prospects. Additionally, we considered only cards graded PSA 9 and higher.

Pokémon Celebrations Charizard #4 Ultra-Premium Gold Gem Mint PSA 10$4,500
Pokémon Celebrations #133 Lance’s Charizard V Holo PSA 10$305
Pokémon Celebrations #011 Mew PSA 9 Mint$700
Pokémon Celebrations Professor’s Research Holo #023 PSA 9$400
Pokémon Celebrations Dark Sylveon V SWSH134 PSA 10$238

While these are not Gold Star cards that easily sell for $25k to $30k or the Holy Grail of Pokémon cards – Pikachu Illustrator, which sold for over $5 million. Still, there figures offer significant ROI for investors. Pokemon Go TCG has all chase cards in its line-up and the ultra-rare Charizard cards. It’s sure to hold value even better than the Celebrations set. Lucky collectors can pull a Charizard, V, VSTAR, VMAX, or any Full Art cards.

Look for a Pokémon Celebrations #133 Lance’s Charizard V Holo on eBay. 

Bottomline Of The Pokémon GO TCG Review And Checklist

Pokémon GO meets the Pokémon TCG, and the result is a set packed with great cards and value. As the Celebrations anniversary set and all other anniversary sets across the hobby, this set is expected to command high demand. As everyone in the hobby knows, high demands equate to good value and higher prices. TCG players have a host of mighty cards on offer in this set, from Mewtwo VSTAR to Dragonite VSTAR and Melmetal VMAX; this set is a powerful addition to every TCG player’s card. We hope our Pokémon GO TCG review was helpful!

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