Posted by Arlo Neel on 12/14/2019 to Articles
Welcome back PoTown Store readers to another article! Here today, we are going to be talking about all the newest Pokemon TCG cards to come out of the recently leaked, Sword & Shield Base Set. The newest form of powerful Pokemon is Pokemon V. Pokemon V are similar to Pokemon EX from the XY series as they don’t have a GX attack, but they have higher HP and can once again, evolve. Except like Pokemon GX, they don’t evolve from regular Basic Pokemon, they are the Basic Pokemon. The Pokemon V can sometimes evolve into Pokemon VMAX, which is like the Gignatamax evolution in the Sword & Shield video games. Pokemon VMAX are still somewhat a mystery in how they work, but for what we know right now they evolve from Pokemon V, gain massive HP, and are worth three prizes just like Pokemon TAG TEAM GX. The Pokemon VMAX in the set so far include Lapras VMAX, Stonjouner VMAX, Snorlax VMAX, and Morpeko VMAX. All of the VMAX Pokemon get over 300 HP which has only been seen on the Magikarp & Wailord GX TAG TEAM that came out around last year. The set also has quite a lot of good Trainer Cards, and non Pokemon V cards that I think will have a huge impact on the standard format. Be sure to check back here on the Po Town Store after Sword & Shield releases sometime in 2020 to get some Sword & Shield Pokemon TCG codes to get started with the new series! With that being said, I compiled a list of the top 15 new cards from the set that I expect to be great going into next format.
Top 15 New Cards from Sword & Shield Base
(special shout out to PokeBeach for the translations)
Both players shuffle their hands without looking and put them at the bottom of their decks. Then, you draw 5 cards and your opponent draws 4 cards.
This new supporter card is similar to the effect of Judge, but it gives you a better advantage in cards. It will be played in decks that played Judge as a replacement, and possibly some other decks depending on its specific usage against popular matchups.
14. Zacian V
Ability: Intrepid Sword
Once during your turn, you may look at the top 3 cards of your deck and attach any number of [M] energy cards you find there to this Pokemon. Put the other cards into your hand. If you use this Ability, your turn ends.
[M][M][M] Brave Blade: 230
During your next turn, this Pokemon can’t attack.
Weakness: Fire (x2)
This legendary Pokemon V is a great card that is being introduced into the Standard and Expanded card pool because of its fantastic ability. It allows you to not only potentially accelerate energy, but also draw some extra cards before your turn ends. The new Metal acceleration item card also makes this card great because of its ability to attack faster.
13. Giant Charm
The Pokemon this card is attached to gets +30 HP.
This new tool card when paired with VMAX Pokemon can make it really hard for your opponent to ever get a one hit knockout. This card will be played in VMAX decks, and any other decks that could use the extra 30 HP.
12. Sableye V
[D] Ore Search: Put a Trainer card from your discard pile into your hand.
[D][D] Wicked Claws: 10+ damage. This attack does 60 more damage for each damage counter on your opponent’s Active Pokemon.
Weakness: Grass (x2)
Similar to the infamous “Junk Hunt” Sableye, Sableye V’s first attack can bring back any trainer from your discard pile, making it not as strong, but still pretty good. This card will find someway to become relevant in the standard format because of its strong potential to constantly abuse powerful trainer cards.
11. Lapras VMAX
[C][C][C] G-Max Pump: 90+
This attack does 30 more damage for each [W] energy attached to this Pokemon
Weakness: Lightning (x2)
This card in combination with “Frosmoth” can not only hit big numbers, but also survive huge hits with its massive 320 HP. This card with other cards like Frosmoth and all the new powerful search options will be one of the best decks coming into the standard format.
10. Fine Band
The attacks of the Pokemon this card is attached to do 10 more damage to your opponent’s Active Pokemon (before applying Weakness and Resistance.
This card is the only way to add damage in the standard format, and 10 damage can be relevant in a lot of ways. I expect this card to see some play, but we’ll have to wait and see how relevant 10 extra damage can be.
9. Aurora Energy
When you attach this card from your hand to a Pokemon, discard a card from your hand.
While in play, this card provides every type of Energy but provides only 1 Energy at a time
This card is very similar to Rainbow Energy, but this is just strictly better as you don’t have to take 10 damage, and you also get the opportunity to discard a card from your hand. In decks like Mewtwo & Mew GX and other decks that already abuse Rainbow Energy, this card will replace it. I really like this new Special Energy card and will definitely be picking up a playset.
8. Stonjouner VMAX
[F] Stone Gift: Attach 1 [F] Energy from your hand to 1 of your Pokemon. Then, heal 120 damage from that Pokemon.
[F][F][F] Max Rockfall: 200 damage.
Weakness: Grass (x2)
This fighting type VMAX Pokemon is going to be very effective in the Pokemon TCG as it has 330 HP, and it’s “Stone Gift” attack is great. Being able to not only heal 120 damage, but also accelerate energy is very good. And because Stonjouner VMAX has such high HP, it can be very hard to knockout with consistent healing.
7. Metal Saucer
Attach a [M] Energy card from your discard pile to 1 of your Benched [M] Pokemon.
The newest variation of specific energy acceleration went into the favor of metal Pokemon in this new Pokemon TCG series. This item card gives all Metal Pokemon a big advantage coming into both formats, and all metal Pokemon are lucky to have this card.
6. Fishing Rod
Shuffle up to 2 Pokemon and up to 2 Basic Energy cards from your discard pile into your deck.
Recovery cards are finally back in the standard format, and this is looking like the best one yet. Similar to the popular Super Rod item card, Fishing Rod allows you to put back 2 of each, instead of a mixture between the 2. This will make deck building change as people can rely on reusing Pokemon and Basic energies again.
Ability: Ice Dance
As often as you like during your turn (before your attack), you may attach a [W] Energy card from your hand to 1 of your Benched [W] Pokemon.
[W][C] Aurora Beam: 30 damage.
Weakness: Metal (x2)
This Pokemon has an ability similar to Blastoise’s infamous Deluge ability that allows you to attach as many water energies as you’d like per turn. This is exactly what Water Pokemon needed in the TCG as it makes a lot of unforeseen Water Type Pokemon good. I expect to see this card be very very good going into the new standard format.
Once during your turn (before your attack), you may discard a card from your hand. If you do, draw 2 cards.
[C] Energy Assist: 40 damage. Attach a basic Energy card from your discard pile to 1 of your Benched Pokemon.
Weakness: Fighting (x2)
Cinccino has an amazing ability that has been seen before on a Pokemon that is one of the best Pokemon cards ever printed in Zoroark GX. Cinccino has brought back “Trade” in the form of “Thrifty” to give the format a new way of fantastic draw power. This card will most likely replace Pidgeotto in standard, as well as create a lot of new archetypes viable. I am very excited for this card as Zoroark GX is one of my favorite cards ever printed.
3. Evolution Incense
Search your deck for an Evolution Pokemon, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then, shuffle your deck.
Another amazing search card in the new set allows you to search for an evolution Pokemon, similar to the popular Evosoda card from previous formats. This card will be played a lot in standard in evolution decks as it is the best way to search for them.
2. Quick Ball
You must discard 1 card from your hand in order to play this card. Search your deck for a Basic Pokemon, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then, shuffle your deck.
The newest way to search Pokemon in Quick Ball replaces Ultra Ball in a different fashion as you can only search basics, but it is still very effective. Having other search options besides Pokemon Communication and Mysterious Treasure that can search for non GX Pokemon is a great move in the right direction for the TCG. I will expect this to be played as a 4 of in every deck that can play it.
1. Professor’s Research
Discard your hand. Then, draw 7 cards.
This is reminiscent of the Professor Sycamore and Professor Juniper supporter cards which have dominated as the top supporters in all formats. Being able to discard and draw 7 fresh cards is one of the best ways in the game to go through your deck at a fast pace. This card coming back into standard is gonna make a lot of decks more consistent, therefore making it the best card to come out of Sword & Shield base.
Early Sword & Shield List
Here is an early standard format list including Sword & Shield that I believe will have a lot of potential. It includes the new Frosmoth and Lapras VMAX Pokemon as the main ways to dish out knockouts, while also abusing the powerful new search cards and the Professor’s Research
draw supporter. (the “* “symbol next to the cards in the list mean they are a part of the Sword & Shield set)
Pokemon - 18
4 Jirachi TEU
3 Lapras V*
2 Lapras VMAX*
1 Keldeo V*
1 Volcanion Prism FLI
Trainers - 30
4 Professor’s Research*
2 Mallow & Lana
4 Evolution Incense*
4 Quick Ball*
3 Energy Retrieval*
2 Escape Board
1 Fishing Rod*
4 Viridian Forest
Energy - 12
12 Basic Water Energy
The Sword & Shield base set is looking like one of the healthiest Pokemon TCG sets to date with its very consistent trainer cards in Professor’s Research, Quick Ball, and Evolution Incense. These will make decks set up a lot more often and eliminate some early inconsistencies the first two formats we’ve played this year. Also, the inclusion of VMAX Pokemon may seem like another step into power creep, but they aren’t too overly powerful like TAG TEAM GX Pokemon were. I think this is a good step in the direction most of us have wanted Pokemon to take for a long time. I for one am very excited for this new set and I cannot wait to play the new cards. I am also very excited to play these cards on the Pokemon TCG Online as the new set looks like a lot of fun.
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