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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.

The Pokémon Company International announces Top Deck Academy

Top Deck Academy

The Pokémon Company International has announced Top Deck Academy. The Academy is a new weekly video series on the Pokémon Twitch and YouTube channels that will help Trainers of all experience levels learn more about playing the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Featuring Pokémon TCG experts who have been playing and commenting on matches for years, the series will help Trainers improve their game by providing tips and tricks on deck-building, winning strategies, and more.

Top Deck Academy will premiere on January 28 around 2 p.m. PST, with new episodes streaming every Thursday.

Pokémon Begins to Tease Their 25th Anniversary Celebrations during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

The Pokémon Company International teased its upcoming 25th anniversary celebration for the Pokémon brand during the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. A troupe of Pikachu danced to the original and iconic Pokémon theme song in New York’s Herald Square. The electrifying performance ended with Pokémon Trainers unfurling a massive banner revealing the official logo for the celebration. This year also marked the 20th consecutive year in which a giant Pikachu balloon floated among Manhattan skyscrapers and delighted fans during the Parade. The Pokémon Company International invites fans around the world to stay tuned for more information about the very special upcoming celebration of Pokémon’s 25th anniversary in 2021.

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Pokémon: Champion’s Path is Out Now

Pokémon TCG: Champion’s Path

The first wave of products from the Pokémon TCGChampion’s Path expansion is here! The Champion’s Path Pin Collection, including those based on Milo’s Turffield Gym, Nessa’s Hulbury Gym, and Kabu’s Motostoke Gym; Champion’s Path Elite Trainer Box; and Champion’s Path Collection—Dubwool V are now available at participating retailers around the world.

Champion’s Path gives Trainers the chance to “relive” their adventures across the Galar region in the Pokémon TCG by collecting various pins decorated with Gym logos, along with foil cards representing each Gym Leader’s partner Pokémon—reminiscent of the experience they’d find in the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield video games. Champion’s Path also features a number of highly-collectible cards, including 11 Pokémon V such as Venusaur V, Lucario V, and Incineroar V, plus four full-art Pokémon V; three Pokémon VMAX like Alcremie VMAX and Drednaw VMAX, which are shown in their Gigantamax forms; and one full-art Supporter card.
 
In addition, Trainers can look forward to the following Champion’s Path products arriving in the future:

  • Champion’s Path Special Pin Collection (available October 2, 2020): Available in two versions—one representing the Stow-on-Side Gym and another representing the Circhester Gym—with each pin collection including collector’s pins featuring each Gym’s two logos and two foil cards showcasing the partner Pokémon of both Gym Leaders
  • Champion’s Path Collection—Hatterene V (available October 23, 2020): Includes a foil promo card and foil oversize card of Hatterene V plus four Champion’s Path booster packs
  • Champion’s Path Marnie Special Collection (available October 23, 2020): Comes with two Pokémon V promo cards, five Champion’s Path booster packs, a collector’s pin, and a Pokémon TCG poster.
  • New Champion’s Path Pin Collection Versions (available November 13, 2020): Available in three more versions inspired by Opal’s Ballonlea Gym, Piers’ Spikemuth Gym, and Raihan’s Hammerlocke Gym

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Gotta Catch the Pokémon Trading Card Game Battle Academy

Pokemon Trade Card Game Battle Academy

The Pokémon Company International has released the Pokémon Trading Card Game Battle Academy, the first-ever board-game adaptation of the best-selling Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG), at participating physical and online retailers around the world.

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.

Including everything a Trainer needs to master the basics of the Pokémon TCG, each Battle Academy box comes with a two-player game board, three 60-card decks, tutorial guides, gameplay accessories, and a code card for the free-to-play Pokémon Trading Card Game Online on iOS, Android, and Pokemon.com.


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Head to the Galar Region with Pokémon Trading Card Game: Champion’s Path

Pokémon Trading Card Game: Champion's Path

On September 25, 2020, explore Champion’s Path, the next expansion for the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

In Champion’s Path, Trainers will have the unique ability to “recreate” their journey through the Galar region in the Pokémon TCG by collecting various pins featuring Gym logos as well as foil cards representing the partner Pokémon of each Gym Leader—similar to what they’d experience in the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield video games. Key highlights from the set include 11 Pokémon V plus four full-art Pokémon V, three Pokémon VMAX, and one full-art Supporter card. Trainers will be able to discover Venusaur, Lucario, and Incineroar as new Pokémon V—plus Gigantamax Pokémon like Drednaw VMAX and Alcremie VMAX.

Champion’s Path Pin Collection and Champion’s Path Special Pin Collection

The Champion’s Path Pin Collection includes six versions—each themed after a different Gym Leader in the Galar region with a corresponding pin and foil card. Pin collections based on Milo’s Turffield Gym, Nessa’s Hulbury Gym, and Kabu’s Motostoke Gym will release on September 25, 2020, while pin collections inspired by Opal’s Ballonlea Gym, Piers’ Spikemuth Gym, and Raihan’s Hammerlocke Gym will launch on November 13, 2020.

In addition, the Champion’s Path Special Pin Collection comes with two versions representing the Stow-on-Side Gym and Circhester Gym. In each of these pin collections, Trainers will find collector’s pins featuring each Gym’s two logos and two foil cards showcasing the partner Pokémon of both Gym Leaders. The Champion’s Path Special Pin Collection will be available on October 2, 2020.

Trainers can choose to represent their favorite Gym Leader or even collect the full lineup.

Champion’s Path Elite Trainer Box

Arriving on September 25, 2020, the Champion’s Path Elite Trainer Box features Gigantamax Charizard and comes with a full-art promo card of Charizard V, 10 Champion’s Path booster packs, and various gameplay accessories.

Champion’s Path Collection—Dubwool V and Champion’s Path Collection—Hatterene V

Trainers can also look forward to the Champion’s Path Collection—Dubwool V on September 25, 2020, and the Champion’s Path Collection—Hatterene V on October 23, 2020. These boxes include a foil promo card and foil oversize card of either Dubwool V or Hatterene V, as well as four Champion’s Path booster packs.

Champion’s Path Collection—Dubwool V and Champion’s Path Collection—Hatterene V

Champion’s Path Marnie Special Collection

Lastly, the Champion’s Path Marnie Special Collection will be available on October 23, 2020, and comes with two Pokémon V promo cards, eight Champion’s Path booster packs, two collector’s pins, and a Pokémon TCG playmat.

Gotta Catch the Pokémon Trading Card Game Battle Academy

Pokémon Trading Card Game Battle Academy

The Pokémon Trading Card Game is going from cards to board game in the first ever adaptation of the TCG. The Pokémon Company International has announced Pokémon Trading Card Game Battle Academy. The game provides everything a “Trainer” needs to master the basics of the Pokémon TCG, Battle Academy offers fun family entertainment, combining strategic Pokémon TCG gameplay within a classic, easy-to-learn family game experience. The game provides an even more accessible option for aspiring players.

Pokémon Trading Card Game Battle Academy

Each Battle Academy box comes with a two-player game board, three 60-card decks, tutorial guides, and gameplay accessories. It also comes with a code card that allows Trainers to enjoy the Pokémon TCG digitally through the free-to-play Pokémon Trading Card Game Online app on iOS and Android, as well as on Pokemon.com.

The game launches around the world on July 31, 2020 and will be available widely at participating mass and hobby retailers, as well as online retailers.

Pokémon announces the Pokémon Players Cup

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The Pokémon Company International has announced the Pokémon Players Cup, a new online tournament for Masters Division competitors that will begin in July 2020.

Competitors in the Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG), the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Video Game Championships (VGC), and Pokkén Tournament DX will have the chance to prove they’re the very best in this official Play! Pokémon online tournament open to players worldwide.

The Pokémon Players Cup will have two stages. In July 2020, eligible players will compete in a double-elimination bracket, broken down by rating zones, to determine the top players in each rating zone. Those top finishers will face off in the final stage of the Pokémon Players Cup in August 2020, when the winner will be crowned as the champion of the Pokémon Players Cup and earn a Travel Award to a future International Championships event, part of the traditional Play! Pokémon Championship Series.

Pokémon TCG and VGC competitors will need to qualify for the Pokémon Players Cup through their performance in the following upcoming events. Trainers should make sure to bring their A-game to these upcoming qualifiers so they can compete in the Pokémon Players Cup!

Pokémon TCG Championships
Pokémon TCG competitors will qualify through their ranking on the June Leaderboard (Standard format, Tournament Rep) in the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online.

Pokémon VG Championships
Pokémon Video Game Championships competitors will qualify through the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield International Challenge May Online Competition, which runs from May 21 to 24, 2020[link].  Masters Division competitors in the Pokémon VGC will need to finish among the top eligible Trainers in their rating zone for the May International Challenge to qualify for the Pokémon Players Cup.

  • North America: Top 256
  • Europe: Top 256
  • Oceania: Top 128
  • Latin America: Top 256

Please note that in order for Pokémon VGC competitors to be eligible, they will need to link their Nintendo Account with their Pokémon Trainer Club account before signing up.

Pokkén Tournament DX Championships
Pokkén Tournament DX competitors will be able to register directly for the first stage of the Pokémon Players Cup at a future date, with more details coming soon at Pokemon.com.

In addition, during the Pokémon Players Cup, each of the Pokémon TCG, Pokémon VGC, and Pokkén Tournament DX competitions will kick off with a special invitational event, with the winners qualifying for the final stage of the competition.

Trainers can stay tuned for more upcoming information about the Pokémon Players Cup and where fans can catch all the action via stream.

Sword & Shield Announced for the Pokémon Trading Card Game

At the Pokémon World Championships, Sword & Shield, the next series in the Pokémon Trading Card Game debuted. Based on the upcoming video games, the debut also revealed a new type of card, Pokémon V.

Tsunekazu Ishihara, president and CEO of The Pokémon Company, unveiled the new series coming to the game. Included in the series are Pokémon V, powerful new cards that will play an important role in players’ strategies. Event attendees also received a preview of Zacian V and Zamazenta V, which will be available in the series’ upcoming first expansion.

More details about the Pokémon Trading Card Game: Sword & Shield Series will be announced soon.