Here’s when Pokemon cards will be in USA McDonald’s in 2023

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The 2023 collection of McDonald’s Pokemon TCG promo cards finally has a release date for the United States. 

A set of Pokemon TCG promo cards has been an annual tradition at McDonald’s since 2011, with the sole exception of 2020. 2023 will be a special one as it officially kicks off the Pokemon Scarlet and Violet expansion, with Pokemon GO also recently doing the same with the introduction of the Paldean starters.

The 2023 cards feature the distinctive confetti holo pattern that extends across the artwork and down the borders. While the Pokemon TCG 2023 McDonald’s Collection arrived months ago in some regions, the United States release date is finally confirmed. This removes some of the surprise as American fans know what cards are available, but there’s still fun to be had.

When will the 2023 Pokemon TCG McDonald’s Collection promo cards come out in the United States?

The McDonald’s Pokemon cards will be available in the US from September 12 all the way until October 16, 2023. This coincides with the release date of Pokemon Scarlet and Violet’s first DLC. They will be available in Happy Meals, which will have Pikachu-themed boxes during the event. 

Most of these cards will have the same art and attacks as the ones available in the Pokemon Scarlet and Violet TCG base set. Alongside these is a Pikachu found in the Pokemon Scarlet and Violet: Paldea Evolved expansion. All are available with a unique holographic style. While these cards might not be the rarest, they tend to go for a high price due to their scarcity. 

Those who want to get these cards as soon as possible will be best served by checking their local McDonald’s and asking if the location has cards available beforehand. Recent years have seen McDonald’s struggle to meet the demand for these cards.

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The 2023 Pokemon TCG McDonald’s Collection has a total of 15 promo cards to collect. Each pack contains multiple cards.

All the McDonald’s Pokemon cards to collect in 2023

The three Paldean starters, Pikachu, and Pawmi are all available in McDonald’s Happy Meals in 2023. Here is the full lineup of Pokemon cards contained in the 2023 McDonald’s Collection:

  • Sprigatito
  • Fuecoco
  • Quaxly
  • Cetoddle
  • Cetitan
  • Pikachu
  • Pawmi
  • Kilowattrel
  • Flittle
  • Sandaconda
  • Klawf
  • Blissey
  • Tandemaus
  • Cyclizar
  • Kirlia

The packs in other regions have contained four cards each, with each pack having one guaranteed holo card. Each of the cards is available with a holo pattern, and they are all distinctly marked with the “M23” tag for their set.

The packs were contained in a box marked with one of the Pokemon featured in the collection as well as a matching game. Holo Pikachu card is likely to be the most expensive card of the 2023 Pokemon TCG McDonald’s Collection.

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Written by Faith Lane

Faith Lane has been writing since the age of 17 about the many subjects she's passionate about, including gaming. Some of her favorite games include Disney Dreamlight Valley, Pokemon, GTA Online, and Minecraft. She loves fandoms and pop culture, and hopes to spread happiness through her work. She has also been published with Game Rant and Gameranx, and she can be followed on Twitter / X at @FaithLaneAuthor.

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