‘Unbroken Bonds’ Prerelease Promos Revealed!

The Unbroken Bonds prerelease promos have been revealed: Volcanion (SM179), Stakataka (SM180), Melmetal (SM181), and Persian (SM182)!

Each of them features brand new artwork that has not been seen in Japan.

Our Unbroken Bonds set will be a combination of Night Unison‘s 55 cards (released in Japan on January 11th), Full Metal Wall‘s 54 cards (released on February 1st), and Double Blaze‘s 95 cards (March 1st).

Our set will release in America and elsewhere on May 5th.

Thanks goes to LootQuest for the photo!

Persian – Colorless – HP100
Stage 1 – Evolves from Meowth

Ability: Cats’ Gathering
Each of your Pokemon in play with a Cat Day attack pay no Energy to use their attacks.

[C][C][C] Claw Swipe: 90 damage.

Weakness: Fighting (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 0

(From SM10 Double Blaze.)


Melmetal – Metal – HP150
Stage 1 – Evolves from Dittonut

Ability: Metal Eater
Once during your turn (before your attack), you may discard a Metal Pokemon card from your hand. Then, heal 100 damage from this Pokemon.

[M][C][C][C] Heavy Impact: 130 damage.

Weakness: Fire (x2)
Resistance: Psychic (-20)
Retreat: 4

(From SM9b Full Metal Wall.)


Stakataka – Fighting – HP120
Basic Pokemon (Ultra Beast)

Ability: Stone Fence
If your opponent has 3 or less Prize cards remaining, this Pokemon’s maximum HP is 200.

[F][F][C] Top Down: 110 damage. Flip a coin until you get tails. For each heads, discard a card from the top of your opponent’s deck.

Weakness: Grass (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 4

(From SM9b Full Metal Wall.)


Volcanion – Fire – HP120
Basic Pokemon

[R] Flare Starter: Search your deck for a Fire Energy card, reveal it, and attach it to 1 of your Pokemon. Then, shuffle your deck. If you’re the player going second, on your first turn you may search your deck for up to 3 Fire Energy cards instead and attach them to your Pokemon in any way you like.

[R][R] High Heat Blow 50+ damage. If 4 or more Fire Energy are attached to your Pokemon in play, this attack does 60 more damage.

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

(From SM10 Double Blaze.)

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  1. Zero Umbreon Probably a human
    Zero Umbreon

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    Those are... actually all quite good!
     
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  2. The Rhyperior I am still Mr. Rhyperior
    The Rhyperior

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    The translation is clearly on the card, bro.

    No Kyurem which makes me sad :'(

    And also, when is the Caturday, is it before CanDay? Heh! Not funny.
     
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  3. Holden Sheeks a.k.a. WinterShorts
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    Team Up Promos: Oh wow all of these promos are good! Nidoqueen with some decent viability, Charizard for the next collectable Charizard card, and the other 2 both being super good cards for Standard!

    Unbroken Bonds Promos: All of these cards are bad. (Except maaaybe Volcanion)
     
  4. TatsuyaOrimuta Aspiring Trainer
    TatsuyaOrimuta

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    The art on the promos is really really really nice
     
  5. FrenchyB Aspiring Trainer
    FrenchyB

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    I love that stakataka.
     
  6. treyh37 Watcher of Thorns
    treyh37

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    looking at those think volcanion decks are gonna be the strong deck for prerelease this time around, least if you go second.
     
  7. Thundercloud_TCG Aspiring Trainer
    Thundercloud_TCG

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    100% Volcanion will be the Malamar of these promos
     
  8. TSA123 i play pokeman
    TSA123

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    I like the art

    Too bad they're not that playable
     
  9. OppositeAttract Aspiring Trainer
    OppositeAttract

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    For pre-releases Persian and Melmetal could potentially be annoying considering there's quiet a few pokemon with the cat day attack in this set. However, Volcanion is probably the best overall.
     
  10. Poke_collector Aspiring Trainer
    Poke_collector

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    Very underwhelming
     
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  11. AngryBokoblin Guzzlord is fun
    AngryBokoblin

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    It says Melmetal has 130 hp in the translation when it clearly has 150 hp on both the english and japanese cards.
     
  12. NoaWithoutaH i don't like bananas
    NoaWithoutaH

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    Awww man. No competitive Pokemon :(
     
  13. Swampert Full Art #GROOKEYGANG
    Swampert Full Art

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    Does anyone know if these will have any above average value?
     
  14. Jake_Silberman Now accepting donations of Full Art Zinnias
    Jake_Silberman

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    Possibly Volcanion for a few weeks because of Fire hype. All of the other promos are preeeeeeeeetty bad.
     
  15. AlittleSTARme Aspiring Trainer
    AlittleSTARme

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    buff persian is better :/
     
  16. Pokefam Salandit Bandit
    Pokefam

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    They all Suck!!!!!!!

























    Oh yeah volc your okay:p:p:p
     
  17. Wechselbalg Mr. Ros
    Wechselbalg

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    I really wish the cat day deck could become viable but it doesn't look like it's going to be. Oh well. Guess you can't get Jirachi-level promos on every prerelease.
     
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  18. OVERGRO Pokemon is lyfe.
    OVERGRO

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    For a pre-release ("Limited") meta, these are all pretty decent.

    4. Persian will let you not need to worry about energy, the issue is that you need to pull Cat Day Pokemon to make use of it.
    3. Provided your opponent isn't running a Fire deck or one of those cheap GX + 39 Energy/Trainer decks, and you pull a decent amount of Metal type Pokemon (I don't remember how many are in this grossly huge set), you can wall your opponent forever with the healing.
    2. Stakataka will be a massive 200HP wall after you lose a single Pokemon, again, if you can keep Weakness at bay. Also the milling is nice if you can get rid of a good card your opponent only pulled one of.
    1. Volcanion can accelerate Energy then hit 110 for 2, but tops the list for synergy with the other Fire types and support.

    Granted, TTGXes have likely destroyed this meta and everyone will be running GX decks, but a guy can dream...
     
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  19. iGeek256 I only use Electric types
    iGeek256

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    They are going to come out with a Persian & Alolan Persian Tag Team that has Cat Day, I’m calling it.
     
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  20. GoldenHoopa Aspiring Trainer
    GoldenHoopa

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    Oh my god. Stop whining about The playability. Just take some time to admire the art that people actually spent time on other then some moves that they threw on. Jeez