Sword & Shield: Astral Radiance – Officially Revealed

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Releasing May 2022, the tenth set in the Pokemon TCG Sword & Shield range has been officially revealed by The Pokemon Company.

Astral Radiance will introduce Pokemon and characters from the Hisui Region that were introduced in the recent Nintendo Switch game – Pokemon Legends: Arceus.

Head to Hisui

As well as VSTAR cards for Hisuian Typhlosion, Decidueye and Samurott, Origin Formes of Dialga and Palkia will make their debut in this exciting new set!

A new game mechanic will also be introduced – Radiant Pokemon. This new mechanic will feature Shiny Pokemon in etched artwork. One of these new cards has been confirmed to be Radiant Greninja.

Players will only be able to include one Radiant Pokemon in their deck. We are also expecting the Radiant Pokemon to have a powerful Ability or attack with the potential to impact the Pokemon TCG metagame.

Travel back to a primitive land dominated by myth and legend, where Origin Forme Dialga VSTAR and Origin Forme Palkia VSTAR shape the very fabric of time and space! Explore a vast wilderness unlike anything you’ve ever experienced, where you’ll encounter Decidueye, Typhlosion, and Samurott as Hisuian Pokémon VSTAR. Meet talented Trainers and other powerful Pokémon that call the ancient Hisui region home, and discover a new kind of Shiny Pokémon: Radiant Pokémon. Charge courageously into battle in a new world with the Pokémon TCG: Sword & Shield—Astral Radiance expansion!

Astral Radiance Contents

The set will include over 180 cards, icluding 3 Radiant Pokemon, 30 cards with special art in the Trainer Gallery subset as well as 20+ Trainer Cards.

Although the official press release stated there would be 8 Pokemon VSTAR, 21 Pokemon V and 2 Pokemon VMAX, it’s important to note that the official Pokemon website has stated that the expansion will in fact feature 7 Pokemon VSTAR, 19 Pokemon V and 2 Pokemon VMAX instead.

The expansion will include some cards from the recently revealed Time Gazer and Space Juggler dual Japanese expansions.

Pre-Orders Now Live!

Head on over to our Astral Radiance section to pre-order a range of products from the new expansion.

Booster Boxes, Sleeved Boosters, Blister Packs and Build and Battle Stadiums are all now available to pre-order, as well as this stunning Elite Trainer Box featuring Darkrai.

Don’t miss out! Get pre-ordering now!

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