With Reshiram & Charizard-GX taking all the headlines from the recent Unbroken Bonds Pokémon TCG set, nobody was expecting everyone's favourite Gen 1 fire powerhouse to receive even more GX cards so quickly! Lets take a look at these newest additions to the ever-growing Zard library!
Multiple retailers recently confirmed that our 2019 autumn mini set, Hidden Fates, would be at last the English answer to Japan's popular GX Ultra Shiny set, which contains close to 80 Sun & Moon Pokémon cards, both normal and GX, in their shiny versions.
Like with Dragon Majesty and Shining Legends before it, Hidden Fates booster packs will only be available from special sealed products, with one of the first being a trio of classic style Pokémon TCG tins (retailing at around $20 USD each) featuring Gyarados-GX, Raichu-GX, and yet another Charizard-GX!
Alongside the other two promos, the Charizard-GX card inside the tin will feature a different art from the one recently released “Family Box” Set in Japan, but we presume it will have the same card text. We still don't know yet whether we will be getting the Japanese art seen above as an English card.
We don't know yet whether the shiny Charizard-GX (reprint of the Burning Shadows Charizard-GX) will be included in Hidden Fates boosters, but with the tins including four of these packs, just imagine yourself buying the Charizard tin and then pulling one! Due to the likely HUGE size of Hidden Fates, and the popularity of Charizard, don't expect the shiny Charizard-GX to be cheap!
The most recent new Charizard card to be announced is Charizard & Braixen-GX from Japan's July set SM11a Remix Bout. Nobody even expected us to get yet another Charizard-GX card so soon, never mind a new Tag Team card, also featuring XY's stage one foxy fire Pokémon; Braixen.
Alongside Blastoise & Piplup-GX and Venusaur & Snivy-GX (both yet to be officially confirmed), Remix Bout seems to be another huge nostalgia trip set, seemingly going with a theme of combining popular starter Pokémon from multiple generations. I know Piplup is popular, but I was surprised to see Snivy and Braixen featured over more prominent starter-line Pokémon such as Sceptile and Cyndaquil.
We don't have an official set list yet, but as its a Japanese “sub set” containing only 64 cards, Charizard & Braixen-GX (translation below) and the other two GX's will be the main focus on the set. It wouldn't surprise me to see them also get full art, alternate art and hyper (rainbow) rare versions in the same set.
With those, and the ones mentioned above, will bring the tally of English-language GX cards that feature Charizard to a whopping 14, far more than any other Pokémon from the Sun & Moon era. This eclipses the 11 (roughly, not including reprints with the same art) different Charizard-EX cards we got in the XY era ,with still at least 2-3 more Japanese sets to come before we get our first Sword and Shield cards. What makes this even more staggering is that Charizard had TWO different Mega forms in the XY era which count towards that tally also!
The main reason for the influx of Charizards over the past few months (and upcoming months) is likely due to financial reasons. Putting Charizard (and to a certain extent, Blastoise and Venusaur) in a set will guarantee high sales from collectors and casual players, regardless if the cards are competitively viable for tournaments or not.
Pokémon Japan is likely wanting to avoid repeats of printing sets that prominently feature newer, or middle-generation Pokémon, due to the influx of casual collectors that started (or resumed collecting) in recent years since Pokémon GO and Let's Go, Eevee! & Let's Go, Pikachu! were released for mobile devices and Nintendo Switch respectively.
I think there's one thing we can all agree on, Charizard fan, player, or something in between the two, we definitely don't want to see sets like Crimson Invasion again in the future! I for one welcome our Charizard overlords!
Stephen Kent – Ludkins Pro Player
Charizard & Braixen-GX – Fire – HP270
Basic Pokemon (TAG TEAM)
[F][F][F][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.
[F]+ 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 Poisoned and Confused. (You can’t use more than 1 GX attack in a game.)