Pokemon VMAX, Sword & Shield Cards, Meowth V MAX Special Collection!

The Pokemon VMAX mechanic has been revealed!

Pokemon VMAX evolve from Pokemon V and will feature Dynamax or Gigantamax Pokemon. Pokemon VMAX have massive HP and powerful attacks, but when a Pokemon VMAX is Knocked Out, your opponent takes three Prize cards! The mechanic was first hinted at Worlds.

Snorlax VMAX and Lapras VMAX are the first cards revealed. At 340 HP, Snorlax VMAX features the highest HP ever for a Pokemon allowed in tournaments. They will be available in our Sword & Shield expansion on February 7th.

In Japan, the Pokemon VMAX will have a new “RRR” rarity, will not be secret rares, and will use a texture. So ours should have textures too.

Several Pokemon V and regular Pokemon have also been revealed from our Sword & Shield set:


As you can see on Galarian Ponyta and Indeedee V, Psychic-type Pokemon are now weak to Darkness and resist Fighting!

The cards above originate from Japan’s Starter Set V Decks, which are releasing this week, as well as its first Sword and Shield sets, which will release in December. My theory that we will be getting synced worldwide releases continues to hold true. Check out my article if you haven’t read it yet!

Pokemon Japan also revealed a few cards from the set that were not shown in English. Translations are thanks to Bangiras!

Lapras V – Water – HP210
Basic Pokemon

[C] Waveback: Attach 1 Water Energy from your hand to this Pokemon. Then, switch this Pokemon with 1 of your Benched Pokemon.

[W][W][W][C] Ocean Loop: 210 damage. Return 2 Water Energy from this Pokemon to your hand.

When your Pokemon V is Knocked Out, your opponent takes 2 Prize cards.

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

Snorlax V – Colorless – HP220
Basic Pokemon

[C][C][C] Swallow Up: 60 damage. Heal from this Pokemon the same amount of damage you did to your opponent’s Active Pokemon.

[C][C][C][C] Falling Down: 170 damage. This Pokemon is now Asleep.

When your Pokemon V is Knocked Out, your opponent takes 2 Prize cards.

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

Galarian Zigzagoon – Darkness – HP70
Basic Pokemon

Ability: Tantrum Head
Once during your turn (before your attack), when you play this card from your hand onto your Benched, you may put 1 damage counter on 1 of your opponent’s Pokemon.

[D][C] Surprise Attack: 30 damage. Flip a coin. If tails, this attack does nothing.

Weakness: Grass (x2)
Resistance: none
Retreat: 1

The Sword & Shield block continues to shake up Weaknesses and Resistances. Now Darkness is weak to Grass!

Metal Saucer – Trainer

Attach a [M] Energy card from your discard pile to 1 of your Benched [M] Pokemon.

You may play as many Item cards as you like during your turn (before your attack).

Fishing Rod – Trainer

Shuffle up to 2 Pokemon and up to 2 Basic Energy cards from your discard pile into your deck.

You may play as many Item cards as you like during your turn (before your attack).

Update (December 1st): Corrected the translation!

Our Sword & Shield set will release on February 7th and feature…

  • More than 50 Pokemon from the Galar region
  • 17 Pokemon V and 12 full-art Pokemon V, including Zacian V and Zamazenta V
  • Four Pokemon VMAX, including Snorlax VMAX and Lapras VMAX
  • 35 Trainer cards, including four full-art Supporter cards
  • One Special Energy card
  • Over 200 cards

The set will be available in booster packs, theme decks, Elite Trainer Boxes, and special collections.

Update #2: Added more product images, including the blister packs! The promos are Wooloo, Gossifleur, Morpeko, and Galarian Ponyta. The Elite Trainer Boxes now feature dice with the damage amounts written on them (10, 40, 120, etc.).

We posted about this a few weeks ago, but we now know that a “Meowth VMAX Special Collection” will release on January 3rd.

The collection will contains five booster packs, one Meowth V (SWSH004), one Meowth VMAX (SWSH005), and one jumbo Meowth VMAX card.

What do you think of the new VMAX mechanic? Let us know below!