The first step in streamlining the redemption process for code cards found in Pokémon TCG booster packs occurred with the Pokémon TCG: Black & White—Plasma Storm expansion. Code cards found in these booster packs unlock a digital Black & White—Plasma Storm booster pack, rather than a booster credit which must then be redeemed in the Shop to unlock a booster pack. This same process has carried forward to the latest expansion, Black & White—Plasma Freeze, and will continue to apply to future expansions.
As discussed in the initial news announcement, the second step in the streamlining process will apply this same redemption method to code cards found in booster packs from expansions prior to Black & White—Plasma Storm. Beginning July 1, 2013, all unredeemed code cards found in Pokémon TCG booster packs will unlock a digital booster pack from the same expansion, including expansions prior to Black & White—Plasma Storm. Unredeemed code cards from other products that currently grant booster credits, such as those found in the Evolved Battle Action Tins, will instead grant digital booster packs from the Pokémon TCG expansion that was the newest available at the time the product was originally released.
Digital booster packs for expansions from HeartGold & SoulSilver through Black & White—Boundaries Crossed will remain available in the Shop in exchange for booster credits through the end of 2013. On January 6, 2014, players with unredeemed booster credits will automatically have those credits replaced with an equal number of assorted digital booster packs for expansions from Black & White through Black & White—Boundaries Crossed.
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