We have our first look at Japan's second main Sword & Shield set, Rebellion Clash. It features, amongst other powerful cards, an Eldegoss V card that has a powerful “on play” ability similar to Dedenne-GX and Shaymin-EX in the past. Let's take a closer look at some of these new cards!
Although it's probably not the most popular of Pokémon for fans/collectors, the big talking point for Rebellion Clash's partial set reveal has to be Eldegoss V. On paper it doesn't look like much, 180 HP and a 50 damage attack that shuffles it back into the deck, but the Ability makes it one of the most powerful Pokémon we've seen in the past few months.
Similar to Shaymin-EX, Tapu Lele-GX and Dedenne-GX in recent years, Eldegoss V's ability triggers only when it's played to the bench. It lets you take ANY Supporter card from your Discard Pile, and add it to your hand.
Combined with the Boss's Orders, the new Supporter card that allows you to choose one of your opponent’s Benched Pokémon and switch it with their Active Pokémon (same as Lysandre in the past), this will be a powerful combo that will be used in a LOT of decks going forward. Side note, I can't wait to see the full art version of the Boss's Orders card featuring Giovanni, the one from Hidden Fates was stunning!
As Eldegoss V is effectively useless on the first turn due to it only recovering Supporter cards, I don't think it will reach the $30+ (USD) heights that the previously named "on play" cards did, but it will definitely be highly sought after by players of the game. Thankfully there likely also be a full-art version in the set so it makes it slightly easier to obtain.
The set also features new V & VMAX cards of Sword & Shield favourites, Toxtricity and Dragapult, with the latter being one of the most powerful attackers in the Nintendo Switch video games. Toxtricity V and VMAX don't seem overly powerful cards, but Dragapult VMAX has a powerful spread damage attack that could see play in the future.
What's interesting is that Dragapult VMAX, alongside the VMAX cards of Cinderace, Rillaboom and Inteleon (VMAX Rising set), feature arts of these Pokémon giant sized, and not with unique Gigantamax forms seen on the VMAX cards from Sword & Shield base set.
This effectively opens the door for future VMAX cards to feature popular Pokémon like Mewtwo, Darkrai and Rayquaza, even though they don't (yet) have unique Gigantamax forms. We highly expect Charizard V & VMAX to make its debut in Japan's April mini-set, Eruption Walker, with Venusaur and Blastoise likely receiving similar treatment in upcoming sets, as they were recently confirmed to have unique Gigantamax forms in the upcoming Sword & Shield DLC.
It was also confirmed those purchasing two booster boxes of Rebellion Clash would receive this unique Copperajah V promo card. Its not overly powerful as a card, but its awesome that fans get a bonus regardless. It's likely we'll also get this card in our April set, Rebel Clash, where we will get the vast majority of cards from VMAX Rising (February), Rebellion Clash and (possibly) Eruption Walker.
The full set list for Rebellion Clash hasn't been revealed yet, but we will bring you a closer look at the secret rare cards and any other exciting V/VMAX cards, when they get revealed. Rebellion Clash is released in Japan on March 6th 2020 and features 96 cards plus secret rares.
Stephen Kent – Ludkins Editor
(Check out Pokeguardian for all the cards revealed and their translations)