Blog - February 5, 2024

We opened the Pokémon TCG: Paldean Fates ETB and Shiny Charizard tin—these are our best gifts

The Pokémon TCG is starting 2024 off strong with a special set that features the return of shiny Pokémon cards and other collectibles. With over 100 Shinies and a total of 245 cards, Pokémon TCG: Paldean fate has a lot to offer—but can I get lucky with my withdrawals?

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Because Paldean fate is something special Pokémon TCG sets, you can’t just go out and buy a Booster Box full of packs. Instead, you’re limited to products like Elite Trainer Boxes, Tins, and various Booster Packs — none of which guarantee you a good number of pulls like the Booster Box because they are all “loose” packages.

With those limitations in mind, I opened one Paldean fate ETB, Booster Bundle and old Shiny Charizard News sent by The Pokémon Company. That means I have 20 packs to draw some of the rarest cards in the set, like the special Illustrated Cards for Shiny Mew or Trainer cards like Iono and Nemona. My luck in previous sets like Pokémon 151 And Paradoxical rift has been mixed up so I’m hoping for a big win here.

Our best attraction for Pokémon Scarlet And purple TCG: Paldean’s fate

Because I’m opening one Paldean fate Elite Trainer Box and Shiny Charizard ex Tin, I guarantee there will be some decent success with the Mimikyu and Shiny Charizard ex Special Illustration promotional cards included in each product. And it turns out, ETB and Tin have brought me some good benefits.

Promotional variants for Mimikyu and Charizard ex from Pokemon TCG Paldean Fates.These deals are solid if you can get the retail price. Dot Esports’s photo

Starting with the ETB, I obtained one of the best rare, non-illustrator Shiny Pokémon in the entire set in the form of Charmander. It was quickly paired with a shiny Natu, a rare shiny Pawmi in a special illustration, and a full-art Clive—one of the cards I wanted most for my book. My last bundle in ETB also gave me an old Hyper Rare Koraidon, not as good as its Miraidon counterpart but still a great deal.

Some Shiny cards from Pokemon TCG Paldean Fates.A handful of Shinies is not a guarantee if you get several packs. Dot Esports’s photo

Moving on to the six packs from the Booster Pack, I had nothing of note. A Gardevoir ex was the only hit I had in my first four packs until I pulled a Clodsire ex. The final pack is a double with Shiny Oddish and a second Rare Shiny Pawmi Special Illustration to finish things off.

Clive and two shiny Pawmi cards from Pokemon TCG Paldean Fates.Clive is truly a skillful player, but Pawmi isn’t half bad! Dot Esports’s photo

Shiny Charizard Tin is a little better value overall but only gave me a total of three hits in five packs. I managed to get a second old Hyper Rare Koraidon in my first pack and followed that up with Shiny Entei before finishing my prologue with another old Gardevoir.

Duplicates the old card Hyper Rare Koraidon from Pokemon TCG Paldean Fates.Can’t complain about finding gold. Dot Esports’s photo

I’m happy with the quality of my pulls for the most part, although the fact that I was only able to get four shiny rare Pokémon, not counting Pawmi, is a shame. I was hoping to get at least a few more and might get lucky and get one of the rare Illustrated versions of Trainers like Nemona or Arven for my Trainer book cover. Other than that, though, this is probably one of my favorite sets to open recently, and—if you can find any at retail price—I recommend you give it a try, especially if you like to hunt for Shiny in the game.