Japanese 1st Edition Boxes Now Contain a SR, Lucario and Porygon-Z from SM3!

The official Pokemon Card website has announced that from now on, 1st edition prints of Japanese booster boxes will be guaranteed to contain at least one secret rare or higher! For example, you might get a full art or rainbow rare Tapu Lele-GX or a full art Lillie.

Regular prints of booster boxes will not have the same guarantee. Nice effort to cash-in on something they could just do automatically, considering the absurd amount of chase cards there are these days. But I digress…

This move will certainly increase the value of 1st edition boxes and will mean more fans will buy the booster boxes upon release.

Along with this news, the site revealed the booster boxes for SM3 Did You See the Fighting Rainbow?, featuring Ho-Oh-GX, and Light-Consuming Darkness, featuring Necrozma-GX. The sides reveal the card artwork for Raichu, Kirlia, Morelull, Charmeleon, Ribombee, and Crabominable,  meaning they and their Evolutions will be in the set. You can see a note about each box coming with at least one secret rare at the top of them.


Lucario and Porygon-Z promos will be given to those who purchase booster boxes of the sets. The two will also be in the sets with alternate artwork. Thanks goes to Bangiras and Jake C. for the translations!

Lucario – Fighting – HP120
Stage 1 – Evolves from Riolu

If you played this card from your hand to evolve 1 of your Pokemon during your turn, until the end of your opponent’s next turn, prevent all effects of your opponent’s attacks, including damage, done to this Pokemon.

[F][F][F] Submarine Blow: 120 damage.

Weakness: Psychic (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 1

Porygon-Z – Colorless – HP130
Stage 2 – Evolves from Porygon2

Ability: Reformat
When you play this card from your hand to evolve 1 of your Pokemon during your turn, you may devolve each of your opponent’s evolved Pokemon and put the highest Stage Evolution card on it into your opponent’s hand.

[C][C][C] Zap Cannon: 80 damage. This Pokemon can’t use Zap Cannon during your next turn.

Weakness: Fighting (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 2

High-quality images of the booster packs were also revealed, giving us a nice view of Necrozma’s complicated body design and cake sprinkle eyes.

If you purchase five booster packs of any set from Lawson stores on June 16th (the day SM3 is in stores), you’ll receive a promo booster pack containing one of three promo cards: Alolan Sandshrew, Mareanie, or Water Energy. Both Pokemon are reprints but with new artwork.


A Charmander blister pack will also be sold at convenience stores and Pokemon Centers on June 16th. Charmander’s attacks are Scratch and Flame Tail. This will likely be the same Charmander in the set, but with alternate artwork.

This could be the Charmander we’re getting in our Charizard-GX Premium Collection.

Also Happy Mother’s Day, mom! I love you! <3 Also Happy Mother’s Day to all our PokeMoms out there, even Lusamine!