More details on the upcoming Pokémon GO expansion set for the Pokémon TCG have been revealed, with many cards revealed from the set, along with all sorts of products. The mini-expansion is themed around Pokémon GO and features some photorealistic art, though also features a lot of art inspired by the real world experiences of Pokémon GO as well.
As this is a special mini-expansion, similar to Celebrations from last year, packs are not available in traditional means or via booster boxes—instead, there are all sorts of assorted tins, collections, and mini-tins that contain cards as well as individual packs of the 78+ card set.
These products will be released in waves, with pre-orders available now on the Pokémon Center website (in the US, Canada, and the UK). The first batch of products releases on July 1, 2022, with some product launching after that.
The next Pokémon TCG set, Sword & Shield—Brilliant Stars, has been announced and it brings forth a new mechanic, Pokémon VSTAR, which are similar to Pokémon VMAX in that they evolve from Pokémon V, but they grant just 2 Prize cards to the opponent when they’re knocked out instead of the 3 for VMAX, and they also all have a special VSTAR Power, which is either an Ability or attack which can only be used once per game (on any of your VSTAR, not just the one using it), similar to the old GX attacks.
The main set has 174 cards in it (not including secret rares), including Arceus VSTAR, Charizard VSTAR, Shaymin VSTAR, and Whimsicott VSTAR. There are also the following numbers of cards within the set:
20 Pokémon V and 15 full-art Pokémon V
3 new Pokémon VMAX
22 Trainer cards and 6 full-art Supporter cards
1 new Special Energy card, Turbo Boost Energy
Additionally, there’s 30 additional cards inside of the Trainer Gallery special subset, which each feature artwork of well known Trainers along with Pokémon.
This set is meant to commemorate Pokémon’s 25th anniversary and, in addition to the set itself containing numerous “pairs” of legendary Pokémon across all of the Generations—with Pikachu and Mew representing Generation 1, and with Cosmog and Cosmoem both present in Generation 7—it also contains the Classic Collection subset within, which features special Pokémon 25 stamped reprints of iconic, classic cards throughout the series of the Pokémon Trading Card Game, including many cards that left an impact either for competitive players or for old-school collectors.
Additionally, two new V Battle Decks have been released today—the Rayquaza V and the Noivern V Battle Decks. These each contain a full 60-card prebuilt deck that is ready to play right out of the box and are a good starting point for new players looking to get into the game. Pictures of these can be found down below.
The Pokémon Company International has announced a new app that will launch sometime in the near future, Pokémon TCG Live, which will replace the existing Pokémon Trading Card Game Online (TCGO) app upon its release. Pokémon TCG Live will be available on PC, Mac, iPhones (iPhone 7 and up with iOS 15), iPads (iPad 2017 and up), and both Android smartphones and tablets (Android 8.0 and up).
UPDATE: This post has been updated on Sep. 21, 2021. It was previously reported that during the transfer from TCGO to TCG Live, extra individual cards beyond the cap (4 copies of most cards) would be converted into Credits. This has been corrected; Credits will only be earned from extras obtained in TCG Live, not in TCGO or the transfer process.
It brings a lot of changes from the existing Pokémon TCGO app, including a Battle Pass system, 3D customizable avatars, and ranked matchmaking. However, unfortunately the ability to trade in the new app will not be an option—instead, a new type of currency, Credits, can be redeemed for single cards that you might want or need for a deck, acting sort of like a wildcard.
The new Pokémon TCG Live app is set to launch globally (localized in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese) “sometime soon,” while later this year, a global open beta will be made available for PC and Mac, while players in Canada will be able to try out the mobile versions first with a soft launch coming later this year before being made available everywhere later on. It’s a free-to-play app and players get 8 playable decks for free, but can also unlock more cards for their decks by scanning the code cards inside of booster packs, which should be pretty much the same process as with the previous Pokémon TCG Online app.
In regards to the existing Pokémon TCG Online app, as long as you have your Pokémon Trainer Club account set up properly and linked to TCGO (which most people should), it will import most of your cards there—an exception being any sets older than Black & White, namely the HeartGold & SoulSilver series, which will not be migrated over. If you have more than 4 of a unique card in your collection (or more than 59 of a basic Energy, or more than 1 of an ACE SPEC, Prism Star, or a single part of a V-UNION card) when it is migrated over, those extra cards will not be carried over, which might seem bad at first but since you’ll only ever need 4 of a card at most for decks and since trading will no longer be an option, it isn’t a major issue.
The latest Pokémon TCG expansion, Sword & Shield—Evolving Skies, has officially been released worldwide today, bringing with it a total of 237 cards to collect in the set. It focuses on Eevee Evolutions and the return of the Dragon-type to the Pokémon TCG.