Japan's newest set, Remix Bout, has just released and with it brings three brand new Tag Team duos of Charizard & Braixen-GX, Blastoise & Piplup-GX and Venusaur & Snivy-GX! Lets take a look at all of the secret rare versions of these fan favourites!
Venusaur & Snivy-GX
When we first heard about which Pokémon Venusaur, Charizard and Blastoise would be paired with on the new Tag Team cards from Remix Bout, I was genuinely surprised about the choices of Snivy and Braixen.
After closer examination it makes some sense that Snivy, Braixen and Piplup were picked, as they were all featured heavily as partners for main character Ash, or his companions in the anime.
The full art Venusaur & Snivy-GX (SnivySaur) is nothing to write home about, but the alternate art secret rare card features iconic clay art from popular Pokémon TCG artist Yuka Morii.
Competitive wise, the card has a really handy ability that allows you to switch Pokémon on your opponents side of the field when you attach a Grass Energy to SnivySaur. It might be hard to power up its main attack, but still one to consider in the future!
Blastoise & Piplup-GX
Piplup is possibly one of the most popular of the basic water-type starter Pokémon, so it's definitely no surprise to see him teaming up with Blastoise.
The full art version of the card definitely looks awesome, but all attention will definitely be drawn to the stunning alternate art print of Blastoise & Piplup-GX (PipStoise), which is possibly my favourite alternate art Tag Team GX card from recent sets.
The card's bold and clear front-on art comes from Akira Komayama who is mostly known for only drawing regular art and holo cards, such as the Radiant Collection Charizard from Generations. I for one hope that Akira gets more chances to draw art for GX and Ultra Rare cards in the future.
In addition to the stunning art, I really like Blastoise & Piplup-GX's potential in tournaments. The main attack does enough damage to one-hit KO a Reshiram & Charizard-GX, and allows you to further attach Water energies to other Pokémon. I can't wait to try PipStoise out!
Charizard & Braixen-GX
Last but definitely not least, it's yet another Charizard card! This time Charizard is being paired with Braixen, which will definitely make fans of the Delphox line of Pokémon worried about the potential cost of adding these to their collection!
I love both the arts on the full art and alternate art versions of Charizard & Braixen-GX (CharXen? BraiZard?), with both allowing Charizard and Braixen to share a bigger amount of the card. The alternate art in particular is extremely shiny and stands out, giving the foxy Pokémon a chance to stand out more.
Then of course, there is the rainbow rare. I've already been asked about the potential price and hype around this card compared to the rainbow rare Charizard cards from Burning Shadows and Unbroken Bonds.
It is really hard to say what will happen with this card. We expect it (and most of the cards from Remix Bout) to be released in our unnamed November main set, and it should be $100+ from the mark, similarly to the other two cards.
I feel that due to Charizard & Braixen-GX card not being as obviously powerful tournament-wise as Reshiram & Charizard-GX (still loads of potential being able to search out cards though!), and with Christmas coming shortly after the launch of the set, I don't see it reaching the current $200+ highs straight away that ReshiZard did. I still expect it to be a good graded PSA10 investment for the future though, as many other rainbow rare versions of popular Pokémon should be.
If Remix Bout is anything to go by, we are going to have another huge main English set in November with 180+ cards. Already these three Tag Team Pokémon would be enough to make a ton of hype for the set, but with at least one more Japanese main set to be added, who knows how more awesome and stacked the set could become!
Remix Bout released in Japan on July 5th, check out the full set list here.
Stephen Kent – Ludkins Pro Player
Venusaur & Snivy-GX – Grass – HP270
Ability: Shining Vine
If this Pokemon is your Active Pokemon, whenever you attach a [G] Energy from your hand to this Pokemon during your turn, you may choose 1 of your opponent’s Benched Pokemon and switch it with their Active Pokemon.
[G][C][C][C] Forest Dump: 160 damage.
[C][C][C]+ Solar Blast GX: This attack does 50 damage to each of your opponent’s Pokemon. (Don’t apply Weakness and Resistance for Benched Pokemon.) If this Pokemon has at least 2 additional Energy attached to it (in addition to this attack’s cost), heal all damage from each of your Pokemon. (You can’t use more than 1 GX attack in a game.)
Charizard & Braixen-GX – Fire – HP270
[R][R][R][C] Shiny Flare: 180 damage. You may search your deck for up to 3 cards and put them into your hand. Then, shuffle your deck.
[R]+ Crimson Flame Pillar GX: Attach 5 basic Energy cards from your discard pile to your Pokemon in any way you like. If this Pokemon has at least 1 extra Energy attached to it (in addition to this attack’s cost), your opponent’s Active Pokemon is now Burned and Confused. (You can’t use more than 1 GX attack in a game.)
Blastoise & Piplup-GX – Water – HP270
[W][W][C] Splash Maker: 150 damage. You may attach up to 3 [W] Energy from your hand to your Pokemon in any way you like. Then, heal 50 damage from each of those Pokemon for each Energy you attached to them.
[W][W][C]+ Bubble Launcher GX: 100+ damage. Your opponent’s Active Pokemon is now Paralyzed. If this Pokemon has at least 3 additional [W] Energy attached to it (in addition to this attack’s cost), this attack does 150 more damage. (You can’t use more than 1 GX attack in a game.)