By Aaron Evangelisti / December 14th, 2016
Well, it’s been nearly a month since Pokémon Sun & Moon launched for 3DS (A month? Really?!), but the Alola region’s influence hasn’t yet hit the TCG, or at least not in North America. All that changes February 3rd when Sun & Moon Base Set is released.
This new set will feature over 40 new Pokémon from the series’ 7th generation of games, including Alolan forms of some old favorites. This set will also introduce a new card type known as Pokémon GX, which comes equipped with powerful moves that can only be used once per game, not unlike the Z-Crystals from its video game counterparts.
You can read the entire press release below and check out some cool looking card scans:
The Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) is a collectible and competitive trading card uses it to battle against other players in fast-paced, strategyoriented play. Since the debut of the Pokémon TCG in 1996, more than 21.5 billion cards have been shipped to 74 countries around the world.
Welcome to the tropical Alola region! Start your journey with Rowlet, Litten, and Popplio, then seek out the Legendary Pokémon Solgaleo-GX and Lunala-GX to witness the awesome power of a new kind of Pokémon: each Pokémon-GX brings an attack so devastating that you can use only one of them per game! Discover dozens of never-before-seen Pokémon, Alola forms of some familiar favorites, and new ways to battle in the Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon expansion!
The Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon expansion will be available for purchase at participating Toys“R”Us stores in the US and Canada, as well as hobby shops and participating GameStop locations, starting Friday, February 3, 2017, introducing more than 140 new cards to collect and play.
Key Features of the Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon expansion
● More than 40 brand-new Pokémon: Many of the exotic and tropical Pokémon that Trainers have come to love in the new Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon video games join the Pokémon Trading Card Game in this expansion!
● New Alolan Pokémon: Regional variants of many classic Pokémon who have a new look in Alola will appear in the Pokémon TCG. Many of these Alolan Pokémon have a free attack, one they can use with no Energy attached!
● Introducing Pokémon-GX: These super-powered Pokémon will have a huge impact on the game.
● Legendary Pokémon: Solgaleo and Lunala, the Legendary Pokémon from the Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon video games, join the Pokémon TCG as new Pokémon-GX.
● New card design: The beauty of the Alola region is reflected in the new art and design of the Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon expansion.
● Booster packs: Packs of 10 additional cards selected from the expansion will sell for $3.99.
● Three new theme decks: These 60-card preconstructed decks are designed to introduce players to the Pokémon TCG by enabling them to play right away. Theme decks will sell for $12.99 each.
Sun & Moon theme decks and booster packs include an in-pack code card that unlocks virtual cards from the Sun & Moon expansion for play in the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online at www.pokemon.com/tcgo. The Pokémon TCG Online is also available for iPad via the App Store and Android tablets via Google Play.
Play! Pokémon provides opportunities for Pokémon TCG and video game players to enjoy their favorite games together—from casual Pokémon League gatherings to competitive events that make up the Pokémon Trading Card Game and Video Game Championship Series. The Championship Series culminates each year with the Pokémon World Championships, where players from more than 30 countries battle for the title of Pokémon World Champion in three different age divisions. There are more than 450,000 entrants in Pokémon events worldwide each year.
New to Play! Pokémon? Check out a Pokémon League in your area! Pokémon Leagues are strong communities of Pokémon TCG and video game players around the world, and groups can be found in cities and towns in many countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Italy, Germany, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Pokémon Leagues are a great way to play casually and trade with others! For more information on Play! Pokémon or to find a Pokémon League in your area, please visit www.pokemon.com/play
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