A Beginner's Guide to Chilling Reign Pokémon Collection Cards
Did you know that the most valuable card in the Pokémon Chilling Reign expansion pack is worth as much as $200!
Yep, you read that right. The Gold Snorlax Secret Rare is one of three Gold Secret Rare Pokémon available in the deck. This adorable light blue shiny Snorlax that rests upon a golden background is highly collectible and one of the most sought-after cards.
For a seasoned Pokémon collector, new expansion packs like these mean all-new cards to collect and flip. But, for newer collectors, figuring out which cards to invest in can be a bit tricky.
To help you out, we've put together a quick guide to give you'll all the information you need to start collecting cards from the Pokémon Chilling Reign deck. If you're looking to grow your Pokémon collection and get your hands on that Gold Secret Rare Snorlax, keep reading.
The Chilling Reign Expansion
Chilling Reign is the newest expansion to the Sword and Shield series. If you're a true Pokémon fan, you probably remember when Sword and Shield was first released back in 2019. All of the new trainers, Pokémon, and energy cards opened up an exciting new arena for collectors, traders, and players alike.
The Chilling Reign expansion pack is no different. The release of this deck introduced fans to new Pokémon from the Galar region, additional Battle Styles, new Legendaries, and so much more.
The expansion offers a variety of pack sizes. Collector's boxes typically include at least one promoted card, a handful of booster packs, and other goodies. For a pricier package that comes with even more items, check out the Elite Trainer Boxes.
The Elite Trainer Boxes come in two variants: Shadow Rider Calyrex and Ice Rider Calyrex. These boxes feature the Crown Tundra's Legendary Pokémon Calyrex who once ruled the ancient Galar. They include 8 booster packs, 65 card sleeves, 45 Energy cards, and more.
They also have a Build and Battle Box that contains a 23 card evolution pack that includes key cards from prior expansions, 4 booster packs, and a tip sheet for deckbuilding. If you don't need that many cards, the individual booster packs come with 1 basic Energy card, a code for Pokémon TCG Online, and 10 cards. Both of these packs are great for beginners looking to discover the thrill of collecting.
Types of Cards
No matter what pack (or packs) you decide to buy and tear open, you can expect the same types of cards found in other series and variants of the Pokémon Trading Card Game. These include Energy, Trainer, and Pokémon character cards.
In total, there are 233 cards to collect; 198 Normal and 35 Secret cards. To break this down further, there are 15 Pokémon V, 8 Pokémon VMAX, 25 Trainer, and 3 Special Energy cards to look out for. A handful of these cards are worth a pretty penny and others pack a serious punch against your competitors.
V and VMAX Cards
The Chilling Reign Expansion features 15 new Pokémon V and 8 new VMAX cards. These cards are inspired by the Dynamax and Gigantimax battle mechanics featured in the Sword and Shield series. They are rare variations that have a higher HP and deal some serious damage on the playing field.
Playing with these cards requires a different strategy than regular gameplay. The evolution of the cards and rules for placing them on your playmat is quite different than in the traditional card game. If you play competitively, be sure to read up on the rules and requirements for playing with them before banking on their power.
For those of you primarily interested in collecting, these are the cards you want. Some are more valuable than others, but generally speaking, most VMAX cards sell for around $20-40 on average. The available V cards found in the Chilling Reign Expansion are as follows:
- Ice Rider Calyrex V
- Shadow Rider Calyrex V
- Celebi V
- Blaziken V
- Volcanion V
- Zeraora V
- Galarian Articuno V
- Galarian Zapdos V
- Sandaconda V
- Galarian Moltres V
- Galarian Slowking V
- Metagross V
- Blissey V
- Tornadus V
- Galarian Rapidash V
- Liepard V
Of these, the Galarian Articuno V, Shadow Rider Calyrex V, Galarian Rapidash V, Zeraora V, Galarian Zapdos V, and Galarian Moltres V are currently the most valuable cards of this type depending on their artwork. But more on that later.
The Pokémon V cards are cool, but the VMAX cards are even better. The slightly more rare and thus more valuable VMAX cards are listed as follows:
- Ice Rider Calyrex VMAX
- Shadow Rider Calyrex VMAX
- Celebi VMAX
- Blaziken VMAX
- Sandaconda VMAX
- Galarian Slowking VMAX
- Metagross VMAX
- Tornadus VMAX
Of these, the Blaziken VMAX, Tornadus VMAX, Ice RiderCalyrex VMAX, and Shadow Rider Calyrex VMAX are the most desired by collectors.
In the Pokémon TCG, Trainer cards play a supportive role. They allow players to use items, draw cards, and complete other special effects.
There are 25 Trainer cards in the Chilling Reign expansion, some of which are quite a rare find. The available Trainer cards are listed as follows:
- Crushing Gloves
- Dyna Tree Hill
- Echoing Horn
- Expedition Uniform
- Fire-Resistant Gloves
- Fog Crystal
- Galarian Chestplate
- Justified Gloves
- Karen's Conviction
- Old Cemetery
- Path to the Peak
- Rapid Strike Scroll of the Skies
- Rugged Helmet
- Single Strike Scroll of Piercing
- Weeding Gloves
- Welcoming Lantern
Of these, the most sought-after cards are the Echoing Horn, Siebold, Karen's Conviction, Rugged Helmet, Welcoming Lantern, Melony, and Klara. The value of these cards depends on their artwork, which we'll cover soon.
While they aren't as aesthetic as the Pokémon character and Trainer cards, they play a critical role in the dynamics of the game. Energy cards are the cards that power Pokémon attacks and allow you to beat your opponents!
The Chilling Reign expansion introduces 3 Special Energy cards for players and collectors in addition to the basic energy cards found in traditional decks, these include:
- Fighting Energy
- Grass Energy
- Fire Energy
- Water Energy
- Lightning Energy
- Psychic Energy
- Darkness Energy
- Metal Energy
- Fairy Energy
- Impact Energy
- Lucky Energy
- Spiral Energy
Oftentimes, Energy cards are worth between 10 to 30 cents, but in the Chilling Reign expansion, there are a few valuable Fighting, Water, and Psychic Energy cards in circulation that you want to look for.
How to Identify Rare Cards
Identifying rare Pokémon cards is easy. All cards come with a symbol that indicates how rare it is.
Common cards are marked with a black circle. These are the cards that often appear in decks and generally hold the least value.
Uncommon cards are marked with a black diamond. It's not common for cards like these to hold much value, but every now and again, they'll sell for a couple of bucks more than their common counterparts.
Rare cards will always have a black star. These are the cards you know are unique and worth a little money.
Rare cards are broken down into a few different subgroups. These are Regular Rare, Holofoil Rare, Ultra Rare, and Secret Rare. Within these groups, the cards are broken down further into art styles.
Pokémon uses Alternate Art (Alt-Art), Full Art, Gold, and Rainbow to classify the images on the cards.
Gold cards are pretty self-explanatory. These types of cards have the main Pokémon character, Trainer, or Item surrounded by gold accents.
Similarly, Rainbow cards color the characters or items rainbow. Virtually all Rainbow cards are valuable and are a great asset to your collection.
Full Art cards have the image fully printed on the card and are a little hard to read because of it. Alternate Art cards feature artwork that deviates from the standard art styles found in the Full Art cards. It can be hard to distinguish between the two at first but gets easier with a little practice.
Now that we've got that terminology cleared up, let's get into the most valuable Secret Rare cards to date.
Valuable Secret Rare Cards to Collect
There are loads of Secret Rare cards to find in Chilling Reign packages. Whether you're looking for rare Pokémon character, Trainer, or Energy cards, we've got you. Here's a list of the rarest and most valuable cards to add to your collection.
Pokémon Character Cards
Secret Rare Pokémon character cards are more likely found in circulation and tend to be more valuable than Secret Rare Trainer and Energy cards.
The first of these rarities is the Blaziken VMAX Alternative Art Secret Rare 201/198. This eye-catching card features prominent linework and bold colors that look great in any portfolio. The average sell price for one of these bad boys is around $120.
The Blaziken VMAX Rainbow Secret Rare 200/198 is another popular collector's item that is valued upwards of $90.
Another highly valued card is the Shadow Rider Calyrex VMAX Alternate Art Secret Rare 205/198. The Alt-Art featured on the card matches the Shadow Rider Calyrex Elite Box. The current market value for this card is also estimated at around $120.
As mentioned in the introduction, the Gold Snorlax Secret Rare is one of three Gold Secret Rare Pokemon and is worth up to $200. Additionally, the Gold Electrode Secret Rare is a highly sought-after card that sells for about $60.
The Celebi VMAX Rainbow Secret Rare 199/198 is another valuable card for collectors. The price range for this card varies, but generally speaking the lowest offer you should consider is about $40.
The Tornadus VMAX Rainbow Secret Rare 209/198 is another great seller. These cards can be found for as low as $10 and as high as $40 depending on condition.
Some other valuable Pokémon cards include the Galarian Slowking VMAX Rainbow Secret Rare 207/198, the Gold Bronzong Secret Rare 223/198, and the Ice Rider Calyrex VMAX Rainbow Secret Rare 202/198. All of these cards feature incredible artwork and range between $40-60.
There are also a handful of Secret Trainer cards to look for when cracking open Pokémon card packs.
The first of these is the Gold Echoing Horn Secret Rare 225/198. The gold background nicely compliments the blue accents located on the horn. Overall, the card is worth about $33.
Next up on the list is the Siebole Rainbow Secret Rare 221/198 with a value of around $30.
Following Siebole is Karen's Conviction Rainbow Secret Rare 216/198. This card features the Indigo Elite Four Trainer Karen positioned for battle and ready to fight. This rarity is worth upwards of $50 and is a great addition to any collection.
The Gold Rugged Helmet Secret Rare 228/198, Gold Welcoming Lantern Secret Rare 230/198, Gold Urn of Vitality Secret Rare 229/198, and Gold Fan of Waves Secret Rare 226/198 are a few other Gold Secret Rare cards that collectors have their sights on. These cards range anywhere from $20 to $60 and are great cards to have in your game deck.
One of the rarest finds for collectors is the Klara rainbow Secret Rare 217/198. She is the kawaii revival from the Isle of Armor and ranges upwards of $147.
The Peony Rainbow Secret Rare 220/198 and Avery Rainbow Secret Rare 211/198 are two other Trainer cards that are also spectacular finds that value $90-100.
Finally, the last of the Trainer cards is the Melony Rainbow Secret Rare 218/198 which averages $45.
As mentioned before, there are a few rare Energy cards to find in the Chilling Reign expansion.
The Gold Psychic Energy Secret Rare 232/198 is one of the three Secret Rare Energy cards you may be lucky enough to find. This variant of the card is currently valued at $45.
The Gold Water Energy Secret Rare 231/198 is another rare Energy card available to collectors. If you can find one of these in mint condition, you're looking at around $40-45.
The last of the rare Energy cards is the Gold Fighting Energy Secret Rare 233/198 which ranges from $45-50 depending on condition.
Growing Your Pokémon Collection
The Pokémon Trading Card Game is the most competitive TCG of all time. It's no surprise that many Pokémon fans eventually find themselves collecting and flipping cards with hefty price tags.
Now you know all you need to know about Chilling Reign Pokémon cards including how to identify the rarest cards, what makes them rare, and how to care for your rare finds.
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