Cursola, Duraludon, Sonia from ‘VMAX Rising!’

The first cards from VMAX Rising have been revealed — Cursola, Duraludon, and Sonia! As posted before, VMAX Rising will release in Japan on February 7th and contain 70 cards. It will be Japan’s second Sword & Shield set. We should get its cards in our Sword & Shield set in February.

Galarian Cursola – Psychic – HP100
Stage 1 – Evolves from Galarian Corsola

Ability: Perish Body
If this Pokemon is your Active Pokemon and is Knocked Out by damage from an opponent’s attack, flip a coin. If heads, the Attacking Pokemon is Knocked Out.

[P][C] Corner: 60 damage. The Defending Pokemon can’t retreat during your opponent’s next turn.

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


Duraldon – Metal – HP130
Basic Pokemon

[C] Metal Sharpener: 30 damage. Attach a [M] Energy from your discard pile to 1 of your Pokemon.

[M][M][C] Power Beam: 110 damage.

Weakness: Fire (x2)
Resistance: Grass (-30)
Retreat: 2


Sonia – Trainer
Supporter

Search your deck for up to 2 Basic Pokemon or up to 2 Basic Energy, reveal them, and put them into your hand. Then, shuffle your deck.

You may play only 1 Supporter card during your turn (before your attack).

Thanks goes to Vincent and Bangiras for the translations!

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  1. TatsuyaOrimuta Aspiring Trainer
    TatsuyaOrimuta

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    Sonia is nice if you go second, Duraldon is a cute 1 of for metal decks maybe, Cursola new meta
     
  2. Dark Espeon Dark Avatar
    Dark Espeon

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    Galarian Cursola: Nice ability.
    Duraldon: Great starter in Zacian V decks and other Metal decks once Jirachi rotated. In the meantime it is still a decent tech addition.
    Sonia: Updated version of Pokémon Fan Club and a decent addition to evolution decks that want to go second.
     
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2019
  3. Yaginku Aspiring Trainer
    Yaginku

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    I don't mind Fan Club bring slightly improved, especially in a way that makes your deck more consistent.
     
  4. Poke_collector Aspiring Trainer
    Poke_collector

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    Why do they call it Galarian Cursola? Because it’s not a regional form of another Cursola it’s actually a native of the Galar region?
     
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  5. Ev1l Aspiring Trainer
    Ev1l

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    Maybe they're foreshadowing something ;)
     
  6. The Rhyperior I am still Mr. Rhyperior
    The Rhyperior

    Member

    Make sense bro. First player going first cannot use Supporter cards. Gosh! What is going on?
    • Sonia - Can be good, can be bad. Can be bad because it only search 2 rather than 3. Can be good because it says Basic of any description unlike those with different types or having a restricted HP or having specified RC. For energy, we have better ways to search energy. 3-4 Geodudes
    • Cursola - The reason WHY Gengar from Stormfront is so so good, because it has Polteageist attack. This does not. Prevents retreating, ok but not appealing since you're only hitting Pre-SWSH P types and F types for weakness. Considering the weakness, dude, you are not even 2HKO Mew3 without Vital Band. The energy cost, Malamar, Aurora Energy (since Guzma & Hala is a thing). 3-4 Geodudes
    • Duraludon - Best setup atkr since Yveltal XY. With Metal Patch in the Jap format and Zacian V was proven good, This could be a new addition. 3-4 Geodudes

    The reason why Stormfront Gengar is amazing, because it has Poltergeist, this doesn't.
     
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 22, 2019
  7. Dark Espeon Dark Avatar
    Dark Espeon

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    You can still send it out as the active Pokémon in hit and run decks to take the hit and possibly knock out the opponent in return if you flip heads on the coin flip. Fit a 2-2 Galarian Cursola line into a Morpeko V deck and you have a nice alternative to Lillie`s Clefairy Doll once you ran out of them.
     
  8. Poke_collector Aspiring Trainer
    Poke_collector

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    In what way? Because I got it’s with the Alolan forms but this is a completely new Pokemon with no other form
     
  9. JustInBasil Aspiring Trainer
    JustInBasil

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    Duraludon*

    Also, the resistances for both Galarian Cursola and Duraludon are -30, not -20.
     
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2019
  10. Constantine Palaiologos Emperor of the romans
    Constantine Palaiologos

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    Galarian cursola *gets killed by a tag team/V-max*
    *flips heads*
    This ability was good on a stage 2 with only one pricers in the format.
    I know stormfront gengar has a nice attack but now you can uptrade with the ability
     
  11. P3DS UK VGC Regs Champ 2015
    P3DS

    Advanced Member Member

    It will allow for galarian specific effects, and puts galar evos in the group too.
     
    AngryBokoblin likes this.
  12. ShinySylveon Aspiring Trainer
    ShinySylveon

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    It's for when they inevitably reveal a Trainer that searches a Galarian Pokémon.
     
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  13. Clam Almost decent
    Clam

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    I like these cards although cursola is the worst IMO Sonia seems like a decent card for early game setup and duraldon just looks good
     
  14. Johto King A typhlosion fan
    Johto King

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    Duraludon is like the old Yveltal/Volcanion from the XY era, but for metal Pokemon. It might see some play to accelerate energy early game in Zacian decks. Cursola seems good for Hit-and-Run decks like Morpeko.
     
  15. Frost Amethyst AMAB-NB
    Frost

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    Huh.... interesting. It still looks incredibly unlikely that any Fairy or Dragon Pokemon will be included in this set (Duraludon is #58, Sonia is #65, and there's surely some Colorless cards and other Trainers). I wonder what their plan is here?
     
    Grass-Type Farm Owner likes this.
  16. MasterGallade @Mithrarin on Twitter
    MasterGallade

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    So excited to see Sonia FA <3
     
  17. Jeff Stratford Aspiring Trainer
    Jeff Stratford

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    In expanded you can play this with Will to guarantee the OHKO anytime it gets knocked out. Could be something to look into
     
  18. Dark Espeon Dark Avatar
    Dark Espeon

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    No. The supporter Will allows you to determine the result of the first coin flip during your own turn. Cursola's Fainting Spell works during the opponent's turn.
     
    ShaQuL likes this.
  19. Skeleton Liar サーナ~
    Skeleton Liar

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    I'd find it amusing if they also made a Galarian Corsola card that was arguably better than this Cursola.
     
    AshCo likes this.
  20. Kyle J. Asplund Some birb boi
    Kyle J. Asplund

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    Bea has to be in this set...