Legendary Pokemon Distributions, TCG Products Announced for 2018: Explains Some Things!

TPCi has just announced a “Legendary Year of Pokemon” campaign!

From February to November, Legendary Pokemon will be featured across the franchise, including monthly video game distributions, new TCG products, and mobile game, retail, and animation promotions. The TCG-themed products have not been announced yet.

The Legendary Pokemon will be distributed to Pokemon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon. Some Pokemon will be distributed through the Internet while others will be given out at stores like Gamestop. Specific details will be announced as each month approaches.

  • February: Dialga or Palkia
  • March: Regigigas or Heatran
  • April: Raikou or Entei
  • May: Xerneas or Yveltal
  • June: Shiny Zygarde
  • July: Tornadus or Thundurus
  • August: Groudon or Kyogre
  • September: Latios or Latias
  • October: Reshiram or Zekrom
  • November: Ho-Oh or Lugia

This campaign finally gives an explanation as to why the TCG is featuring regions in each set!

February is the release of SM5 Ultra Prism, which heavily features Sinnoh Pokemon. This matches up with the Sinnoh Legendary distributions in February and March (Dialga, Palkia, Regigigas, and Heatran).

Then we know SM6 Forbidden Light is a Kalos set, releasing in May. This matches up with the Kalos Legendary distributions in May and June (Xerneas, Yveltal, shiny Zygarde).

The next TCG set would be released in September, and judging by the distributions of Groudon, Kyogre, Latios, and Latias in that two-month span, it’ll probably be — you guessed it — a Hoenn set!

The next TCG set would then hit store shelves in November, but October and November feature Reshiram, Zekrom, Ho-Oh, and Lugia, which of course are Legendary duos from two different generations. Raikou and Entei from Johto are releasing in April while Tornadus and Thundurus from Unova are releasing in July. So November could either be a Unova set or a Johto set. My bet would be on Unova.

This would leave out Kanto and Johto sets. Depending on when Gen VIII comes out, they will either tackle those two sets in February and May 2019 or just forget about them and start their Gen VIII sets instead (the first two gens have been featured a lot in the past anyway).

Honestly this campaign sounds like Pokemon’s way of biding time until Gen VIII is ready.

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  1. Tails The Blonde Brainiac
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    Since it says "Groudon or Kyogre", I wonder if one Pokemon is going to be an Internet download, and the other is going to be the GameStop code card download; switching up which gets the specific download style each month.
     
  2. starg09 Aspiring Trainer
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    Welp, better enjoy that period between September and November without N in Standard. Won't be having much of that until 2020 (at least) it seems.
     
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  3. DarkMatterGaming "Wait, he's not dead?"
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    please let blaziken gx be playable
    please let blaziken gx be playable
    please let blaziken gx be playable
     
  4. Shfinx I Solemnly Swear To Never Play a Meta Deck
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    Just wait. Every single big event in that time span will be expanded. I'm not complaining though, I love N.
     
  5. Tails The Blonde Brainiac
    Tails

    Forum Mod Advanced Member Member

    Also, hello finally getting Shiny Zygarde, and his minty-fresh coloring legitimately!
     
  6. why can´t they all be shiny
     
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2018
  7. Jason Martin Aspiring Trainer
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    This also explains their puzzling "main series Pokémon game on Switch" statements. There will be a main series game on Switch, a remake of a previous game, released to coincide with the corresponding months region focus.
     
  8. Jason Martin Aspiring Trainer
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    That card literally ruins the game. It makes no sense why they have kept it in this long. I have list more games to N than any other card. It's the worst "rubber band" Nintendo creates since the Blue Shell.
     
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  9. RedSuinit Aspiring Trainer
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    I personally have no issues with N. It may act as a rubber band, but everyone knows that your opponent plays N, so if you haven't built your deck to play around it (including an Octillery/Zoroark GX or a lot of outs to a Lele or other supporter) or if you just go overly aggressive and just take a bunch of prizes without effectively thinning your deck, then that's your fault. In my opinion it acts as a ceiling raiser for play skill.
     
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  10. TheGabiType Grass type pokemon trainer
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    I wonder if shiny zygarde will be a power construct one... although I can't complain since he is shiny either way
     
  11. Jason Martin Aspiring Trainer
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    I disagree. Top decking an N after your opponent has outplayed you for 5-6 turns, and is ahead on prizes 5-2 can be catastrophic, when your carefully curated hand of energy, supporters, etc, becomes one card. It's far too powerful. I'd be fine with it if there was a hard counter, like a Pokémon with an ability "ignore any effects targeting your hand" or something similar, but having to put in Zoro/Oct to maintain your lead is clunky game design.
     
  12. RedSuinit Aspiring Trainer
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    Except it really isn't. To isolate players EVEN MORE than there is already in the Pokemon TCG would be a HUGE mistake. If you look at any other TCG there are cards that you can play during your opponents turn, and have more interaction between players. If you get rid of N, then what you actually do in the game matters very little. It becomes about if you draw your cards. Deck building and gameplay become far less interesting, and dominant decks (BDIFs, OP decks, etc) become far more prevalent. When you can't do ANYTHING to disrupt your opponents strategy, the game just becomes stale and boring. Sounds like you just hate being punished for being overly aggressive.
     
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  13. Chicken Nugget Master I had the munchies when I came up with my username
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    I just want a 3rd full art N!
     
  14. skawt boop
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    N is a great card. It keeps games interesting and makes you think on your feet.
     
  15. crystal_pidgeot Bird Trainer *Vaporeon on PokeGym*
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    Really want my Legendary Birds...
     
  16. Rcxd9999 Aspiring Trainer
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    A piece of information that I've noticed is missing is that the legendaries are distributed to the games that they weren't found in so the list would work like this:

    Feb: Dialga for UM/M and Palkia for US/S
    March: Regigigas for US/S and Heatran for UM/M
    April: Raikou for UM/M and Entei for US/S
    May: Xerneas for UM/M and Yveltal for US/S
    June: Shiny Zygarde for all 4 games
    July: Tornadus for UM/M and Thundurus for US/S
    Aug: Groudon for UM/M and Kyogre for US/S
    Sept: Latias for US/S and Latios for UM/M
    Oct: Reshiram for UM/M and Zekrom for US/S
    Nov: Ho-oh for UM/M and Lugia for US/S

    Another detail not mentioned is that when downloaded for USUM, they will be level 100 and will hold a Gold Bottlecap but when downloaded for SM they'll be level 60 and won't hold a Gold Bottlecap.

    Also, the specific differences between the Dialga and Palkia for the games is that Dialga and Palkia will be level 60 in Sun and Moon respectively while they will be level 100 is USUM. They will also have one move that is different; with Dialga in Sun having Iron Tail instead of Draco Meteor in US and Palkia in Moon having Aqua Tail instead of Draco Meteor as well.
     
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2018
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  17. Trainerjaren Aspiring Trainer
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    It's not a rubber band because N affects you too. The blue shell doesn't. Also You can often gen N'd into a playable hand after a starting brick BY YOUR OPPONENT so this card definitely has its draw backs.
     
  18. Lord Goomy Got Goomies?
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    Pokémon, there had better be a Goodra GX (or at least a regular Goodra) in May.
    And while you’re at it, can it be playable?
     
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  19. Sir Linoone Marellous. Splendid. What was the question again?
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    Hoenn?!?!?!?!
    Linoone?!?!?!?
     
  20. theprp30 Aspiring Trainer
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    SHINY ZYGARDE really cool, everything else ehh. Hopefully the tcg part of this will be unique and cool.