‘Sun & Moon’ TCG Series to Continue Into 2019 After ‘Let’s Go!’

The official Japanese Pokemon-Card website has just revealed the Japanese version of Pikachu & Zekrom-GX!

The card will be part of SM9, as you can see in the bottom left corner. This means the Sun & Moon TCG series will continue after the release of Let’s Go Pikachu & Eevee and up until the release of Generation VIII in late 2019. The set will likely release in Japan in December.

Pikachu & Zekrom-GX is card #031/095, meaning there will be 95 cards in the Japanese set. In America, the card is #33/181, so our set will have an additional 86 cards. Therefore, our English set will likely be comprised of the cards from October’s Dark Order, any new cards from November’s GX Ultra Shiny, November’s Eeveelution decks, and of course December’s SM9. This also means the dream that the English and Japanese TCG would soon be in sync have now been crushed (not that said dream was ever likely).

The Japanese image also reveals the card will have the same “wavey” holofoil pattern as regular GX cards.

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  1. DMYSYS DUMMY SYSTEM
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    Is this news? Let's Go represents a new mainline game as much as Nintendo originally marketed Pokémon Colosseum as a new mainline game. i.e. it's not.
     
  2. Water Pokémon Master I like Pokemon more than you. :D
    Water Pokémon Master

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    I mean, I personally had no doubts it would continue, but many fans don't follow these things that closely.
     
  3. DMYSYS DUMMY SYSTEM
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    That's fair. For me it's not news because even though at this point it is wholly unprecedented that they haven't decided to introduce a 'breakpoint' in the TCG sets like what PCG was to ADV, or what DPPt was to DP, etc., in some sense that's what the USUM sets have been, they just decided not to reset the set numbering system.

    I reckon at this point in SM's 'block' we're essentially in a third-stage 'LEGEND'-esque era, but these sorts of thing haven't ~always~ lined up with the video games that well. The precedent exists, yeah, but it's not a consistent one, and it would've been weirder if they used these weird sidegames/remakes to reset.

    EDIT: the point being, of course, you're right – most folks aren't going to be following along this closely.
     
  4. PandaPokemon Aspiring Trainer
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    Still, this tag team stuff looks ridiculous. Gonna break the game, unless they create a good counter
     
  5. Alex Sableye Official Pokemon Connoisseur of the Unova Region
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    i.e., baby Buzzwole.
     
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  6. TSA123 i play pokeman
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    Ultra Necrozma can easily OHKO with 3 Psychic Energy, and Buzzwole, although it loses a lot after rotation, can still counter it very easily

    The only real way I see this specific Tag Team working is this:
    -> Bench and use Zeraora's GX attack, putting 3 on it and 2 on the active Zeraora
    -> Bench another Zeraora GX, and power that one up with the Tag Team, hopefully not getting OHKO'd after this turn
    -> Acerola Tag Team, never use again
     
  7. Gen VIII?!? We've gone a long way...
     
  8. Wechselbalg *****
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    The problem is not that these tag teams are OP, but rather the fact that this is the sign of a ridicolous power creep that is to come in the future - I mean, three prizes for 1 KO? That's half of your prizes right there. And who knows, this might just be one of the worse tag team cards.
    Plus it's not exactly a very imaginative idea either as far as new game mechanics are concerned.
     
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  9. I think it depends on how you define imaginative.
     
  10. CrownAxe Aspiring Trainer
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    Considering it's a pretty mediocre card, it's always possible that his will be the best of the tag team cards and no power creep will occur
     
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  11. crystal_pidgeot Bird Trainer *Vaporeon on PokeGym*
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    I wonder how long it takes them to break this new mechanic.
     
  12. Cybno Aspiring Trainer
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    They'll print one broken Tag Teamer and insta "OH fudge EVERYONE IS ABUSING THIS NOW"
     
  13. Wechselbalg *****
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    Dude this is basically Pokemon EX on steroids, (+GX attack) but oh look now instead of 1 Pokemon there are 2 in the picture...I'm not sure in which universe would this count as imaginative. It literally brings nothing new to the game.
     
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2018
  14. Skylite Aspiring Trainer
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    That's beginning of the end, fellas
     
  15. ddskzb Aspiring Trainer
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    I wonder what's the meaning of the capital letter at the left corner behinds the set number on the japanese cards.
     
  16. Perfect_Shot Standard sucks, so Ban Expanded
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    It depends on how long TPCi wants this to hold out. The LEGEND cards they were based on lasted a short time and they only have a handful of cards, hardly enough for every deck to find something it could use.
     
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  17. The PokeMan 11 Aspiring Trainer
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    I still hope that a zekrom in sm9 means a unova/ gen 5 set
     
  18. pikachuuuu101 Custom Title
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    will tag team pokemon always be basic or will we see a 350 HP Abomasnow/Whailord
     
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  19. Rcxd9999 Aspiring Trainer
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    Makes sense. They can't really make sets using Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu and Eevee, with only the original 151 and no new Pokemon (excluding mega evolutions and alolan formes).
     
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  20. The Binder Guy Aspiring Trainer
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    I figured as much, as @Rcxd9999 pointed out Let's GO doesn't do much in terms of changing the main games that much (whether or not they affect Gen 8 games or later remains to be seen).
    Good point, I just hope that this block doesn't end in a set like Call of Legends (but given how many Evolutions packs were crammed into value products that might actually be a good thing).

    One thing I'd like would like to point out is that TPCi has very little say in card design and/or how long a card archetype stays in the TCG, that's all handled by Creatures, Inc. and Pokemon Card Lab.