POKEMON cards are still as popular as they ever were, and the collection has just been increased by a massive 140 cards in the Sun and Moon Burning Shadows expansion. Pokemon is still as popular as ever – the launch of Pokemon Go last year proved that the media sensation never truly died, and has been wedged firmly in public consciousness since it arrived over 20 years ago.
Pokemon Go was downloaded over 500 million times and the most recent games (Sun and Moon) tallied sales of up to 15 million, Pokemon’s empire is clearly still in full swing… and Pokemon cards are no exception.
As electronic card games increase in popularity (Hearthstone leads a $1.2 billion market!), Pokemon still dominates the physical card space – maintaining its popularity alongside Pokemon games, anime, apps and merch.
The Pokemon Card Game (referred to lovingly as Pokemon TCG by fans) use all the mechanics you’ll know from the games: you can evolve Pokemon, you can swap out Pokemon from the battle to the bench, there are recognisable Trainers you can play to help you in battle, and there are items you can use to help you recover damage, do more damage or even outright remove Pokemon from battle.
The game – despite looking pretty intimidating if you’re new to it – is surprisingly simple to learn, and there are even dedicated starter kits designed to ease new players into the game.
Equally, game mechanics haven’t changed all that much since it was introduced over two decades ago: there’s still a focus on one-on-one battling, there’s still an incentive to build themed decks, and there are still almost infinite variations of mechanics, cards and gimmicks to use to get one up on your opponents.
You can also play with all the cards you can collect in real life in Pokemon TCG Online – which is available on iOS, Android and on PC/Mac.
Unlike the video games – which typically release once per year – the Pokemon TCG (Trading Card Game) tends to get updated multiple times per annum, meaning there’s always something new to learn, new mechanics to get your head around, and new ways to bring your favourite monsters back into the action.
The latest set of which is Pokemon Sun and Moon: Burning Shadows and you can find out more on that expansion, just below.
BURNING SHADOWS EXPANSION
The new Pokemon TCG Sun and Moon – Burning Shadows expansion includes the following:
- Over 140 cards
- 12 new Pokémon-GX
- 6 new full-art Supporter cards featuring important human characters
Minions of Team Skull and a cavalcade of new Pokémon stand ready to battle in the Pokémon TCG: Sun and Moon Burning Shadows expansion.
Slug it out with new titans like Necrozma-GX and Tapu Fini-GX, or battle with trusty allies from Machamp-GX and Charizard-GX to Darkrai-GX and Ho-Oh-GX.
This expansion also includes two new theme decks, with each one contains everything a player needs to start battling right away. The two decks are Rock Steady and Luminous Frost, details of which can be found underneath.
Steady nerves and a sharp punch: Lycanroc is ready to stand and fight! This hardworking deck puts both Fighting- and Psychic-type Pokémon at your fingertips—for strength of body and mind.
The deck includes: 60 Pokémon card deck, 1 card checklist, 1 metallic coin, 2-player playmat and rulesheet, 1 code card to play this deck online and 1 deck box
Alolan Ninetales is keeping it frosty—and its friends are super-hot! Opposites attract when you fuse Fire and Water types, offering two paths to victory.
The deck includes: 60 Pokémon card deck, 1 card checklist, 1 metallic coin, 2-player playmate and rulesheet, 1 code card to play this deck online and 1 deck box