Thursday - February 2nd, 2012 @ 9 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The first cards from BW5 Dragon Blade / Dragon Blast have been revealed! The card images below were collected by Viper.Fox from the official TCG site and translations are also below thanks to Dorian Black. The sets and their 30-card decks will be released in Japan on March 16th.

Garchomp (#040/050), Altaria (#036), Emolga, Slaking, and their pre-evolutions will be in Dragon Blade while Hydreigon (#040/050), Ambipom, Durant, and Devolution Spray will be in Dragon Blast. Yes, it looks like Devolution Spray from Base Set is returning, though the text is too small to read to see if it is exactly the same card as before. Cards from the set’s two 30-card theme decks were also revealed: Hydreigon, Roserade, Devolution Spray, and Rare Candy will come in the Hydreigon deck while Garchomp, Gabite, and Rare Candy are confirmed in the Garchomp deck. If you buy a booster box of either set from stores, you can get a Ninetailes promo, which will also be in one of the sets but with different artwork.

As usual, the Dragon Pokemon have completely random Energy costs. We’re supposed to get a new Energy in this set – if we get a Dragon Energy, who wants to bet it’ll be a sort of Rainbow Energy for Dragon-types? How else are these going to be viable?

These cards reference the Dragon-type in their text for the first time. Since “D,” “R,” “G,” are all taken for Energy-types, we have decided to use “N” for these card spoilers.

Garchomp from BW5 Dragon Blast and Dragon Blade Altaria from BW5 Dragon Blast and Dragon Blade Hydreigon from BW5 Dragon Blast and Dragon Blade Hydreigon from BW5 Dragon Blast and Dragon Blade Theme Decks Roserade from BW5 Dragon Blast and Dragon Blade Theme Decks Devolution Spray from BW5 Dragon Blast and Dragon Blade Theme Decks Rare Candy from BW5 Dragon Blast and Dragon Blade Theme Decks Garchomp from BW5 Dragon Blast and Dragon Blade Theme Decks Gabite from BW5 Dragon Blast and Dragon Blade Theme Decks Ninetales from BW5 Dragon Blast and Dragon Blade Theme Decks

Garchomp – Dragon – HP140
Stage 2 – Evolves from Gabite

[F] Sonic Cutter: 60 damage. Choose 1 Special Energy card attached to the Defending Pokemon and discard it.
[W][F] Dragon Blade: 100 damage. Discard 2 cards from the top of your deck.

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


Altaria – Dragon – HP70
Stage 1 – Evolves from Swablu

Ability: Battle Song
As long as this Pokemon is in play, your [N] Pokemon’s attacks do 20 more damage.

[W][M][C] Glide: 40 damage.

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


Hydreigon – Dragon – HP150
Stage 2 – Evolves from Zweilous

Ability: Dark Trance
As often as you like during your turn, you may choose one [D] Energy card attached to one of your Pokemon and attach it to another of your Pokemon.

[P][D][D][C] Dragon Blast: Discard 2 [D] Energy cards attached to this Pokemon.

Weakness: Dragon (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 3


Hydreigon – Dragon – HP150
Stage 2 – Evolves from Zweilous

[D][C][C] Devour: 40 damage. Heal from this Pokemon the amount of damage done to the Defending Pokemon.
[P][D][C][C] Destroy Beam: 90 damage. Flip a coin, if heads, discard an Energy attached to the Defending Pokemon.

Weakness: Dragon (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 3


Roserade – Grass – HP90
Stage 1 – Evolve from Roselia

Ability: Le Parfum
You may use this Ability once during your turn, when you play Roserade from your hand to evolve one of your Pokemon. Search your deck for any one card and put it in your hand. Shuffle your deck afterwards.

[G][C] Tighten: 30+ damage. Flip 1 coin. If heads, this attack does 30 damage plus 20 more damage, and the Defending Pokemon is now Paralyzed.

Weakness: Fire (x2)
Resistance: Water (-20)
Retreat: 1


Garchomp – Dragon – HP140
Stage 2 – Evolves from Gabite

[C] Jet Head: 40 damage.
[W][F][C] Sand Tomb: 80 damage. The Defending Pokemon can’t retreat during your opponent’s next turn.

Weakness: Dragon (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 0


Gabite – Dragon – HP80
Stage 1 – Evolves from Gible

Ability: Dragon Call
You may use this Ability once during your turn. Search your deck for a [N] Pokemon, show it to your opponent, and put it in your hand. Shuffle your deck afterwards.

[W][F] Dragon Slice: 20 damage.

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


Ninetales – Fire – HP90
Stage 1 – Evolves from Vulpix

Ability: Bright Look
Once during your turn (before you attack), when you play Ninetales from your hand to evolve one of your Pokemon, you may switch the Defending Pokemon with one of your opponent’s Benched Pokemon.

[R] Cursed Flame: 20+ damage. This attack does 50 more damage for each Special Condition on the Defending Pokemon.

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

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