McDonald’s Pokémon Cards Returning To Happy Meals In 2023

The highly sought-after Pokémon cards in McDonald's Happy Meals are reportedly making a comeback for 2023.
Credit: Alamy & The Pokémon Company

Great news for all Pokémon fans and card collectors! The highly sought-after Pokémon cards in Happy Meals are reportedly making a comeback. 

The reported collaboration with McDonald’s has been revealed on the popular Pokémon news site, PokéBeach.

You might remember the fast-food joint hosting a Pokémon card promotion previously, with Pikachu’s adorable face adorning the packaging, selling out almost instantly.

Demand soared so high that some fans went to extraordinary lengths, purchasing large quantities of Happy Meals to collect them all, while others struggled to get their hands on even a single pack.

McDonald's Pokémon collaboration.
Pokémon cards are set to return to McDonald’s for 2023. Credit: McDonald’s & The Pokémon Company

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Well, thanks to popular demand, it seems the collaboration will be happening once again – so let’s take a look at everything you need to know, from the dates it will start to which Pokémon cards will be available:

McDonald’s Pokémon Cards: When will it start?

According to the leak, the promotion is set to kick off on July 27 in Germany and Austria, and on August 23 in the UK, offering fans a chance to get their hands on these exclusive cards.

While the US launch date remains undisclosed, it’s safe to assume that McDonald’s won’t overlook this lucrative market.

What Pokémon cards will be available at McDonald’s?

PokéBeach’s report indicates that the Happy Meal promotion will feature a selection of 15 cards, with all of them being reprints from the beloved Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet trading card game.

The only exception is Pikachu, which hails from the Paldea Evolved expansion.

Among the featured cards, six will be holographic, adding a touch of magic to collectors’ delight. These holographic cards include Sprigatito, Quaxly, Fuecoco, Pikachu, Cetitan, and Klawf.

Each Happy Meal will contain one booster pack, comprising four cards, with one of them guaranteed to be holographic.

However, if you’re hungry for more Pokémon cards beyond the Happy Meal promotion, you’ll be thrilled to know that a brand-new card set called Scarlet and Violet — 151 is slated for release on Sept 22. This exciting addition will build upon the previous sets as part of this generation.

It’s worth noting that these cards are not part of the McDonald’s promo, making them even more exclusive and enticing to collectors.

Here’s the complete list of Pokémon cards that will be available in the Happy Meals, as per PokéBeach’s report:

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

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So, mark your calendars and prepare to embark on another Pokémon card-collecting journey with McDonald’s Happy Meals. With exclusive holographic cards and the lure of the Pokémon universe, these Happy Meals are sure to fly off the shelves once again.

Don’t miss this chance to bolster your Pokémon card collection and cherish the joy of discovering these cherished cards in every Happy Meal you open!

It’s Gone Viral has reached out to McDonald’s for comment.

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Written by Aimee Walker

Aimee is a senior content editor at IGV who specialises in finding the best original stories, trending topics and entertainment news. She graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Media and Communications.