Hidden Fates, our 2019 holiday “mini” set has already proven to be one of the most popular and sought after Pokémon TCG sets of all time. With stores selling out worldwide, let's take a closer look at all the sealed products where you can find those elusive booster packs!
(Note – All release dates below are what we currently have listed from UK retailers, and can be subject to delays or change.)
Hidden Fates Pin Collection Mew & Mewtwo Boxes – August 23rd 2019
The very first Hidden Fates products to be released were these cute pin badge boxes featuring Mew and Mewtwo. The promos inside contained only alternate reprints of the aforementioned Pokémon from Unbroken Bonds, but also featured new pin badges of the duo also.
Despite many collectors knowing in advance (including myself) how big Hidden Fates and the Shiny Vault (SV) subset would be, it wasn't until a day or two after these pin badges dropped, did the Hidden Fates craze really take off.
Once collectors started to see their favourite YouTubers pull the shiny Charizard-GX, and generally how awesome-looking the new shiny cards were, the pin badge boxes rapidly sold out everywhere online. Just a week later after their launch, the boxes were trading on online marketplaces for double (or more) of their RRP.
Hidden Fates GX Tins – September 6th 2019
Thankfully fans of Hidden Fates didn't have to wait too long for their next fixes of the biggest subset of the modern era. Three normal-sized Pokémon TCG tins were released two weeks later featuring alternate art versions of some of the Hidden Fates GX's not seen in Japan yet, including a bad-ass looking Charizard-GX, alongside Gen 1 favourites Raichu-GX & Gyarados-GX. Each tin contained four booster packs, which was one more than the pin badge boxes.
Once again, these tins were purchased on-mass by casual and hardcore collectors alike, with many hunting the shiny Charizard-GX. Thankfully it seems that this release was in a much larger quantity than with the pin badge boxes, and at the time of writing (11/09/2019), there is still good supply to be found locally and on online retailers.
Hidden Fates Elite Trainer Box – September 20th 2019
The BIG release that everyone has been most excited about, and hyped about, is the Hidden Fates Elite Trainer (ETB) box which drops next weekend. Already completely sold out online at the RRP ($50 USD roughly), the ETB is already appearing on eBay and other third-party selling sites for $70 or more for preorders.
Why is everyone so stoked about the ETB compared to the other Hidden Fates products? There's a number of reasons, but it is perceived by many to be the best value for booster packs as you get 10 of them in each ETB. However at the prices they are pre-ordering for now, this might not be the case currently.
Another huge driving force for the hype for the ETB is that it contains the English print of the Moltres & Articuno & Zapdos-GX stained glass promo card we've been waiting for ever since Japan got their print in June's Sky Legend set.
Plain and simple the ETB also just looks gorgeous with the imagery of the Legendary Birds trio, and as a whole just feels like THE product every fan of Hidden Fates needs to own. I personally am looking forward to getting my hands on the dice also!
Hidden Fates Poké Ball Collection Boxes – October 4th 2019
One of the more unique products included in the Hidden Fates series are these Poké Ball Collection Boxes, featuring full art shiny promos of Metagross-GX and Zoroark-GX alongside giant storage Great and Ultra Balls.
We've not seen these giant Poké Balls be used as part of a mini set product series before, but they are definitely something a bit different and anything that guarantees you a shiny GX card is good in my opinion! As a player I am slightly disappointed they didn't use two standard-legal promo cards for these, but Zoroark-GX is still a powerful force in expanded, and Metagross is always a popular Pokémon.
Also having similar RRP's to the ETB, they contain 10 Hidden Fates booster packs and are widely still available for pre-order at reasonable prices online. Definitely ones to look out for if you are still hunting for your favourite shiny GX in October.
Hidden Fates Premium Powers Collection Box – October 18th 2019
*** Europe Exclusive ***
Personally the Hidden Fates product I am most looking forward to is the Hidden Fates Premium Powers Collection box dropping next month. Collectors will be thrilled that the gold versions of Solgaleo-GX and Lunala-GX are easily obtainable from this box, and Rayquaza's shiny form is also popular amongst all factions of the Pokémon world.
As a player I am also super excited to see the reprint of the Solgaleo-GX from the collection box earlier in the year. The card is seeing a lot of play in the standard format and is becoming increasingly difficult to find. This, alongside the box containing seven Hidden Fates packs, puts it as a must-buy for me.
(As of 19th September this product is confirmed as exclusive only to the European market similar with previous holiday sets Premium boxes)
Hidden Fates Ultra Premium Collection – November 15th 2019
The final Hidden Fates product we know about is by far the biggest and most expensive of the lot, the Ultra Premium Collection. So far only TotalCards in the UK has listed a product description, but it seems accurate and in line with other similar releases in previous years.
This collection box will contain a whopping 15 Hidden Fates booster packs, which is five more than any other product listed above, and will cost around $120 RRP. It contains similar items to the expensive Shining Legends and Dragon Majesty Premium boxes released in previous years, such as a playmat, storage box and in this case, the same three promos from the above Premum Powers Collection Box. The full description lists:
- 3 full-art foil cards: Shiny Rayquaza-GX plus special gold versions of Solgaleo-GX and Lunala-GX
- 1 card holder featuring Shiny Rayquaza, to show off your favorite Pokémon TCG card
- 15 Pokémon TCG: Hidden Fates booster packs
- A collectors box to hold everything
- A full-size Pokémon TCG playmat for your next game
- And a code card for the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online!
We've not seen the card holder before in English products so it will be interesting to see if it is a display stand, case or something else all together.
What also makes this product super unique is that usually in Europe we do not receive these bigger “Super/Ultra Premium” boxes for our holiday mini sets. Perhaps in previous years it was because they contained plastic figurines that might of caused health and safety issues (in Europe we often received jumbo cards instead of figures in our GX/EX collection boxes).
It's important to note that this collection box potentially still might only be a USA exclusive as no other retailers in the UK have listed it for preorder. If we do, a product image will also likely be coming in the next few weeks.
(As of 19th September this product is confirmed to be available to both the USA and European markets)
So that's everything Hidden Fates has to offer! It's hard to see how Pokémon will get close to topping this Goliath set in the near future, but I bet they have something special planned for our next holiday set in 2020, when we are deep into the Sword & Shield block of cards!
Good luck shiny hunting Pokémon fans!
Stephen Kent - Ludkins Editor