Charizard, Blastoise, and Erika’s Hospitality from SM9!

Charizard, Blastoise, and Erika’s Hospitality will be part of Japan’s SM9 Tag Bolt set! The set will release in Japan this December and will then be part of our Team Up set in February. The set is obviously advertising Kanto and the upcoming Let’s Go Pikachu & Eevee games.

Charizard – Fire – HP150
Stage 2 – Evolves from Charmeleon

Ability: Addicting Drive
Once during your turn (before your attack), you may put 2 damage counters on this Pokemon. If you do, search your deck for up to 2 [R] Energy cards and attach them to this Pokemon. Then, shuffle your deck.

[R][R] Continuous Blaze Ball: 30+ damage. Discard all [R] Energy from this Pokemon. This attack does 50 more damage for each card you discarded in this way.

Weakness: Water (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 2

Blastoise – Water – HP160
Stage 2 – Evolves from Wartortle

Ability: Power Squall
Once your during turn (before your attack), you may look at the top 6 cards of your deck. Choose as many [W] Energy cards you find there as you like and attach them to your Pokemon in any way you like. Then, shuffle the other cards back into your deck.

[W][W][W] Hydro Tackle: 150 damage. This Pokemon does 30 damage to itself.

Weakness: Grass (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 3

Erika’s Hospitality – Trainer

If you have more than 6 cards in your hand (including this one), you can’t play this card.

Draw a number of cards up to the number of your opponent’s Pokemon in play.

You may play only 1 Supporter card during your turn (before your attack).

(It’s like Steven's Advice.)

Thanks goes to Jake C. and tunu for the translations!

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  1. TSA123 i play pokeman


    charizard is pretty mediocre. pretty good ability, but terrible attack. it could have some synergy with blacephalon gx, but it's a stage 2

    blastoise is just a nerfed deluge that doesn't really seem that good, also stage 2

    erika's is interesting?? because steven's advice was decent if not good (iirc, i don't really play old format) in its respective format, i think we can expect it to maybe be a 1 or 2-of in certain decks.
  2. lukkul Aspiring Trainer


    a playable Charizard card that costs less to attack than Blastoise? Is this real life?
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  3. Wow, we could see Palkiastoise now! Sure gives me nostalgia.
  4. Ultragunner Aspiring Trainer


    I like the Zard...

    No energy in play... evolve into Charizard, attach 2 from deck with ability and 1 from hand = 180 damage without choice band
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  5. Kashvinder Mann Aspiring Trainer
    Kashvinder Mann


    Oh wow all 3 of them are quite playable in their own right. But yay a new Charizard card and one that's not bad for once (it can kill a Zoroark with an additonal fire and choice band). I can finally make a Charizard deck.
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2018
  6. FourteenAlmonds NTernetttt ERXploerer


    The Pokémon here don't seem too impressive to me at first glance. Both Charizard and Blastoise have potential, but I'd guess that they're not really going to be played much at all unless a deck does well somewhere.

    I see them as sort of like the Feraligatr from Dragon Majesty. They're cards designed to please those few who want cards based on some starter Pokémon, but aren't going to be making any waves in the competitive scene.

    Erica's Hospitality is sort of 'meh' too. It might get some popularity as a card that you have one or two of in a deck, but it seems sort of situational, like Copycat is right now. It's unfortunate that you can only use it if you have less than six cards in your hand, because otherwise it might have some good synergy with Unown HAND.


    Also, on a side note, can we please appreciate the art on that Blastoise??? It looks amazing!
  7. DaLoc Aspiring Trainer


    that charizard is playable (tier 3/4).

    blastoise is kinda not relevant when we have quagsire plus aqua patch

    Erica is decent, but is kinda overshadowed by Ingo and Emmett in the same set.
  8. Frost Amethyst AMAB-NB


    If this set is sticking to promoting LGPE, I demand the TCG finally acknowledges Lorelei's existence. Almost every named character in Gen 7 has a full art but the first Elite Four member in the series gets radio silence after 23 years.
  9. CynderDarkov Aspiring Trainer


    I can get behind Erika’s Hospitality, although I can't guess exactly how good it will be. Normally I don't like cards that rely on something your opponent does, but most decks want to get 5-6 Pokemon in play as fast as possible, and even if they are playing around Erika’s Hospitality, well that's less Pokemon they're putting in play and could make things a bit easier.
  10. TheRealBro.. Let's get drowzee


    Look at these artworks (especially Blastoise). Now imagine these cards with a nice piece of Galaxy holofoil. Wouldn't that be great.. Well, they already look pretty great without it I guess. Some quality artwork!
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  11. Liebad Sun eater


    Blastoise is nice. Maybe it will see some play
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  12. Max Maxwell Aspiring Trainer
    Max Maxwell


    Wow, this Charizard is better than Blacephalon GX with Charmeleon Dragon Majesty it's so cruel :eek: . Blastoise is not bad but it's very expensive.
  13. SamuelOak Researcher

    Advanced Member Member

    Inn sorry but how is Charizard mediocre?

    For ONE manual attachment it can hit 180, 210 with a choice band. This is turn 2. Plus it’s a single prize attacker. With Alolan Ninetales GX (LOR) setting up stage 2s is easy. This is a brilliant card.
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  14. Lord Goomy Got Goomies?
    Lord Goomy


    Another Charizard? Again? Does it HAVE to be good? Fine.
    Blastoise gets interesting, especially with decks like Palkia GX and Primarina GX around. Enough Magcargo, and you could have a lot of energy in play quite quickly. Is it the most efficient or cost effective card around? No. Does it do its job? Yes.
    Erika’s Hospitality is just plain good. You can have 6 cards in your hand, and then draw six more. And it’s not an attack. Okay, there is a chance you won’t be able to play it due to too many cards, but if you play your cards right, it should be pretty reliable. Against a Shrine deck with a lot of Benched Pokémon, you could increase your card size by a lot. Against Zoro/Roc, maybe not. Against Rayquaza? Good. Most power decks play a lot of Benched Pokémon, and you can benefit from them just as well as your opponent does.
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2018
  15. WillyCharizard Aspiring Trainer


    I gonna call it now, this two will be the main pokemon theme decks of this expansion
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  16. The Revolutionaire N Aspiring Trainer
    The Revolutionaire N


  17. Max Maxwell Aspiring Trainer
    Max Maxwell


    I'm not sure of this.
    I think that SM9 theme decks are oriented to other types, like darkness [Zoroark ‘Dark Order’] or (finally) fairy.
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  18. WillyCharizard Aspiring Trainer


    Im actually would like a Fairy deck as well cause the last one was Lugia and wasnt Fairy focus just had a few fairys on it, I thought the theme decks of Lost Thunder expansion will include a fairy (Fairy Rise) but well we know how that end, so Im not sure if Dark Order will guarantee a Dark deck and Team Up is about Kanto to promote Lets Go, I can see Starters from first gen being the theme decks, even got 3 decks with Venasaur being the last one
  19. MoFoTY86 Aspiring Trainer


    Too bad these are stage 2, but Rare Candy is a thing. Erika is gonna be handy and I think it'll be 2-3 of in decks. Great draw support.
  20. The Rhyperior I am still Mr. Rhyperior
    The Rhyperior


    That's the problem of some stage 2s. You forced to run 4 RC just to evolve them as quick as possible, rather than reserving some space for some good trainers.
    • Charizard - The ability is basically Incineroar-GX Dark-type. As an attacker, ehh. Its alright! You need 3 R and shrine to KO relevant basics. 3 Geodudes. Being played for ability is what I disagree of.
    • Blastoise - you need to run multiple W energy just to hit it every turn. Use it on Palkia or some stuff that do damage depends on the energy on the field. Other option than Aqua Patch. And you notice that its been 5 years that we've finally get a new Squirtle card. 3-4 Geodudes
    • Erika's Hospitality - Its a pseudo-Colress. 3-4 Geodudes
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