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A Guide To The Pokémon TCG: Scarlet & Violet Paradox Rift Expansion

Pokemon TCG Scarlet & Violet - Paradox Rift

Get ready to explore the clouds in a land that appears to be unbound by time. With ferocious attacks, Ancient Pokémon such as Roaring Moon ex and Sandy Shocks ex appear alongside artificial Future Pokémon like Iron Valiant ex and Iron Hands ex. 

Elsewhere, Garchomp ex, Mewtwo ex, plus others Terastallize to gain new Types, as Armarouge ex, Gholdengo ex, and more Pokémon get in on the action. Adventure is waiting as timelines collide in the Pokémon TCG: Scarlet & Violet Paradox Rift expansion released earlier this month.

The Pokémon Trading Card Game’s newest release has more than 84 beautiful Secret Rare cards that go above the simple numbering of the set. Many of these are already in high demand because of their rarity and unique artwork.

Some of the more notable Special Illustration Rares from Paradox Rift include Roaring Moon ex, Parasol Lady, and Tulip.

Many of these beautiful cards display truly amazing artwork that, when combined with their rarity, makes them even more special for anyone lucky enough to catch one.

The market prices for these Special Illustration Rares are likely to fluctuate, but they are always likely to be in high demand and should increase in value over time.

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Paradox Rift Pokémon trading cards

Welcome to the enchanting world of Paradox Rift Pokémon Trading Cards. These unique and highly sought-after cards feature some of the rarest and most powerful creatures from the mysterious Paradox Rift region.

With their stunning artwork and powerful abilities, these cards are a must-have for any serious collector or player. 

But with so many different cards and sets to choose from, it can be overwhelming to keep track of them all. That’s why we’ve created the ultimate Paradox Rift Pokémon Trading Card Checklist, to help you stay organized and complete your collection. So, let’s dive into the world of Paradox Rift and discover the incredible creatures waiting to be collected.

The new release includes the following:

  • Over 180 cards
  • New Ancient and Future Pokémon
  • Type shifted Tera Pokémon ex with a crystalline look, which includes a Water Type Garchomp ex
  • More than 15 brand new Pokémon ex
  • More than 20 Trainer cards
  • Dozens of Pokémon and Trainer cards complete with special illustrations

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Exploring the allure of Pokémon Paradox Rift trading cards

Paradox Rift Pokémon Trading Cards hold an allure like no other, captivating collectors and players alike with their stunning artwork and powerful creatures. What sets these cards apart is their rarity, making them highly sought after in the trading card community.

With each new release, fans eagerly anticipate the unveiling of new cards from the Paradox Rift region. The thrill of discovering a rare card, with its unique abilities and mesmerizing design, is what keeps collectors hooked.

Whether it’s the anticipation of finding that elusive holographic card or the joy of completing a rare set, there’s always something to expect with each pack you open.

The allure of Paradox Rift Pokémon Trading Cards goes beyond their rarity and beauty, however. Each card represents a piece of the vibrant Paradox Rift world, where these mythical creatures reside.

It’s a chance to immerse yourself in the lore and stories surrounding these fascinating beings. As you collect and trade these cards, you become part of a larger community, united by a shared passion for these captivating creatures.

So, embrace the allure and let yourself be captivated by the magic of Paradox Rift Pokémon Trading Cards. Step into a world where rarity and beauty intertwine, and where each new card brings excitement and anticipation. 

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Essential Paradox Rift Pokémon Cards every collector should have

If you’re a serious collector of Paradox Rift Pokémon Trading Cards, there are certain cards that you absolutely must have in your collection. These essential cards are not only highly sought after, but they also offer unique abilities and stunning artwork that make them stand out from the rest.

One card that every collector should have is the Rift Guardian. This legendary Pokémon is known for its immense power and its ability to control time and space. Its holographic version is particularly rare and highly valued by collectors.

Another must-have card is the Mystic Dragon, a majestic creature with the ability to harness the elements. Its vibrant colors and intricate design make it a true masterpiece.

In addition to these powerful creatures, collectors should also strive to acquire the Ancient Relics set. This limited edition release features cards that depict ancient artifacts and treasures from the Paradox Rift region. These cards not only add depth to your collection but also offer valuable insights into the lore and history of the mythical creatures.

So, when building your collection, make sure to include these essential Paradox Rift Pokémon cards. They are the crown jewels of any collection, offering a glimpse into the extraordinary world of Paradox Rift and the thrilling adventures that await.

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Detailed overview and analysis of popular Paradox Rift Pokémon cards

Let’s check out an overview and analysis of popular Paradox Rift Pokémon cards. In this section, we will delve into some of the most highly desired cards in the Paradox Rift collection, providing you with valuable insights into their unique abilities and stunning designs.

One popular card that collectors can expect to find is the Elemental Enigma. This card showcases a legendary creature with the power to manipulate the elements, making it a formidable force in battles. Its intricate artwork beautifully captures the essence of its elemental abilities, making it a standout card in any collection.

Another highly prized card is the Shadow Guardian. This mysterious creature lurks in the shadows, harnessing dark powers to outwit opponents. Its dark and brooding design perfectly represents its stealthy nature, making it a favorite among collectors.

For those who prefer a more whimsical card, the Dreamweaver Sprite is another must-have. This ethereal creature brings dreams to life, enchanting both collectors and players alike with its fantastical abilities. Its vibrant and dream-like artwork is sure to captivate anyone who lays their eyes on it.

Lastly, the Cosmic Dragon is another card that collectors will not want to miss out on. With its ability to traverse the vastness of space, this majestic dragon embodies the mysteries of the universe. Its awe-inspiring artwork showcases the vastness of the cosmos, truly making it a standout card in any collection.

These are just a few examples of the popular Paradox Rift Pokémon cards that collectors can expect to find. With their unique abilities and breathtaking designs, these cards offer an incredible gameplay experience and are sure to impress both collectors and players alike.

Collectors can embark on an exciting journey through the world of Paradox Rift and discover the magic that these popular cards hold.

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Tips on how to trade and increase your Pokémon Paradox Rift card collection

Ready to take your Paradox Rift Pokémon Trading Card collection to the next level? Here are some tips on how to trade and increase your card collection.

First and foremost, connect with other collectors and players in the community. Attend local Pokémon events, join online forums and groups, and make friends who share your passion. Networking is always key when it comes to finding and trading rare cards, regardless of the theme.

Next, stay informed about the latest releases and set updates. Follow official Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) news and announcements to know when new cards are being released. This will give you a head start on acquiring the latest and most sought-after cards.

When it comes to trading, be knowledgeable about the value and rarity of the cards you own. Research card prices and trends and be aware of which cards are in high demand. This will help you make fair trades and avoid getting ripped off.

Consider joining a local Pokémon Trading Card Game league or participating in tournaments. These events provide a great opportunity to meet fellow collectors, trade cards, and even win exclusive cards as prizes.

Lastly, never underestimate the power of patience and persistence. Building a comprehensive card collection takes time and effort. Keep searching for rare cards, attend events, and never be afraid to negotiate trades. Remember, a great collection is the result of dedication and a love for the game.

Keep these tips in mind, and before long you’ll be well on your way to expanding and enhancing your Paradox Rift Pokémon Trading Card collection. 

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Maintaining and preserving your Pokémon Paradox Rift trading cards

Maintaining and preserving your Paradox Rift Pokémon Trading Cards is essential to ensuring their longevity and value. Here are some tips to help you keep your cards in tip-top condition.

Firstly, it’s important to handle your cards with care. Avoid touching the front or back surfaces of the cards directly, as oils from your hands can damage the artwork and potentially decrease their value. Instead, use clean hands or wear gloves when handling your cards.

Secondly, invest in protective card sleeves and storage options. Card sleeves will provide a barrier against scratches, dirt, and moisture. Store your sleeved cards in a sturdy card binder or a collector’s box to prevent bending or folding.

To prevent fading or discoloration, keep your cards away from direct sunlight or excessive heat. UV-protected storage options can help maintain the vibrant colors of your cards.

Regularly check your card collection for any signs of damage or wear. If you notice any bent corners, creases, or scratches, consider replacing those cards to maintain the overall quality of your collection.

Lastly, keep your collection organized. Use dividers or index tabs to categorize your cards by set, rarity, or Type. This will make it easier to find specific cards and prevent them from getting lost or damaged.

By following these maintenance and preservation tips, you can ensure that your Pokémon Trading Cards remain in pristine condition for years to come. 

Pokémon Paradox Rift most valuable trading cards

Of all of the cards included in Paradox Rift, these are the top ten most valuable cards you can find in your packs, although prices can fluctuate.

10.) Parasol Lady – Special Illustration ($31.83)

Parasol Lady is a strong card, even if it is a little restricted in its range. Even then, given the right conditions, it can still generate some pretty powerful card draws.

When you opt to play Parasol Lady, you will need to shuffle your hand back into your deck while drawing another eight cards if you went second and it is your first turn. If you play Parasol Lady during any other time in the game, you will draw four.

The scene is of Parasol Lady sheltering from the light rain with her parasol gives us a beautiful card and one that is going to be extremely valuable in the long term to collectors.

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parasol lady Pokemon

9.) Garchomp ex – Special Illustration ($34.52)

Garchomp ex is a Tera Pokémon, and as such goes against historical typing for the Dragon and Ground-Type Pokémon, and instead turning into a Water Type Pokémon with a whopping 320 HP and a feebleness when it comes to Electric attacks.

What’s even more perplexing is that Garchomps’s primary attack, the Hydro Lander, costs just one Fighting Energy, but still manages to inflict a hefty 160 damage while allowing you to swap at least three more Fighting Energies from your discard pile to your Benched Pokémon.

From there you can begin to snipe away at your opponent’s Benched Pokémon with your Sonic Dive attack and fuelling your discard pile to use Hydro Lander once again.

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8.) Tulip – Special Illustration ($35.45)

The release of Tulip means that psychic-type decks now come with a brand new Supporter card to play. Using this card lets you return four cards from your discard onto your hand, in any combo of Psychic Type Pokémon or Psychic Energies.

Playable cards are almost better value, and if there is an alternate art version of said card, then it will likely be even higher. The Special Illustration version of Tulip’s image is of the Psychic Type Gym Leader of the Alfornada Gym from Paldea applying makeup to another character.

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7.) Professor Sada’s Vitality – Special Illustration ($35.88)

Living up to the theme of Paradox Pokémon, Professor Sada’s Vitality allows players to keep their Ancient Pokémon powered up by bringing back all of the Basic Energies from their discard pile and attaching them to their Pokémon.

Doing this also lets you draw a further three cards, which will keep your hand full and your Pokémon ready to go on the attack. Special Illustration cards are Full Art Secret cards that are tough to find in packs, which serve to increase their value.

The artwork on Professor Sada’s Vitality is awesome and features a Teddiursa and Smoliv hanging around in the background, watching Sada read.

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6.) Rika – Special Illustration ($38.49)

It’s always useful when you get to pick and choose which cards you draw, as it is a great way to construct the hand you want. This is why Rika is beneficial because it lets you do exactly that.

When you play this card, you are able to look at the top four cards of your deck, taking two of them for your hand and leaving the rest on the bottom of your deck.

The Special Illustration form of this card features the Ground Type member of the Paldea Elite Four who is going for a casual stroll down a peaceful street, eating an ice cream a care in the world. Rarely do we get to see trainers going about their day-to-day business, but these cards change all that and are the best way to see how they live their lives.

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5.) Iron Hands ex – Special Illustration ($42.28)

The first on this list from the Paradox Pokémon is Iron Hands ex, which is likely to be a future version of Hariyama. This Electric Type card only has two attacks, both of which are relatively energy-heavy cost-wise.

The art for this Special Illustration card is quite odd but also very fun and features the rampaging Iron Hands breaking through six old stone walls, with a seventh wall up next.

We can’t be certain why they are doing it, and we’ll probably never know, but it certainly makes for a silly card that collectors are sure to love.

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iron hands ex pokemon

4.) Iron Valiant ex – Special Illustration ($55.95)

Next up to join the most valuable cards from the set is another Paradox Pokémon card, Iron Valiant ex who brings a powerful Psychic attacker into the fray. Also, Iron Valiant ex has a special ability that allows you to add two damage counters to any one of your opponent’s Pokémon.

The Special Illustration art design for Iron Valiant ex displays the Future Pokémon facing off against other Paradox Pokémon, as if challenging the other Pokémon that exist with it in the distant future.

The artwork is really cool, with the setting sun in the background casting its light across all the Pokémon that have gathered in the valley.

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3.) Gholdengo ex – Special Illustration ($69.08)

Among all of the Pokémon that have been released over the years, Gholdengo is a particularly special one, receiving the desired number 1,000 slot in the National Pokédex. As Gholdengo ex, this worthy Pokémon card lets you bring in the riches, gifting you all sorts of resources which is as good as it gets in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Gholdengo ex’s ability is the Coin Bonus which lets you draw a card once when it’s your turn. If it’s in the Active Spot, you get to draw two instead which will give you a constant stream of cards.

Its only attack, Make It Rain, deals out 50 damage times the number of energies you discard from it, which lets you scale the number of damage subject to your opponent’s Active Pokémon.

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2.) Mela  – Special Illustration ($72.84)

The Mela card pulls double duty in your deck, meaning that it can recycle Energy cards while also helping to keep your hand full up. Mela lets you assign a Fire Energy card from your discard pile straight to one of your in play Pokémon, which will refill your hand back up to six cards if you are running low.

The only disappointing thing about this card is that you are only able to play Mela if you had a Pokémon eliminated during your opponent’s last turn. Fire Type decks have maintained a strong hold on the meta recently, so any card that can help to power up your Pokémon will always find a place in it.

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1.) Mela  – Roaring Moon ex – Special Illustration ($77.97) 

The top scorer is also the first Ancient Pokémon to make the list and it’s Roaring Moon ex which brings the terrifying power of the past to the Pokémon TCG.

Roaring Moon ex’s initial attack can automatically knock out any of your opponent’s active Pokémon, dealing itself 200 damage in retaliation but seeing as it has 230 health it should stick around for another turn or two at least.

The Special Illustration edition of this card comes with the design of a prehistoric Pokémon lording it over the other Ancient Pokémon and asserting its supremacy over the other primeval Pokémon letting out a huge roar.

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The Pokémon Trading Card Game Scarlet & Violet Paradox Rift was released on November 3, 2023.

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Peter Fryers

Peter Fryers

Former bookmaker and journalist Pete has been writing in the online igaming space for the past decade and has recently branched out into the exciting world of sports card collecting which is currently enjoying a boom! He is also a big fan of Darts, Football, Rugby, Golf and Cricket among others, these days he prefers watching, writing and wagering over competing.
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