The Pokémon Trading Card Game community has been stricken with excitement surrounding the latest expansion, Champion’s Path. But out of 75 newly available cards, which ones are truly the best? What should you get excited to see fall out of that booster pack? It can be a daunting task, so I’m here to tell you the definitive 5 best Pokémon cards in the Champion’s Path expansion set, based on rarity.
The first part of the Pokémon TCG Champion’s Path set was released on September 25th, 2020, at participating retailers worldwide. More packs and decks are scheduled for the next few months, and I’ve detailed the release schedule for your planning needs.
5. SHINY SUSPICIOUS FOOD TIN
It might not look like much, but this Trainer Card featuring a strange-looking tin of food is a pretty nice card to get, if you pull the shiny version. If you run a Psychic-type deck, having this additional boost of healing can pay off if you’re in a pinch. On the other hand, if Psychic-type isn’t your bag, this won’t be strategically useful. This card is currently worth about the same as a couple of booster packs, making it worthwhile if you’re looking to invest back into more cards.
4. SHINY GARDEVOIR VMAX
Shiny Gardevoir VMAX is the fancy Dynamax version of everyone’s favorite Pokémon wife. With the ability to heal and hurt simultaneously, Shiny Gardevoir VMAX is exciting to collectors, and players alike. At 320HP and only a 180 damage possibility, Gardevoir VMAX would be a great option as a tank card, soaking up some damage while you build up a heavy hitter on the Bench.
Paired with Suspicious Food Tin, you might have a pretty nice tank combo going. Gardevoir VMAX is worth about as much as the aforementioned Food Tin, but since the expansion release is still ongoing, we expect the value to increase over time.
3. SHINY DREDNAW VMAX
Drednaw VMAX is another big tank Pokémon. With 320HP and the Solid Shell ability, placing it will buy you some time to boost some other Pokémon. The G-Max Headbutt move is super exciting, at most with a heads coin flip dealing 240 points of damage, but it should shave off enough to keep you in the fight, for a little while at least.
As with the other cards on this list, it’s still early for Champion’s Path to prove economically successful to the collector. It’s the gathering season, after all. But after some time, Drednaw VMAX should become a highly-valued card to have in your possession.
2. SHINY CHARIZARD V
Charizard has been a valuable card since the very beginning of the Pokémon Trading Card Game. In this latest expansion, we’re seeing a lot of Charizard love from The Pokémon Company. The Elite Trainer Box is themed entirely around Charizard, and the best two cards from the expansion are our good flame boy.
Shiny Charizard V is an obviously rare find. Plus, being a Basic Pokémon card means it is playable without having to evolve Charmander and Charmeleon, allowing players to drop him right out of the gate.
1. SHINY RAINBOW CHARIZARD VMAX
Simply stunning. With huge stats, incredibly rare drop rates, and a beautiful rainbow color palette that shines like the sun, Shiny Rainbow Charizard VMAX is the standout choice for the best Champion’s Path card. Collectors everywhere are gathering up the Elite Trainer Box by the dozens for a chance at pulling this card, and it has all the attributes of a valuable card for many years to come.
Champion’s Path is hard to find right now, as it just dropped and has such valuable new cards. But, there’s plenty more coming down the pipe, as The Pokémon Company is due to release more gym sets in the coming months. Check out their official website for all of the cards, and keep your eyes peeled at your local retailer.