by Phoenix Desertsong, Pokemon Master
Kingdra GX has some staying power with 230 HP. All three of Kingdra GX’s attacks require only a single Energy to use. Hydro Pump doesn’t even require a Water Energy, although it does only base 10 damage. However, for each Water Energy attached to Kingdra GX, the attack does 50 more damage. 60 damage for a single Water Energy is pretty good.
Reverse Thrust only deals 30 damage, but it allows you to switch out Kingdra GX. This can be quite useful in a variety of situations. His GX attack, Maelstrom GX, deals 40 damage to each of your opponent’s Pokemon. It’s a pretty brutal attack, but since you can only use one GX attack per game, it is quite situational.
The other downside to Kingdra GX is that he is a Stage 2 Pokemon. You have to spend a bit of time building him up in order to reap the benefits of his suite of attacks. So, while powerful, Kingdra GX is not as deadly as some other Kingdra cards, but still formidable enough to be a heavy hitter in a somewhat competitive deck.
Is the Kingdra GX Ultra Rare a Good Investment?
According to Pokemon Price, as of 6/4/2019, there are 25 PSA 10 Gem Mint cards of Kingdra GX in existence. There have also been 3 graded PSA 9 and 1 graded PSA 8. But, as is the case with most newer cards, only PSA 10 copies are seen to have much investment value. For reference, that PSA 8 copy sold on eBay for a mere $3.25 on eBay in April of 2019, which is less than the card fetches in raw form - about $3.49 to $3.99 shipped as of June 2019.
If you are simply interested in collecting and not concerned about investing in this card, the PSA 9 is cheap - one copy sold for $4.25 on eBay in February 2019. As far as PSA 10, the prices have varied widely from $5 to $16.50. The last sale was on 4/19/2019, when two copies each went for $12.38. So, a value of $12 is probably fair for this card. Considering that grading costs on average about $15 a card - unless you have a large submission - there is negative return on investment were you to grade this card. So, for investment purposes, this card isn’t a great bet. However, for collectors, it’s a beautiful card to have!
Are the Kingdra GX Full Art Cards Good Investments?
There are also two other versions of this card, the full art secret rare from the same set, and the full art promo version. Interestingly, despite being rarer than the base ultra rare, they tend to sell for about the same price raw, around $5 each. However, there are 27 PSA 10 copies of the full art Kingdra GX, plus 3 more in PSA 9. Like the ultra rare card, the realized auction values vary wildly. Only the PSA 10 copies have sold, ranging from $8.50 to $28.50. There were two sales in the $16 range and three more between $20 to $25. A fair market value is a bit tough to judge on this card, but it would be close to $20. In this grade, grading a copy in hopes you would get a PSA 10 is going to allow you to just about break even. But, because this is a rarer card, were you to buy this card already graded PSA 10 for a very low price, it would be a good investment.
The Kingdra GX SM155 promo is a bit harder to judge, as there has only been one sale of a PSA 10 copy, which was a best offer. Being an attractive “rainbow” rare, however, this is probably the card to have the best bet for future investment.
Overall, the Kingdra GX from Dragon Majesty is playable and attractive to collectors. But, as this card is rather plentiful and has three different versions to choose from, it may not be the best investment if you’re looking for profit. But, if you just want to collect this card, all three versions are very affordable and even some PSA graded copies can be had for cheap if you watch for them.