Most valuable cards in the Paradox Rift Pokemon TCG expansion

Most valuable cards in the Paradox Rift Pokemon TCG expansion
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Written by 

Daniel Megarry

Last updated 

29th Jan 2024 12:33

The latest Pokemon TCG: Scarlet & Violet era expansion, Paradox Rift, has finally arrived, meaning there are more than 200 new cards to sort through if you want to find the most valuable pulls.

Following hot on the heels of the viral Pokemon 151 special expansion, the latest mainline expansion in the Scarlet & Violet series is adding loads of Paldea-region creatures to the TCG including brand-new Ancient and Future Pokemon cards like Roaring Moon and Iron Valiant.

With so many cards included in the Paradox Rift expansion, we've rounded up the most valuable cards based on current market values so you know what to look out for when you're ripping those booster packs.

Most expensive Paradox Rift Pokemon cards

Here are the most valuable cards you can find in the Paradox Rift expansion based on market prices from TCG Player. We checked these prices on January 29th, 2024, but bear in mind they're still subject to change.

Name Market Price Card
Roaring Moon ex (Special Illustration Rare) $72
Roaring Moon ex Special Illustration Rare card
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Iron Valiant ex (Special Illustration Rare) $40
Iron Valiant ex Special Illustration Rare card
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Gholdengo ex (Special Illustration Rare) $69
Gholdengo ex Special Illustration Rare card
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Parasol Lady (Special Illustration Rare) $26
Parasol Lady Special Illustration Rare Pokemon card
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Iron Hands ex (Special Illustration Rare) $26
Iron Hands ex Special Illustration Rare card
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Groudon (Illustration Rare) £25
Groudon's illustration rare card.
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Altaria ex (Special Illustration Rare) £24
Altaria's special illustration rare ex card.
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Professor Sada's Vitality (Special Illustration Rare) $37
Professor Sada Special Illustration Rare card
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Garchomp ex (Special Illustration Rare) $22
Garchomp ex Special Illustration Rare card
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Tapu Koko ex $18
Tapu Koko ex's special illustration rare card.
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What is the most valuable Paradox Rift card?

The most expensive card in the Paradox Rift set at the moment is the Special Illustration Rare variation of Roaring Moon ex. This Ancient Pokemon is one of the mascots of the Paradox Rift expansion, and it's easy to see why it's become so popular with an epic design featuring other Ancient Pokemon like Scream Tail.

Right now, the second most valuable card in this set is the Special Illustration Rare variation of Iron Valiant. This is essentially the future counterpart to Roaring Moon in the Pokemon Scarlet & Violet games. Apparently, Violet's Paradox Pokemon aren't quite as popular as Scarlet's, but at least Iron Valiant is up there in value (though Iron Hands is doing quite well too due to its playability).

The third most valuable card in this set is the Special Illustration Rare variation of Gholdengo ex, which certainly looks expensive with its golden shine! I was lucky enough to pull this one from an Elite Trainer Box, and it's easily my favourite design in the new expansion.

Unsurprisingly, most of the ten most valuable cards are Special Illustration Rares. These gorgeous new variants have been the must-have pulls in the Scarlet & Violet era of the Pokemon TCG - beating even the golden Hyper Rare variants in popularity. Interestingly though, Groudon's regular Illustration Rare is beating out many of the Special Illustration Rares, probably due to its status as an iconic Legendary Pokemon and its absolutely awesome artwork.

It's worth pointing out that, as always, the market values of these cards will fluctuate over the coming weeks, especially as hype begins to die down and collectors start to figure out which ones are truly rare. But the prices above should give you a good idea of what's going to be the must-have chase cards.

That's everything you need to know about the most valuable cards in the Pokemon TCG: Paradox Rift expansion! Visit our Pokemon homepage for the latest news and guides, or take a look at the most valuable Paldean Fates cards here!

Daniel is GGRecon’s Deputy Guides Editor. He graduated from university with a degree in Journalism & English Language before covering video games and LGBTQ+ culture at publications including Gay Times and Dexerto. His favourite games include Pokemon, Kingdom Hearts, Resident Evil, and anything Nintendo. You can reach him on [email protected].

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