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!

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  1. Water Pokémon Master I like Pokemon more than you. :D
    Water Pokémon Master

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    Update #2: Added more product images, including the blister packs! The promos are Wooloo, Gossifleur, Morpeko, and Galarian Ponyta.
  2. SableyeGuy Aspiring Trainer


    The new etb dice are nice. The big one doesn’t look tourney legal. New poison and burn looks nice. RIP GX markers.
  3. AshCo "An Excellent Profile Picture"


    The ETBs over all are definitely different, I wonder how they’re actually going to turn out. I don’t know if I’m crazy but they definitely seem taller overall with this weird new box top. It just seems like form over function, the taller bottoms they did starting in the later gen 7 sets I think perfected the format (besides the top loader issue which I think CES fixed.) Not huge on the sleeve designs either, the colors just... don’t work.

    But you know what really bums me out? The dice. The coin flip ones are great, yes, but...I kinda really don’t like new numbered ones. I’ll totally admit I’m sure players are going to find this useful, but I collect these dice, and the lack of the set symbol on them just... takes away all the character from them. Not to mention monochromatic Red and Blue dice, the most common colors they have of these. The dual colored Tag Team ones and even the Ultra Prism-Lost Thunder ones with the colored pips were always so cool. It’s a bummer that My absolute favorite part of these products just went from better and better with every set to really disappointing.

    That being said, am I the only one who cares about this? Yes.
  4. hervul Aspiring Trainer


    Anyone else noticed how they included the word “also” in the effects of attacks?
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  5. TSA123 i play pokeman


    RillaRay lookin kinda hot ngl...
  6. Frost Amethyst AMAB-NB


    No Fairy Pokemon?? Gen 8 is already off to a terrible start. :'(
  7. The Rhyperior I am still Mr. Rhyperior
    The Rhyperior


    • Metal Patch - 5 Geodudes, why not?
    • Meowth V/VMAX - 200 for 1 TCE and Energy (Yes, Triple Accel since VMAX are evolved Pokemon) and draws 3, why not? 2/3-4
    • Indeedee V- Kinda underwhelming to me. 3
    • Stonjourner V - 180 for an energy that isn't easily payable. 3 Geodudes
    • Galarian Ponyta-
    • Rillaboom - Energy accel? Good. Getting it out T2? Maybe?! 4 Geodudes
    • Inteleon - Better Alolan Ninetales but as a Stage 2. 4 Geodudes
    • Cinderace - I kinda Like it. 4 Geodudes
    • Galarian Zigzagoon - Wait for Obstagoon before we are dealing with this card.
    • Snorlax V/VMAX - Huge HP, Triple Acceleration Energy, and Better Mega Ray's atk. 3/5
    • Lapras V/VMAX - Quagsire, period. 3/4-5
    • Zacian V - Although weak to Welder, Zacian V has continue to be better among the two mascots. Zacian's main ability is payable with the ability and Metal Patch. 5 Geodudes
    • Zamazenta V - VMAX have high HP, Zamazenta blocks it. 5 Geodudes
    • Fishing Rod - Not as good as Super Rod but its better than we don't have. 4 Geodudes
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2019
  8. Volkner123 Better Pokemon trainer than Ash will ever be


    Probably not, sadly. If it was in Sword or Shield then probably but the aren't so most likely not
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  9. softsoph Aspiring Trainer


    I wonder how expensive these will be.. If there are VMAX cards with a texture and they're not secret rares, does that mean that this is like the return of the gold star type pokemon? Competitively viable yet rare.
  10. bbb888 One Life. One Dream.


    35 Trainer cards??!! :eek:o_O
    Remember when Jungle set had only ONE Trainer card?

    Yeah, me neither
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  11. Kangaflora Aspiring Trainer


    I wonder how the Poison and Ghost types will play out type wise (hopefully, Ghost type will remain Psychic, and have Darkness Weakness, but no Resistance)....
  12. Yog Rogue


    Finally, some Metal acceleration. It's been far too slow for too long.
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  13. Wavestripe Med Student


    I can't see them ever reaching gold star ratings since those are shinies and incredibly hard to get ahold of. My guess is that they'll sit around full arts/rainbow rares money-wise at best. Gold stars were secret rares and these guys are not.

    We won't fully know until the set comes out, however
  14. srsrox Aspiring Trainer


    Evolutions pack.
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  15. Sword.N Aspiring Trainer


    A mistake:Lapras-V is weak to lightning not metal;)
  16. NicoNoo Meta/budget player



    Have you even had a try at this format? There's no deep strategy. You just evolve as fast as you can, hit as hard as you can, and then add utility either through support Pokémon, trainers or pokémon attacks. The only skill intensive decks are dark box and gardesylveon that require you to plan your energy attachments and risks you take by spreading or concentrating energy for powerful attacks.

    I'm hyped for the new card reveals and to have new decks to play, but there's no strategy in these, it's just bigger numbers and unga.
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  17. Toni Kensa Playing and Collecting
    Toni Kensa


    I’m just afraid of having to buy double “V” cards because the new GX do Evolve.
  18. GM DracLord Shadow of Death
    GM DracLord


    The Art is wonderfull for the V-Max, i might want to collect them all, however with such simple attack and not even a special ability, (we are going back to the Mega era) it make for a boring card, hopefully the wouldnt make it these card having 3 different prints
  19. taigercub Aspiring Trainer


    I was thinking the exact same thing

    Rillaboom is absurd energy accel for grass even if its a stage 2
  20. CMP Now with 400% more Neo!


    At this point I just like checking in to see what new gimmick the TCG has. Honestly, it makes me long for the Base-Neo days, although seeing as the recent main series titles are all about gimmicks, I suppose these translate well to the TCG.