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. Sparkeagle Aspiring Trainer


    Just realized that's the Kalos trio legends
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  2. Tapu Lele Responsibile for an Economic Recession
    Tapu Lele

    Forum Mod Member


    They really hint at that remake when this is the text on the japanese site: "シンオウ地方のポケモン達を多数収録!ナエトル、ヒコザル、ポッチャマといった最初のパートナーだけじゃなく、あのボスや伝説のポケモンも!?"
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2017
  3. professor layton Aspiring Trainer
    professor layton


    Gen 4 remakes confirmed
  4. TheRealBro.. Relax


    Would like to think this indicates a Sinnoh remake because we are expecting it and it's the only older Pokemon gen I really don't remember that well. Next year would also mark the 11 year gap, the same as with the R/S remakes.

    But then this set would be releasing in nov. 2018 instead of januari (just look at Primal Clash and ORAS).. It doesn't look good to me but lets hope it's just weird timing. It could be that they release the set in januari together with the announcement of the remakes as a warm up. Would make some sense perhaps!
  5. AFEX Serena is too cute!


    Maybe they're trying to signal to us, diamond and pearl remakes are coming sooner than we think?

    Almost like a "Objects in mirror are closer than they appear"?
  6. CaptZero Aspiring Trainer


    Empoleon GX? Empoleon GX please.

    You know instead of creating new regions all the time I'd always hoped that they would revisit a new region in a completely new game. It makes it harder to do new pokemon but I have an idea... What if the evil team this time brought a whole bunch of new species from a new region and the new Pokemon were invasive species in Sinnoh? Then you could revisit Sinnoh AND have a brand new region and brand new Pokemon.
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  7. Aera14 Aspiring Trainer


    Man I hope Torterra is a GX with 250hp
  8. Gruffling Aspiring Trainer


    I've just noticed there's a Spheal behind the Piplup. Piplup is probably my favourite starter so logic aside, such an adorable card will be welcomed in Ultra Prism.
  9. Adam Ryder Aspiring Trainer
    Adam Ryder


    At least with this set, I can focus a bit on the Sinnoh region for my card dex :D
  10. EarthwormZim Aspiring Trainer


    OMG Sinnoh Starters GX! I will make a Torterra GX deck no matter how bad the card will probably be (GGC for Turtwig's attack? Torterra will need 4 energy minimum for it's stronger attack. Probably 5). Also 80HP on Turtwig is nice. Now just give me Alolan Marowak GX and I'll have everything I want from the TCG.
  11. SucyX A Legit Seed


    Ech gross I hate shinnoh worst region in my opinion only thing I liked where the pokemon themselves. But like I doubt there will be shinnoh remakes this early since like US & UM just released and all this gen 4 could legit just mean nothing.
  12. TheMaskedMeowth Gardevoir-GX is CUTE


    Not to be a downer, but GameFreak has confirmed that USUM are the last 3DS games so, Sinnoh remakes just aren't happening this generation. Which is good, I'd rather have em for the Switch anyways.
  13. GoldenYungoos A shiny Yungoos appeared!


    That pun tho, it might be a little farfetch'd
    EDIT: Just caught anouther one, it might be a bit oddish
  14. GoldenYungoos A shiny Yungoos appeared!


    Mabye on switch and 3ds
    And switch would make the vcg weird...
  15. crystal_pidgeot Bird Trainer *Vaporeon on PokeGym*


    Not mad so far.
  16. Pangoro#1999 Fear the bear


    I hope this means Torterra GX
  17. MetalPharoah Aspiring Trainer


    All Remake games have been for a system that is brand new for the main gen followed by the remake.

    RSE -first Pokemon game for GBA-
    FRLG GBA (originally GB)
    DPP -first Pokemon game for DS-
    HGSS DS (originally GBC)
    XY -first Pokemon game for 3DS-
    ORAS 3DS (Originally GBA)
    Gen 8 SWITCH
    DP Remake SWITCH (Originally DS)
  18. yung_b_19 Aspiring Trainer


    Maybe a Sinnoh Remake for Nintendo Switch? After all, Pokemon is working on a "core" Pokemon for the switch and it all lines up perfectly for the release of this set in February. Maybe they'll be releasing a trailer for the game sometime then?
  19. joffreyspikes #Drampazizzle


    Energy cards are pretty sweet! And I really want GXs of the final evolutions of Sinnoh starters, especially Empoleon!!!
  20. Duo Dreaming of a Milotic GX


    Well I guess this explains why Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon is one of the biggest expansions to the TCG we've had. They're covering both new UB stuff as well as reprinting a ton of Sinnoh.