Trainers, second part a the holiday box sale is now live in the in-game store. In this article we are breaking down the value of each box and analyzing who is it targeted at. The new boxes are based around four popular items: Star PiecesSuper Incubators, Premium Raid Passes and Lucky Eggs.

All singular item prices used in this analysis are the cheapest possible prices for that item, achievable only when buying in bulk. For example, we price 1 Lucky Egg at 50 Coins (instead of 80) because you can buy it for that price in a 25x bundle.

As a result, our discount percentages show the least amount of savings possible and your actual savings will most certainly be better.

These are the prices we used for this analysis:

Item Coins
Super Incubator 150
Raid Pass 100
Lucky Egg 50
Star Piece 50

Box comparison

Feature Box
Winter Great Ultra
Price 480 780 1680
Incubators 2x 6x
Lucky Eggs 4x 8x 16x
Raid Passes 2x 3x 10x
Star Pieces 5x 10x 20x
Value 650 1500 3700
Discount % 26% 48% 55%

Unfortunately, the potential value of these boxes has been heavily diluted by the addition of large quantities of Lucky Eggs, which in turn has raised the box price significantly.

This is how we value the new boxes:

  • Winter Box is a bad deal overall. If you care about Passes, buy them on their own and if you care about Star Piece, go for the Great Box. If it was priced at 360, it would be a solid deal.
  • Great box is a solid deal, but only if you care about Star Piece – this is a heavy Star Pieced box. Only one extra raid pass is a disappointment but two Super Incubators are fine.
  • Ultra Box is a good deal overall, as expected. Just buying six Super Incubators and ten Raid Passes for this price is a deal on its own and you still get twenty Star Pieces on top of it.


If you are willing to spend, buy an Ultra Box. We understand that its a hefty amount of Coins, but it is the best deal if you’re in the market for Raid Passes.

If you’re in the market for Star Pieces, buy a Great Box, but only one. Buying two to get 20x Star Piece costs 1560 Coins, which is almost the price of an Ultra Box, which also has the same amount of Star Piece and 4 additional Raid Passes.

Avoid Winter Boxes.

  • Krrish Dua

    This Christmas event is boring…….

    • Butplug Maximus

      Meh… it’s not so bad. Where I live, snow never happens. So catching all the ice types is a good thing.

      • James Erlngson

        I saw a Lapras the other day but it despawned just before I got there 🙁 So it’s also been awesome for me to get some Ice & Water types!

    • Dusten Morris

      That’s because all they did was release a few gen 3 and call it an event

  • Chris Denton

    It’s worth about half what a lucky egg is worth. 50% increase compared to 100% increase.

    • huychongwei

      Counter example: If I offered you a coupon that would give you 50% more bitcoins for half an hour OR a coupon that would give you 100% more kripsy kreme donuts for half an hour, which would be worth more?

      • peponzio

        Well, I wouldn’t say no to extra donuts. Do I have to eat them or can I buy them for half an hour to save them for later? I can’t mine for bitcoins my mining machine is being delivered, will the bitcoins be as mine-able when my mining machine is delivered as they are now?

        In all seriousness, this is quite similar to the Incubators and Super Incubators. 150 coins for one Incubator and 200 coins for a super incubator (back when they were temporarily sold individually). Some people are willing to pay extra 50 coins for a 50% extra breeding speed while others said both incubators were worth one egg hatch and that Super Incubators should have been worth 150 coins.

        The valuable resources were different, some prioritized time and others prioritized coins. Same here. Resources are different, some will prioritize experience (lucky eggs) and others will prioritize stardust (starpiece).

        Same price for different items but some will be willing to spend for less percentage if they can get the resource they want (stardust) and some will spend the same for more percentage and prioritize experience.

        It’s all in a day’s decision-making.

  • Robdebobrob

    reluctantly got an Ultra box. I dont care about the lucky eggs since im already level 39. After 38 the rest is just “cosmetic”. But stardust is always in short supply and incubators never hurt aswell. Was hoping for a better deal towards raid passes but oh well…

  • GriffinQuil

    When do those boxes expire?

    • Chanderule

      4th I think?

  • Charles

    Ok so where’s Kyogre pfft it went from an all time high to pfft like getting a flat tyre in the middle desert and forgetting your jack to then leaving your phone at home to near death. Hallo is there anybody out there. Where’s Kyogre. It was turning out to be so much fun to nada.

    • Chanderule

      It makes Gyarados look like a sissy, but whatever it is a flat tire if you think so

    • Robdebobrob

      What do you mean where is Kyogre? Were you actually expecting it? We still have Groudon arround. Kyogre will come, most likely when Groudon leaves the 15th of January.
      Not to mention theres half of GEN 3 to catch out there.
      Plenty of stuff for you to do.

  • Higher_Ground

    Good analysis!

    I was hoping for a better deal on raid passes, but then again they gave us that before the holiday event started. Glad I went with the first set of boxes.

    If we ever get a discount on upgrades again I may spend some actual cash to play.

  • vegetano1

    @NIANTIC pls fix the “scroll back to start of mon’s list” after transfering or renaming mons bug!!
    Iets not a scrolling game!! XD

    Also these,new, boxxes are so useless if you are lvl40,…

    • Filament

      You’re right.This is so damn annoying.

    • Rene Schink

      Complaining here won’t help at all. This side doesn’t belong to Niantic

      • vegetano1

        i know,… XD

      • Higher_Ground

        you’re right, let’s all go to the blog site that Niantic runs where they post multiple articles per day about their game and actually interact with their fanbase.

        Oh wait, that doesn’t exist.

        • Rene Schink

          That is not my nor GoHub’s Problem. Btw wrong Person to get mad at 😉

    • Dusten Morris

      Raid passes, incubators and bonus dust are about all that matters after 40

  • Philipp

    the value of super incubators is 200, not 150. 150 would be for a normal incubator.

    • Michal Hušák

      The true value is 150 becouse it gives no benefit. Simultaneous use of multiple normal incubator is ekvivalent to superinkubator. People are psychologicaly blocked to see this …

      • Jaime Henderson

        You psychologically blocked yourself there, son. You just said that using 1 superincubator is equal to using several normal incubators, so by your logic a superincubator is worth 300-450 coin. Those of us with pattern recognition and logic skills recognize the “true” value of superincubators to be 200, which is a little conservative as its probably closer to 250.
        No deals/bundles for incubators of any kind.
        This article is also wrong a second time, as they list star pieces as only 50 coins. A bundle doesnt exist, and a single star piece will be at least 100 coin, maybe 150, but never 50 lmao. Thats just silly. and a star piece is more valuable to players and rarer/newer etc.
        so fixing those errors, a winter box is really worth 900 making it a much better deal than claimed. And the great box is an even better deal as its actually 2100 worth of stuff.