August’s Pokemon Gym Promos Revealed!

The August-September Pokemon Card Gym promos have been revealed! The nine promo cards will be obtainable in promo booster packs at Japan’s Pokemon Card Gym tournaments, with one promo card per booster pack.

Of the nine promo cards, Exeggcute, Palossand-GX, Latias, and Hiker are completely new, while Alolan Raichu and Lycanroc are new to Japan. The rest of the cards feature alternate artwork. (Some of the cards were previously posted here.)

Thanks goes to Hannes S. and Bangiras for helping with the translations!

Exeggcute – Grass – HP50
Basic Pokemon

[C][C] Confusion: 10 damage. Flip a coin. If heads, your opponent’s Active Pokemon is now Paralyzed.

Weakness: Fire (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 1

(Fun fact: “Confusion” is originally named “Psychic Force” in Japanese for both the video games and TCG. It’s been an attack since Red & Blue and has been on cards since Base Set. But for some reason, in the old days of the TCG, Pokemon Card Laboratory didn’t always keep TCG attack effects consistent with video game attack effects. So they decided “Psychic Force” would cause Paralysis in the TCG whereas in the video games “Psychic Force” causes Confusion (hence the name “Confusion”). In the American TCG, Wizards of the Coast would always translate the attack as “Psyshock” and not “Confusion” because the attack name and effect did not match up. But later when TPCi took over, they decided to keep the name consistent with the video games, which is why “Confusion” causes the mismatched Paralysis effect. If you’re confused, just accept it!)

Palossand-GX – Fighting – HP210
Stage 1 – Evolves from Sandygast

[F][C][C] Eerie Light: 60 damage. Your opponent’s Active Pokemon is now Confused.

[F][F][C][C] Life Absorb: 100 damage. Heal 20 damage from this Pokemon.

[F][F][C][C] Sand Fear-GX: 60x damage. Look at the top 13 cards of your opponent’s deck. Discard as many Pokemon you find there as you like. This attack does 60 damage for each Pokemon you discarded. Your opponent shuffles the remaining cards back into their deck. (You can only use 1 GX attack per game.)

When 1 of your Pokemon-GX is Knocked Out, your opponent takes 2 Prize cards.

Weakness: Grass (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 4

Latias – Psychic – HP100
Basic Pokemon

Ability: Flight Support
All of your Latios have 0 Retreat.

[P] Mist Gale: 30 damage. Heal 30 damage from each of your Benched Pokemon.

Weakness: Psychic (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 1

(Latias will likely be included in the Shining Legends Collector’s Chest tin that will release in America in November.)

Hiker – Trainer

Look at the top 5 cards of either your deck or your opponent’s deck and choose 1 card. Shuffle the remaining cards back into that deck, then put the card you chose on top of that deck.

You may play only 1 Supporter card during your turn (before your attack).

Cards with alternate artwork include Kirlia and Crabominable from the Japanese equivalent of Burning Shadows, as well as Zorua from Shining Legends. The Crabominable was released in English during the Burning Shadows prereleases.

The rest of the promo cards are likely to be released in America as promo cards within blister packs or mini-albums:

Crabominable – Fighting – HP140
Stage 1 – Evolves from Crabrawler

[F] Gutsy Hammer: 80 damage. This Pokemon does damage to itself equal to the number of damage counters on it.

[F][F][F] Double Stomp: 80+ damage. Flip 2 coins. This attack does 40 more damage for each heads.

Weakness: Psychic (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 4

Kirlia – Fairy – HP80
Stage 1 – Evolves from Ralts

[C] Smack: 20 damage.

[Y][C] Magical Shot: 30 damage.

Weakness: Metal (x2)
Resistance: Darkness (-20)
Retreat: 1

Zorua – Darkness – HP60
Basic Pokemon

[D] Ram: 10 damage.

[C][C] Stampede: 20 damage.

Weakness: Fighting (x2)
Resistance: Psychic (-20)
Retreat: 1

The final two promo cards are the Alolan Raichu and Lycanroc that were included in the Sun & Moon Trainer Kit, released in America back in April.


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  1. FullArtGardevoir Shrouded by a Cruel Tratoir


    Love the Kirlia Art!!!
    The final 2 promos are meh... We don't need em.
    Everything else looks very decent.
  2. jessalakasam Floette is love Floette is life


    Why’d they have to change the Zorua art the one from SHL is adorable
  3. AshCo Ladies' Man Extraordinaire


    How does this affect the Shining Legends one..? It's not like it erases it from existence or something.
  4. jessalakasam Floette is love Floette is life


    This one’ll probably be the Holo one from the Zoroark box and I like to use the Holo versions over revs
  5. Olimar.Inc Aspiring Trainer


    I'm confused, I think I may be paralyzed. :^)
  6. Brandonismyfoe Aspiring Trainer


    I love that exeggcute art :)
  7. Xeynid Aspiring Trainer


    Does this mean...? Could it be happening?

    Are they about to give us alolan Exeggutor?
    Corrisohn likes this.
  8. Mr. Rhyperior The Drill Pokemon. An evolve form of Rhydon.
    Mr. Rhyperior


    • Exeggcute - Nowadays, Psyshock ignore effects from the Defending Pokémon. Most likely the translation is Psy Bolt to match the Psychic-paralysis thing. The illustrator matches the Bilingual Exeggutor. (Please gives Giant Exeggutor!)
  9. fleshrum April in Kalos...


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  10. MegaPod_781 Walking Wall


    Love the art for Zorua, Kirlia and Exeggcute!
  11. Corrisohn Aspiring Trainer


    Execute art is amazing. And now, execute illustrated by OOYAMA can evolve into executer illustrated by Dr. Ooyama

    Conclusion, I need all cards illustrated by OOYAMA
  12. jessalakasam Floette is love Floette is life


    Good luck getting OOYAMA's Pikachu ;) Also, hopefully he draws Alolan Exeggutor, preferably GX, I mean there is an A-Exeggutor in the background of Exeggcute
  13. Hemos The demonic Shadow Lugia/Mystical Raven Witch


    Man, that Palossand's GX attack is broken as all getout. If you're cruel enough, you can just choose to discard every Pokémon you find and cripple your opponent's deck.

    Also, the Hiker artwork - I know that's based on the Trial photobomb, but it's like they've embraced the meme that it became XD
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  14. Xeynid Aspiring Trainer


    In a deck running 20 pokemon, you're going to find ~4 pokemon on average with palossand's GX attack.

    And that's assuming your opponent's deck maintains a relatively normal distribution of pokemon throughout the game, which it won't, because people search out pokemon cards more often than trainer cards, reducing their density in your deck throughout the game.

    Sometimes you'll hit 7 or 8 pokemon, one-shot something, and discard all of their GX's, but those situations are rare, especially considering palossand's setup time which gives your opponent the chance to get those pokemon out of their deck.

    It's a cool attack, but it's an attack for the players looking for meme attacks, not a competitive choice.
  15. ShinyZard Aspiring Trainer


    Interesting fun fact on the "Confusion" attack. They should bring bring back "Psychic Force" to TCG with a coin flip effect where heads you get Confusion and tails you get Paralysis, or vice versa. That would be awesome and probably be very playable :)
  16. Dylan Smith Aspiring Trainer
    Dylan Smith


    Alolan Exeggutor GX?! C'mon TPCI don't let me down...
  17. SquishMcFish Aspiring Trainer


    How is Pallosand GX garbage? It seems at somewhat decent to me but I'm still pretty new to the competitive scene.
  18. Xeynid Aspiring Trainer


    Its attacks are too weak relative to how much energy they cost.

    If you're using 3 energy, you should be hitting at least 130. He's only hitting 60, and confusion is not worth that much.

    4 energy for only 100 damage is awful, and healing 20 isn't that great.
  19. SucyX A Legit Seed


    It's attacks are too expensive and not that good compared to other top cards in the meta the first attack is ok but Espeon GX is a better at confusion cause you can get it on your first turn
  20. DaBoss Gamer Aspiring Trainer
    DaBoss Gamer


    Kiawe, Silent Lab, Turn 2 Bridgette= Somehow Regigigas playability....