Pokémon themed Happy Meals are returning stateside to McDonald's. Available this week, customers looking to join in the collectible craze and snag four Pokémon trading cards, a spinner and gold coin can visit their local McDonald’s.
Known as Pokémon Match Battle, the promotion features 15 trading cards in total including six rare holographic collectibles. Although rare, each Happy Meal is guaranteed to come with one holographic collectible.
To ensure you catch them all, below is a list of the Pokémon cards you'll be challenged with collecting for this years campaign run:
- Gossifleur (Holographic Foil)
- Growlithe (Holographic Foil)
- Pikachu (Holographic Foil)
- Rowlet (Holographic Foil)
- Smeargle (Holographic Foil)
- Victini (Holographic Foil)
Created as a way to teach new pokemon collectors how to play the popular trading card game, Pokemon Match Battle was originally launched in 1999. The promotion became so popular that McDonald’s continued it each subsequent year with the collectibles eventually finding their way to Happy Meals in 2011. It was paused in 2020 before returning last year to much fanfare.
According to Geekspin, more recent Pokémon Match Battles had begun to cause some uproar as popularity attracted reseller camp-outs. Hoping to collect as many trading cards as possible, Happy Meals were purchased in bulk only to be discarded with the food untouched.
To avoid similar chaos this year, a restriction may be placed on the number of Happy Meals that can be purchased per transaction.
If you're looking to add to your Pokémon collection, visit your local McDonald’s today.