‘Pokemon V’ Mechanic Announced: Zacian V, Zamazenta V from ‘Sword & Shield!’

A new TCG mechanic called Pokemon V was just revealed at Worlds! Portions of Zacian V and Zamazenta V were shown:

(Note that the Energy icons are excluded from these teasers because it would spoil Zacian and Zamazenta’s types.)

According to a press release from Pokemon, the “V” comes from “eVolve.”

We can see that Pokemon V will have a 2-card Prize rule like Pokemon-GX and EX. They appear to have black card borders and highlights. There is also a “V” in the top left corner of the card template (to the left of the Pokemon’s name).

After the Zacian V and Zamazenta V teasers, a preview for a V card with 330 HP was shown.

We see Pikachu and Zekrom (representing Pikachu & Zekrom-GX) staring at this V card before it zooms out to show its colossal size. This may be hinting that this V card will be the TCG’s equivalent of the Dynamax mechanic. This is further indicated by the fact there is a red sky over the card, like in the video games.

It should be noted that the “V” in the top left corner of the Zacian and Zamazenta cards and the “V” in the top left corner of the giant V card have different placement and colors. So there could be two parts to this Pokemon V mechanic. For example, perhaps Zacian V and Zamazenta V can evolve into stronger Dynamax “V” cards, like the one above with 330 HP. This would make the mechanic similar to Pokemon LV.X cards. But this is all speculation for now.

Update: Upon closer inspection, Zamazenta-Z’s Ability prevents all effects or damage from your opponent’s V-MAX Pokemon. You can just barely see “V-MAX” written at the end of its Ability text. So perhaps the 330 HP card is a V-MAX Pokemon and our two Legendaries are Pokemon V? Maybe Pokemon V can evolve into V-MAX?

A press release from Pokemon also just revealed (to no one’s surprise) that the first Sword and Shield set will be named Sword & Shield. An image of the set logo was released, as was booster pack artwork of Zacian and Zamazenta. There will be 202 cards in the set before secret rares.

We expect the first Sword and Shield set to release in Japan this December and then in America next February, based on past release patterns.

The corner of Zamazenta Z shows the appearance of a “D.” These are the card legality letters that we have been talking about all year.

These regulation marks will denote which cards are legal in future tournaments — for example, Japan may soon say “you can only use cards with B and C marks at tournaments, not A marks.”

Their use in the English TCG may be an indication that worldwide card legality will come in the future, as we have been speculating. This would mean Japan and the rest of the world attempt to keep the same cards part of the same blocks.

Want to join PokeBeach's news team? We're currently looking for TCG news writers, especially those who live in time zones where it's night in America (such as Europe). If this interests you, please fill out this application!



PokéBeach's news commenting system is completely integrated with our forums! , you can reply to this story's forum thread directly on this page with all of the forum's functionality!

  1. DMYSYS DUMMY SYSTEM
    DMYSYS

    Member

    >202 card set
    >first set of a new generational block

    I'm sorry. I've spent most of my entire life with the Pokémon TCG being, even in the worst case, a passive interest, but an interest nonetheless. 202 cards for an intro set is just too much. It's honestly an insulting cash-grab, and after waiting since BW for a return to civility, this is not where I cave in, this is where I move on.

    The video games look like a phoned-in/opportunistic hot mess, and the fact the card game is now such an egregious rip-off is the last straw for me. While your past has meant so much to me, your present is off-putting. And I can't be bothered to speculate on your future. So I will see you later, Pocket Monsters.
     
    hervul, Skylite, Tytus and 11 others like this.
  2. RisingRaichuu Aspiring Trainer
    RisingRaichuu

    Advanced Member Member

    The only reason why sets have got so massive is because they're releasing an extra copy of the Basic in every evolution line these days. But yeah, I remember the good old days of 99-card sets.
     
    Flash~ZT0 and ShaQuL like this.
  3. RisingRaichuu Aspiring Trainer
    RisingRaichuu

    Advanced Member Member

    Sounds like more 500HP Pikachus to me.
     
    bbb888 and Flash~ZT0 like this.
  4. Water Pokémon Master I like Pokemon more than you. :D
    Water Pokémon Master

    Webmaster News Head Activities Head Elite Member Advanced Member Member

    Update: Upon closer inspection, Zamazenta-Z's Ability prevents all effects or damage from your opponent's V-MAX Pokemon. You can just barely see "V-MAX" written at the end of its Ability text. So perhaps the 330 HP card is a V-MAX Pokemon and our two Legendaries are Pokemon V?
     
    TatsuyaOrimuta and snoopy369 like this.
  5. Frost Amethyst AMAB-NB
    Frost

    Member

    That at best adds 10 cards to these huge sets. Having 4 different versions of every chase card is your culprit.
     
  6. iridoo93 Candy girl
    iridoo93

    Member

    Already starting with a big whopping 200+ card set o_O
     
    Flash~ZT0 likes this.
  7. The Ultimate Umbreon To Ultra space and beyond!
    The Ultimate Umbreon

    Member

    It's a shame that GX cards will be so short lived. EX cards lasted for BW and XY, so I hoped the GX cards would last for Sword and Sheild too, but change happens I guess. Looks like V-MAX Pokemon will be like Mega Evolutions. But 202 cards for an entry set is completely ridiculous. Lost Thunder was okay as a one off mega set, but with so many sets in Japan being pumped out, had led to Unbroken Bonds, Unified Minds and soon Cosmic Eclipse to be far to big. It doesn't help that those sets have tons of bulk terrible cards worth nothing, which greatly reduces the chance of getting playable cards, which defeats the point of opening packs. So either the Japanese set is massive, or they are getting 3 Sword and Sheild sets before we get one. I've collected sets since XY, but this is the end of that for me. If I want a card, I'll order it online. Sets have just got too big.
     
    Skeleton Liar and ShaQuL like this.
  8. John Wick Aspiring Trainer
    John Wick

    Member

    All I know is that Charizard VMax will drain our wallets next year lol
     
  9. Poke_collector Aspiring Trainer
    Poke_collector

    Member

    If Zard is in this (probably will) they’d better make it completely unplayable like generations Zard otherwise it’ll be cripplingly expensive
     
  10. zzzeraora Aspiring Trainer
    zzzeraora

    Member

    There's only ever been 2 good Charizards.
    That being said, when he's good, he's too good. So i hope Sword and Shield Charizard sucks ass
     
  11. DarthPinkHippo Aspiring Trainer
    DarthPinkHippo

    Member

    I'm really worried about these Pokemon V just being big basics like EX/MEX. I dont want to see evolution Pokemon get shafted even more.
     
    CaptainJuuice, XCITE and bunnybird12 like this.
  12. zzzeraora Aspiring Trainer
    zzzeraora

    Member

    GX's could be Evolutions and they had more HP than MEGAS..Also, it's better to have something like EX's again. Only being able to have 2 moves or a move and ability on top of a once a game move was crippling.
     
  13. DarthPinkHippo Aspiring Trainer
    DarthPinkHippo

    Member

    Oh for sure! And I hope that is the case
     
  14. Winkachu Aspiring Trainer
    Winkachu

    Member

    I think the Pokemon company has to think about lowering prices for their TCG products, could be done by using less plastic in their packaging that seriously does increase shipping cost a lot. And at the same time have to increase pull rates that don't double up in the booster boxes. I'll be honest I only buy one TCG product each and normally get all the commons/uncommons and rares in my collection. But when it comes about EX/GX Full arts secret rares that is far far from complete and not willing to buy multiple products of the same kind at all. Unless they find a good way to take out these cards and put in collection boxes.
     
    bbb888 and Tytus like this.
  15. Snowy Lilacs Aspiring Trainer
    Snowy Lilacs

    Member


    Well every month thus far in Japan, they have been getting a new set, so yes they probably will continue
     
  16. Zierant Murcielago
    Zierant

    Member

    That’s a massive set!! After Team Up, I called it quits... sad but it’s getting way toooo ridiculous now and it’s not even fun for me like it used to be :/
     
  17. bunnybird12 Don't be sad- be hoppy!
    bunnybird12

    Member

    I’ve felt myself drifting away from the tcg since Team Up was released because of the power creep. I didn’t enjoy the release of Tag Team GX’s and this feels like another version of that. I really wish they would do more to make regular evolution cards the norm again instead of the souped up cards we see being released now. Not only this, but with the format for the most part being focused on ultra rare attackers, it makes competitive decks too expensive to build for people like me who don’t have a lot to spend on it.
     
    Ephemera likes this.
  18. Nathaniel Cook Aspiring Trainer
    Nathaniel Cook

    Member

    You bring up some valid arguments, but I think this goes a lot further than that. A lot of the Collector's Tin or Collection Boxes that Pokemon Company International puts out nowadays aren't really aimed at collectors. They may try to market them as such, but most of these quick cash-grabs are really meant to do nothing more than bring the price down of cards that are in high demand for use in tournaments. I can understand what they are trying to do by making these cards more accessible and keeping the prices more affordable, but it also dilutes the value/incentive to collect the cards and sets as a whole. You needn't look further than the Pikachu & Zekgrom GX tin in March or the Charizard & Reshiram GX Collection Box that was released a couple of weeks ago. It seems like nowadays the Pokemon Company International is more focused on catering to competitive play with the promotional tins & collections boxes along with each new quarterly set. Furthermore, I think the one thing they're doing more than ever with these large sets every 3-4 months is alienating the collectors. I don't mean this to be disrespectful to anyone who is into the competitive side of Pokemon, but it just really saddens me to see Pokemon catering to one side of the card game over the other.
     
  19. CynderDarkov Aspiring Trainer
    CynderDarkov

    Member

    Seems like a horribly trivial thing to be mad at tbh. I see it as nothing but excitement but *shrugs*
     
    xTITAN likes this.
  20. Swampert Full Art #GROOKEYGANG
    Swampert Full Art

    Member

    I was expecting these to be called "DX" for Dynamax. Maybe there will be some like you talked about in the article.
     
    Grass-Type Farm Owner likes this.