Japanese fans got their hands on the XerneasEX and YveltalEX Super Legend Set early, revealing finally what the rest of the decks cards consist of before the official release this coming Friday. While most cards are reprints from the Xerneas and Yveltal decks released earlier this year, which was to be expected given the nature of the EX cards themselves, there are three brand new cards in the 23 numbered in the deck consisting of Pancham (001/023), Pangoro (002/023), and Slurpuff (008/023).

All of the cards for the set can be seen below complete with translations.
Many thanks to Matome for the early shots last night, and Yahoo Japan users for the scans!

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13 November 2014 @ 01:11 am
Toys'R'Us in Japan will be holding a special campaign called Pokemon Christmas Fair, where the first 100,000 people to purchase over 3,000円 of select Pokemon goods at participating stores will receive an original jumbo Pikachu card, the first jumbo in quite a long time for the Japanese TCG and the second jumbo of 2014. Shoppers can also get a special Monster Collection figure of Pikachu in a new sculpt pose for the first 50,000 purchases of 5,000円 of select goods.

All purchases as part of the campaign can enter the draw for a special Cosplay Pikachu 3DSLL for which 20 people have a chance at. It's a nice little surprise campaign that's snuck up suddenly for the holiday season!

The only shot of the jumbo available right now from the TRU catalogue is small, so the text is illegible currently and the artwork hard to make out, but you can check it out below nonetheless.

A new concept pack sub set has been announced through wholesalers to bridge the gap between the December and February sets next year. Called Team Magma vs Team Aqua Double Crisis, the subset will feature 6 card packs instead of the normal 5 with a guarantee of a holo in every pack, and will comprise of up to 34 cards total. Sharpedo and Camerupt are the star players on the sell sheet, so we may possibly be seeing EX and M-EX cards of them. The sub set will be released on January 30, 2015, and each 6 card pack will cost 186円 plus tax.

On the same day a special Double Crisis Value Set will also be released for 510円 plus tax. The Value Set features not only 2 booster packs, but a half-deck box featuring Groudon and Kyogre, and 5 energy cards. It's not yet known if these energies will just be standard supply or promo prints. You can check out the sell sheets for both products below.



It's very exciting to see we're getting Magma vs Aqua stuff already -- given the reluctance to bring Owner's Pokemon or the SP archetype back into the game as demonstrated by XY4, I don't think we'll be seeing any direct Magma's/Aqua's Pokemon cards, but maybe we'll be seeing some Magma and Aqua gear cards ala Flare Gear cards? We won't know until more details are released, so stay tuned.
Fresh off of the official site, there has been an announcement that a special artbook -- a first for the series -- will be released on the 13th of December. Called the Pokemon Card Game Illustration Collection, it will feature 192 full colour pages with artwork from the TCG artists for packs, promotions for Pokemon Centre, and the cards themselves in a B5 format book (approximately 6.93"x9.84" or 17.6x25cm) spanning over the 18 year history of the TCG itself.

In addition to that, two original promo cards illustrated by Mitsuhiro Arita and Kanako Eo will be included with the book. The cards in question are Cosplay Pikachu (099/XY-P) and Rayquaza (100/XY-P), and they are both absolutely beautiful to look at. The book will cost 2,000円 pre-tax and can currently only be pre-ordered (even by international shoppers) on Amazon Japan, though Rakuten and i7 and Holdings will have pre-orders up shortly.

You can check out the two promos and their translations below, along with a preview of the book and the cover art, which is also by Mitsuhiro Arita.


In the wake of the CoroCoro official street release, the official Pokemon-Card website has updated in Japan with the cards from XY5 revealed in addition to a handful more, as well as the official reveal of the Super Legend Set (with nothing truly new asides from showcasing the artwork for the coin, sleeves, deck case, and play mat) and the M DiancieEX Blister.

It's a big update, that's for sure! XY5's official splash image tells us that this is an "Event Release! The Power of Omega and Alpha!" in relation to the set being the game-based tie-in for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. Without further ado lets dive into the plethora of information revealed!


To start things off, the XY5 official announcement showcases not just the cards that were in CoroCoro, but a handful more even if only small. GroudonEX (GV:039/070) and KyogreEX (TS:031/070) are the main show-stoppers right now, and it is confirmed that their Mega evolution cards, something so far only revealed in the English TCG side of things, will be coming into play with the sets. Alongside those two, Sceptile, Blaziken, and Swampert were all revealed with their pre-evolutions. The Sceptile and Blaziken lines will be in Gaia Volcano, while the Swampert line will be exclusive to Tidal Storm.

The type split that was discussed in CoroCoro was also showcased on the official reveal, and like the focal Pokemon of the sets: Gaia Volcano is based around 'Land' dwelling Pokemon with Fire, Fighting, and Steel types set to appear, and Tidal Storm is based around 'Sea' dwelling Pokemon with Water, Dark, and Fairy types set to appear. Honedge and Meditite are in Gaia Volcano, while Crawdaunt and Maril are in Tidal Storm. At present the numbers for the cards are illegible.

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The M DiancieEX Blister promo cards can be seen below. As a reminder the blister comes with three booster packs and will only cost 500円 + tax, making these very affordable promos. As we knew prior when the product was announced, DiancieEX and M DiancieEX are both promo cards, and it looks like DiancieEX is coming in at 092/XY-P, and M DiancieEX coming in at 093/XY-P.


Still no official word on the shiny MetagrossEX and M MetagrossEX set, but hopefully in the coming weeks they too will surface! I'll keep my eyes peeled.

14 October 2014 @ 03:15 pm
While the Super Legend Set was announced what feels like eons ago in July, it's release is fast upon us as October rapidly disappears. In addition to the December XY set block being previewed in CoroCoro, there was also a small preview of the Super Legend Set which gives a solid confirmation for what the XerneasEX and YveltalEX prints are going to be in the set.

The prints are Japanese issues of the formerly english-exclusive Spring 2014 tins from March this year, and will also come with reprints of the full-art cards from XY1 as part of the set, which explains why there were two EX cards advertised on the sell sheet prototype image for the set. No other cards have been revealed, though with the official site set to update with both XY5 and this set on Friday we might get more of a glimpse soon enough.

You can check it out below!

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In the wake of all the exciting new CoroCoro leaks for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, XY5's Gaia Volcano and Tidal Storm have both made a premier appearance and showcased both KyogreEX and GroudonEX. According to the magazine as well, both sets will have very specific type focuses, and it appears that only certain types will be in certain sets.

Gaia Volcano is set to feature Fire, Fighting, and Steel types exclusively, while Tidal Storm is set to feature Water, Darkness, and Fairy types exclusively, creating a major dichotomy between the set typings and almost pitting them against one another given type weaknesses and resistances that is reminiscent of Groudon and Kyogre's own clash.

At the time this was posted no images had surfaced yet of the early leak, but are starting to appear now. It's also known that Blaziken and Sceptile will be in Gaia Volcano and Swampert in Tidal Storm! KyogreEX comes in at 031/070 for Tidal Storm, and GroudonEX comes in at 039/070 in Gaia Volcano. Thanks to twitter user Subaru Stars we've now got images of the cards.

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Online suppliers have new sellsheets up for the December block of TCG in Japan. The first big announcement is that we will be seeing XY5 arrive on the 13th of December, and is a set block featuring two Hoenn-focals: Gaia Volcano and Tidal Storm. Both sets will have 70 cards, excluding secret rares and ultra rares. It's nice to see that the XY era is continuing rather than having a schism off into ORAS with it's own designation.

The sets will likely feature Primal GroudonEX and Primal KyogreEX, given their earlier reveal in English, which are variant forms of Mega evolution cards. You can check out the pre-release image of the packs below!

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In addition to the set block, Special Pack Silver M MetagrossEX was announced. Released on the same day, this blister pack will feature 3x Gaia Volcano packs, 3x Tidal Storm packs, and three special promo cards in the form of MetagrossEX, M MetagrossEX, and Torchic. The blister will cost 1,000円 + tax. MetagrossEX and M MetagrossEX are both shiny, to tie in with the Shiny Beldum present that is being given away in the ORAS games.

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Similarly to when Collection X and Collection Y were released, a Primal Groudon & Kyogre Energy Box is being released as well on the 13th. The box will contain 45 energy cards, 5 as of yet undetermined promo cards (the prototype image showcases the same 5 XY trainer promos that were in the Xerneas & Yveltal Box), and doubles as a storage box complete with special dividers. The box will cost only 500円 + tax.

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Finally, there will also be sleeves and deck boxes released with Primal Groudon and Primal Kyogre. The prototype images of them only feature Sugimori art right now. Sleeves will cost only 380円 for a pack of 32, and boxes also 380円.
The official Pokemon-Card.com website today updated with news about the upcoming Battle Festa for the autumn season, including prize cards that will be handed out at the tournament. A lot of unnumbered and a few numbered cards are debuting!

As a reminder to non-JP players, Battle Festa is the equivalent of Cities in the English TCG tournament lineup, complete with their equivalent of League (in this case Pokemon Gym) having special events inside the whole festa. This autumn Battle Festa will begin on the 26th of October in Shizuoka (Hamamatsu Exhibition Hall), then run from the 1st-2nd of November in Tokyo (Sunshine City's Bunkan Kaikan Exhibition Hall), 9th of November in Kumamoto (Kaikan Exhibition Hall), 16th of November in Osaka (Intex Osaka), and end on the 24th of November in Miyagi (Yumemese Miyagi Exhibition Hall).

Now, on to prizes. In the numbered category of promos: there is a full-art print of Pikachu that has other Pokemon like Mega Gengar and Mega Lucario from the Battle Festa logo in the background. This promo will be given away to all participants at the Battle Festa so long as supplies last and is promo 090/XY-P. Alongside the gorgeous Pikachu is a Japanese print of the XY promo Sylveon that was released in English last year. This Sylveon comes in at 091/XY-P and will be given to players who earn up to 7 play points during the Festa.

As for unnumbered promos, three come at us in the form of a holo reprint of Robo Substitute from XY4, AbsolEX and M AbsolEX. The Robo Substitute is given to participants of the Pokemon Gym entry point battles at the Festa, while the Absol cards will be given away as a set to players who earn 12 play points during the Festa. Both of these new EX cards look amazing, and it's about time we saw them in the TCG given Mega Absol was geared up to be such a big thing in the July summer movie this year -- it was disappointing that it didn't make it into XY3! We've got it now, though.

You can check out images and translations (of the new cards) below!

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13 September 2014 @ 01:30 pm
Happy Phantom Gate release day! My boxes will arrive at the start of next week for sure, so look out for photos and videos of the pulls when that happens. With the release of the latest XY set in Japan, the official Pokemon-Card website has updated with the set and deck, and additionally announced that the Pokemon Gym program would be holding an Autumn Battle in conjunction with CoroCoro Ichiban, along with the participation presents for the October-November season of Gym Challenge.

The October-November present is a new Promotional Card Pack, with GalladeEX featured as the forerunner card. Like other packs, such as the KrookodileEX one, this will likely be one of up to twelve new promos released in the pack. Kind of a neat tie-in given that Mega Gallade was just officially announced for ORAS today as well, I think. The text for the attack bodies is too small to make out right now, unfortunately, but what could be made out is translated below.