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. CYL All hail Eevee!


    Oddish... Farfetch'd... gotcha ;)
  2. PlatinumDude Aspiring Trainer


    To be more specific on the first Piplup's second attack, it's actually "Wave Splash," an attack usually reserved for Water Pokemon that was most recently seen in Shining Legends Manaphy.
  3. skawt boop


    Ksss I wanted psychic/dark for Noivern but WHATEVER.

    Give me DP remakes pls.
  4. theprp30 Aspiring Trainer

    Advanced Member Member

    Yes, this will make things a lot more interesting for new deck ideas. Been waiting a long time for these guys to return to the mix.
  5. Skeleton Liar サーナ~
    Skeleton Liar


    I was going mention EX Unseen Forces too. Honestly, just based on the timing of everything for future games, to me, this recent Sinnoh focus feels like a way of acknowledging their fans' expectations of 4th Gen remakes while also apologizing for not being able to make them anytime soon. Like they had plans to make Sun and Moon, and then they knew a main series Switch game needed to be made. Between the release of Sun and Moon and the Switch games, a 'third' Sun and Moon would be more practical and less time-consuming than 4th Gen remakes. So the compromise is to focus on some 4th Gen stuff now while everyone is thinking about it until they have time to remake those games. So here's a set focusing on Sinnoh, similar to EX Unseen Forces, to 'hold you over' until then.
  6. jessalakasam Floette is love Floette is life


    Odd... Piplup's weak to [L] while most [W] Pokemon are weak to [G] (the only non-Gyarados [W] in recent memory are shining Volcanion (who wouldn't make sense to be [G] weak as he's part [R].) and Wishiwashi GX)
  7. GamePhoenix Halfpop Enthusiast


    D/P remakes confirmed!
  8. BrandonHappened Ghosts and Fairies are kinda my jam


    This exists to show us that while this set is in rotation we will not be getting DP remakes.
    If we assume that the next rotation is Sun/Moon on, and the year after it's Ultra Prism on, then by the time this set leaves rotation in September 2020, November 2020 could launch with DP remakes (I'm convinced they're coming that year, whatever month they may be in), with the DP remake set coming in February 2021 to bring the Sinnoh starters back in rotation.

    TL;DR, this is fine, it doesn't make DP remakes any further away.
  9. KidWhoaCollects Aspiring Trainer


    Can we please get a Gold Piplup GX secret rare?!?
  10. MystikX Aspiring Trainer


    As someone who didn't play back when Blend Energies were a thing, a question:

    If I attach the RGW one to, say, Golisopod-GX, can I treat it was Water for Lana, then Grass for First Impression?
  11. Mezzo Aspiring Trainer


    I'd be livid.
  12. pokemon64 Super Inactive but cool!


    Wonder why they chose to do this now and not 2019 (2018 is the 8th Gen and it's confirmed) when Sinnoh Remakes release?
  13. elFacho Aspiring Trainer


    SINNOH REMAKES CONFIRMED! Also... About those energies... Do they provide all three energies at the same time or I get to pick which energy type I want?
  14. PokeMeow Aspiring Trainer


    Very interesting. I'd like to see some of the older pokemon make a comeback as I've only been playing since January. As for the energy, I kinda see it as a way to make decks with different types more viable. Instead of relying on Rainbow Energy.
  15. Starsoulklr 'Rolling around at the speed of sound'


    As for the Sinnoh revisit I'm expecting that to be the game/s on the Switch.

    Yes because those are at different times you are using it it would be the same for Rainbow. I love seeing them make multi-type special energies to make deckbuilding easier for multiple types.
  16. gracebond Aspiring Trainer


    To be more precise, these Energies provide ALL 3 of their types at once, just like Rainbow provides ALL types at once, even if they are only providing one Energy.

    It is just that the 1 Energy provided is multityped/colored, there is never a choosing to it. A Pokemon with Unit Energy GRW attached has 1 GRW Energy attached. So a Golisopod with it attached has an Energy that provides its attack costs, as well as letting it heal from Lana or get free Retreat from Manaphy EX.
  17. Ivy_Profen Aspiring Trainer


    Grass and water energy seem good. Being able to use instead of rainbow if you want to splash in anti fire.

    Also 80 HP basic is kinda insane.
    gracebond likes this.
  18. The-Kaiser Starfleet Captain and Pokemon Trainer


    Most likly a sinnoh remake for 3DS or Switch or putting Diamond and Pearl on 3DS Eshop
  19. AFEX Serena is too cute!


    You mean Empoleon?
    No way Piplup would get that kind of treatment, lol.
  20. Celty Somebody you used to know


    No gen 4 games please