SM5 Sinnoh Starters, Energy Revealed; Set to Focus on Sinnoh Region!

Five new cards from SM5 Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon have been revealed — Turtwig, Piplup, Chimchar, and two “Unit Energy,” which are basically new versions of Blend Energy.

It’s been officially announced SM5 will focus on Pokemon from the Sinnoh region, including its Legendary Pokemon. As we previously learned, the set will also contain Dawn Wings Necrozma, Dust Mane Necrozma, a new level of rarity called “Prism” cards, and five new Ultra Beasts.

The franchise is advertising Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon right now, so why the TCG is choosing to focus on the Sinnoh region is quite the mystery. Could it be possible we’re not getting Diamond and Pearl remakes? It wouldn’t make sense to make a Sinnoh set, then focus on Sinnoh Pokemon again if said remakes were to release within the next year or two. Unless the TCG is going to focus on a specific region with each upcoming set and this is the first of a series? But it would still be odd timing to choose Sinnoh now if the TCG makers know Diamond and Pearl remakes are on the horizon. Oddly, the 20th movie also had some Gen IV hints, so why we are getting so much Sinnoh advertising across the franchise’s different mediums right now seems oddish.

Turtwig – Grass – HP80
Basic Pokemon

[C][C] Tackle: 20 damage.

[G][G][C] Razor Leaf: 50 damage.

Weakness: Fire (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 2

Chimchar – Fire – HP60
Basic Pokemon

[C] Fury Swipes: 10x damage. Flip 3 coins. This attack does 10 damage times the number of heads.

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

Piplup – Water – HP70
Basic Pokemon

[C] Peck: 10 damage.

[W][C] Splash: 20 damage.

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

Unit Energy GRW – Special Energy

This card provides [C] Energy. When this card is attached to a Pokemon, this card provides [G][R][W] Energy, but provides only 1 Energy at a time.

Unit Energy LPM – Special Energy

This card provides [C] Energy. When this card is attached to a Pokemon, this card provides [L][P][M] Energy, but provides only 1 Energy at a time.

Update: A second Piplup from the set has been revealed! Again, this seems really odd — they’re advertising Sinnoh heavily when there’s no DP remakes on the horizon. Are we not getting the remakes and this is their way of honoring Sinnoh? Or is something else going on? Even if this way their way of honoring Sinnoh, why choose to do it now during a new game release and not in the next set? Something’s fishy… Another possibility could be that originally Gamefreak was going to develop DP remakes, then switched to USUM before the rest of the franchise could change what they had planned. But that seems a little farfetch’d. So I don’t know.

Piplup – Water – HP60
Basic Pokemon

[W] Water Gun: This attack does 20 damage to 1 of your opponent’s Pokemon. (Don’t apply Weakness and Resistance for Benched Pokemon.)

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

Thanks goes to Vincent and Jake C. for the translations!

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  1. mordacazir Lord of Souls


    Blend energy’s are back! No dark though :(.
  2. Serperior 111/550

    Advanced Member Member

    Dark/Fighting/Fairy is all that's left. Really pumped to see this gimmick brought back. The fact that the combinations are different from their predecessors should open up some neat options in Expanded.
  3. GM DracLord Shadow of Death
    GM DracLord


    This also meant we probably wouldn't be getting DDE back anytime soon
  4. Chrswrites Aspiring Trainer


    Maybe the Pokemon announcement for today wasn’t the lamé mimikyu trsiler, But something else....
  5. Mr. Rhyperior The Drill Pokemon. An evolve form of Rhydon.
    Mr. Rhyperior


    • Unit Energy - Just plain good. I don't see Dragon-types will took advantage of this. Maybe Noivern but Noivern's energy are Dark and Psychic. 3 Geodudes
    • Sinnoh starters - why everything is in right timing? I am playing Platinum right now and Sinnoh shenanigans pops in.
  6. fleshrum April in Kalos...


    If this does signal a skipped remake, I'd be overjoyed...
    RobertoBui, Celty and TehSilhouette like this.
  7. DKQuagmire Who else but Quagsire?


    love the re-done blend energy from black and white, with the new type combinations.
    they don't help my current deck in anyway at the moment though (Ninetales/ Zoroark). But i'm happy for the moment.

    also with all the Sinnoh hype, will we be seeing the lake trio return. i loved the lake trio cards in our D/P/PL sets, especially the uxie card that gave you a 7 card hand just for putting it on the bench. (1 more card than roaring skies shaymin ex and only a 1 prize card)
  8. RealSlim Dragons Breeder


    I don't know what Game Freak is thinking about, but all these 4th gen hints are quite suspicious.
  9. RiverShock Aspiring Trainer


    I don't know why you're reading this much into it. EX Unseen Forces was a Johto set out of absolutely nowhere, after all. I wouldn't look at this as an indication of anything to be honest.
  10. Y-Guy3 Aspiring Trainer


    I think they’re going to create a new pokemon game for switch after ultra sun/Ultra Moon, and then after that will create DP remakes. They need to wait for the original DP to not be playable on the current console. Maybe the advertising has to do with Pokémon go, and in a month or two they’ll add sinnoh to Pokémon go.
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  11. DeadlyBee111 Aspiring Trainer


    Probably we are getting a DYF energy too
  12. Water Pokémon Master I like Pokemon more than you. :D
    Water Pokémon Master

    Webmaster News Head Activities Head Elite Member Advanced Member Member

    Good observation, but that's a little too old to be relevant, back then there were only three generations and they could "mess around" with themes like that. Now Pokemon is a well-oiled marketing machine with a TON of content -- if they're going out of their way to advertise something like Sinnoh, it means there's a specific reason for it. Not to mention how the 20th movie and Pokken also are also pushing DP themes, not just the TCG. We're getting DP hints across the board. Other than they're doing it "just cuz," the question is why...
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  13. Gruffling Aspiring Trainer


    So much Sinnoh. And that second Piplup is the Sugimori art too. I would be very surprised if DP remakes are the first games on the Switch since you'd think they'd want to herald a new console with a new generation. All these references are strangely timed.
    "Hey remember Sinnoh?"
    "Yeah, why?"
    "Oh, no reason."
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  14. The Shiny Piplup Aspiring Trainer
    The Shiny Piplup


    Plisss Pokémon I want my Empoleon GX
    BraviaryBoi likes this.
  15. Marowakdude Aspiring Trainer


    does that mean that there will be Infernape GX
    BraviaryBoi likes this.
  16. paulyd84 cooltrainerpaul


    In before Shinno wormhole DLC for ultra sun/Moon early next year (be a first I know but would work and sell plus a Dlc approach would shake things up a bit instead of a standard remaster as running out of titles to remaster! ) .. Timed with a switch release and appearance of gen 4 in Pokemon go.
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  17. paulyd84 cooltrainerpaul


    Also we have the pip lip and Lucario randomly used by ash's friends in I choose you movie which is another nod - of all the pokemon and Gen's two friends are both Shinnoh pokemon!
  18. Lord Goomy Got Goomies?
    Lord Goomy


    "Why are they focusing on Sinnoh?"
    Why not?
    Ayzic likes this.
  19. Alakazam90125 Aspiring Trainer



    The Energies don't seem great.... maybe a substitute for Rainbow Energy in a few decks, but the energy combos don't seem very relavant.
    EarthwormZim and SmiteKnight like this.
  20. Skyleaf2000 the URS deserved better


    Please, please let Sinnoh be coming soon.
    Even if it's for Switch.
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