‘World Down’ and ‘Legendary Heartbeat,’ Japan’s Summer Sets Introducing Amazing Rares!

Two summer sets have been announced for Japan along with new information about Eruption Walker! Thanks goes to Vincent for the translations and out friend @pokexperto for finding the below images!

Update: Fixed a translation error. Amazing Rares will feature powerful attacks, but your opponent will only take one Prize card. Thanks goes to GuiaV96 for pointing this out in the comments!

S2a Eruption Walker

The first teaser information has been revealed for Eruption Walker! The set will feature overall support of Fire Pokemon and include VMAX Pokemon that hit for massive damage.

As expected, the set will feature Centiskorch V and Centiskorch VMAX. The latter will be able to Knock Out other VMAX Pokemon with one hit.

The set will include a new Special Energy card that supports Fire Pokemon, similar to the recently revealed Speed Lightning Energy and Horror Psychic Energy.

There will be a new Supporter card that makes it easier for VMAX Pokemon to attack.

As posted before, the set will feature 70 cards and release on April 24th. It should become part of our August set in America.

S3 World Down

As trademark listings previously revealed, Japan’s third main Sword & Shield set will be named World Down. It’ll feature 100 cards and release on June 5th.

The set will feature Eternatus V and Eternatus VMAX, which will be Darkness-type cards. The set will also include Trainer cards to support Eternatus VMAX.

The set will focus on Darkness Pokemon. As with Rebellious Clash and Eruption Walker, it will also include a new Special Energy card to support Darkness Pokemon and its featured Pokemon, Eternatus VMAX.

The set will include a “must have” Pokemon V that every deck will want to use.

The set will likely be combined with Eruption Walker to become part of our August set in America (170 cards).

S3a Legendary Heartbeat

Japan’s mini-set for the summer will be named Legendary Heartbeat. It will feature 76 cards and release on July 10th. This is the same day as the movie Pokemon Koko, meaning this will be a movie-themed set.

The set will feature Celebi, Zacian, Zamazenta, and other Mythical and Legendary Pokemon. It’s likely it will also feature the unrevealed Mythical Pokemon from Pokemon Koko.

The set will introduce a new type of rarity named “Amazing Rare.” Your opponent cannot take a Prize card when Knocking Out an Amazing Rare Pokemon. Amazing Rares will feature powerful attacks, but your opponent will only take one Prize card.

I’m guessing this set could become part of our annual holiday set due to its emphasis on Legendary Pokemon and the new rarity it’s introducing. If not, we’d get it as part of our November set regardless.

V Starter Decks

Like 2018’s popular GX Starter Decks, Japan will be releasing nine “V Starter Decks” on July 10th for 500 yen each.

Each 60-card deck will focus on one of nine types: Grass, Fire, Water, Lightning, Psychic, Fighting, Darkness, Metal, and Colorless (no Fairy or Dragon). Each deck will feature a Pokemon V along with powerful Trainer cards.

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  1. Luplayz The Master of bad Pokemon


    OMG yes!!

    I feel so happy that i wanted to make a Fake Eternatus VMAX, and we ended up getting one!

    (and also i guess that the third legendaries now are in 3rd sets)
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  2. SpunkyBandy Aspiring Trainer


    What does the text translate from where the in-game screenshots of Eternataus say?
  3. Luplayz The Master of bad Pokemon


    I used google translate since i am not EVER gonna learn japanese and it says (filled with errors)

    Nintendo Switch software "Pocket Monster
    In the story of "Sword Shield,"

    Has a Pokemon card game
    Also with overwhelming strength

    (the top text)
  4. Frost Amethyst AMAB-NB


    Already groaning at the addition of another chase card variety. Sure, it could be a little premature and the gimmick could be something like Prism Stars, but the "Amazing Rare" name alone kind of warrants the groans.
  5. Chicken008 Aspiring Trainer


    V Starter decks for 500 yen!?
    That is very cheap! Our theme decks aren't even this cheap.
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  6. AshCo さくうぴい?!


    I'm hoping it'll just be the typical reverse holo slot-type not QUITE an Ultra Rare but a bit higher up than a holo deal, rather than a stupidly hard kind of card to find. BUT with a name like *Amazing Rare*, you can't really be sure.
  7. jamashawalker Ikouze!


    I love that they're bringing back special energy for each type. I didn't play back when the other ones were in standard but so far Horror energy and Speed Lightning Energy look very playable.
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  8. AshCo さくうぴい?!


    I'd love for another Strong Energy type card out of all of it, no matter the type of it. I was big on Lando/Luc and Buzzwole in the past, those damage increasing effects were always just really fun to me.
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  9. Grass-Type Farm Owner Aspiring Trainer
    Grass-Type Farm Owner


    Very strong parallels to SM's first year:
    -2nd set features what people dub "this generation's Lucario" with 1 form being a promo
    -3rd set has the 3rd Legendary
    -Legendary Heartbeat gives me a Shining Legends vibe

    Safe to assume 4th set will be Isle of Armor, reprint set should have the Gigantamax starters (and hopefully Sandaconda), and Crown Tundra will be the start of next year's block.
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  10. jamashawalker Ikouze!


    ahhh of course lol how can I forget about Strong energy. The card that is still used in today's Expanded format. In a little bit it'll be fun to make predictions towards every new special energy for each type
  11. GuiaV96 Aspiring Trainer


    Greeting to everyone here. I am a casual TCG player and I enjoy reading articles at this site.

    I noticed a translation error regarding the “Amazing Rare”. The sentence「きぜつしてもサイドは一枚しか取られない」 means “You lose only a prize even your pokemon gets knocked out”. This translation error is attributed to the Japanese sentence structure of 「〜だけ」and「〜しか」.

    In short, Amazing Rare are single prize cards with powerful attacks.
  12. Clam Almost decent


    OK so amazing rare NEW GIMMICK YEEES (im the gimmick MASTER)

    but that name is just so funny to me AMAZING RARE i just imagine a youtuber pulling it and being like OOOOOOOOOH I GOT THE AMAZING RARE
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  13. Clam Almost decent


    oh no dont get me down like that :(
  14. Merovingian Dead Game Enthusiast

    Articles Head Member

    I am more excited about the Amazing Rares than the Lovecraftian Eternatus VMAX.

    I love new game mechanics and gimmicks.

    There’s definitely more to the Amazing Rare than what’s posted so far. Otherwise, Celebi and the other Legendaries would have Pound/Tackle attacks to offset the “negative prize” effect.

    I have feeling that they will be limited to one-per deck. At least, that would give them a shot at having some semblance of interesting/good attacks and Abilities.

    And unlike Prism Stars, I think these could/should be back from discard pile. Part of why the Prism Star cards didn’t do well outside of Ditto was that almost all of them were awkward to use because of the Lost Zone rule or just too gimmicky for their own good.

    That said, if they can be brought back from the discard pile, control decks just gained a bunch of “pseudo Dolls”
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2020
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  15. RisingRaichuu Aspiring Trainer

    Advanced Member Member

    Amazing Rare Control BDIF
  16. bunnybird12 Don't be sad- be hoppy!


    Can they only come up with gimmicks that have to do with prize cards?
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  17. Clam Almost decent


    as if ultra beast werent enough
  18. Mimikeon Aspiring Trainer


    The game doesn't really offer a ton of ways to innovate when it comes to wide gimmicks if we're honest. Lost Zone needs to come back though.
  19. Clam Almost decent


    ok so what i think they are gonna do is they dont give prizes but will have a negative effect when they leave the field or are knocked out

    EXAMPLE: dusknoir AMAZING RARE. 90hp

    AMAZING ABILTY once during your turn you may draw 3 cards. If for any reason this card leaves the field send the top 7 cards of your deck to the lost zone

    [P][P][C] 90 dmg discard a energy from your opponents active pokemon

    I wont be listing the rest as its not important but the basic idea is there good ability bad drawback and these ability wont be "normal" ones as they have a different name so power plant and other ability removal wouldn't work
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  20. Mimikeon Aspiring Trainer


    You know what? I think you're on the right track. Ironically, this does mean that it would be a gimmick that doesn't involve prize cards.