Infamous SM45 Tapu Lele Promo Released in France!

The delayed SM45 Tapu Lele promo has now been released in France! Will we see its highly anticipated English release soon?


The card was originally released in Japan’s SM2+ Beyond a New Challenge in April 2017.

That same month, we announced Tapu Lele would be getting its English release in August 2017 via a Tapu Lele Pin Collection. At the time of the product announcement, I noted Tapu Lele’s pin was based on a keychain that had been delayed in Japan due to a manufacturing error. (Our pins are always based on their keychains.)

In August, Japanese players were able to use the Japanese version of the card in early rounds of Worlds because it had been permitted on official documentation. TPCi made those players remove it from their decks since there was still no English release, indicating that the card was probably delayed. The fact they originally stated it would be legal for Worlds seems to demonstrate TPCi wasn’t aware it would be delayed until the last minute.

Once September 2017 rolled around, the pin collection didn’t appear in stores, and we discovered from distributors that the collection was indefinitely delayed. We still don’t know why, but it could have been due to the aforementioned manufacturing error.

In December 2017, a Fairy-type version of the card was released in Japan’s SM5 Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon set, which then released in our Ultra Prism set in February of this year. According to one of our article program editors, Brett Hurley:

The big difference between the Psychic and Fairy versions is that the Psychic version can use Dimension Valley to use Magical Swap for one Energy. The Psychic version is also great in Trevenant BREAK builds. Throw a bunch of damage all over the place and end the game with one Magical Swap, or kneecap an opponent by taking out several key pieces in one fell swoop.

While the Psychic Tapu Lele has now seen its French release, it’s still not legal for tournament play. According to TPCi:

The French version of Tapu Lele SM45 is scheduled for release prior to the English version. Because English is the only version that is legal for use in all regions, this card will not be legal for tournament play until the English version is released.

Hopefully we’ll see its release in America by the end of this year. Distributors still haven’t been told when it will release, only that it will happen eventually. TPCi doesn’t seem to know itself since they still haven’t given any indication of a date!

Thanks goes to Kevin R. for the French product photo! Update (12:41 PM): Whoops, apparently the French product was released exclusively in France’s “Auchan” stores a few months ago. Thanks goes to Balours for the heads-up!

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  1. Alex Sableye Official Pokemon Connoisseur of the Unova Region
    Alex Sableye


  2. paulyd84 cooltrainerpaul


    Nice I'm headed back to Disney Paris shortly will have to scower the hypermarkets for one!

    Actually always seem to have a long shelf live in Europe last time was there in Feb picked up a couple of nice ultra pro album set with 3 packets and poster all in for 2 hgss sets and the 3 BW Plasma sets! Is a far bigger range of bundled products in Central Europe like that we just don't get in UK or USA, although are SO much more expensive than even UK eg average booster price is €5 and those sets I picked up were €40 each! (BUT worth it as you don't see many brand new old ultra pro albums kicking around!)
    Last edited: May 20, 2018
  3. gumball51321 *thumbs up*


    Shit, I better go buy back my Trevenants.
  4. Ecourts Wanderer | Lvl.2


    Honestly, this card is pretty good.
    It may even see play in tournaments, which is why it's such a shame that it's delayed.

    Makes Ultra Necrozma's GX attack pretty scary.
  5. omnibombulator No Shaymin Trying


    It was released in France a little while ago. If I remember correctly it came out around Christmas Time over there.
  6. Mr. Rhyperior The Drill Pokemon. An evolve form of Rhydon.
    Mr. Rhyperior


    Give us that SM45 Lele already so that, SM63 Tapu Bulu and SM92 Tapu Fini will be next in line
  7. Wow, no way, they actually put Lele-GX in a product!!!1

    In all seriousness, I really hope the English box has a different pack distribution, though I doubt it will. I guess we'll have to wait and see.

  8. Keyser Aspiring Trainer


    I'm French.
    This box was released in October 2017 in France among the many "Christmas Box". It is no longer available in stores for a long time.
  9. Wechselbalg *****


    Yay, time to ban D. Valley! Well, I guess with Expanded being the clusterf*ck it already is, this being added to the card pool won't make the format that much worse.
  10. IronCow Tom Aspiring Trainer
    IronCow Tom


    For a sec I thought the GX was the promo. Disappointed.
  11. OppositeAttract Aspiring Trainer


    Wow, that box had me worried for a second thinking it was Tapu Lele GX as I just bought one yesterday.
  12. Merovingian Expanded Extraordinaire

    Articles Head Member

    Trevenant is seeing an uptick in Expanded as of recent. This notoriety of Psychic Tapu Lele will REALLY put it on everyones radar.

    The real question is if this will replace Espeon-EX within the deck, as deckspace is (and always has been) pretty tight. Espeon-EX and Psychic Tapu Lele both achieve the same means, but are different in execution.

    At least, I don't see both cards being within the same deck. If anyone has a counterpoint to that, by all means, explain!

    There are some decks that, if they replace Espeon-EX with Tapu Lele, the Trevenant matchup becomes VERY managable.
  13. Xeynid Aspiring Trainer


    It also won't make the format much worse on account of not being that incredible of a card.

    It's strong and might help a spread deck in standard be pretty good, but it's not insane.
  14. The-Kaiser Starfleet Captain and Pokemon Trainer


    I dunno im afraid this might be French only Promo like those ones for BW era Promos.
  15. bomboy2121 blaziken gx is meta


    does it come with ptcgo code?
  16. NeedleKingSR Night March is overrated


    Can someone explain to me how I saw some of these FOR TRADE on TCGO?? It's not allowed for play, but people were offering the ENGLISH version for trade on TCGO.
  17. Tapu Lele Inflated and Overstocked
    Tapu Lele


    ♪ Every day, I imagine a future where I can be with you... ♫
  18. KentGardner Aspiring Trainer


    This card is the bane of my existence. I can’t, I can’t even. By time I get it it will be a week before rotation and my deck will be just as worthless as the Pokémon company with all this nonsense.
  19. Wechselbalg *****


    For Standard the fairy Lele is already enough if you want to play Koko spread or something, however, this can now be teched into Malamar/regular Necrozma which is not exactly bad. You just go Black Ray-GX, then on your next turn accelerate to this Lele and you will probably able to take 4 prizes at least if you've timed everything right. (Also depends on the deck you're playing against, but most top tier ones are GX heavy.) This is still okay, (I guess) doesn't sound that OP to me.

    However, in Expanded: Mysterious Treasure, Ultra Ball, CPU Search, Wally, D. Valley, Forest Curse, Trevenant Break, Black Ray-GX and this Lele...nope, not insane at all, move along sirs nothing to see here.
  20. cardgjammer Aspiring Trainer


    Now, the big question is:

    Will Gen 8 beat English Tapu Lele promo to market?

    ^ If they delay it to next year, and E3 reveals that Gen 8 is coming this year around Thanksgiving-ish, then it's time to either forget the pin and put it inside SM8, which turns into the final SM set if such revelations prove to be authentic ones, in America, or cancel the English release of the card altogether, because how can you slap the SM prefix to the long-delayed promo if a promo for a new gen beats such long-delayed promo from the old gen to the street to essentially throw SM#45, a long-delayed promo, into the graveyard of unoffically-cancelled cards as a result of delaying the promo too much to be released w/o creating confusion before they move on to a new gen w/o paying any attention to releasing this promo before the BSP prefix changes to mark the new gen?

    ^ I hope that this Lele does not have to mingle in w/ all the fairies in SM8 in a hurry-up fashion so that it can still be used, even if the Generation shift otherwise pushes its true English release date out as a possibly covered-up-cancellation, meaning the retailers were lied to in terms of when they should expect the promo edition, when in reality, they refused to release the promo as-is...

    Transparency regarding when a product will be ready is a key indicator that contributes to its company's success. When you announce a date, do not refuse to try to meet that date, lest you wish to make fans angry over your lack of even trying due to a lack of transparency regarding the product in question... I hope SM45 is released before Gen 8 is, as after said point, if the point is reached, then it might be wise for me to give up on caring about that release here...

    For now, the clock is ticking, as I look forward to the day when the veil on the street date comes off of SM45. Until then...
    Last edited: May 20, 2018