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The Booster Pack Rainbow refers to the cycle of background colors on Booster Pack sleeves followed by each series of OCG and TCG Booster Packs. This cycle was introduced in the OCG with Series 2, where it consisted of nine colors: green, yellow, red, orange, blue, purple, black, white, and brown. The brown was dropped after Series 3, and was not used in the TCG. The rainbow was introduced to the TCG beginning with Series 4, marking the beginning of the OCG and TCG receiving the same packs and thus following the same pattern.

So far, every Green set has had the word "Duelist" in its name since Series 4 (the Series 2 and 3 boosters instead had "Ruler" in their names), and has either introduced a new gameplay dynamic, or elevated a previous mechanic (Magic Ruler introduced Quick-Play Spell Cards, The New Ruler introduced the first archetype, Soul of the Duelist introduced "LV" monsters, Power of the Duelist introduced fast-paced Fusion strategies with "Future Fusion" and "Overload Fusion", The Duelist Genesis introduced Synchro Monsters, Duelist Revolution augmented Synchro Monsters by introducing Synchro Fusion Monsters like "Dragon Knight Draco-Equiste", Return of the Duelist introduced an attribute-based series of boosters, (this one being an EARTH-based booster pack), and Duelist Alliance introduced Pendulum Monsters.

Likewise, a trend has been seen with the Black and White sets. Like their name, the Black sets introduce predominantly DARK monsters that alter the metagame at the time of that set's release (Shadow of Infinity released the Sacred Beasts, "Demise, King of Armageddon" and Phantom Darkness released "Dark Armed Dragon"; Absolute Powerforce released "Battle Fader"; Order of Chaos released the "Inzektor" archetype; and Legacy of the Valiant released "Gravekeeper's" support. Conversely, the White sets introduce predominantly LIGHT monsters designed to counter what was introduced in the prior Black set (Enemy of Justice released numerous monsters used in Counter Fairy Decks, Light of Destruction released "Honest" and the "Lightsworn" archetype, The Shining Darkness released "Herald of Perfection", Galactic Overlord introduced the "Lightray" series, and Primal Origin introduced the "Artifact" archetype.).

The only other apparent/discovered patterns are that Brown packs feature a singular, powerful juggernaut-like monster, every Blue pack features a Dragon-Type (or Dragon-like) Cover Card (with the exception of Judgment of the Light) that was owned in a major character in the anime, and Purple packs feature upgraded versions of past monsters with the exception of Photon Shockwave (Though its cover card shares many similarities with "Blue-Eyes White Dragon"). Orange packs feature the ace cards of the non-main characters (with the exception of Extreme Victory) and every Cover Card on the Yellow packs after Rise of Destiny feature the ace monsters of several main characters of the series, of which all of them are either upgraded versions or counterparts of monsters that each respective character also owns and uses. No trend has yet been noted for Red packs.

Series Green Yellow Red Orange Blue Purple Black White Brown
2 MR-BoosterJP
Magic Ruler
PS-BoosterJP
Pharaoh's Servant
CA-BoosterJP
Curse of Anubis
TB-BoosterJP
Thousand Eyes Bible
SM-BoosterJP
Spell of Mask
LN-BoosterJP
Labyrinth of Nightmare
SC-BoosterJP
Struggle of Chaos
MA-BoosterJP
Mythological Age
PH-BoosterJP
Pharaonic Guardian
3 301-BoosterJP
The New Ruler
302-BoosterJP
Advent of Union
303-BoosterJP
Champion of Black Magic
304-BoosterJP
Power of the Guardian
305-BoosterJP
Threat of the Dark Demon World
306-BoosterJP
Controller of Chaos
307-BoosterJP
Invader of Darkness
308-BoosterJP
The Sanctuary in the Sky
309-BoosterJP
Pharaoh's Inheritance
4 SOD-BoosterENSOD-BoosterJP
Soul of the Duelist
RDS-BoosterENRDS-BoosterJP
Rise of Destiny
FET-BoosterENFET-BoosterJP
Flaming Eternity
TLM-BoosterENTLM-BoosterJP
The Lost Millennium
CRV-BoosterENCRV-BoosterJP
Cybernetic Revolution
EEN-BoosterENEEN-BoosterJP
Elemental Energy
SOI-BoosterENSOI-BoosterJP
Shadow of Infinity
EOJ-BoosterENEOJ-BoosterJP
Enemy of Justice
Discontinued
5 POTD-BoosterENPOTD-BoosterJP
Power of the Duelist
CDIP-BoosterENCDIP-BoosterJP
Cyberdark Impact
STON-BoosterENSTON-BoosterJP
Strike of Neos
FOTB-BoosterENFOTB-BoosterJP
Force of the Breaker
TAEV-BoosterENTAEV-BoosterJP
Tactical Evolution
GLAS-BoosterENGLAS-BoosterJP
Gladiator's Assault
PTDN-BoosterENPTDN-BoosterJP
Phantom Darkness
LODT-BoosterENLODT-BoosterJP
Light of Destruction
6 TDGS-BoosterENTDGS-BoosterJP
The Duelist Genesis
CSOC-BoosterENCSOC-BoosterJP
Crossroads of Chaos
CRMS-BoosterENCRMS-BoosterJP
Crimson Crisis
RGBT-BoosterENRGBT-BoosterJP
Raging Battle
ANPR-BoosterENANPR-BoosterJP
Ancient Prophecy
SOVR-BoosterENSOVR-BoosterJP
Stardust Overdrive
ABPF-BoosterENABPF-BoosterJP
Absolute Powerforce
TSHD-BoosterENTSHD-BoosterJP
The Shining Darkness
7 DREV-BoosterENDREV-BoosterJP
Duelist Revolution
STBL-BoosterENSTBL-BoosterJP
Starstrike Blast
STOR-BoosterENSTOR-BoosterJP
Storm of Ragnarok
EXVC-BoosterENEXVC-BoosterJP
Extreme Victory
GENF-BoosterENGENF-BoosterJP
Generation Force
PHSW-BoosterENPHSW-BoosterJP
Photon Shockwave
ORCS-BoosterENORCS-BoosterJP
Order of Chaos
GAOV-BoosterENGAOV-BoosterJP
Galactic Overlord
8 REDU-BoosterENREDU-BoosterJP
Return of the Duelist
ABYR-BoosterENABYR-BoosterJP
Abyss Rising
CBLZ-BoosterENCBLZ-BoosterJP
Cosmo Blazer
LTGY-BoosterENLTGY-BoosterJP
Lord of the Tachyon Galaxy
JOTL-BoosterENJOTL-BoosterJP
Judgment of the Light
SHSP-BoosterENSHSP-BoosterJP
Shadow Specters
LVAL-BoosterENLVAL-BoosterJP
Legacy of the Valiant
PRIO-BoosterENPRIO-BoosterJP
Primal Origin
9 DUEA-BoosterJP
Duelist Alliance
NECH-BoosterJP
The New Challengers
The Secret of Evolution TBA
Series Green Yellow Red Orange Blue Purple Black White Brown

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