The new Digimon Card Game just officially launched in the US in February, and the frenzy to get into the game is beyond anything we've seen from any of the previous card games in this franchise. The all-new high quality artwork and well designed cards (plus good ol' fashioned nostalgia) have drawn me and thousands of other players into the game.
Pre-pandemic many of us learned about new games, products and promotions from the staff and our fellow gamers at our local game stores. Unfortunately many of us have been forced to miss out on that in order to keep ourselves and our communities safe. Even among some of the game's most ardent fans it can be hard to keep track of all of the new products, promos, events, and sweepstakes that Bandai puts out. Especially when there are delays.
To help keep that information flowing I've put together a guide to all the Digimon cards available so far and where to find them, so you can complete your collection.
The Promotion Pack 0.0 has been distributed quite a few times since the announcement of the game coming to the US. Despite the many times it's been released, many newer players still have trouble getting their hands on them. After all, most of the opportunities to snag one of these packs occurred before the game had even officially released.
The first time we got a look at these was in a sweepstakes to promote the game in the fall of 2020. They have continued to be used as prizes and bonuses for various events and sweepstakes. The next opportunity to get your hands on these directly is in the official Digimon Webcam Tournaments in March.
The fact that this is called "Promotion Pack 0.0" suggests that we can probably expect more versions of these down the road, as prizes for official tournaments and sweepstakes.
Inside of this pack are six foil promotional cards with unique abilities that haven't been printed in any other product. As you can see in the picture, they are product-hover id="229833", product-hover id="229847", product-hover id="229835", product-hover id="229832", product-hover id="229850", and product-hover id="229834". Curiously Palmon and Tentomon are the only original partner Digimon left out.
Every pack contains these exact same six cards, so snagging four packs guarantees you a playset of each card.
Starter Decks are basic preconstructed decks designed to be simple to pick up and start playing without any hassle. Unlike Magic and Pokémon, Digimon's Starter Decks are made up of entirely exclusive cards, making them a must-buy for players and collectors alike.
These have been flying off shelves, and shortages have caused prices to rise. If you have difficulty finding these at a reasonable price, don't panic. They are likely to be reprinted down the road.
Each deck contains a 50-card main deck, a four-card digi-egg deck, and a booster pack. While these decks are made for new players, don't let that fool you. These contain some powerful cards that are being used in the current competitive meta. There are at least two of each card in these decks, so getting two Starter Decks of each color will guarantee you playsets of all the cards, plus some extras.
Release Special Booster ver. 1.0 is the first English language set booster box. In order to catch the US market up with Japan, they decided to combine all of the first 3 Japanese sets together and release them under the set name "Release Special Booster" which has a 1.0 and 1.5 staggered release.
For the purposes of card identification, the card numbers still match the Japanese set's card numbers. Due to printing and distribution challenges related to the pandemic the supply of these boxes is very limited. Fortunately just like the Starter decks, Bandai has announced that they will be doing another print run to meet demand in the future. Last I heard they were targeting that for sometime this summer but as we all know by now, we live in unprecedented times and as such release schedules are not set in stone.
Each booster box contains 1 box topper Promo, 1 Special Box Promotion pack, and 24 booster packs. The English language booster packs actually contain twice as many cards as the Japanese version. The breakdown is 7 commons, 3 uncommons, 1 rare, and 1 rare+, making a total of 12 cards. The rare+ slot could be a rare, super rare, or secret rare. 3 boxes should get you a playset of every common and uncommon, as well as a really good start on the rares and super rares. After that, buying singles to finish off your sets would be the most cost effective way to complete your playsets of the entire set.
As the name implies, "box toppers" are promotional cards that are found inside every booster box on top of your packs.
Each box of Release Special Booster ver 1.0 contains one of ten parallel art Tamer cards. They come in a clear package so you know exactly what you've got the moment you crack the box open. It also makes it easy for collectors to keep them Near Mint, if you leave it in the pack.
Which Tamer you get is randomized, and with only one per box, these will be easiest to get a hold of on the secondary market. Just like the Dash Pack promos, the regular versions of these can be found in the main set.
Right next to your box topper you'll find one of these Special Box Promotion Packs. These are one of the products that differs a bit from the Japanese release. In Japan these were magazine promos that you could find in certain issues of the V Jump Magazine. Luckily we don't have to buy a pile of magazines to get these promos, as every box contains a pack with a pair of them.
Each pack contains two cards. These pairs will always be together: product-hover id="229856"/product-hover id="229860", product-hover id="229864"/product-hover id="229868", and product-hover id="229870"/product-hover id="229873".
At this point the only way to get these cards is as box toppers in Release Special Booster ver 1.0, ver 1.5, or on the secondary market. There are no regular versions within the main sets. As an interesting note, the Tai Kamiya(V-Tamer) contains an error in its ability text that will be corrected in Release Special Booster 1.5. If you collect those kinds of errors, keep an eye out for the first print run. If you want the corrected text, those will start becoming available after March 12th when 1.5 is released.
You may recognize these—Bandai does the same thing for its Dragon Ball Super TCG. These are given out by local game stores along with the purchase of 12 booster packs. Meaning if you buy a box (24 packs), you get two of these for free! It's worth noting that some stores may only be giving these out with in-store purchases. Bandai has given guidance on how it would like these to be given out, but in the end it's up to the LGS.
Dash Pack ver 1.0 contains one of five possible foil alternate-art promotional cards: product-hover id="229821", product-hover id="229846", product-hover id="229994", product-hover id="230007", and product-hover id="230036". I was lucky enough to pull all of these from my prerelease order, and photos do not do these cards justice. The gold stamped foiling is beautiful. If you're not a fan of the art or just like to build on a budget, don't worry, these cards all have regular versions in the main set which are a bit cheaper.
These are packs that were sent to local game stores as prizes for in-store tournaments. Due to the limitations on in-store play, Bandai recommended that stores either give these out with purchases of Digimon product or hold onto them for future events. Ultimately it is up to the LGS to decide how best to distribute these.
Tamer Battle Pack 1 contains one of four alternate-art cards: product-hover id="232902", product-hover id="232904", product-hover id="232901", or product-hover id="232903". The regular versions can be found in the main set booster packs.
The Official Tournament Pack vol. 1 is a participation prize for entering a Digimon tournament at your LGS. Just like the Tamer Battle Packs, the distribution of these will be up to individual game stores due to the restrictions on in-store play.
These packs contain one of eight possible promo cards. Like we've seen quite a few times already, these can only be found inside these packs or on the secondary market.
This was a preorder-only item through the Premium Bandai site, and preorders closed even before prerelease back in November. Since many newer players didn't even have a chance to order these, it seems like quantities are pretty low. Bandai has done a couple repeat promotions in the past, so hopefully we will see another round of these in the future.
The Tamer's Evolution Box contains a deck box, playmat, five alternate-art promos, a memory gauge, and official sleeves. While these might be hard to track down, they are purely cosmetic items. Each of the promos has a regular version in the main set that will be much easier to get a hold of. If the digi-egg sleeves caught your eye, those will be available as participation prizes in the next few official tournaments in March.
This is the second English booster box which completes the Release Special Booster set. It contains all of the remaining cards from the first three sets in Japan that weren't included in Release Special Booster 1.0.
Release Special Booster ver. 1.5 contains the same Special Box Promotion Packs as 1.0 did, just with Tai Kamiya(V-Tamer)'s corrected ability text. Next to that, we've got an all-new set of box toppers. You can check those out below. The pack breakdown is the same as ver. 1.0, with seven commons, three uncommons, one rare, and one rare+, for a total of 12 cards per pack with 24 packs per box.
As the name implies, "box toppers" are promotional cards that are found inside every booster box on top of your packs.
Release Special Booster ver 1.5 contains one of six parallel-art Tamer cards. Just like ver. 1.0, they come in a clear package so you know exactly what you've got the moment you crack the box open. It also makes it easy for collectors to keep them Near Mint, if you leave it in the pack. As with the previous set of box toppers these cards have regular versions within the main set of 1.5 that will be easier and cheaper to get a hold of.
This is the same idea as the Dash Packs from version 1.0, but with some fantastic new cards. These are given out by local game stores along with the purchase of 12 booster packs. Meaning if you buy a box (24 packs), you get two of these for free! It's worth noting that some stores may only be giving these out with in-store purchases. Bandai has given guidance on how it would like these to be given out, but in the end it's up to the LGS.
Dash Pack ver 1.5 contains 1 of 5 possible foil alternate-art promotional cards. product-hover id="232817", product-hover id="232819", product-hover id="232820", product-hover id="232822", and product-hover id="232829". Just like with 1.0 if you're not a fan of the arts or just want to build on a budget, these cards all have regular versions in the main set which will be more plentiful and cheaper.
These promos work similarly to Dash Packs. Purchase 12 packs of 1.0 or 1.5, plus four packs of the other, and you will get one Memorial Pack. To simplify, the official Digimon Card Game site explains it like this:
Buy 12 packs of ver 1.0 + 4 packs of ver 1.5
Buy 12 packs of ver 1.5 + 4 packs of ver 1.0
This is in addition to any Dash Packs you would get as well.
Memorial Packs contain one of four possible promo cards that are only available in these packs. A New World, DNA Digivolution - Hearts United, Patamon's Confession, and Tai's Growing Up! all feature scenes from the Digimon Adventure anime. The conditional requirements to utilize these cards can be a bit specific, so I'm unsure whether any of these will actually end up seeing any significant play. But for the collector that NEEDS to have a set of everything (me) these will definitely be something to grab at the first opportunity.
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And that's it! That was everything that has been released at time of writing. Bandai has been very active and engaged with this game so far, so you can count on them to continue with more sweepstakes, events and in-store freebies in the coming months.
I'm loving this game and I encourage all my friends, coworkers, and YOU to give it a shot. Don't just keep this gem of a game to yourself though, make sure you share this article with your friends so they can start building their own collection!