Battle Styles is coming to a "Dojo" near you this Friday, March 19th. Introducing two new mechanics to the game, Single Strike and Rapid Strike, Battle Stylesmarks the return of alternate art cards. So whether you're an avid collector or player, this set has plenty for you. If you're looking for ways to get the most for your money, then step into the training ring with your new master as I walk you through everything this set has to offer!
While not the best way to guarantee value, opening packs is still the most entertaining . Since Battle Styles is the first set introducing Rapid Strike and Single Strike mechanics, you have double the sealed products to pick from! To decide which product is best for you, we'll break down each product for its 'cost per pack' so your money can get you the most amount of new cards!
Battle Styles Booster Box
The typical booster box may be the least flashy of the products, but it makes up for that with a total of 36 packs—meaning 360 new cards to add to your collection. As of writing of this article, these booster boxes can be purchased for ~$160—that's about$4.50 per pack. Once the set is released, however, these boxes could dip further and the cost per pack could easily hit $4, making them one of the best products if you're looking to get the most pack-cracking time!
Battle Styles Elite Trainer Box (Red/Blue)
The Elite Trainer Boxes for Battle Styles come in both red and blue, and are some of the coolest products to release in a while! Though they have a price per pack of around $8.50, the additional inserts (sleeves, energy cards, coins, and dice) make up for the higher price and also act as a sweet storage space for all your best card pulls! If you've already picked up a booster box or don't have over $100 to spend, the ETBs are a cool product to nab a few packs and have a sweet display afterward! Expect to pick up these products for around $50-$60, once the initial release is over.
Battle Styles Ushifu V Boxes (Rapid Strike/Single Strike)
This release, the Promo V boxes might be the best promo boxes in the Sword/Shield era! Though they have a tough price per pack with only four packs in a box currently going for $50, these boxes include some of the most exciting cards in the entire set. Each box comes with their respective Energy (product-hover id="234147" or product-hover id="234149") and Urshifu V (product-hover id="234267" or product-hover id="234262") which are already making waves as the most playable cards in the set. If you want to start putting together what could be the most powerful decks in the format, these boxes are a great place to begin!
Once you've found your precious booster packs, it's time to crack them open and find the gold inside! As was hinted at earlier, Battle Styles has a total of six chase Alternate Art versions—already the most sought after (and most expensive) cards in the set. The cheapest Alternate Arts, product-hover id="234043" and product-hover id="234052" are currently selling for $43.99 and $49.99 respectively, while the most expensive, product-hover id="234093" has reached a price of $239.99! These six cards are the top "sleeve-on-sight" cards to watch out for, but they aren't alone.
The secret rare slot is full of highly sought after cards to watch for, and the rule stands, "If it's gold or rainbow, it goes in a sleeve." But there are a few of these that could continue rising in price as players find out what the best combinations in the set are. These are the cards most likely to see play and the most turnover if you're looking to buy or sell them:
The introduction of Battle Styles to the competitive TCG brings plenty of strategies focusing on either Single Strike or Rapid Strike. And the "toolbox" cards like Houndoom and Octillery will certainly see play and popularity as the mechanics stretch into the next few sets. In the same vein, the two new energies have incredible strengths to them, and will definitely find their way into decks in the next few months. Though they may not be as flashy as the face cards of the set, the above cards have a high chance of becoming staples for the format to come, which will make them highly sought after once the initial release wave has come and gone.
Outside of the top secret rares and Alternate Arts, there are plenty of other cards in the ultra rare slot that can help you recoup the price of a booster pack. The Pokémon V in each set can be polarizing, either "incredibly busted" good or "back of the collection binder" bad, and it can be hard to estimate what the prices will look like between pre-sale and post-release. Here are our favorites with the best chance of keeping their price tag and helping you buy your next pack:
As the face card of the set, Urshifu will likely see play in various levels of competitive play and push the set's mechanics enough that they may even cause the prices of other support cards to go up as well. product-hover id="234177" and product-hover id="234179" can easily slot into metal-centric decks that have been in the "middle-tier" of competitive decks since Sword and Shield era began, while product-hover id="234102" and product-hover id="234110" have a decent chance of sliding into fire decks once some of the other powerful fire cards rotate out in the fall. As we saw in the past with Crobat V and Dedenne GX, draw power is enough to push a card into playability and product-hover id="234047" might be the next best version of this ability.
While it might be easy to find the value in each pack containing a secret rare or a Pokémon V, that doesn't mean there isn't value in the uncommon or holo rares filling the rest of the pack! If you're opening booster boxes looking to turn a profit, these cards will help you fill out your trade binder or seller inventory to keep you in the green:
A few of these cards exist on some of our lists at higher rarities, but they are likely to be so intrinsic to play styles, players will be looking for play-sets of base rarity—which might mean $4-$10 in your pocket for what was supposedly chaff. The other cards on this list represent new playstyles or archetypes that players will flock to once they've completed their favorite deck and are looking for other things to play. Once everyone has opened their booster boxes, these are the cards to keep an eye on as it will be much easier to sell a handful of $1 cards than just a single Urshifu Vmax!
The next main set release, Chilling Reign, comes in June, so Battle Styles will be holding us over for quite some time! The addition of more "chase card" in the form of Alternate Arts will make Battle Styles a fun set to open for some time, so it may have better longevity than we saw with some of the other main sets released last year. As we begin to see players return to their LGSs for in-person play, competitive staple cards will continue to go up in price. And Battle Styles is looking to have plenty in terms of staples for the next format!
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