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The Coolest Pokémon Sun And Moon Cards We Pulled From Booster Packs

Pokémon Sun and Moon were enormous successes for Nintendo when they launched on 3DS in 2016, and the makers of the Pokémon Trading Card Game hope to capitalize on that popularity with the new Sun & Moon expansion. The expansion boasts hundreds of new cards featuring the new monsters that debuted in the latest games, as well as new cards featuring classic monsters in either their original or Alolan forms.

We were sent a box of 36 booster packs, as well as the three theme decks that feature the three starters from Sun and Moon (Litten, Popplio, and Rowlet) all the way up to their third forms. We pulled the ones that were either the coolest or most powerful from the packs we opened. 

Scroll to the gallery below to see our favorite cards we opened from the Sun & Moon expansion. For our favorite cards that we pulled from the more retro-facing Generations and XY Evolutions expansions, head to this gallery.


On the next page, we highlight more of the best cards we pulled from our Sun and Moon booster packs. – The Feed

The Coolest Pokémon Cards We Pulled From 100 Booster Packs

I grew up loving Pokémon cards. Though I was never an avid player of the trading card game itself, I spent a large percentage of my allowance on starter kits, theme decks, and booster packs. Though I stopped after the base set was retired and eventually sold all of mine off, thinking they would never hold value over the years (the real money's in the 10,000 baseball cards in my basement, right?!), I've since longed to rebuild my old collection from the ground up.

Unfortunately, authentic cards from the base set have skyrocketed in value, meaning that if I want my old Charizard back, I had better prepare to pay out the nose for it. I wrote off my desire to rebuild my collection as something that would never happen unless I strike it rich, but when the Pokémon TCG announced that it would be celebrating the series' 20th anniversary with a new retro-facing expansion that enhanced and reissued a big chunk of the base set cards, I was immediately sold.

Before the aforementioned XY – Evolutions expansion released in the States, I decided to get a headstart on my new collection. I read that the Pokémon TCG: Generations expansion focused heavily on the original 151 monsters, so I bought more cards than I should have.

I purchased all four EX boxes starring Pikachu, Blastoise, Charizard, and Venusaur, which each had four booster packs, plus a special EX card devoted to that box's respective mascot, plus I picked up the Elite Trainer Box, which had 10 booster packs plus a ton of energy cards. When the XY – Evolutions expansion hit, I went all-in. I bought both decks (Pikachu Power and Mewtwo Mayhem) and grabbed a box of 36 booster packs. In addition, we were sent 12 booster packs of the XY – Evolutions expansion, and I bought a few more on my own. 

Believe it or not, it took a really long time to open 100 booster packs. Adding to the tedium was the inevitable number of duplicates I started getting in the latter portion of the journey. Regardless, it's always thrilling to open a booster pack and get an awesome pull; revealing a Charizard that resembled the one I foolishly sold in my youth made it all worthwhile. As a former collector of the base set, it threw me a bit to find shiny cards of Pokémon like Ponyta and Metapod, while in that same pack, pulling a non-holographic Mewtwo (I think the holographic Mewtwo cards are exclusive to the Mewtwo Mayhem deck). Either way, I enjoyed the trip down memory lane through this deep exploration of these two nostalgia-driven expansions, and now that I'm all the way through Pokémon Sun and Moon, I'm looking forward to the Alola-centric expansion in February.

Check out the best cards I pulled from the Generations and XY – Evolutions expansions below and on subsequent pages.

On the next page, we look at even more of the coolest Pokémon cards we pulled from our packs and decks. – The Feed

Civilization VI Adds DLC Packs & Winter Update

Developer Firaxis has added a mix of premium and free content for Civilization VI. Now available for purchase are the Poland Civilization & Scenario pack and the Vikings Scenario pack, while the winter update is free.

The Poland pack adds the civilization, complete with its first female monarch Jadwiga, who brings her strong religious faith, winged Hussar units, and cloth halls to the table.

Meanwhile, the Vikings Scenario pack adds six new city-states, three natural wonders, and a dark ages scenario.

Each are available for $ 4.99.

The winter update, however, is free, and it includes numerous tunings and fixes, as well as an alert action for units.

For the full rundown of all of the new offerings, click on the source link after the trailer detailing more on Jadwiga and the advantages of Poland.

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With Titanfall 2, Respawn makes a show of ditching paid map packs

Respawn’s mech-enhanced shooter Titanfall 2 is out this week, so the studio is hyping its plan to break with common practice and make all multiplayer maps/game modes it adds to the game free. …

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Six New Lego Dimension Expansion Packs Out Today

The next wave of Lego Dimensions sets are out today, adding new characters and levels from Ghostbusters, Harry Potter, Adventure Time, Mission Impossible, and The A-Team to the game. It also adds new Battle Arenas, giving four players a chance to strengthen bonds and/or leave the living room in a defeated huff.

If you haven't yet picked up Lego Dimensions, the PlayStation 4 version of the starter pack includes an exclusive Supergirl minifig. Today's wave includes the Mission Impossible level pack ($ 29.99), Ghostbusters story pack ($ 49.99), Harry Potter team pack ($ 24.99), Adventure Time level pack ($ 29.99), Adventure Time team pack ($ 24.99), and the A-Team fun pack ($ 11.99).

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For more on the Battle Arenas, take a look at my E3 preview, which includes my hands-on impressions from the mode. – The Feed

Trailers Highlight Two Character Packs Now Available For Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Starting today, players can download two new character packs for Lego
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, provided they aren't playing on Wii U,
3DS, or Vita. These are the first two of five planned DLC waves included in the Season Pass.

Joining in on the brick-based fun are a total of 16 new heroes and
villains, as well as four new vehicles of varying sizes. You can see a
few of these new characters and starfighters in action in the trailers

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Characters included in the prequel trilogy pack are a damaged Anakin
Skywalker , Captain Panaka, Darth Maul, Jango Fett, Jar Jar Binks,
Padmé Naberrie, Watto, and Zam Wesell. The Freemaker Adventures
television series is represented by  Kordi Freemaker,
Rowan Freemaker, Zander Freemaker, Naare, Raam, Roger the Battle Droid, Baash, and Graballa the Hutt. The Naboo Fighter and Star Scavenger are also added in full size and microfighter form.

Each of these DLC packs can be purchased individually for $ 2.99, or in the $ 9.99 Season Pass. In our review, we found Lego Star Wars to be a fun way to experience the latest stories in a galaxy far, far away. – The Feed

First Three Fallout 4 DLC Packs Announced, Season Pass Price To Increase

Your Fallout 4 Season Pass is about to have some value. Bethesda has detailed three add-ons coming beginning next month.

First up, is Automatron, priced at $ 9.99. A villain called The Mechanist has released a horde of killer robots in the Commonwealth. Find ‘em, kill ‘em, and use their parts to create your own mix-and-match companions.

In April, you’ll get the Wasteland Workshop add-on for $ 4.99. This allows you to build traps to capture NPCs and wildlife. You’ll be able to host deathmatches or tame hostile creatures. This DLC pack also adds customization options for your settlements.

The third update, priced at $ 24.99 and slated for June, is called Far Harbor. You’ll be headed to the coast of Maine for this adventure, which is a case from Valentine’s Detective Agency.

High radiation levels, a colony of synths, and the Children of Atom (not to be confused with the X-Men, known as Children of the Atom) all make this a treacherous journey. Bethesda says that there will be new, higher-level armor and weapons available in this expansion.

The publisher also announced that the price of the season pass will increase from $ 29.99 to $ 49.99 as of March 1. The reason for this is the bundling of even more add-on material throughout 2016.

If you already own the pass or purchase it before the price goes up, you’ll still get everything for the same price. If you’re interested in testing the add-ons, Bethesda is taking applications for beta testing. You can sign up here for a chance to get in early. Testers will be selected in the coming weeks, and you’ll get a full version of the add-on as a thank you.

Bethesda hasn't forgotten about survival mode or the creation kit that will enable official mod support. Both are in testing right now, with more information on the way. – The Feed

Donkey Kong and Bowser Skymiibo Dual Packs Available At GameStop In January

Two Skymibbo dual packs are being released at Gamestop (Disclosure: GameStop is Game Informer’s parent company) on January 9th.

The first pack contains Donkey Kong, the second contains Bowser. Both figurines come with their own vehicles as well. 

Previously the only way you could get these two figurines was to buy Skylanders Super Charger starter kits. – The Feed

Rise Of The Tomb Raider Endurance Mode, Two Story DLC Packs Detailed

Last night at The Game Awards, Microsoft and Crystal Dynamics introduced the first of two story add-ons for Rise of the Tomb Raider. Today, the rest of the season pass has been detailed, including an interesting twist on the franchise.

Coming first, on December 29, is a new endurance mode that turns Rise of the Tomb Raider into a wilderness survival game. Lara will have to scrounge for supplies, and everything consumes resources as Lara must stay warm, feed herself, and fend off animals and enemies. It sounds like Don't Starve meets Tomb Raider. You can learn more about Crystal Dynamics' work balancing the survival and action aspects of Rise of the Tomb Raider in our interview from February 2015.

The two story campaigns, launching next year, are yesterday’s newly announced Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch and Cold Darkness Awakened. The latter sounds a bit like a 28 Days Later scenario, as some kind of infections sends animals and people into a frenzy.

You can read about the Baba Yaga DLC in our story from The Game Awards. You can also check out our review of Rise of the Tomb Raider for more. The DLC is available as part of a season pass or individually. – The Feed

Loot Crate Holiday Lineup Packs Star Wars, Doctor Who, And Call Of Duty Booty

Loot Crate, the monthly geek and gamer gear subscription club, unveiled its latest premium crate themes today. The limited edition mystery boxes will contain four to seven collectibles, apparel, gadgets, art, or other products from Star Wars, Doctor Who, and Call of Duty.

Here are the prices and sale dates for the three brand-themed boxes:

  • Doctor Who – $ 50 – on sale on November 20
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops III – $ 100 – on sale on November 23
  • Star Wars – $ 100 – on sale on November 30

In the past, Loot Crate has partnered with companies as diverse as Bethesda, Bioware, Disney, and Nintendo. Along with its limited edition crates (which non-subscribers can also purchase), the club plans to introduce monthly anime loot and pet loot subscription lines. – The Feed