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Pokémon: Scarlet & Violet—Obsidian Flames launches today

The Pokémon Company International has released the latest expansion for the Pokémon Trading Card GameScarlet & Violet—Obsidian Flames. It’s available beginning today at participating retailers worldwide, including Pokémon Center, the premier online destination for official Pokémon merchandise.

The launch of the latest expansion marks the introduction of type-shifted Tera Pokémon ex to the Pokémon TCG, where certain Tera Pokémon ex cards will feature a different Energy type. In Scarlet & Violet—Obsidian Flames, Trainers will see Charizard ex as a Darkness type versus its usual Fire type, as well as Tyranitar ex as a Lightning type versus its usual Fighting or Darkness type. When attacking, type-shifted Tera Pokémon ex will use the same Energy as their usual type; however, they will have a different Weakness that corresponds to their shifted type. These cards will also follow the same rules as normal Pokémon ex — when Knocked Out, a type-shifted Tera Pokémon ex gives up two Prize cards instead of one.

Scarlet & Violet—Obsidian Flames is available now in booster packs, Elite Trainer Boxes, and special collections at Pokémon Center in the U.S., Canada and the U.K., as well as other participating retailers worldwide.

In addition, Scarlet & Violet—Obsidian Flames is now digitally playable via the Pokémon TCG Live app for iOS, Android, macOS and Windows devices. Trainers can collect and battle with new type-shifted Tera Pokémon ex, and upon login, the Scarlet & Violet—Obsidian Flames Battle Pass will reward players with a new deck featuring Darkness-type Charizard ex. Players can also unlock an additional premium deck featuring Toedscruel ex by redeeming Crystals, earned by completing daily quests.

Go Classic with the Pokémon Trading Card Game

During the 2023 annual Pokémon Day livestream, the classic trading card game is getting a new release called Pokémon Trading Card Game Classic. The “premium” Pokémon set is “designed to last a lifetime” and contains everything you need to play.

The release features preconstructed decks and gameplay accessories that have been “uniquely designed to be both beautiful and functional to deliver a polished battling experience.”

The set is a collaboration between The Pokémon Company, Creatures Inc., and design firm nendo, and a premium Pokémon TCG set that is designed as a staple playset for any Pokémon TCG fan.

  • Pokémon Trading Card Game Classic
  • Pokémon Trading Card Game Classic
  • Pokémon Trading Card Game Classic

The new release features:

Three Preconstructed Decks:

  • Iconic cards from the history of the Pokémon TCG, including Base Set Venusaur, Charizard and Blastoise, headline three specially constructed 60-card decks featuring Grass, Fire and Water Energy types.
  • Alongside classic cards, brand-new cards such as Ho-Oh ex, Lugia ex and Suicune ex are included, allowing players to form new strategies.
  • Except for Basic Energy cards, cards included in Pokémon Trading Card Game Classic cannot be used for tournament play. However, these static decks are perfect for challenging friends and family to a Pokémon TCG battle at any time.

High-Quality Game Board:

  • The foldable and portable two-player game board comes with card placement zones for Active Pokémon, Benched Pokémon, a card deck, discard pile, and Prize cards.
  • The game board features a compartment that holds up to three decks, as well as a toolbox complete with all gameplay accessories needed for battling.
  • The game board offers a premium fabric surface that allows cards to easily slide across, non-stitched edges to avoid cards getting caught when playing, a fabric hinge eliminating gaps in the board, and built-in magnet to minimize noise during gameplay.
  • The black-and-white color scheme of the game board has been designed to match the toolbox and card sleeves while maintaining a visual focus on the cards and tools.

All-Inclusive Toolbox:

  • The toolbox contains enough gameplay accessories for two players to battle, including stackable damage counters, three-dimensional Poison and Burn markers, and metal orbs that take the place of Pokémon coins.
  • Players will be able to roll metal orbs down a small chute — if the orb lands in a white-bordered hole, it’s treated as heads, and if it lands in a black-bordered hole, it’s treated as tails — removing the need for dice and coins.

Intuitive Damage Counters and Special Condition Markers:

  • The toolbox includes a set of damage counters featuring yellow 10-damage counters, orange 50-damage counters and red 100-damage counters.
  • I n addition to the bright colors, each damage counter prominently displays thedamage count on its side, allowing players to quickly calculate the total damage count.
  • Designed with a conical shape, the damage counters are stackable to maximize visibility of in-play cards and allow for easy storage.
  • Made from aluminum, the damage counters are moderately weighted to prevent falling over when vertically stacked.
  • Three-dimensional, ring-shaped Poison and Burn markers are also included in the toolbox to allow players to easily identify these Special Conditions.

Elegant Card Sleeves and Deck Boxes:

  • Featuring a Poké Ball motif, three kinds of card sleeves are included to protect the three preconstructed decks.
  • Card sleeves have been purposely designed in a black-and-white color scheme to maintain visual focus on the card artwork.
  • Three deck boxes featuring the Grass, Fire and Water Energy symbols match the preconstructed decks and allow for easy storage of sleeved cards when not in use

Expected to arrive sometime in 2023 the price is unknown.

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 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.

Pokemon 25th Anniversary logo

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.

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