‘Explosive Impact,’ ‘Dark Order,’ ‘GX Ultra Shiny’ Teaser Info Released!

We now have teaser information about the next three Japanese sets! This information was released to hobby stores in Japan over the past few days to encourage preorders.

SM8 Explosive Impact‘s booster box promo will be a Professor Elm’s Lecture card. Unconfirmed rumors on Japanese boards this past week allege the card allows you to search your deck for three Pokemon with 60 HP or less and put them into your hand. The set releases September 7th.

SM8b Dark Order, releasing October 5th, will feature a new Hoopa-GX, Ampharos-GX, Absol, and an Incineroar that is Darkness-type. The set will focus on Darkness-, Metal-, and Lightning-type Pokemon. Update: The booster box promo will be Nanu, the Dark-type Island Kahuna.

GX Ultra Shiny, releasing November 2nd, will include reprints of Zoroark-GX, Tapu Lele-GX, Buzzwole-GX, and Zygarde-GX. It will also feature Shiny-colored Pokemon (dur), but we don’t know how they’ll appear in the set.

Tapu Lele-GX’s legality will reset in Japan because of its new appearance in GX Ultra Shiny. This means our Tapu Lele-GX promo could be a brand new promo, not just an “A” alternate art reprint. This isn’t confirmed though, it’s just an educated guess; TPCi may choose to keep our card legalities separate from Japan’s (although that would suck since we’ll soon have the exact same formats).

Thanks goes to Bangiras for the translations!

Update #2: We now have the card text for both Nanu and Professor Elm’s Lecture.

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  1. Merovingian Dead Game Enthusiast

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    Woooo. Professor Elm sounds like Brigette is kinda-sorta back?
  2. NinjaSquirtle15 Aspiring Trainer


    Unfortunately, t being a promo in Japan is not indicative at all that it'll be one here as well. The alternate art Regigigas we got was a promo over there. I dont even think Japan does Alternate Arts at all, actually.
  3. paintbrushpanda Delibird Enthusiast


    I am hyped that Professor Elm's Lecture is true, but also kind of disappointed. I was hoping that Brigette-like cards would no longer exist in the meta to hopefully prevent Zoroark from becoming ridiculous again, but that isn't going to happen. Also can't wait to see Hoopa and Ampharos-GX.
  4. Ashblaze Full Art Supporter Hunter


    Can’t wait for the full art supporters in explosive impact, can’t wait for the full art supporters in Dark order, can’t wait for the FA supporters in ultra shiny (I have a collection for FAS for pokemon tcg, I’m a lover not a fighter ) also ampharos gx my friend peaches is going to love that when it comes out, can’t wait for future information on explosives impact ESPECIALLY the supporter with similar effects to Brigitte( I’m so happy to finally have a brigitte full art, I was lucky to buy one at an animeNext) this gonna be a long 3 months but it’s worth it to make my collection GROW
  5. Salamis Aspiring Trainer


    I'm not sure about your guess on lele's legality. Japanese and Korean cards have different regulation symbol on each card(which is different from TPCI ones).

    There is a pack symbol(SM~~) and a 'regulation mark'(A for cards from SM1 ~ SM4+, B for cards from SM5). The deal is, even cards get reprinted, and gets a new pack symbol, the regulation marks remain the same. For example, there were multiple reprints of ultra ball/choice band in various sets, which remained same regulation mark on itself.

    Well, Neither Japanese nor Korean company showed any extra info about how that regulaion mark will work. And it seems like rotating cards based on regulation symbol will simply wreck the game. But, I think I can say we can't be 100% sure on what will happen in next rotation.
  6. Duo Basking in the glory of Milotic V


    Professor Elm does sound like a more balanced Brigette assuming the information here is true. 60 HP or less means it's unapplicable to GX/EX Pokemon which addresses that issue Brigette previously had, but it also means that 70 HP Pokemon are left out like Poipole and Wimpod which kind of introduces a bit of favortism to basic evolution Pokemon..

    Thought I guess Poipole has the advantage of Mysterious Treasure and Ultra Space and Wimpod has the advantage of Net Ball and to a lesser extent Grovyle as well, so it sort of balances out I guess?

    I do think searching 3 basics out of the deck and being able to use them on the same turn is a feature that's just necessary in order to keep Stage 2 decks relevant. Searching 2 basics for evolution decks with Fan Club is really just unnacceptable against basic GX decks like Ray or Buzzwole who can likely outspeed.

    Looking forward to the art on Ampharos GX. Hope it's fairly strong since we have tons of good electric support now.
  7. Meanwhile Tapu Lele GX prices are dropping like flies!!!
  8. AuraJackle Aspiring Trainer


    I'm happy about professor elm just so that I dont have to wait to long for people to stop acting like a first turn judge is a good thing
  9. theprp30 Aspiring Trainer


    Lugia being that nice colorless and fighting resistance will find his way into a lot of decks going forward.
  10. steffenka Miss Vaanjie


    Uhhh, I can't wait to see the Ampharos and Hoopa! Also, I really hope we get a Nanu FA and an Alolan Persian GX (or just any Alolan Persian) to go along with it :D
  11. Chrswrites Aspiring Trainer


    But doesn't the A/B system apply? Japanese Sun and Moon era cards that are from 2017 have an A symbol, cards from 2018 have a B-symbol. And reprints in 2018 also have the A symbol. Isn't that like reprinting. Maybe they say that the set is legal, without - for instance - al cards marked with the A-symbol?
  12. MiniMads The misunderstood Hero of Disasters


    There's a new Absol. My life is complete...
  13. Rcxd9999 Aspiring Trainer


    Maybe for GX Ultra Shiny we might see shiny Pokemon versions of Zoroark GX, Tapu Lele GX, Buzzwole GX and Zygarde GX?
  14. Wechselbalg "okey"


    Idk about that Elm - in theory it sounds like a more balanced Brigette, but in practice it is basically a Brigette tailored to fit Zoroark decks mostly.

    I hope the new Hoopa will be good!
  15. VuDu-JuJu Intergalactic Trainer/Hitchhiker


    I don't think Lugia-GX is too bad. First attack isn't terrible and while 4 for 170 might not be the best when you can't use it the following turn, the gx attack is an auto-win against any deck that isn't able to set up a bench by turn 2.
  16. Water Pokémon Master I like Pokemon more than you. :D
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  17. TheRealBro.. Venusaur used FlowerPower; his chillness rose 300%


    Don't really like how they keep on making 'shiny' sets this block. Keep it special please.
  18. Cybno Aspiring Trainer


    Hell yeah.
  19. Gameguard Aspiring Trainer


    Its far from a auto win.
  20. MasterGallade ThePokemonRhombus @ YouTube


    I'm guessing that the shiny Pokemon that'll be featured in GX Ultra Shiny will just be the promos we got that Japan never did, like Darkrai-GX and 50% Zygarde-GX

    BUT I'm definitely hoping there's brand new ones too

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