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McDonalds Pokemon cards strategy and tips for Happy Meal madness [UPDATE!]

This month, Nintendo and The Pokémon Company worked with McDonald’s to deliver packages of Pokémon TCG cards to Happy Meals in the U.S. This is not the first time that McDonalds has released Pokémon cards with Happy Meals, but it is the first time that the cards are sold in assortment packs at random. Or semi-random assortments, anyway.

Where to find Pokemon Card Happy Meals

If you are looking for a McDonalds with packs of Pokémon cards, call ahead. This is an excellent example of a month when McDonald’s sells this special Happy Meal toy. If you or your kids MUST have these Pokémon cards, we recommend that you call first.

We cannot guarantee that any McDonald’s employee will be particularly pleased to hear from you, as this is not the type of call that allows them to do their jobs more easily. If you want to avoid making a McDonald’s employee’s day more difficult, plan a day in the city – you may have to go to more than one McDonald’s location.

How rare are these cards?

McDonald’s did not reveal how many cards they are ready to distribute. If it’s like any other Happy Meal toy business, they planned to include the cards in Happy Meals for the rest of February – but they’ll probably run out faster than normal.

What we do know is that there are 50 individual cards. There are 25 Starter Pokémon (one of which is Pikachu), and a foil version of each of these cards. There doesn’t seem to be any indication that either of these cards is rarer than the other – but based on eBay’s early prices, the Shiny / foil version of Pikachu seems more desirable.

Each Happy Meal has a single pack of 4 cards. We still don’t know if each package has a completely random card variety, or if there is a defined number of pre-arranged card combinations.

Each Happy Meal will cost approximately $ 5, depending on the pricing policy of each individual McDonald’s store. Good luck to you – and if you plan to buy a GROUP of these Happy Meals just for the cards, consider finding a way to donate the food to those in need. Good luck to you!

UPDATE: Based on our (limited) analysis of packages this week, each package has at least 1 foil card and probably 3 non-foil cards. Although it does not appear that one foil or non-foil card is more rare than the other, the ratio of foil to non-foil in each package suggests that less foil cards were made than non-foil cards.

There are several different packages available, with various bonus items like a folding box (as shown above) and sheets of Pokémon stickers. The package number does not appear to have any effect on the internal card package. Card packs are probably inserted into the larger package at random!

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