Pokémon fans, get ready for the highly anticipated expansion of the Pokémon Trading Card Game, Scarlet & Violet—Paldea Evolved. The expansion, which features over 190 cards, including newly discovered Pokémon from the Paldea region, is set to release on June 9, 2023. With just a few weeks to go, fans are getting their first look at some of the exciting new cards that will be included in the upcoming expansion.
One of the cards that is getting a lot of attention is Tinkatuff, illustrated by Tika Matsuno. The artwork shows Tinkatuff pounding away at a sheet of metal deep within a cave, with resources such as a metal pipe and girder scattered around. The Tinkatuff card comes with a progression of illustrations that show the Pokémon forging its next hammer, from Tinkatink to the Tinkaton ex card.
Another exciting card is Baxcalibur, illustrated by Tomokazu Komiya. The artwork shows Baxcalibur using its signature move, Glaive Rush, to cut down a tree in its snowy mountain habitat. The card comes with a powerful ability called Super Cold that allows you to attach a Basic Water Energy card from your hand to one of your Pokémon as often as you like during your turn.
Chi-Yu ex is another card making its Pokémon TCG debut as a powerful Pokémon ex. The card bursts through the frame, with dark flames engulfing the artwork and borders. For one Fire Energy, the card allows you to burn your opponent’s resources and discard the top 2 cards of their deck with the Jealously Singe attack. Alternatively, you can use the Flame Surge attack for two Fire Energy to do 100 damage to the opposing Pokémon and then attach a Fire Energy from your deck to 3 of your Benched Pokémon.
Reversal Energy is a special energy card that allows you to turn the tables on your opponent. If you have more Prize cards remaining than your opponent and Reversal Energy is attached to an Evolution Pokémon without a Rule Box, the card provides 3 of every type of Energy at a time. This card is expected to be particularly powerful in the Gym Leader Challenge alternative play format.
Finally, Giacomo is a skilled Trainer and the boss of Team Star’s Dark crew, as well as a DJ with a passion for music. The artwork by KIYOTAKA OSHIYAMA shows Giacomo reviewing his notes while munching on a hot dog, with an elevated perspective from the rafters. The card allows you to discard a Special Energy from each of your opponent’s Pokémon, making it the perfect choice for a disruptive Dark-type Trainer.
With so many exciting cards, Scarlet & Violet—Paldea Evolved is sure to be a hit with Pokémon fans. The expansion releases on June 9, 2023, so mark your calendars and get ready to catch ‘em all!