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. bunnybird12 Don't be sad- be hoppy!


    There goes the HP cap. Yay power creep.

    It would've been way cooler if they made Dynamax or Gigantamax Pokemon into jumbo cards and somehow made those play legal.

    The new dice are cool, but I guess to deal with the new HP cap they had to change them.
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  2. SableyeGuy Aspiring Trainer


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  3. ShaQuL @KabutoKingTCG


    He gave Snorlax VMAX 5 out of 5 and Meowth VMAX 3 or 4 out of 5, it's not so hard to figure out my dude...
  4. SableyeGuy Aspiring Trainer


    OH I get it the first was for the V.
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  5. TeamAqua4Life #HEYNICK why do i do the dirt that i do
    TeamAqua4Life #HEYNICK


    Hey guys, Indeedee is one of the only psychic pokemon in the tcg that is actually psychic type and weak to dark.
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  6. CardPone Delta Species is best species


    If that's the final version of these V-Max cards, this has got to be the laziest "new" mechanic they've ever introduced to the card game. Even Tag Teams were more interesting. These are just awful.
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  7. TinyCubinator Aspiring Trainer


    I love how everything gets powercrept be super rod gets nerfed
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  8. Lord Goomy Got Goomies?
    Lord Goomy


    Nothing has changed.
    Nothing has changed.
    Basics with abominably (to me, I have no clue how the meta has accelerated) big 200+ HP numbers, which is just a repeat of the EX/GX mechanic. Please use your creativity, TPCi.
    Mega Evolutions have returned, but there’s no “end the turn” prerequisite, and they trade for 3 Prize cards. Oh boy, where do we remember this from? That’s right, folks, Megas from XY and Tag Teams from SM. WhAt A bLaSt FrOm ThE pAsT!
    Please, please, please introduce some mechanic that doesn’t mirror LvlX/BREAKS, ex/EX/GX/V, Legend/TAG TEAM, 0r MEGA/VMAX. If you come up with something creative, the game will be given the life it so needs.
    I and the rest of society don’t want to play the same game over and over again. Nothing has changed.
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  9. TR4VIS TH3 B0SS Aspiring Trainer


    340Hp wow.
    The reason the MCharizards were amazing was because they could One hit KO!
    Now there not....
    However the Snorlax GMax has amazing art!
  10. Water Pokémon Master I like Pokemon more than you. :D
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  11. xTITAN Training Aspirer


    The ETB and the ETB sleeves are so ugly...
  12. The Binder Guy Aspiring Trainer
    The Binder Guy


    Yeah, the top part of the box looks poorly designed while the sleeves lack any sort of background pattern on ‘em. The only positive seems to be the dice, they made the damage counter dice easier to use (no more situations where you’re using 2+ dice to display 60+ damage on a ‘mon) while I’m loving the sparkle effect on the flip-die.
  13. Yaginku Aspiring Trainer


    Pretty sure the sleeves have a muted background pattern, identical to the one of the box. Nevertheless, these are not sleeves that you should use, ever. I wouldn't expect Dragon Shield quality from a bonus throw-in, but these are dangerous to your cards.

    I'm torn, because I'm a huge fan on the new burned/poisoned markers (even though these effects are basically unusable with 300+ HP Pokemon). The glittered dice is also really nice, while the smaller dice are a 50/50 - the idea is great, but they look extremely plain compared to the ones that came in S&M.
  14. AmbientDinosaur Aspiring Trainer


    I wonder if the Gigantamax/Dynamax labels will actually be used, and how if so. Will there be a card that supports Gigantamaxes but not Dynamaxes (or vice versa)? At the moment they are functionally the same, but still have those distinctions. With that said, they might just use the distinctions since those are the ones from the video games, and explain why certain V-maxes look different from their regular form.
  15. AshCo "An Excellent Profile Picture"


    The plain look of the dice was the biggest let-down of the new ETB's for me as strange as that sounds. I think even having the set symbol instead of "10" could have helped a lot aesthetically, rather than really boring numbers and colors. I dunno, I'm probably too salty about it, but I've been collecting these things for five years so it's a bit of a bummer for me, lol.
  16. Clam Almost decent


    THE DICE HAVE GLITTER!!! but really im not a fan of the sleeves or anything from the trainer box although the packs with the cards look really nice
  17. FossilJockeyMG Pokémon Paleontologist


    Does anyone else hate how the card game interprets the vg mechanics? I didn't care for the fact Z moves were interpreted as GX moves. I just never got why the new pokémon with those moves couldn't have been "Pokémon-Z" or whatever and then had Z-moves instead of GX. Now we have these "V" Pokémon. What does the "V" even stand for? What did GX stand for? Nothing? All signs point to nothing.

    GX were essentially just EX pokémon with Z-Moves... so I guess "V" Pokémon are EXs that can Dynamax (potentially)? Seems needlessly complicated. Especially when they have "V" pokémon that have the special Dynamax and Gigantamax labels too.

    I know that's not the point of this article, but still. I dislike Pokémon V. Of course, a lot of these guys are pretty uninspired too, but that's not uncommon for an early set with a new mechanic to make cards that are just ok. Honestly, I like the abilities and such of the regular pokémon like Cinderace from this set more than I do the V pokémon.

    *In before we get Pokémon EGXV Team DynaGigantaUltraBeastMax that have 1000HP and your opponent takes 6 prizes upon KO.*
  18. Number51x Blasting off at the speed of light!


    Got the Meowth VMax box today and the jumbo card is smaller than they have been. About a quarter inch smaller top to bottom and on the sides.
  19. ShaQuL @KabutoKingTCG


    I've noticed that too... it really annoys me because now it doesn't go well with the rest of my jumbo collection, but even the Zacian V jumbo is bigger, which annoyed me even more because I thought maybe they changed the size for V cards... but turns out that they forgot to make Zacian and Zamazenta smaller too.
  20. steffenka Miss Vaanjie


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