The Pokémon Company has unveiled brand new Pokémon Sword and Shield cards for the Pokémon Trading Card Game. The new cards will not only bring Pokémon like Zacian and Zamazenta to the game, but they will also introduce a new archetype known as VMax. The new cards will arrive in the West on Feb. 7, 2020, almost three months after they hit the market in Japan. In total, 50 new Galarian Pokémon will be added to the game.
The details were revealed at the end of a new trailer on The Pokemon Company’s YouTube channel; if you watch until the end, you will get a glimpse of the new cards that will be added to the game.
? Galar Research Update ? ✅ Meet Gigantamax Snorlax ✅ You say you want an Evolution… ✅ Exclusive moves and new Abilities for Zacian and Zamazenta! ⚔️?️ There’s still more to discover in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield! *Max Raid Battle schedule subject to change.
XMax cards will feature Pokémon that can Dynamax and Gigantamax in Sword and Shield. The cards will require Pokémon V cards of the same Pokémon to play. VMax cards will have increased HP and powerful attacks, just like their video game counterparts.
Much like Tag Team GX cards, these VMax Pokémon will be incredibly powerful and will give an opponent three Prize Cards when they are defeated. Cards that will fall into this archetype will include Lapras, Snorlax, and Meowth.
Other cards include Rillaboom, Cinderace, and Inteleon, while a Meowth VMax Special Collection will be available on Jan. 3, 2020. The new set will be available in booster packs, theme decks, Elite Trainer Boxes, and special collections.