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.