New SWSH Rayquaza Promo, Resistance Changes Coming to SWSH Era!

Those who purchase Japan’s upcoming “V Starter Decks” will receive a holo Rayquaza promo from participating retailers. It is card #003/S-P. Thanks goes to Bangiras for the translation!

Rayquaza – Colorless – HP130
Basic Pokemon

[C][C] Dark Clamp: 30 damage. The Defending Pokemon can’t retreat during your opponent’s next turn.

[C][C][C] Power Blast: 120 damage. Discard an Energy from this Pokemon.

Weakness: Lightning (x2)
Resistance: Fighting (-30)
Retreat: 2

As you can see, Rayquaza’s Resistance is -30. The last time Resistance was -30 was during the EX era in the mid-2000s. Starting with the Diamond & Pearl era, the amount changed to -20 and has been that way ever since.

This news is in addition to the news that Lightning Pokemon aren’t automatically resistant to Metal anymore and you can’t play a Supporter card on your first turn if you’re the first player. What other changes will be coming to the Sword & Shield era?

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  1. Zero Umbreon Pyromaniacal sorcerer
    Zero Umbreon

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    That rainbow looks awesome on Rayquaza!



    Btw I’m gonna say that every time one of these cards are announced
     
  2. Swampert Full Art #GROOKEYGANG
    Swampert Full Art

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    I keep wanting to read it as SWISH
     
  3. JakeTheGearHeart Aspiring Trainer
    JakeTheGearHeart

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    Wow... 10 extra damage resistance. That's definitely gonna do a lot against this power creep.
     
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  4. Gameguard Aspiring Trainer
    Gameguard

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    Are they gonna errata all cards to be -30?
     
  5. zzzeraora Aspiring Trainer
    zzzeraora

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    Stage 2's DESERVE to have -40 resistance. Do them fudging justice, right guys?
     
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  6. AngryBokoblin Guzzlord is fun
    AngryBokoblin

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    no.
     
  7. hervul Aspiring Trainer
    hervul

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    I like the increase in resistance! It is something often forgotten about and doesn't play a role during game.
    I wish most Pokemon had resistance so people start thinking on this attribute when building decks.
     
  8. Rcxd9999 Aspiring Trainer
    Rcxd9999

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    Imagine if they went back to weaknesses being 10+ to 40+ on regular Pokemon and 2x on Pokemon V and possibly make Pokemon V-Max have 3x weakness. That would neat, obviously not happening sadly.
     
  9. The Rhyperior I am still Mr. Rhyperior
    The Rhyperior

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    • Rayquaza - Ehh?! Even with the Welder strat. 2 Geodudes
    • Resistance - Match with the powercreep tho. Increasing the resistance to -30 is seems okay and now ground-breaking.
     
  10. Yaginku Aspiring Trainer
    Yaginku

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    Oh cool, now you can reduce my 250 damage attack (which PTCG powercreeped to deal with Tag Teams) by whole 30 damage.
     
  11. Kyle J. Asplund Some birb boi
    Kyle J. Asplund

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  12. Kangaflora Aspiring Trainer
    Kangaflora

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    Interesting. That means that Sword and Shield will be the first set since EX Power Keepers to have x2 Weakness and -30 Resistance. Just like the good old days.
     
  13. SupStar Aspiring Trainer
    SupStar

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    Woah this AND no supports on the first turn player?
     
  14. AshCo Payne-ful
    AshCo

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    Although probably not a HUGE change, 30 is a lot more important of a number these days than 20. I'll take what I can get, I guess.
     
  15. SupStar Aspiring Trainer
    SupStar

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    Ye definitely with all the super powerful moves, naturally resists should be higher

    TBH I wish weaknesses and resists were completely removed in favor of types being distinguished by their compatibility with items and abilities and just dictating a general playstyle rather than being like "grass v fire? guess you lose kid". It'd be like if in MTG Blue just has a massive advantage against Red by default.

    It just makes unnecessary situations like if there is a really good Water and Fire deck in the meta, or really good Fighting and Dark deck at the same time, the Fire and Dark decks have their consistency flushed down the toilet as they immediately lose if they go against their counterpart deck, and throwing in anti-weakness cards just wastes slots that the Water and Fighting decks don't have to worry about, so even if you have Weakness Policies, Weakness Guard energies, etc you're still at some kind of inherent disadvantage.
     
  16. Volkner123 Better Pokemon trainer than Ash will ever be
    Volkner123

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    No supporter on first turn... that’ll be kinda weird. I don’t think that there was any changes in the Sun and Moon format was there? But I think a change in resistance is good and a little necessary to keep it interesting cause I don’t think about Resistance a whole lot
     
  17. ShaunTheBoufflant Like No One Ever Was
    ShaunTheBoufflant

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    if people dont end up playing a two of those in those garchomp giratina decks i'll be shocked.

    Does damage and prevents retreat? well then. thats either a cheeky TTGX kill or a forced switch?

    im okay with both :')
     
  18. Flash~ZT0 Aspiring Trainer
    Flash~ZT0

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    Does this mean ray made the dex cut? Lol