Creatures Reveals TCG’s New Focus on Five Weaknesses, Dragon Likely Removed

My friend Joshua Yehl at IGN has conducted an e-mail interview with Creatures to discuss the new changes to the Sword & Shield TCG.

It appears the TCG is being rebalanced to focus on Weakness. In the interview, Creatures stated it wants to focus on five Weakness types: Grass, Fire, Water, Lightning, and Fighting.

In other words, Creatures wants players to have an easier time hitting for Weakness by simplifying the number of them. This means most cards in this generation should be weak to one of those five types. We can already see this in the first Sword & Shield set: 137 of the 155 Pokemon are weak to one of those five types (88%). 49 of the 62 Pokemon in VMAX Rising have Weaknesses to one of them (80%).

In previous generations the variety of Weaknesses was much greater, which made the Weakness mechanic less relevant. It also made it harder for players to build decks to counter others since there were so many different Weaknesses.

This is also why Fairy was removed: only the Dragon-type was weak to it, making it too specific to exist. Moving Fairy to Psychic allows Creatures to use an established type that other Pokemon share. This simplifies the game by eliminating a fringe type that only one type used and that only one other type was weak to. This is also why Poison Pokemon were moved to the Darkness type, so they could have one of the five Weaknesses (Fighting). Keeping them Psychic would mean many more Psychic cards with a Darkness weakness, creating a sixth main Weakness.

You may have noticed Dragon cards have been missing since the era started (although there is no official word they’re gone yet). Dragon is even less relevant than Fairy when it comes to Weakness because nothing is weak to Dragon and its only Weakness is Fairy. Since Dragon’s only Weakness was literally deleted, and Creatures wants to focus on five main Weaknesses, Dragon also doesn’t have reason to exist under this system. Creatures may have removed it in an effort to consolidate the types.

Furthermore, most Dragon Pokemon are dual-typed; only 12 are pure Dragon-type. All Dragon-type Pokemon in the Sword & Shield era so far have been represented as their other typing (Rayquaza is a Colorless card to represents its Dragon/Flying typing and Dragapult is Psychic to represent its Dragon/Ghost type). Perhaps pure Dragons like Druddigon will be Colorless cards like in previous generations?

The interview also confirmed that Fairy Pokemon (as Psychic cards) will have a Metal Weakness. Thus, the era’s type breakdowns will be like so:

Game Type TCG Type TCG Weakness TCG Resistance
Grass Grass Fire None
Bug Grass Fire None
Fire Fire Water None
Water Water Lightning None
Ice Water Metal None
Electric Lightning Fighting None
Psychic Psychic Darkness* Fighting*
Ghost Psychic Darkness Fighting
Fairy Psychic* Metal None*
Fighting Fighting Psychic None
Rock Fighting Grass None
Ground Fighting Grass None
Dark Darkness Grass* None
Poison Darkness* Fighting* None
Steel Metal Fire Grass*
Normal Colorless Fighting None
Flying Colorless Lightning Fighting
Dragon ? ? ?

*Denotes a change starting in the Sword & Shield era.

Thanks goes to PMJ for helping me with this story, as I’m currently suffering from a minor dodgeball concussion and am having trouble thinking straight. XD

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  1. Missingno650 Missingno Master
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    This actually makes a ton of sense! As for someone who regularly teaches new players this is nice too!
     
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  2. ronangorski Aspiring Trainer
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    Rayquaza didn't appear on sword and shield yet.
     
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  3. Clam Almost decent
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    I am not a fan of this change so far :mad:
     
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  4. Water Pokémon Master I like Pokemon more than you. :D
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  5. JakeTheGearHeart Aspiring Trainer
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    You mixed up the Dark and Poison type weaknesses in the table.
    Dark is weak to grass (bug), Poison is weak to fighting (ground).
     
  6. CardPone Electric Boogaloo!
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    Weakness and resistance were way more exciting in DPPt and prior days when they weren't so rigid. They've steadily become less and less varied over the years and generations and it's just creating a more and more boring format. I've said it before: the bad in this generation has vastly outweighed the good, and this is my least favorite generation by a wide margin.
     
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  7. hervul Aspiring Trainer
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    If all of this is true, I find it odd they released a statement confirming Fairy type was removed but not Dragon type.
     
  8. Water Pokémon Master I like Pokemon more than you. :D
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    The only reason I can think for this is that Fairy types used an actual Energy card available in various products and Dragons didn't. Kids might pull Fairy Energy and wonder what it's for. But Dragon don't use their own basic Energy card so it doesn't affect things as much. It is a little odd though.
     
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  9. The Rhyperior I am still Mr. Rhyperior
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    Having Fairy having the same weakness as most Psychic Pokémon in the TCG doesn't really make sense. We need diversions like Ice-type, and this is the diversion we need. Thank Goodness Zacian can now hit a relevant weakness. If they revert Dragon-types as C type, they should remove the weakness part or making it weak to themselves like Garchomp C Lv.X
     
  10. The Rhyperior I am still Mr. Rhyperior
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    We need a Haxorus or a Goodra to clarify this issue. We really need these now
     
  11. JakeTheGearHeart Aspiring Trainer
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    Or any other pure Dragon. The TCG isn't stuck to Dexit.
     
  12. Mimikeon Aspiring Trainer
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    Can we stop using that word please? It's so stupid.
     
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  13. Tytus Expanded Best Format
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    You want to know what this means. It means that they have more of an excuse to print massive sets and big basics. It's going to be like 500 hp 4 prize basics at some point.
     
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  14. Clam Almost decent
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    and pokemon that can do waaaaay to much dmg with ease
     
  15. thewileycoyote Aspiring Trainer
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    He is promo 002/s-p in Japanese.
     
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  16. Emerfirek Aspiring Trainer
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    That table helped me realized why I never enjoy playing [W] decks. It contains two subtypes, but they both only hit one type for weakness. And now [P] will become even worse w/ all three subtypes only hitting approx a third of all [F] mons for weakness. And they implied [Y] was a fringe type. [W] and [P] are shaping up to be even fringier. If certain Ground or Rock mons who have no business being weak to [G] start being weak to [W] instead, I will change my mind about it. Idk what [P] could do to save itself though, now that it's not weak to itself anymore.
     
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  17. treyh37 Watcher of Thorns
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    they should have made more tweaks to this most, of the tcg types have 2 vg types which means that most of the tcg types have 2 possible weaknesses.

    things they should have also changed:
    bug weak to something other then fire (lightning maybe?)
    move rock to metal type, change its weakness to water
    move one of the psychic types to one of the single types (ghost to fire maybe?)

    that would make it so all the tcg types (except lightning and whatever is happening with dragon) correspond with 2 vg types, and each tcg type has 2 possible weaknesses.
     
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  18. cardgjammer Aspiring Trainer
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    If Darkness is weak to either Fighting or Grass by means of sub-types(types represented by a primary type in TCG), then I believe that if Dragons are to return, I believe Dragon should be weak to Water by means of the corresponding Ice sub-type that is Dragon's only weakness other than itself and Fairy-types in the video games. But even if they don't, change their new type's TCG weakness to TCG Water. At the same time, considering video game resistances, give Fire at least one type that resists them in the card game, even if that type has to be Dragons--or if they are removed from the cards, whatever is Dragons' SwSh TCG type..

    ^ Yes, I know it's Creatures' call, and not mine... However, I believe that the removal of Dragons virtually throws the game back to the RuSa TCG era, minus the no-supporter-nor-stadium-on-both-players'-first-turn rule that was made irrelevant when cards like Portrait-abilitied Smeargle(Undaunted) and Impersonate Sableye(Stormfront) emerged in a later Standard than that of RuSa's time... At least the second-going player can use supporters nowadays, but still, what a way to go backwards in a logical fashion. It's good to give card players a dose of old history, if only in parts, especially the -30 Resistance vs. the -20 Resistance, but at the same time, if you're reading this, Creatures, please consider the Water sub-type of Ice and make TCG's Dragons, whatever their type becomes in SwSh, weak to TCG's Water type and resistant to Fire, a type that Dragon is resistant to in VG, AND currently isn't resisted by any other type in the TCG as revealed so far…

    ^ I hope the rule makers have my two cents in their heart...
     
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2020
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  19. JakeTheGearHeart Aspiring Trainer
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    Ghost's weakness and resistance haven't changed so they shouldn't have "*"s.
     
  20. Senorsmith Aspiring Trainer
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    If they remove dragon type cards, then I will probably sit out on the swsd series of cards. Breaks my heart...