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Pokémon V Have Arrived! - New Cards from Sword & Shield

Pokémon showed us our first proper look at Pokémon V, the next generation of cards that will be introduced in the Sword & Shield era of the TCG, as well as the new holo pattern to be seen on the main set cards. Let's take a closer look at the future of the Pokémon Trading Card Game!

Releasing in Japan's Sword & Shield V5 Starter Decks on November 29 2019 (shortly after we get our final Sun & Moon set ), these five new “V” cards will pave the way for the new design that will be a staple for the Pokémon TCG for the next three or so years of the Sword & Shield era.

Despite not featuring any Gen 1 or any of the more traditionally popular Pokémon (Charizard, Mewtwo, Pikachu etc) it's clear to see that the Pokémon chosen (Celebi, Keldeo, Victini, Regirock & Tapu Koko) are more popular in Japan and are all Legendary/Mythical Pokémon, so they are definitely strong choices for these cards introducing us to Pokémon V for the first time.

Effectively Pokémon V are the same gameplay wise as Pokémon-EX and Pokémon-GX, giving up two prizes when knocked out. However unlike the EX's of the BW/XY era, these cards seem to be a lot beefier with 30-50 HP more each on average.

They all also have very simple attacks (see bottom of this post for translations), perhaps because of their inclusion in theme decks. These definitely seem like the starters, before we get the main course Pokémon V cards in the first proper Japan Sword & Shield set in November.

Victini V Pokemon TCG

The designs of the Pokémon V cards have been dividing the community since they were announced last weekend. Some have been praising the the striking 3D art, where as others are citing “lazy design” among others. Here is a selection of comments from social media:

“Wish they would leave the 3D uninspired designs and get some real artwork done.”

“Sort of looks like a mix of Prime art and modern 3D cards. Good upgrade, IMO.”

“Bad 3D models are bad 3D models. Now I can see more of the mediocre texturing work with generic backgrounds.”

“I hate that it fades to a solid color bar/border on the bottom. if you paid a graphic designer to create some art or adverts, you would consider this technique a pretty cheap and lazy one.”

“They're beautiful, especially Victini.”

“Pokémon doesnt have money to pay decent illustrators? Because we know they exist, and they are very good.”

“They straight up took a picture of some trees for the background of Celebi."

As you can see generally most are not in favour of the Pokémon V cards, however as we all know Pokémon is primarily a children's card game and I'm sure the majority of kids will love these, like they did with GX's and Tag Team cards.

Traditional collectors like you and myself do have something to get excited about though, Sword & Shield will bring us our first new holo pattern design in years, featuring a cool vertical striped rainbow design.

Many weren't a fan of the BW era holos with the strong vertical lines, but I thought they were unique and these new Sword & Shield holos definitely stand out more than their XY and Sun & Moon predecessors. I might actually start collecting regular holos again other than Pikachu cards!

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Stephen Kent – Ludkins Editor


Pokémon V Translations:

Celebi V

G Call for Friends

Search your deck for up to 2 Pokémon and put them into your hand.

GC Line Force 50+

20 more damage times the number of your benched Pokémon.

Keldeo V

W Splash 40

CCC Secret Sword 50+

30 more damage for each Water energy attached to this Pokémon.

Tapu Koko V

L Spike Draw 20

Draw 2 cards.

LLC Striking Bolt 200

This Pokémon can’t attack during your next turn.

Victini V

C Spreading Fire

Attach up to 3 Fire energy from your discard to your Pkmn any way you like.

RR Eneburst 30x

30 damage times the number of energy attached to both active Pokémon.

Regirock V

FC Raging Hammer 30+

10 more damage for each damage counter on this Pokémon.

FFC Rock-hard Tackle 190

This Pokémon does 30 to itself.