McDonald’s and The Pokémon Company have worked together in the past, and in Pokémon’s 25th Anniversary year, they are doing so again by giving out Pokémon cards in Happy Meals beginning in February.
For the 25th Anniversary promo, each McDonald’s Happy Meal will come with four different Pokémon cards. There will be 25 different cards in total, resembling different starting Pokémon throughout the games. This is the biggest promo so far, as previous promotions only came with 1 out of 12 cards, per Pokébeach.
McDonald’s Pokémon cards
Each Pokémon generation has three different starting Pokémon, and there are eight generations currently. It seems likely that Pikachu will be the 25th card, as it was the starter in Pokémon Yellow version. Here’s a checklist for all the cards:
These cards will be special promo collectibles, just like other promos McDonald’s has done in the past. None of them will be powerful or good for use in competitive play, but they make for great binder stuffers.
Previous Mickey D’s promo cards
McDonald’s has offered Pokémon cards as Happy Meal toys in the past. Every year from 2011 to 2019, they had a special collection of 12 cards. Each Happy Meal included one card, so collectors would have to eat a lot of McDonald’s and get relatively lucky to collect them all.
Previous collections often included starters for the current generation along with other relevant Pokémon during the specific year of the collection. It seems fitting for the 25th Anniversary that they have a collection of 25 cards that include starters from every generation. ‘
Be sure to check out the collection when the promo event begins. For those that don’t want to buy Happy Meals but still want the cards, be sure to ask to buy the cards separately!