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17 June 2015 @ 06:00 pm
We're here at the end of the XY era officially before the transition to XY BREAK in September, and it's going out with quite a bang. Bandit Ring is a colossal Japanese set, weighing in at almost 100 cards with a large majority of the tail end full of difficult to get Super Rare (SR) and Ultra Rare (UR) cards; the UR especially will be highly sought after solely on the fact they feature Shiny Pokémon!


Without further ado, here's the breakdown of the set overall. Bandit Ring consists of 37 Common cards, 24 Uncommon cards, 9 Rare (holo) cards, 11 Double Rare (EX) cards, 11 Super Rare cards, 5 Ultra Rare cards for a grand total of 97 cards. Being a movie tie-in set, the focus is on Legendary Pokemon for the most part with HoopaEX leading the charge, and we see a large number of Pokémon returning that haven't seen cards printed for a large number of years! Gorgeous wide illustrations across the board, and dynamic art overall for the entirety of the set.

Continuing the trend of Ancient Traits, Bandit Ring introduces three new traits in the form of Theta-themed ones.
θ Stop: This Pokémon cannot be affected by your opponent's Pokémon's Abilities.
θ Double: This Pokémon can have up to 2 Pokémon Tool cards attached to it at the same time.
θ Max: When 1 of your Pokémon becomes this Pokémon, heal all damage from it.

When some of those are matched up with cards giving us dual typing (Jolteon, AT Golurk), other supporters that cripple abilities (Hex Maniac), and some out-right nasty stacking attacks the playability in this set is wide and varied. They certainly threw in all the cards, pardon the pun, for this swansong of the XY Era.

Bandit Ring's SR Cards:
SceptileEX (082/081), M SceptileEX (083/081 - θ Stop), KyuremEX (084/081), AmpharosEX (085/081), M AmpharosEX (086/081), HoopaEX (087/081), MachampEX (088/081), TyranitarEX (089/081), M TyranitarEX (090/081), GiratinaEX (091/081), LugiaEX (092/081)

Bandit Ring's UR Cards:
Primal KyogreEX (093/081 - θ Max), Primal GroudonEX (094/081 - θ Max), M RayquazaEX (095/081 - θ Max), Energy Retrieval (096/081), Trainers' Post (097/081)

Bandit Ring's Ancient Trait Wide Illustration Cards:
Vespiquen (θ Double), Entei (θ Double), Gyarados (θ Double), Baltoy (θ Stop), Golurk (θ Stop), Metagross (θ Double), PorygonZ (θ Stop)

For setlist and translations, please see Bulbapedia where I've been endeavouring alongside others to have the most accurate info and translations for the cards available. For all images, check out below!

OddishBanditRing1 GloomBanditRing2 VileplumeBanditRing3 BellossomBanditRing4 SpinarakBanditRing5 AriadosBanditRing6 SceptileEXBanditRing7 MSceptileEXBanditRing8 CombeeBanditRing9 VespiquenBanditRing10 VespiquenBanditRing11 VirizionBanditRing12 FlareonBanditRing13 EnteiBanditRing14 EnteiBanditRing15 LarvestaBanditRing16 VolcaronaBanditRing17 VolcaronaBanditRing18 MagikarpBanditRing19 GyaradosBanditRing20 GyaradosBanditRing21 VaporeonBanditRing22 RelicanthBanditRing23 RegiceBanditRing24 KyuremEXBanditRing25 JolteonBanditRing26 AmpharosEXBanditRing27 MAmpharosEXBanditRing28 RotomBanditRing29 UnownBanditRing30 BaltoyBanditRing31 BaltoyBanditRing32 ClaydolBanditRing33 GolettBanditRing34 GolurkBanditRing35 HoopaEXBanditRing36 MachampEXBanditRing37 WooperBanditRing38 QuagsireBanditRing39 RegirockBanditRing40 GolurkBanditRing41 TyranitarEXBanditRing42 MTyranitarEXBanditRing43 SableyeBanditRing44 InkayBanditRing45 MalamarBanditRing46 BeldumBanditRing47 MetangBanditRing48 MetagrossBanditRing49 MetagrossBanditRing50 RegisteelBanditRing51 RaltsBanditRing52 KirliaBanditRing53 GardevoirBanditRing54 CottoneeBanditRing55 WhimsicottBanditRing56 GiratinaEXBanditRing57 GoomyBanditRing58 SliggooBanditRing59 GoodraBanditRing60 MeowthBanditRing61 PersianBanditRing62 EeveeBanditRing63 PorygonBanditRing64 Porygon2BanditRing65 PorygonZBanditRing66 PorygonZBanditRing67 LugiaEXBanditRing68

EcoArmBanditRing69 PaintRollerBanditRing70 LevelBallBanditRing71 LuckyHelmetBanditRing72 SceptileSpiritLinkBanditRing73 AmpharosSpiritLinkBanditRing74 TyranitarSpiritLinkBanditRing75 AceTrainerBanditRing76 HexManiacBanditRing77 TownOfLostColorBanditRing78 GiantPlantForestBanditRing79 FlashEnergyBanditRing80 BadEnergyBanditRing81

SceptileEXBanditRing82 MSceptileEXBanditRing83 KyuremEXBanditRing84 AmpharosEXBanditRing85 MAmpharosEXBanditRing86 HoopaEXBanditRing87 MachampEXBanditRing88 TyranitarEXBanditRing89 MTyranitarEXBanditRing90 GiratinaEXBanditRing91 LugiaEXBanditRing92

PrimalKyogreEXBanditRing93 PrimalGroudonEXBanditRing94 MRayquazaEXBanditRing95 EnergyRetrievalBanditRing96 TrainersMailBanditRing97
Suppliers have posted news regarding the next set release for the Pokemon TCG, and it comes with a landslide of news to go with it. A new era is beginning! The Mega Mewtwo playmat hint that was reported on earlier was very correct, and we've even got new decks coming out along side it. This is a big post, so buckle up for an info dump.

Pokemon Card Game XY is being reformed into Pokemon Card Game XY BREAK, and while this first set retains the numbering of prior XY era sets, it's heavily stressed that this is the start of a new era with new mechanics. Think like the change from DP to DPt. The sets will have a brand new mechanic, possibly in augmentation of the EX and M-EX system in place, but at present it's not confirmed if that is the case or if they're beginning completely anew since they're touting this as being the next big step in the development of the TCG.

The other difference in the era change-over is after years of BW-on's katakana-only names, the sets are back to using kanji. Small nuance, but it's the first time in years this has happened.

XY8 is the flagship set block, giving us two parallel sets: Blue Shock (青い衝撃) which features Mega Mewtwo X, and Red Flash (赤い閃光) which features Mega Mewtwo Y. Both sets will come out on September 25th, and both will contain 59 cards + secrets. In addition to this setblock will be two special 12-card packs in the form of "BREAK Evolution Packs" -- BREAK Evolution Pack: Raichu BREAK, and BREAK Evolution Pack: Noivern BREAK. The main set packs cost the usual 150円+tax, while these new BREAK Evolution Packs will cost 500円+tax.

At present, it's not yet known if these BREAK Evolution packs are pseudo mini-decks or are part of the set block just guaranteeing certain cards. More information will likely surface after Bandit Ring's release about that.



Alongside the set block is the standard fare deck box and deck shields, which will feature both Mega Mewtwo variants. We know from the prior news about the matching playmat on the 1st of October as well. The other big release happening in the set block is a Card Box with Energy Card: Mega Mewtwo & Mega Mewtwo Y. While not usually notable, as these kinds of box kits have been released before, the sell sheet says that all 9 energy types have redesigned/new looks. It also touts that there will be 5 special cards included, though it's highly likely that they'll be promo trainers like prior releases of these boxes. The Card Box will retail for 500円+tax.



So, what do you think the new BREAK Evolution mechanic will be? A good way to speed-boost the game? Or another gimmick that will clutter the play. Hit me up on @collectorviper and let me know what your thoughts are!
In commemoration of the Hiroshima Pokemon Centre opening this month, all Pokecens across Japan will be stocking a commemorative Special Box on the 26th of June: the Pretend Magikarp Pikachu & Pretend Gyarados Pikachu Special Box.

Each box will cost 2,500円 + tax, and come with 5 Bandit Ring booster packs, a 62 set of premium sleeves, deck box, and two premium full-art XY-P Promo cards with the two Pikas. All of this is in a nice heavy-duty long box, which can store up to 750 spare cards! Both Pikas are numbered promos, but we don't have confirmation on what their numbers are just yet.

Which of these cuties is your favourite?

Finally, we already know that the next Japanese card set (XY8) will be out toward the end of September, but a major hint as to what 'BREAK Evolution' may be has been dropped in the form of supplier documents for up-coming TCG merch in October. Cherumo Trading Cards of Akihabara report that two playmats have been listed for release on the 1st of October, one called the 'Harvest Festival Forest' (森の収穫祭) playmat which simply might be Halloween related, but the second playmat is:

Mega Mewtwo X & Mega Mewtwo Y

Perhaps the 'BREAK Evolution' hint is a mechanic that will allow for some evolution switching on special Megas like Mewtwo where it has two forms thanks to mega stone variances? Perhaps a way of bringing de-evolution back into the TCG to play a different or secondary evo? At the moment it's all up in the air and just speculation, but something tells me we got spoilt on what the set focal 'mon(s) will be in XY8.

(And if that's the case, finally, people can stop whining about the lack of M MewtwoEX... and go to complaining they're too OP!)

Many thanks to Dan for the heads up on the supplier note!
31 May 2015 @ 09:21 pm
I figure it's time I break the ice and apologise lately for failing to deliver news and scans of my own collection lately, but wanted to have it out on it's own instead of tacked onto a news post. Time to punch a hyperspace hole in the site to get this all out.

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With the Rayquaza Mega Battle finals rounding up tonight, the end of tournament information dump we've seen prior in the Lizardon Mega Battle has happened once more. In addition to officially acknowledging the XY Master Deck Builder kits (which were posted about here), they also dropped a big hint in regards to the next XY card set.

It's been confirmed that the 8th XY expansion will debut in September, and while no name has been given yet, they offered a hint keyword: BREAK Evolution. It looks like the card mechanics might be shaken up once again with this, but right now it's all speculation asides from knowing the name of... whatever this will end up being!

They also announced that there will be two major tournament brackets in the Autumn Battle Festa 2015 after worlds, featuring 'BW Regulation' and 'XY Regulation' battles, which is an odd choice mixture as it's never been done before at a major tournament.
24 April 2015 @ 01:35 pm
As expected thanks to the preview on PokemonGet TV the past weekend, the official Pokemon-Card website updated today with the first official look at Bandit Ring! Amazon Japan also updated with the box art and pack art, featuring the gorgeous Hoopa Unbound rendered by Ryota Murayama, and stockists have given us some interesting info in regards to the set pulls for the June-July block.

XY7 Bandit Ring (June):
Calling all Pokemon EX says the official tagline, with the site today giving us nothing but official confirmation on Bandit Ring. Fortunately, the Amazon listings were more fruitful, giving us box art and confirming two cards for the set thanks to the previews on the side: Cottonee and Gardevoir! It seems like the official site is keeping tight lipped about how the set is going to unfold at present, but thankfully stockists have given us a little more food for thought.

The listings on Amazon and AmiAmi for Bandit Ring changed the amount of cards confirmed for the set -- while the initial sell sheet claimed the set to be a 97 cards + SR/UR giant, the latest revision instead states that Bandit Ring will consist of 81 cards + SR/UR. According to AmiAmi, the set is going to include 37 Common cards, 24 Uncommon cards, 9 Rare (holo) cards, 11 Double Rare (EX) cards, and a baseline 11 Super Rare cards to match those EX cards, for a current total of 92 cards.

You can check out the pack and box below! Hopefully we'll see some more info shortly.

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CP2 Legendary Shine Collection (July):
Of note as well in regards to set pulls: AmiAmi also gave us the card amount listing for the concept pack. The concept pack is set to see the 27 main cards consisting of 12 Common, 3 Uncommon, 10 Rare (holo), and 2 Double Rare (EX) cards. Presumably if the concept pact is going to follow in the same vein as standard sets, we may see Super Rare variants of those EX cards, but nothing is confirmed yet.

With all the news of Hoopa Unbound, it was only inevitable the true pack art of XY7's Bandit Ring would be showcased, and today happened to be the day! PokemonGet TV had a special scoop which showcased the new set and revealed the pack which features the awesome Hoopa Unbound illustrated by Ryota Murayama.

It's likely that the next Pokemon-Card official site update will feature more info and card previews this week, so stay tuned. Until then, check out the preview below! Many thanks to Burusuca for the photo.

Bandit Ring PACK
Firstly, happy Rayquaza Mega Battle Mega Pack release day! The gorgeous BlazikenEX promo that was announced last month is now available in that from today.

The Pokemon Card official blog today posted news in regards to a few things -- the first is that a special TCG Illustrator signing will be happening during certain days of the Rayquaza Mega Battle. TOKIYA will be at the Aichi tourney on the 5th of May, Hitoshi Ariga on the 9th at Chiba, Mizuki Yutaka (mizue) on the 10th at Chiba, and lastly kawayoo on the 31st of May in Osaka. There'll be no illustrators present at the Hokkaido tourney.

Also during the Mega Battle will be sales of exclusive merch in the form of a collectors pin of the tournament logo for 500円, and a metal deck tin with a top tray for dice and markers for 950円. You can check out images of both below. Additionally, if people missed their chance to redeem their Pokemon Chance winning cards from Emerald Break for the Shiny RayquazaEX promo via the mail-in campaign, limited quantities of those promos can be redeemed at the tournament on the 7th of May.

XY_RMB_logoBadge_image candeckcase_damekan

The blog also announced the May to July block of Pokemon Gym will be seeing a new set of 12 promo cards, which was to be expected, in the 5th release of Gym Packs for the season. The promos will be lead by a dragon-type TyrantrumEX (133/XY-P), and the packs also feature Dragonair (132/XY-P) which is an alternate art reprint from Emerald Break.

TyrantrumEX comes as a surprise, as a recent announcement in the English TCG side of things showed that SceptileEX will be coming out, with the previously announced BlazikenEX and SwampertEX cards Japan has lined up as part of the Rayquaza Mega Battle goods, in the summer promo tins which lead many to assume it would be a part of this Gym pack release. It seems now that we'll more likely be seeing SceptileEX, likely with M-SceptileEX, during Japan's own summer tournaments in July, as I doubt they'll break their 1-EX per Gym block release pattern anytime soon.

You can check out both cards below. Tyrantrum's main attack is Dragon Impact for 190 damage at a cost of discarding 3 energy attached to the card.

Update:Jirachi was revealed as one of the pack cards in the latest issue of Pokemon Fan! Many thanks to Chari_LvX for the photo!

TyrantrumEXXY-P DragonairXY-PJirachiPromo

With the official reveal of Hoopa Unbound, we'll likely start seeing official news in the coming weeks for Bandit Ring, so stay tuned!

Hot off the stockist sellsheets we've got the info on our June set that was teased at on the posters of Emerald Break in card shops and Pokemon Centres alike. XY7 is slated to come out on the 20th of June and is called Bandit Ring, saying that it'll feature Hoopa as it's main focal. Unlike prior pack prototype images, this one features simply sugimori stock in silhouettes, which alongside one of the other products they announced, may be them implying about a certain Forme that has yet to be officially revealed. The set will have a whopping 97 cards + secret and ultra rares, and each pack will cost 150円 as per normal.


In addition to that, July's block of card goods has been announced for the movie merchandise madness that always happens during that month. This time we've got a brand new Concept Pack subset called Legendary Shine Collection, which will release on the 18th of July with special 4 card packs for 186円 a piece, with each pack having a guaranteed holo. Hoopa, Pikachu, Arceus, the Latis, Dialga, Regigigas, Reshiram, and Black Kyurem are all set to appear in the 27 card subset, and it's been confirmed that it will have secret rare cards.


On the same day, a new Starter Deck is being released: EmboarEX vs TogekissEX. Nothing much else is known about it asides from it's focal Pokemon, the fact it'll come with a coin, and the two 30-card half decks for 1,200円. Likewise, Hoopa sleeves and deck boxes will be seeing release on the 18th of July as well. Going by the blatant disuse of Hoopa itself on the sample art, it's highly likely to feature Hoopa Unbound.


The Pokemon-Card official website updated today in the wake of Emerald Break's release, featuring not only Emerald Break along with the M RayquazaEX Mega Battle Deck + all of the sleeves which came out alongside them, but a plethora of new news in regards to promos for the Rayquaza Mega Battle, in addition to officially announcing the Rayquaza Mega Battle Mega Pack which was announced to retailers a few months ago.


To reiterate since it's been a while since the sellsheet, the Mega Pack will come with a myriad of things including 6 booster packs (2x Gaia Volcano, 2x Tidal Storm, 2x Emerald Break), an original holo card promo, and a giant sized Rayquaza Mega Battle poster -- which has the card roster for Emerald Break on the other side -- all for 900円 + tax.

This means that the gorgeous and (at least here at CV) eagerly anticipated BlazikenEX promo has been revealed! In addition to that, the official blog surprised us with M BlazikenEX, and M SwampertEX. All three tie in to the Rayquaza Mega Battle. M BlazikenEX can be obtained by presenting event staff with a special coupon that will be given away in the Mega Pack itself, while M SwampertEX can only be obtained through a yet to be determined amount of Play Points for competing in events such as Pokemon Gym at the tourney.

BlazikenEX comes in at 127/XY-P, whilst it's Mega evo sits at 138/XY-P. M SwampertEX is unnumbered. You can check out all three cards and their translations below.



Rayquaza Prefecture Battle Promos:
Pokemon Centre and official card shops licensed to hold Pokemon Gym will be running a special series of tournaments called the Rayquaza Pre-Battle in celebration of the upcoming Mega Battle, in which a series of special unnumbered promos will be distributed to winners. The promos in question are a card called Gym Badge, and while all having the same effect, feature all of the Hoenn Gym Leaders and their badges.

These battles will be held from the 1st of April through to the 30th of April, and just to make things more difficult, only select Pokecens and prefectures will obtain each card. You can check out the roster below along with the images and translation - many thanks to pokemontrader for running through the distribution details with me!

• Roxanne: Pokemon Centre Nagoya + Hokkaido, Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi, Yamagata, Fukushima, Niigata prefecture stores
• Brawly: Pokemon Centre Osaka + Tochigi, Ibaraki, Chiba, Tokyo prefecture stores
• Watson: Pokemon Centre Fukuoka + Gunma, Saitama, Nagano, Yamanashi, Kanagawa prefecture stores
• Flannery: Pokemon Centre Sapporo + Shizuoka, Aichi prefecture stores
• Norman: Pokemon Centre Tohoku + Gifu, Mie, Ishikawa, Kukui, Shiga, Kyoto prefecture stores
• Winona: Pokemon Centre Tokyo Bay + Nara, Wakayama, Osaka prefecture stores
• Tate and Lisa: Pokemon Centre Mega Tokyo + Hyogo, Tottori, Okayama, Hirochima, Yamaguchi prefecture stores
• Wallace: Pokemon Centre Yokohama + Tokushima, Kagawa, Ehime, Kochi, Kukuoka, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Oita, Kagoshima prefecture stores

Flip a coin until you get tails. Draw a card for each heads.
You may play as many Item cards as you like during your turn (before you attack).

Gym1 Gym2 Gym3 Gym4
Gym5 Gym6 Gym7Gym8