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Get a look at the Pokémon Trading Card Game: Pokémon GO Expansion

The Pokémon Company International has revealed more details about the highly anticipated Pokémon Trading Card Game: Pokémon GO expansion, releasing around the world starting on July 1, 2022. The new expansion is a collaboration with the Pokémon GO app. In it, fans will be able to play with cards featuring photorealistic artwork and unique gameplay scenarios inspired by the mobile title.

Certain cards illustrate Pokémon as if they have jumped out into the real world, such as Pikachu walking alongside its Trainer and Snorlax sleeping wherever it pleases, while other cards portray Pokémon in scenes that are familiar to the mobile game, such as Blissey valiantly defending a Gym and Aipom dodging a Poké Ball.

In addition, objects and characters from the world of Pokémon GO will appear as Trainer cards, such as PokéStop as a Stadium card and Lure Module as an Item card, as well as Spark of Team Instinct, Blanche of Team Mystic and Candela of Team Valor as Supporter cards.

The Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO‘s first wave of releases comes to stores on July 1st, with more releases coming at a later date. Select products will feature unique promo cards, including powerful new Pokémon V and Pokémon VSTAR that will be impactful in Pokémon TCG battles.

  • Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO Pokémon Center Elite Trainer Box Plus (exclusive to Pokémon Center and now available for preorder in the US, Canada and the UK until June 24, 2022, includes one foil promo card featuring Mewtwo V)
  • Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO Elite Trainer Box (includes one foil promo card featuring Mewtwo V)
  • Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO Premium Collection—Radiant Eevee (now available for preorder at Pokémon Center in the US, Canada and the UK until June 24, 2022, includes one foil promo card featuring Radiant Eevee)
  • Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO Special Collections (includes one of three full-art foil promo cards featuring Spark, Blanche or Candela)
  • Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO Collection—Alolan Exeggutor V (includes one foil promo card and one oversize foil card featuring Alolan Exeggutor V)
  • Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO Tin (includes one foil promo card featuring Pikachu with the Gift Delivery attack)
  • Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO Poké Ball Tin
  • Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO Mini Tins featuring Magikarp, Eevee, Blissey, Pikachu and Snorlax
  • Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO V Battle Decks (includes one of two foil promo cards featuring Mewtwo V or Melmetal V)
  • Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO V Battle Deck—Mewtwo vs. Melmetal (includes two foil promo cards featuring Mewtwo V and Melmetal V)

Pokémon Trading Card Game: Pokémon GO Special Collection boxes

Pokémon Trading Card Game: Pokémon GO Elite Trainer Box

Pokémon Trading Card Game: Pokémon GO Tins

Pokémon Trading Card Game: Pokémon GO V Battle Decks

Pokémon Trading Card Game: Pokémon GO card artwork

The Updated Pokémon Trading Card Game Battle Academy is Now Available

Pokémon Trading Card Game Battle Academy

The Pokémon Company International has released the latest iteration of the Pokémon Trading Card Game Battle Academy, available at Pokémon Center in the US, Canada and UK, and at participating retailers around the world.

Battle Academy (2022) is an updated board game adaptation of the best-selling Pokémon TCG, which makes it easy and fun for the whole family to learn the classic tabletop game. The new version introduces the Pokémon V gameplay mechanic and an updated lineup of fan-favorite Pokémon, including Pikachu, Eevee and Cinderace. Each Battle Academy (2022) product comes with everything needed to master the basics of the Pokémon TCG — including a two-player game board, three 60-card decks, tutorial guides and gameplay accessories — making it an ideal activity for family and friends.

Pokémon Trading Card Game: Sword & Shield-Astral Radiance Expansion to Introduce the Radiant Pokémon Gameplay Mechanic

Today, The Pokémon Company International unveiled the next expansion for the popular Pokémon Trading Card Game, Sword & Shield—Astral Radiance, which will launch at participating retailers around the world starting from May 27, 2022.

Inspired by the Pokémon Legends: Arceus video game, Sword & Shield—Astral Radiance will feature various Hisuian Pokémon and card art that showcases the Hisui region. The expansion will also introduce Radiant Pokémon, a new gameplay mechanic that features Shiny Pokémon illustrated in etched artwork. Radiant Pokémon tend to have a powerful Ability or attack with the potential to impact the Pokémon TCG metagame. Players will only be able to include one Radiant Pokémon in their deck.

In addition, Sword & Shield—Astral Radiance will continue to highlight Pokémon VSTAR and includes a special Trainer Gallery subset of 30 cards with artwork featuring fan-favorite Trainers and Pokémon.

Noteworthy cards from the expansion include:

  • Three Radiant Pokémon
  • Eight Pokémon VSTAR
  • 21 Pokémon V and two Pokémon VMAX
  • More than 20 Trainer cards

Pokémon TCG Announces New Releases Including an Updated Battle Academy and Battle Decks

The Pokémon Company International has unveiled new Pokémon Trading Card Game products that make it easy and fun for Trainers to learn how to play the Pokémon TCG, including an updated version of the award-winning Battle Academy and new V Battle Decks. Additionally, the latest expansion, Pokémon TCG: Sword & Shield—Fusion Strike, will be released starting tomorrow.

Updated Pokémon TCG Battle Academy Coming Soon

The Pokémon Company International announced an updated version of Pokémon TCG Battle Academy, a board game adaptation of the best-selling Pokémon TCG that makes it easy for the whole family to learn the classic tabletop game.

Launching in 2022, each Battle Academy box comes with everything a Trainer needs to master the basics of the Pokémon TCG, including a two-player game board, three 60-card decks, tutorial guides, and gameplay accessories.

New Pokémon TCG Lycanroc V and Corviknight V Battle Decks Launching Soon

The Pokémon Company International also announced new Lycanroc V and Corviknight V Battle Decks, which are ideal for Trainers who learned how to play the Pokémon TCG with Battle Academy and want to level up their gameplay skills.
 
Each V Battle Deck provides everything a Trainer needs to play a game, including one 60-card deck and gameplay accessories. The V Battle Deck—Lycanroc vs. Corviknight bundle version comes with two ready-to-play decks that make it easy to jump into a Pokémon TCG battle, as well as eight additional Trainer cards to help enhance the decks.
 
Arriving in 2022, these decks also make great companions and extensions to Battle Academy, as Trainers can swap out the cards in the board game with those in the V Battle Decks.

Pokémon TCG: Sword & Shield—Fusion Strike Expansion Available Starting Tomorrow

Pokémon TCG fans can also look forward to the release of the Sword & Shield—Fusion Strike expansion starting on November 12, 2021. Sword & Shield—Fusion Strike introduces a new type of Battle Style gameplay mechanic called Fusion Strike, which often has attacks focusing on teamwork.

Available in Pokémon TCG booster packs, Elite Trainer Boxes, and special collections, Sword & Shield—Fusion Strike includes 25 Fusion Strike cards such as Mew VMAX, Genesect V, and Hoopa V. It also includes 20 Pokémon V, 13 full-art Pokémon V, eight Pokémon VMAX, 20 Trainer cards, seven full-art Supporter cards, and one new Special Energy card.

Pokémon Trading Card Game: Sword & Shield-Brilliant Stars Expansion to Feature Pokémon VSTAR Gameplay Mechanic

The Pokémon Company International unveiled the new Pokémon VSTAR gameplay mechanic for the best-selling Pokémon Trading Card Game. Pokémon VSTAR will appear in the upcoming Pokémon TCG: Sword & Shield—Brilliant Stars expansion, arriving at participating retailers worldwide in the first quarter of 2022.

Pokémon VSTAR evolve from Pokémon V and will play a major role in the Pokémon TCG metagame. Each Pokémon VSTAR has a VSTAR Power — an Ability or attack — with an extremely powerful effect that can decide the outcome of a battle. Players can use only one VSTAR Power per game, and those who use a VSTAR Power must flip over a VSTAR marker during the battle.

In addition to their VSTAR Powers, Pokémon VSTAR have high HP and high-damage attacks, and they give up two Prize cards when Knocked Out.

Trainers can look forward to seeing Arceus VSTAR, Charizard VSTAR, Shaymin VSTAR and Whimsicott VSTAR in Sword & Shield—Brilliant Stars. The expansion will also include a special Trainer Gallery subset of 30 cards with artwork featuring fan-favorite Trainers and Pokémon.

Available in booster packs, Elite Trainer Boxes and special collections, Sword & Shield—Brilliant Stars will include the following:

  • 20 Pokémon V and 15 full-art Pokémon V
  • Four new Pokémon VSTAR
  • Three new Pokémon VMAX
  • 22 Trainer cards and six full-art Supporter cards
  • One new Special Energy card

In addition, Trainers can find Pokémon VSTAR in the Pokémon TCG: Leafeon VSTAR Special Collection and Pokémon TCG: Glaceon VSTAR Special Collection when they become available in the first quarter of 2022. Each of these VSTAR Special Collections includes a promo card featuring Leafeon V or Glaceon V, an etched promo card and etched oversize card featuring Leafeon VSTAR or Glaceon VSTAR, an acrylic VSTAR marker and five Pokémon TCG booster packs.

Celebrate 25 Years of Pokémon with Pokémon TCG: Celebrations, Out Now

Pokémon TCG: Celebrations Begins Launching Today

The highly anticipated Pokémon Trading Card Game: Celebrations expansion, which commemorates 25 years of Pokémon, has begun releasing at participating retailers around the world. Available in nine different products, Celebrations features fan-favorite Pokémon, card artwork, and gameplay mechanics spanning the history of the Pokémon TCG.
 
Celebrations also introduces a specially designed Classic Collection of 25 cards that are close remakes of iconic cards from the franchise, such as Base Set Charizard, Umbreon ☆, and Tapu Lele-GX. Furthermore, many Celebrations products contain promo cards that combine recently discovered Pokémon with popular mechanics from previous sets, such as Light Pokémon, Delta Species (δ) Pokémon, and Pokémon Star (☆).

Pokémon TCG: V Battle Decks Featuring Rayquaza V and Noivern V Released

Trainers can now pick up new V Battle Decks showcasing Rayquaza V and Noivern V that make it easy and fun to learn how to play the Pokémon TCG. Each V Battle Deck provides everything needed to play the Pokémon TCG, including a standard 60-card deck, how-to-play guides, and accessories. Also available is the V Battle Deck—Rayquaza vs. Noivern bundle version, which includes two ready-to-play decks, accessories, and eight additional Trainer cards.

The Pokémon Trading Card Game Heads to Smartphones and more with the New Pokémon TCG Live App

The Pokémon Company International has unveiled Pokémon TCG Live, a new app that allows Trainers to enjoy the Pokémon Trading Card Game in an updated digital format. Releasing as a free-to-play game, Pokémon TCG Live also marks the first time that the Pokémon Trading Card Game will be playable on smartphones, in addition to tablets, PCs, and Macs.

The announcement comes as The Pokémon Company International continues its yearlong celebration of the brand’s 25th anniversary by engaging fans with innovative Pokémon experiences and products.

Pokémon TCG Live is designed to be easy for beginners to learn how to play the game, while offering fresh challenges for existing players to improve and test their skills. Players will be able to enjoy some of their favorite Pokémon Trading Card Game activities, including building decks and battling other Trainers around the world. They will also be able to tailor their experience with customizable avatars and Pokémon Trading Card Game accessories, participate in daily quests, and more. In addition, Pokémon TCG Live will continue to be updated with new content and features following launch.

Pokémon TCG Live will be coming soon to supported iOS and Android devices, as well as PCs and Macs via Pokemon.com. Trainers looking to preview the game prior to broad availability will be able to participate in the mobile soft launch in Canada and the global open beta for PCs and Macs later this year.

Pokémon Trading Card Game: Sword & Shield-Chilling Reign is Out Now

The Pokémon Company International has today launched the latest expansion for the Pokémon Trading Card GameSword & Shield—Chilling Reign. The new set, available at retailers around the world, introduces the King Pokémon Calyrex as a Pokémon V and Pokémon VMAX in both Ice Rider and Shadow Rider forms, alongside Galarian Articuno, Galarian Zapdos, Galarian Moltres, and more.

With over 70 new Battle Style cards, Sword & Shield—Chilling Reign allows Pokémon TCG players to perfect the Single Strike or Rapid Strike decks that they built with Sword & Shield—Battle Styles.

Sword & Shield—Chilling Reign is available in booster packs, Elite Trainer Boxes, and special collections, and includes the following cards:

  • Eight Pokémon VMAX
  • 15 Pokémon V and 26 full-art Pokémon V
  • 28 Trainer cards and 13 full-art Supporter cards
  • Three new Special Energy cards

In addition, Trainers in the United Kingdom and Ireland can obtain a special code to receive a Dynamax Crystal in their Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield game that will allow them to encounter and battle Gigantamax Sandaconda in a Max Raid Battle. Codes will be available at GAME in the United Kingdom and at Gamestop in Ireland, from 18 June to 18 July 2021 online and in store (no purchase necessary and only while supplies last).

Pokémon Trading Card Game: Sword & Shield—Chilling Reign Expansion Introduces More Battle Styles Cards—Plus Galarian Articuno, Galarian Zapdos, and Galarian Moltres

Inspired by The Crown Tundra expansion for the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield video games, Sword & Shield—Chilling Reign introduces over 70 new Battle Styles cards for Trainers to improve their Single Strike or Rapid Strike deck.
 
Calyrex will make its Pokémon TCG debut as a Pokémon V and Pokémon VMAX in both Ice Rider and Shadow Rider forms, allowing players to bolster their decks, or create new ones, centered around this powerful Pokémon that will deliver exciting gameplay strategies. In addition, Trainers can look forward to playing with many new Pokémon V and Pokémon VMAX, including cards featuring Galarian Articuno, Galarian Zapdos, and Galarian Moltres.
 
Available in booster packs, special collections, and two versions of the Elite Trainer Box featuring Ice Rider Calyrex and Shadow Rider Calyrex, the full Sword & Shield—Chilling Reign expansion includes the following:

  • Eight Pokémon VMAX
  • 15 Pokémon V and 26 full-art Pokémon V
  • 28 Trainer cards and 13 full-art Supporter cards
  • Three new Special Energy cards

Trainers interested in playing with the expansion before it launches can do so by grabbing the Sword & Shield—Chilling Reign Build & Battle Box, available through their local participating Pokémon TCG retailer starting June 5. Each box contains four Sword & Shield—Chilling Reign booster packs; a 23-card Evolution pack featuring key cards from current and prior sets, including one of four alternate-art promo cards; and a deck-building tip sheet.

Pokémon Trading Card Game Battle Academy Wins Game of the Year

Pokémon Trading Card Game Battle Academy

The winners of the 2021 Toy of the Year have been revealed by The Toy Association. The virtual event is the 21st year for the awards. Awards were handed out in 16 categories, including “Game of the Year.” Pokémon Trading Card Game Battle Academy won the category beating the competition in battle.

Other nominees in the category included Drone Home (PlayMonster)

  • Fish Club (Blue Orange Games)
  • Genius Square (MUKIKIM LLC)
  • Poetry for Neanderthals (Exploding Kittens)
  • Story Time Chess (Story Time Chess)
  • The #UpsideDownChallenge Game (Vango Toys)

Designed for Trainers of all types, including parents and children who may be new to the Pokémon TCG, Battle Academy reimagines strategic Pokémon TCG gameplay as an easy-to-learn and fun-to-play experience for the whole family that comes in a classic board-game format.

Pokémon Trading Card Game Battle Academy wasn’t the only game to go home a winner though. In a surprise announcement, two winners were chosen for the “People’s Choice” Award – both Story Time Chess (Story Time Chess), a classic game reimagined for the youngest of players, and The Original Spawn Action Figure and Comic Remastered (2020) (McFarlane Toys), which had its roots on Kickstarter, took home the honor.

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