Pokémon TCG News

Thursday, August 26, 2021 at 11:20am
Posted by Marriland

The next Pokémon TCG expansion, Sword & Shield—Fusion Strike, has officially been announced and it is set to launch on November 12, 2021. This set introduces a new type of Battle Style, Fusion Strike Style, similar to Single Strike and Rapid Strike from the Sword & Shield—Battle Styles set.

Fusion Strike Pokémon are said to benefit from teamwork, having extra bonuses to their damage or effects if there are more Fusion Strike Pokémon in play. There are also Trainer and Energy cards that have the Fusion Strike mark on it, which can benefit the strategy.

The set contains 25 Fusion Strike Style cards altogether, including Mew VMAX, Genesect V, and Hoopa V. In total, there are 20 Pokémon V (13 available as full-art versions as well), 8 Pokémon VMAX, 20 Trainer cards (7 available as full-art Supporter cards), and 1 Special Energy card.

Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 4:14pm
Posted by Marriland

Pokémon has been on a roll lately with announcing new Pokémon TCG sets in advance, and the newest to add to this growing list is a special set called Celebrations that brings back some nostalgic cards and gameplay mechanics across the entire Pokémon TCG series, along with introducing special new cards that incorporate some of these past mechanics.

UPDATE (Oct. 8, 2021): This post has been updated to include updated product shots of the Celebrations products, now that they have been released, as well as the Pokémon Center Elite Trainer Box. If you want to see more of the cards in the set, check out the newer update post (linked) talking about the set’s release.

Some of the gameplay mechanics returning are Dark and Light Pokémon (introduced in Team Rocket and Neo Destiny respectively), Pokémon Prime (introduced in HeartGold & SoulSilver), Pokémon Star (☆) (from the Ruby & Sapphire era), Delta Species (δ) Pokémon (from the late third Generation era), Pokémon LV.X (from the Diamond & Pearl era), and Pokémon SP (from the Platinum era), as well as Pokémon-GX from the more recent Sun & Moon era of cards.

Celebrations booster pack

As this is a special set, akin to sets like Hidden Fates and Shining Fates, it won’t have standalone booster packs or booster packs like standard sets; instead, a range of products—each with various promos for the special set—will contain special 4-card Celebrations booster packs, in addition to the other contents of the products, which will include other Pokémon TCG packs, promo cards, and more, depending on what you buy.

These products will begin to become available throughout the month of October, with the first products launching October 8, 2021 and with more launching later in the month. You can keep reading to take a look at some of the upcoming products in the Celebrations line.

Friday, June 18, 2021 at 10:52pm
Posted by Marriland

Today marks the official release date of the Pokémon TCG set Sword & Shield—Chilling Reign, an expansion set featuring over 230 cards and themed around the Crown Tundra from the Pokémon Sword & Shield Expansion Pass.

Sword & Shield Chilling Reign

As such, cards from the set include both forms of Calyrex—Ice Rider V/VMAX and Shadow Rider V/VMAX—as well as the three Galarian Legendary Birds—Galarian Articuno V, Galarian Zapdos V, and Galarian Articuno V. There are, of course, plenty of other cards and many more Single Strike and Rapid Strike cards to continue those strategies that were introduced in the previous set, Sword & Shield—Battle Styles.

The Pokémon Company International was also generous enough to send Marriland some sealed Booster Boxes and Elite Trainer Boxes of the set for review and unboxing purposes, and you can find these videos further on in this post, along with an analysis on several of the notable cards in the set.

Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 1:07pm
Posted by Marriland
All four booster packs from Evolving Skies, featuring Rayquaza, Duraludon, Sylveon, and Umbreon

The next Pokémon TCG expansion set has been announced by The Pokémon Company International today. Called Sword & Shield—Evolving Skies, this set brings back the Dragon type to the card game and features a bunch of “Eeveelutions” in the set. It releases worldwide on August 27, 2021 and is confirmed to have over 200 cards.

Friday, May 7, 2021 at 2:15pm
Posted by Marriland
Two-pack of V Battle Decks featuring Gardevoir V and Victini V on the packaging.

Today, two special new V Battle Decks—featuring Victini V and Gardevoir V—have been released and are available for purchase. These decks contain promo versions of either Victini V or Gardevoir V, and unlike normal preconstructed theme decks which do not usually contain cards like Pokémon V cards, these ones do, which is nice.

V Battle Deck Logo

Each of these decks contain a prebuilt standard 60-card deck, damage counters, a coin, deckbox, playmat, rulebook, and a Quick Guide “to help players learn winning strategies.”

Not only that, but there’s also a two-pack version available, the V Battle Deck—Victini vs. Gardevoir bundle, that contains both of the two decks, as well as eight additional Trainer cards, including two foil cards, so this is a better deal if you’re looking to get both anyway or if you have a buddy you’d like to learn the Pokémon TCG with.

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